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8:30am Rep. Aaron Vega Re-Election Announcement

9:00am Head Start/Early Childhood Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Student Financial Aid Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

2:30pm Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Nurses Hall, State House

3:30pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

Must-Reads

Anti-poverty group: Trump $$$ cuts reflect "deeply misguided" priorities » State House News Service Alleging the Trump administration's values and priorities are "deeply misguided," the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute ticked off programs that would be curtailed -- $213 billion in cuts to the Supp…

Lakeville Republican Orrall running for state treasurer » State House News Service State Rep. Keiko Orrall, a Lakeville Republican, launched her statewide campaign for treasurer on Tuesday promising to bring a "fiscally conservative" approach to an office that oversees the Lottery, …

OCPF transparency rules could discourage donations, critics say » State House News Service Proposed campaign finance regulations governing non-profits' disclosure of donors came under fire Tuesday from groups that called them overly broad and warned they could discourage contributions.…

Sen. Barrett diagnosed with rare, curable form of leukemia » State House News Service Sen. Michael Barrett was diagnosed Monday with a rare and curable form of leukemia and will be hospitalized for about a month, his office announced Tuesday. …

Local Beacon Hill Exits Leave Big Races for Northern Valley… » Western Mass Politics and Insight A pair of retirements in the northern Pioneer Valley are certain to enliven an otherwise sleepy election cycle in the 413. While US Rep. Richard Neal and West Springfield Senator James Welch face chal…

Beth Lindstrom disses Senate competition » Boston Herald In the first real clash of the Republican Senate race, former party chief Beth Lindstrom took jabs at her GOP opponents, labeling businessman John Kingston a “white, rich male” and Rep. Ge…

All Western Massachusetts state senators pull papers to run for re-election; many unopposed » The Republican Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, announced last month that he was running for re-election despite a scandal related to alleged sexual misconduct by his husband. Rosenberg stepped dow…

How Might a 2018 Democratic Wave Affect Governor's Races? » Governing There's a lot of talk these days about how a Democratic wave may be building for the 2018 midterm elections. Usually this wave is discussed in terms of Democrats having a shot at ousting Republicans i…

"As a taxpayer, you should know how your money is being spent," Orrall said in a statement. "As a retiree on a public pension, you should be confident the best investments are being made to ensure your hard work has paid off. As a small business owner, you should rest assured that state government is not trying to overreach and overregulate."

Representative Keiko Orrall

Announcing her candidacy challenging incumbent Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

After more than a year, Trump still doesn't have a science adviser » Boston Globe When the Ebola virus began sweeping through West Africa four years ago, killing thousands of people and threatening to spread beyond the continent, President Obama turned to his science adviser for op…

Border wall reflects some daylight between Capuano, Pressley » State House News Service A rift over the proposed southern border wall emerged Tuesday between Congressman Michael Capuano and his challenger in the Democratic primary, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.…

Business

Digital First Media wins auction for Boston Herald with $12M bid » Boston Business Journal The acquisition must still be approved by a Delaware bankruptcy court.…

Lenox plaintiffs seek say on SJC review of Berkshire Museum art sale » Berkshire Eagle Lenox residents who sued to stop Berkshire Museum art sales will press on with their fight, despite losing a big ally.…

Seeing is believing: Springfield prepares for MGM casino, rail car factory opening in 2018 » The Republican Seeing is believing. That is the message from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the city's development officer, Kevin Kennedy, as they describe the outlook for economic development in Springfield in 2018. On…

WEEI loses more advertisers in wake of Fauria incident » Boston Globe This week I've been listening to WEEI just so I can track down its advertisers — one by one.…

Radio expert says WEEI must get back to basics » Boston Herald A sudden exodus of advertisers from embattled sports talk station WEEI — amid controversy over a host's offensive impersonation of a stereotypical Asian-American accent — is a wake-up ca…

Equifax bill back to life in House » Sentinel & Enterprise The Massachusetts House on Wednesday plans to take up a bill removing fees for credit freezes and offering consumer protections from data breaches, a measure that last week appeared mired in a dispute…

Serta Simmons to close Mass. manufacturing plant » Boston Business Journal Serta Simmons Bedding LLC plans to close a manufacturing plant in Massachusetts this year and lay off over 100 employees as it fully shifts its operations to Connecticut and other facilities.…

E-ZPass signs deal with Boston startup to test payments at gas stations, drive-thrus » Boston Business Journal E-ZPass Group has signed a deal with a small Boston company called Verdeva Inc. to test a new use for its toll transponders: Automatically paying for everything from gas to cheeseburgers.…

Crimes

Child abuse cases spike in state » Gloucester Times The rate of child abuse and neglect cases reported in Massachusetts is higher than any other state, according to new federal data, but advocates for children say the dubious ranking is actually a sign…

Education

Springfield's David Cruise appointed to state early education board » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced the appointment of David Cruise to be the business representative on the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.…

Dracut board OKs controversial alcohol test for students on 3-2 vote » Lowell Sun The School Committee Monday voted 3-2 to pass a controversial districtwide policy that will allow administrators to use a breath-alcohol testing device on students suspected of being under the influen…

Framingham Mayor Joins Commissioner For FSU Commencement Address » Salem Patch

Environment

Legislators Dykema Eldridge, Continue To Protect The Bees » Salem Patch From The Office of Representative Carolyn Dykema: Representative Carolyn Dykema of Holliston, along with Senator Jamie Eldridge of Acton and Representative Mary Keefe of Worcester, continued Beacon Hi…

Is clean energy moving ahead fast enough in Western Massachusetts? » The Republican It's been a busy year for clean energy in the state and region, and the months ahead promise yet more challenges and opportunities.…

Gaming

Lawmakers debate Sen. Donoghue bill to legalize fantasy sports gambling » Lowell Sun

Health Care

State formally signs off on merger between Mass. Eye and Ear, Partners HealthCare » Boston Globe

Housing

Success in housing homeless leads to dividend payments » State House News Service A partnership that uses a social innovation financing model to reduce homelessness announced Tuesday that it has placed more than 650 individuals into housing, triggering dividend payments to partners…

Spending plans at risk due to slow-moving housing bond bill » State House News Service Stressing the urgent need to fund popular affordable housing programs, a Baker administration official said lawmakers should send the governor a bond bill in the next several weeks.…

Immigration

AG Healey Statement on DACA ruling » Sampan Attorney General Maura Healey today issued a statement following the ruling by a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York that blocks the Trump Administration's ef…

Labor

Fight for $15 recalls historic event » Bay State Banner

Legislative

State Senator Mike Barrett of Lexington diagnosed with cancer » Wicked Local Lexington Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Barrett, who represents the third Middlesex District, announced Tuesday, Feb. 13 that doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital have diagnosed him with APL, a rare for…

Sen. Michael Barrett diagnosed with rare, curable form of leukemia » MassLive Sen. Michael Barrett was diagnosed Monday with a rare and curable form of leukemia and will be hospitalized for about a month, his office announced Tuesday.…

Lawmakers embark on examination of their public records exemption » State House News Service A group of lawmakers studying whether to extend the state public records law to cover themselves and their colleagues kicked off its work Tuesday, an effort they said would primarily involve listening…

Local Government

Lowell council weighs joining lawsuits against opioid manufacturers » Lowell Sun The city may soon join the growing list of municipalities, counties, and states suing drug manufacturers for improperly marketing prescription opioids that have contributed to a devastating addiction …

Lynn mayor asks for $16M bond to close budget gap » Lynn Daily News Item Six weeks into his new job, Mayor Thomas M. McGee has asked the City Council to approve a $16 million bond to close the city's budget deficit.…

Onset Bathhouse rehabilitation project awarded $350,000 grant » Wareham Week Onset Bathhouse renovations could begin as early as this year, after a $350,000 grant was awarded to help fund a multi-million dollar project to transform the building into a regional boating center.…

Millbury to join lawsuit against Big Pharma » Worcester Telegram Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to join the growing list of cities and towns that are suing pharmaceutical companies for damages from the opioid epidemic.…

Observers see Lowell manager's potential successors » Lowell Sun

Marijuana

Pot licenses could be rolled out on timeline, CCC chairman says » Gloucester Times With the chorus of critics calling for the Cannabis Control Commission to pump the brakes on its rollout of an expansive legal marijuana industry growing louder, the state's top marijuana regulator sa…

Pot chair says no pressure on regs » Commonwealth Magazine Warnings from top officials will not slow commission timeline …

Health is latest wing of Baker admin to urge slower marijuana rollout » Boston Business Journal

Opinion

The path of national fiscal folly » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP's new budget serves at least one purpose beyond that of doorstop: Viewed through a realistic lens, it helps highlight the worsening fiscal dilemma this nation now faces.…

When it comes to race, Boston keeps punching itself in the face » Boston Globe NOTE TO ALL future mayors: Leading Boston means having to say you're sorry.…

Our view: Census is not a citizenship detector » The Salem News Whether efforts to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census are a maneuver to sabotage the process or an attempt to undermine states' rights depends on which Massachusetts official is talking.…

The Tea Party is dead and buried, and the GOP just danced on its grave » Boston Globe I ADMIRED the Tea Party. I regarded it as the most impressive American grass-roots political movement in my adult life.…

Controversy over Auerbach tweet just reinforces Boston's troubled image on race » Boston Globe “Of course — Boston.” That was a headline in The New York Times after Adam Jones was called the n-word by a fan at Fenway Park last May, in an incident that prompted widespread loca…

Our View: To toke or not to toke: communities struggle with marijuana regulations » South Coast Today BASK, the region's first medical marijuana dispensary, located inside a one-story industrial building at 2 Pequod Road in Fairhaven, will officially open its doors — some five years, three mont…

Editorial: Senate task force hears retailers' concerns » Gazette Net We commend the Senate Task Force on Strengthening Massachusetts Local Retail for conducting hearings across the state to understand the issues facing brick-and-mortar business owners.…

Baker's unkept promise » Commonwealth Magazine The then-candidate pledged to bring environmental spending to 1 percent …

Some things are worth protecting » Commonwealth Magazine Forcing disclosure of political donor identity violates First Amendment …

To 'get' the T, Governor Baker should try taking it » Boston Globe

Editorial: Recreational pot — Go slow, take your time and think of farmers and youth » Athol Daily News

Politics

Easthampton city councilor to run for 2nd Hampshire state rep seat being vacated by John Scibak » The Republican Easthampton City Councilor Dan Carey said Tuesday that he is running as a Democrat for the 2nd Hampshire District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives held by Rep. John Scibak, D-South H…

Critics say new transparency rules could discourage donations » The Salem News Proposed campaign finance regulations governing non-profits' disclosure of donors came under fire Tuesday from groups that called them overly broad and warned they could discourage contributions.…

Milford's Soares to seek 10th Worcester seat » Milford Daily News Launching his bid for state Rep. Brian Murray's seat on Beacon Hill, Milford Republican Mike Soares said he wants to be a moderate voice for a district as blue as it is red.…

Two more join House Democrats not seeking re-election » Newburyport News Rep. John Scibak, the House chair of the Higher Education Committee, will not seek re-election this fall after 15 years on Beacon Hill, joining a handful of veteran House Democrats who are calling it …

Orrall said she'd bring philosophy of fiscal conservatism to treasurer's office » Taunton Gazette State Rep. Keiko Orrall says if she's elected State Treasurer in next November's election she'll bring her philosophy of fiscal conservatism to bear throughout the commonwealth.…

Another state senator could be contemplating an exit » Boston Globe Is another candidate for Massachusetts Senate president heading for the State House exit? …

With Forry Gone, Southie Breakfast Up In The Air » WGBH The annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day breakfast could look a bit different this year now that Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry has resigned her seat in the Senate and given up the hosting duties.…

Orrall announces challenge to Goldberg » Commonwealth Magazine Republican state rep vows to bring 'fiscally conservative' approach to treasurer's office …

Public Health

House passes bill to aid Alzheimer's patients » Martha's Vineyard Times On Jan. 31, state Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Falmouth, voted to pass several legislative bills, including one dealing with Massachusetts' growing population of patients with Alzheimer's disease and simil…

Opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2017 fell by more than 8 percent, DPH report says » The Republican

Public Safety

$1M grant 'a big step into the future' for New Bedford waterfront » South Coast Today A $1 million grant awarded Tuesday will make life on the waterfront a little easier for New Bedford's Police and Fire Departments as well as the Harbor Development Commission.…

State Government

Woburn resident named to Self-Determination Advisory Board » Wicked Local Woburn State Auditor Suzanne Bump appointed Kimberly Truong, of Woburn, to serve on the Self-Determination Advisory Board.…

Citing Costs, Some GOP Governors Refuse to Hold Special Elections » Governing Florida's Rick Scott and Wisconsin's Scott Walker say it's about the money. Democrats -- emboldened after a series of wins, including on Tuesday -- say the Republicans are trying to avoid losing more …

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey opposes Trump administration effort to add citizenship question to US census » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey co-wrote a multi-state letter urging the U.S. Commerce Department not to include a question about citizenship on the U.S. census in 2020.…

Lawmakers' panel to exam public records exemption » Newburyport News A group of lawmakers studying whether to extend the state public records law to cover themselves and their colleagues kicked off its work Tuesday, an effort they said would primarily involve listening…

Taxation

Yikes! Data breach at Mass. tax agency allowed companies to peek in on competitors' data » Boston Globe A data mix-up on a state tax portal inadvertently made private data from about 16,500 business taxpayers viewable to other companies, potentially even competitors.…

Transportation

In battle against potholes, Boston hits bumps in the road » Boston Globe By the time John Sheils spotted the pothole on Summer Street in South Boston, it was already too late.…

Possible fare hike floated as MBTA faces $111M deficit » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker gave the MBTA some cover yesterday with the potential for another fare hike rearing its head, saying T officials “should” be discussing it as the agency stares down a bu…

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $200 million annual road repair bill » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday proposed a $200 million bill to support municipal road and bridge projects.…

MBTA Considering Fare Hike to Address Projected Budget Gap » NECN The MBTA is projected to have a budget gap that will grow to $111 million dollars by 2019.…

TRU stays true to equal MBTA access » The Daily Free Press Around 50 concerned Boston residents filed into a crowded room in Roxbury Tuesday night to learn how the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority gentrifies communities by reducing equity of access …

The MBTA Might Consider Fare Hikes to Combat Budget Deficit » Boston Magazine The transit agency expects a $111 million shortfall, and increased ticket prices could be used to balance the budget. …

Utilities

Barrett slams Spectrum for converter box requirement » Berkshire Eagle As of next week, Spectrum customers in the Williamstown, Adams and North Adams area will no longer be able to watch TV without a digital conversion box. …

Pacheco: Citizens will demand omnibus clean energy bill » Sentinel & Enterprise A comprehensive and complex bill written by a leading climate change activist in the Senate proposes to accelerate the state's transition to renewable energy by banning new natural gas infrastructure,…

Pilgrim reveals flaw in past emergency system testing » Cape Cod Times Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station operators recently discovered that their procedure for testing an emergency system used to contain radiation violated federal regulations and could have left the public u…

Gas pipeline opponents urge Baker to 'break up' with industry » Metro.us

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate Clean Energy Growth » WBUR

Legislature wants CCC to scale back pot industry regulations » Worcester Business Journal

Sen. Cindy Friedman supports heart disease movement » Wicked Local Arlington

NECC gets $10K early college program grant » Wicked Local Newburyport

Lakeville Republican Keiko Orrall running for state treasurer » South Coast Today

GOP state rep Keiko Orrall launches run vs. Treasurer Deb Goldberg » Boston Herald

'MeToo' Sends Anti-Discrimination Agency Budget Request Soaring » New Boston Post

Speaker DeLeo Joins Governor In Cautioning Marijuana Regulators To Slow Down » WBUR

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans Holyoke fundraiser » The Republican

State legislature sends $3.6 billion repair and improvements bill to Governor's desk » WWLP 22

Former Sen. Finegold considers another bite at the apple » Lowell Sun

Brookline's Rebecca Stone Kicks Off Run For State Rep » Brookline Patch

State budget hearing in Peabody on education, local aid rescheduled » The Salem News

Hearing on Marijuana Regulations Sees Small Turnout » Vineyard Gazette

Pot licenses could be rolled out on timeline » The Valley Dispatch

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Recipe of the Week

Pizzettes

Bon Appetit

Makes 30 Servings

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

  • 4 ounces roasted, unsalted almonds, finely chopped (about ¾ cup)

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ cup hot strong coffee

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

Glaze and Assembly

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar

  • Colored sanding sugar or sprinkles (for serving)

Directions

Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Mix flour, chocolate chips, almonds, and baking powder in a medium bowl.

  • Whisk coffee and cocoa powder in a large bowl until smooth. Add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt and whisk until smooth. Whisk in egg, egg yolk, granulated sugar, oil, and zests.

  • Stir in dry ingredients with a large spoon until just combined; do not overwork dough.

  • Turn dough out onto a work surface. Divide in half, then roll each half into a 1½"-wide log. Flatten to 2" wide. Slice on a bias into 1"-wide cookies. Transfer to parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets, spacing at least 1" apart. Bake cookies until firm around the edges but still soft in the middle, 8–10 minutes. Let cool.

  • Do Ahead: Cookies can be made 2 months ahead; store airtight and freeze.

Glaze and Assembly

  • Melt chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl set over a large saucepan of barely simmering water (do not let water touch bowl); stir constantly until chocolate is melted and smooth (you can also do this in the microwave). Whisk in powdered sugar and 5 Tbsp. boiling water until smooth.

  • Dip tops of cookies into glaze and top with colored sanding sugar or sprinkles. Let cool until glaze is firm, about 2 hours.



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