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Must-Reads

Which lawmakers got the most NRA money? » ABC News Here are the three U.S. senators and House members who have benefited the most from the NRA's ad buys, according to Federal Election Commission records: …

Police Chiefs Breathe Life Into Compromise Massachusetts Sanctuary State Bill » New Boston Post The lead sponsors of a bill that would limit the ability of state and local police to work with federal immigration officials say they've struck a compromise with law enforcement organizations on a re…

Ethics appeals for $$ to address growing complaint backlog » State House News Service The State Ethics Commission, which each year receives about 900 complaints and 6,000 requests for advice about conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws, is appealing this budget cycle to add…

Cannabis Commission hires CFO, launches website » State House News Service The young commission's ranks grew to 10 on Tuesday morning with the announcement that former state Senate Ways and Means Committee Budget Director Adriana Campos had been hired to serve as the commiss…

Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg: 'I have a vote and a voice' » MassLive BOSTON -- Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg is now simply a Democratic state lawmaker from Amherst: He has no committee assignments, a basement office and no title other than senato…

The Mental Health System Can't Stop Mass Shooters » New York Times There is no reliable cure for angry young men who harbor violent fantasies. The only solution is to keep guns out of their hands. …

Democrats Take Aim At Controversial Conservative Group » WGBH The state Democratic Party is asking that instead of being classified as an educational organization, the group Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance should be considered a political group and subject to laws…

Hospitalized state senator: 'I'm getting a lot of legislative work done' » The Metro West Daily News “I'm getting a lot of legislative work done, interestingly, because I'm in this kind of bubble,” (Sen. Michael Barrett). “I have a lot of time to think through difficult policy quest…

"I have a vote and a voice, and I have a long history of people viewing me as a policy wonk in the legislature," he said. "That's what this is all about, is moving good policy."

Senator Stan Rosenberg

Commenting on his future in the State Senate.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump moves to regulate 'bump stock' devices » Boston Globe President Trump — under pressure from angry, grieving students from a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week — ordered the Justice Department on Tuesday to issue r…

Praising students, Markey says, 'We've reached a turning point' on guns » Boston Globe After decades of mass shootings with no major federal movement toward greater gun control, Senator Edward J. Markey said Tuesday that the climate is finally ripe for change.…

Mitt Romney and Donald Trump Are Cool Now » Boston Magazine He accepted an endorsement from the president in his Utah Senate race. …

Business

Why a little inflation isn't a bad thing » Boston Globe It doesn't take much to stoke fears of inflation. Last week, after news that consumer prices had risen a higher-than-expected 0.5 percent in January from the previous month, economic analysts started …

Facing the digital divide at Boston's cash-only shops » Boston Globe Most of the chairs were already filled at Johnny's Barber Shop as morning turned into afternoon on a recent Friday.…

Galvin's DOL fiduciary rule enforcement triggers industry plea for court decision » Investment News Industry opponents of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule are using last week's Massachusetts enforcement action to try to speed up an appeals court decision in their lawsuit.…

In wake of Equifax breach, Mass. House passes consumer-protection legislation » Sentinel & Enterprise Months after the Equifax breach exposed the data of 145 million Americans, state legislators have taken a substantial step toward supporting consumers in the event of a similar occurrence. The state …

House sour on syrup as sweetener » Berkshire Eagle Who's to say if syrup is a better sweetener than, say, honey? Not Rep. Theodore Speliotis.…

Crimes

Aide to Randy Hunt stabbed in Boston » Cape Cod Times The legislative aide to state Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, was attacked and stabbed in the Allston section of Boston early Sunday morning.…

Education

In an unusual move, Conservatory Lab Charter School seeks to join Boston Public Schools » Boston Globe For nearly two decades, Conservatory Lab Charter School has operated completely independent from the Boston school system. The freedom has enabled the school to develop a curriculum infused with music…

First female president of Wentworth Institute stepping down » Boston Globe Wentworth Institute of Technology's first female president, Zorica Pantic, announced Tuesday that she will retire in 2019 after 14 years on the job.…

Zero tolerance policy on academic eligibility for athletics is out of step with science, law » Cambridge Day Change is long overdue for the academic eligibility requirements governing high school athletics. …

South Coast Schools To Receive New Funding For Puerto Rican Evacuees » RI NPR

Massachusetts Students Lead U.S. In Advanced Placement Exams » WBUR

Massachusetts students lead US in Advanced Placement exams » Boston Herald

Environment

Environmentalists oppose Wheelabrator Saugus ash landfill plan » Wicked Local Saugus Environmental groups joined with local elected officials in making the case for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to deny a proposal to expand operations at the Wheelabrator Sau…

Aw, Rats! Boston's Rats Are in Charge. We Just Live Here. » Boston Magazine They nest in our homes. They feed on our garbage. They breed faster than rabbits and can clear out a restaurant like a four-alarm fire. …

Gaming

'OMG!': Emails reveal shock as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission reacted to Steve Wynn allegations » The Republican On the afternoon of Jan. 26, when a copy of the Wall Street Journal's explosive report on sexual misconduct allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn landed in Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairm…

Immigration

Arrests of undocumented immigrants in Boston are up 50 percent » Boston Globe Arrests of undocumented immigrants in the Boston area rose more than 50 percent in the last fiscal year, according to federal data, signaling that President Trump is pushing to fulfill a campaign vow …

Police chiefs endorse compromise on 'Safe Communities' » Eagle Tribune Two groups representing the state's chiefs of police have endorsed a compromise Safe Communities Act after some changes to the bill, including adding a six-hour period during which undocumented immigr…

Judiciary

Trooper alleges Worcester DA complicit in judge's daughter case » Worcester Telegram Documents filed Tuesday in federal court in Boston allege Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. was part of a “nefarious plot” to “destroy official documents” in the …

Healey, City of Boston appeal ruling to release mug shots » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey and the City of Boston are fighting a court ruling that would have made it easier to find out information about government officials accused of crimes.…

Trooper fires back at attempt to toss lawsuit » Boston Herald The state trooper who refused to scrub his report on the arrest of a judge's daughter has fired back with blistering accusations after his former commanders tried to have his federal civil rights suit…

Labor

Server sues high-rise UMass Club, alleging minimum wage violations through denied wages, tips and overtime » MassLive A server at the UMass Club, where you can sometimes spot Massachusetts movers and shakers in downtown Boston, is suing the private social venue, arguing that she and her fellow workers had been denied…

Legislative

Amherst, Mass., State Rep. Leaves Democratic Party And Becomes Independent » New England Public Radio Amherst, Massachusetts, state Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose made headlines in 2016 when he was elected at the age of 22. Now, he's making news again, for dropping his Democratic Party affiliat…

State Sen. Karen Spilka receives Semper Fidelis award » The Metro West Daily News After receiving a U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Public Service Award at the state's Iwo Jima Day ceremony Tuesday afternoon, state Sen. Karen Spilka vowed to make sure veterans receive the services…

Ferguson bills reported favorably out of the Education Committee » The Landmark

Lovely, Tucker: Criminal justice reform, opiate crisis among legislative priorities » Wicked Local Salem

Local Government

Athol Cultural Council gets funding from Mass. Legislature » Athol Daily News Public passes to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is one of 14 programs benefiting from the most recent round of grants announced by the Athol Cultural Council.…

Ranked-choice under debate in Hadley, Amherst » Gazette Net When four candidates competed for a vacant at-large council seat in Northampton in 2016, a preliminary election with low voter turnout whittled the field to two finalists.…

Framingham to install plaque at Indian Head Heights » The Metro West Daily News City councilors voted Tuesday to install a plaque honoring Native American history in the Indian Head Heights neighborhood, but decided against a proposal to rename two streets in the area.…

Holyoke Council votes to seek probe of city finances by Massachusetts inspector general » The Republican The City Council voted Tuesday to ask that the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General investigate municipal finances.…

Truro selectmen cleared of open meeting violation » Cape Cod Times The state attorney general's office has cleared the Truro selectmen of accusations that they obscured their discussion last year of a controversial tax break for full-time residents.…

North Adams State of the City: Mayor talks economic development, infrastructure plans » Berkshire Eagle Mayor Thomas Bernard used his first State of the City address Tuesday to lay out a template for addressing the city's long-standing challenges and summarize the progress he has made. …

Success, Struggle In North Adams Mayor's State Of The City » WAMC

Marijuana

State cannabis commission hires CFO, launches website » Berkshire Eagle There is a decidedly Massachusetts Senate vibe growing at the Cannabis Control Commission. The young commission's ranks grew to 10 on Tuesday morning with the announcement that former state Senate Way…

Patient supply, youth access addressed at final Cannabis Control hearing » Wicked Local Marblehead As cities and towns continue to wrestle with whether or not to allow the retail sale of recreational pot in their communities, the state's Cannabis Control Commission moves closer toward finalizing in…

Medical marijuana patients worried about shortages when legal recreational sales begin » The Republican For medical marijuana patients, the drug is not only for getting high. It offers relief from pain, nausea and other symptoms of illness.…

OUT OF COMMISSION: FOR RECREATIONAL CANNABIS IN MASS, IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS » Dig Boston Seating ran low and the clock ran into overtime last week as nearly 200 people filled the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission's (CCC) final public hearing on draft regulations for the budding Co…

Some Weymouth residents split on banning pot shops in town » Patriot Ledger

Rep Says State Is Moving Too Fast With Recreational Marijuana » Framingham Patch

Carr: Cannabis commission latest coatholder landing spot » Boston Herald

Opinion

Why the Trump administration's new SNAP proposal is hard to swallow » Boston Globe Sometimes cruelty comes in a can. See the Trump administration's 2019 budget, which proposes changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. …

A generation under the gun fights back. Will we? » Boston Globe Last Friday, smoke from the griddles in the cafeteria of the Newton North High School set off the smoke alarm. But, as one student put it, “No one wanted to leave because they were scared about …

Battenfeld: Suffolk DA may have higher office in sights » Boston Herald Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley's surprise decision to step down next year opens up a plum seat that likely will draw a crowd of contenders, but also positions Conley to run for higher office in …

Can Ayanna Pressley beat Mike Capuano? » Boston Globe The race in the Seventh Congressional District has been years in the making, even though many observers seemed caught by surprise.…

Let's face it. There will never be room for the middle class in Boston » Boston Globe The middle class — especially middle-class families with children — is vanishing from Boston. Policymakers and politicians long for a fix. “In my second term,” Mayor Martin J…

Carr: Cannabis commision latest coatholder landing spot » Boston Herald There's a new hackerama in town — the Cannabis Control Commission. The Weed Commission, for short. Their offices are at 101 Federal Street, on the 13th floor — high above the city, in ot…

Politics

State GOP scraps neutrality rule for governor's race » Boston Globe The state Republican Party Tuesday night scrapped its long-standing neutrality rule governing primaries, ordering organizational resources to be directed to the re-election of Governor Charlie Baker a…

Newburyport Democrats caucus slated March 3 » The Newburyport News City Democrats will hold a caucus March 3 to elect delegates and alternates to the party's state convention in Worcester.…

Mass. gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez describes platform in Tufts Democrats event » The Tufts Daily Jay Gonzalez, a former Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance running for governor as a Democrat, shared his vision for state leadership and criticized Governor…

Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley isn't running for re-election » MassLive Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley, the top law enforcement officer for Boston and surrounding communities, isn't running for re-election this year.…

After 16 Years As Suffolk DA, Dan Conley Won't Seek Re-Election » WBUR Dan Conley, who has been Boston's top prosecutor for 16 years, will not seek re-election this fall, creating a major opening for lawyers with political ambitions.…

Complaint seeks to force Mass. Fiscal Alliance disclosure » Lowell Sun Lawmakers who say they've been targeted recently in their districts by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance plan to call on state regulators Tuesday to force the non-profit group to register as a politic…

Amherst Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose disenrolls from Democratic Party » MassLive State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, of Amherst, has switched his voter registration from Democrat to unenrolled.…

Kris Aleksov challenges Richard Ross for state Senate » Wicked Local Needham Wayland resident Kris Aleksov announced back in December that he will once again be challenging Richard Ross for his seat in the Massachusetts state Senate. …

Suffolk DA Dan Conley Is Leaving Office after 16 Years » Boston Magazine His office covers Boston, Revere, Winthrop, and Chelsea. …

Lawrence firefighter announces run for state Senate » Eagle Tribune Already an attorney and a Lawrence firefighter, Lt. Michael Armano said he now wants to be a vocal proponent for the working class in the Merrimack Valley…

Conley won't seek reelection as Suffolk DA » Commonwealth Magazine Boston defense attorney was preparing to launch challenge …

Former Gov. William Weld sues to overturn Massachusetts' winner-take-all presidential election system » The Republican

O'Flaherty weighing DA run, McAuliffe is in » State House News Service

Public Safety

Support gun control legislation » Martha's Vineyard Times In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead, at least 14 wounded, and countless bereaved, we stand with Attorney General Maura Healey when she says that this “is not…

Court Defends Officers' Use Of Traffic Stops To Investigate Unrelated Crimes » WGBH The state's highest court has given law enforcement the right to use a traffic violation as pretext to search a person's car, even if an officer plans to use the traffic stop as a gateway to uncover a…

Parkland seen as possible tipping point in gun law debate » State House News Service The "historic" reaction to last week's Florida school shooting has the potential to become a turning point in the fight against gun violence, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said Tuesday, comparing it to movement…

In Lexington: New England law enforcement's Mandarin 'go-to guy' » Wicked Local Lexington

State Government

Massachusetts Municipalities Being Reimbursed For 2016 Early Voting Costs » WAMC Governor Charlie Baker has signed a supplemental appropriations bill approved by the legislature that includes money to reimburse cities and towns for early voting expenses in 2016.…

Conscious of cyber threats, Galvin's office focuses on election integrity » Lowell Sun Amid talk of ongoing meddling in American elections by Russia or other adversaries, the head of Secretary of State William Galvin's elections division met over the long weekend with U.S. Department of…

Massachusetts officials spent $100,000 in taxpayer funds on a new private bathroom » MassLive Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation acknowledged they upgraded their offices in downtown Boston after spending $100,000 to install a bathroom and a kitchenette.…

Galvin's office keeps focus in election integrity » The Salem News Amid talk of ongoing meddling in American elections by Russia or other adversaries, the head of Secretary of State William Galvin's elections division met over the long weekend with U.S. Department of…

Taxation

Study: 'Millionaire' tax would hurt Bay State » Lowell Sun High-income earners in Massachusetts could have reason to leave come November, a new study suggests.…

Transportation

Pignatelli: Use Volkswagen Settlement Money for Electric Car Infrastructure » iBerkshires State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, joined 37 other legislators who weighed in last week on the allocation of $75 million that the state is scheduled to receive from the Volkswagen Enviro…

Despite payroll drop, MBTA sees overtime costs increase » Boston Herald The latest payroll numbers from the MBTA, combined with a report on Green Line infrastructure woes and a $111 million budget deficit, show an agency still in need of speeding up reform, a watchdog sai…

Options now abound for potential passenger rail to the Berkshires » the Berkshire edge The quest to bring passenger rail back to the Berkshires continues. But there are enough reports and competing proposals to make your head spin.…

Rep. Peake Elected Chair of RTA Caucus » Cape Cod Online A member of Cape Cod legislative delegation has been elected as one of the two chairs of the Regional Transit Authority Caucus for the current legislative session.…

MBTA Green Line 'stretched to limit' » Boston Herald A recent report blasts the Green Line as “stretched to the limit” and in danger of more derailments — saying the only fix is an infusion of cash and workers to the MBTA.…

T's payroll move to state system brings 'organization' » Boston Herald The MBTA's payroll has been moved under the state's system in a move to open up the books at the beleaguered transit agency, according to the comptroller.…

City examines pricing pilot's impact on parking, congestion » State House News Service

Utilities

Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC » MassLive The Federal Communication Commission says it will launch an auction on July 24 for private telecom firms to provide broadband to 13,000 rural premises in Massachusetts that still don't have high-speed…

Lobbyists' valentines ask Baker to 'break up' with non-renewable energy » The Daily Free Press Around 100 people swarmed the State House on Feb. 14 decked out in red to celebrate Valentine's Day by delivering cards to the governor. The handmade cards asked Charlie Baker to break up with non-ren…

Spectrum makes switch to totally digital signal in Northern Berkshire » Berkshire Eagle Northern Berkshire cable customers said goodbye to their coaxial cable connections Tuesday. Spectrum switched to a 100 percent digital signal in the North Adams, Adams and Williamstown area Tuesday, …

Eversource to seek Northern Pass reconsideration » Commonwealth Magazine NH business group calls on regulators to reverse course on permit denial …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Massachusetts AG proposes to invest Volkswagen settlement in electric vehicles, clean energy » Utility Dive

STATEHOUSE NEWS: Backlash back story - the leadup to marijuana summit 2.0 » Wicked Local Ipswich

Solar industry under attack from Cape Cod to the Berkshires » Cape Cod Times

Rep. Gordon talks transportation with the Planning Board » Wilmington Town Crier

Northampton dam removal project in Leeds to advance with $25K state grant » MassLive

Wentworth president announces retirement: 'It's the right time to move on' » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts police union backs revised 'Safe Communities' bill limiting cops' work with federal immigration authorities » MassLive

Amherst rep dumps Dems, cites "false construct" » State House News Service

Support gun control legislation » Martha's Vineyard Times

Suffolk DA Dan Conley won't seek reelection » Boston Globe

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Recipe of the Week

Maple Walnut Ice Cream

Yankee Magazine

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup walnut halves
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1-3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt

Directions

First, toast the nuts: Heat your oven to 325° and set a rack to the middle position. Arrange walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until lightly browned and fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes. Chop and set aside.

In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan, bring maple syrup to a simmer over medium heat. Stay close by, as syrup can boil over (reduce heat as necessary). Simmer until syrup is reduced to 1/2 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Add cream, then milk and salt; reduce heat to low.

Meanwhile, beat egg yolks in a small bowl. Whisk about a cup of the cream mixture into the egg yolks. Add another cup, whisking constantly, then pour the egg mixture back into the pot with the rest of the cream.

Turn the heat to medium-low and cook the custard, stirring continuously, until the mixture reaches 175° on an instant-read thermometer (this is the point at which it will thicken noticeably). Remove from heat, and pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium-size bowl. Take a piece of plastic wrap and press it against the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Transfer the custard to the refrigerator and chill until the temperature reaches 35°-40°, about 6 hours or up to overnight. (You may speed up this process by setting the bowl of custard into a larger bowl filled of ice water and stirring to cool it down.)

Pour the chilled custard into your ice-cream maker, leaving 3/4 inch at the top to allow for expansion. Preapare according to freezer instructions. Add walnuts during final 10 minutes of chilling. 



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