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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Women's Bar Association Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Coalition for Homeless Individuals Lobby Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Massachusetts Home Care Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:30pm Homes for Our Troops Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

2:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

6:00pm Winter Reception with Sen. Joe Boncore

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Katie McBrine Hull Campaign Launch Party

Must-Reads

Gun Smoke and Mirrors » New York Times Age limits for buying semiautomatic weapons and bump-stock bans are inadequate. Throwing people who seem “off” into mental hospitals is insane. …

Can millenial women decide the next election? » Vanity Fair A new collaboration between the Hive, theSkimm, and SurveyMonkey traces the interest, and likely impact, of female millennial voters in advance of the consequential 2018 midterms. …

Opinion: Trump's Negatives Are the Biggest — but Are They Also the Best? » Roll Call Presidential job approval is important, but given Trump's history, it is less clear how to apply it in his case, particularly when the key issue that got him and Republicans elected (the economy) has …

The most ominous line in the new Jared Kushner story » Washington Post The centerpiece of The Post's new report is those officials from four countries — the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico — having discussed ways to manipulate Kushner. Their …

Energy production forecast shows wind rivaling gas » State House News Service For the first time in the modern era the amount of wind power proposed for New England exceeds the amount of natural gas generation proposed for the region, according to the electrical grid's operator…

Feds testing Walsh's waters in Boston Calling corruption trial » Boston Herald Federal prosecutors want to take the temperature of Mayor Martin J. Walsh's popularity when they begin questioning prospective jurors in the corruption trial of two of his top lieutenants. …

Pennsylvania's Special Election Will Show If Trump Can Hold Onto Union Vote in 2020 » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS President Donald Trump has his eye on Pennsylvania. Last week, he tweeted that Republicans in the Keystone State should fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve the current congressiona…

Chandler: State Senate 'ready to go' on housing bill » Worcester Telegram As anti-homelessness advocates poured into the State House Tuesday to make their case for more funding, Senate President Harriette Chandler said the Senate stands ready to take up a comprehensive hous…

State House harass report due tomorrow » Boston Herald Beacon Hill is poised to plunge back into the sexual harassment spotlight tomorrow, when House attorneys release a raft of recommendations to improve the chamber's harassment policies in what one lawm…

“It’s not HQ2. But it is great news for Boston,” Walsh said. “Projects like these are a tremendous vote of confidence in our city’s economy.”

Mayor Marty Walsh

Commenting on the news that Amazon would be leasing a new office in Boston's seaport.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Warren asks Fidelity, other companies to demand change in gun industry » Boston Globe As Congress steps into a familiar snarl over gun restrictions, US Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on deep-pocketed investors in gun companies, including Boston-based Fidelity Investment Management…

Business

Tarr bill would fuel growth in fishing, farming » Gloucester Times State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr has filed a bill that would use up to $50 million in bond authorizations for commercial fishing and agricultural industries to help promote economic growth and …

Suffolk Construction's high-tech nerve center lets it monitor projects nationwide » Boston Globe Viewing a giant screen at his Roxbury headquarters, John Fish can see a digital skyline consisting of projects his company is building around the country: 90 or so thin blue rectangles, lined up like …

'Special master' urged to oversee Berkshire Museum finances, changes » Berkshire Eagle If it allows the Berkshire Museum to sell artworks, the Supreme Judicial Court should name a special master to make sure the institution uses proceeds wisely, a new court filing says.…

Amazon plans to lease 18-story building, add 2,000 workers in major Boston expansion » Boston Business Journal A document filed with the city on Tuesday evening confirms the Boston Business Journal's previous reports that Amazon is planning a big expansion in Boston unrelated to its HQ2 search.…

Another side of the construction boom: the porta-potty business has gone wild » Boston Globe Look skyward these days, and it's hard not to find evidence of the city's rapid growth, from the swinging cranes in the Seaport to the steel skeletons rising over the financial district.…

A treasure trove of history among Massachusetts military archives in Concord » Wicked Local Where can you find a an original signature of one of the founders of our country, and the records of every Massachusetts soldier who served in the military from 1775 to 2017?…

Amazon set to bring at least 2,000 more jobs to the Seaport » Boston Globe Amazon is poised to lease a massive new office in the Seaport District and hire at least 2,000 more employees in Boston over the next few years, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Tuesday.…

Civil Rights

Hate group and anti-Semitic incidents rose during Trump's first year, reports find » Boston Globe The number of hate groups and anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased during President Trump's first year in office, according to two reports from watchdog groups that tracked white supr…

Crimes

Lawyer 'entangled' in Joyce cover up, prosecutors say » Wicked Local Braintree Federal prosecutors leading a corruption case against former state Sen. Brian Joyce, who once represented Braintree, want the court to disqualify Joyce's lawyer, claiming the attorney was working to c…

Education

Students, advocates push for overhaul of sex ed in Mass. » Worcester Telegram Dozens of high school students from around the state gathered last Thursday at the Statehouse, urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would require any school offering sex education to use a “medi…

Dorchester charter school placed on probation » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education placed a Dorchester charter school on probation Tuesday amid two state investigations into potential financial mismanagement.…

Jumpstart possible antidote to state's early literacy woes » The Salem News Elizabeth Meca of Dorchester remembers one of the points when she realized a unique educational opportunity was helping her four-year-old daughter, Olivia.…

'Notable improvement' cited in Holyoke graduation, drop out rates » The Republican Nearly 70 percent of high school students graduated in the 2016-2017 school year, which is an improvement over the previous year of about 8 percent but still means too many aren't graduating, official…

School districts protected from negligence lawsuit by bullying victims, SJC rules » Boston Globe The family of a Lynn elementary school student who was paralyzed after being pushed down a stairwell by a bully cannot seek monetary damages from the Lynn School District and officials, even though th…

Michelle Obama Will Speak in Boston in April » Boston Magazine The former First Lady will be on a panel at the Simmons Leadership Conference. …

School turnaround bill advances » Bay State Banner

Environment

Rep. Seth Moulton dubbed 'environmental champion' » Wicked Local Salem A statewide environmental-advocacy organization recently dubbed U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, as an “Environmental Champion.”…

Cape Cod protesters dress to express » Cape Cod Times Brewster's Christopher Powicki's bearded face poked out of a plush full-length lobster costume. Kevin O'Brien of Boston was head-to-toe great white shark, and Don Mallinson of East Falmouth wore a car…

Trump's offshore drilling plan panned at hearing » Gloucester Times Opponents of offshore drilling on Tuesday blasted President Donald Trump's proposal to open up the New England coast to oil and gas exploration, saying the plan threatens the state's fishing industry,…

Gaming

Wynn resort name under fire amid new sex claims » Boston Herald Explosive new allegations — including rape — against toppled casino mogul Steve Wynn come as the state Gaming Commission has been flooded with unsolicited calls to drop the magnate's nam…

Stripping Wynn's name from Massachusetts casino should be 'on the table,' Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Health Care

Partners HealthCare adds Lifespan to Rhode Island expansion plans » Boston Globe Three might not be a crowd for Partners HealthCare.…

Housing

Chelmsford's affordable housing nears 10 percent quota » Wicked Local Chelmsford The town is now just shy of the 10 percent affordable housing stock needed for protection against development exemptions under Chapter 40B.…

Mass. home prices rise higher as Hill mulls housing bill » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

League of Westford voters » Lowell Sun State Rep. James Arciero of Westford recently met with a group of residents from the groups Westford League of Women Voters and Westford Indivisible regarding legislation to implement a voter-registra…

Immigration

Immigrants at odds with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker over immigrant protection bill » The Republican Immigrant advocates have reached a compromise with the police over a bill in the Legislature that aims to protect immigrants without legal status - but they have not yet gotten Gov. Charlie Baker on b…

State police chiefs back new version of 'sanctuary state' bill » Boston Globe The state's top police chiefs have breathed new life — and new controversy — into a bill that would limit state and local law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration authoriti…

Boston City Council to honor black immigrants at annual Black History Month celebration » Sampan In a historic year for the Boston City Council, the four black members…

Judiciary

What Counts as a Felony? For Stealing, States Are Raising the Bar. » Governing Some are increasing the amount of stolen goods that make theft a felony. But it can be a hard sell politically. …

Massachusetts Catholic bishops urge 'historic' criminal justice reform » The Republican

Labor

Workers rally in Greenfield in support of union rights for public employees » Valley Advocate More than two dozen workers and union rights activists rallied outside the campus entrance of Greenfield Community College (GCC) on Monday, Feb. 26, to stand in solidarity with thousands of workers fr…

Mass. teens demand more funding for job opportunities » Bay State Banner

Legislative

Timilty announces Senate re-election bid » The Patriot Ledger Walter Timilty will seek re-election to the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth seat in the State Senate in the Nov. 6 state election.…

Creem promoted to Majority Leader, Rosenberg remains » State House News Service

Local Government

Lowell City Council launches search for manager » Lowell Sun She was never mentioned by name, but state Sen. Eileen Donoghue loomed large over Tuesday's City Council discussion about how to select the next city manager.…

Haverhill Awards Demolition Contract; Lupoli Project Begins in Earnest » WHAV Demolition of an urban renewal-era building in downtown Haverhill is imminent, marking the start of what will lead to Salvatore Lupoli's mid-rise tower on Merrimack Street.…

State puts $1.5M toward Worcester Senior Center improvements » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Senior Center will get a $2.1 million face-lift to improve programming space, prepare for senior housing and more, thanks to a $1.5 million MassWorks grant announced Tuesday.…

City Appeals to State For Help Paying $11 Million Hospital Debt Next Year » WHAV As Haverhill worries about making $11 million in payments next year on the former city hospital's debt, Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini is appealing to the state for help.…

Lowell to join opioid lawsuits » Lowell Sun The city will join a growing number of municipalities, counties, and state governments suing prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, City Solicitor Christine O'Connor told the City Council…

Mashpee selectman offers to help students attend gun-control march » Cape Cod Times Mashpee Selectman Andrew Gottlieb is offering “financial and logistical” support to Mashpee students looking to attend Boston's March for Our Lives, a demonstration slated for March 24 tha…

Marijuana

Cannabis Control Commission reaches agreement on medical marijuana set-aside » The Republican Hoping to assuage fears that medical marijuana patients could find their medicine in short supply when dispensaries begin selling to the newly-legal retail market, state pot regulators on Tuesday agre…

After complaints, state agrees to staggered pot law rollout » Berkshire Eagle Home delivery of marijuana and social consumption of marijuana products will not be part of the legal marijuana industry when it launches in Massachusetts this summer.…

Pot board retreats on sweeping regs » Commonwealth Magazine Votes to delay home delivery, pot bars for at least a year …

Pot board mandates medical set-aside » Commonwealth Magazine Says growers have to keep 30 percent for patients before selling retail …

Massachusetts Cannabis Commission Agrees to Delay Some Aspects of Recreational Pot Launch » Boston Magazine Licenses for delivery services and social consumption facilities have been postponed. …

Opinion

Unions pay for politics with fees coerced from nonmembers » Boston Globe FORTY YEARS AGO, the Supreme Court ruled that where a union represents public employees, even workers who don't join the union can be forced to pay “agency fees” as a condition of the job.…

After horrible violence, a community library searches for peace » Boston Globe Some furniture, evidence now, has been carted away. Blood-stained carpeting has been ripped up and replaced with a conspicuous patch of dark-green tiles — fiber flooring that marks the spot of …

While blacks belong to the GOP, the GOP will never belong to them » Boston Globe Funny thing about black Republicans — they're always the last to know that the party to which they've pledged their political devotion will never fully accept them.…

Trump consults conspiracy theorist on guns » Boston Globe America's governing party has launched its usual stall on guns. At a brief press event on Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and his team criticized law enforcement for dropping the ball on multiple ti…

Baker must stand firm on safe communities » Lowell Sun We're not surprised the Baker administration won't go along with an agreement brokered by two state lawmakers with police groups on how to deal with illegal immigrants suspected of committing serious …

Letter to the Editor: Guarantee a deserved investment in Fall River by voting 'Yes' on Durfee » The Herald News Fall River faces an amazing opportunity on March 6. As the state representatives of our city, we hope you will agree and vote “Yes.”…

Polls, strolls and automobiles » Eagle Tribune The results of some opinion polls make us wish we had a time machine to jump ahead 50 years to see how things actually turn out.…

Editorial: State Rep. Peter Kocot devoted to public service » Gazette Net State Rep. Peter V. Kocot spent his 40-year career in public service among the state's most powerful politicians at the Statehouse in Boston, where he was a champion of civil rights and clean governme…

Time to part ways with traditional utility business model » Commonwealth Magazine Recent DPU decision double-downed on the old approach …

Unions play a key role in protecting working people and jobs » Sentinel & Enterprise

Politics

Tufts Democrats brings gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie to Tufts » The Tufts Daily Bob Massie, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, spoke at Tufts on Tuesday night at an event co-sponsored by Tufts Democrats and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.…

After Amherst Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose leaves Democratic Party, Eric Nakajima pulls papers to challenge him » The Republican Stressing the importance of being a Democrat, Eric Nakajima has made it official - pulling nominations papers to run for the Third Hampshire District seat currently held by Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose…

Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Andrew Covington takes out papers for state rep seat being vacated by John Scibak » The Republican Andrew Covington called The Republican to say he has decided not to run for the 2nd Hampshire District seat.…

Senate candidate Geoff Diehl talks with SouthCoast fishing industry » South Coast Today Geoff Diehl cruised around the Port of New Bedford in an RV Tuesday that maneuvered in and out of small entrances and exits. The red, white, and blue mobile home featured the slogan of the Republican …

Manchester woman challenging Hill for House seat » Gloucester Times When Donald S. Trump won the presidential election, Allison Gustavson decided to run for office.…

The Interview: Andrea Campbell » Boston Magazine If you want to see the future of Boston, look no further than Andrea Campbell. Raised in Roxbury and the South End, she blazed through Boston Latin, Princeton, and UCLA Law School, only to return home…

WHOLE LOTTA CAUCUS: ELECTIONS HAVE RETURNED TO THE COMMONWEALTH. SORT OF. » Dig Boston Last month marked the beginning of the weeks-long caucusing process for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. It's an annual occurrence, but this year's delegate elections bear far greater significance …

Public Safety

Scrutinized environmental top cops injured in crash » Boston Herald The state's top two environmental cops, including Gov. Charlie Baker's former campaign driver, suffered injuries in a car crash on the way back from a day trip to Nantucket last week, the Herald has l…

Once skeptical, Gov. Baker urges federal assault weapon ban » The Herald News Congress should follow the Bay State's lead and pass a law similar to the state's ban on assault weapons, Gov. Charlie Baker said.…

Transportation

Could a gondola system be coming to Boston's Seaport District? » Boston Globe The idea of a gondola whisking thousands of commuters over the traffic-clogged South Boston Waterfront once seemed fanciful to many in the city, a transportation pipe dream, of sorts.…

It's Time to Replace the Commuter Rail with an All-Electric “Regional Rail,” Transit Activists Say » Boston Magazine Let's face it. Nobody loves the commuter rail right now. It keeps thousands of people heading into Boston off the road every day, which is good for everyone. But its schedules are rigid, it moves rela…

Council to Gov. Baker: Use Part of $1B MBTA Purse to Resolve Bradford Layover » WHAV City councilors are asking for a formal review of a 30-plus-year-old impact study performed before the MBTA chose a site for the Bradford train layover.…

Commuter rail every 15 minutes? That's one group's vision » Boston Globe As the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority embarks on a rethink of how it operates the commuter rail, a group of transit activists is offering up some pretty ambitious ideas.…

The iron fist of Massport » Commonwealth Magazine Who would have thought Logan Airport and Massport would be the gold standard for airport operations? …

TransitMatters pushes 'regional rail' » Commonwealth Magazine Would transform commuter rail into subway-like system …

Bridge crosses $11M in add-ons » Boston Herald State transportation officials have approved nearly $12 million for additional work on the five-year Longfellow Bridge project, according to new documents that officials say underscore the complicated…

Massachusetts awards $5.5 million in grants for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements » The Republican

Utilities

FERC calls report on Eversource, Avangrid flawed » Commonwealth Magazine Agency says Environmental Defense Fund reached 'incorrect conclusions' …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Lanesborough Police Union: Station Is 'Unsafe and Unprofessional' » iBerkshires

Bill targets lead in school drinking water » Wicked Local Danvers

New poll: High support for East-West rail connecting Springfield to Boston » MassLive

Kerrigan ends campaign in 3rd District race » Eagle Tribune

Should Massachusetts ban drivers from using cellphones with exceptions for 'hands-free mode' and emergencies? » MassLIve

Poll: Transportation Is Still Bad And Needs More Money, Mass. Residents Say » WBUR

Political Notes: State should lead in voting rights, Zakim says » Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts drops from 1st to 8th in 'Best States' rankings » The Republican

Keller @ Large: Think Twice Before You Brag » CBS Boston

Mass. falls in US News ranking from 'best' state to eighth state » Boston Globe

Deal on policing illegals opposed » Lowell Sun

Haverhill lauded for decreasing school dropout rate » Eagle Tribune

In pilot, customers shift to Uber, Lyft from The Ride » Gloucester Times

Poll: Voters favor distracted driving crackdown, oppose raising tolls » WCVB

Moulton wins environmental award » Lynn Daily News Item

Troopers' lawyer says public safety chief, DA were involved in order to scrub police report » Worcester Telegram

EDITORIAL: State's income tax rate is frozen once again » Lowell Sun

Lawmakers seek ban on non-disclosure agreements » Eagle Tribune

In year of buyouts and layoffs, Fidelity's profits jump by over 50 percent » Boston Business Journal

Assistance overwhelmed: Funding for healthy food program to run out » Salem News

Graduation rates improve in Central Mass. city districts » Worcester Telegram

US Sen. Ed Markey, Democrats file resolution to overturn FCC's net neutrality ruling » The Republican

Longtime Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton laid to rest (photos, video) » The Republican

School Superintendent Feels Vindicated By City Dropout Rate Decreasing 60% » WHAV

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Pammy's Moe Isaza

Ingredients

1.5 oz Bacardi Ocho
.5 oz coffee liqueur
.5 oz pineapple juice
.5 oz amaro
Lemon wedge

Directions

Muddle the lemon wedge in the bottom of the shaker. Add all ingredients, and give it a hard shake. Double strain it, and serve over a king ice cube in double old fashioned glass.



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