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9:15am Progressive Mass 2018 Lobby Day, Room 437, State House

10:00am Immigrants' Day at the State House, Hall of Flags, State House, Boston

10:30am Special Commission on Public Records, B-1

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:00pm Fundraiser for Cape Cod & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe with Gov. Charlie Baker

5:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's April Fundraising Reception

6:00pm Governor's Council Candidate Paul DePalo Fundraiser & Beer Tasting

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Kevin Tagliaferri Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Joseph Demers Campaign Kickoff

Must-Reads

Ties to City Hall bolster Dan Koh’s bid for Congress » Boston Globe Large donors have interests in Boston, not Third District …

The charter school movement regroups and looks ahead » Boston Globe IT’S A BITTERSWEET WAY to celebrate the 25th birthday of this state’s education reform law. …

Jesse Jackson: How Dr. King Lived Is Why He Died » New York Times We owe it to Dr. King to commemorate the man in full: a radical, ecumenical, antiwar, pro-immigrant and scholarly champion of the poor. …

Activists demand DNC member’s resignation after ‘colored people’ remark » Politico MIAMI — A Florida Democratic National Committee member is resisting a chorus of resignation calls from African-American activists and party officials — including his own wife — af…

Hawkins wins Attleboro state rep race over Hall » The Sun Chronicle Hawkins ran an upbeat campaign emphasizing his experience as a teacher and businessman while focusing on issues such as education and fighting opioid addiction. …

Stop the presses! He’s not running for DA » Boston Globe Senator Joseph Boncore, a Winthrop Democrat, has decided to inform the public he will not be throwing himself into the race. …

Baker proposes home energy efficiency score » Commonwealth Magazine Would be required as part of real estate transactions in 2021 …

"I would be very curious what the plans are of this administration to finally start spending some of that money," Gobi said, suggesting that had the state financed seawall construction "we wouldn't have seen some of the disasters that we saw this past season - horrendous."

Senator Anne Gobi

Questioning why some of the previous bond bills have not been spent on critical repairs.

News By Category
Business

Mass. fishermen could see up to $25M through 'innovation fund' » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts fishing industry could receive up to $25 million in grants through a new fund, which would finance high-tech upgrades and research initiatives for fleets, including modification of c…

Lawmakers still skeptical of industry opposition to state-based net neutrality » Boston Business Journal For the third time in less than two months, opponents of state-level net neutrality legislation made their case at the State House, as one lawmaker said his questions had gone unanswered throughout th…

Massachusetts cannabis commission moving headquarters in Worcester » The Republican The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, tasked with overseeing the new marijuana industry, is looking to move to Worcester.…

Governor Baker seeks more money to lure companies to Mass. » Boston Globe Like it or not, Massachusetts can’t always lure companies here on our reputation alone. We often need to bring money to the table.…

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins Regrets Nothing » Boston Magazine He fearlessly defeated half a dozen attorneys general and the federal government on his way to building a billion-dollar startup and the most powerful consumer tech company in town. But now that the b…

Maura Healey: ‘Turning point’ vs. Exxon » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey — riding the momentum of a federal ruling that tossed one of two Exxon Mobil lawsuits filed against her — is arguing that decision undercuts the second loca…

Civil Rights

After Martin Luther King’s death, James Brown calmed a tense Boston » Boston Globe Truth be told, James Brown was always more Bruno Mars than Kendrick Lamar.…

New MLK Biographies Detail His Ties To Boston University And Robert F. Kennedy » WBUR Fifty years ago in Memphis, on April 3, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech. The next day, King was assassinated. …

Crimes

Former senator's corruption trial could run six weeks » Newburyport News

Mass. uncovers almost $17 million in welfare fraud » Boston Globe The state auditor’s office says it has uncovered nearly $17 million in welfare fraud during the last fiscal year, a 9 percent increase over the previous year and the seventh consecutive year of…

Sen. Brady faces sanctions after drunk-driving arrest » Wicked Local Braintree Facing potential criminal repercussions for allegedly driving drunk, Sen. Mike Brady could also eventually face consequences in the legislative chamber he joined three years ago. Senators should discu…

Education

Students form bipartisan front in push for civics bill » Newburyport News

Environment

Energy bill can help save the right whale » Cape Cod Times Multiple factors contribute to the declining right whale population, and the changing climate and the resulting changes in the ocean are important components of this ecological challenge (“Path …

Governor Baker backs bill requiring energy efficiency grades for homes » Boston Globe Environmental groups have been a bit wary lately of Governor Charlie Baker, largely because he continues to embrace natural gas as a key part of the region’s energy mix.…

Could your home make the grade? Governor seeks to mandate energy-efficiency scores » Boston Globe Homeowners could soon have a new reason to button their homes up tight: a bad grade on an energy-efficiency report card.…

Housing

Baker bill would require sellers to provide home energy scorecard » Real Estate by Boston.com To reduce greenhouse gases and lower energy costs, Governor Charlie Baker filed legislation today that would require sellers to provide home-energy performance ratings to potential buyers.…

Human Services

Get a warrant: South Congregational Church not letting Springfield inspectors inside immigrant sanctuary » The Republican South Congregational Church, which is providing sanctuary for a Peruvian woman facing deportation, will not permit the city to inspect the site unless it obtains a court warrant, officials said Tuesda…

Immigration

Immigration Advocates to Lobby Massachusetts Lawmakers at State House » NBC Boston

Judiciary

Criminal justice overhaul expected to reach Baker Wednesday » Worcester Telegram

Legislators Back Revamp of State's Criminal Justice Laws » US News and World Report

Labor

Do Weak Labor Laws Actually Spur More Teacher Strikes? » Governing The recent protests in conservative states point to a potentially counterintuitive reality. …

Legislative

Chaos in the Senate? » Commonwealth Magazine

State Senate President Chandler says she may leave post before December » The Recorder Senate President Harriette Chandler will “probably” step down as the chamber’s top Democrat before December and expects the ethics investigation into her predecessor to wrap up with…

Marijuana

Health insurance should cover medical marijuana, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez says » The Republican To address the extreme toll of opioid addiction, Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez on Tuesday said he would require health insurers and the state's MassHealth program to cover the cost of…

State Cannabis Commission to have headquarters in Worcester » Worcester Telegram Coming soon to Worcester: the Cannabis Control Commission. The young state agency that oversees the rapidly growing legal marijuana industry in Massachusetts agreed Tuesday to search for a location in…

Marijuana in Massachusetts: 218 applications roll in at Cannabis Control Commission » The Republican A day after essentially opening for businesses, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission said they saw 218 applications come in for retail pot shop licenses. The applications are for "priority ce…

Pot applications pour in to state board » Lowell Sun Marijuana regulators could approve the first prospective marijuana businesses for expedited licensing next week, after the Cannabis Control Commission's staff is able to review more than 200 applicati…

Cannabis commission turning to Worcester for new HQ » WCVB Coming soon to Worcester: the Cannabis Control Commission. …

Pot board high on Worcester » Commonwealth Magazine Cannabis commission to locate main office in central Mass. …

Opinion

Carr: In corruption title fight, taxpayers get KO’d » Boston Herald It’s a tough question, like asking which cop shop is more bent — the Mass. State Police or the FBI. The MSP admits to committing massive overtime fraud and welcoming kingpin drug dealers…

The charter school movement regroups and looks ahead » Boston Globe IT’S A BITTERSWEET WAY to celebrate the 25th birthday of this state’s education reform law.…

Elizabeth Warren’s New Health Care Bill Is Personal Fraud » Townhall On March 21, Elizabeth Warren unveiled her new healthcare bill, the Consumer Health Insurance Protection Act. Warren and her legion of co-sponsors, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, cl…

Getting the whole story on Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick » Boston Globe The image of Teddy Kennedy that the movie “Chappaquiddick” presents is of an immature yet calculating man who chose to hold onto his life as a politician, rather than resign, because it wa…

Politics

Ties to City Hall bolster Dan Koh’s bid for Congress » Boston Globe Large donors have interests in Boston, not Third District…

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey to receive Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Awards » Sampan The Massachusetts Democratic Party has named Senator Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey as this year’s recipients of the Party’s Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Awards. …

Boncore Running For Re-Election To State Senate, Not For District Attorney » North End Waterfront After recent speculation that he would run for Suffolk County District Attorney, Joe Boncore has issued the following statement that he is not running for DA and will seek re-election in the State Sen…

Public Health

The Healthy Incentives Program is so popular, its future is now in doubt » Boston Globe For 10 years, disabled single mother Rebecca Martin has depended on a combination of federal benefits, smart shopping, and hard choices to feed herself and her children.…

Public Safety

Middlesex Pilot Program To Help Divert Jailbound To Treatment » Stoneham Patch A new commission is working on figuring out a systematic way for police and the courts to divert those with mental illness and/or substance use conditions away from the criminal justice system and tow…

Baker’s State Police overhaul already is contending with hurdles » Boston Globe The overhaul Governor Charlie Baker and the head of the State Police touted this week as bringing change from “top to bottom” to the beleaguered law enforcement agency is facing immediate …

Gilpin: Changes underway to restore public confidence in state police » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Baker is calling for change to the Massachusetts State Police after an overtime scandal involving nearly 30 troopers.…

Mass. State Police scandals: Col. Kerry Gilpin says reforms not 'punishment,' but 'restructuring' » The Republican The morale of Massachusetts state troopers is in flux this week after a rising tide of reported scandals forced changes in State Police operations.…

Firefighters rescue hundreds of animals, including pet camel, in Holden barn fire » Boston Globe Firefighters rescued 400 chickens, 70 cows, 80 sheep, and a 12-year-old pet camel named Joshua from a barn fire that erupted at a 350-acre livestock farm in Holden on Tuesday, officials said.…

Senate Waters Down Bill To Set Minimum Police Officer Standards » Honolulu Civil Beat

Taxation

Baker-Polito Administration announces 2018 community tax credit awards » Sampan Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $5.9 million in tax credit allocations to 46 Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and two Community Service Organizations (CSOs) through the state…

Governments Increasingly Tax Uber and Lyft for Transit Revenue » Governing Ride-hailing services are crying foul. But cities and states say they’re merely taxing services. …

Transportation

With Amazon mulling Boston HQ2 bid, MBTA gives Red-Blue connector fresh look » Boston Business Journal The state shelved the project years ago but it has found new life through Boston’s bid for Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters.…

Albany could get a seasonal weekend train to the Berkshires » timesunion

Utilities

Baker treads softly on Healey proposal » Commonwealth Magazine Won’t say whether he favors reform or removal of electricity sellers …

Delays likely in offshore wind procurement » Commonwealth Magazine Evaluators tied up on clean energy procurement …

Grid operator raises alarm at Mystic shutdown » Commonwealth Magazine Says power plant retirements pose unacceptable fuel security risk …

Beaton: Natural gas not part of Massachusetts 'clean peak' standard » Worcester Telegram

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Senator charged with OUI could face action in chamber - after court case plays out » Berkshire Eagle

Sen. Harriette Chandler could give up top post by December » Worcester Telegram

Montigny Announces Over $575K for New Bedford Workforce Training » WBSM

MNA: Steward Plans to Close DPH-deemed Essential Maternity Services at Morton Hospital Called into Question by DPH, Community Leaders and Caregivers » PRNewswire

Massachusetts agency breaks off from national loan servicer amid controversy » The Daily Free Press

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • Four 1-pound whole branzino—scaled and gutted, heads and tails removed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 lemons—1 thinly sliced, 1 cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Finely chopped parsley, for serving

Directions

Step 1    

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Season the fish cavities with salt and pepper. Stuff each cavity with a thyme sprig, a bay leaf and 2 lemon slices. Rub the outside of the branzino with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2    

Grill the branzino over high heat, turning once, until browned and crisp and just cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Serve right away, passing salt, lemon wedges and parsley at the table.



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