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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am MCSW Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Senate Committee on Post Audit & Oversight, Public Hearing

5:00pm Birthday Celebration for Treasurer Deb Goldberg with Attorney General Maura Healey

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Gretchen Van Ness Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Jacob Ventura

6:00pm Asian American Women for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen

7:00pm Red, White & Blue Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Must-Reads

Baker's GOP challenger says he'd "mop the floor with him" in debate » State House News Service As Gov. Charlie Baker puts his head down and focuses on his State House work, his Republican re-election opponent, conservative Springfield pastor Scott Lively, said Tuesday the incumbent governor is …

House chairwoman mum about education funding bill » State House News Service House lawmakers are "in the process of reviewing" a school funding bill the Senate passed last week, according to Education Committee co-chair Rep. Alice Peisch, who declined on Tuesday to stake out a…

National Grid workers to protest outside chamber annual meeting » State House News Service Frustrated by outsourcing and benefits disputes, National Grid workers plan to protest Tuesday night outside the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, where National Grid is a sponsorin…

Sorry, Scott Lively, you can’t be taken seriously » Boston Globe When you are dealing with a crackpot, must you immerse yourself in crackpottery? …

The Downsides of Legalized Sports Gambling » The Ringer Regulated bookies! Betting at your local bar! More tax dollars! There’s plenty to like about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, but much like with the increased legalization of marijuana…

Forget impeachment: This is the greatest power Democrats will wield if they flip the House » Business Insider Democrats will wield subpoena power if they can flip the House this fall. …

Top Dem presidential hopefuls audition for 2020 » Politico Magazine Squint, and it looked like Iowa, December 2019 — except the setting was a hotel basement ballroom in downtown D.C. on Tuesday, with the 2020 Democratic field doing its first dry run. …

Rosenberg may be persona non grata on Beacon Hill. In Amherst? They really like him. » Boston Globe They’re devastated by Stan Rosenberg’s resignation from the Senate. They laud him as the epitome of a public servant. And if he were to run again, they’d probably vote for him. …

Maybe UMass Boston should be ‘independent’ of system, Lynch says » Dorchester Reporter As tensions escalated this week between members of the UMass Boston community and the UMass president’s office, elected officials touring the Columbia Point campus made it clear that they plan …

Senate panel recommends including lawmakers in new sexual harassment policies » Boston Globe A Massachusetts Senate committee is calling on the chamber to ban the use of nondisclosure agreements and specifically make lawmakers subject to their own sexual harassment policies after assault alle…

Personal stories not enough to save ‘lunch shaming’ bill » The Recorder From a $5 outstanding balance that put a high schooler at risk of not graduating to hot lunches swapped for cheese sandwiches, lawmakers and others detailed “lunch shaming” incidents Tuesd…

Implications for marijuana, sanctuary cities in sports betting ruling » State House News Service The activity is already widespread but it is all happening illegally and the only people profiting are tied into a seedy underworld, the argument goes, so why not make it legal, tax it and watch the m…

“Although I have the largest number of certified signatures in my career to get on the ballot and a recent poll suggests I would comfortably win re-election, it would not be in the best interests of the district I have had the privilege of serving for about [a] quarter of a century or for the Senate as an institution,” he wrote. “I have chosen not to file my papers for re-election.”

Stan Rosenberg

Responding to questions about whether he would submit his signatures for re-election.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren questions AT&T, Novartis on reported payments to Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, called on AT&T and Novartis officials this week to provide lawmakers with various information following reports that the two companies sent payments to Pre…

Business

Amazon unveils its newest digs, in Fort Point » Boston Globe The empty desks at Amazon’s new Boston office won’t be vacant long. About 350 Amazonians have moved into the retail giant’s brick-and-beam Fort Point digs since last month’…

Amazon is very unhappy with Seattle’s new tax. What might that mean for Boston? » Boston Globe Amazon had some tough words for its hometown Monday after the Seattle City Council approved a tax on major employers to help fund services for the homeless. And those words are resonating in Boston an…

Moody's: Massachusetts economy strong, but has risks » The Republican Massachusetts' economy is strong, but it may not stay that way, warned a new report from Moody's.…

Salaries at this Boston company rank among highest in US » Boston Globe If you’re feeling underpaid, now you can find out if you are. For the first time, we have a rough sense of what rank-and-file employees earn at publicly traded companies and how that compares t…

Massachusetts Gov. Baker Expects Boston to Be in the Hunt for Amazon HQ2 » Bloomberg Politics Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker discusses Amazon, public transportation, regulating Airbnb, sports gambling, solar power, and infrastructure projects in his state. He speaks with Bloomberg's Caro…

Hilton's new $15 million Tru Hotel opens for business in Chicopee » The Republican

Civil Rights

Lexington delegation stands up for transgender rights » Wicked Local Lexington On May 15, Rep. Jay Kaufman, D-Lexington, Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, and Sen. Mike Barrett, D-Lexington, raised their voices in support of transgender equal rights in the wake of the recent dec…

East Boston state rep calls out local priest for what he says were biased comments about Colombians during mass » Universal Hub In both English and Spanish, state Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston) issued a statement this afternoon.…

Education

Quincy College president resigns after state shuts down nursing programs » Boston Globe Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras announced his resignation Tuesday, acknowledging that he had lost the support of the college’s board of governors amid a tumultuous time for the school.…

State House committee passes on public school ‘lunch-shaming’ bill » Boston Herald A “lunch-shaming” bill filed to protect kids from being given cheese sandwiches instead of hot lunches or miss after-school activities because they owe money failed to pass on Beacon Hill.…

Mass. lawmakers stall on 'lunch shaming' bill » South Coast Today From a $5 outstanding balance that put a high schooler at risk of not graduating to hot lunches swapped for cheese sandwiches, lawmakers and others detailed “lunch shaming” incidents Tuesd…

Maura Healey vows to investigate Mount Ida deal » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is investigating whether Mount Ida College officials shirked their duty to the Newton school in quietly leading the college into an $86.5 million takeover deal with the U…

Officials praise support for education funding reform » Newburyport News Local and state officials are praising the push for a reformed method to fund education after the Senate voted 38-0 to pass a bill that would recalculate the presumed cost of public education across …

Healey allows sale of Mount Ida but will also investigate » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday she is allowing the $75 million sale of Mount Ida College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to move forward on narrow legal grounds because Mount Id…

Tito Jackson to receive honorary doctorate from alma mater » Boston Globe

Mount Ida president skips Senate hearing amid AG investigation » Boston Business Journal Senate lawmakers held a hearing on Wednesday to examine Mount Ida College's abrupt decision to close and sell its Newton campus to UMass. But one of the key figures behind the deal was notably absent:…

Gaming

If it’s legalized in Massachusetts, sports betting could take many forms » Boston Globe The Patriots giving six points against the Jets? Sure, you say, you’ll take that bet. But how would you place it, should Massachusetts legalize sports gambling? …

Plainridge enthusiastic about sports betting chances » The Sun Chronicle When and if Massachusetts sets guidelines for legalized sports betting, Plainridge Park Casino could be among the early beneficiaries.…

All bets are on » Commonwealth Magazine

Health Care

What consumers need to know about the state’s new health care website » Boston Globe State officials are launching a website that attempts to make health care costs a little easier for consumers to understand.…

Housing

Easthampton declared 'Housing Choice Community' by Baker administration » The Republican Former Mayor Karen Cadieux significantly increased the city's stock of affordable housing during her two terms, and Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, who took office in January, has pledged to continue the tre…

Baker-Polito Administration announces $8 million in funding to support nearly 100 units of supportive housing » Sampan Today, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded nearly $8 million in funding to support the creation or preservation of almost 100 units of supportive housing. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and…

How Boston's Big Attempt At Rental Law Reform Failed » WBUR Lisa Owen’s voice wavers between defiant and despondent. "Thousands of people are going to be in danger of losing their homes because they don't know their legal rights," she says. "It's uncons…

Autism housing gets $1M grant » Cape Cod Times

Immigration

Budget becomes battleground on sanctuary state » Boston Herald Two state senators are dueling in budget amendments over whether Massachusetts should be a sanctuary state, with Gov. Charlie Baker promising a careful review of the final spending plan once it reache…

Legislative

After Stan Rosenberg scandal, Senate committee recommends updating sexual harassment policy » The Republican Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, chairwoman of a special Senate committee to review Senate sexual harassment policies, said the recommendations "will take positive steps in advancing a workplace culture tha…

Local Government

Attorney General declares Acton Boxborough school committee violated Open Meeting Law » Wicked Local Boxborough The office of Attorney General Maura Healey said in a letter the Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee violated Open Meeting Law in regards to approving their minutes from previous meetings.…

Incumbents, artificial turf win in Falmouth » Cape Cod Times Falmouth athletes will have a new artificial turf field at the high school, with the $3.1 million proposal passing during Tuesday’s annual town election, with 3,994 in favor and 2,893 opposed.…

Sherborn Selectmen back to capacity, discuss forming a housing trust » Wicked Local Sherborn The selectmen reorganized and welcomed new member Eric Johnson, who was recently elected to the board, at their May 10 meeting. With the addition of Johnson, the select board is now at full capacity.…

Open meeting violation against West Bridgewater Board of Selectmen upheld » The Enterprise The attorney general’s ruling against the West Bridgewater Board of Selectmen for violating open meeting laws was upheld on May 4 on appeal.…

Foxboro approves Route 1 zoning changes » The Sun Chronicle The Route 1 zoning changes that have been lauded by town officials as the town’s best economic opportunity were passed at the annual town meeting Monday night.…

Mayor Paying Criminal Lawyers From Campaign Account: $130,000 in Legal Fees » Everett Leader Herald Mayor Carlo DeMaria has paid $130,000 in legal fees to criminal attorneys which appears to coincide with a Federal investigation into wrongdoing that remains ongoing, published reports and a review of…

Marijuana

Councilors propose ordinance limiting public marijuana use » Lowell Sun Smoking marijuana in public is illegal in Massachusetts, but city officials want to "give police some teeth" with added local regulations.…

Retail shops likely not ready to sell marijuana in Massachusetts July 1 » Wicked Local Although commercial sales of marijuana will be allowed beginning July 1, most Massachusetts residents will find it difficult to find a retail shop open for business that day.…

Opinion

America remains the only plausible candidate for world policeman » Boston Globe George W. Bush ran for president in 2000 on a platform of lowering America’s international profile and not trying to solve all the world’s problems.…

Black women are waiting for their #MeToo moment » Boston Globe Out of the dozens of women who have accused him of serial sexual misconduct, Harvey Weinstein has publicly challenged very few by name. He’s made an exception for actresses Salma Hayek and Lupi…

Bolling: Roxbury Cultural District a reality » Boston Herald In 1987, members of the Roxbury community including Barry Gaither, founder of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, state Rep. Byron Rushing and others began to lay the foundation for the crea…

Letter to the editor: Hey Attleboro residents: Are you taxes high enough yet? » The Sun Chronicle Local residents surely observe the disease affecting governments lately. It’s called “spend-itus.”…

Sen. Eldridge sanctuary budget add-on try a bad move » Boston Herald The beleaguered state Senate — already reeling from a series of scandals — could be plunging into yet another minefield as one lawmaker seeks to use the budget as a backdoor resuscitatio…

Editorial: Massachusetts should raise tobacco sales age to 21 » Gazette Net We hope this is the year that Massachusetts joins five other states in raising the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.…

Crighton takes aim » Lynn Daily News Item It’s invigorating to see state Sen. Brendan Crighton bring his energy and focus to the Legislature’s After-School and Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council.…

Editorial: Don’t gamble with betting law » Boston Herald With the Supreme Court giving the all-clear for states to legalize sports betting, we should be prepared for a substantial impact in the Bay State.…

GUEST COLUMN: Census citizenship question would hurt Massachusetts » Wicked Local Cambridge Taking the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda to the next level, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently announced that the 2020 Census will return to the pre-1950s practice of a…

Our view: Legal sports betting complicates the equation » The Salem News You can bet that the race is on among states to set up sports betting systems now that the U.S. Supreme Court has said they can do that.…

Politics

Sen. Eric Lesser to introduce Massachusetts lieutenant governor candidate Quentin Palfrey at Democratic State Convention » The Republican State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, will introduce Quentin Palfrey, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, at the Democratic State Convention.…

GOP Senate hopefuls, in Worcester, press the case against Warren, differ on Trump enthusiasm » Worcester Telegram Would Massachusetts’ Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls vote for Donald Trump were the presidential election held today?…

Democrats face push from left » The Bay State Banner

A new politics » The Bay State Banner

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates To Debate Thursday » WBUR

Public Health

State Rep. Hannah Kane supports new age restrictions for tobacco » Wicked Local Shrewsbury In addition to imposing new age restrictions for tobacco purchases, House Bill 4479, an act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction, would also ban tobacco sales at he…

Foundation focused on causes of breast cancer » State House News Service Researchers trying to fight cancer by identifying what causes the disease in the first place briefed lawmakers and staffers Tuesday on their work to learn more about the environmental causes of breast…

Mass., Worcester opioid programs get $11.7M » Worcester Business Journal

Public Safety

Fallen officers honored in Hingham ceremony » Patriot Ledger A small but grateful crowd gathered outside town hall Tuesday to thank police officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty.…

State Finance

Senate budget again sweeps race horse fund $$$ » State House News Service For the second year in a row, the Senate is eyeing a pot of money meant to support horse racing in Massachusetts as an additional revenue source to support its $41.4 billion spending plan.…

State Government

Male, female or ‘X’: Rep. Haddad bill makes third gender possible on state licenses, ID cards » The Herald News Haddad’s proposal, Bill H-4499, says, “Not with-standing any general or special law to the contrary, an application shall be permitted to designate ‘X’ in lieu of “male…

Moving registry to old courthouse may not be feasible » The Salem News The secretary of state still wants to move the Registry of Deeds to vacant court property downtown, and the register of deeds still doesn't want to move. Now it seems putting the registry on Federal S…

Taxation

Tarr files bills to lower income, sales taxes » Gloucester Daily Times Senators filed 1,196 amendments to the fiscal 2019 budget bill the branch will debate next week, including tax amendments from Minority Leader Bruce Tarr that would lower both the income and sales tax…

Transportation

Here’s an inside look at the new Orange Line cars » Boston Globe State officials got a look at a new Orange Line train Tuesday, stepping aboard one of four cars the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is testing at Wellington Yard.…

What’s shiny, smooth, and has that new car smell? » Commonwealth Magazine IT’S BEEN NEARLY 40 YEARS since the Orange Line has seen new subway cars, but that changed on Tuesday when a set of four cars made a special appearance on the test track at Wellington Station i…

Upgrades rolling in for T’s Orange Line » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker, MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez, state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and others got a tour of new Orange Line cars at the T’s Wellington Station yesterday.…

Female, male or 'X': Haddad looks to make 3rd gender option on licenses, IDs » South Coast Today A Massachusetts House bill filed by state Sen. Patricia Haddad offer a third gender designation on licenses and identification cards.…

SSA board calls for complete management review » Martha's Vineyard Times The voices were loud, they were forceful, and they were nearly unanimous that the Steamship Authority is broken and needs an outside review to help right the ship.…

Utilities

Attorney General Takes Aim at Electrical Suppliers' "Shocking" Practices » Cape Cod Today Attorney General Maura Healey's team has looked at the practices of Massachusetts' competitive electrical suppliers and she characterized their findings as "shocking."…

Private electric lines vex Islanders » Martha's Vineyard Times

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

As I See It: Time is running out to update laws on sexually explicit messages » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Williamstown among state's 'housing choices' communities » Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts Legislature seeks more time to study prohibition on 'meal-shaming' poor students » Mass Live

New Orange Line Train Testing Underway: Next Stop Show And Tell » Reading Patch

'Build, baby, build' motto catching on in Massachusetts, Ash says » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

'Fair value': Read the letter from Attorney General Maura Healey's office on the UMass/Mount Ida deal » Mass Live

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey opens investigation into Mount Ida College officials' closure of school » Mass Live

Are the vultures circling the Herald? » Commonwealth Magazine

Laureate would advise governor on musical matters » Gloucester Daily Times

Roadway repairs to ramp up in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth

Middlesex subcommittee recommends removing ex-President Dobelle's name from library » Lowell Sun

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Recipe of the Week

Baked Stuffed Fish

Yankee Magazine

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup crumbled saltine crackers (about 1 sleeve of crackers, total)
  • 6 ounces fresh lump crabmeat
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 small lemon (zest plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 skinless sole fillets or other thin, mild white fish, such as flounder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350° and set a rack to the middle position.

Lightly grease an 8-inch-square baking pan.

In a medium-size bowl, combine 1 cup of the crackers with the crabmeat, mayonnaise, parsley, chives, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cayenne.

Lay the fish fillets, dark side up, on a work surface. Divide the filling evenly among the fillets, spooning it in the center of the fish. Roll the ends up around the filling. Place the fish, seam side down, in the prepared baking pan.

Toss the remaining ½ cup of the crackers with the melted butter, and sprinkle over the fillets.

Bake until the fish is opaque and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges. 



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