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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Aviation on the Hill Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Public Hearing, Springfield Technical Community College, 7th Floor Conference Room, One Armory Square, Springfield

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm State Rep. Candidate David LeBoeuf Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm State Sen. Candidate Barry Finegold Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Spring Reception for Hampshire Register of Deeds Mary Olberding

5:30pm Boston Fundraiser for Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Kelda Roys

6:00pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Alex Bezanson

7:00pm Ladies & Laughter with Women for Congressional Candidate Peter Tedeschi

Birthdays: Rep. James O'Day

Must-Reads

Prominent donor threatens GOP over DACA » Politico Magazine Former Exelon chairman John Rowe, a prominent Chicago business leader who’s donated to dozens of GOP House and Senate members, first told POLITICO in an interview he is tightening the spigot â…

Our Revolution keeps consultant who made anti-immigrant comments » Politico Magazine Nina Turner is keeping her personal consultant on the Our Revolution payroll despite complaints from current and former board members and staff that the woman has made anti-immigrant comments that com…

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all » The Hill The “deep state” is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general’s report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mu…

Mass Fiscal unleashing new round of mailers targeting Dems » State House News Service With the next state election several months away, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance is targeting 25 Democrats with mailers chiding them for votes on their own pay raises and other issues …

Senate adopts limits on charter school expansion » State House News Service The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education would be prohibited from approving new charter schools or charter expansions unless the Legislature fully funds charter school reimbursements for local …

Massachusetts Speaker DeLeo pushing 'red flag' gun bill » Boston Herald Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo says he plans to bring a bill before the Massachusetts House that would let firearms be taken from people who show unstable or potentially dangerous behavior. …

Galvin disciplines employees for performing political tasks on government time » Boston Globe Three employees under Secretary of State William F. Galvin are being stripped of some pay after an internal review determined they had performed political tasks on Galvin’s behalf at times that…

Democrats’ Next Big Thing: Government-Guaranteed Jobs » New York Times Prominent Democrats — stung by their eroding support from working-class voters but buoyed by the deficit-be-damned approach of ruling Republicans — are embracing a big idea from a bygone…

Globe Editor Brian McGrory Accused Of Sexual Harassment » WGBH Right after the #MeToo movement picked up a full head of steam last fall, former Boston Globe.com editor Hilary Sargent started firing off tweets and calling people around town, demanding to know why …

The ex-synagogue president who could decide Senate control » Politico Magazine Democrats’ slim hopes of taking back the Senate this fall rest with a former synagogue president serving her first term in Congress taking on a battle-tested Nevada Republican who’s won …

“If you have an ‘R’ next to your name and you open your mouth, you’re hated,” he said. “If you’re a Democrat, like [Massachusetts Senator] Elizabeth Warren, you can say anything you please and get away with it. That’s where we are. It’s time to break the mold.”

Maine Governor Paul R. LePage

Speaking about Massachusetts politics as he campaigns for Geoff Diehl.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

‘Shame on you, Jared Kushner’: Harvard alumni tear apart classmate in 15th reunion notes » Boston Globe Graduates of the Harvard class of 2003 are making known their displeasure with the current White House administration in an unusual way, using the platform of their 15th reunion alumni notes to launch…

Business

Massport offers model for inclusion with Omni hotel project in the Seaport » Boston Globe The developers behind the massive Omni hotel project in the Seaport celebrated the start of construction Tuesday. Hopefully, this also marks the start of something more important than one building.…

Six local biomed researchers awarded $8 million apiece, with no strings attached » Boston Globe The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a nonprofit research organization, on Wednesday named 19 new medical investigators who will receive a total of $200 million to do whatever biomedical research they…

Gas and mortgages are getting expensive again. Welcome to a normal economy » Boston Globe Slowly but surely, the US economy seems to be finding its way back to an old, forgotten normal, with gas prices approaching $3 a gallon and mortgage rates climbing toward 5 percent. Depending on your …

Never mind about grant, Berkshire Museum tells state arts group » Berkshire Eagle As millions of dollars flow from art sales, the Berkshire Museum no longer wants a state grant — at least this year. …

Senators reject sales tax holiday and cut » Lowell Sun The Senate on Tuesday rejected two tax reform proposals that voters may have a chance to settle later this year. Senators turned down a proposal to grant Bay State shoppers a weekend free from the sa…

Garelick Farms tells workers Lynn plant is closing » Lynn Daily News Item One of the city’s largest employers is planning to close its plant on the Lynnway, The Item has learned. Garelick Farms, launched in 1928 as a one-truck operation then known as West Lynn Creame…

Crimes

Gov. Baker Says Law Should Be Reviewed As Child Rapist Is About To Be Released » CBS Boston “If we have a chance to save another child, we really need to,” said Billie Scharn. Her nephew Andy Puglisi disappeared from Lawrence in 1976, when he was 10 years old.…

Education

UMass Boston’s search for a new chancellor suddenly collapsed and now everyone is pointing fingers » Boston.com UMass Boston’s search for a new chancellor has come to an “unceremonious” end, but the fallout appears to be just beginning.…

Faculty say they wanted to reopen search for UMass Boston chancellor » My Fox Boston UMass Boston President Marty Meehan says he was mortified after faculty called the three chancellor candidates unqualified, and they all dropped out.…

What's Next For UMass Boston After Chancellor Candidates Withdraw » WBUR As UMass Boston prepares to get its second consecutive interim chancellor, some students and faculty are pulling to have more say in the selection process. …

Environment

As summer approaches, many state beaches aren’t in good shape » Boston Globe From Cape Cod to Cape Ann, this winter’s devastating succession of coastal storms has left a lasting mark on the state’s beaches — sand dunes washed away, staircases obliterated b…

Charting a course » Eagle Tribune Members of the Greater Haverhill Foundation say they have accomplished what many said would take decades to accomplish with the creation and publication of a new nautical chart of the Merrimack River …

Hilltowns getting Irene damages money » The Recorder It’s been almost seven years since Tropical Storm Irene swept through Buckland, Colrain and Hawley, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of flood damage.…

WHOI scientists help locate 'Holy Grail' of shipwrecks » Wicked Local Woods Hole institution’s unmanned underwater vehicle REMUS key to finding Spanish galleon said to hold billions of dollars in treasure.…

Cambridge's Composting Program Isn't Actually Composting. Is What They're Doing As Good? » WGBH Last month, the city of Cambridge expanded it’s so-called Curbside Composting program to pick up food scraps from 25,000 households in the city.…

Gaming

How the Sports Betting Ruling Will Impact State Budgets » Governing The Supreme Court outlawed a federal ban on sports betting on Monday, and some states are poised to capitalize. …

Legalization of sports betting in Massachusetts won't happen in 2018, House Speaker Robert DeLeo says » MassLive

Suffolk Downs in bid to revive thoroughbred racing in Berkshires » State House News Service

Health Care

Nantucket hospital agrees to $50K settlement » Cape Cod Times Nantucket Cottage Hospital has agreed to pay $50,000 in a civil settlement after an investigation found the hospital failed to maintain effective controls against drug diversion, and that its pharmacy…

Housing

Condo sales, prices outpacing home sales in Massachusetts » State House News Service While conditions are challenging for many in the housing market, home and condo sellers in Massachusetts keep finding buyers willing to pay higher prices.…

Human Services

State funds HIP through June » Athol Daily News After a more than monthlong hiatus, SNAP clients will be able to get fresh vegetables to feed their families once again through the Healthy Incentives Program, according to the Department of Transitio…

Immigration

ICE agents in Mass. halt controversial practice of office arrests » Boston Globe Federal agents in Massachusetts have halted the controversial practice of arresting undocumented immigrants who are visiting government offices in hopes of gaining legal status, an immigration officia…

16 protestors supporting driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants arrested outside Massachusetts State House » The Republican Sixteen demonstrators who protested in support of driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants were arrested outside the Massachusetts State House Monday evening.…

Boston ICE Office Chief Tells Judge He's Ordered A Stop To Arrests At Interviews » WBUR Department of Homeland Security officials are due back in Boston federal court Wednesday to explain why the immigrant spouses of American citizens were detained at interviews to prove the legitimacy o…

Judiciary

Graduates from court’s Womanhood Program ready for life’s next step » Gazette Net Amid the season of college graduations, seven women graduated Tuesday from the Eastern Hampshire District Court Probation Office’s Womanhood Program.…

House reform widens treatment options for pre-trial detainees » South Coast Today A House-approved measure aimed at ensuring pretrial detainees have access to substance abuse treatment is now poised to come before the Senate.…

SJC takes up case questioning what defines a pimp » Boston Herald Who’s a pimp? How should prosecutors jail them? Those questions are front-and-center in a case the Supreme Judicial Court plucked for special review stemming from a 2012 nationwide prostitution…

Lawmakers back resolution asking Baker to remove judge » Sentinel & Enterprise

Labor

US Rep. Richard Neal offers bill to help provide low-income parents training for in-demand jobs » MassLive With jobs across the country going unfilled due, in part, to a lack of skilled workers, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, introduced legislation this week to help low-income parents overcome empl…

Legislative

House adopts $1.3M in proposals by Rep. Lori Ehrlich » Wicked Local Marblehead

Local Government

After ransomware attack, tech a likely topic at Leominster budget talks » Sentinel & Enterprise As the School Department's budget is formulated over the coming weeks, school officials expect funding for technology updates to play a part in discussions following the $10,000 ransom they paid to cy…

Why Is Boston Common So… Common? » Boston Magazine Virtually unchanged since the days of Paul Revere, America’s oldest park isn’t living up to its potential. Will the city finally bring it back to life? …

Town treasurer congratulated on retirement » The Landmark

Marijuana

Pot moratorium moves forward in Framingham » The Metro West Daily News Cannabis users will likely need to travel beyond the city limits to find pot for sale when the product hits retail stores this summer.…

Background checks underway, CCC may start awarding licenses next week » State House News Service With just more than a week until it can begin issuing business licenses, the Cannabis Control Commission is in the midst of conducting its first background checks for prospective legal marijuana busin…

Abington Town Meeting extends retail marijuana moratorium but rejects outright ban » Patriot Ledger

Opinion

Let’s purge the GOP’s rote excuses for mass shootings » Boston Globe THIS YEAR, more people have died from gun violence in schools than have been killed while serving in the US military. Most of them have been students, as was the tragic case again last week at a high …

Trump administration’s internal struggle: rule of law or law of ruler » Boston Globe WE ARE NOW WATCHING a high-stakes struggle being played out inside the Trump administration, between those who believe in the rule of law and those who advocate the law of the ruler.…

If Nantucket has room for golf, it can tolerate housing » Boston Globe THE DICTIONARY ENTRY FOR NIMBY (/nim-bee/ noun, acronym,) ought to be updated to reflect the latest battle between the workforce and the wealthy on Nantucket.…

Mayor Walsh says a strong UMass Boston is critical, and offers to help » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh has made an offer to the University of Massachusetts that should be accepted immediately.…

Letter to the Editor: Excel's disregard for Freetown neighbors is beyond insensitive » Taunton Gazette “I don’t care if the smoke is purple!” blurted legal counsel for Excel Recycling in front of a judge at Thursday’s hearing on motions, following selectmen’s denial of …

Is another Beacon Hill scandal brewing? » WBSM It has only been a few weeks since the former Senate President, Democrat Stanley Rosenberg, was forced to resign in disgrace over a corruption scandal involving his now-estranged husband. Now, longtim…

Editorial: Massachusetts must be prudent on sports betting » Gazette Net We concur with two Hampshire County legislators who urged the state to be prudent before legalizing sports betting.…

Our view: Small steps in the right direction » The Salem News As the state moves toward more “smart-growth” transit-oriented housing and works to cut greenhouse gas emissions, one project unveiled last week could set a benchmark for how to do it in a…

Editorial: Restore Motley to UMass Boston chancellor’s post » Dorchester Reporter The turmoil that is swirling around UMass Boston’s Dorchester campus is distressing and unnecessary. The university desperately needs a leader, someone with a deep institutional knowledge andâ…

Our View: Law that improves Alzheimer's care a welcome idea » South Coast Today A group of hardy advocates who traveled to the State House last week aren’t waiting for the happy moment when Alzheimer’s Disease might finally be cured. …

Injection-sites can prevent opioid deaths » The Enterprise

Vote ‘no’ on Article 26 » The Recorder

Politics

Jo Comerford, campaign director for MoveOn, seeks state Senate seat » Gazette Net After 20 years of advocating for issues ranging from mental health to the environment to education, Jo Comerford is looking to take everything she has learned and put it to work for the residents of t…

Maine governor stumps for Mass. US Senate candidate » Boston Globe Underlining the Trump connections that run through his US Senate bid, Republican candidate Geoff Diehl enlisted Maine Governor Paul R. LePage to the campaign trail Monday, tapping his unapologetic con…

5 MINUTE READ: Fiscal Alliance flier targets Higgins » Sentinel & Enterprise Another flier from the conservative Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance targeting state Rep. Natalie Higgins is making the rounds among local residents.…

Rivals turn up pressure on Galvin over signature collections » Sentinel & Enterprise Secretary of State William Galvin's primary opponent on Monday raised the specter of a tainted election, or at least the appearance of one, if the public cannot be adequately assured that Galvin's emp…

Political analyst Bill Kristol criticized Boston, and Twitter was not too thrilled » Boston Globe Criticize Boston, and its loyal Twitter representatives will fight back. That’s the message that Weekly Standard editor and conservative political commentator Bill Kristol received loud and cle…

Beth Lindstrom on Herald Radio, seeks primary debates » Boston Herald GOP Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom appeared on Boston Herald Radio today where she said she’s ready to debate her opponents in the Republican primary to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.…

Robert Massie’s communications director departs, citing ‘finance’ issues » Boston Globe

Which Suffolk County DA Candidate Has The Most Campaign $$? » Jamaica Plain News

Public Health

Sen. Lovely, Rep. O’Day host Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Day » Wicked Local Danvers The Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression hosted its fourth annual Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House May 9.…

Healthy Incentives Program restored in state budget » The Recorder With the governor’s signing of the Legislature’s supplemental budget for the remainder of the budget year through June 30, $2.15 million in funding for the Healthy Incentives Program has…

Public Safety

Gun control laws in Mass. are poised to become more strict » Boston Globe Massachusetts lawmakers are on course to strengthen the state’s already strict gun control laws by giving courts the authority to strip weapons from risky individuals who have been identified b…

Oldest Holyoke police officer celebrates 101st birthday » The Republican A cadre of Holyoke police officers joined the staff, friends and family of former Holyoke officer Edward Wrobleski as he celebrated his 101st birthday Tuesday at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke. …

Local Harvard student helps to push for 'red flag' gun safety bill » My Fox Boston A Harvard University student's friend's suicide has led legislators to push for a 'red flag' gun safety bill. Reed Shafer-Ray, a senior at Harvard, lost a family friend to a suicide with a gun in Augu…

Licensing pitched as way to address police misconduct » Lowell Sun If Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes were to fire an officer for misconduct, a reference-check phone call would likely keep that person from getting a job at another department.…

Retired Massachusetts State Trooper says he faced retaliation for reporting absence of superior officer » The Republican A retired Massachusetts State Police Trooper says he was targeted with a campaign of retaliation for reporting a sergeant's on-shift absence from his barracks in 2014, including a frivolous disciplina…

Gun access bill sponsor says GOAL spreading "hysteria" » State House News Service The state's leading gun rights organization is up in arms over the newest version of a "red flag" gun bill slated for a vote in the House Wednesday, but the legislation's original author Rep. Marjorie…

State Finance

Tarr: Teamwork needed to tame budget cost drivers » Gloucester Times Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr used a top-of-mind sports metaphor Tuesday to make his point that lawmakers need to take a team approach to tame some of the biggest cost drivers in the state budget.…

Senate debates $41.4B budget; improved tax revenues cited » The Fresno Bee The Massachusetts Senate is debating hundreds of proposed amendments to a $41.4 billion state budget. Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Karen Spilka says the spending plan takes a "cautiousl…

Nearly $896K approved for Tropical Storm Irene reimbursements in Franklin County » News 22 WWLP.com Senator Adam Hinds (D- Pittsfield), State Representative Stephen Kulik (D- Worthington) and State Representative Paul Mark (D- Peru) have secured $895,976 in Tropical Storm Irene reimbursements for th…

Mass. pension fund enjoyed highest return from private equity investments of any in country » Boston Globe The Massachusetts state pension fund is tops in its field when it comes to picking winners in the difficult world of private equity investments.…

Senate adopts limits on charter school expansion » Sentinel & Enterprise The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education would be prohibited from approving new charter schools or charter expansions unless the Legislature fully funds charter school reimbursements for local …

State Senate Once Again Passes Cyr Amendment to Fund Police Training » Cape Cod Today State Senator Julian Cyr announced today that the Massachusetts State Senate once again passed a municipal police training amendment filed by Cyr in its Senate budget. The amendment passed unanimously…

State Government

Galvin disciplines employees for performing political tasks on government time » Boston Globe Three employees under Secretary of State William F. Galvin are being stripped of some pay after an internal review determined they had performed political tasks on Galvin’s behalf at times that…

'That hurricane was a monster': As Markey, Warren state directors visit Springfield welcome center, Puerto Rican evacuees continue getting, and needing, help » The Republican Ruth Santiago and her husband Juan L. Vazquez still remember the sound of glass shattering as Hurricane Maria struck their apartment in Caguas, Puerto Rico, last September.…

Galvin docks three employees for campaign law violations » Patriot Ledger Secretary of State William Galvin has ordered all of his staff to begin using an electronic time sheet system to track their work hours after an internal investigation found that three of 19 employees…

State Senate committee issues report on sexual harassment policies » Wicked Local Danvers The Senate takes the issue of sexual harassment seriously. As a legislative body and as an employer, the Senate must work to ensure that its anti-harassment policies are robust and effective. The Sena…

Taxation

Senate Democrats reject sales tax holiday, sales tax cut » Lowell Sun The Senate on Tuesday rejected two tax reform proposals that votes may have a chance to settle later this year.…

Big Business Tax Breaks May Worsen Income Inequality » Governing Cities that give away the most money in tax incentives tend to be those with greater levels of income inequality. …

Will Seattle's Controversial Tax on Big Businesses Stunt Its Economy? » Governing It's already stirring anger among corporations, and nearby cities are trying to capitalize on that. …

Transportation

Dukakis to Baker: Do more to fix transportation » Lynn Daily News Item Former governor and Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis blasted Gov. Charlie Baker on transportation over the weekend, alleging the Republican lacks a sense of urgency.…

Utilities

Utilities criticized for playing 'Monopoly' with tax savings » Newburyport News State regulators told a dozen electric, natural gas and water companies earlier this year to show how they plan to pass along savings from a federal tax cut to their customers.…

Offshore wind energy announcement planned Wednesday » Cape Cod Times As three large offshore wind energy companies await news Wednesday of whether they will move forward to negotiate long-term contracts to sell power to the state’s electricity distributors, busi…

NH court OKs novel pipeline financing approach » Commonwealth Magazine THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SUPREME COURT took a very different stand than its counterpart in Massachusetts on Tuesday, ruling that electric utilities in the Granite State could tap their ratepayers for the mon…

Mass. Selects Vineyard Wind For 800-Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm » WBUR

Vineyard Wind Lands Key State Bid for Energy Contract » Vineyard Gazette

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Northampton resident Jo Comerford to run as a write-in candidate for Rosenberg’s vacant seat » The Recorder

Maine Governor Campaigns for Mass. US Senate Candidate Diehl » NBC Boston

Chris McCarthy: Governor Baker’s Fall River Donors » WBSM

Tarr: Teamwork needed to tame budget cost drivers » State House News Service

This May Be The Most Expensive County Inmate In The Massachusetts Jail System » WGBH

Opioid-related overdose deaths continue to decline in Massachusetts » South Coast Today

Breaking Ground: Work starts on $21M Harding Green in Worcester’s Canal District » Worcester Mag

Fidelity sues Omni hotel developers over use of ‘Seaport Hotel’ name » Boston Globe

'A false choice' in Somerville: Affordable housing versus good jobs » Wicked Local Somerville

With market-rate housing and a public market, Harding Green project at Kelley Square taking Worcester 'to the next level,' officials say » MassLive

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Recipe of the Week

Raspberry-Rhubarb Pie

Yankee Magazine

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 1-1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose white flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • unbaked pastry for double-crust 9-inch pie
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

In a bowl, combine the rhubarb with 1 cup of the sugar, the flour, and salt. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the berries with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a 9-inch pie pan with pastry for the bottom crust. Pour the rhubarb into the shell. Drain the raspberries and add to the rhubarb. Dot with the butter. Cover with the top crust.

Bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and bake for 30 more minutes, or until the pie is golden brown. 



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