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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

11:00am Mass. Department of Energy Resources Public Hearing, MassDEP Headquarters, One Winter Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

11:00am Massachusetts Missing Children's Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Election Laws, Public Hearing

5:30pm State Sen. Candidate Ryan O'Donnell Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm LGBT Fundraiser for Congressional Candidate Alexandra Chandler

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Meet & Greet with State Rep. Candidate Lindsay Sabadosa

6:00pm Mass. Department of Energy Resources Public Hearing, Springfield Central Library, Community Room, 220 State Street, Springfield

7:00pm State Rep. Tim Whelan Re-Election Campaign Kickoff with Gov. Charlie Baker

7:00pm Pasta Party for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Jo Comerford Northampton Campaign Kickoff

Birthdays: Senator Michael Rodrigues

Must-Reads

NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ENDORSES L'ITALIEN » State House News Service The country's largest teachers union on Tuesday made its pick among the candidates in the crowded Third Congressional District field, endorsing state senator and Andover Democrat Barbara L'Italien. …

WINTHROP SENATOR ENDORSES ZAKIM FOR STATE SECRETARY » State House News Service Secretary of state candidate Josh Zakim on Tuesday announced his first endorsement from a state lawmaker, touting the support of Winthrop Democrat Sen. Joseph Boncore. …

WESTFIELD REP DEPLOYING TO AFGHANISTAN FOR EXTENDED PERIOD » State House News Service Rep. John Velis, a Westfield Democrat and captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, found out of Friday that he is being deployed to Afghanistan. It will be Velis's second tour of duty in the war-torn countr…

Regulation of small colleges must tread carefully on these economic engines » Boston Business Journal But if we want to protect one of the most vital drivers of this state’s economy, we need to move carefully and thoughtfully to be certain we don’t end up making things worse for colleges…

Black women candidates feel slighted by Democrats » Axios There are at least 43 Democratic black women running as challengers for U.S. House seats, but only one — Lauren Underwood of Illinois — has the backing of the national campaign organizat…

More women than ever run for Senate, but hurdles remain » AP News Women running for office are due to hit another threshold with a record number of candidates for the U.S. Senate, but actually winning those seats and changing the face of the chamber are a different …

Highest-ranking Latina braces for backlash over Pelosi snub » Politico Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) could push for a promotion if his stint as chairman of Democrats’ campaign arm helps them win back the House. Other prominent CHC members, including Reps. Joaquin…

How Internet Speak Furthered the Language of Fascism 2.0 » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Since Yale professor Timothy Snyder’s slender pocket manifesto On Tyranny was published shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, titles like former State Secretary Madeline Albright…

From the Pizzagate Basement to the House Floor: Meet the Conspiracy Caucus » The Daily Beast There’s a group of bomb throwers on Capitol Hill who are growing more vocal by the day, advocating for everything from impeaching senior justice officials to prosecuting immigration attorneys. …

Educators thank Stanley Rosenberg for service » Gazette Net As the superintendents of the school districts, as well as the director of the Collaborative for Educational Services, that have been so ably served by former Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, we want to expres…

Boston Teamsters boss to take on James P. Hoffa » Boston Herald

Democrats blast Baker after adviser helped energy companies win big state contracts » Boston Globe A Democrat challenging Governor Charlie Baker is decrying “a clear conflict of interest” after the Globe reported Baker’s top political adviser also worked as a paid consultant for …

There’s a bill that would rein in Charlie Baker’s fund-raising, but Democrats aren’t touching it » The Boston Globe The difference is stunning: Governor Charlie Baker was sitting on more than $8 million in his campaign account by mid-May, while his two Democratic challengers had less than $132,000 combined.…

‘I don’t think that I would point to the president as a role model for my grandkids on the basis of his personal style,’

Mitt Romney

Speaking about President Donald Trump.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Women’s rights PAC asks candidates seeking endorsements to air sex harassment accusations » Boston Globe Candidates who hope to win the endorsement of a leading Massachusetts women’s rights group this election cycle should be prepared to answer this question: “Have you ever been formally acc…

An open letter to Joe Kennedy III: Here’s how to run for president » The Boston Globe You’ll soon be the last Kennedy in politics, and it’s on you now whether America’s once-First Family could be again. As you decide, I suggest you look for inspiration not to your …

Warren Questions Trump’s North Korea Strategy » CBS Boston

Elizabeth Warren not yet ready to support impeaching President Donald Trump » MassLive U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, offered Tuesday that she doesn't currently support the idea of impeaching President Donald Trump, saying she would like Special Counsel Robert Mueller to f…

Business

Boston-area businesses commit to ban employees from buying sex » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Attorney General Maura Healey have persuaded nearly two dozen Massachusetts companies to adopt a new zero-tolerance policy against buying sex, officials announced Tuesday.…

Businesses pledge to crack down on employees buying sex on company time » Boston Herald Nearly two dozen companies, including some of the biggest employers in Massachusetts, have pledged to step up enforcement and monitoring of their employees buying sex on company time.…

King Philip Mill demolition begins » The Herald News “This is a historical day in Fall River and for the South End,” said local developer Robert Kfoury as a demolition crane was in the ready to begin taking down two of the major mill buildin…

Massachusetts bill would make in-state lobster processing easier » Undercurrent News Massachusetts' state senate has approved a bill that would make it easier to process lobster in-state, which could add processing jobs locally, the Salem News reported. An amendment to the US state's …

AMG chief executive diagnosed with ALS, will step down » The Boston Globe The head of an investment firm previously based in Massachusetts is stepping down after revealing he has been diagnosed with ALS.…

Amazon still in 'back and forth' with Massachusetts and others on second headquarters, according to Gov. Charlie Baker » MassLive

Crimes

Hundreds of roosters might have to be euthanized after Northampton cockfighting bust » Boston Globe From the outside, Ravenwold Greenhouses appeared to be the picture of a quaint New England farm, touting its houseplants, mums, asters, and “fields filled with vegetables galore’’ …

Education

Study shows UMass admission tougher for in-state applicants » Lowell Sun Gaining admission to the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst is, on average, more difficult for Massachusetts residents than for those who live outside the state, a new report sugg…

Brookline Will Change Name Of School Named For Slave Owner » Milton Patch Tuesday night Brookline Town Meeting voted to change the name of the Edward Devotion School, one of the largest k-8 schools in town to the Coolidge Corner School.…

Tri-County Schools in Easthampton shutting down after 30 years of providing out-of-district SPED services » MassLive

Local lawmakers fighting for money to study MCAS alternatives » The Sun Chronicle

Environment

Local communities to receive grants to prepare for climate change » Patriot Ledger Quincy, Hingham, Hull, Rockland, Kingston and Canton are among 82 Massachusetts communities that will receive money to assess their vulnerabilities from climate change and develop plans to overcome th…

The next Big Dig? UMass study warns Boston Harbor barrier not worth cost or effort » Boston Globe Building a massive barrier wall in Boston Harbor to protect the city from the increasing risk of flooding isn’t worth a price tag that could reach $11 billion, according to a new study for a Ci…

State officials look to shore up coastal communities » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton turned his head Tuesday and admired the view of waves rolling in and sliding up Nauset Beach from the rounded top of a protectiv…

DCR begins $2 million Pilgrim Memorial State Park renovation » Wicked Local Plymouth After a dark, cool and often rainy Memorial Day weekend the sun came out early Tuesday morning as Leo Roy, the chairman of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, symbolically br…

Gaming

MGM Resorts International buys Empire City Casino in New York, bolstering East Coast presence ahead of Springfield opening » MassLive MGM Resorts International will buy the Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway, a move aimed at solidifying the company's gaming presence on the East Coast.…

Health Care

Why Liberals Are Mad That Conservatives Want to Exempt Some People From Work Requirements » Governing Several states are considering exemptions from Medicaid work requirements that would disproportionately impact black and white people. …

Reps call for scrutiny of hospital merger » The Salem News

Housing

Affordable housing still scarce in Massachusetts communities » Patriot Ledger

Human Services

States rethink welfare cap for children » Gazette Net Driven by rising welfare costs and the unproven notion that women on welfare were conceiving children for the purpose of increasing their monthly benefits, more than 20 U.S. states enacted policies in…

Immigration

How One Unaccompanied Minor Made Her Way To Massachusetts » WBUR Recent news reports about the U.S. government losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in its care has prompted outrage and confusion. These are children who came here as unaccompanied minors a…

Judiciary

Chapman’s attorney says petition seeking block of his release is without merit » Boston Globe The attorney for convicted child rapist Wayne W. Chapman has rejected the premise of a petition seeking to block his release from prison, saying the claims are without merit, according to a new court …

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates Michael Welsh of Sutton to be Palmer District Court Judge » The Republican

Labor

Sean O'Brien carries on legacy » Boston Herald Sean M. O’Brien, 46, has been president of Teamsters Local 25 since 2007, and a Teamster since 1991.…

Puerto Rican evacuees in Holyoke finding help with jobs 8 months after Hurricane Maria » MassLive Mariel Serrano was a student earning her bachelor's degree in communications in her native Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria devastated the island eight months ago.…

Legislative

Westfield Rep. deploying to Afghanistan for extended period » News 22 WWLP.com The House is losing another member for the remainder of this year's session, but this departure has nothing to do with retirement, a special election or the allure of the private sector.…

Should there be a doctor in the (State) House? » The Boston Globe Does the Massachusetts State House need a full-time doctor or other medical professional on the premises, as it once had? …

State Rep. Kay Khan to Give Lifetime Achievement Award at the Woman of the Year Awards Gala » India New England Massachusetts State Representative Kay Khan will give the Lifetime Achievement Award this year at the Woman of the Year Awards gala on Friday at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. …

State Rep. John Velis will be deployed to Afghanistan in June » MassLive While his colleagues in the state Legislature are voting on the state budget and running for re-election, state Rep. John Velis, a Westfield Democrat, will be serving his country in Afghanistan.…

Westfield rep deploying to Afghanistan for extended period » State House News Service The House is losing another member for the remainder of this year's session, but this departure has nothing to do with retirement, a special election or the allure of the private sector.…

Local Government

Proposed Braintree dog park clears second hurdle » Wicked Local Braintree Funding for a proposed dog park in Braintree cleared another hurdle in the state senate last week following a successful amendment by Sen. Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton, to allocate $50,000 in state fun…

Sherborn fire and police discuss preparedness with Selectmen » Wicked Local Sherborn Safety and emergency management were the main topics of discussion at the May 24 meeting of the Sherborn Board of Selectmen, as Fire Chief Erron Kinney and Police Chief Richard Thompson outlined the e…

23-year-old wants to bring new blood to Attleboro City Council » The Sun Chronicle Nicholas Lavoie says he has been watching the city council and has decided it needs to be reinvigorated with new members.…

In Clarksburg, no candidates for open Select Board seat » The Berkshire Eagle The most noteworthy opening on this year's town election ballot has drawn zero candidates. …

Rockland town administrator placed on leave pending harassment investigation » Patriot Ledger Town Administrator Allan R. Chiocca has been placed on paid administrative leave while an external harassment investigation looks into “serious allegations against certain town officials,”…

Springfield to close main entrance to Forest Park for summer to complete major culvert repair before Bright Nights begins » The Republican

Marijuana

Marijuana greenhouse the size of 17 football fields would bring 300 jobs; Why some Charlton residents are saying, 'You screwed us' » MassLive Proposed marijuana greenhouses the size of 17 football fields could create 300 jobs in Charlton, but some believe the massive operation would harm quality of life and property values in town.…

Marijuana's potential for pain relief and economic booster discussed by Holyoke panel » MassLive Dr. Peter Grinspoon of Massachusetts General Hospital said Tuesday chronic pain will strike most individuals at some point at a time people are living longer and horrors of opioid addictions are frigh…

Lowell Council adopts fines for pot smoking in public places » Lowell Sun Smoking marijuana while walking through a park or standing on a sidewalk can now result in a ticket up to $300.…

Opinion

EDITORIAL: State Legislature should pass cellphone ban » Lowell Sun It appears the Legislature hasn't gotten the message that just about everyone else in Massachusetts has received: ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving.…

A legendary advocate for the homeless calls it a career » Boston Globe Richard Ring has had a difficult relationship with the notion of calling it quits. His 48 years on the front lines of working to house the city’s homeless have been interrupted a couple of time…

Carr: Marty Meehan flunks history with Mount Ida deal » Boston Herald If Marty Meehan ever gets fired from his $614,381.57-a-year job as president of the University of Massachusetts, maybe the lifelong hack can become a historian — NOT!…

Editorial: Mount Ida College closing a wake-up call » Gazette Net The abrupt closing of Mount Ida College and purchase of its Newton campus by the University of Massachusetts Amherst demonstrate the need for better state oversight of financially ailing schools.…

Sports betting? College athletes are vulnerable » Boston Globe CHICAGO WHITE SOX PLAYERS were so vulnerable to corruption in 1919 for one main reason: their salaries.…

The Trump administration’s war on children » Boston Globe THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is as much of a threat to children as a family of pedophiles living next door to an elementary school.…

Your father’s Republican Party has vanished. His Democratic Party has, too » Boston Globe ADDRESSING THE New York State Democratic convention last week, Joe Biden endorsed Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection and delivered some blistering criticism of the party that controls Congress and t…

Thank you Rep. Mark » The Recorder I would like to commend state Rep. Paul Mark and his constituent services staff person, Paige Dolinski, for helping me resolve a frustrating issue with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.…

Letter to the Editor: Beauty continues to bloom thanks to Fiola’s efforts » The Herald News I would like to thank state Rep. Carole Fiola for her support of the Chor Bishop Eid community garden. She helped the garden initially get off the ground in 2014 by donating wood for raised beds. She …

Our view: Cheers, jeers for local newsmakers » Gloucester Times CHEERS to state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, who reintroduced a budget amendment that could buoy the state's lobster industry and create jobs along the way. His amendment would allow state seafo…

Pulling teeth on the Senate campaign trail » The Boston Globe IT STARTED OFF as simple idea. Send a questionnaire to the various major-party candidates for the US Senate, querying them on their stands on gun safety and climate change, and then write a column (or…

Our legislature has a spending problem (Candidate viewpoint) » MassLive

Editorial: Businesses have a role in stopping sex trafficking » Boston Business Journal

Politics

Massachusetts coalition pushes for switch to ranked-choice voting » Mass Live A group of Massachusetts politicians and government reformers wants to change the way elections are conducted, and it could be looking toward a 2020 ballot initiative to do it.…

Straw Poll: Political Insiders Predict Capuano And Henning Primary Wins » WGBH Across the country they’re calling it a political Year of the Woman. But in greater Boston, men are poised to win two high-profile Democratic primaries, for Congress and District Attorney.…

Sen. Eric Lesser endorses Jay Gonzalez for governor of Massachusetts » Mass Live State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, is endorsing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez in advance of the Democratic convention in Worcester this weekend.…

Capuano-Pressley matchup reflects divisions in Democratic Party » Boston Globe Just two days after her opponent, Michael E. Capuano, basked in the endorsement of civil rights icon John Lewis in Roxbury, Ayanna Pressley ascended to the pulpit of the African Meeting House on Beaco…

GOP US Senate candidate John Kingston to launch speaking series in Boston » MassLive John Kingston, a Winchester businessman and Republican running to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren this fall, will tout his vision for Massachusetts and plan to confront "divisive voices and institut…

Cape’s Democratic legislators back Gonzalez » Cape Cod Times The three Democrats in the Cape and Islands legislative delegation are endorsing Jay Gonzalez in the 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race.…

Lively outlines demands, threatens suit against MassGOP » State House News Service Candidate for governor Scott Lively is threatening to sue the Massachusetts Republican Party unless officials agree to seven concessions by Monday at noon.…

May 30, 1971 Vietnam Veterans Arrested on Lexington Green » Mass Moments On this day in 1971, over 450 anti-war protesters occupied the historic Lexington Green and refused to leave. …

President Donald Trump has negatively affected public discourse, Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive

GOP candidate Scott Lively says he's closing down ministry » The Associated Press (AP)

Public Health

Hampden County Sheriff to announce plans to fight the opioid crisis » Western Mass News A major announcement is planned for Wednesday in the ongoing efforts to fight the opioid crisis. …

Massachusetts congresswoman looks to end workforce shortage, encourage people to enter addiction treatment field » MassLive As addiction treatment providers across the country struggle to recruit and retain health care professionals and staff, Americans with substance abuse disorders can be left waiting for services -- a d…

Massachusetts Attorney General Leads Multi-State Coalition Opposing Roll Back of Contraception Coverage » Framingham Source

Notification bill framed as life-saver in opioid fight » Lowell Sun

Bill Seeks Changes To State's Involuntary Addiction Treatment Law » WBUR

Public Safety

Haverhill Receives $682K Grant to Bring UTEC Gang Outreach to City » WHAV Haverhill is saying “no more” to gang violence. City and state leaders Tuesday gathered to announce a two-year $682,486 grant to bring violence prevention group UTEC to the city starting n…

House of Representatives approves revenue for police training » Wicked Local Shrewsbury House Bill 4516 authorizes a statewide $2 car rental surcharge, the proceeds of which will be deposited into a newly-created Municipal Police Training Fund. State Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, suppo…

Mass. House committee calls for private athletic program legislation » Worcester Business Journal The U.S.A. Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal prompted a Beacon Hill committee to launch an inquiry and now the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight is calling for changes in state laws to address…

Impoundment bill targets vehicles left behind after overdoses » State House News Service If someone overdosed on drugs while parked in a car on a city street, police would need to impound the vehicle for at least 12 hours under a bill that received initial approval in the House on Tuesday…

Baker will seek greater penalties for serial sex offenders » WCVB

State Finance

The Senate budget includes money to clean stinky algae off of Lynn’s beaches, other projects » Lynn Daily News Item The Senate budget for next year includes more than $500,000 for programs that prioritize education, public health and safety, environmental protection, and economic prosperity.…

State FY2019 Budget Has $9 Million In Chap 70 Funds For Natick » Milton Patch With Governor Charlie Baker's FY2019 budget submitted, it now has passed the House and sits in the Senate for approval. See the Massachusetts FY2019 budget timeline here. Final budget totals for Metro…

State Government

In a pinch, this seasoned administrator knows how to entertain, too » Boston Globe As the Massachusetts Port Authority’s chief executive, Tom Glynn has to preside over his share of meetings — and the occasional groundbreaking or ribbon-cutting.…

Taxation

Tax cut supporters say it will spur growth » The Salem News Cutting the sales tax will create jobs and spur economic growth, according to a Beacon Hill think tank, which also suggests that losses to the state’s coffers will be offset by a separate tax o…

Transportation

Massachusetts looking into the future of driving, self-driving cars a possibility » News 22 WWLP.com Imagine infrastructure for driverless cars in Massachusetts. Self-driving cars, pollution, and technology are all being considered as we head into the future of driving. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

West Springfield screening film on Gulen charter schools as city's new charter school denies ties to Muslim cleric » The Republican

Marijuana licenses expected soon after June's arrival » State House News Service

Businesses join anti-sex-trafficking policy coalition » Boston Business Journal

Could The Death Penalty Come Back To The Commonwealth? » WGBH

The Codcast: Bus renaissance underway? » Commonwealth Magazine

Springfield elected officials slate 'Town Hall-style' meeting at North End library, intended for residents across city » The Republican

State FY2019 Budget Includes 11 Percent More For Framingham Roads » Milton Patch

Nahant dives into summer with high scores in water quality » Lynn Daily News Item

State's recent opioid statistics highlight progress, challenges » The Republican

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Recipe of the Week

WATERMELON AND FETA SALAD

Chef James Booth of ArtBar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (or chopped kettle corn)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 1 cup watermelon
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 2 red radishes, sliced thin into discs
  • 1 tablespoon chiffonade or thinly sliced mint
  • Olive oil
  • Micro corn shoots for garnish

Directions

  1. Toss the panko bread crumbs with melted butter and chopped parsley. Toast until golden brown on the stove top in a sauté pan. Or, chop up kettle corn instead.
  2. Peel and 1/2 inch dice the watermelon and then the feta cheese. Mix carefully to not to break it up more, and place in serving vessel.
  3. Sprinkle the panko crumbs (or the kettle corn), sliced radish and mint over the watermelon and feta mix.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, and finish with the corn shoots.


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