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Today on Beacon Hill

9:30am Business Carbon Pricing Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Institute for Community Inclusion Awards, Great Hall, State House, Boston

3:00pm Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing

6:00pm Rep. Liz Malia Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Ed O'Connell Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Acton Meet & Greet Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

Must-Reads

Baker reaffirms his support for state spending on biotech » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker reaffirmed his support for public spending to help the Massachusetts biotech industry, in a speech at the industry’s largest annual convention Tuesday. …

Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, the Sultans of Self-Pity » New York Times Move over, Alec Baldwin. Bill Clinton does a much better impersonation of Donald Trump. …

Sean Patrick Maloney Jumps Into New York Attorney General’s Race » New York Times Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Hudson Valley Democrat and New York’s first openly gay member of Congress, will run for New York attorney general, shaking up the field in what will be a …

Most Mass. state legislators don’t have an opponent this year » Boston Globe More than half of all state senators and representatives will not face any opposition on the ballot this year, having avoided both primary and general election challenges. …

A major fight looms for Beacon Hill’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ » Boston Globe Could the end be nigh for the ‘Prince of Darkness’? As those who follow state politics well know, that moniker is the property of William Francis Galvin, the secretary of state and one of…

Mass Alliance endorses Chelsea Kline for state Senate » The Republican Mass Alliance, a coalition of around a dozen unions and liberal advocacy groups, endorsed Chelsea Kline for state Senate on Tuesday. …

Tax revenues up 7.5 percent from fiscal 2017 with one month to go » State House News Service Tax collections in May were up 1.2 percent over the same month last year bringing the total amount of tax dollars collected by Massachusetts in fiscal 2018 to more than $24.6 billion, a 7.6 percent up…

Mueller Finally Starts to Target Trump’s Israel Ties » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS A genuine bombshell dropped yesterday, seemingly out of nowhere. It came in an interview with Simona Mangiante, the wife of George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign foreign policy advisor who pled guil…

“When people are getting [exploited] every day, who do you want?” Galvin asked rhetorically. “Someone with my experience and reputation, or someone who says he’s going to do a good job?”

Secretary of State William Galvin

Speaking about Josh Zakim, who won the Democratic State Convention's endorsement.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

The People’s Champ » The Cut When Senator Elizabeth Warren took the stage in Massachusetts at The Women’s March eighteen months ago, she said five words about women that haven’t left our minds since: “We will …

Business

Netflix, Showtime to film series in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine A PANEL DISCUSSION exploring the benefits of the state’s film tax credit turned into a press conference of sorts on Tuesday when a couple of the panelists disclosed new series coming to shoot i…

Sargent warned Henry about sexual harassment at Globe » Commonwealth Magazine AN ATTORNEY FOR former Boston Globe reporter and editor Hilary Sargent on Tuesday sought to block the newspaper’s attempt to force his client to cooperate with an investigation into allegations…

Massachusetts Beef Farmers Enjoy The 'Buy Local' Movement » WGBH If you're near the Boston Common Wednesday, there's a good chance you'll see some cows, pigs and sheep roaming around. It's the 6th annual Livestock on the Common Day, which is when local farmers brin…

Two former trustees rap decisions by Berkshire Museum board » Berkshire Eagle Trustees allowed debate over the Berkshire Museum's financial challenges to snowball into an excessive art sale, two former board members tell The Eagle, as officials backed a costly shift to interact…

Baker reaffirms his support for state spending on biotech » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker reaffirmed his support for public spending to help the Massachusetts biotech industry, in a speech at the industry’s largest annual convention Tuesday.…

Another industrial revolution is taking place in Mass. » Boston Globe

Fidelity sent back a $6,500 IRA payment because the postmark was smudged » Boston Globe Wendy Dodek dropped the envelope in the mail on April 14 and immediately felt the satisfaction of investing in her retirement.…

With life sciences bond before Legislature, Baker touts $20M investment at BIO International Convention » Worcester Telegram With a $460 million life sciences bond bill still pending before the Legislature, Gov. Charlie Baker took stage at the BIO International Convention Tuesday to tout the importance of biotechnology to t…

Deal on life science bill hoped for this week » Worcester Telegram As life science and pharmaceutical industry leaders convene across town, Beacon Hill lawmakers intend to finish work this week on a half-billion-dollar bill designed to support the life science indust…

Education

Mount Ida students should be reimbursed after college's abrupt closure, Massachusetts lawmakers say » The Republican Massachusetts lawmakers plan to recommend that the now-closed Mount Ida College reimburse its former students, who were left in the lurch after the abrupt shutdown of the small private institution.…

Environment

Settlement requires Windstar Farm be restored » Cape Cod Times The state has settled a lawsuit against the owner of one of the largest pieces of farmland on the Cape to require the cleanup, maintenance and restoration of Windstar Farm, according to a statement fr…

Gaming

Restaurants oppose late hours for alcohol at Mass. casinos » Boston Globe The two resort casinos that will open soon in Massachusetts want the party to go all night long. And the restaurant industry wants to cut them off.…

Sports betting could be legalized in Massachusetts » News 22 WWLP.com State lawmakers are considering legalizing sports betting in Massachusetts.…

Human Services

Saugus Rep. Donald Wong backs legislation for veterans » Lynn Daily News Item State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) is backing legislation that would improve benefits offered to Massachusetts veterans.…

Pioneer Valley radio for the blind facing major funding cuts » The Republican A Pioneer Valley radio station that provides newspaper reading and accessible programming for the blind and visually impaired is at risk of having its funding cut off for the second year in a row -- a…

State Rep. Hannah Kane supports legislation for citizenship skills » Wicked Local Shrewsbury State Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, is supporting legislation to help students develop strong citizenship skills by expanding civics education in Massachusetts’ public schools. Kane noted tha…

Immigration

Religious groups protest immigration crackdown, call for ICE funding to be cut » Boston Globe About 100 people of different faiths convened at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Burlington to protest the federal crackdown on illegal immigration and to launch a local campaign to …

Judiciary

Mass. lawmakers turning up the heat on Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley » The Republican

GOP legislators amplify call to impeach Salem judge who issued light sentence on drug dealer » Boston Herald

Baker to file response to Chapman case this week » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file legislation this week to "significantly expand" penalties for serial child rapists and change the review process for releasing such offenders, he said Tuesday.…

Robert DeLeo calls for review of Judge Timothy Feeley’s sentencing of drug dealer » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo says he’s “deeply troubled” by a Salem Superior Court judge who told a heroin dealer if he were a “citizen” he would be sent off to jail. …

Gov. Charlie Baker files bill to strengthen penalties for child predators amid controversy surrounding rapist Wayne Chapman » The Republican

Labor

AG warns 21 employers they violated ban on asking about criminal convictions; 3 are fined » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey has cited 21 employers for violating the state’s “ban the box” law, which prohibits businesses from asking about job candidates’ criminal backgr…

Legislative

Framingham Memorial Planned To Honor Rep. Chris Walsh » Milford Patch Framingham is hosting a memorial service to celebrate the life of the Honorable Chris Walsh, who died in early May after a battle with cancer. The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. o…

State Rep. Geoff Diehl to hold office hours in Abington » Wicked Local Abington State Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman, will hold office hours at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Abington Town Hall, 500 Gliniewicz Way, Abington. People needing help with government agencies or wanting to discu…

Local Government

Norfolk DA Morrissey wears out welcome at Boston City Council meeting over bridge plans » Boston Globe The first member of the public to weigh in on Boston’s 2019 budget proposal was Michael W. Morrissey, the Norfolk district attorney and a resident of Quincy.…

State Sen. Patrick O’Connor secures funding for Cohasset aquatic harvester » Wicked Local Cohasset The Massachusetts Senate approved budget amendment #931, offered by state Sen. Patrick O’Connor, R-Weymouth, that will provide $35,000 of funding for Cohasset to purchase an aquatic weed harves…

Special taxing districts eyed for neighborhood projects » The Salem News Property owners would be allowed to create special taxing districts to pay for neighborhood services and improvements under a proposal working its way through Beacon Hill, but fiscal watchdogs caution…

In a first for Salem, Transgender Pride Flag flies on Riley Plaza » Wicked Local

Budget, state flag resolution pass at Town Meeting » The Recorder

Marijuana

Worcester County emerging as marijuana central » Commonwealth Magazine WITH THE JULY 1 TARGET DATE for legal pot sales looming, Worcester County is emerging as marijuana central in Massachusetts.…

Opinion

Happy birthday to me: 3½ hours at the RMV waiting to renew my license » Boston Globe As birthdays go, this was the worst: 3½ hours at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, waiting to renew my license.…

Our view: Limiting teen pregnancy with education » Gloucester Times The good news this week about a continuing decline in teen births in Massachusetts has to be tempered by concern about action from Washington to put severe limits on funding for women's health, and th…

The real significance of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision » Boston Globe THE SUPREME COURT’S decision Monday in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was not a legal landmark. It broke no constitutional ground. It affirmed no important new princip…

Home energy audits can prevent sticker shock for home buyers » Boston Globe WHEN A CONSUMER hunts for a new car, there’s an important selling point slapped on the window: a sticker that lists crucial fuel economy data. Developed and tested by the Environmental Protecti…

What Bobby Kennedy discovered is still true: Our best hope is with our youth » Boston Globe THERE IS A TENDENCY by those in power to misremember the civil rights movement primarily as achievements of the past, won by a few talented orators and respectable individuals.…

Graham: Gonzalez on wrong track with MBTA » Boston Herald When Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez told Boston Herald Radio yesterday that “we have a broken transportation system, one of the worst transit systems in the country,” he w…

A Parkland Father, The Son Of A Suicide Victim And The Case For 'Red Flag' Laws In Mass. » WBUR Skip to main content Current ChannelListen Live: BBC NewshourPlay wbur Cognoscenti Support the news COMMENTARY A Parkland Father, The Son Of A Suicide Victim And The Case For 'Red Flag' Laws In M…

Our View: State Democratic Party deciding its future in Galvin/Zakim race » South Coast Today The biggest headline coming out of the state Democratic convention this weekend was not in the governor or U.S. Senate races but in the often overlooked secretary of state’s race.…

Editorial: Valuable report by task force on strengthening local retail » Gazette Net A legislative task force examining how to strengthen local retailers in Massachusetts describes challenges ranging from the competition of e-commerce to the need for more state initiatives providing t…

Politics

Campaign Notebook: O’Donnell fundraiser; Comerford meet, greet; Amatul-Wadud endorsement » Gazette Net

In second 3rd District debate, candidates agree on need for a multilateral, global partnership » Sentinel & Enterprise In broad and optimistic language that frequently lacked specificity, 3rd Congressional District candidates in the second of two Democratic debates Tuesday stressed their support for a multilateral wor…

Mass Alliance endorses Chelsea Kline for state Senate » The Republican Mass Alliance, a coalition of around a dozen unions and liberal advocacy groups, endorsed Chelsea Kline for state Senate on Tuesday.…

Diehl touts plan for opioids, borrowing bits from Baker » Berkshire Eagle State Rep. Geoff Diehl, one of three Republicans running for the U.S. Senate, went to Lawrence on Tuesday to detail his approach to combat opioid addiction, releasing a plan that blends treatment for …

Republican candidate Scott Lively submits final paperwork in run against Gov. Baker » News 22 WWLP.com Tuesday afternoon, Republican candidate for governor, Rev. Scott Lively submitted the remainder of his paperwork. He's running against Governor Charlie Baker in the GOP primary. …

Scott Lively wants suit vs. Gov. Charlie Baker, state GOP officials fast-tracked » Boston Herald Republican gubernatorial contender Scott Lively is asking a court to expedite discovery in a $7 million lawsuit against Massachusetts GOP officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker.…

A major fight looms for Beacon Hill’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ » Boston Globe Could the end be nigh for the ‘Prince of Darkness’? As those who follow state politics well know, that moniker is the property of William Francis Galvin, the secretary of state and one of…

Some voters see gender bias in write-in campaigns challenging Chelsea Kline for State Senate » Valley Advocate The five write-in candidates in the race to replace longtime state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, are coming under scrutiny for their late entry into the race, with some calling their challenge t…

Walsh touts his support for Zakim » Commonwealth Magazine MAYOR MARTY WALSH acknowledged on Tuesday that he encouraged Boston delegates to last weekend’s Democratic state convention to support challenger Josh Zakim, who scored an upset victory and won…

Disagreements emerge over trade, Trump's diplomacy in 3rd District debate » The Valley Dispatch Democrats running for the 3rd Congressional District sparred in the first of two debates Tuesday morning over the value of international trade and President Donald Trump's negotiations with North Kore…

In Governor’s Races, Republican Survives in California While Women Thrive Elsewhere » Governing Tuesday's primaries were a win for the California GOP and women, who advanced in four of the five states voting on candidates for governor. …

Hinds recognized for arts and culture leadership » The Recorder State Sen. Adam G. Hinds received Art/Learning’s 2018 Legislative Leadership Award this year.…

Five theories on why Zakim topped Galvin » Commonwealth Magazine Secretary of State William Galvin lost to Boston City Council challenger Josh Zakim at the Democratic state convention over the weekend by a margin of 55-45 percent, and no one is quite sure what to m…

Public Health

The high cost of smoking » Commonwealth Magazine

Gov. Charlie Baker declares May Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month » Wicked Local Burlington

Public Safety

Five more Massachusetts State Police troopers file for retirement amid overtime abuse allegations » The Republican The five newest Massachusetts State Police troopers accused of overtime abuse filed paperwork to retire. …

State Government

Lawmakers looking at bill that would tighten state campaigning funds » News 22 WWLP.com A committee is looking at legislation meant to tighten state campaign finance laws.…

Taxation

Tax Break For Massachusetts Movies Seems Here To Stay » WGBH State officials hope to lure more television series to film in Massachusetts, using the state's generous tax breaks as bait, and the once-fierce opponents of tax breaks for movie moguls are nowhere to…

Transportation

State Budget Expands Burlington-To-Lowell Bus Service » Milford Patch In a move that could make it easier for Burlington restaurants and hotels to find workers for second shift job openings, Middlesex3 Transportation Association secured $125,000 in the recently-passed s…

Utilities

Charter Spectrum to pull WCVB Channel 5 from Berkshire County cable TV lineup; lawmakers urge residents to push back » The Republican

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Marine Trades Association Praises State Senators for Supporting Technical Education » Capecod.com

New Transcript Reignites Outcry Over Salem Judge's Decisions » Salem Patch

Deval Patrick Sets Deadline On Considering Presidential Run » WBUR

Five theories on why Zakim topped Galvin » Commonwealth Magazine

Secretary Galvin presents 2018 preservation award Reading’s Virginia Adams » Wicked Local Reading

Insulet, AIRM land $3.8M in tax incentives for job creation » Worcester Business Journal

Comptroller opens investigation into untaxed perks offered to Massachusetts State Police troopers » The Republican

COMMENTARY: Why gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie earns my support » Wicked Local Hingham

The right prescription for biomed innovation » Commonwealth Magazine

Baker To File Bill To 'Significantly Expand' Penalties For Serial Child Rapists » WBUR

Democrats running for Massachusetts governor opt into public financing; Gov. Charlie Baker opts out » The Republican

Could Pilgrim Station remain open? » Wicked Local Plymouth

Baker touts $20M STEM investment at BIO Conference » The Metro West Daily News

Marijuana applications stacked up ahead of July 1 target date » State House News Service

Massachusetts struggles to pay assistant DAs going-rate for lawyers » The Herald News

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 1 pound hazelnuts
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 pound phyllo dough
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups honey

Directions

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, until the skins are blistered; let cool. Leave the oven on. Transfer the nuts to a kitchen towel and rub off the skins, then transfer to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.

Step 2    

Add the chocolate, 2/3 cup of the sugar and the cinnamon to the food processor and pulse until the chocolate and nuts are finely chopped and the same size.

Step 3    

Unwrap the phyllo and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Generously butter a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan. Butter and stack 8 sheets of phyllo. Trim the edges. Ease the stack into the pan. Sprinkle about 2 cups of the filling over the phyllo. Butter and stack 2 more phyllo sheets; fold them in half crosswise and place over the filling. Sprinkle on another 2 cups of the filling. Top with 2 more buttered, folded sheets and 2 cups of filling. Butter and stack 3 more phyllo sheets, fold them in half and place over the filling. Fold in the overhanging phyllo on top and brush generously with butter. Using a ruler and a sharp knife, cut the baklava (through the top and bottom) into 3-inch squares (there will be a bit left on one long side). Cut each square in half to make triangles.

Step 4    

Bake the baklava for 25 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 300° and bake for 50 minutes longer, until golden.

Step 5    

In a saucepan, bring the water, honey and the remaining 2 cups of sugar to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for 10 minutes. Immediately ladle the hot syrup over the hot baklava and let stand until completely cool, at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.



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