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10:30am MMWEC Municipal Utilities State House Briefing, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Executive Office for Administration & Finance Public Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, 250 Washington Street, Boston

5:30pm Women for Rep. Matt Muratore Reception with Rep. Keiko Orrall

6:00pm Pooches for Congressional Candidate Ayanna Pressley

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Elmer Eubanks-Archbold Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate John McDonald Campaign Kickoff with Rep. Joe McKenna

6:00pm Reception for Sen. Patrick O'Connor

6:30pm Fundraiser for Secretary of the Commonwealth Candidate Anthony Amore

6:30pm House Party for State Rep. Candidate Brian Hamlin

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Alyson Sullivan Campaign Kickoff

Birthdays: Senator Michael Barrett

Must-Reads

Mitt Romney wins GOP primary for Senate in Utah » Boston Globe Mitt Romney is well on his way to becoming either the face of President Trump’s Republican collaborators or the face of his GOP critics. And maybe he’ll be both. …

Partners HealthCare shifting 100,000 employees, families to company-owned insurer » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest private employer, plans to shift health coverage for all of its employees and their families to the company’s own insurance business, Neighborhoo…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Joseph Crowley in Major Democratic House Upset » New York Times Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, once seen as a possible successor to Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader of the House, suffered a shocking primary defeat on Tuesday, the most significant loss…

Forces blowing through the political landscape not easy to corral » ABC News A wave, it would seem, is already crashing. And it’s not respecting seniority or party lines. …

Raise Up to drop min wage ballot question if Baker signs "grand bargain" » State House News Service The coalition of more than 100 labor, community and faith-based groups behind a proposed ballot question to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour has agreed to drop that question from the ballot -- if…

Elaine Chao Yells At Immigration Protesters To Leave Her Husband Alone » The Huffington Post Transportation secretary Elaine Chao got visibly angry with protesters when they confronted her and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), over immigrant family separations at th…

Foundation faceoff: The Trump Foundation vs. the Clinton Foundation » The Washington Post “Data doesn’t lie: Clinton Foundation was ‘slush fund’ while Hillary was a Senator/Secretary/Pres candidate. Trump Foundation helped people in need with 100% to charities, bu…

Conservation Law Foundation's Brad Campbell takes the fight to the waterfront » Boston Business Journal Campbell leads groups of people that sit in areas of Boston’s waterfront that are supposed to be publicly accessible under state law, but that Campbell and CLF believe are made to look like pri…

The message of 2018 elections » Commonwealth Magazine

"If House Democrats are ultimately successful in November, 2018 might be remembered as the 'Year of the Angry College-Educated Female' — a reversal of the 1994 GOP revolution's 'Year of the Angry White Male.'"

David Wasserman

Speaking about a female political revolution in 2018.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Mitt Romney wins GOP primary for Senate in Utah » Boston Globe Mitt Romney is well on his way to becoming either the face of President Trump’s Republican collaborators or the face of his GOP critics. And maybe he’ll be both.…

Massachusetts lawmakers denounce Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Donald Trump's 'travel ban' » The Republican Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation condemned the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday for upholding a Trump administration policy that limited the ability of individuals from five Muslim-majorit…

Business

Despite possible lawsuits, Don Chiofaro is pushing ahead with harborfront skyscraper » Boston Globe With state approvals behind it — and despite likely lawsuits to come — The Chiofaro Co. is pushing ahead with planning for a long-debated 600-foot-high building at the edge of Boston Har…

Vineyard Wind ‘likely’ to add Brayton Point to staging locations » Herald News Vineyard Wind will likely use Brayton Point to stage some portions of the construction of its offshore wind turbines, a company executive said Monday.…

General Electric to shrink again with cuts » Boston Globe Few US companies reached as far into everyday life as General Electric, a conglomerate in the truest sense that over the decades produced everything from toasters to home loans, TV shows to medical im…

Amesbury board approves Atlantic Sports Center plan » Newburyport News A $48 million ice hockey facility proposed on South Hunt Road is a go after the Planning Board approved the project Monday night.…

Berkshire Museum plans to sell 9 more works, bringing total to 22 » Berkshire Eagle Nine more Berkshire Museum works will be sold in coming months, the institution said Monday, in a drive to reach the full $55 million in proceeds allowed by an April court ruling. …

Westport slaughterhouse will soon be up and running » Herald News The first slaughterhouse to open in SouthCoast in more than a decade will begin processing livestock in a few weeks.…

L.L. Bean opening new Massachusetts store in 2019 » The Republican L.L. Bean is opening its sixth Massachusetts store in 2019, in a 15,000-square-foot space at the Mountain Farms Mall, according to a company press release.…

Civil Rights

Massachusetts House bans 'conversion therapy' for gay youth » The Republican

Crimes

Lawyers' groups say Gov. Charlie Baker's child rapist bill is costly and unnecessary » The Republican Massachusetts lawyers groups are opposing Gov. Charlie Baker's bill stiffening penalties for repeat child sex offenders, calling the legislation expensive and unnecessary.…

Education

Free-speech advocates drop suit as UMass rescinds rally policy » Gazette Net University of Massachusetts trustees and a student activist group that had sued the university over its policy on speeches and rallies on campus have settled their differences.…

Debt Relief? Former For-Profit College Students Are Still Waiting » WGBH After graduating from the John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, an exam school in Roxbury, Amanda Kulka was struggling to get by as a single mother.…

School superintendent looks back on her 25-year career in Falmouth » Wicked Local Falmouth Falmouth Superintendent of Schools Nancy Taylor is ready to retire after 25 years in the school district, but she’s not quite ready to say goodbye.…

Environment

House of Representatives approves $3 billion environmental bond bill » Shrewsbury Post The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a couple of weeks ago a comprehensive bond bill containing nearly $3 billion in capital authorizations for a variety of local and statewide environm…

Trump approves federal disaster aid to Mass. for March 2 and 3 nor’easter » Boston Globe President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster aid to Massachuetts cities and towns to support residents who suffered through flooded homes, power outages, and fallen trees from a devastating ea…

Cape Cod Included in FEMA Disaster Declaration » Cape Cod Online FEMA announced yesterday that President Donald Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration that will make federal disaster assistance available for the severe storm that impacted the Massachusetts t…

Federal disaster funding approved for March 2 storm » Wicked Local Mashpee In response to Governor Charlie Baker’s request for federal disaster assistance, the White House and FEMA announced today that the President has issued a Major Disaster Declaration that will ma…

Gaming

Massachusetts Gets Serious about Online Gaming » Legal US Poker Sites If it seems like Massachusetts is running around in circles when it comes to online poker and gaming, that is exactly what’s happening. However, the latest circle may just lead to the legalizat…

Plainridge, gaming commission give rosy view of state's first casino on its third anniversary » The Sun Chronicle The state Gaming Commission came to the hometown of Plainridge Park Casino Tuesday and learned the slot machine parlor just had the best first quarter in its brief history.…

Health Care

Baker still hoping for bipartisan push on health care costs » State House News Service Last summer, lawmakers rejected a plan Gov. Charlie Baker proposed to control costs at MassHealth, opting instead to develop their own health care proposals.…

Housing

Gateway North will lead to a transformed neighborhood in Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item The completion of Gateway North, a $31 million, 71-unit mixed-income and mixed-use development on Washington Street, celebrated on Tuesday by city and state officials, provides a different kind of aff…

Human Services

Can Homelessness Programs Make Money -- and Should They? » Governing For most of his career, Sander Schultz has observed a frustrating disconnect between what emergency responders expect to do on the job, and what they actually do. “You get into this business to …

Immigration

'Cruel and unlawful': AG Maura Healey joins lawsuit over Trump administration's family separation policy at US-Mexico border » The Republican Eighteen attorneys general, including Massachusetts' Maura Healey, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its policy of separating families at the US-Mexico border.…

90-year-old Ethel Kennedy joins hunger strike against immigration policies » Boston Globe At 90 years old, Ethel Kennedy is joining the fight against the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the border to Mexico.…

Insurance

Partners HealthCare shifting 100,000 employees, families to company-owned insurer » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest private employer, plans to shift health coverage for all of its employees and their families to the company’s own insurance business, Neighborhoo…

Judiciary

Lawmakers want outside review of Feeley rulings » Andover Townsman State lawmakers are seeking an independent judicial review of recent decisions by embattled Salem Superior Court judge Timothy Q. Feeley and want him removed from the criminal bench in the meantime.…

California Abortion Ruling Puts Other States' Laws in Doubt » Governing Supreme Court justices on Tuesday sided with anti-abortion groups in a case over what information crisis pregnancy centers have to give patients. …

Baker's child rapist bill gets public hearing » The Salem News Convicted child rapists who commit new crimes could be sentenced to life without parole under a proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker to toughen sex offender laws amid outrage over the possible release of Wa…

Vet asks judge to invoke Valor Act, divert domestic cruelty, domestic abuse charges » South Coast Today A Vietnam veteran, charged with assaulting his longtime former girlfriend and choking one of her Golden Retrievers, is asking a district court judge to mandate treatment instead of allowing prosecutor…

Public defenders slam Baker bill on serial sex offenders as costly » Boston Herald

Labor

Coalition will drop $15 minimum wage ballot question » The Republican The coalition pushing for a $15 minimum wage has agreed to drop its ballot question if Gov. Charlie Baker signs into law a compromise bill.…

Advocates won’t pursue minimum wage referendum if Baker signs ‘grand bargain’ » Boston Globe Advocates said Tuesday they are conditionally dropping their pursuit of a ballot question that would have mandated a $15 minimum wage by 2022 and ensured tipped workers make more than was outlined in …

Baker cites need to "respect" grand bargain bill » Lowell Sun With six days remaining for him to act on a bill calling for a $15 minimum wage and a major new paid family and medical leave program, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he only has technical questions ab…

Workers Are Planning a Massive Picket at 7 Marriott Hotels this Week » Boston Globe There hasn't been a similar action in more than a decade. …

Baker has questions on 'grand bargain' awaiting signature » Sentinel & Enterprise With six days remaining for him to act on a bill calling for a $15 minimum wage and a major new paid family and medical leave program, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he only has technical questions ab…

Supreme Court ruling seen as blow to Massachusetts unions » Boston Business Journal

Mass. businesses get another break on workers' comp. rate » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Talks on housing, opioid bills encourage Baker » Sentinel & Enterprise Anxious for action on bills he filed months ago to boost the state's housing supply and address opioid addiction, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday said he sees signs of interest from the Legislature. …

Voter registration, conversion therapy on House's agenda » Lowell Sun The Massachusetts House plans to debate automatic voter registration and a ban of so-called conversion therapy for minors on Wednesday, the House speaker told reporters Monday afternoon.…

Local Government

Effort to put Community Preservation Act on Worcester ballot meets resistance » Worcester Telegram With the City Council set to decide Tuesday night whether to place the Community Preservation Act question on the November ballot, the proposal is receiving pushback in some quarters.…

State eyes improvements to Northern Strand Community Trail in Saugus » Wicked Local Saugus The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) pitched its vision for a paved bike and pedestrian trail that winds through 2.5 miles of woods and marshlands in Saugus. A big crowd show…

Brownsberger helping Belmont land Community Path money from state » Wicked Local Belmont State Sen. William Brownsberger, D-Belmont, is working closely with the Community Path Implementation advisory Committee to help get funding from the state for its construction through the Boston Metr…

City council set to vote on proposed raises today » Boston Herald The City Council has the chance to give themselves and Mayor Martin J. Walsh raises today for the second time in three years — boosting councilor pay to more than $100,000 and the mayor’…

Worcester City Council defeats measure to put Community Preservation Act on fall ballot » Worcester Telegram The City Council Tuesday night narrowly rejected a proposal to place a question on the November ballot on whether the city should adopt the Community Preservation Act.…

Millbury looks to collect more from handicapped parking fines, add spaces » Worcester Telegram

Marijuana

Mass. will train some marijuana workers, entrepreneurs » Boston Globe When Massachusetts regulators set up the process for licensing marijuana businesses earlier this year, marijuana advocates hailed a program meant to benefit communities hit hard by the War on Drugs.…

Healey decision sparks debate over marijuana industry rollout » Berkshire Eagle Marijuana advocates claim a Mansfield bylaw ruling by Attorney General Maura Healey delivers a "devastating setback" to efforts to set up legal recreational pot shops, but a municipal leader and offic…

Marijuana use is legal. So why can employers fire people for using off-hours? » Boston Globe When Bernadette Coughlin stumbled and fell in the kitchen at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen last month, she thought the only real damage was to her pride.…

Retail marijuana not happening July 1, lab snag is latest hurdle » State House News Service There will be no legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts on July 1. And though regulators expect to approve business licenses next week, there can be no legal retail sales until an indepen…

How Mass. Plans To Create Equity In Its Marijuana Industry » WBUR The state Cannabis Control Commission has unveiled a social equity program intended to help people who've been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs work in the new legal marijuana industry.…

10 apply for 5 retail pot licenses in Lowell » Lowell Sun Ten companies are hoping to open recreational marijuana retail locations in the city, officials reported Tuesday evening.…

Palmer Planning Board proposes recreational marijuana bylaws, votes to end sales moratorium » The Republican The Planning Board on Monday unanimously voted to discontinue a moratorium on recreational marijuana and to recommend zoning bylaws to the Town Council that would regulate where businesses may sell th…

Cannabis regulators seek vendors to advance social equity program » State House News Service As it works to build its program meant to ensure the legal marijuana industry is accessible to communities disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs, the Cannabis Control Commission agreed Tuesday…

'Cannabis premium': If you want to bank marijuana money, it'll cost you » Boston Business Journal

Opinion

Civility can wait; the fight for democracy cannot » Boston Globe THROUGHOUT AMERICA, there are thousands of migrant children, some whose ages are still counted in months instead of years, still forcibly separated from their families.…

Mark Sanford’s loss is a victory for Trumpism » Boston Globe IT WAS ONE of those moments where you could feel the public atmosphere growing rapidly more charged. I was standing on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, talking with Mark S…

On immigration, Trump is roiling his base. Don’t take the bait. » Boston Globe DONALD TRUMP’S wrenching immigration policies mark a new low in an administration that seems bent on trammeling the most basic tenets of human rights. Although the president backtracked a bit l…

Dear Reader: Boston Stood Up » Dig Boston I was standing in the middle of a beautiful benevolent Beacon Street mob by the State House last week when a woman behind me yelled out, “He’s signing it. He just said that he’s go…

How the game is played: Whatever the PawSox decision, Worcester emerges as a winner » Worcester Telegram Win or lose, whether the PawSox decide to remain in Pawtucket, Rhode Island or pick up and move to Worcester, our city has been a winner in how it has played this game.…

Letter: Applauding Baker's progress on climate change, resiliency » Worcester Telegram For those of us worried about the impact of climate change, Governor Charlie Baker’s leadership is welcome and appreciated. His administration recently awarded Worcester $100,000 to focus on de…

Our View: Local leaders need to move deliberately in marijuana approval process » South Coast Today Back in February, we wrote about the slow response to voters who chose to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts. At that time, the region’s first medical marijuana dispensary was preparing to ope…

Father shouldn’t pay for alleged sins of son » Boston Herald So there he was on TV the other night, straining to maintain his composure as cameras zoomed in, looking for a moist eye, a trembling lip or any other indication our governor was on the verge of a mel…

Public deserves the facts » Boston Herald State police are once again embroiled in a controversy over the handling of a high-profile investigation involving a prominent political figure, and it’s time the public knows all the facts.…

Rep. Day On Wrong Side Of State Bond Bill » Andover Patch

Editorial: Unfair dealings from state police » Boston Herald

Clive McFarlane: Trump policy turns up the heat on asylum seekers » Worcester Telegram

To a greener future » Cape Cod Times

Politics

Sen. Eldridge Endorses Sen. L’Italien for Congress: ‘She’s a Fighter’ » WHAV Eleven years after his unsuccessful bid for Congress, progressive democrat Sen. Jamie Eldridge is throwing his support behind Andover candidate Sen. Barbara L’Italien.…

Union endorses state rep hopeful » Wicked Local Chelmsford The AFL-CIO of Massachusetts endorsed Democratic candidate Tami Gouveia, Democrat of Acton, for the 14th Middlesex State Representative seat that long-time Rep. Cory Atkins is retiring from this fall.…

Peter Lucas: For Democrats, upset of Charlie Baker would lead to paradise » Lowell Sun John Walsh, the knowledgeable former chair of the Massachusetts Democrat State Committee, believes that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker can be beaten in November. He may be right. Walsh, after all, play…

SENATE debate watch — LESSER’s OBAMA meeting — BAKER and the GRAND BARGAIN’s tax increase » Politico 70 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY — It would be debate season for the Republicans vying to take on Sen. Elizabeth Warren this fall, if only state Rep. Geoff Diehl would actually agree to them, one of h…

Ranked Choice Voting: As Goes Maine, So Goes Bill Galvin » WGBH Bill Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, is not generally considered the most cutting-edge, avant-garde guy in the Bay State. He only created his first campaign Twitter account last week, well into…

Inmates quiz candidates for Boston's next top prosecutor » State House News Service One candidate recalled visiting family locked up there. Others vying for office mentioned clients behind the facility's bars. And another aspiring pol recalled a young man who had passed through its w…

Popular Republicans: The New England Enigma » National Review

Public Safety

Police captain pay numbers are unprecedented and should be fixed, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican The potentially high pay of five police captains in Methuen has Gov. Charlie Baker calling the numbers unprecedented and state lawmakers seeking a fix that is likely to include stricter fiscal oversig…

Parole board still slow to release inmates 8 years after ex-convict killed officer, critics say » Boston Globe Dominic Cinelli was one year out of prison and on parole when he shot and killed a police officer the day after Christmas in 2010.…

Three Mass. state troopers arrested in overtime fraud probe » Boston Globe Federal authorities have arrested three State Police troopers, two recently retired and one currently suspended, amid an ongoing probe into alleged overtime fraud, and officials will brief the media a…

Hinds, Farley-Bouvier Look to Feds For Help With Police Station » iBerkshires

Hours after being arrested at their homes, Mass. State Police troopers accused of theft appear handcuffed in court » The Republican

State Government

Supports ranked choice voting » Amherst Bulletin Last week, Maine voters upheld the country’s first statewide ranked choice voting law.…

Governor: Claims against son will get independent review » The Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he expects a fair and thorough investigation by federal authorities into an accusation against his adult son of improper conduct involving another passenger on a JetBlue…

Lack of transparency adding to Charlie Baker's woes » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker insisted it was “not my call” to withhold a trooper’s report that details his son’s alleged groping of a woman on a Boston-bound JetBlue flight last week, …

Woman says A.J. Baker groped her on flight, police say; Baker says he was asleep » Boston Globe A “visibly shaken” woman told police that Andrew “A.J.” Baker had groped her on a JetBlue flight and only stopped after she asked a flight attendant to move her seat, according…

Transportation

Constituent of state Sen. Spilka inspires Gender X bill » The Metro West Daily News When teenagers finally reach the age to apply for a driver’s permit and license, it represents their first step toward individual freedom. This milestone, however, stifles some of the excitemen…

Green Line extension groundbreaking signals monumental project on its way » Curbed Boston Officials including U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Gov. Charlie Baker, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano were on hand for the official groundbreaking on June 25…

Baker, Walsh at odds on T funding » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh may be good friends, but they don’t see eye to eye on the MBTA. …

Newton agrees to test autonomous vehicles » Wicked Local Newton In the not so-distant future, Newton residents could see driverless cars cruising the city streets.…

WRTA ridership decline is worst in the US » Worcester Telegram Ridership is down 13 percent at the Worcester Regional Transit Authority so far this year, more than at peer RTAs across the state and nation, according to a presentation to the WRTA Advisory Board la…

Green Line Extension receives $225 million federal grant » Transportation Today

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Recipe of the Week

GRILLED NEW SHELL LOBSTER WITH THAI BASIL GREMOLATA

Chef Karen Akunowicz of Myers and Chang

Ingredients

  • 2 live Maine new-shell lobster
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh Thai basil leaves, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, finely minced
  • 1 medium garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black Chinkiang vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Turn your grill to high heat and make sure the grates are nice and clean. Remove the claws and tail. Split the tails in half and set them on a sheet tray. Season them with olive oil and kosher salt, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the basil, olive oil, ginger, shallot, garlic, lemon zest, vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk well. Store in an airtight container if you don’t use it all.
  3. Place the claws on the grill in their shell, flipping occasionally for 10 minutes. Using your tongs, place the tails meat side down on the grill for 1 minute. Flip them over and place them shell side down on the grill for two to three minutes. Remove from the shell and smother the insides with the Thai basil gremolata.
  4. Have a lobster cracker ready for the claws (careful, they are hot) and dip in gremolata once you remove from the shell.


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