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Today on Beacon Hill

8:30am Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen

10:00am City Spotlights Leadership Program, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Mandela Day Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

5:30pm Suffolk County District Attorney & Register of Deeds Candidate Forum, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury

6:30pm Meet & Greet with Attorney General Candidate Jay McMahon

7:00pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Amaad Rivera

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Schmid

Must-Reads

Obama Warns Against Rise of ‘Strongman Politics’ » New York Times Without mentioning President Trump by name, former President Barack Obama delivered a pointed rebuke of “strongman politics” on Tuesday, warning about growing nationalism, xenophobia and b…

Proposed big hospital merger shouldn’t come at the expense of low-income patients » Boston Globe As Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health continue to pursue their merger dreams, those questions are front and center. The answers have huge implications for the many residents of the …

Legislative session comes to a close without action on noncompete reforms » Boston Globe Advocates for curbing the use of noncompete agreements will soon run up against the same obstacle that has blocked reform efforts in the past: the legislative calendar. …

Biotech Companies Put Their Cash Behind Capuano In Race Against Pressley » WBUR Defending his seat against a fellow Democrat, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Capuano has received donations from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council's political action committee, …

Reps make late-session push for House sex ed bill vote » State House News Service With time running out again on comprehensive sex education legislation, Rep. James O'Day says he's trying to convince his House colleagues that the bill is not about encouraging young people to be sex…

All about Roger Stone: Pal of Donald Trump and key figure in Russian election hacking investigation » SunSentinel Stone has been associated with two presidents: Richard Nixon, the most controversial president of the 20th century, and Donald Trump, the most controversial president of the 21st century. …

After unanimous Senate passage, Massachusetts House to vote on 'NASTY Women Act,' repealing archaic abortion laws » The Republican A law on the books in Massachusetts prohibits a doctor from prescribing contraception to an unmarried woman. An adulterer can be punished by up to three years in state prison. Another law criminalizes…

Biz groups warn health care bills will drive up costs » Lowell Sun Some business leaders are beginning to speak out about their feelings of being misled by the Legislature, telling key leaders in a letter that they are "disappointed" both the House and Senate ignored…

State Rep. Geoff Diehl: 'The summit was fine' » The Patriot Ledger State Rep. and Republican U.S. House of Representatives Candidate Geoff Diehl said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has "been standing up to Russia in a lot of different ways" after a summit with …

"This bill as far as I'm concerned goes hand in glove with the me too movement," "And that's not being taught," O'Day said. "I am so sick of hearing about well we can't talk about this in a public venue, it's all being addressed at home. I know there are some homes that are talking about it but there are a lot more that are not talking about it."

State Representative James O'Day

On the Healthy Youth Act.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Rep. Keating: Trump 'Sold Our Country Out On A World Stage' At Summit With Putin » WGBH Following President Donald Trump’s summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Rep. Bill Keating says he fears the president may be “compromised.”…

Liz Warren’s running hard, but for what? » Boston Herald Gushing Bay State Dems yesterday all but gave U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren the green light to launch her 2020 presidential campaign before she’s even been re-elected to her Senate seat — d…

If Trump is itching for a fight, Elizabeth Warren is happy to give it to him » The Washington Post Ever since Donald Drumpf’s inauguration, voters at each of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 29 town halls have greeted her with the same pleas, sometimes multiple times in succession.…

Business

Ash confident lawmakers will agree on economic development bill » Boston Business Journal To reach Gov. Charlie Baker's desk, the bill needs to pass the Senate, and lawmakers must resolve any differences between the two versions.…

Should Boston Push Back At Chain Stores — And If So, How? » WGBH A few weeks ago, the North End was up in arms over a push to put a Starbucks in one of Boston’s most distinctive neighborhoods…

As older population grows, Massachusetts angles to become the Silicon Valley for ‘age-tech’ » Boston Globe

Is a Boston soccer stadium Kraft’s goooooaaaaaaallllll? » Commonwealth Magazine

Civil Rights

Transgender rights advocates reserve nearly $1 million in airtime for fall ballot campaign » Boston Globe Advocates who want to keep Massachusetts’ transgender antidiscrimination law on the books have reserved nearly $1 million in TV time, according to a spokesman for the campaign.…

Dem. Lawmakers Propose Banning 'Gay And Trans Panic' Legal Defense » The Huffington Post Two Democratic lawmakers from Massachusetts want to end a controversial legal defense in which a criminal defendant claims violence against LGBTQ people was justified because of “panic” ab…

Crimes

Man accused of murdering Weymouth officer and bystander held without bail » Boston Globe In a courtroom packed with police officers, the man accused of fatally shooting a Weymouth police officer and an elderly bystander was ordered held without bail Tuesday.…

Update: Woman charged with threatening Walpole newspaper office is ordered held » Wicked Local A Shutesbury woman accused of threatening to shoot a reporter at the Walpole Times office is mentally ill and obsessed with trying to help people, her lawyer told a Wrentham District Court judge on Tu…

Education

Baker Proposes Legislation Requiring Colleges To Disclose Plans To Shut Down » WGBH Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is proposing legislation that would require colleges disclose their plans to shut down.…

Mass. Reps. Push For Sex Ed Bill Vote As Time Ticks Away Toward Session End » WBUR With time running out again on comprehensive sex education legislation, Rep. James O'Day says he's trying to convince his House colleagues that the bill is not about encouraging young people to be sex…

State shortchanges public schools by $1 billion a year, report from research group says » Boston Globe Beacon Hill lawmakers have been shortchanging the education of students across Massachusetts by nearly $1 billion a year, causing many school districts to cut teachers, classroom supplies, and technol…

Legislature OKs Mohawk fund investment » The Recorder Both the state House and Senate have agreed on special legislation that would allow the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s treasurer to invest the Carl H. Nilman Scholarship Trust Fund to …

Connecting to community » The Salem News With more than 1,200 applicants for 305 openings, it has an acceptance rate that many top colleges would envy. But five years into its existence, the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School …

Chang exits with $267,383-plus » Commonwealth Magazine FORMER BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS superintendent Tommy Chang received $267,383, the equivalent of one year’s salary, for agreeing to resign two years before his contract was scheduled to expire.…

Environment

Bill allocates money for bike trail in Southampton, track and tennis courts in Belchertown » Gazette Net More than $2 billion included in an energy and environmental bond bill adopted by the Massachusetts Senate could pay for a series of projects in the region, including work on a new bike trail in South…

Massachusetts Residents Urged To Plan Ahead In Case A Hurricane Comes This Season » WAMC It is hurricane preparedness week in Massachusetts. Even though the storms are a rare occurrence in the state, officials encourage people to be ready just in case. …

Governor Baker Cites Climate Change as Key Issue » Vineyard Gazette

Federal

US Rep. Jim McGovern urges GOP leaders to fund election cybersecurity grants » The Republican U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern pressed House Republicans Tuesday to fund grants that help fortify and protect U.S. election systems from foreign hackers -- an area which the Worcester Democrat argued should b…

Health Care

Congress launches investigation of alleged poor care at VA nursing homes » Boston Globe The House Veterans Affairs Committee has launched an investigation into care at the VA’s 133 nursing homes after learning the agency had given almost half of them the lowest possible score in s…

Long ER waits persist for children in mental health crises » Boston Globe Some patients with mental illness, particularly children, are spending days stuck in tiny windowless rooms in hospital emergency departments waiting for treatment, a persistent problem despite new sta…

Former legislator tapped for UMMHC post » Worcester Business Journal

Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would sharply drive up health care costs, watchdog says » Boston Globe

State says Beth Israel-Lahey merger could cost Mass. millions » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

Boston’s battle against youth homelessness gets a big boost » Boston Globe Stephanie Ford was living on the streets at age 15, and she has bounced among homeless shelters ever since. Only recently has Ford begun to have hope, benefiting from an increasing recognition by city…

Massachusetts is about to lift welfare 'cap on kids' » The Republican

Immigration

Report: Sanctuary policies allow criminals' release » The Salem News More than 200 immigrants suspected of living in the U.S. illegally were arrested on state and local charges this year but released before federal authorities could take them into custody, according to…

Left-Leaning Legislators Like Sanctuary State Proposal in Massachusetts Senate » New Boston Post A group of state representatives has asked overdue state budget negotiators to adopt Massachusetts Senate language restricting local authorities from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement, …

Two teens wait in Boston after being separated from their father at the border » Boston Globe Sometimes, the two teenage brothers hear their father’s voice. They think of what he said as the trio trudged along, catching bus rides on the long and treacherous road north from El Salvador t…

House drawing fire over immigration reform omission in budget » Lowell Sun

Judiciary

Bibaud case closed after admitting facts » Boston Herald A drugged-driving case that toppled the state police command staff and put a district attorney and the state’s public safety chief under investigation ended quietly yesterday in Framingham Dist…

Alli Bibaud, judge's daughter at center of Massachusetts State Police scandal, admits to OUI charge » The Republican Alli Bibaud, the daughter of a Massachusetts judge whose altered arrest report led to the retirement of the State Police colonel, has admitted to an OUI charge. …

Judges Can Insist On Sobriety As Part Of Probation, SJC Rules » WGBH The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that drug users can be forced to remain sober while on probation.…

Justice advocates reflect on victory » The Bay State Banner

Attleboro attorney nominated to Brockton District Court bench »

Legislative

Senate schedules Thursday debate on net neutrality, opioid bills » State House News Service In addition to a bill intended to combat the opioid epidemic, the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday reported out bills dealing with internet neutrality, Alzheimer's disease and raising the pa…

Local Government

Wareham Selectmen OK Prop. 2 1/2 override ballot question for new $90 million elementary school » Wicked Local Wareham Selectmen Tuesday night OK’d putting a ballot question before voters in November that would allow a Prop. 2 ½ override to enable funding for a new $90 million elementary school.…

How Cities Can Get Strategic About Procurement » Governing Louisville is pioneering an approach that aims to make purchasing and contracting a key ingredient in successfully delivering services. …

Opinion

Proposed big hospital merger shouldn’t come at the expense of low-income patients » Boston Globe Who stands to benefit from the creation of a second mega-hospital system in Massachusetts? And who gets left behind?…

YOUR VIEW: AG Healey scrutiny of county jail is example of her doing her job » South Coast Today I applaud Lee Nason’s effort to defend the indefensible. Sheriff Tom Hodgson’s degrading and brutal management style at the Bristol County House of Correction and Jail, where “91 r…

Massachusetts high court provides cover for those who want to stop you from voting » Valley Advocate Sometimes living in deep blue Massachusetts can feel comforting when observing the daily horror show that now passes for our federal government.…

Treat substance use disorder like disease it is » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS CONTINUES TO LOOK for new answers to the opioid crisis. Despite changes to state law to require insurance coverage for inpatient substance use disorder treatment, despite the increased a…

You don’t have to be a transgender man to play one in the movies » Boston Globe Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to left-wing pressure. In 2014, protesters demanded that she sever her ties to an Israeli company, SodaStream. Last year a racial interest group condemned her for pla…

Curb the paranoia, anti-Trumpers » Boston Globe

Things get stinky in Helsinki » Boston Globe A grim look clouded the normally self-satisfied visage of The Great Trumpkin. He’d intended his summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to be an august authoritarian achievement. Instead, the…

Allison Gustavson: It’s time for reps to support Healthy Youth Act » Wicked Local Middleton In her letter, Allison Gustavson, who is running for the 4th Essex District seat, calls on state representatives to realize abstinence-only sex education does not help youth, and she asks them to make…

Backtracking president keeps stumbling over Russia » Boston Herald How bad is it? So bad that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively, best known for blaming the Holocaust on gay Nazis, gave it “two thumbs up.” So bad that Gov. Charlie Baker himse…

Our view: State budget delay a mystery, but still a concern » Gloucester Times Massachusetts often touts itself as being first on the list of public school test scores and tops when it comes to professional sports teams, but the state is dead last on Beacon Hill, where lawmakers…

Your View: Increasing Mass Cultural Facilities Fund would benefit New Bedford arts » South Coast Today New Bedford has embraced arts and culture as a pillar of its economic revitalization strategy over the last decade. In that effort, the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) has been a vital source of c…

Commentary: Dot wins, 2-1, on ballot resolution issue; fight goes on » Dorchester Reporter

Politics

Republicans have money advantage in most key US House races » Boston Globe CHICAGO — Republicans defending seats in some of the most competitive House races hold a financial advantage over Democratic challengers as the campaign for control of Congress enters a crucial…

Scott Lively says politicians are ‘using addicts like cash cows’ » Boston Globe Scott Lively, the controversial pastor mounting a long-shot conservative challenge to Governor Charlie Baker, indicated Tuesday that it’s “plausible” the state’s elected offi…

Gun laws also up for debate by GOP AG rivals » Boston Herald The Republican candidates for attorney general clashed bitterly over their experience in a lively debate on Boston Herald Radio that showed sharp differences in the candidates’ backgrounds and …

Campaign seeks to inform voters of district attorney's role » Wicked Local Maynard Rahsaan Hall is on a mission. A former prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office and now the director of the Racial Justice Program of the American Civil Liberties Union of …

Scott Lively On Why He's Running Against Gov. Charlie Baker » WBUR Scott Lively, Republican primary candidate for governor, joined Radio Boston in studio Tuesday for a special extended conversation. You can listen to it by hitting the play button atop this post.…

Gonzalez Picks Up Pittsfield Endorsements In Gubernatorial Bid » WAMC Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez picked up two endorsements in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Monday.…

Marty Walsh to swing through Trump districts to hype Democrats » Boston Globe In moves that will undoubtedly stoke speculation about his own political future, Mayor Martin J. Walsh will kick off a tour of Midwest states that figured prominently in Donald Trump’s 2016 vic…

As November Nears, More Governors’ Races Become Tossups » Governing They have become more competitive in three states -- all where Republicans are currently in power. …

State Rep. Candidate Feeney Receives Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Distinction » Framingham Source

Public Health

State's e-cigarette campaign seeks to educate parents » The Republican E-cigarettes are shown to be the most commonly used tobacco product among young people today. In 2016, more than two million U.S. middle and high school students used them within a 30-day period.…

Massachusetts Senate includes safe injection sites in opioid bill » The Republican The Massachusetts Senate wants to include the establishment of safe injection sites in a larger bill aimed at addressing opioid addiction.…

The legal drug we should be worried about isn’t marijuana » Boston Globe Massachusetts recently issued its first recreational marijuana license, bringing pot more fully into the ranks of regulated substances. Bravo! Decriminalizing drugs is a tactic that has been demonstra…

Safe injection site pilot included in senate opioid bill » Milford Daily News A powerful Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed legislation giving those addicted to opioids new access to medically assisted treatment in prisons and creating harm-reduction sites for people to use d…

South Boston Senator Wants Involuntary Hold For Overdose Patients » WGBH

Public Safety

Reaction to 'red flag bill' gun legislation is mixed » Wicked Local Middleton Advocates of the “red flag bill” legislation recently signed into law by the governor say ERPOs are a reasonable measure that will save lives, but detractors, including the Gun Owners Acti…

MA Gov. Baker Calls for Death Penalty for Cop Killers, Raimondo Opposed » GoLocalProv WBZ is reporting that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is once again calling for Massachusetts to pass legislation for the death penalty for those that kill police officers.…

Discussion of death penalty for cop-killers reemerges after shooting of Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna » The Republican In the wake of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna's killing, the subject of whether the death penalty should be back on the books in Massachusetts has once again emerged with Gov. Charlie Baker stati…

Senator Cyr Talks about Loss of Another Officer, Funds for Police Training » Cape Cod Today My condolences to the families of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna and Vera Adams, the women and men of the Weymouth Police Department, the Weymouth community, and the law enforcement community …

Lawmakers poised to send Baker fee bill to train police » State House News Service

Former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole to help reform scandal-plagued Massachusetts State Police » The Republican

State Finance

Wait for state budget continues amid signs deal could be close » Lowell Sun A compromise between the House and Senate on a state budget for fiscal 2019 will have to wait at least another day, despite anticipation running high Tuesday night that a deal could be filed in time f…

EDITORIAL: State budget delay a mystery, but still a concern » The Daily News of Newburyport Massachusetts often touts itself as being first on the list of public school test scores and tops when it comes to professional sports teams, but the state is dead last on Beacon Hill, where lawmakers…

State budget impasse enters 3rd week » The Salem News Massachusetts is the only state in the nation without a budget, as House and Senate negotiators huddle behind closed doors this week in an attempt to iron out differences in the $41 billion spending p…

Massachusetts legislators hopeful that final budget deal nearly complete » News 22 WWLP.com Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House and Senate say they're hopeful a budget deal is near.…

Conferees boost spending, agree to $41.88 billion fiscal 2019 budget » State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers reach compromise on $41.8 billion state budget » The Republican

State lawmakers reach a budget deal — finally » Boston Globe

State finally files budget, scraps anti-ICE measure » Boston Herald

Under budget pact, business tax breaks will get more scrutiny » Boston Business Journal

State Government

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker hits President Trump over 'disgraceful' comments in Helsinki » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday joined the chorus of Democrats and Republicans repudiating President Donald Trump over his performance at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Trump sought …

Local pols react to passage of voter registration legislation » Wicked Local Reading On Thursday, July 12, the Massachusetts Senate passed An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud. …

Taxation

Representative Kane supports sales tax holiday for August 11th and 12th » Shrewsbury Post Under a proposal adopted by the House of Representatives last week, Massachusetts residents would receive a temporary reprieve from the state sales tax for the first time since 2015, designating a two…

4 States Just Sued Over the Federal Tax Law. Here's Why They Might Lose. » Governing Four blue states sued the federal government on Tuesday over tax changes that the GOP-controlled Congress adopted in December. …

Transportation

Pedestrian Safety Is Paramount in $5.29M Route 97 Roadway Revamp, Says Fiorentini » WHAV Residents living in the Broadway stretch of Haverhill’s Route 97: Mayor James J. Fiorentini has heard your concerns about traffic and public safety—and he’s ready to do something …

Utilities

Trump Was Asked About a Russian Gas Shipment To Boston. Here's What That Tells Us About Energy in New England » WGBH At Monday’s press conference in Helsinki, President Trump faced a question about a shipment of Russian liquefied natural gas that was sent to Boston in January.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Let’s not kid ourselves. Harvard lawsuit is about affirmative action, not Asian Americans » Boston Globe

Closed groups, open meetings » Cape Cod Times

Today on Herald Radio: GOP AG debate » Boston Herald

New law lets juveniles off in Lynn » Commonwealth Magazine

Safe injection site pilot included in Senate opioid bill » The Patriot Ledger

Candidate for governor coming to Island » Martha's Vineyard Times

Area small businesses say state's grand bargain means fewer jobs » Worcester Telegram

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Recipe of the Week

CHILLED PEA SOUP

Chef Alex Horowitz

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 to 3 quarts veggie stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 2 cups Italian parsley
  • 1 cup tarragon
  • 1 cup chervil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 pound bag frozen peas, thawed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh sugar snap peas (blanch in boiling salted water for a minute then shock in ice water)
  • Fresh pea tendrils
  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium pot, and sweat onions and garlic until just slightly brown. Deglaze with white wine. Then add stock and bay leaves. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. Remove bay leaves. Add herbs, zest and peas. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a blender, buzz soup in batches on high until very smooth. Add a little water if too thick. Adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  4. Plate soup and garnish with some sliced snap peas, pea tendrils and sunflower seeds. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil to finish. Enjoy.

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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