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11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Constitutional Convention, Constitutional Convention

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Sean Costello

6:30pm 1st Hampshire State Representative Candidate Forum, The Deuce (World War II Club), 50 Conz Street, Northampton

7:00pm Meet & Greet and Wine Tasting with State Rep. Candidate Lori Lennon

7:00pm Freedom For All Massachusetts Cambridge Town Hall, Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Birthdays: Rep. Hannah Kane

Must-Reads

Alliance calls on Baker, House to back additions to housing bill » State House News Service Supporters of a housing production bill that's more expansive than the one proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker called on the governor Tuesday to support "moderate additions" to his bill and signal his supp…

Immigrant activists keep pressure, focus on Mass. House » State House News Service Demonstrators from community and faith-based groups returned to the State House less than a week after lawmakers passed a budget that did not include immigration enforcement measures they'd pushed for…

One-third of registered voters on Worcester ‘inactive’ list » Worcester Telegram Roughly one-third of the city’s registered voters are on the “inactive” voting list leading up to this year’s state elections because they failed to respond to this year 

Judge suggests Senate’s vow to keep Hefner witnesses secret has ‘wiggle room’ » Boston Globe A Superior Court judge said Tuesday there may be “wiggle room” in the Massachusetts Senate’s promise to keep secret the identities of witnesses who cooperated in its internal probe …

Mass. raked in 8.6 percent more tax revenue than last year. But why? » Boston Globe Massachusetts raked in a record $27.8 billion in tax revenue in the fiscal year that ended last month, a whopping 8.6 percent increase over the previous year, according to preliminary numbers the stat…

'What You're Seeing... Is Not What's Happening.' People Are Comparing This Trump Quote to George Orwell » TIME President Trump drew comparisons to George Orwell’s 1984 in an attack on the media during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention Tuesday. …

A million Facebook users watched a video that blurs the line between bad satire and ‘fake news’ » The Verge A conservative news outlet spliced together a “satirical” interview with Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, published it on Facebook without noting it was satire,…

Walsh: Working-Class Trump Voters ‘Forgot Where They Came From’ » Politico Marty Walsh is a college dropout and recovering alcoholic who grew up in a union household and worked his way up through organized labor and local politics. In many ways, he fits the profile of the ki…

Estimated Increases in 2019 Premiums by Congressional District Due to ACA Sabotage » Center for American Progress Over the past two years, the Trump administration has worked tirelessly to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Congress’ repeal of the individual mandate penalty and the Trump admi…

“This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers and White House’s ‘plan’ is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches. ... This administration’s tariffs and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again."

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse

On President Donald Trump's plan to bailout American farmers.

News By Category
Business

Necco candy factory shuts down abruptly after company is sold again » Boston Globe The Necco plant in Revere was abruptly shut down Tuesday after the entity that bought the company at bankruptcy auction in May announced it had sold Necco to another candy manufacturer.…

Can a country club operate a men’s only bar? Yes, if it’s in the locker room » Boston Globe Another year, another letter from my anonymous tipster complaining about the sexist culture at the Charles River Country Club.…

Crackdown on 'patent trolls' part of Massachusetts Senate's $601 million economic development bill » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate will vote Wednesday on a $601 million version of an economic development bill that includes patent law reform, non-compete reform and a host of municipal projects.…

4 Great Barrington businesses apply for state grants for new, shared workspace sites » The Berkshire Eagle The revival of a Housatonic mill by a textile artist and furniture designer. A professional-grade learning kitchen in the heart of Berkshires farm and foodie culture. …

Massachusetts lawmakers revive bill regulating non-compete agreements » MassLive "Non-competes have been increasingly overused in Massachusetts," said Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, chairman of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. "I think they in many cases ar…

Braintree approves Amazon facility » Patriot Ledger The town's planning board has approved a special permit for an Amazon distribution facility on Campanelli Drive.…

Benefit district bill facing squeeze from right, left » State House News Service Three state representatives have kept vigil in the House this week to prevent passage in an informal session of legislation that would give landowners the ability to levy fees to pay for improvements …

Why Startups In Boston Are Feeling The Squeeze (Partly, It's The Real Estate) » WBUR Boston has a well-earned reputation as a hub for high-tech startups. It’s where Facebook launched and, more recently, where an MIT hackathon gave birth to a company called PillPack that Amazon …

'Castle Rock' Brings Stephen King Horror And Economic Hope To Rural Mass. » WBUR Prolific New England author Stephen King's creepy storytelling is fueling a new streaming series that debuts Wednesday on Hulu. “Castle Rock” is set in Maine, but it was largely shot in th…

Civil Rights

Baker challenges Trump proposal that targets abortion » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker is speaking out against a proposed federal rule that would force family planning groups like Planned Parenthood to either stop offering abortions and referring women to abortion…

Activists Sue For The Right To Secretly Record Police » WGBH

The NASTY Women Act: Massachusetts Repeals a 173-Year-Old Anti-Abortion Law in Case of a Roe v. Wade Reversal » Fortune Massachusetts wants to ensure that abortion continues to be officially legal in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court after President Trump names a new justice to replace Justice…

Crimes

Amid new sex abuse scandal, O’Malley issues warning to church » Boston Globe Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said Tuesday he was “deeply troubled” by the allegations of sexual abuse by one of the most respected US cardinals, Theodore McCarrick — and …

Education

Should Boston schools get rid of busing? Some say the money would be better spent in classrooms, but the answer is not clear. Here’s why. » Boston Globe In a city where school buses criss-cross neighborhoods, taking some students to high-performing schools but too many others to lackluster ones, some city and school officials are now raising one of th…

State considering bill to fund Franklin County school district's budget crisis » News 22 WWLP.com The Committee on Education is nearly halfway through its 30-day reporting period to fund a million dollar budget crisis in a Franklin County school district.…

Civics Requirement And Projects Featured In Compromise Bill » WBUR Civics education would become more prominent in public schools across Massachusetts, under a bill filed Tuesday night by negotiators.…

Environment

Polito announces new round of funding for dredging » Gloucester Times Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito ventured to Manchester on Tuesday to join with other state and local officials to help the town celebrate the completion of its $1.5 million harbor dredging project that was fund…

Gaming

SE Mass. casino efforts afoot in Boston, Washington » State House News Service With casinos in Springfield and Everett poised to open within the next year, the battle over the state's third casino license continues to smolder as Congress weighs a bill that would reaffirm the Mas…

Health Care

HHS appeals shock treatment court decision » State House News Service The newest chapter of a 30-year legal battle in Massachusetts started in state Attorney General Maura Healey's office late last week.…

Housing

Income-Restricted Housing Development In Boston Is Opened » WBUR City and state officials on Tuesday cut the ribbon for a 14-story affordable housing development in downtown Boston.…

Massachusetts Governor Considers State Funds For Testing Cracked Foundations » New England Public Radio Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is considering a state budget that includes funding to test whether the foundations of some homes are contaminated with a mineral that causes serious damage.…

Immigration

State Senator Says Misinformation At Heart of Opposition to Safe Communities Act » WGBH On Tuesday afternoon mothers, children, clergymen, and dozens of others sympathetic to the cause of undocumented immigrants stood on the grand staircase inside the State House imploring lawmakers to p…

Immigrant activists keep up pressure » The Metro West Daily News Demonstrators from community- and faith-based groups returned to the Statehouse on Tuesday…

Valley contingent protests removal of pro-immigration measures from state budget » Gazette Net

Labor

Gov. Charlie Baker signs bill providing paid leave for Massachusetts firefighters with work-related cancer » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill giving firefighters who get certain types of cancer access to paid leave.…

Governor Baker signs bill to designate cancer as work-related injury for state’s firefighters » Boston Globe Flanked by firefighters and their families, Governor Charlie Baker formally signed legislation at Broadway Fire Station Tuesday afternoon that will designate cancer as a work-related injury for firefi…

Charlie Baker touts law covering cancer costs for firefighters » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is hailing a new law that lets Massachusetts firefighters temporarily incapacitated due to certain forms of cancer receive full pay while they recuperate.…

Study: Income gap steep in Berkshire County » The Berkshire Eagle The gap between top earners and the other 99 percent remains higher in the Berkshires than in the state's other three western counties, a new report shows, suggesting durable inequality in a region fa…

Massachusetts lawmaker seeks to restore time-and-half pay » MassLive A Massachusetts state senator is seeking to restore time-and-half-pay on Sundays and holidays.…

Legislative

Lewis and Day Secure State Funding For Stoneham Priorities » Peabody Patch Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Michael Day are pleased that the recently passed state budget includes major investments in the Town of Stoneham and its fiscal priorities.…

Judge mulls prosecutor's request to ID Senate's Hefner witnesses » Boston Herald A judge is considering a push by prosecutors to gather the identities of witnesses who cooperated with a Beacon Hill investigation into former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, saying the promise of…

Senate president: I won't ID those who aided ethics probe » WCVB Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler is pledging not to reveal the identities of individuals who gave information during the Senate's investigation into former Democratic Senate President…

Judge weighs prosecutor access to Senate ethics probe info » The Sun Chronicle A Massachusetts superior court judge has said there may be "wiggle room" as prosecutors seek the identities of individuals who gave information during a state Senate investigation into former Democrat…

Local Government

Wayland School Committee takes steps to limit complaints » The Metro West Daily News Wayland resident Georg Harris has filed multiple Open Meeting Law complaints against the Wayland School Committee over the years. The committee is taking steps to limit the complaints.…

After long delay, Salem councilors grant mayor housing authority waiver » Wicked Local Salem A Salem City Council majority has granted Mayor Kim Driscoll a conflict-of-interest exemption that clears the way for her to serve as the fifth voting member on and as the governor’s appointee …

Middleton awarded $171K in Complete Streets funding » Wicked Local Topsfield Town officials plan to use the funding to reconstruct the intersection of Maple Street (Route 62) and Liberty Street to improve traffic flow and enhance bicyclist and pedestrian safety. In addition to…

Sutton selectman facing drunken driving charge resigns » Worcester Telegram Selectman Michael Kenney resigned his seat Thursday after reports of his arraignment in Bennington, Vermont, Superior Court on drunken driving charges.…

Revere audit finds $2.2 million in idle city accounts, possible parking meter corruption » Boston Globe An audit of Revere’s city government found more than $2 million in previously undiscovered money and two possible cases of corruption by municipal parking meter technicians, officials said Tues…

Greenfield finance director ousted, City Council calls emergency meeting » The Greenfield Recorder Elizabeth Braccia has been removed as the city’s finance director, leaving many questions as to the circumstances.…

Opinion

The hypocrisy of white evangelicals » Boston Globe WHEN THEN-PRESIDENT Bill Clinton lied in 1998 about an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Christian extremist James Dobson declared it was “foolish to believe that a person who lack…

Editorial: Charlie Baker right on cop killers » Boston Herald Support for law enforcement on Beacon Hill is critical and legislators should follow Gov. Charlie Baker’s lead.…

Marty Walsh avoids conflict with hasty replacement of top cop » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s quick move to name Boston police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross as the new police commissioner is a first step toward restoring trust and defusing tensions with t…

EDITORIAL: More details needed about hospital merger impact » The Daily News of Newburyport As Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health System move closer to a merger, troubling signs are emerging that the deal may be a poor one for patients, driving up health care costs in an a…

Howie Carr: Liz Warren to join tribe of losers » Boston Herald One thing that the Democrats can do to assure Donald Trump’s re-election in 2020: Nominate somebody from Massachusetts.…

A president for (less than) half of America » Boston Globe LIKE MANY AMERICANS, farmers stand to lose from the trade war provoked by President Trump — in their case, because retaliatory measures could make it harder for them to sell soybeans, pork, and…

Trump: speaking loudly, with a tired shtick » Boston Globe IT’S ALWAYS TEMPTING, when writing about Donald Trump’s puerile foreign “policy,” to lament the sad state we’ve arrived at when the president of our once-admired count…

Boston's new top cop keeps cool in hot situation » Boston Herald There’s a lasting image here of Willie Gross, whom Mayor Marty Walsh appointed police commissioner two days ago upon Billy Evans’ announcement he was stepping down to become the top cop …

Of the Earth: In search of a homegrown gubernatorial candidate » The Greenfield Recorder There doesn’t seem to be much excitement or urgency surrounding the race for Massachusetts governor as we look toward the Sept. 4 primary ... at least, that is, since Setti Warren left the fiel…

Despite Ongoing Losses, John Henry Insists That The Boston Globe Is Not For Sale » WGBH Nearly five years after the billionaire financier announced that he would buy The Boston Globe, there’s a low but persistent buzz within the city’s media and political circles that Henry…

OK, Mass. lawmakers — less hemming, hawing, and dealing, and more voting » Boston Globe When I was in school, I learned how state governments work. A proposed law goes before the House and Senate, and if it gets a majority in both chambers, it goes on to the governor for his signature. B…

Politics

Lt. Governor to Make Cape Appearance » Cape Cod Online Lt. Governor Karen Polito will be on Cape Cod this week in support of 5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt, the two will headline an event on Friday.…

POLITICAL NOTES: Keating’s rivals working up coalitions, endorsements » Cape Cod Times Candidates vying to unseat U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., are forming coalitions and touting endorsements.…

Massachusetts Sen. Barbara L’Italien Somehow Ended Up in a Pro-ICE Fox Segment » Boston Magazine She says the mix-up was due to the network's "own failure of due diligence." …

Whole lot of lying going on » Commonwealth Magazine A state senator and the outgoing Boston police commissioner demonstrated that they are not above lying when it comes to getting what they want. …

Public Health

Maura Healey Says She’s Investigating the Vaping Company JUUL » Boston Magazine Maura Healey’s campaign to rein in the vaping industry as e-cigarettes have exploded in popularity—particularly among teens—is taking another step forward. The Attorney General an…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launches investigation into JUUL, the e-cigarette maker » MassLive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is launching an investigation into JUUL Labs Inc., saying the California-based e-cigarette manufacturer's products are marketed to minors.…

Sen. Tran and opponent Chalifoux Zephir divided on raising tobacco age » The Sentinel & Enterprise When it came time for legislators to vote on Bill H. 4784 recently, Sen. Dean Tran made a difficult decision. …

Push to force Morton to reopen maternity unit comes up short » Taunton Gazette With the governor’s approval of the fiscal 2019 budget, state Sen. Marc Pacheco’s legislative push to reopen Morton Hospital’s maternity unit was unsuccessful this year.…

Public Safety

Community leaders make a wish list for new Boston Police commissioner William Gross » Boston Globe Stop using the term “gang-involved” to describe shooting victims. Strengthen the civilian oversight board that holds officers accountable for misconduct. Appoint a leader of the Police Aca…

Baker, who once pledged no new fees, backs one for police training » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, who campaigned on being a fiscal check to the Democratic super majority on Beacon Hill, said Monday he will sign the “Legislature’s version” of a bill that c…

Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker voice confidence in duck boat safety » Boston Globe After a duck boat capsized in a sudden storm last week in Missouri, killing 17 people, Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said they are confident the popular tourist attractions a…

Evans Denied Rumors About BC Post Because He Was Afraid To 'Jeopardize The Opportunity' » WGBH Outgoing Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans says he originally denied claims that he was moving on to a new post at Boston College because he was afraid to “jeopardize the opportunity” …

Gov. Baker touts law covering cancer costs for firefighters » timesunion Gov. Charlie Baker is hailing a new law that lets Massachusetts firefighters temporarily incapacitated due to certain forms of cancer receive full pay while they recuperate.…

Taxation

State beat revenue forecasts by $1.1 billion last year » The Associated Press (AP) New figures confirm Massachusetts ended the last fiscal year with a hefty surplus. Revenue Commissioner Christopher Harding said Tuesday preliminary estimates show the state collected $27.8 billion in…

Mass. retail leader calls NH sales tax proposal 'silliness' » Boston Business Journal New Hampshire politicians are not happy that the U.S. Supreme Court has required online retailers to collect sales taxes, and they’re planning to do something about it.…

Transportation

Why last year’s Commonwealth Avenue Bridge success could spell traffic trouble this summer » Boston Globe Last summer, David Frischling heeded the pleas of state officials to avoid the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge construction zone at all costs, and worked from his home in Needham instead of driving to the …

Utilities

Baker officials tout hydro contract benefits » Commonwealth Magazine BAKER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS said a massive purchase of hydro-electricity from the Canadian province of Quebec will be priced at a levelized flat rate of 5.9 cents a kilowatt hour for 20 years, resu…

The 1 Thing Massachusetts Needs in its Clean Energy Bill » Union of Concerned Scientists Massachusetts is at a pivotal point in its lawmaking trajectory and its clean energy path. With just one week remaining in this legislative session, where we head on clean energy is up to a polydactyl…

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients

2    tablespoons butter
½    small onion
2    slices white bread, torn into small pieces (about 1½ cups)
2    tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Salt and black pepper, to taste
4    medium tomatoes
1    tablespoon mayonnaise
2    cloves garlic, finely chopped
1    tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1    teaspoon brown sugar
1    teaspoon red wine vinegar
Pinch crushed red pepper
2    tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Directions

1. Set the oven at 425 degrees. Have on hand a 10-inch baking dish.

2. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until the onion softens. Stir in the bread, parsley, salt, and black pepper.

3. Core the tomatoes. Cut each in half horizontally, and gently squeeze the halves to remove the seeds and excess juices. Cut the halves into thick slices.

4. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, basil, brown sugar, vinegar, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Stir well. Add tomatoes and stir gently to coat them.

5. Place the tomatoes in the dish in a single layer. It’s OK for some to overlap. Pour any mayonnaise mixture left in the bowl over the top. Sprinkle with crumbs and top with Parmesan.

6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the crumbs are golden and crispy.



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