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Trump’s ‘blame the media’ blitz looks like an excuse in the making » New York Post Could it be he’s pre-scapegoating the press so that he has a ready-made explanation for why things went wrong for him and his party on Election Day? …

Public defenders’ bid for union rights again falls short » Boston Globe For six years, public defenders have been asking Massachusetts lawmakers to add five key words to the state’s collective bargaining statute. …

Neighborhood Health Plan to be rebranded as AllWays Health Partners » Boston Globe For decades, Neighborhood Health Plan was known for serving the poor. It became a leading Medicaid carrier in Massachusetts. …

Galvin, Zakim spar over demise of early voting measure » State House News Service This spring, Secretary of State William Galvin lobbied House lawmakers to support early voting ahead of the September primary, but the proposal sputtered and died, and now Galvin's primary opponent ha…

Democratic Party’s liberal insurgency hits a wall in Midwest primaries » Washington Post The Democratic Party’s left-wing insurgency found its limits Tuesday night, with voters favoring establishment candidates over more liberal challengers in almost every closely watched race acro…

Begelfer to retire from real estate industry group NAIOP » Boston Business Journal NAIOP Massachusetts CEO David Begelfer announced Tuesday that he plans to retire at the end of the year, ending his 27-year run leading the commercial real estate development trade group. …

Progressives think Senate Democrats aren't doing enough to stop Kavanaugh confirmation » ABC News Among professional strategists and volunteer activists, especially those to the left in the Democratic Party, there is a growing frustration that Democratic Senate leaders are not thinking outside the…

The Mass. Legislature is not diverse, and that’s probably not changing next year » Boston Globe Across the country, people of color are stepping up to run for office in unprecedented numbers. But in Massachusetts, there’s little chance that the Legislature — already one of the leas…

Islamophobic flyers target congressional candidate » Gazette Net Some households in western Massachusetts have received an anonymously written Islamophobic mailer attacking Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is running for Congress in the state’s 1st Congressional Di…

Trump at center of debate between GOP rivals for Liz Warren seat » Lowell Sun The three Republican candidates for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's seat mixed it up in the Herald Radio studio today, slamming each other for their varying levels of support for President Trump in their…

“We will vote the same way, but we will lead differently,” said Pressley... “I will lead in coalition and in partnership with community to spotlight and emphasize new things,”... “In the final analysis, the votes on the floor of the House are going to be, for the most part, the same,” Capuano said. “The effectiveness of what’s going to be behind that vote, I argue, will be different.”

City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Representative Michael Capuano

During Tuesday’s debate

News By Category
Beltway Politics

N.H. Democrats remove Clinton name from annual fund-raising dinner » Boston Globe New Hampshire was the state that made Bill Clinton the comeback kid in 1992, propelling him to the presidency. Sixteen years later, Hillary Clinton won the state’s first-in-the-nation president…

Business

Museum won't say whether new batch of works has found buyers » Berkshire Eagle More than a month ago, the Berkshire Museum said it would seek to put nine more works from its collection in the hands of new owners, intent on taking in the full $55 million in proceeds allowed by th…

Spotted in Worcester: PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino tours Canal District Tuesday » Worcester Telegram Larry Lucchino, chairman of the Pawtucket Red Sox, was in Worcester Tuesday and took a tour of the Canal District, a possible home of his minor league baseball team.…

Should airline reimburse couple who waited for lost luggage? » Boston Globe In May, Neil and Maureen Ferris set out on a two-week trip of a lifetime to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They planned to hopscotch across southwestern France and northern Spain, visiting …

Are there too many restaurants in Boston and not enough diners? » Boston Globe It was the closing that sent chills down the spine of the Boston restaurant industry: Les Sablons in Harvard Square shuttered last week after just over a year in business.…

Boston Beer chairman Jim Koch had dinner with Trump last night » Boston Globe Jim Koch, founder and chairman of Boston Beer Co., will be among a group of business leaders who had dinner Tuesday night with President Trump at Trump’s New Jersey golf club and resort.…

Galvin floats tougher standard for Mass. broker-dealers » Boston Business Journal Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin, the state’s top securities regulator, said Tuesday that he may impose a higher legal standard on broker-dealers in Massachusetts if the U.S. Securitie…

Proposed U.S. brokerage rule draws criticism from Massachusetts regulator » Reuters A Democratic state regulator from Massachusetts on Tuesday blasted a proposed rule by U.S. financial regulators, saying it does not go far enough to protect investors from brokers who may have a confl…

Who’s Afraid of Abby Johnson? » Boston Magazine

From Brahmin Banks to Silicon Valley 2.0 » Boston Magazine Banking titan Chad Gifford and cybersecurity star Corey Thomas, president and CEO of Rapid7, take stock of money and power in a new, more inclusive era. …

Short-Term Rental Tax Bill Gets Mixed Reviews; For Now, Legislation Is In Limbo » The Cape Cod Chronicle

Worcester Is Working Hard To Lure Pawtucket Red Sox Out Of Rhode Island » WGBH

Civil Rights

Silencing speech or rejecting hate? » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN THEN-GOVERNOR Deval Patrick stepped to the microphone for the first press conference the evening of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, the first question stopped him and nearly everyone in att…

Crimes

After the bell, lawmakers still studying campus sex assault bills » State House News Service As colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts gear up for the return of their students, advocates for a bill that aims to gather better information about the prevalence of campus sexual assaul…

Police: Dorchester man arrested after racist rant under investigation for hate crime » Dorchester Reporter A 54 year-old Dorchester man who was arrested for disorderly conduct last Friday night after going on a belligerent, racist rant against two strangers near Adams Corner could face more serious, civil …

Education

School funding lawsuit eyed » The Salem News School districts are weighing a legal challenge to force an overhaul of the state's 25-year-old education funding formula, which advocates say is widening gaps between poor and wealthy communities.…

Elizabeth Warren and Katherine Clark did their own survey on gun violence at schools. They’re sending the results to Betsy DeVos. » Boston Globe US Senator Elizabeth Warren and US Representative Katherine Clark sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this week in which theycite Massachusetts as a model for gun safety and implored t…

Federal

Warren to hold town hall meeting at Fitchburg State Thursday » Sentinel & Enterprise She's appeared at town hall forums across the country, and on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will host her first in Fitchburg.…

Berkshire MIA families among thousands still awaiting word on Korean War losses » Berkshire Eagle The odds are long, but one of the 55 boxes of remains flown from South Korea to Hawaii last week could be on a journey that ends in Berkshire County. …

Gaming

Spilka put hold on racing/simulcast legislation » Commonwealth Magazine SENATE PRESIDENT KAREN SPILKA’S office said she made the decision to postpone action on horse-racing and simulcasting legislation last week during the Legislature’s final session of the …

Health Care

Lahey Health CEO to retire amid planned 13-hospital merger » Becker's Hospital Review Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Health officials confirmed Aug. 6 that system President and CEO Howard Grant, MD, will retire in September, The Boston Globe reports.…

Mental health hospital group raises alarm over nurse staffing ballot » Boston Business Journal Mental health hospitals are sounding the alarm about ballot question that would limit the number of patients each nurse can have, saying the law would have dire consequences and would lead to the loss…

Housing

Developer says he’s selling a lot of ultra-luxury condos » Commonwealth Magazine

Human Services

Beacon Hill Moves to Amend Controversial Valor Act » WGBH The frenzied conclusion to the Massachusetts legislative session last week resulted in the passage of scores of bills, while others were left on the cutting room floor. One bill that sailed through ch…

Labor

CMass businesses briefed on Grand Bargain fallout » Worcester Business Journal The wide-ranging bill signed in June by Gov. Charlie Baker known as the Grand Bargain will bring changes to businesses statewide starting next year.…

Pensions Beat Expectations for 2nd Straight Year » Governing It's been another good year for public pension investment returns. But the gains won't make a big difference in their overall fiscal health. …

Union divide contributed to Janus bill's demise » Lowell Sun Less than a month before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a public sector union's right to charge fees to non-members, House Speaker Robert DeLeo was already thinking about what could be done in res…

'Anti-Union Forces Awoke a Sleeping Giant': Voters Overturn a New Anti-Union Law » Governing In a test of public support for unions following the Supreme Court's Janus ruling, voters rejected Missouri's right-to-work law on Tuesday. …

Local Government

Mayor marks Boston's newest skyscraper at One Dalton » State House News Service Rising from the Back Bay for more than three years, Boston's newest skyscraper is nearing completion and on Tuesday hosted the mayor and developers for a topping-off ceremony.…

Webster condemns more buildings hit by tornado » Worcester Telegram Amid scorching heat Tuesday, residents of 41 Main St. were given an hour to hustle to their nine apartments to retrieve valuables after they were displaced by Saturday’s EF-1 tornado.…

Marty Walsh Declines to Unravel Boston Public Library Mystery » Boston Magazine Three unnamed employees remain on unpaid leave from the Boston Public Library as an investigation continues. …

Lynn hires a new city chief financial officer » Lynn Daily News Item

Rockland buildings to get LED lamps » The Enterprise

Marijuana

Council prez 'upset' at colleagues holding Brockton pot forums » The Enterprise The president of the 11-person Brockton City Council said he’s “upset” with his five colleagues who are working together – without the rest of the council – to hold pu…

What the Hell Happened to Massachusetts’ Legal Weed on July 1? » Boston Magazine We could have seen pot shops open on July 1. Surprise, surprise: They did not. …

Worker fired for pot use seeks legislative response » State House News Service

Opinion

COMMENTARY: Protecting kids from 'iPhone of e-cigarettes' » Newburyport News For the past 50 years, health advocates, state attorneys general, and a host of others fought to reduce cigarette use and stop young people from getting addicted to nicotine. That’s why cigaret…

Peter Lucas: L'Italien making waves -- and drowning in criticism » Lowell Sun People who complain about the lack of issues in the crowded Democratic primary fight in the 3rd Congressional District have an issue now.…

For better elections, give ranked-choice voting a chance » Boston Globe THIS YEAR Maine became the first in the nation to use ranked-choice voting for its statewide elections. The system allows voters to rank a field of candidates from first to last when filling out their…

Putin and Russian trolls aren’t the biggest threat to American democracy » Boston Globe LOGIC DICTATES that the most effective strategy for inflicting maximum damage on an opponent is to identify and target their vulnerabilities. That’s why Russia knows it can always foment turmoi…

The humiliating demise of Paul Ryan » Boston Globe

A New Approach To Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment » Salem Patch Every single one of us is affected by mental health issues and substance use disorder. I am very encouraged by the efforts undertaken by the coalitions for safer communities in our towns and various i…

Despite disadvantage, Beth Lindstrom lands shots » Boston Herald Republican Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom desperately needed a jolt of energy in her campaign and she got it, firing a flurry of shots at front-runner Geoff Diehl in their first debate showdown on Bo…

Contenders need more practice on debate floor » Boston Herald It’s a shame the three Republican candidates vying to replace U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren are unlikely to hold several more debates — they could use the practice.…

LETTER: Missed management » Wicked Local Plymouth

EDITORIAL: The passing of a Bay State groundbreaker » The Newburyport News

Politics

Dem gov. candidates eye tax options » Sentinel & Enterprise When the state's highest court on June 18 knocked off the 2018 ballot a proposed surtax on the wealthy they also torpedoed a core element of the campaign platforms of the two Democrats running for gov…

Michael Capuano, Ayanna Pressley touch on race, seniority in debate » Boston Globe Representative Michael Capuano and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley ventured into touchy issues of race and seniority during a tense debate Tuesday between Democratic primary rivals who concede they agr…

‘Obama! Obama!’: Barack Obama is back on Martha’s Vineyard » Boston.com Unlike Alan Dershowitz, it appears Barack Obama shouldn’t be worried about getting the cold shoulder on Martha’s Vineyard.…

Yankee Homecoming officials apologize for allowing controversial parade entry » Newburyport News The Yankee Homecoming parade may have ended Sunday afternoon, but organizers were busy Monday defending their decision to allow a controversial candidate for U.S. Senate to take part in the festivitie…

Harrington endorses Green in 3rd District race » Lowell Sun State Rep. Sheila Harrington endorsed fellow Republican Rick Green in his bid for the 3rd Congressional District, the Green campaign announced Monday.…

Democrats set to seize 10 open House seats » The Recorder Ten races for open Massachusetts House seats are on track to be decided in the Sept. 4 primaries, when voters in a total of 45 House and Senate districts will have competitive contests on their ballot…

1st Franklin candidates talk health care and more » Gazette Net The candidates in the race for 1st Franklin House representative echoed many of the same progressive positions at a Greenfield Recorder-sponsored forum Tuesday. They shared views on issues such as the…

Senate candidates take stance on Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a bigger threat than Russia, GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Geoff Diehl insisted yesterday, saying his Democratic rival is the one pushing communist notions.…

Galvin, Zakim spar over demise of early voting measure » Lowell Sun This spring, Secretary of State William Galvin lobbied House lawmakers to support early voting ahead of the September primary, but the proposal sputtered and died, and now Galvin's primary opponent ha…

Trump Influence Evident At First Senate GOP Debate » WBUR Republicans Geoff Diehl and Beth Lindstrom traded punches during the first GOP primary debate for U.S. Senate on Tuesday where President Donald Trump, his policies and his rhetoric loomed large over t…

A primary primer: Who will be on Sept. ballot » Wicked Local Boxford

Candidates for Lexington, Woburn legislative seat face off at IAL forum » Wicked Local Lexington

Public Health

Grant to aid anti-smoking efforts in Malden, surrounding communities » Wicked Local Malden Senator Jason Lewis, along with Representatives Paul Brodeur, Michael Day, Paul Donato, Steven Ultrino and Donald Wong, announced this week that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is …

Montigny Announces Tobacco Control And Prevention Grant » WBSM Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Rules Committee Chairman Mark C. Montigny (D-New Bedford) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health awarded a $90,000 tobacco contr…

Construction And Fishing Industries Have Highest Opioid OD Death Rates In Mass. » WBUR When it's time to pour the concrete, a construction worker may suffer through a back strain and use prescribed painkillers to stay on the job. Same for an injured deckhand heading to Georges Bank to h…

Study links opioid deaths to workplace injuries » Boston Globe

In An Eros-Infused Society, Beacon Hill Is Still Sex Shy » WGBH

Public Safety

Gross lists neighborhood crime as key priority for Boston Police » Boston Globe Police Commissioner William G. Gross said Tuesday that he will focus his department’s efforts on combating street crimes, calling “senseless youth violence” an enduring concern in B…

Springfield Police Get Access To Union Station's Security Cameras » WAMC Law enforcement is increasing its video surveillance footprint across the largest city in western Massachusetts as preparations continue for a large influx of daily visitors.…

Police: Roxbury community center workers won't be charged in cop lockout » Boston Herald Police Commissioner William G. Gross says he won’t seek obstruction of justice charges against community center workers who police say barred officers from entering and aiding another cop who w…

Taxation

Grand bargaining: Tax-free shopping returns this weekend » Gazette Net

Transportation

Seaport bridge project sparks debate over traffic in Boston » Boston Globe It has been nearly four years since anyone could walk across the old Northern Avenue Bridge, and two decades since you could drive across it.…

Failure Of Hands-Free Driving Bill Leaves Disappointment, Pointed Fingers » WGBH A bill that would have kept driver’s hands off their phones failed to make it out of the state Legislature before the end of formal sessions last Tuesday night, disappointing supporters and eve…

Governor LePage’s office defends attack on Mass. toll system for ‘harassment’ of Maine drivers » Boston Globe Maine Governor Paul LePage’s office is defending a strongly worded letter he sent last week to Governor Charlie Baker accusing the Massachusetts toll collection system of bullying a Mainer into…

Utilities

Experts: Pilgrim safe from hurricane's impact » Cape Cod Times The state’s sole operating nuclear power plant is capable of standing up to whatever a major hurricane might bring its way, according to experts like David Lochbaum, director of the nuclear saf…

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Recipe of the Week

BREAD & BUTTER PICKLES

Chef Thomas Kepner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole mustard seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced garlic
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced Spanish or Vidalia onion
  • 2 pounds sliced pickling cucumbers or mixed veggies (fennel, cauliflower, green beans, etc.)

Directions

  1. Combine apple cider vinegar, water, kosher salt, whole mustard seed, turmeric, sugar and sliced garlic in a pot on the stove. Bring liquid up to 190-200 degrees. Make sure sugar and salt has dissolved, then pour hot liquid over the veggies.
  2. Seal in jars and chill in an ice bath. Pickles will be ready in 5-7 days. Enjoy!

Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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