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11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

1:30pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

5:30pm Reception for Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Must-Reads

'Reversing Roe' explores contentious history of Roe v. Wade » CNN This month's Supreme Court confirmation hearings have highlighted deeply held fears that abortion rights are in danger. Netflix's beyond-timely documentary "Reversing Roe," about the decision at the h…

New Hampshire’s 1st District Set for History-Making Race » Roll Call With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Pappas led an 11-way Democratic field with 42 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press. Marine veteran Maura Sullivan was second with 30 percent. …

Rosenberg asks judge to dismiss parts of civil lawsuit against him » Boston Globe Former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg is asking a judge to dismiss part of a civil lawsuit against him and his husband, Bryon Hefner. …

Exclusive poll: Americans want to leave Roe v. Wade alone » Axios The vast majority of Americans want to leave Roe v. Wade alone, a reality that Republicans will face if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court and has a chance to overturn it, according to …

Surprisingly, the Senate Is Now in Play » Roll Call Despite heavy odds stacked against them, Democrats are in the hunt …

How the Florida Governor Race Reflects America's Future » Real Clear Politics Several aspects of the face-off between the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and, as of Monday, former Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis are likely to be bellweth…

The last-ditch effort to stop Kavanaugh » Politico Their goal is to keep pressure on the dwindling number of senators still undecided on President Donald Trump’s high court pick. Abortion-rights groups are playing a key role: Planned Parenthood…

Muni officials reflect on demise of housing production bill » State House News Service Local officials told the Baker administration Tuesday they'll continue to push for a bill aimed at spurring housing production, which faltered when lawmakers failed to act on the issue before wrapping…

Republicans blast Bump for mixing politics and audits » The Salem News State Auditor Suzanne Bump is coming under fire over an audit claiming the state issued driver's licenses and disability parking placards to dead people, with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's supporter…

Marijuana growers threaten to sue Cannabis Control Commission » The Lowell Sun An organization representing Massachusetts marijuana growers is considering a lawsuit to compel the Cannabis Control Commission to review the statutorily-required agreements between marijuana business…

Blank votes in primary reveal Democratic discontent » Boston Herald Nearly one quarter of Democratic primary voters blanked their gubernatorial ballots rather than vote for either of the two candidates — a stunning show of discontent that could hurt the partyâ…

"When the state auditor starts releasing audits 60 days before an election, people have to ask the question, ‘What is she trying to do?'" said Rep. Jim Lyons, an Andover Republican and GOP state committee member. "Why wait until now to release it? Clearly, this is political shenanigans, and she knows it."

Representative Jim Lyons

Speaking about the audit released by State Auditor Suzanne Bump regarding identification forms being issued to deceased people.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Is Democracy Dying? » The Atlantic The American Crisis: Amid assaults against the press and the rise of technology, democracy is in a fragile state. Can it overcome the challenges it faces? …

Business

How Avis can charge customers a fee for tolls, even if the driver doesn’t take a toll road » Boston Globe Suzi and Tom Parks abandoned the idea of owning an automobile in the city shortly after moving into their South End brownstone in the late 1980s: too many burglaries, too few parking spots.…

Could a smaller Kendall Square blossom in Dorchester? » Boston Globe More than a year after launching its search, the University of Massachusetts Boston is close to selecting a developer to remake the old Bayside Expo Center site, a project that could anchor the rapidl…

Rand-Whitney marks completion of $20M expansion in Worcester » Worcester Telegram

Civil Rights

Study finds no link between transgender rights law and bathroom crimes » Boston Globe A first-of-its-kind study being released Wednesday refutes the premise that the state’s transgender antidiscrimination law threatens public safety, finding no relation between public transgende…

Crimes

Boston archdiocese removes hospital chaplain from ministry after sex abuse allegation » Boston Globe A Catholic priest who had been working as a Boston hospital chaplain was arraigned Tuesday for the alleged sexual abuse of a young girl in 2006, authorities said.…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: If Cardinal O'Malley Knew About Abuse, He Should Resign » WGBH Sen. Elizabeth Warren says that if an ongoing investigation reveals that Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley was aware of assault allegations at a Catholic seminary in Brighton, O’Malley should th…

Two New Hampshire residents indicted for allegedly dealing meth at Plainridge Park Casino » Boston Globe

Education

It isn’t just Boston that has school bus problems » Boston Globe Boston’s school busing woes have extended into the suburbs…

Amherst College receives $50M gift » Gazette Net A $50 million anonymous gift to Amherst College announced this week is the second major donation to a five-year, $625 million fundraising campaign the college launched in April.…

Environment

Bostonians Are Worried about Climate Change Impacting the Waterfront, Study Finds » Boston Magazine Rising tides are on the city's mind these days. …

Gaming

Keiko Orrall wants Mass Lottery move examined » South Coast Today As she wages a campaign to unseat Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, state Rep. Keiko Orrall asked that a House committee look into Goldberg’s handling of the planned Massachusetts Lottery move from B…

Health Care

State spent over $60B on health care in 2017 — and that's the good news » Boston Business Journal

In ad war over ballot question, both sides give nurses leading roles » Boston Globe In a 30-second television advertisement airing across Massachusetts, a nurse looks toward the camera and declares that government-mandated restrictions on nurses’ caseloads would put hospital p…

Pediatric Palliative Care Program Gains Funding to Care for More Children » Cape Cod Today HopeHealth’s Pediatric Palliative (PediPal) Care program has received an additional $150,000 in funding to allow for 20 additional youth to join their group of 30 children with life-limiting il…

Diagnosing Alzheimer's: New State Law Aims To Help » WGBH A new state law aims to provide better health care to the 100,000 Alzheimer's patients in Massachusetts.…

Council approves 120 psychiatry beds at North Shore Medical Center » State House News Service

Partners, Mass Eye and Ear settle billing dispute with AG » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley leaving for Mintz Levin, high-powered lobbying firm » The Republican

Suffolk DA Conley to step down later this month » Boston Globe

Labor

"Frustrated’ Haverhill Teachers to Rally for Fair Pay, Working Conditions Thursday » WHAV The 900-member Haverhill Education Association is coming together this Thursday, Sept. 13 for what the teachers’ union calls a “March for Respect” as the group prepares to vote on t…

AG seeks probe of National Grid lockout » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on regulators to investigate alleged pipeline safety violations, service quality issues and potential added costs of National Grid’s lockout of 1,250 Un…

Legislative

Former Bush aide Andrew Card recalls 9/11 17 years later » Patriot Ledger Andrew Card, a former state representative from Holbrook who was chief of staff to President George W. Bush on the day of the 2001 attacks, spoke Tuesday at a solemn ceremony at the State House to mar…

At Statehouse ceremony, former Bush staff chief Andrew Card reflects on Sept. 11 attacks » Worcester Telegram Public officials and the families of those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001 gathered for solemn ceremonies in and around the State House on Tuesday to mark the passage of 17 years since the attacks on A…

Local Government

After years of animal neglect allegations, town officials oppose Greyhound Friends dog shelter reopening » The Republican A small greyhound shelter with a big reputation will not reopen in Hopkinton any time soon after town officials recommended it not receive a new kennel license.…

Lowell city attorney responds to Galvin's taking over primary recount » The Lowell Sun A day after Secretary of State William Galvin announced his office would take direct control of Lowell's election office to run the primary recount and said his office would investigate the department…

Patriots playground in Fall River officially opens » Herald News There were local and state officials, a New England Patriots cheerleader, the team’s mascot Pat Patriot and even the Patriots Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, but after all the ceremon…

EMERGENCY FUNDS SECURED FOR NEW BEDFORD’S FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH » WBSM Representative Antonio F. D. Cabral (D-New Bedford) helped the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) secure a $75,000 emergency grant from Secretary of State, William Galvin, following unforeseen co…

Residents unite to fight proposed East Boston substation site, address community issues » The Daily Free Press

City Council to vote on $240M WooSox deal Wednesday » Worcester Business Journal Approval of several items by the Worcester City Council on Wednesday evening could set in motion a massive redevelopment of the Canal District anchored by a $90-million ballpark for the Pawtucket Red …

Marijuana

Divided Palmer council votes to decrease town's cap on marijuana sales shops » The Republican The Town Council on Monday voted 4 to 3 to amend proposed zoning regulations and decrease the cap on the number of stores that can commercially sell recreational marijuana in town from five to three.…

Massachusetts, Where's Our Weed? » WGBH Recreational marijuana sales have been legal since July 1, but by law nothing can be sold until it’s tested by a licensed lab for safety. Now that two testing labs have licenses and a handful o…

Marijuana growers threaten to sue Cannabis Commission » Boston Globe An organization representing Massachusetts marijuana growers is considering a lawsuit to compel the Cannabis Control Commission to review the statutorily required agreements between marijuana business…

Massachusetts marijuana growers threaten to sue Cannabis Control Commission » MassLive An organization representing Massachusetts marijuana growers is considering a lawsuit to compel the Cannabis Control Commission to review the statutorily-required agreements between marijuana business…

Third marijuana grower proposing operation in Charlton » Worcester Telegram Affirming the town is ripe for marijuana cultivation, selectmen Tuesday heard from a third company seeking to locate a grow business here.…

Opinion

The color of justice in Suffolk County may soon be black » Boston Globe Since primary night last week, Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins has been fielding phone calls he’s never gotten before, from people around the country asking to know Boston’s secret…

Letter to the editor: Paul Feeney should be held in contempt » The Sun Chronicle State Sen. Paul Feeney is trying to hide his indefensible position regarding the proposed sneaky amendment to a budget bill “that would have restricted local police from cooperating with federal…

Bill Gouveia: Election should focus on issues that matter locally » The Sun Chronicle It is a sad commentary on our political system that elections have become less about the issues that actually fall within the jurisdiction of the elected positions themselves, and more about simply be…

Why climate groups deserted Sanchez » Commonwealth Magazine A POLITICAL LIGHTNING BOLT hit the Massachusetts State House on September 4. Jeffrey Sanchez, the longtime incumbent and chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, was defeated by Nika Elugardo, a fir…

Charlie Baker is torn between two parties (Editorial) » The Republican The polls consistently rank Charlie Baker as the most popular governor in the United States, but it's not as if the Massachusetts Republican has no headaches.…

The chaotic aftermath of invoking the 25th Amendment » Boston Globe As fears mount over President Trump’s mental stability, more lawmakers and public-spirited citizens are turning in desperation to the 25th Amendment as a quick exit. But they should resist the …

Fifteen years? Figure out a faster way to fix the T » Boston Globe Fixing the T can’t wait. But Governor Charlie Baker would have Massachusetts commuters believe that the public will have to wait 15 years to upgrade all of the MBTA’s crumbling infrastru…

Give Trump the economic credit he deserves » Boston Globe Watching President Trump crow about the economy calls to mind the fable about the fly perched on the ox’s horn who looks with satisfaction at the fresh furrows behind them and says: “That…

Peter Lucas: Shiva, the 'real Indian,' wants a crack at Warren and Diehl » The Lowell Sun The real unheralded winner of Tuesday's Massachusetts primary was not even on the ballot.…

Letter to the Editor: A blank ballot for the masquerading Gov. Baker » Herald News Your Sept. 6 article, “Mayor Correia endorses Baker-Polito ticket in re-election bid,” states that the Democratic Party mayors of Springfield, Revere, Fall River, Fitchburg, Woburn, Newbur…

Howie Carr: Charlie Baker's the favorite, but re-election is not in the bag » Boston Herald

Politics

Residents praise increase in women running for office in Greater Newburyport » Newburyport News Across the nation, there has been a surge in female candidates putting their names on the ballot to run for public office, including several state and congressional races in Massachusetts, which is re…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker qualified to be president, former White House chief of staff Andy Card says » The Republican President Donald Trump is "tarnishing" public service while Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican, is presenting a "great role model for the rest of the country," former White House chief of staff…

The Trump Effect During Good Economic Times » WGBH With less than two months to go until the general election, a new poll is providing a potential boost to Republicans hoping to keep control of the House.…

Baker-Polito Re-Election Campaign Sets Voluntary Spending Limit » WGBH The Massachusetts governor’s race appears on track to be the most expensive in state history. Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito plan to spend as much as $20 million on…

The chameleon governor » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON HERALD COLUMNIST Howie Carr calls Gov. Charlie Baker Tall Deval. Democratic rival Jay Gonzalez suggests Baker is indirectly backing the Trump agenda in Washington. And Boston Globe columnist J…

Massachusetts Gov. Baker may spend up to $20M on re-election » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he may spend up to $20 million in the campaign to keep his seat in the corner office.…

Molly Kelly, Chris Pappas win Democratic primaries in New Hampshire » Boston Globe Democratic voters in New Hampshire on Tuesday selected Molly Kelly, a former state senator, as their nominee for governor, as female candidates for governorships continue to show their strength in pri…

Three ballot campaigns, $14 million raised (so far) » Boston Globe Groups that support and oppose the ballot questions set to appear before voters this November have raised more than $14 million combined, and they’re expected to raise and spend millions more i…

Boston investor Seth Klarman is top donor to pro-transgender equality group » Boston Business Journal The Yes on 3 campaign formed to defend the state's transgender accommodations law has $1 million on hand after raising more than $2.1 million over the past two years.…

Charlie Baker may spend up to $20M on re-election » Boston Herald Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he may spend up to $20 million in the campaign to keep his seat in the corner office.…

Stanton Receives Endorsements » Cape Cod Online Jack Stanton, a Democrat running to unseat State Representative Randy Hunt in the Fifth Barnstable District, has announced that he recently received endorsements from three groups in his pursuit f the…

Senator Cyr Backed by Social Justice Groups » Cape Cod Today Endorsed by Coalition for Social Justice and Mass. Peace Action…

Healey, McMahon have agreed to two debates, so far » State House News Service Attorney General Maura Healey and her Republican opponent Jay McMahon have so far both agreed to participate in a WGBH-TV and radio debate and a Boston Globe/WBUR/University of Massachusetts consortiu…

Emily’s List Endorsed Ayanna Pressley after She Already Won » Boston Magazine The powerful group had vowed to stay out of the closely watched primary for Mike Capuano's seat. …

'We Built A Movement': Ayanna Pressley Reflects On Her Road To Victory » WBUR After winning the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional District last Tuesday, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley discusses her path to victory and what she'll do now. …

'The District Has Changed': How Ayanna Pressley Won The 7th » WBUR "Wow, look at this room," Ayanna Pressley said to a diverse crowd of cheering Democratic supporters in Cambridge this past weekend. "This looks like the 7th Congressional District!" …

Dems’ coordinated campaign takes aim at Baker, Diehl — and Trump » Dorchester Reporter

Questions about ballot questions » Commonwealth Magazine

Public Safety

New Seekonk police chief sworn in » The Sun Chronicle Frank John was installed as the town’s new police chief on Sunday in a ceremony at the Ramada Banquet and Conference Center.…

Councilors seek to reorganize Methuen police department » Eagle Tribune A trio of city councilors is spearheading a reorganization plan for the Police Department with the aim of eliminating captains and scaling back superior officers in an attempt to save patrolmen's jobs…

State Government

Bill Galvin takes over 3rd District tally for Lowell, Lawrence » Boston Herald Secretary of State William F. Galvin is taking over elections responsibilities in the 3rd Congressional District’s two largest cities ahead of a recount he ordered in the narrowly decided 10-wa…

Obscure policy lets Mass. state workers keep names and pay a secret » Boston Globe Since last fall, Massachusetts State Police Trooper Ali Rei’s name and photo have been everywhere.…

3rd District recount between Koh, Trahan starts Thursday, ends on Monday's deadline » Eagle Tribune

Transportation

Death and recent issue report cause residents to question safety of MBTA » The Daily Free Press A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Red Line train struck and killed a passenger early Sunday morning, causing residents to call the safety of the MBTA into question. …

MassDOT narrows possible sites for new Massachusetts Turnpike exit » MassLive Three locations -- the Blandford maintenance yards, the nearby Blandford service plaza and Algerie Road in Otis -- could work as locations for the long-sought hilltowns exit on the Massachusetts Turn…

New parking garage in Greenfield nearly finished » News 22 WWLP.com Construction crews were working on the interior and exterior of Greenfield's new municipal parking garage on Tuesday afternoon.…

On Eve of Global Climate Summit, 19 U.S. Cities Launch Electric Car Effort » Governing Their purchasing pledge is a small but symbolic step toward reducing greenhouse gases. …

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Recipe of the Week

Cider Doughnut Muffins

Yankee Magazine

Makes 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweet apple cider
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375° and set a rack to the middle position. Lightly grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan and set aside.

Put the apple cider in a large saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer until the liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Set aside to cool.

Using a standing or handheld mixer, cream the butter with the sugar in a large bowl at medium speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each. Add the vanilla extract and blend.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add a third of this mixture to the butter mixture and beat just to combine. Add half the reduced cider and beat to combine. Repeat with another third of the flour mixture, then the rest of the cider, then the remaining flour mixture. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups and transfer to the oven. Bake until tops are firm and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes. 

For the topping:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted

Instructions

Now, prepare the topping: In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon. As soon as the muffins are cool enough to handle, brush their tops and sides with butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature. 



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