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The worst is yet to come for Kavanaugh’s accuser. Take it from this sexual assault attorney. » Washington Post Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago, may do so on a national stage before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, a fa…

New Backroom Muscle: Women Manage Winning Campaigns Throughout Mass. And N.H. » WGBH Presumptive U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley had one on her winning campaign. So did Rachael Rollins, now the likely next Suffolk County District Attorney. Surprise state representative winner Nika…

Warren and other potential 2020 Dems join fight to flip statehouses » Politico Four Democratic senators in the discussion as potential 2020 candidates are joining the fight to turn state legislatures blue, recording ads for Sister District, a Democratic group connecting voluntee…

Rubio asks DOJ to probe John Kerry’s meetings with Iran » Politico Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday asked the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into former Secretary of State John Kerry’s private meetings with top Iranian officials, which Tr…

Lawsuit alleges Wynn cheated to win Everett casino license » Boston.com Casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company he founded lied and covered up misconduct to dupe Massachusetts into granting a license for a $2 billion casino, a former rival alleges in a federal lawsuit. …

Democrats fear Shalala campaign is in ‘sleep mode’ while challenger surges » Politico The congressional seat was supposed to be the easiest of Democratic pickups. Hillary Clinton carried the Miami-based 27th District by nearly 20 percentage points just two years ago. Donna Shalala, the…

Democratic super PACs begin $10M-plus digital campaign to flip the House » Politico Priorities USA and House Majority PAC are rolling out an eight-figure digital ad program in more than 40 House districts in a major online push to flip the chamber in the midterms. …

GONZALEZ'S $1 BIL UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENT TAX WOULD FUND EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION » State House News Service Under pressure to deliver new revenues for promised education and transportation investments, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez on Tuesday will offer a 1.6 percent tax on certain private…

“This is bold. It is significant. And I think it’s an incredibly important first step for us to make,” Gonzalez said. “This won’t solve every problem, but it will make a lot of progress toward fixing our transportation system and getting our education system to where it needs to be, and this will be my first and primary focus.”

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez

Explaining his radical proposal to tax the wealthy private universities in Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

‘Another wakeup call’: Anita Hill speaks out about Kavanaugh allegation » Boston Globe Who could have guessed this would happen again? That the imminent confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee would be upended by an allegation of sexual misconduct, setting up a potential showdown in the…

Business

Right-to-repair returns with wireless technology bill » Gloucester Times Six years after Massachusetts became the first state in the country to pass a "right to repair" law, the coalition of auto repair and parts shops behind that effort is back, relaunching ahead of a pus…

Boston fares poorly in operating cost comparisons for Amazon’s HQ2 » Boston Business Journal

Governor meets with merchants to plan support, with 100 Andover businesses closed due to gas disaster, » Eagle Tribune

Civil Rights

AG sued for not releasing 3D-printable gun docs » Boston Herald Gun rights groups are suing Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey for refusing to release public documents relating to their hosting of schematics for the 3D-printed Liberator handgun.…

Environment

Warren Bill Would Require Companies To Disclose More About Their Climate Risks » WBUR U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday proposed legislation that would require public companies to disclose more information about their exposure to climate-related risks.…

Gaming

Northampton hails plan for offsetting casino impacts » Gazette Net After four months of work, consultants have unveiled a road map for how the city can market itself in the face of competition from MGM Springfield.…

Suffolk Downs files $3b suit against Wynn Resorts » Commonwealth Magazine Court action comes in midst of casino license suitability review …

Health Care

Health care price tool an industry "game changer," rep says » State House News Service A new state website designed for patients to compare health care provider prices launched earlier this year, but the head of the agency behind the tool said he thinks one of the site's features that g…

Housing

Change is afoot as Boston realty firm rebrands itself » Boston Globe There’s a new CEO at Hunneman, as well as a new look and a new name of sorts. The Boston real estate firm was previously known as NAI Hunneman. But it has dropped the NAI from its name as part …

'We've got a long way to go': Residents, legislators speak out at Monson forum on failing concrete foundations » Mass Live A movement is taking root in several Hampden and Worcester county communities to raise awareness of home foundations that are crumbling due to faulty concrete -- an issue that one legislator believes …

Massachusetts homeowners speak out about crumbling foundations » Western Mass News Thousands of homeowners in Massachusetts have come forward saying they are victims of crumbling foundations. …

Labor

Baker-Polito Administration supports creation of 890 new jobs through economic development incentives » Sampan

Legislative

Frost finishes 11th term with 6,387 consecutive roll call votes » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle State Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn) has kept his 100 percent voting attendance record through 22 years in the House of Representatives, finishing the 2017-2018 legislative session having participated in …

Local Government

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno poised for another run in 2019 » Mass Live Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has not yet issued a formal announcement, but he made it clear at a public event Monday that he wants to continue his current job for years to come.…

Jehlen, Connolly announce funding for East Somerville pedestrian infrastructure » Wicked Local Somerville State Sen. Pat Jehlen of Somerville and State Rep. Mike Connolly of Cambridge recently secured $95,000 in funding for improvements to Somerville’s Kensington Underpass in the Fiscal 2019 state …

Opinion

Howie Carr: It all depends on what your last name is » Boston Herald Did you notice how fast the law moved when the truck driver from Haverhill was accused of groping a female elevator operator Sunday at Fenway Park?…

Has anything changed since 1991? » Boston Globe Monday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing will be the ultimate test of whether the #MeToo movement has really changed the way Washington deals with sexual misconduct charges, when a Supreme C…

In America, even victimhood is a privilege » Boston Globe A white man accused of sexual assault is being transformed into a sympathetic figure. Meanwhile, a black man shot to death in his own home by an intruder with a badge is smeared as a possible criminal…

Bay State politicians too quickly appeased by Columbia Gas donation » Boston Herald Waiting two years is not acceptable. The thousands of people affected by the deadly explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley deserve better.…

A year after Equifax, consumer protection lagging » The Eagle Tribune It has been more than a year since news broke of the major data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax, exposig the personal and financial data of almost every American adult.…

King memorial project will bring a necessary change to Boston Common » Boston Globe Tuesday brought the unveiling of five potential designs for a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King. English has spearheaded a drive to create a memorial to the K…

The Republicans’ comical charade » Boston Globe Here’s a basic rule for controversies like the sexual assault allegation now clouding the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh: If you want the truth, you must seek the truth.…

Letter to the editor: Immigration laws need to be followed » The Sun Chronicle Sun Chronicle columnist Bill Gouveia took exception to my Senate campaign platform for being opposed to sanctuary cities, a position held by nearly 80 percent of Massachusetts citizens according to th…

Politics

Gay GOP group cheers Baker with invite; top Mass. labor group endorses Gonzalez » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, a longtime supporter of gay marriage who in 2010 chose an openly gay state senator as his running mate, will be the keynote speaker at an October dinner put on by a pro-LGBTQ-e…

Candidates in Third District race offer sharp differences » Boston Globe With Democrats at her side, Lori Trahan framed herself Tuesday as a fighter for paid family leave, an antidote to President Trump, and an example of the rising tide of female candidates lapping at Cap…

Gov. Baker to address national Republican LGBT organization » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is set to address the nation's largest Republican LGBT organization.…

With 3rd District primary settled, Democrats unite behind Lori Trahan » Lowell Sun If the final debate between the 10 Democrats seeking the 3rd Congressional District nomination felt like the last day of summer camp, then Tuesday's event featuring the candidates unifying behind vict…

Jay Gonzalez’s revenue plan would tax state’s major colleges and universities » Boston Globe For weeks, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez has faced criticism from Republicans for not detailing how he will pay for his expansive education and transportation plans.…

Hill, Gustavson stake out isses in state rep race » Wicked Local The election cycle still has six weeks to run, but signs for Republican incumbent Brad Hill and Democratic challenger Allison Gustavson in the Fourth Essex District are out.…

Turnout for state primaries topped 22 percent » Boston Globe More than 1 million Massachusetts residents voted in the 2018 state primary election, surpassing the threshold for the first time in over a decade.…

Recount confirms Trahan wins 3rd District Democratic Primary » Wicked Local Harvard Secretary of State William Galvin announced Monday, Sept. 17, that Lori Trahan has won the Democratic primary for the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional district after certifying results of a full distri…

Fans of Ranked Voting See an Opportunity in Massachusetts » New York Times Nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls, Lori Trahan emerged Monday as the official winner of a 10-person Democratic primary for the congressional seat based in Lowell, Mass., held for a decad…

MA Nurses Association Endorses Joe Early, Jr., for DA » Worcester Patch "Working together, we are building safer and stronger communities," said Early Jr. …

Jay Gonzalez Proposes $1B Higher Ed Tax To Fund Education, Transportation » New England Public Radio Under pressure to deliver new revenues for promised education and transportation investments, Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez is proposing a 1.6 percent tax on certain pr…

Baker, Warren have large leads in new poll » Boston Globe

'Landslide' scenario? In new poll, Gov. Charlie Baker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren maintain leads over challengers » The Republican

Poll: Voters favor nurse staffing requirements, Baker, Warren » State House News Service

The politics of disasters » Commonwealth Magazine

Likely Massachusetts midterm voters believe House lawmakers should consider impeaching President Donald Trump » The Republican

Poll Finds Mass. Voters Look At ‘Person Over Party’ When It Comes To Baker, Warren » CBS Boston

Sen. Tran leads North Central legislative hopefuls in fundraising » Sentinel & Enterprise

Public Health

Quincy, Weymouth see dramatic reversal in opioid deaths » Patriot Ledger The number of people dying from opioid overdoses in Weymouth has fallen dramatically from last year in a stunning reversal that officials are attributing to an aggressive outreach program that encoura…

Emotions high over rat infestation in Chelmsford » Lowell Sun Buckman Drive backyard chicken owners accused of precipitating a Westlands rat infestation say they believe racism and prejudice on the part of their neighbors is the reason they are being blamed for …

While pushing recovery efforts, Brockton sues pharmaceutical companies » The Enterprise A celebration was held on Tuesday in downtown Brockton to mark 1,000 admissions into substance abuse recovery programs through The Champion Plan, a police-assisted initiative that was launched by Mayo…

Public Safety

'Sobering sight' for crews in Merrimack Valley » The Sun Chronicle Members of Attleboro area police and fire departments are now home after helping Merrimack Valley communities rocked by natural gas explosions last week.…

6 Braintree police officers receive Medal of Honor » Wicked Local Braintree Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito recently honored six police officers with a Medal of Honor from the Braintree Police Department who in the last year distinguished themselves through exemp…

Springfield officials, police tour Forest Park streets plagued with shootings, other crime » Mass Live On the same day a 21-year-old city resident was shot to death on Fort Pleasant Avenue, police raided a home on the same street and arrested three people on drug distribution charges.…

Ryan Lees of Canton, 43, files age discrimination suit against Mass. State Police » Worcester Telegram A would-be Massachusetts state trooper alleges in a civil lawsuit that he was forced to drop out of the state police academy in New Braintree three years ago after several drill instructors there enga…

Transportation

Those electric scooters like Bird and Lime? They’re illegal in Mass. » Boston Globe After banishing electric scooters, Cambridge now wants to bring them back. There’s just one hitch: They’re apparently against state law.…

T notes: Tight timeline for RTA panel » Commonwealth Magazine Red-Blue numbers don’t add up …

Utilities

Merrimack Valley may face years of recovery » Boston Herald It could be two years before the public knows what exactly caused gas line malfunctions in the Merrimack Valley, killing one and injuring at least two dozen others, and just as long to issue penalties…

Columbia Gas: We are taking responsibility for meeting victims needs » News 22 WWLP.com In a letter to the heads of Columbia Gas, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey revealed the pressure in Columbia Gas pipelines caused a series of explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North Ando…

Amherst nets $145k grant to innovate wastewater treatment » Gazette Net Amherst is one of four communities in the state embarking on a pilot program aimed at improving the quality of its wastewater, reducing the cost of treating the effluent and potentially finding other …

Gas explosions could hurt company's finances » The Eagle Tribune Two rating agencies say the Merrimack Valley gas explosions are likely to haunt Columbia Gas and its parent company, potentially affecting their finances.…

Rep. Seth Moulton on Columbia Gas Response “It’s So Pathetic, It’s Just Unbelievable” » WGBH Rep. Seth Moulton, (D-MA) is calling for an explanation after a series of explosions in the Merrimack Valley caused mass displacement, injuries, and the death of one 18 year-old man.…

Who’ll pay to rebuild Columbia Gas network? Maybe the customers » Boston Globe After explosions and fires killed an 18-year-old and destroyed dozens of homes in the Merrimack Valley last week, Columbia Gas has started the laborious task of rebuilding miles of pipelines to preven…

Gas explosions put spotlight on National Grid lockout, safety » Boston Globe Last week’s natural gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley has increased the pushback against National Grid’s lockout of 1,250 union workers amid growing public concern about the safety of…

Explosions fuel demand to halt Weymouth compressor plan » Wicked Local Weymouth The explosions in the Merrimack Valley are prompting calls for a moratorium on any further construction plans involving a proposed 7,500 compressor station in the Fore River Basin by Algonquin Gas Tra…

Focus turns to aiding victims of natural gas blasts » Lowell Sun As residents in the Merrimack Valley try to get back to normal life, state and local officials are eying ways to provide immediate financial aid to victims of the gas explosions and fires there last w…

Columbia Gas Is Donating $10 Million to a Disaster Relief Fund for Greater Lawrence » Boston Magazine The company has been criticized for its response after home fires and explosions hit the region. …

Natural gas disaster relief fund will aid recovery » The Salem News WRENCE — Officials expect to have a disaster relief fund up and running by the end of the week to help those affected by the Merrimack Valley natural gas explosions and fires. Gov. Charlie Bake…

North Andover man: Columbia Gas 'lit my house on fire' » Wicked Local Middleborough

Columbia Gas withdraws $33 million rate increase » Boston Globe

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Public comments due on $33 million Columbia Gas rate hike request » Mass Live

Gonzalez Will Raise Taxes If Elected Governor » WBSM

Educare puts Springfield at early education forefront (Editorial) » Mass Live

Connecticut governor candidate warns Baker: I want GE back » Boston Business Journal

Suffolk Downs operator sues Wynn for $3B over casino bid » Boston Business Journal

Wynn Resorts hit with $3 billion lawsuit by former Massachusetts casino license rival Suffolk Downs » Mass Live

Moody's: "Little cushion" at NiSource for unforeseen events » State House News Service

Editorial: Hypocrisy in taking pot cash » Boston Herald

Gov. Charlie Baker to keynote Log Cabin Republican fundraiser in Washington » Mass Live

Lori Trahan Begins Her Campaign Against Rick Green For 3rd District Congressional Seat » WGBH

Windsor's broadband chief calls FCC aid 'game changer' » The Berkshire Eagle

The Latest: Lawsuit filed over natural gas explosions » Boston Herald

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Recipe of the Week

Firehouse Chili

Yankee Magazine

Makes 12-14 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium-size carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed light-brown sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can each kidney beans, black beans, and chickpeas

Directions

Preheat your grill to medium, about 350°. Shape ground beef into large, flat patties. Grill patties until centers are medium rare, about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 on the second. As an alternative, you may cook the patties in a skillet, or just brown the meat in the chili pot over medium-high heat, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon.

In a large (at least 7-quart) Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat, warm oil. Add onions, carrot, bell peppers, jalapeno, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 10 minutes.

Stir in crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, and chickpeas. If you grilled the beef, add patties now and use a large spoon to break them up into bite-size chunks. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered, stirring often, 1 hour. If mixture seems too thick during cooking, thin it with a bit of water.

Check seasoning and add more salt or black pepper if you like. Serve hot. 



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