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9:00am 30th Anniversary of Infertility Mandate, Grand Staircase

9:00am Public Health Council Meeting, 250 Washington Street

10:00am Sen. Mike Rush - Education Bill Briefing, State House, Room 428

10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Hearing, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor

10:30am Governor's Council Hearing, Governor's Council Chamber, State House

11:00am Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Presentation to the Senate, State House, Room 222

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Constitutional Convention, Joint Session

2:00pm ABLE Program Launch, Nurses Hall

2:30pm Press Conference in Support of Disability-Related Expense Savings Program, Nurses Hall

4:00pm Mass. Taxpayers Foundation 84th Annual Meeting, 101 Huntington Avenue, Boston

6:00pm Israeli Independence Day Reception, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

6:30pm MassBudget Presentation with Sen. Will Brownsberger, Watertown Public Library, 123 Main Street

Last day for convening of the Constitutional Convention

Deadline for reporting of the FY18 House Ways & Means budget


Baker talking with other guvs on AHCA » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker, who has urged the Senate to reject the House-backed replacement of the Affordable Care Act, said this week his lobbying efforts would begin with other governors, but could expand t…

Non-tax education reform efforts a 'mistake,' Rosenberg says » State House News Service Senate President Stanley Rosenberg seemed to slam the door Tuesday on tackling significant education reform before the 2018 election, telling advocates that it would be a "mistake" to do anything that…

State launching tax-free savings plan for disabled residents » Boston Globe Disabled Massachusetts residents are about to get their own version of a college savings plan: a tax-free account that lets families set aside up to $14,000 a year for an array of expenses ranging fro…

Your Health Or Your Pocket Book? State Senator Wants To Tax Sugary Drinks. » WGBH Massachusetts would become the first state in the nation to adopt an excise tax on sugary beverages under a new plan being considered on Beacon Hill, an extra change that would increase prices on the …

Moulton: South Station expansion massive waste of $2b » Commonwealth Magazine Criticizes Pollack for suggesting rail link, expansion could both be done …

Treasurer Deb Goldberg looks to make pot golden for state » Boston Globe Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg has no problem admitting it: “When I got sworn in, I had no idea about marijuana.” …

Polito denies involvement in hiring of contributors' son » The Lowell Sun Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday she did not have any involvement in the decision to hire the son of campaign contributors for a new job in the Baker administration last August more than a year afte…

"This episode is disturbingly reminiscent of the Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate scandal and the national turmoil that it caused," he said. "We are careening ever closer to a Constitutional crisis, and this development only underscores why we must appoint a special prosecutor to fully investigate any dealings the Trump campaign or administration had with Russia."

Senator Ed Markey

Speaking about President Trump firing FBI director James Comey.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Fiscal discipline? Not now, as GOP pushes tax cuts » Boston Globe Republicans relentlessly complained about big budget deficits during Democratic President Obama's two terms, but now a growing number in the GOP are pushing for deep tax cuts even if they add to the g…

President Trump 'saw an opening' to remove FBI director James Comey » Boston Globe President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the FBI, James Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Trump's advisers colluded with the Russian go…

Neal talks rural challenges, Trumpcare » The Recorder Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., was in Greenfield Tuesday to review the Franklin Regional Council of Governments' recently released data on rural Massachusetts, but thoughts of last week's Republican-led …

Could Trump dismantle the American West? » High Country News Public lands are a uniquely American idea and every American has an ownership stake in the lands we all own. For decades, we've done our best to manage these lands for local communities and a growing …

Behind Comey's firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia » Politico President Donald Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week. When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn't call James Comey. He sent his longtime private security gua…

US Sens. Warren, Markey Call for Independent Prosecutor » Cape Cod Online

Warren, Diehl offer different takes on Comey firing » State House News Service


Amazon narrows search for Boston office to Fort Point » Boston Business Journal Inc. in February landed in co-working space in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, but sources at the time said the space was a temporary stopgap until the e-commerce giant could find permanent…

Bars and packies got free equipment to push Budweiser, state says » Boston Globe Massachusetts regulators Tuesday extended their crackdown on anticompetitive practices in the beer industry to the biggest target of all, Anheuser-Busch, saying the brewing giant gave illegal incentiv…

A win for the little guy in battle over alcohol laws » Boston Globe Rich Pelletier didn't set out to become the poster child for overregulation. But when the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission said last summer that Pelletier's picturesque Nashoba Valley Wine…

Massachusetts celebrates aviation in May » South Coast Today The Alliance for Aviation Across America applauded Gov. Charlie Baker last week for declaring May 2017 General Aviation Appreciation Month. In Massachusetts, general aviation airports contribute more …

Ride-hailing cos., Everett mayor: Regs too onerous » Boston Herald Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are pushing for changes to the state's background checks for potential drivers, saying the state is preventing people never convicted of a crime or with decades-old d…

Gillette rebrands shave club to better compete with disruptive startups » Boston Business Journal Gillette, the Procter & Gamble-owned razor maker that's headquartered in Boston, launched its rebranded shaving subscription service that also allows consumers to reorder razors via text.…

Uber, Lyft criticize Mass. background checks » Boston Globe Uber and Lyft on Tuesday asked state officials to revise the background checks that resulted in thousands of their drivers being kicked off the road this year.…


Pot sale prohibitions spread » Commonwealth Magazine Voters approved recreational marijuana last November, but is it possible that buying pot won't be that easy? Foxboro on Monday night became the latest town to ban recreational marijuana growing and s…

Recreational pot challenges medical shops » Boston Globe With retail pot shops set to open next year in Massachusetts, advocates are worried that medical cannabis patients could be forced to pay higher prices for the drug, lose access to specialized prepara…

Still no regulations for Massachusetts pot industry » The Enterprise The Legislature, Gov. Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg continue to play a game of cat-and-mouse when it comes to marijuana regulation.…

Dennis voters approve recreational pot retail ban » Cape Cod Times Dennis voters approved a ban on recreational marijuana facilities in town by 603 votes during Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results.…

East Bridgewater votes no on non-medical marijuana » The Enterprise Residents voted on Monday during the annual town meeting to adopt a new general town by-law, prohibiting all types of recreational marijuana establishments from East Bridgewater.…


Cardinal O'Malley said to disapprove of BC High admitting girls » Boston Globe A Jesuit leader warned Boston College High School officials in March that Cardinal Sean O'Malley “strongly opposed” the idea of admitting female students to the all-boys school, saying such a move…

Easthampton School Committee bans Confederate flag 'at this time' » The Republican The School Committee voted 5-1 to ban the Confederate flag on school grounds "at this time" unless it is part of a history lesson.…

Lawmakers hear appeal to protect teachers in turnaround districts » WWLP 22 Teachers in the state's struggling schools lack the same job security as their peers in high-achieving districts, labor leaders told lawmakers on Tuesday, seeking legislative action on a subject that …

Senator touts high level of support for ed reform bill » State House News Service


Canoe River group marks 30 years » The Sun Chronicle

Legislators to public: Help us address climate change » Milford Daily News Within the Nature Conservancy, a worldwide conservation group that works in all 50 states, there is a competition among staffers. …

Rhode Island tribe opposing Massachusetts pipeline claims FERC dropped ball on ceremonial stone landscapes » The Republican A Rhode Island Indian tribe opposing a Massachusetts pipeline claims the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission violated federal law last month when it allowed tree-cutting in the Otis State Forest for …

Bigger effort needed to meet 2020 waste goal, DEP chief says » State House News Service With about 5 million tons of solid waste disposed annually, Massachusetts is making progress toward a 2020 waste reduction goal, but reaching the finish line will take "concerted effort," environmenta…

State committee launching 9-stop climate change tour » Sentinel & Enterprise

Springfield advocates call for tougher emissions standards » The Republican

Health Care

Search for mental health care for children is often fruitless » Boston Globe Harvard researchers posing as the parent of a depressed 12-year-old called hundreds of child psychiatrists and pediatricians looking for appointments, and discovered what many actual parents know thro…


New Codman Square units put small dent in Boston's affordable housing crisis » Bay State Banner


John Legend's Fight for Criminal Justice Reform » Town & Country I listen to John Legend often. It's not just because of his soulful voice, his insightful lyrics, his exciting ability to blend everything from gospel to pop to jazz to funk.…

Superior Court nominee's experience questioned » Worcester Telegram

Aaron Hernandez is now not guilty in eyes of the state » Boston Globe A Superior Court judge on Tuesday vacated the first-degree murder conviction of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in light of his suicide last month, but state prosecutors immediately…

Why Wasn't Southie Murder Suspect Deported? Court Documents Offer Answer » New Boston Post Court documents confirm reports that a Boston Municipal Court judge crossed out the original 365-day sentence first issued to a convicted bank robber and West African immigrant now charged with the mu…

Judges confirmed, after another spat among councilors » State House News Service

Dedham, Cape Cod attorneys nominated for judgeships » State House News Service


Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Moving Through House Ways And Means » Banker & Tradesman Legislation mandating accommodations for pregnant women on the job is expected to clear the House Ways and Means Committee Monday before surfacing for a vote of the full House on Wednesday. …

Public defenders push collective bargaining rights bill » Gloucester Daily Times

Lawmakers hear appeals to protect teachers in turnaround districts » Taunton Daily Gazette

House passes bill to protect pregnant workers » Boston Globe


Town Meeting votes to rescind 'Strong Chief' law » Wicked Local Westwood

Local Government

Bourne School Committee race draws 4 candidates » Cape Cod Times Planning Board and School Committee are the two big draws in the May 16 town election. Five candidates are running for three open seats on the Planning Board, and four candidates are vying for three a…

Truro voters approve $465K override and $3.7M debt exclusion » Cape Cod Times At the annual town election Tuesday, voters narrowly approved a $465,617 override for government services by a vote of 202-195.…

Lawmakers share animal stories at lobby day » Lowell Sun The lawmakers shared their personal stories of beloved pets and other animal encounters during a lobby day held Tuesday by animal advocacy groups, pushing legislation dealing with farm animal conditio…

Rep. Kaufman's 'Open House' forums to continue » Wicked Local Lexington Rep. Jay Kaufman's public policy forum “Open House held the first of a four-part workshop on civic engagement on May 4. The opening forum, “Challenging Times/Building Community,” was part of the…

MetroWest Business Briefs for May 5, 2017 » Wicked Local Braintree

Brookline school committee picks new chairman; losing candidate won't seek recount » Boston Globe

Holden's Ag Comm favors law change » The Landmark

Southie Murder Suspect Case A Government Screw-Up At Every Turn » New Boston Post


GOP shoots the messenger at Sally Yates testimony » Boston Globe We learned two critically important facts Monday about the ongoing investigation into President Trump's connections to the Russia government.…

A hard lesson for historically black colleges and universities » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP IS reiterating his “unwavering support” for historically black colleges and universities, though I remain unconvinced that he has any real interest in black people or education.…

Editorial: Is $15 worth the fight? » Worcester Sun The origins of the movement for a $15 minimum wage, the Fight for $15, began with a one-day strike in November 2012 by fast-food workers in New York City.…

Keith Motley's distinctive voice won't be silent going forward » Dorchester Reporter July 1, 2007 is a date that Keith Motley and I will never forget. It was on that day that Keith, with his UMass and Northeastern University administrative experience and deep roots in this community, …


Doug Bennett (remember his green signs?) considering another run » Boston Globe Frequent candidate Doug Bennett, arguably best known for his homemade, green-and-white campaign signs, is considering another run for office in 2017.…

Garballey, Friedman racking up endorsements » Wicked Local Lexington Endorsements have begun to pour in as candidates prepare for a dead-sprint in the last seven weeks before the Democratic primary in the special election for the 4th Middlesex Senate District seat.…

Meet the Massachusetts lawyer behind a campaign to impeach President Donald Trump » The Republican

Framingham's Spicer Pulls Papers for Mayoral Run » Somerville Patch

Public Health

Cambridge may put anti-overdose drug in public boxes » Boston Globe If someone suffers a heart attack in public, bystanders can grab an automated external defibrillator, or AED, if one is stationed nearby, and administer shocks to help reduce the risk of death until p…

Longmeadow schools receive grant for opioid prevention efforts » The Republican The Massachusetts attorney general's office awarded a nearly $20,000 grant to Longmeadow Public Schools for efforts in preventing opioid use among young people.…

A Public Overdose. An Antidote at Hand. Would Passers-By Use It? » New York Times Across the country, someone dies of an opioid overdose every 24 minutes. In Massachusetts, the death toll is five people a day.…

Budget cuts in Massachusetts dig into clothes allowance for state's low-income children » Journal Express

Raise state tobacco sale age to 21 (Commentary) » The Republican

Baystate Health breaks ground on new $17 million Emergency Department at Wing Hospital in Palmer (photos, video) » The Republican

State reports 2,000-plus fatal overdoses last year, but slight drop in 2017 » Boston Herald

How bad is the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts? » The Republican

Public Safety

A hero was made at the corner of High and Broad in Bridgewater » The Enterprise

State Finance

Budget cuts clothing allowance for low-income kids » The Salem News Welfare advocates are calling on lawmakers to restore funding for an annual clothing allowance for low-income families that was cut in a draft of the state budget.…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: House gets budget done quickly » Wicked Local: Provincetown

Gov. Baker says budget fix will preserve local aid, 'critical programs' » Wicked Local Waltham

State Rep. Carolyn Dykema announces budget » Wicked Local Southborough

Fall River House Delegation talks FY18 budget » The Herald News

Boat tax collection in Mass. seen as lacking » Worcester Telegram

State Government

AG's Office to Hold Open Meeting Law Training Next Week in Orleans » Cape Cod Online In an effort to inform the public and government officials about the Open Meeting Law and its requirements, Attorney General Maura Healey's office will hold a training session Tuesday in Orleans.…

House starts -- but doesn't finish -- redistricting debate » Montgomery Advior


Mass. Will Collect Sales Taxes On Online Purchases July 1 (If There's Not A Legal Fight First) » WBUR Starting July 1, out-of-state online retailers selling in Massachusetts will be required to start collecting the state sales tax. …

Lawmakers hear push to extend investment, historic tax credits » State House News Service

Income surtax up first at June 14 Constitutional Convention » State House News Service


Commuters ride for free on Fairmount Line for two weeks » Bay State Banner

No new stops for Worcester's Heart to Hub train » Worcester Telegram The MBTA has dropped plans to add stops to the evening Heart to Hub train after local opposition emerged to ending the nonstop evening commuter rail service from Boston to Worcester.…


Six Massachusetts towns win broadband infrastructure grants to build fiber optic networks » The Republican Six Western Massachusetts towns have received state grants to design and build their own municipal broadband networks. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration last week released $4.6 million to Ashfield, …

Vineyard wind deal intensifies offshore wind competition » State House News Service One of the competitors for an offshore wind energy license in Massachusetts is teaming up with Avangrid Renewables, adding a partner with financial resources and experience in European wind energy mar…

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 2 Servings


  • 4 cups (512 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/4teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 cups lukewarm water, made by mixing 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • Softened unsalted butter, for greasing


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, and instant yeast. Add the water. Using a rubber spatula, mix until the water is absorbed and the ingredients form a sticky dough ball. (If you need to use active dry yeast instead, proof it in the lukewarm water first for about 10 minutes, until foamy, before adding to the other ingredients.)
  2. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until the dough has doubled in bulk. Note: Here's a trick for making the perfect warm spot for the dough to rise. Set the oven to 400° F and let it preheat for 1 minute, then shut it off. The temperature will be between 80° F and 100° F. you should be able to place your hands (carefully) on the oven grates without burning them.
  3. Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 425° F. Grease two 1-quart oven-safe bowls, like Pyrex (see note below), with softened butter—be generous. Using two forks, deflate the dough by releasing it from the sides of the bowl and pulling it toward the center. Rotate the bowl quarter turns as you deflate, turning the mass into a rough ball.
  4. Using your two forks and working from the center out, separate the dough into two equal pieces. Use the forks to lift each half of the dough into a prepared bowl. If the dough is too wet to transfer with forks, lightly grease your hands with butter or oil, then transfer half to a bowl. (If your dough drops and breaks apart on the transfer, don't worry, just divvy the dough between the bowls and it will come back together as it rises.) Do not cover the bowls. Let the dough rise on the countertop near the oven (or another warm, draft-free spot) for 10 to 20 minutes, until the top of the dough just crowns the rims of the bowls.
  5. Transfer the bowls to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375° F and bake for 17 to 20 minutes more, until evenly golden all around. Remove the bowls from the oven and turn the loaves out onto cooling racks. If the loaves look pale, return them to their bowls and bake for 5 minutes longer. Let the loaves cool for 15 minutes before cutting.
  6. Note: If you don't have 2 one-quart bowls, you may use other vessels, though differences in pan sizes will affect the shape of the final loaves. This recipe can be adapted for 2 loaf pans (preferably 8.5 x 4.5-inch pans) by multiplying the quantities of ingredients by 1.5 (i.e. 6 cups/768g flour, 3 cups water, etc.).

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$4.6 Million Rapid Reemployment Grant Program Launches in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

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Upcoming Wellington Circle Study Virtual Public Meeting » MassDOT

MassDEP Assesses Penalty to Sira Naturals for Environmental Violations at its Milford Manufacturing Facility » MA Department of Environmental Protection

What a Week It’s Been » Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Led by Sen. Lewis, Fair Share Amendment Advances to the Ballot » Office of MA State Senator Jason Lewis

MMA urges House to protect local control of municipal reprecincting process » Massachusetts Municipal Association

New Measures to Boost Home Ownership, Wages, and Economic Equity in Boston » City of Boston

Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy Update » City of Boston

On the Anniversary of 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Rally in Central Park, Senator Markey and Rep. McGovern Reintroduce Expansive Legislation to Halt Dangerous 21ST Century Global Nuclear Arms Race » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Dr. Anthony Fauci, Research Institute Heads From Politically Motivated Termination » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

AG Healey Sues Orthodontist for Illegally Charging MassHealth Patients for Missed or Cancelled Appointments » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Drawing Democracy Coalition Urges MA Senate to Pass Reprecincting Bill to Ensure Equitable Redistricting Process: » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Drought Conditions Improve in Some Commonwealth Regions, Worsen in Others » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

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