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10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am Hong Kong Day Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Paul Feeney

6:00pm Fall Reception for State Rep. Candidate John McDonald

6:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Paul Feeney

6:00pm Fall Reception for State Rep. Candidate John McDonald

7:00pm 20 Days to Go Fundraiser for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

7:00pm 20 Days to Go Fundraiser for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Must-Reads

After voting twice for nurse staffing limits, DeLeo now unsure about Question 1 » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo has not yet decided how he will vote on an issue that has become one of this year's most contentious election topics, the ballot question limiting how many patients can be a…

Hill's big three point to another run at health care overhaul » State House News Service fter picking up the pieces from a failed attempt at the end of formal legislative business to agree on a health care bill, the Massachusetts Legislature is gearing up to take another crack at stabiliz…

Transgender law defended, hit in debate » Boston Globe The Nov. 6 referendum on whether Massachusetts should repeal the state’s transgender antidiscrimination law involves core questions of personal dignity and respect, advocates on both sides of the is…

With ‘Horseface,’ Trump initiates another personal attack on a female adversary » The Washington Post President Trump on Tuesday insulted adult-film actress Stormy Daniels by calling her “Horseface,” the latest example in his long-standing pattern of attempting to undercut female adversaries with …

Nate Silver will make one firm prediction about the midterms. Most journalists won’t want to hear it. » The Washington Post “Media understanding about probability, margin of error and uncertainty is very poor ...." …

Hurricane aftermath threatens to unleash Florida election chaos » Politico The state’s Senate and gubernatorial races are virtually tied at the moment — and 8 of the 11 counties without power, an area affecting 135,000 customers, are Republican-performing counties.…

Harris advisers plot 2020 strategy: ‘The SEC primary meets the West Coast offense’ » Politico Sen. Kamala Harris’ advisers are privately discussing a rough Democratic primary strategy that would focus heavily on Iowa, but with an eye toward high-value nominating contests coming later in Neva…

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s effort to defuse the Donald Trump-fueled controversy over her past claims of Native American ancestry seems to have done just the opposite. …

"If the Red Sox can do it, so can we," he said before adding, "Maybe I shouldn't put it that way, I don't know. We'll see what happens in the next couple of games."

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the chances of passing new health care legislation.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren defends decision to release DNA test » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren defended the timing of her decision to release the results of a DNA test just ahead of the midterm elections, telling the Globe Tuesday that she went public as soon as possibl…

Business

Warren again calls for Rafael's permits to stay in New Bedford » South Coast Today Elizabeth Warren repeated a call she voiced last year by sending another letter to NOAA regarding Carlos Rafael’s federal fishing permits.…

Ex-State Street exec gets 18 months in prison for fraud » Boston Business Journal A former State Street Corp. executive was sentenced to 18 months behind bars on Tuesday for scheming to charge more than $20 million in commissions to the company’s clients without their knowledge.…

Beer Prices Could Double Because Of Climate Change, Study Says » WBUR The price of beer could rise sharply this century, and it has nothing to do with trends in craft brewing. Instead, a new study says beer prices could double, on average, because of the price of malted…

Cannabis

State to review final license for two recreational pot labs » Boston Business Journal The Cannabis Control Commission will review final licenses for two recreational marijuana testing labs at its hearing on Thursday, inching the industry ever closer to launch.…

Education

Harvard’s history with Asian-American applicants in the spotlight » Boston Globe The trial over Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions policies may have put a spotlight on current allegations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants, but the Ivy League sch…

Boston plans to build or renovate a dozen schools » Boston Globe Boston school officials are planning to build or extensively renovate a dozen schools, gradually phase out middle schools, and merge several elementary schools over the next decade, under a proposal b…

In Year of Strikes, Education Plays a Big Role in Elections » Governing Education has emerged as an issue this fall beyond school board and superintendent races. …

New state program will seed $50 for college savings accounts » Boston Globe State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg on Tuesday announced SeedMA Baby, the first statewide savings account program that aims to put children on the pathway to saving for college.…

Environment

Mayor Walsh launches citywide plan to protect against coastal flooding » Boston Business Journal “We’re not just planning for the next storm we will face — we’re planning for storms the next generation will face," Walsh said Wednesday. "Climate change is very real to Bostonians.”…

Climate change politics is heating up » Commonwealth Magazine The tenor of the debate about climate change, like the problem itself, is changing. As the planet warms at what appears to be a faster and faster rate, environmental advocates are becoming more vocal …

New commission created to study ocean acidificaton » Cape Cod Times David Ryan and Al Suprenant have a lot invested in their business. The co-owners of Cape Cod Oyster Co. in Marstons Mills have eight full-time employees working 54 acres of ocean bottom on three sites…

Commission on Ocean Acidification is Now Law » Cape Cod Today Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) held a press conference today to discuss the formation of legislation, which is now law, that calls for a special commissio…

Gaming

Revenue at Plainridge takes a $1M dip » The Sun Chronicle Revenue at Plainridge Park Casino took a $1 million dip in September, sinking to $14.3 million.…

Health Care

CHA opposes nurse staffing ballot question, saying dictates will hurt budget, patient care » Cambridge Day Question 1, the nurse staffing initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot, would increase the Cambridge Health Alliance’s costs by $13 million and hurt emergency and mental health care services if approved, of…

Massachusetts lawmakers gear up for another run at health care overhaul » MassLive After picking up the pieces from a failed attempt at the end of formal legislative business to agree on a health care bill, the Massachusetts Legislature is gearing up to take another crack at stabili…

ER visits continue to impact health costs » Commonwealth Magazine Limited access creates problems for those seeking behavioral care …

Baker, states active in quest to slow drug cost escalation » State House News Service

Human Services

Every child born or adopted in Massachusetts can receive $50 from the state, starting in 2020 » MassLive Starting in January 2020, every child born or adopted in Massachusetts will be eligible for a free $50 deposit into a college savings account.…

Begun in Worcester, $50 college account deposit goes statewide » Worcester Telegram Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, every child born or adopted as a Massachusetts resident will be eligible for a free $50 deposit into a college savings account, state officials announced Tuesday. A three-year …

Insurance

Mass. Health Connector kicks off tour on SouthCoast » South Coast Today In SouthCoast and Cape Cod, about 5.5 percent to 6 percent of people are uninsured, compared to the state’s 3 percent, according to Jason Lefferts, spokesman for the Massachusetts Health Connector.…

Local Government

Ahead of Voter Registration Deadline, Haverhill Announces Early Voting Dates » WHAV Wednesday marks the voter registration deadline to vote in November’s midterm elections and to make casting a ballot easier, the City of Haverhill has announced plans for early voting later this mon…

Fall River city councilors debate ousting embattled mayor » Boston Globe City councilors clashed at a heated Tuesday night public meeting over whether to force out embattled Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II, who faces federal fraud charges and an eviction notice.…

Brockton mayor: Indicted Fall River counterpart should resign » The Enterprise Jasiel Correia, the embattled mayor of Fall River, should step aside for the sake of his city, according to his counterpart in Brockton.…

Financial overseer likely to start Nov. 1 for PVRS District » The Recorder A financial overseer for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District will likely be in place by November, district administrators say.…

After 12 years in Easthampton, Treehouse Foundation expanding east » Gazette Net Judy Cockerton’s long-held vision of reshaping foster care in the United States began in Easthampton, and is now expanding to the Greater Boston Area. After founding the Treehouse Foundation, Cocker…

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse vetoes city council order placing restrictions on lawn signs, citing freedom of speech » The Republican Mayor Alex B. Morse has vetoed a City Council order that would limit the time a temporary sign could remain in front of a home or business.…

Opinion

Letter to the editor: An endorsement for Paul Feeney, candidate for state senate » The Sun Chronicle I am voting for Sen. Paul Feeney on Nov. 6 because he is always accessible around town and fights for Foxboro. The second Monday of every month, Fenney holds office hours at the Foxboro Senior Center …

In wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s death, US moral leadership is missing » Boston Globe It’s hard to know if American moral leadership on human rights will be missed on the world stage.…

After Perille bows out, a chance to get BPS superintendent search right » Boston Globe Running Boston Public Schools — in a city with a wealth of academic and business resources — ought to be a plum posting for any potential candidate for school superintendent. Sure there are challe…

Elizabeth Warren, typical white person » Boston Globe On Monday, Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test confirming what everyone already knew: The “vast majority” of her genetic makeup is European, but she may have a Native Ameri…

I'm voting for a senator who understands the issues » Sentinel & Enterprise

EDITORIAL: Why won't local Republicans debate? » Sentinel & Enterprise

Politics

Political Notes: Cyr says Flores misled voters, should apologize » Cape Cod Times Saturday’s contentious debate between state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and Republican challenger John Flores, a Barnstable town councilor, is reverberating through the local political scene.…

Amid GOP attacks, Nancy Pelosi barnstorms through Mass. to tout Democrats’ chances » Boston Globe She is staring down perhaps the most serious challenge to her leadership post to date. To Republicans, she’s a political cudgel to wield. Among Massachusetts’ two first-time Democratic congression…

Democrat Jay Gonzalez preps TV campaign in race for governor » Boston Globe Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez is strongly considering a two-week TV advertising effort beginning Tuesday, Oct. 23 and running through Election Day, his campaign manager Kevin Ready con…

What To Expect When Gov. Baker And Democrat Jay Gonzalez Face Off Wednesday Night » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic opponent Jay Gonzalez square off in their second debate Wednesday night live on WGBH News.…

Democratic state lawmaker endorses Republican Gov. Baker » WPRI.com Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker was joined by Democratic State Representative Chris Markey on the campaign trail at a Dartmouth business Tuesday.…

Moulton endorses Gustavson, Hill not impressed » The Local News Allison Gustavson, a candidate in state elections, has won the endorsement of Congressman Seth Moulton.…

Fourth Essex Race: Gustavson » Wicked Local Ipswich Earlier this year, Democratic candidate Allison Gustavson sat down for a roundtable interview with the editors of the Ipswich Chronicle, the Tri-Town Transcript, and the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle news…

5th Middlesex District candidates for state senator discuss Ballot Question 1 » Wicked Local Winchester This week we asked state senator candidates for the 5th Middlesex District how they were planning on voting on Ballot Question 1. Two candidates are vying for the state senator seat for the 5th Middle…

COMM Firefighters Endorse Senator Cyr » Cape Cod Today Centerville -- State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) today welcomed an endorsement from Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Fighters Local 2346. …

Everything You Need to Know To Vote In The Midterm Election » WGBH Our 2018 midterm elections are coming up on Tuesday, November 6. The final day to register to vote is Wednesday, October 17. Here's everything you need to know to check your registration, register to …

Congressional candidate calls Pelosi's campaign visit a bid to buy vote » Boston Herald House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi traveled to the East Coast to help Lori Trahan raise money for her campaign in the 3rd Congressional district, a stunt her opponent is calling a bribe.…

Gonzalez Pitches 'Bold Vision' On Education With Few Specifics » WBUR The ghost of charter school expansion looms large in the governor's race. …

State Finance

Lawmakers OK budget bill spending surplus » The Lowell Sun More than three months after fiscal year 2018 ended and after some prodding by state financial managers, Massachusetts lawmakers on Monday made quick work of a long-awaited supplemental budget bill to…

A Second State Could Ban Service Taxes » Governing As taxes on Netflix and yoga gain favor as a way to raise revenue, a movement to stop them is growing. In November, the debate heads to Arizona. …

State Government

Military veterans sue Massachusetts over denial of Welcome Home bonus » MassLive Three veterans are suing the state treasurer for denying them a veterans bonus for receiving a discharge that was not honorable after multiple tours of duty.…

Gobi to co-chair panel on crumbling foundations » Athol Daily News Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) and Representative Brian Ashe (D- Longmeadow) are pleased to announce today their appointment to Co-Chair the special commission studying the issue of crumbling concrete …

Baker looks to modernize fishing fleet, fix education funding » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker visited The Standard-Times on Tuesday, three weeks before the Nov. 6 election. He said if he wins a second four-year term, he hopes to change the way charter and low-income schools …

Galvin sees "strong and healthy" voter turnout Nov. 6 » State House News Service

Transportation

New technology could radically reshape MBTA fare policies » Boston Globe Should you pay a higher fare if your subway ride is longer than other commuters’ trips? Or more for a bus or train ticket during rush hour, and less during off-peak times?…

Utilities

AG Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics » Cape Cod Today A competitive electricity supplier has been sued for allegedly using unfair and deceptive marketing and sales tactics to lure more than 130,000 Massachusetts consumers into expensive contracts with hi…

The signs were everywhere: Egremont finally ‘ditches’ Charter » the Berkshire edge It takes courage for a small town to stand up to the state and to a giant corporation, but that’s precisely what happened last night as the board of selectmen voted to opt out of a pact with Charter…

Conn. company is accused of overcharging more than 100k Mass. residents for electricity » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey has sued a Connecticut company that allegedly used deceptive bait-and-switch tactics to get more than 100,000 Massachusetts residents to switch energy suppliers and then …

Both Woburn and Merrimack Valley take center stage » Daily Times Chronicle The Woburn-Merrimack Valley gas over pressurization issue has now taken and put a lot more focus on energy other than natural gas in the future.…

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 pound freshly shucked Ipswich clams (must be fresh)

1 can evaporated milk

1 cup finely ground cornmeal (or masa harina)

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 cup pastry or cake flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground white pepper

1 pound lard (or 2 cups canola oil)

1/2 cup canola oil

4 New England style hot dog buns

Butter

Lettuce

Tartar sauce (see recipe below for New England style homemade tartar sauce)

Directions

1. Drain clams in a colander. Place clams in large bowl with milk. Let clams sit in the milk at least 30 minutes (The longer the soak, the better).

2. In another large bowl, combine cornmeal and flours with salt and white pepper. Mix well with fingers.

3. In an electric fryer, large wok or deep frying pan, heat lard and oil to a frying temperature of 365 degrees.

4. Take a handful of clams, let excess liquid drip off, and toss clams well in flour mixture, turning often to coat thoroughly.

5. Melt butter and brush on side of hot dog rolls and lightly toast both sides of each roll in a pan or on a grill.

6. Tear lettuce leaves into small pieces.

7. If using a wok or pan, add one or two clams at a time to hot oil adjusting clams so they are evenly distributed. Do not pile clams on one another. Adjust temperature to keep oil hot.  Fry for about 1 ½ minutes, or until they are crisp and golden brown (large clams may take a few seconds longer). Remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on a paper bag or clean paper towels.  If necessary, repeat with the rest of the clams.  Add clams to rolls, sprinkle in lettuce and serve immediately with tartar sauce on the side.

8. If using an electric fryer set temperature to 365 degrees. Wait until fryer heats up, drop clams in basket and deep fry for 1 ½ – 2 minutes, until clams are crisp and golden brown. Drain clams on paper bag or paper towels.  Add clams to toasted rolls and serve immediately with tartar sauce on the side.

Tartar Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons drained sweet pickle relish

1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt (if desired)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or tabasco)


Press Releases

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-10-21 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension » Massachusetts Retirees

Tremont Strategies Group Welcomes New Additions To Government Affairs Team » Tremont Strategies Group

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

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety » MassDOT

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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