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HEALEY RESPECTS PELOSI, BUT SAYS NEW VOICES "REALLY IMPORTANT" » State House News Service With Congressman Seth Moulton at the center of a firestorm in Washington and at home over the future of the Democratic Party, Attorney General Maura Healey, one of the party's stars at the state level…

LIAISON SELECTED TO WORK WITH WIND INDUSTRY, FISHING COMMUNITY » State House News Service The New Bedford Port Authority will serve as the designated fisheries representative for offshore wind developers in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts markets. …

GAS WORKERS PLAN TO OFFER "SERIOUS COUNTERPROPOSAL" WEDNESDAY » State House News Service National Grid and representatives of its more than 1,200 locked out gas workers plan to meet for more contract talks on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. …

House staff to get 6 percent pay hikes » Boston Globe Hundreds of employees working for the state’s House of Representatives will receive a 6 percent pay hike, according to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s office, which Tuesday estimated the pay packa…

Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots and undisclosed funders paid Matthew Whitaker $1.2 million » The Washington Post In the three years after he arrived in Washington in 2014, Matthew G. Whitaker received more than $1.2 million as the leader of a charity that reported having no other employees, some of the best pay …

The recurring GOP myth about John McCain’s ‘no’ on Obamacare repeal » The Washington Post But this “one-vote” rhetoric is very misleading. Let’s explain what’s going on here. …

Paula Jones, Reconsidered » New York Times “The Clinton Affair,” A&E’s six-part mini-series on the scandals of Bill Clinton’s presidency, lacks a point of view. It is straightforward in style and evenhanded in tone. Strangely, this rec…

Seth Moulton catches heat for Pelosi rebellion » Boston Globe Some Democrats are mocking his quest online with the hashtag #fivewhiteguys, a reference to Moulton and other male Pelosi critics, suggesting their antagonism is sexist. (Moulton points out that one o…

"It tickles me because you know, you never hear, well, you know, 'We can't have another white guy from Yale, whose name is Bush.' There's always going to be something, right?"

Deval Patrick

When accused by some of being too much like former president Barack Obama to run in 2020.

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Beltway Politics

Only half of the House Democrats in New England support Pelosi — so far » Boston Globe Just over half of the House Democrats from New England — whose party captured every House seat in the region in the midterm elections — are publicly supporting Nancy Pelosi to serve as their next …

A Week In Washington With Ayanna Pressley » Two months after she ousted the 20-year incumbent in Massachusetts’ 7th congressional district primary, Ayanna Pressley arrived in Washington.…

Seth Moulton Faces Critics of His Anti-Pelosi Plans at a Town Hall » Boston Magazine He got an earful in Amesbury. …

Moulton coming under fire for Pelosi stance » Commonwealth Magazine US Rep. Seth Moulton is taking heat locally and in Washington for his opposition to Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker, but his biggest problem seems to be the lack of a candidate to run against h…

Business

Union to offer Grid a counterproposal » Commonwealth Magazine NATIONAL GRID and representatives of its more than 1,200 locked-out gas workers plan to meet for more contract talks on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.…

Wynn: Company knew of sex abuse claims » Boston Herald Former casino executive Steve Wynn told company investigators in a statement he had told some company employees, including at least one board member, about personal allegations made against him — on…

It's Going To Be A Long Holiday Shopping Season. Mass. Retailers Are Thrilled » WBUR The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is expecting a very merry holiday shopping season. The trade group projects sales will increase 3.8 percent over last year. Businesses can thank a strong eco…

Verizon’s Boston plans include expanded Fios service, 2,000 more jobs at North Station » Boston Globe Verizon Tuesday unveiled plans for a major expansion in Boston, including building out its cellular and Fios high-speed networks across the entire city, and bringing 2,000 employees to a building atop…

Facing Airbnb suit, Boston to delay some short-term rental rules » Boston Globe The City of Boston will delay implementing key provisions of its new rules regulating short-term rentals for at least a few months while it contends with a lawsuit from Airbnb.…

Cannabis

Cannabis Control Commission Chair Discusses The First Day Of Recreational Pot Sales In Massachusetts » WGBH It is official: Recreational marijuana sales have begun in Massachusetts.…

More than 2,000 customers purchased marijuana in Northampton on Day 1 of legal sales » MassLive The line that stretched all the way around the block began shorten by nightfall, from several thousand to several hundred to several dozen until finally at 9:57 p.m., 3 minutes before closing, when th…

Long lines but smiles and no reports of accidents, problems or arrests on first day of legal pot sales in Mass. » Worcester Telegram & Gazette More than 1,000 customers flowed through Cultivate Holdings LLC on Tuesday to legally buy marijuana, the first day of adult-use sales in Massachusetts and a response so large that by mid-afternoon the…

What people in Mass. are Googling on the first day of recreational pot sales » Boston Globe How much is an “eighth”? What’s on the shops’ menus?…

ON OPENING DAY, POT REGULATORS EYE NEW STORES "EVERY COUPLE OF WEEKS" » State House News Service While hundreds braved the cold rain and snow Tuesday for the chance to legally buy marijuana, the Cannabis Control Commission was back to work processing more than a dozen additional cannabis business…

Weather doesn’t dampen first day of pot sales » Commonwealth Magazine Hours-long waits for thousands who wanted to make Massachusetts history …

Joe Kennedy III Is on Board with Marijuana Legalization Now » Boston Magazine Not a minute too soon. …

Commission ready to give go-ahead to shops in Salem, Easthampton » Boston Herald State marijuana regulators approved final licenses for two more pot shops yesterday, though the businesses still need one more approval before they can open, as Cannabis Control Commission Chairman St…

Marty Walsh plans slow go giving Boston licenses » Boston Herald Dozens of pot industry firms want to open business in Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, pledging that the city will “get it right,” while one city councilor cautioned against handing out too man…

Civil Rights

How Well Does Massachusetts Protect Voters' Rights? » WGBH Two weeks after Election Day, voting rights issues continue to make news across the nation.…

Crimes

Martha’s Vineyard detective fired for conducting illegal background checks » Boston Globe A veteran detective was fired from a Martha’s Vineyard police force this month for allegedly conducting illegal background checks — a problem that surfaced after a separate investigation found pac…

Education

Could Katherine Newman be the right fit to lead UMass Boston ? » Boston Globe Late on Sunday night a couple of weeks ago, Katherine Newman was working late, dealing with a frequent concern at UMass Boston: lousy construction.…

WBURwbur90.9 » WBUR Following criticism from teachers and students, Boston Public Schools is making changes to its initial plans for the shuttering of a Dorchester middle school as part of its larger goal to get rid of m…

Federal

Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren push Pentagon for answers on border troops » Amid mixed reports over whether the Pentagon is about to withdraw troops sent to the U.S.-Mexico border just two weeks ago, Rep. Beto O'Rourke joined forces with Sen. Elizabeth Warren to press Defense…

US Reps. Joe Kennedy, Jim McGovern say Democrat-led House should push to fund anti-hunger efforts » The Republican With Democrats poised to take control of the U.S. House when the new Congress convenes in January, at least two Massachusetts lawmakers said Tuesday that they hope funding for anti-hunger and other sa…

Trump pressed to have Justice Department prosecute Comey and Clinton » Boston Globe President Donald Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, an…

Health Care

Main Health Center In Roxbury Beset By Turnover And Turmoil, Staffers Say » WBUR In 2016, almost as soon as Dr. Sherar Andalcio started working at the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, he faced a problem: He was being asked to care for HIV-positive patients, but did not ha…

Labor

Unions’ political advantage could be tested in Mass. » Boston Globe Unions have long held an unusual political advantage in this state, in part because Massachusetts allows them to give up to $15,000 to any one candidate.…

Local Government

O’Shea’s contract not renewed, town in search of new superintendent » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Gov. Charlie Baker delivered the MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant during a ceremony at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The money will be used for sewer improvemen…

Gloucester Goings On » Gloucester Times Gloucester’s annual Middle Street Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, and the Unitarian Universalist Church’s Holiday Fair will feature a great schedule of events including, at 10:30 a.m., Glo…

Suspended Rockland town administrator files complaint over sexual harassment claims » Boston Globe A Town Hall soap opera in Rockland involving allegations of sexual harassment, affairs between married members of the Board of Selectmen, and late-night surveillance video from town offices took a new…

Opinion

Joseph Kennedy III now stoked about legalized pot » Boston Herald Another great moment in Kennedy courage.…

Nancy Pelosi should step aside » CNN On November 6, the Democratic Party came a long way toward making Congress look and think like the strong, diverse country that we hope to represent.…

Analysis: Seth Moulton's drive to thwart Nancy Pelosi hitting dead end » Boston Herald Seth Moulton’s much-anticipated letter signed by fellow Democratic opponents of Nancy Pelosi’s bid for House speaker turned out to be more of a warning shot than a fatal hit.…

More work needed on Mass. reproductive laws » Commonwealth Magazine Those under 18 shouldn’t need permission for an abortion …

Editorial: Gas prices » Boston Herald As we head into the holidays it is no secret that our wallets take a beating. According to a 2017 National Retail Federation survey, Americans spend an average of $795.97 from Thanksgiving through Chr…

After Saudi Arabia killed a journalist, Congress must take a stand » Boston Globe The body of evidence is now virtually incontrovertible — except to President Trump — that the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered at the highest level of the Saudi gove…

Why does Trump hate the military so much? » Boston Globe Not since the Vietnam era has there been so much open disdain for America’s military. This time, however, it’s coming from our nation’s commander in chief.…

Politics

Former Gov. Deval Patrick Addresses 2020 in 1-on-1 » NECN Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was in Cleveland Monday, speaking to more than 1,000 Ohioans at the Legal Aid Society lunch.…

Unions dominate Mass. spending in midterms » Newburyport News Labor unions poured millions of dollars into the campaign coffers of Democratic candidates ahead of the midterm elections, according to newly released data.…

Public Health

Meth Use Is Rising In Boston, Intensifying The Opioid Crisis » WBUR There’s a street drug that barely registers on state graphs of drug overdose deaths.…

Beware The Thanksgiving Salad: CDC Says No Romaine Lettuce Is Safe » WBUR Cut Caesar salad off the menu this week: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a multistate E. coli outbreak is underway, and romaine lettuce is to blame. Thirty-two people are sick, in…

Public Safety

Charlie Baker requests professional engineer on gas work » Boston Herald The Baker-Polito administration has filed a bill to require a professional engineer’s approval on natural gas work, following an “urgent” safety suggestion from the National Transportation Safet…

Recent Incidents Have Focused Attention On The State's Aging Natural Gas System » WBUR The natural gas disaster that ripped through three Merrimack Valley communities in September, and the pipeline over-pressurization emergency in Woburn weeks later, have focused attention on the state'…

State Government

House staff to get 6 percent pay hikes » Boston Globe Hundreds of employees working for the state’s House of Representatives will receive a 6 percent pay hike, according to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s office, which Tuesday estimated the pay packa…

Taxation

Why States Hoping for Online Holiday Sales to Boost Budgets May Not Get Their Wish » Governing This is the first holiday season since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to tax online shopping. …

Transportation

Charlie Baker Can Lead on Clean Transportation » Union of Concerned Scientists Governor Charlie Baker’s decisive re-election puts his administration in a strong position to address some of the key priorities identified by Baker during the campaign, including climate change, af…

Michael Dukakis says MassDOT overestimating tab for connecting North, South stations » Boston Herald Former Gov. Michael Dukakis blasted MassDOT yesterday over a study into the North-South Rail Link he has long advocated, claiming it lays out an “inconceivable” cost overestimate. …

Utilities

BAKER SEEKS PASSAGE OF NATURAL GAS BILL "WITHOUT DELAY" » State House News Service Acting based on a federal board's recommendation, Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation Tuesday that would require all natural gas work that could pose a material risk to the public to be reviewed and …

GAS WORKERS PLAN TO OFFER "SERIOUS COUNTERPROPOSAL" WEDNESDAY » State House News Service National Grid and representatives of its more than 1,200 locked out gas workers plan to meet for more contract talks on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. …

Lacking heat and a stove, Lawrence-area residents prepare for Thanksgiving » Boston Globe For two months, Laura Alefantis has trekked back and forth between different hotel rooms and her work in Lawrence, comforting countless residents who have gone without heat or hot water since the Sept…

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (if you use table salt, use 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 pie unbaked pie shell, 9-inch

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Toast the pecan halves for ten minutes. Let them cool, then roughly chop and set aside. Set oven for 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt.
  3. Add in the slightly beaten eggs and blend well; stir in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and bake for 45 minutes, or until set. Cool and serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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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