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Must-Reads

Safety allegations raise control board issues » Commonwealth Magazine After a number of problems surfaced with the Green Line extension construction work, Nickle conducted an unannounced safety audit and found “what I would classify as a complete breakdown in on-track…

Section 35 Panel Recommends Mass. End Civil Commitments To Prisons, Jails » WBUR Massachusetts is ... also believed to be the only state that sends civilly committed men to jails and prisons for treatment, even though they haven’t committed any crimes.…

Katherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent » The Hill She’s the most powerful woman in the Capitol you’ve probably never heard of. But for Rep. Katherine Clark (Mass.), the vice chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, that soon may change as she eyes a …

Baker redirects GE HQ sale $$ to workforce housing » State House News Service The Baker administration on Tuesday unilaterally committed $86 million in funding from the sale of General Electric's headquarters in South Boston to the creation of workforce housing and home ownersh…

Bid to help seniors with care costs called "starting point" » State House News Service .Lawmakers already took the first steps toward expanding eligibility for a program that helps low-income seniors afford health care, but with cost burdens growing, advocates packed a committee hearing…

Mass. nonprofit sector reports 551K jobs, but faces headwinds, new report says » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts nonprofit sector, which makes up nearly 18 percent of the state’s total workforce, comprised 551,117 jobs in 2017 and produced $36 billion in wages, according to a new report. …

New Trump administration rules could 'implode' Mass. online insurance market » Boston Business Journal A new Trump administration rule could upend the Massachusetts online insurance market, potentially increasing premiums on the state’s exchange as companies shift sick individuals off employer-sponso…

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Her response to Kellyanne Conway calling the spat with Speaker Pelosi and progressives a "cat fight".

News By Category
Beltway Politics

How Ross Perot paved the way for Donald Trump » Boston Globe The first paragraph of H. Ross Perot’s obituary was written decades before his death: He’s a self-made billionaire who became the most successful third-party presidential candidate in nearly a cen…

Epstein case highlights America’s two justice systems » Boston Globe This weekend, in what one can only hope is belated justice for a serial pedophile, multi-millionaire and friend to the well-connected, Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in New York City on charges of sex t…

Ross Perot — When ‘eccentric’ was a losing strategy » Boston Globe It was without a doubt the nuttiest four hours of my career. How else to describe being locked in a windowless room in Dallas as the unlikeliest presidential candidate in history (until 2016, that is)…

The 2020 presidential election is ripe for another Ross Perot » Boston Herald America needs a Ross Perot. Not a carbon copy of the billionaire businessman who died on Tuesday, but what he represented — the nation’s last viable third party candidate for president.…

Elizabeth Warren welcomes Tom Steyer to the 2020 race — with a subtweet » Boston.com Welcome to the Democratic presidential primary, Tom Steyer. Elizabeth Warren disapproves of your campaign.…

Trahan filing bill, ignores Pence’s assurances » Commonwealth Magazine US REP. LORI TRAHAN on Wednesday described her recent trip to detention facilities along the US- Mexico border last week, talking about how the conditions she saw spurred her to write legislation addr…

Could partisanship become justification for Census query? » Commonwealth Magazine Reading between the lines of two blockbuster Supreme Court rulings this summer, it’s easy to guess what the Trump administration’s next move might be to try to put a citizenship question on the 20…

Business

Cisco to buy Maynard firm for $2.6 billion » Boston Globe Acacia Communications Inc. said Tuesday that it would be acquired by networking giant Cisco Systems Inc., a $2.6 billion deal that will end the Maynard-based company’s bumpy ride since going public …

Suffolk Construction questions subcontractor’s charge of not being paid » Boston Herald Suffolk Construction said Tuesday an electrical subcontractor on the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino has failed to properly document work done to support claims of unpaid bills.…

Downtown Businesses Unhappy With City of Framingham Turn To Private Security To Feel Safer » Framingham Source Claudia Chaves is a certified fitness trainer at CoreFit on Hollis Street in downtown Framingham.…

Mass. business confidence levels stabilized in June » Boston Business Journal Confidence levels among Massachusetts employers stabilized in June following a sharp drop between April and May.…

Officials outline plan to boost businesses still struggling after gas disaster » The Eagle Tribune Officials huddled outside Rose & Dove Gift Shop Tuesday morning to detail a new regional marketing campaign that will boost small businesses still struggling from the Sept. 13 gas disaster. They also …

Massachusetts Bill Aims To Address Decline Of Local Journalism » New England Public Radio A Massachusetts bill would create a commission to look at declines in local journalism. …

Global edtech firm Cengage graduates to new Seaport HQ » Boston Business Journal Gary Fortier, chief people officer at Cengage, the higher education publishing and online learning company, had just come from a meeting on the roof deck of the company’s new headquarters. Before th…

Cannabis

A beloved cafeteria worker nicked his finger on a knife — and got fired for using marijuana at home » Boston Globe Despite their mastery of everything from artificial intelligence to missile design, the researchers at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington have yet to work out how to photosynthesize the energy their …

As Mass. debates marijuana cafes, Colorado’s burgeoning scene offers insights » Boston Globe Secret Stash ganja yoga starts at 9 a.m. in a loft in this city’s downtown, tucked between snow-peaked mountains and military bases.…

After hemp CBD ban, regulators are pulling products off shelves » Boston Business Journal Towns in Massachusetts, along with state regulators, have started to take action against farmers and retailers selling hemp-derived CBD, as lobbyists work to fix recent state guidance outlawing the su…

Springfield Planning Department opposes zone change for marijuana cultivation at Eastfield Mall Macy’s » The Republican A zoning change that would allow the former Macy’s store at the Eastfield Mall to be used for marijuana cultivation would also open the door to other industrial uses unsuitable for the area, the cit…

Kingston approves recreational marijuana agreement for retailer Elevated Roots » Wicked Local Kingston The first host community agreement with a recreational marijuana retailer has been approved by the Board of Selectmen tonight.…

Education

In Brookline, there’s a worry that kindergarten has lost its joy » Boston Globe Kindergarten has traditionally been a time for storybooks and building blocks. But in Brookline, teachers and parents are complaining that students spend far too much of their day at their desks like …

Lawmakers hear calls to update curriculum » State House News Service From the science of climate change to trauma response to mental illness, lawmakers and advocates on Tuesday made their case for updating the Massachusetts public school curriculum to equip young peopl…

White Communities, Black Students: Counties With the Biggest School Race Gap » Governing White enrollment in private schools creates stark disparities in many districts. …

Citing federal inaction, Sen. Eric Lesser and education advocates aim to create ‘student loan bill of rights’ » MassLive Sitting before a legislative committee on Monday, Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, told Christi Haskell’s story.…

Massachusetts Takes Steps To Protect Student Borrowers » New England Public Radio Massachusetts is one of three states that are "steps away" passing new laws aimed at protecting student loan borrowers, according to a new report tying the heightened activity to a relaxing of federal…

Harvard suspends star economist Roland Fryer following sexual harassment complaints » Boston Globe Harvard on Wednesday suspended the prominent economist Roland G. Fryer Jr. for two years without pay and shut down his lab after an investigation found he engaged in unwelcome sexual conduct with mult…

Environment

Three workshops will explore transportation pollution solutions » Worcester Business Journal Emissions from the transportation sector, an area where policymakers are putting more focus, will be the subject of three "community workshops" this month in Worcester, Pittsfield and Lawrence.…

Study: Carbon tax carries high cost, low benefit » Boston Herald A proposed Carbon tax in Massachusetts would have an “insignificant” impact on the environment and be costly to taxpayers and the economy, according to a new study…

Squannacook rail trail gets funding boost » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced last week that public trails in more than 70 towns --- including Groton and Townsend — will have improvement projects funded thanks to $5 milli…

Charlie Baker among 23 governors to join Calif. in opposing Trump mileage freeze » Boston Globe Citing climate-damaging tailpipe emissions, 23 U.S. governors signed a pledge backing California leaders in their showdown with the Trump administration over its plans to relax vehicle mileage standar…

APCC Urges AG Healey to Fight Repeal of EPA Emissions Rule » Cape Cod Today The Association to Preserve Cape Cod appealed to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday to take action in opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s repeal of regulatio…

State to implement controlled deer hunt in Quabbin Park » Gazette Net A state agency plans to add Quabbin Park to a controlled hunting program intended to manage the overly large deer population in the area.…

Drone video captures great white shark interaction off Cape Cod » Cape Cod Times An interaction between two great white sharks captured by a drone off the coast of Chatham has researchers at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy hoping to learn more about their behavior. …

Michigan national park is the first to allow visitors to use a powerful 'track chair' to experience trails » CNN Trails through Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore can be steep or sandy -- but people who require hiking mobility assistance can now rent a motorized chair with treaded tracks to get ar…

Mass. carbon tax: Poor bang for buck » Commonwealth Magazine ON THE MATTER of climate change, politicians have reached a point where they will throw anything they have at the problem without a thought to the economic consequences or, for that matter, the effect…

Fed up Mass. House leader wants air monitoring near Fore River after Weymouth compressor process » Wicked Local Braintree House Majority Leader Ronald Mariano urged colleagues Tuesday to advance legislation requiring additional air-quality monitoring near compressor stations, a bill he told constituents two weeks ago he …

Connecticut Governor Says He Wants To Learn More About PFAS Risks » New England Public Radio Governor Ned Lamont told reporters Monday he's finding out more about the environmental and health risks associated with the family of chemicals known as PFAS. …

What Is Going on in This Mesmerizing Shark Video? » Boston Magazine The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shared some shark footage taken near Chatham. …

Health Care

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey defends Obamacare as court takes up issue » Boston Herald Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey voiced her defense of the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, rallying with Obamacare supporters hours before the U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments over t…

Mass. Led The Way On Health Insurance. Now Let's Make Health Care Cheaper » WBUR In Massachusetts, we are fortunate that we support a key principle: Every resident of the commonwealth should have access to affordable, high-quality health care coverage. Since health care reform was…

Housing

Money from sale of GE complex to fund new housing projects » Boston Globe What would you do with a $100 million windfall? Well, if you’re Governor Charlie Baker, you put most of that bonanza toward affordable housing.…

Immigration

Mass. Says It Does Not Provide RMV System Access To Federal Authorities » WBUR Following reports that federal investigators are using some states' driver's license databases for searching for possible facial recognition matches, the Baker administration says federal authorities …

Immigrant advocates blast Trump over census citizenship question » Boston Herald Immigrant advocates and sanctuary city leaders are ripping President Trump for pushing forward with the controversial citizenship question on the census, despite the Supreme Court ruling against the q…

Rep. Trahan To File New Bill To Hold Immigration Officials 'Accountable' For Migrant Deaths » WBUR Five children have died in U.S. immigration custody since last December. Amid outrage among some members of the public regarding conditions in migrant detention centers, Massachusetts Congresswoman Lo…

Judiciary

Three former prosecutors accused of misconduct in Amherst drug-lab scandal » Boston Globe Allegations of official misconduct have been filed against three former state prosecutors related to the Amherst drug-lab scandal. The state body that investigates lawyers alleges the attorneys, two o…

Naming Lt. Gov. Polito’s college friend to $150,000 Cambridge clerk job knocked » Boston Herald The lifetime appointment given to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito’s college friend as clerk magistrate in Cambridge — a $150,000-a-year post — was put on a fast track and may have violated state law, acco…

Crime bill would redefine juveniles as up to age 21 » Boston Globe In Massachusetts, suspected criminal offenders are typically prosecuted as adults if they are 18 or older. Last year, state lawmakers tried without success to raise the age to 19. And now there’s an…

Labor

4 Worcester Organizations Awarded Youth Summer Job Grants » This Week in Worcester Four Worcester organizations are among 100 groups to receive youth summer job grants from Massachusetts’ Attorney General Maura Healey’s office.…

GE workers in Lynn reject labor deal, putting pact in peril » Boston Business Journal Members of a local union representing workers at General Electric Co.’s aviation plant in Lynn voted down a labor agreement on Tuesday, potentially killing the proposal for several thousand employee…

Non-profit sector wages up 20 percent since 2013 » State House News Service More than half a million people earn more than $36 billion in annual wages while working for non-profit organizations in Massachusetts, claiming a larger share of the state's workforce than the manufa…

GE’s Lynn workers told to 'prepare for strike’ after labor deal rejected » Boston Business Journal Members of a labor union representing thousands of General Electric Co. workers have voted down a proposed labor agreement, raising the possibility of a strike at GE’s Lynn plant and other locations…

Local Government

Funeral to be held at Brockton High for Mayor Carpenter » The Enterprise Funeral services for Bill Carpenter, the mayor of Brockton from 2014 until his death last Wednesday, are taking place in the auditorium of Brockton High School on Friday.…

Fall River mayor bumps potential billboard revenue to $300K » The Herald News It was an advertisement for advertisements Tuesday when Mayor Jasiel Correia held a press conference to announce the city’s “public-private” agreement to install electronic billboards throughout…

U.S. Conference of Mayors: Lynn is one of the ‘most livable’ cities in America » Lynn Daily News Item Mayor Thomas M. McGee has been recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors for his leadership in developing and implementing programs to improve the quality of life in Lynn and make it one of the “m…

Politics

Rachael Rollins delivers on a campaign promise » Boston Globe As a candidate for Suffolk County district attorney last year, Rachael Rollins made clear that, if elected, she intended to prosecute even fewer low-level crimes than the retiring incumbent, Dan Conle…

Liss-Riordan loans campaign $1 million for Markey challenge » Boston Globe Shannon Liss-Riordan, the Brookline labor attorney challenging US Senator Edward J. Markey in next year’s primary, has loaned her campaign $1 million for her effort to topple the incumbent, accordin…

Braintree councilor and mayoral candidate connected to RMV scandal » Wicked Local Braintree Tom Bowes oversees an RMV board that failed to process thousands of out-of-state notices of traffic violations.…

Stoughton's Rose to challenge Timilty for Senate » Wicked Local Randolph Jarred Rose, of Stoughton, will enter the race for Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth district for State Senate, a seat held by Walter Timilty, D-Milton. …

Public Health

Stop sending men to prison for addiction treatment, group recommends » Boston Globe A state advisory commission has recommended that the Legislature put an end to the practice of incarcerating men who are civilly committed for addiction treatment.…

Who gets abortions in Massachusetts? Here’s what the data show » Boston Globe Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would codify abortion rights in state law and remove barriers that now prevent women in certain circumstances from getting abortions.…

Forced treatment for addicts draws criticism » Newburyport News The state should scale back or eliminate a controversial law that allows people to be involuntarily committed to substance addiction treatment, according to a new report.…

Public Safety

Senators alarmed by medical parole regulations » State House News Service Just more than a year after the Legislature created a medical parole program under which terminally-ill or permanently-incapacitated inmates could be released from prison, a cadre of senators are spea…

Police investigating whether alt-right group is linked to fireworks incident near Bunker Hill Monument » Boston Globe Demonstrators who set off flares near the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown late Saturday had their faces covered, and law enforcement officials are trying to determine whether they are linked to an…

Dozens of officers searching for Pittsfield man who escaped custody » Berkshire Eagle More than 30 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies remain on the hunt for an inmate who escaped custody Monday afternoon at Berkshire Medical Center.…

State Finance

Gov: Budget delay not end of world » Lowell Sun With the state budget now more than a week late, the governor and House speaker on Monday dismissed a credit rating agency bulletin that deemed the late budget "a sign of governance weakness" in Massa…

Bay State lawmakers blow off their deadline. So what else is new? » Boston Globe In virtually every state of the union, the new fiscal year began on July 1, and in virtually every state of the union, the legislature passed a budget before the deadline arrived. Only in Massachusett…

Late budget isn’t a ‘governance weakness’ » Commonwealth Magazine But here’s 4 steps to speed things up …

State Government

Baker, DeLeo shrug off "governance weakness" criticism » Lowell Sun With the state budget now more than a week late, the governor and House speaker on Monday dismissed a credit rating agency bulletin that deemed the late budget "a sign of governance weakness" in Massa…

Transportation

A new program helps late-night workers in Boston get subsidized Lyft rides » Boston Globe Last call may signal the end of the party for Greater Boston’s nightlife revelers. But service workers — those who tend bar or run restaurants — still have a long night ahead of them to close th…

Riders to MBTA: ‘Stop lying to us!’ » Boston Herald T riders — outraged by the MBTA’s claim that a Red Line train was only briefly delayed Monday while they say they were trapped in suffocating heat — now say they can’t trust the MBTA.…

Baker says any RMV disciplinary action awaiting audit results » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker says any further disciplinary action at the Registry of Motor Vehicles won’t come until after the independent review he’s ordered — an audit an RMV watchdog says is a missed o…

Developers pressed to fund extra T service » Boston Globe As debate roars over how to fund improvements to Greater Boston’s dysfunctional mass transit system, state officials are increasingly pressuring real estate developers to pitch in.…

After declaring transit ‘state of emergency,’ Kendall leaders list the solutions they seek » Cambridge Day Leaders in Kendall Square have issued a transportation action plan as a follow-up to a June 24 letter to Gov. Charlie Baker and other top politicians saying the state’s “transportation crisis has …

Baker: We'll cooperate with legislative inquiry » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday afternoon that his administration would cooperate with a new legislative inquiry into why the Registry of Motor Vehicles failed to process notices of thousands of out-of…

At Aquarium Station, ‘Water Transportation’ Is A Multi-Million-Dollar Problem » WGBH In a bit of unintended irony, the train announcement for Aquarium Station on the Blue Line tells passengers it’s the stop to make a connection for water transportation.…

Lawmakers planning oversight hearing on RMV woes » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday afternoon that his administration would cooperate with a new legislative inquiry into why the Registry of Motor Vehicles failed to process notices of thousands of out-of…

Red Line ridership continues to lag » Commonwealth Magazine Numbers improve a bit, particularly at Quincy stations …

For these people, every day is leg day at Porter Square Station » Boston Globe It is the Mount Everest of the MBTA, a daunting ascent that pummels quads and sends heart rates racing. There are 199 steps of punishing incline, from the depths of Porter Square Station to the street…

Utilities

Rondon family of Lawrence settles with Columbia Gas over teen’s death » Boston Herald The family of Leonel Rondon, the 18-year-old from Lawrence who was killed in last September’s gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley, has settled its claims against Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, th…

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

MAYO

½    cup chopped fresh basil
1    clove garlic, finely chopped
2    pickled hot cherry peppers, chopped
Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1    cup mayonnaise
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. In a bowl, combine the basil, garlic, hot peppers, lemon rind and juice, and mayonnaise. Stir well.

2. Add salt and pepper and taste for seasoning. Add more lemon, salt, or pepper, if you like. Cover and refrigerate.

Directions

FRITTERS

4    large zucchini, shredded
2    tablespoons kosher salt, and more to taste
2    tablespoons olive oil
1    onion, chopped
2    cloves garlic, finely chopped
2    ears fresh corn, kernels removed
3    eggs
1½    cups panko breadcrumbs
½    cup flour
1    cup shredded Parmesan
Black pepper, to taste
½    cup vegetable oil


1. In a colander, toss zucchini with the 2 tablespoons salt. Place the colander over a bowl. Let it sit for 1 hour to drain. Squeeze with your hands to remove any remaining water.

2. Set the oven at 200 degrees.

3. In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the corn and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl. With paper towels, wipe out the skillet.

4. To the bowl of onions, add the zucchini, eggs, panko, flour, Parmesan, a pinch of salt, and black pepper. Stir well.

5. Set a metal cooling rack inside a rimmed baking sheet.

6. In the skillet over medium-high heat, heat ¼ cup of the vegetable oil. Working in batches, drop the batter in 2 tablespoon mounds and flatten lightly. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on the first side, or until browned on the bottom sides and firm enough to turn. Turn and cook the other sides for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the metal rack and keep warm in the oven. Use the remaining batter to fry more fritters, adding the remaining ¼ cup vegetable oil to the skillet when needed.

7. Serve hot with the spicy mayo.


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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