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9:00am Generation Citizen Civics Day, Gardner Auditorium & Second Floor, State House, Boston

11:00am PERAC, 5 Middlesex Avenue, Suite 304, Somerville, MA 02145

11:00am Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Executive Session

11:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

4:30pm Alliance for Business Leadership Holiday Celebration, One Beacon Street, Boston

5:30pm First Year Party: Celebrating our Success in the Senate with Sen. Rebecca Rausch

6:00pm Sen. Nick Collins' December Fundraising Reception & Holiday Party

Must-Reads

Docs Would Question Patients About Guns Under Bill » State House News Service Training medical providers to ask patients about firearm ownership and storage will save lives and promote better safety practices, the city of Boston's health and human services chief told lawmakers …

Big biz group makes strides with board diversity » Boston Globe The 80-plus member organization changed its policy last week to allow its executive director, JD Chesloff, to establish relationships with outside groups to bring “diverse new voices” to the board…

Kim Janey claims votes to be next Boston City Council president » Boston Globe Janey, whose district is mostly centered in Roxbury, one of Boston’s poorest communities, would be the first council president from the neighborhood since the mid-1980s. She called her district the …

What’s behind the legislative budget stalemate » Commonwealth Magazine The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a more left-leaning think tank, seemed to prefer the Senate’s approach. The center says Massachusetts businesses received an estimated $4 billion in tax r…

WBUR Poll: Buttigieg, Biden Top N.H. Primary Race, While Warren's Support Slips » WBUR Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and former Vice President Joe Biden are leading the crowded Democratic presidential primary race in New Hampshire, according to a new WBUR poll. With the …

Elizabeth Warren Seeks a Second Act After Slip From the Top » New York Times She is taking on Pete Buttigieg directly, whacking at Mike Bloomberg and emphasizing her gender as the top woman left in the race.…

Exxon Wins New York Climate Change Fraud Case » NPR "Nothing in this opinion is intended to absolve ExxonMobil from responsibility for contributing to climate change through the emission of greenhouse gasses in the production of its fossil fuel product…

Biden signals to aides that he would serve only a single term » Politico Former Vice President Joe Biden’s top advisers and prominent Democrats outside the Biden campaign have recently revived a long-running debate whether Biden should publicly pledge to serve only one t…

‘A f—ing soap opera’: The health care drama riveting the White House » Politico While Washington focuses on impeachment, West Wing aides are buzzing about the vicious battle between two top Trump health aides.…

Impeach Trump. Save America. » New York Times It is the only thing to do if our country’s democracy is to survive.…

Dems fret trade deal helps Trump reelection » Politico “That is a concern. But there's always the dynamic of: ‘I'm in a deep-blue district so what do I know about winning over swing voters?’” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), alluding t…

Why a Progressive Democrat Was Dragged Out of an N.J. Senate Hearing » New York Times The confrontation exposed a deep rift among Democrats in a reliably blue state.…

Trade deal sparks divisions in K Street » Roll Call One of K Street’s top priorities, a revamped U.S. trade pact with Canada and Mexico, took a major step forward Tuesday, but not all sectors embraced the deal — potentially pitting big-spending org…

Meet the 2019 Bostonians of the Year: Andrew Lelling and Rachael Rollins » Boston Globe JUST BEFORE 10 O’CLOCK on a Wednesday morning in a dimly lit Quincy Market nightclub, the taps are shut off and an odd quiet hangs in the air. Forty or so Faneuil Hall pushcart merchants sit facing …

“I feel good and all I can say is, watch me, you’ll see,” he told the AP. “It doesn’t mean I would run a second term. I’m not going to make that judgment at this moment.”

Joe Biden

Answering questions as to whether he would run for a second term if elected.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Biden’s fiery response to voter could be a turning point — for good or ill » Boston Globe Almost 40 years ago, during a Republican presidential debate, disagreements arose as to the eligible participants, and Ronald Reagan angrily uttered six words that many feel elevated him to the nomina…

At Trump rally in Pa., loyalists say ‘the Democrats are helping us’ by pushing impeachment » Boston Globe A sham. A circus. A waste of time. A big lie. A trap. A farce. Bull. Those words are not from President Trump’s tweets. But the descriptions his loyalists used to describe impeachment as they awaite…

Battenfeld: Those impeachment articles will make great stump props for Trump » Boston Herald The Democrats’ move toward quick impeachment of President Trump assures that the issue will be front and center in the 2020 election and likely gives Trump a weapon to wield in his re-election bid.…

WBUR Poll: Buttigieg, Biden Top N.H. Primary Race, While Warren's Support Slips » New England Public Radio Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and former Vice President Joe Biden are leading the crowded Democratic presidential primary race in New Hampshire, according to a new WBUR poll. With the …

Howie Carr: Michael Horowitz’s FBI whitewash must grate on crooked fed Zip Connolly » Boston Herald Down in Florida, jailbird Zip Connolly must be wishing he’d been prosecuted by Michael Horowitz rather than John Durham.…

Business

At Massport, new CEO is ready for change » Boston Globe Lisa Wieland likes to knock on wood. That’s understandable for someone who runs an organization as complex as the Massachusetts Port Authority, which oversees three airports, the Port of Boston, and…

Athol Daily News announces layoffs, closes office » The Republican The 85-year-old Athol Daily News laid off staff workers Tuesday and closed its Exchange Street office, but it will continue publishing the newspaper out of Greenfield.…

Cannabis

Medical pot users await answers on vaping » Newburyport News Frank Shaw vapes medical marijuana to relieve discomfort in his feet from neuropathy, back pain and insomnia. The drug provides relief, he said, without the danger of addictive opioids.…

Crimes

AG charges Melrose couple with running a tech support scam targeting seniors » Boston Globe A married couple running a tech support business from their Melrose home has been sued by the state attorney general for allegedly charging consumers to fix nonexistent computer problems, in a scheme …

Education

Amherst teachers decry parent’s ‘abusive actions,’ call on administration to act » Gazette Net Fearing that a safe learning environment is being lost at the public schools, the head of the local teachers union is calling on the school administration to take immediate action to end a series of p…

Wheaton College in Norton probes third hate crime incident » The Sun Chronicle Wheaton College officials are investigating another hate crime incident, this time a swastika drawn in snow on a sign near the center of campus.…

Environment

Poll: Voters Back Compact to Reduce Transpo Emissions » State House News Service Voters in seven of the states participating in a nascent program to reduce transportation emissions, including Massachusetts, largely support the effort, according to a new poll.…

Elizabeth Warren is calling for a ‘Blue New Deal,’ too » Boston.com Sen. Elizabeth Warren has long supported a Green New Deal. Now, she’s also calling for a “Blue New Deal” to go with it.…

Federal

For Richard Neal, a steady focus on new trade deal » Boston Globe While House Democrats were publicly battling with President Trump over impeachment this fall, Representative Richard Neal was a key player in the final stages of a drama playing out behind the scenes:…

Health Care

Beth Israel Lahey expands orthopedic surgery care, using Baptist Hospital as model » Boston Globe Beth Israel Lahey Health on Wednesday launched an initiative to enhance orthopedic care at its community hospitals, the first clinical program to launch at the state’s second-largest health system s…

Proposed Senate bill would give residents more access to insulin » News 22 WWLP.com State lawmakers want to make insulin more accessible for the people who need it.…

After Ice Bucket campaign, researchers have optimism about insights into ALS puzzle » Boston Globe Five years after Pete Frates helped launch the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for ALS research, a surprising adjective describes the feelings of researchers studying the fatal disea…

Sanofi to restructure Newton diabetes startup Onduo, saying it 'over-invested' » Boston Business Journal Sanofi’s new CEO laid out plans Tuesday to shake up one of the Bay State’s biggest drug companies, potentially throwing its 3-year-old diabetes-focused startup Onduo for a loop.…

Housing

State grant is part of ‘largest housing investment’ in Holyoke neighborhood in a century, Mayor Alex Morse says » The Republican A $6.56 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for streetscape improvements around Carlos Vega Park in South Holyoke is part of the most substantial housing investment in the neighborhood in a…

Human Services

“Wonderfund” gives back to Springfield children in foster care » News 22 WWLP.com Thousands of children in the state’s foster care system won’t be left out this holiday season thanks to the generosity of others.…

Judiciary

Tsarnaev’s Attorneys Want Him Off Death Row. Here’s What They'll Argue » WBUR More than four years after Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for killing four people and wounding hundreds more, his attorneys will argue in a Boston courtroom Thursday w…

Labor

Polito announces $2.5M grant for advanced manufacturing » The Eagle Tribune Lt. Governor Karyn Polito was joined by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy and GLTS Superintendent John Lavoie Tuesday about 3:30 p.m. to announce a $2.5 million job training …

Report: Worcester area largely missing out on technology jobs » Worcester Business Journal New technology jobs powering economic growth in places like the Boston area and Silicon Valley have left out broad swaths of the country — including Greater Worcester, according to a report released…

Local Government

Measure to get Gardner bridge named for local World War II hero moving forward » The Gardner News James Kraskouskas, the owner of Anthony Liquor Mart, recently addressed lawmakers on Beacon Hill and asked them to consider naming the Pleasant Street Bridge after his uncle, Cpl. Lawrence Lukasaviciu…

Worcester City Council OKs petition to retain Columbus Day » Worcester Telegram Columbus Day is going to remain a holiday in the city, celebrated on the second Monday in October as it always has been.…

What Did Boston Google in 2019? » Boston Magazine Bostonians had a lot on their minds in 2019, and thanks to Google and its unfathomable stockpile of data on all of us, we now know what set us apart from the rest of the country.…

Politics

St. Guillen concedes City Council election that ended in a one-vote difference » Boston Globe Julia Mejia arrived at Boston City Hall Plaza Tuesday morning all smiles, taking selfies with passersby, finally — finally! — basking in her at-large City Council election victory. She had just at…

Clark, Trahan, Healey to Campaign for Warren in N.H. » State House News Service Congresswomen Katherine Clark and Lori Trahan and Attorney General Maura Healey are headed to New Hampshire this weekend to help the Warren campaign organize doorknockers from Derry to Manchester.…

Mejia Wins Boston City Council Recount By 1 Vote; St. Guillen Will Not Challenge » WBUR Community activist Julia Mejia is now officially the first Latina to serve as a Boston city councilor in the two-century history of the body, winning a recount over Alejandra St. Guillen by a single v…

Public Health

Fire department grants geared toward reducing cancer risk » Wicked Local Needham Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito today announced $920,000 in grant awards to 174 Massachusetts fire departments for gear and equipment that will reduce firefighters’ expos…

Kennedy joins rivals in backing supervised injection sites » Wicked Local Franklin Congressman Joseph Kennedy III urged U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling on Tuesday to back down from his promise to use federal drug laws to block supervised injection sites in Massachusetts if policymakers…

Massachusetts bills could change vaccination requirements » Boston Herald Two bills in legislation could restrict or change vaccine exemptions for Massachusetts children as the population of unvaccinated Bay State students increases.…

Boston kindergartens have some of the lowest measles vaccination rates in Mass. » Boston Herald Kindergartens in Boston have some of the lowest measles vaccination rates in the state…

Narcan overdose reversal kits installed in Northampton buildings » Gazette Net On the wall at Forbes Library next to shelves full of fiction books hangs a small box labeled “Opioid Rescue Kit.”…

The Mass. Ban On Vaping Product Sales Lifts Wednesday. Here's What You Need To Know » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration plans to lift the emergency vaping products sales ban Wednesday during a meeting of the state's Public Health Council. That means some products will again be avai…

Ban on vape sales in Massachusetts ends Wednesday — what happens next? » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker’s ban on vape sales will lift Wednesday, nearly three months after it started amid an outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries. Baker’s public health council will vote on re…

Public Safety

Police union’s role in body camera program is misrepresented » Boston Globe In “Police body cam rollout hits a snag” (Editorial, Dec. 9), the Globe seriously misrepresented both the Boston Police Department’s body camera program and the role of the Boston Police Patrolm…

Gov. Charlie Baker awards $920K in grants to fire departments for turnout gear, washer-extractors » The Metro West Daily News Firefighters have much higher rates of cancer than the residents they serve due to exposure to carcinogens often found on their gear. The grant funding will provide firefighters with safe gear.…

Ex-Rockland firefighter sues department, charging racial discrimination » Patriot Ledger A former Rockland firefighter has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the town of violating his civil rights and firing him in 2017 in part because he is black.…

State grants will help protect South Shore firefighters from chemicals » Patriot Ledger Over a dozen South Shore towns will receive grants to buy equipment that helps limit firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, the state announced Tuesday.…

State Finance

Massachusetts Revenue to Fade in Next Budget Cycle » Governing The state’s tax revenue growth for fiscal year 2021 is expected to slow down, with estimates for the coming fiscal year ranging from a low of 0.8 percent to a high of 3.5 percent.…

Budget impasse could sweep away House, Senate funds » Commonwealth Magazine IF THEY FAIL to reach a compromise before Wednesday afternoon, leaders of the House and Senate will lose out on tens of millions of dollars in budgetary allowances that have quietly accumulated for th…

Transportation

What kind of oversight does the T need today? » Commonwealth Magazine FOUR YEARS AGO, in the wake of Snowmageddon, Gov. Charlie Baker called for the creation of a new Fiscal and Management Control Board to oversee the MBTA.…

MBTA’s struggle to address safety at same time it rebuilds system may come down to money » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority says it has begun to whittle away at a few of the problems noted in a scathing report on safety procedures at the transit system, but officials warn that…

MA: Peabody trolley could take the form of dedicated bus lane » Mass Transit The next stop on the exploratory journey of the idea of trolley service linking Peabody Square with the Salem Commuter Rail Station would be to conduct an engineering study.…

Markey, Warren back replacement of Cape Cod Canal bridges » Cape Cod Times Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren have pledged their support for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plans to replace the Bourne and Sagamore bridges.…

Poll: Few know about transportation climate initiative » Commonwealth Magazine A NEW POLL indicates two-thirds of voters in major northeast states know little or nothing about an initiative expected to be unveiled shortly that would charge fuel distributors for the pollution the…

Auchincloss calls for action on MBTA » The Sun Chronicle Jake Auchincloss, a Democrat candidate for the 4th Congressional District called for "bold" action Monday in the wake of a report commissioned by the MBTA which said safety is not the agency's top pri…

I-91 in Western Massachusetts anticipated starting point for MassDOT highway renumbering » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will look to begin its highway renumbering project with 1-91 in Western Massachusetts, officials said.…

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces blond or brown ale
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1–2 canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 1–2 teaspoons sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 20 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Chopped scallions, for garnish

Directions

Melt butter in a big skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking continuously, about 1 minute (don’t let mixture brown). Add ale very slowly, still whisking, then add mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chilies and sauce, brown sugar, and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat, whisking continuously, until mixture is thickened and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cheese, whisking until melted. Top with scallions, if desired, and serve with tortilla chips or crusty bread.


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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