Flag Day ceremony
As the nation reels from the most recent terrorist attack, Secretary of State William Galvin will host schoolchildren from Fall River, New Bedford, Weymouth, and Northborough at a Flag Day ceremony at the State House, Nurses Hall, 10:30 a.m.
Higher-ed sick day and vacation time policies
The Board of Higher Education meets at Worcester State University to vote on changes to sick leave and vacation time policies that apply to approximately 1,650 non-unit professionals at the state’s 15 community colleges and nine state universities, May Street Auditorium, 280 May St., Worcester, 9 a.m.
Pine Street Inn graduation
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at a graduation ceremony for Pine Street Inn, which “celebrates individuals who are moving beyond homelessness through job training, employment and housing,” 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, 11:45 a.m.
Gov. Baker joins Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to announce nominations to the Supreme Judicial Court, Room 157, 3:15 p.m.
Vigils for Orlando victims sprout up across the state
Across the country and globe, there were numerous major-city vigils for the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack over the weekend. Boston was among them. But there were numerous smaller vigils planned across Massachusetts as well, including in Springfield and Holyoke and Wellesley and Weston and Salem – and we’re sure we’ve missed many others.
Sources: MassLive and Wicked Local
Free advice to Dems: Talk terrorism, not gun control
The concern about easy access to assault rifles and other weapons used in massed shootings is a perfectly legitimate issue to raise after a tragic event like we saw in Orlando over the weekend. But here’s the thing: It’s not uppermost in the minds of the majority of Americans — and it’s not uppermost in the minds of the rest of the world, as the New York Times makes clear in this story: “Judging from the initial reaction, the attack in Florida resonated globally on Monday not as an American anomaly, but because it felt so universal. Orlando now takes a place with Paris, Brussels, Beirut, Bamako, San Bernardino and other cities struck by different incarnations of terrorism in recent years.”
Bottom line: Dem liberals need to get out of the cocoon and realize that Donald Trump is indeed doubling down, as the Herald puts it, on his obnoxious anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, tough-on-terrorism rhetoric that’s resonating with a lot of people. He’s filling a partial political void. Again, gun control is a legit issue, but it’s not as central as some think in an age of terrorists using planes, box cutters, suicide vests, pressure-cooker bombs, knives, car bombs and other weapons to kill.
Barney Frank escapes the cocoon, calls for more ‘significant surveillance’
Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank isn’t falling for the it’s-all-about-gun-control argument. Frank, who is gay, says radical Islamists are now clearly targeting members of the LGBT community and the government needs to employ “significant surveillance” of such radicals in order to stop future attacks, reports the New York Times. “It’s an attack against gay people,” he said. “It reflects the virulence of the hatred in this sector of Islam. … Yes, the overwhelming majority of Muslims don’t do this, but there is clearly, sadly, an element in the interpretation of Islam that has some currency, some interpretation in the Middle East that encourages killing people — and L.G.B.T. people are on that list.”
The Herald’s Peter Gelzinis talked with Frank, who very reluctantly and very uncomfortably concedes that Donald Trump is right about the need to step up surveillance of Islamic radicals who spout hatred and pose potential threats. … NYT piece via MassLive.
‘Just like Tamerlan Tsarnaev’
The Globe’s Joan Vennochi nails it: The FBI keeps missing the warning signs in these ‘lone wolf’ and other terrorist attacks.
Baker: ‘This one hit close to home’
WCVB TV has a short video of Gov. Charlie’s Baker’s remarks about how he spoke Sunday night with his brother, who is gay, about the horrific shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. “This one hit close to home,” Baker said.
Meanwhile, Matt Murphy of State House New Service (pay wall) reports on the steps the Baker administration is taking to increase security around the state, though the governor downplayed any connection between the Orlando mass murder and the Boston Marathon attack, despite the Orlando suspect’s 911 calls praising the Boston Marathon bombers.
Shares of Springfield’s Smith & Wesson rise after Orlando tragedy
It happens every time after a mass shooting and subsequent calls for gun reforms in America: The shares of gun manufacturers spike, as people rush to buy weapons for protection and before any new laws are passed. It happened again yesterday, with shares of Springfield’s Smith & Wesson rising nearly 7 percent yesterday following the Orlando mass killings, reports the Boston Business Journal’s David Harris. Other gun makers saw similar share spikes yesterday.
Baker’s chance to reshape the SJC
Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will announce the administration’s choices to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Judicial Court, appointments that would reshape the state’s highest court, according to Gintautas Dumcius of MassLive. We know this much: Reports have emerged that an Essex state judge, Robert Lowy, will be one of the picks and Baker is in line to replace two additional judges.
Now the entire House gets slapped with a fed subpoena
First it was the Senate to receive a highly unusual chamber-wide subpoena by the feds investigating the crossroads of Sen. Brian Joyce’s legislative and professional antics. Yesterday, it was the House’s turn to get hit with a sweeping subpoena, the Globe’s Joshua Miller reports. James C. Kennedy, the House’s chief legal counsel, said in a statement following Globe questions that the House “received a grand jury subpoena from the United States Attorney’s Office requesting certain records relating to an ongoing investigation of a member of the Senate” and that no “member of the House of Representatives (is) a target of this investigation.”
T pension chief retirement to be thrice as nice
Michael Mulhern, who said he plans to retire from his role overseeing the MBTA’s pension fund in part because of growing public scrutiny of its performance, is in line to receive three separate retirement payments from the state, Eric Rasmussen and Erin Smith of Fox25 News report. Mulhern already collects two payments worth nearly $150,000 a year from his time working at the T —from which he first retired at the age of 46— and since he took over the pension fund, taxpayers have set aside another $167,000 into a separate retirement fund.
The third rail of T reforms: Outsourcing
It’s becoming pretty clear that if there’s a third-rail to reforms at the T, it’s privatizing any of the public payroll jobs at the cash-strapped transit agency. The latest evidence: Lawmakers and T workers yesterday were harshly criticizing potential plans to outsource jobs in the MBTA’s dysfunctional warehouse operations, reports the Globe’s Nicole Dungca. The T maintains the system is “completely broken” but outsourcing critics say there are no guarantees outsourcing will lead to lower costs and better service. It’ll be curious how steadfast the T’s control board will be on the overall issue of outsourcing.
Judge: Court and probation officials acted properly in cop-killer case
All the judges and probation officers involved in the case of accused cop-killer Jorge Zambrano – who was allowed to walk the streets, despite a long record of nasty run-ins with the law, before he allegedly gunned down an Auburn police officer last month – complied with appropriate protocols and court-system procedures, a new report by an investigating judge has found, according to the Telegram’s Samantha Allen. But the review by District Court Chief Justice Paul C. Dawley makes six reform recommendations, including allowing probation officers to be heard in court hearings and letting judges review past documents related to the defendant, Allen writes.
Question: Are you surprised by the review’s findings? We bet most of you are like us: Not at all. The issue wasn’t about people following proper protocols and procedures. It was about a system-wide breakdown in common-sense judgment.
Embattled DraftKings and FanDuel forced into merger talks by desperate investors
Weakened by fierce opposition to daily fantasy sport games, Boston’s DraftKings, one of whose investors is the owner of the New England Patriots, and New York’s FanDuel are now talking about merging, reports BostInno’s Dylan Martin, citing numerous published reports. The once bitter rivals are being forced into the shotgun marriage by their respective investors, who have seen the value of the two firms plummet since politicians across the country launched attacks on their gambling-like operations.
Not enough rooms at the convention center inn
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Executive Director David Gibbons says the city needs an additional 1,800 hotel rooms within a half mile of the South Boston convention center to keep it viable, but believes they can be added by private developers without public subsidies, Donna Goodison of the Herald reports. The agency says long-range bookings are beginning to decline in the face of a shortage of hotel rooms. “In a market this strong,” Gibbons said, “we shouldn’t have to subsidize it.”
Apartment tenants will fight UMass Lowell takeover
Tenants of a Lowell apartment complex say they will fight the conversion of the property to student housing in the wake of its purchase by UMass Lowell, Grant Welker of the Lowell Sun reports. A petition calling on the current owner to halt the $61.5 million sale is circulating and tenants plan to converge on an upcoming City Council meeting to press for intervention.
Brockton pols battle over police OT budget
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter is locked in a back-and-forth with the City Council over how much money to set aside for police overtime in next year’s budget, Marc Larocque of The Enterprise reports. The council cut Carpenter’s $1 million line item to $777,000, a level that the mayor says will force the cancellation of walking patrols in the downtown business district and other changes. “It’s mind-boggling that they are playing politics with the police budget,” Carpenter said.
Romney jumps back into the ring – wrestling ring, that is
Mitt Romney boldly took on Evander Holyfield in the boxing ring for charity. On Saturday night, the former Massachusetts governor, Republican presidential candidate and recent Trump basher-in-chief jumped in the ring again for charity, this time donning a cape and Nacho Libre mask to dispatch evil professional wrestlers, Kyle Scott Clauss of Boston magazine reports. Got to hand it to Mitt: He’s a natural ham in the ring and looks like he’s having a lot of fun. Good for him.
A proud flag returns home for Flag Day
The oldest known Revolutionary American flag, with only 13 stars and stripes on it, will be available for public viewing at the Commonwealth Museum on Morrissey Boulevard, reports the Globe’s Steve Annear. One of the owners says the flag was flown at what’s now known as Fort Independence, on Castle Island, around the time of the Revolutionary War.
Convention center chief calls lack of waterfront hotel a major problem – Boston Globe
Hundreds turn out for Boston vigil – Boston Globe
Mayor Walsh: Boston ready to support Orlando any way possible – Boston Herald
Brigham nurses vote to authorize potential strike – Boston Business Journal
MBTA pension chief headed for triple dipper retirement – Fox25
JetBlue offers free flights for family, friends of Orlando shooting victims – Worcester Magazine
UMass Lowell eyes master plan to detail city payments – Lowell Sun
Tenants say they’ll fight plan to convert building to UML student housing – Lowell Sun
City kicks off Blueprint for Brockton listening tour Tuesday – Brockton Enterprise
Mayor, councilors accuse each other of playing politics with police overtime budget – Brockton Enterprise
Arthur S. DeMoulas seeks injunction over IRS audit – Lowell Sun
Report: DraftKings, FanDuel in merger talks – Boston Business Journal
Political notes: Cape Democrats mourn loss of Thelma Goldstein – Cape Cod Times
House to vote on bill to make Quincy College four-year school – Patriot Ledger
State working with central Mass. schools to reduce excessive student discipline – Telegram & Gazette
State camera project puts eyes on I-290 – Telegram & Gazette
Gov. Charlie Baker to announce his three picks for Mass. Supreme Judicial Court – MassLive
Springfield, state officials commit to discussions on absentee landlords, school discipline – MassLive
Mass. House is subpoenaed in Brian Joyce probe – Boston Globe
Review says courts handled Zambrano case properly – Boston Globe
Trump says he will revoke press credentials of Washington Post – Boston Globe
Warren, Markey allege conflict of interest in federal pipeline review – Patriot Ledger
Reps. Moulton, Clark refuse to take part in Congress’ moment of silence, call for gun policy change – Boston.com
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