Happening Today

Charter debate

Somerville Sen. Patricia Jehlen debates Democrats for Education Reform’s Liam Kerr on the charter school cap and outside money spent in Jehlen’s primary race against Cambridge city counselor Leland Cheung, State House, Room 51. Note: Closed to the public, open to press. The event will be webcast by moderator Mike Deehan on his Facebook page, 12 p.m.

‘Doors and drinks’ canvassing

Sen. James Eldridge joins House candidate Moses Dixon for “doors and drinks” canvassing in Worcester, with Dixon facing Douglas Belanger in the Democratic primary, 29 Endicott St., Worcester, 5:30 p.m.

Today’s Stories

GOP conservatives: Baker should fire DCR chiefs over party flap

Conservative Republicans are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican often at odds with the right wing of his party, to fire Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioner Leo Roy and DCR deputy Matthew Sisk for whisking GOP party-goers around in state golf carts and organizing a pre-July Fourth bash at the condo of Ron Kaufman, the state’s Republican national committeeman, the Herald’s Joe Dwinell reports. “In the real world, both would be fired,” said Mary Lou Daxland, president of the conservative Massachusetts Republican Assembly. “You don’t do things like this. It’s a disgrace to the Republican Party.”

“I’m genuinely curious,” added MARA national director Brian Kennedy in a statement, as quoted by SHNS’s Colin Young (pay wall). “Don’t people usually end up in jail for stealing taxpayer resources instead of this ‘it’s all cool if he pays it back’ thing?” But the administration yesterday was standing by the decision to suspend the duo for a week without pay.

In a politically ironic twist as Baker fends off critics to his right, Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, said she sees no reason to investigate the controversy, though she called Roy and Sisk’s actions “intolerable” and unacceptable, according to the Herald. “I don’t think this is an issue of crimes,” Healey. “I think it was an issue of misuse and abuse of well-known and established state ethics law and policies. … You’ve got to take swift and immediate action.”

Political neophyte has Timilty on the ropes

The Globe’s Adrian Walker takes a look at the Democratic primary race to fill Sen. Brian Joyce’s seat – and finds that the heir apparent, state Rep. Walter Timilty, isn’t having such any easy time with political newcomer Nora Harrington, operator of a behavioral health practice in Milton and a self-avowed progressive’s progressive. “Timilty is at risk of being upset by Harrington, a first-time candidate who has pummeled him — mostly in absentia — for owning one of the most conservative voting records in the Legislature,” Walker writes.

Again, we sort of get a hoot out of the casual use of “conservative” to describe most anyone to the right of far left progressives in Massachusetts. But in Timilty’s case, he is indeed a social conservative on many issues and Harrington is hammering him for it.

Boston Globe

Quincy mayor suspends cop in pay case

A Quincy police lieutenant under federal indictment for lying about his work hours has been suspended without pay by Mayor Thomas Koch, Patrick Ronan of the Patriot Ledger reports. Lt. Thomas Corliss—who served a six-month unpaid suspension last year after an internal investigation—pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday to charges he exaggerated his hours and collected $11,000 in extra pay. Koch said he made the move after reviewing state law and the Patriot Ledger reports the president of the city council agrees it was the right move.

Patriot Ledger

Baker joins forces with those opposing economic boycotts of Israel

Gov. Charlie Baker is aligning himself with a campaign that’s seeking to counter those advocating putting economic pressure on Israel because of its treatment of Palestinians, the Globe’s Frank Phillips reports. Baker has signed a letter circulated among other governors by the American Jewish Committee that denounces the movement pushing for corporate boycotts of Israel, his aides have confirmed. The letter has been signed by 19 other governors and asserts the boycott effort is meant to “demonize” and “de-legitimize” Israel.

Boston Globe

Marijuana email dustup launches ballot season

After a relatively quiet summer, there are signs the rhetoric around the ballot initiative seeking to legalize marijuana is heating up rapidly. Opponents of Question 4 lashed out at a fundraising email sent by ballot proponents that argued legal pot would help ease the opioid crisis in the state, Gintautus Dumcius of MassLive reports. A letter signed by 45 opponents called the fundraising appeal “deeply troubling” and accused the pro-pot group of trying to confuse voters by conflating medical and recreational marijuana. 


Healey settles with CVS in dispute over opioid prescriptions

CVS Pharmacy, the giant drug store chain based in Rhode Island and started in the Boston area, has reached a settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office that would require CVS pharmacists to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program before dispensing certain opioid drugs, MassLive’s Shira Schoenberg reports. Healey said the $795,000 agreement is a first of its kind in the country and key to addressing an epidemic of opioid abuse. “Pharmacies are on the front lines of this epidemic,” Healey said. “They are the gatekeepers for powerful prescription drugs.”


DraftKings raises $153 million

After a rocky year of fending off regulators and various legal challenges, Boston-based DraftKings is back, airing TV ads galore with the start of the football season and raising a cool $153 million from investors. Among the fantasy sports company’s newest investors is Revolution Growth, the Washington, D.C. venture firm founded by Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, reports Sara Castellanos at the Boston Business Journal. Though DraftKings declined to disclose other investors in the latest round of fundraising, previous investors have included the Kraft Group, owner of the New England Patriots, and Cambridge-based Accomplice. Since its founding, DraftKings has raised $630 million in venture funding, Castellanos reports.



Reacting to our post yesterday on GateHouse Media’s plan to change the title of newspaper “reporters,” a MASSterList reader sent in a suggested new title: “Churnalist.” He notes he first came across the word in Nick Davies’ book Flat Earth News. There’s even an entry on ‘churnalism’ at Wikipedia: “Churnalism is a word coined to describe a form of journalism in which press releases, stories provided by news agencies, and other forms of pre-packaged material, instead of reported news, are used to create articles in newspapers and other news media.”

The Democratic battle to replace Rep. Ben Swan

Western Mass Politics & Insight’s Matt Szafranski takes a quick look at the Democratic primary race to fill the seat of retiring state Rep. Ben Swan, the long-time representative of the 11th Hampden District in Springfield. The candidates are Swan’s own son, Benjamin Swan Jr., political newcomer Kenneth Barnett, perennial candidate Larry Lawson and longtime city councilor Bud Williams. Based on what he saw at a recent debate aired on WWLP, Szafranski concludes: “Aside from some banter on charter schools and guns, both critical issues to the district into which the debate did not dig deeply, there was little policy development from the candidates.” 


Brockton charter awaits word on fate

The state’s public schools commissioner is expected to decide at least the short-term fate of a would-be Brockton charter school that is asking for permission to temporarily open in Norwood as its original location remains under renovation and is not ready for occupancy, Marc Larocque of the Enterprise reports. New Heights Charter School has been under fire from city officials and parents for its inability to finish work on a school facility—it is renovating a former Verizon building but has run into permitting and zoning issues—before the school year started. The commissioner’s decision is expected on Friday.


Natick looks to encourage microbreweries

The town of Natick is drafting zoning regulations to place before voters this fall that would encourage development of microbreweries in some areas, Brian Benson of the MetroWest Daily News reports. Development officials say they have heard from some potential brewers, wineries and distilleries about moving into the community but current zoning is unwelcoming.

MetroWest Daily News

Curtatone invites Trump to his ‘sanctuary city’

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone is hitting back at GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s pledge to eliminate sanctuary cities, where police do not detain undocumented immigrants for their status alone, Nik DeCosta-Klipa of Boston.com reports. “If Donald Trump really wanted to learn about building communities, he wouldn’t go to Mexico—he’d come to Somerville,” Curtatone said. Somerville has been a sanctuary city for 30 years and since that time violent crime has declined significantly, the mayor said.


RIP: F. Gorham Brigham Jr.

Boston’s business community has lost a true giant. F. Gorham Brigham Jr., a well-known finance executive within banking and philanthropic circles, died Thursday morning at the age of 101, reports Greg Ryan at the Boston Business Journal. To those not wired into the financial and accounting community in Boston, it’s hard to convey how respected and even beloved Brigham was to so many. He was constantly urging young accountants and others to give back to their community, whether it was serving on a local school board or getting involved with charities or just being an active member of Financial Executives International and the Treasurers’ Club of Boston, business groups he long supported. A World War II vet, Brigham worked at a number of banks over the years, most recently at Citizens Bank. But he will be best remembered for being an old-school role model and mentor with a wide network of friends and colleagues who he was constantly encouraging and inspiring to do more for society. He will be missed. RIP, F. Gorham Brigham.


Sunday public affairs TV

Keller at Large, WBZ TV Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. Republican strategist Charley Manning and freelance writer Joanna Weiss participate in a roundtable discussion about the presidential race with host, Jon Keller. 

This Week in Business, NECN, 11 a.m. Repeat of last week’s show: Mass Taxpayers Foundation president Eileen McAnneny looks ahead to the fall legislative agenda; Lark Hotels CEO Rob Blood gives an insider view of the boutique hotel business; and Boston Business Journal editor Doug Banks weighs in on a number of issues.  

On The Record, WCVB TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. Discussion of ballot question 2 on whether the cap on charter schools should be lifted, with Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (opposed) and Marty Walz, chair of Democrats for Education Reform (proponent).

CEO Corner, NECN, 11:30 a.m. Repeat of last week’s show: Huntington Theatre managing director Michael Maso shares the behind-the-scenes work involved in keeping the theatre on Huntington Avenue and he talks about plans to revitalize the space. 

CityLine, WCVB TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s focus: Fall into Art, a look at Boston booming arts scene.

Have a great holiday weekend – and see you on Tuesday

MASSterList will be taking Monday’s Labor Day holiday off like most everyone else, so we’ll see you first thing Tuesday morning. Have a great weekend, everyone.

Today’s Headlines


Harvard fundraising campaign tops $7B, sets record – Boston Globe

For Boston’s move-in week, inspectors seek to ensure student housing is ‘safe, clean and inhabitable’ – WBUR

Somerville Mayor says Trump should visit this ‘sanctuary city’ – Boston.com

New schools, closing still on the table – Boston Herald

Fundraising email leads to sparring between marijuana legalization opponents and proponents – MassLive


Start your IndyCar refunds – Boston Globe

More than 70 percent of Massachusetts now in severe drought or worse – MassLive

Table Talk Pies seeks tax deal to expand in South Worcester Industrial Park – Telegram & Gazette

DraftKings gets $150M investment – Boston Globe

Framingham golf course to be soldier condo development – MetroWest Daily News

Natick explores zoning change for microbreweries – MetroWest Daily News

Election scam thwarted in Hingham – Patriot Ledger


Georgetown University to apologize for role in slavery – Washington Post

Clinton’s State Dept. schedules could go public before election day – Politico

How Trump charms wealthy donors in private by seeking their advice – Washington Post

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