Happening Today

Opening of Excel Academy

Gov. Charlie Baker participates in the opening of the Excel Academy, 401 Bremen Street, East Boston, 9 a.m.

New England Fishery Council

The New England Fishery Management Council kicks off a three-day meeting in Danvers, during which its members are expected to discuss their next steps after President Barack Obama designated a 4,913 square mile area southeast of Cape Cod as the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument, DoubleTree Hotel, 50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers, 9 a.m.

Lawmakers discuss gun violence

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian are among the scheduled speakers at the American College of Surgeons’ Massachusetts Chapter advocacy day, Great Hall, 9:30 a.m.

PRIM investment meeting

Treasurer Deb Goldberg attends a meeting of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board’s Investment Committee, with an agenda that includes discussion of public markets performance, hedge funds and other issues, 84 State St., second floor, 9:30 a.m.

Galvin outlines voter information

Secretary of State William Galvin holds a media availability to draw attention to the information booklets being mailed to every household around the state and to discuss other election matters, Room 116, 11 a.m.

Kennedy speaks at RFK ship-naming ceremony

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaks at the Navy ship-naming ceremony for the USNS Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, 11 a.m.

Disability rally

Members of the disability community and others will rally to protest new regulations cutting back caregiver overtime, outside State House, 11 a.m.

Treatment of farm animals debate

Proponents and opponents of Question 3 will debate the merits of regulating the treatment of farm animals, with the debate moderated by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti and the Globe’s Josh Miller, McCormack Theater, UMass Boston, 3 p.m.

Plymouth 400 Commission

The governor’s office has reserved the Grand Staircase to hold a swearing-in ceremony for members of the Plymouth 400 Commission, marking the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in Wampanoag territory to found Plymouth Colony, Grand Staircase, 4 p.m.

UMass Board of Trustees

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees holds a Committee of the Whole meeting, UMass Lowell, Moloney Hall Side B, University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St. – 2nd floor, Lowell, 4 p.m.

National pundits on presidential race

Bob Schieffer, former CBS News anchor and ‘Face the Nation’ moderator, will join Ann Compton, former ABC News White House correspondent, for a discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics on “Media, Politics & Power: Trump, Clinton & the 2016 Election,” 79 John F. Kennedy Street., Cambridge, 6 p.m.

Today’s Stories

Businesses are tilting toward … Clinton?

It may be a casual survey, but the Globe’s Beth Healy takes an interesting look at how those in various business sectors are reacting to presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They’re definitely split. But that’s good for the Democratic Clinton. Those in health care, higher ed, high tech and large swaths of financial services (especially venture capitalists) lean toward Clinton, Healy reports. Trump has some support within subsectors of financial services, but he’s mostly left business people confused and skeptical about his economic policies.

Boston Globe

Taking aim at AIM’s clout on Beacon Hill

There’s no doubt: The Associated Industries of Massachusetts has definitely emerged as the most outspoken and effective business group on Beacon Hill, especially in the House. And that concerns more liberal-minded lawmakers, who say the business group has recently played a key role in blocking all sorts of progressive legislation, such as recent pregnancy rights, wage theft and non-compete bills, reports the Globe’s Frank Phillips. “From my experience, AIM exercises veto power in the House,’’ says state Sen. Daniel A. Wolf, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

That’s mostly sour-grapes hyperbole, but AIM is indeed influential – and part of the reason is that it’s just plain good at researching and tracking bills, communicating its concerns with lawmakers, and, unlike other don’t-rock-the-boat business groups, it isn’t shy about blasting away if it doesn’t like something. It actually loses its share of legislative battles on Beacon Hill (particularly on energy and environmental matters, it seems), but it is indeed effective, as Phillips notes. 

Btw: AIM’s arch nemesis and equally effective counter-force on Beacon Hill? The Conservation Law Foundation.

Boston Globe

John Stumpf, meet Elizabeth Warren

Observers are expecting a very hot seat indeed for Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf today when he appears before the US Senate Banking Committee—especially with outspoken critic Sen. Elizabeth Warren ready to grill him. Matt Egan of CNN reports that banking analysts are predicting a tough day for the CEO as he faces off with Warren, who is on record as saying Stumpf and other executives should give back some of the tens of millions of dollars in bonuses they received based on incentives achieved with the creation of fake bank accounts and false overdraft charges. The company has already been fined $185 million in connection with the controversy.  


Lynch: Rail system is tempting soft target for terrorists

In the wake of multiple bombing attacks in New York and New Jersey, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is sounding alarms about the security of the heavily traveled Northeast rail system, Matt Stout of the Herald reports. Lynch notes that unlike airports, train depots such as South Station offer multiple points of access, making them inherently more difficult to secure. “The rail system is a point of particular concern for us because you’ve got five times as many people traveling by rail than you do by air every single day,” Lynch said.

Boston Herald

Baker still defying gravity

Morning Consult has a new survey showing that Gov. Charlie Baker is maintaining his sky-high approval ratings in Massachusetts. He may no longer be the most popular governor in the country, but with an approval rating of 70 percent, that’s no concern for Baker. 

Morning Consult

Why are Dems giving Baker a pass on patronage scandals?

The Herald’s Hillary Chabot wonders why Democrats aren’t pounding into Gov. Baker in the wake of reports of blatant patronage hirings at the Department of Conservation and Recreation and, most recently, within his cabinet-level office of energy and environmental affairs.

We’re going to take a wild guess, but we think the hesitancy might have something to do with the Morning Consult poll above and other surveys.

Boston Herald

To improve Red Line service: new cars, not refurbished cars, please

The MBTA’s board members were told yesterday what they already know (or should know): To really improve capacity and service on the Red Line, the T’s most heavily used subway line, it will take buying new train cars, not just refurbishing older cars, reports SHNS’s Colin Young at WBUR. It’s really not that complicated. Any transportation company – from airlines to ocean cargo firms to trucking companies – can verify that nothing beats the reliability of new planes, ships and vehicles. The question always comes down to money.


NBC inches closer to severing it ties with Channel 7

In the end, we thought NBC and WHDH-TV, Channel 7, would find a way to end their feud and make up, keeping Channel 7 within the NBC affiliate family. But it sure doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. The Globe’s Shirley Leung reports that NBCUniversal has agreed to buy a low-power television station, WTMU-LP in Boston, that could play a role in how the network launches its own Boston station in January. It’s not a huge investment by NBCUniversal ($100,000), but even corporate giants like NBC don’t casually throw money around like that.

Boston Globe

‘Congress is defending your right to Yelp’

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass, is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that customers who post negative reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor and other web sites are protected from legal retaliation by disgruntled businesses, reports the Associated Press at the Washington Post. “A lot of Americans, particularly in my generation, use those reviews,” says Kennedy. “You look at good reviews and you look at bad reviews and both of those are very important.”

Washington Post

Finally, House and Senate agree on review of ethics laws

Even though Senate President Stan Rosenberg has expressed skepticism about launching yet another commission to review the state’s various ethics and lobbying laws, the House and Senate have finally agreed to go along with Speaker Robert DeLeo’s call for a comprehensive look at ethics rules, reports SHNS’ Matt Murphy. Note: Rosenberg isn’t against new ethics rules and reforms. He’s merely questioned whether such commissions actually lead to anything meaningful.


Marathon sprints to the aid of ousted Reggie Lewis Center director

Marathon Sports is backing potential legislation that would split the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center off from Roxbury Community College, following the ouster of the long-time director of the center, reports Don Seiffert at the Boston Business Journal. In an email, the Waltham-based sports retailer warned subscribers that the move threatens the future of high school track and field in Massachusetts because of the center’s prominence within the sports community. Last week, the Globe’s Adrian Walker reported on yet the latest controversy to engulf the community college.


Early Christmas wish list: State accepts applications for bridge repair funds

Applications for state funds to repair municipal bridges will be accepted through October 31, the result of legislation signed by Gov. Baker in August that authorized $50 million over five years for municipally-owned bridges, with spans between 10 and 20 feet, that are in rough shape and not eligible for federal aid, reports Mary Serreze at MassLive. There are around 1,300 such bridges statewide.


Unlike Moulton, Clark still struggling with marijuana ballot question

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has admitted he inhaled in college and has endorsed the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot, but U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark says she’s still not certain what her position is on the controversial referendum question. “To be frank, the marijuana ballot question is one that I’m still wrestling with,” she said yesterday, reports MassLive’s Gintautas Dumcius. “I’m not sure that prohibition is going to be something that we can continue to sustain, but I also think we have to be very careful around some areas, especially to do with the edibles … I think we’ve seen a lot of problems with that, attractions for kids. I think some of the research around the effect on people’s brains is something we have to be concerned with.”


Opposition research fodder: Curt Schilling to pay $2.5M to settle 38 Studios debacle

Not that they’re overly concerned, but one assumes Elizabeth Warren’s staff is keeping loose tabs on Curt Schilling, just in case he’s not joking about running for her Senate seat, and so this one is destined for their campaign clip file: The ex-Red Sox star and others have agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle their part of a lawsuit brought over Rhode Island’s truly foolish $75 million investment in 38 Studios, Schilling’s failed video game company, the Associated Press reports at WGBH.


Gloucester hires attorney to probe police chief

Wakefield attorney Thomas A. Mullen will lead an investigation into unspecified issues that led to high-profile Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello being placed on paid administrative leave, Ray Lamont of the Gloucester Times reports. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken also said Monday the city is considering hiring a separate firm for a full audit of the police department.

Gloucester Times

Cabbies to Cambridge: Lower the bar for us, too

Taxi companies in Cambridge are changing course in their bid to level the playing field with ride-hailing companies such as Uber, asking the city to let them follow the same rules as their upstart rivals, Adam Vaccaro of the Globe reports. An attorney for the cabbies said Cambridge could allow taxis to set their own rates—they are currently determined by the city—and relax rules on how old cabs can be.

Boston Globe

Today’s Headlines


In Cambridge, taxi drivers take different approach in Uber battle – Boston Globe

MBTA signs lucrative ad contract – CommonWealth Magazine

H&M discards downtown store – Boston Herald


Business lobby holds new sway on Beacon Hill – Boston Globe

Lynch: Rail system vulnerable to attack – Boston Herald

Much support, some concern, at public forum for Northampton refugee resettlement – MassLive

Greenfield school board violated open meeting law, AG rules – MassLive

Attorney to head chief probe – Gloucester Times

Wolf, Peake endorse Cyr in Senate race – Cape Cod Times

Long empty Worcester State Hospital site to be redeveloped into biomanufacturing space – Boston Business Journal

UMass Lowell scraps doctor of pharmacy program – Lowell Sun


Christie knew about bridge lane closings as they happened, prosecutors say – New York Times

If Trump wins, blame Obamacare – Washington Post

George H.W. Bush to vote for Hillary – Politico

Analysis: Trump tax plan would cost trillions, boost incomes for rich – WGBH

What to expect at the Wells Fargo hearing – Boston Globe

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