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Governor tours new juvenile justice facility

Gov. Charlie Baker participates in a ribbon-cutting and guided tour at the Northeast Regional Youth Services Center, a new 45-bed residential facility for youth in the juvenile justice system, 33 Gregory St., Middleton, 10 a.m.

Healey and Walsh at Suffolk HQ groundbreaking

Attorney General Maura Healey and Mayor Marty Walsh will attend the groundbreaking of Suffolk Construction’s new headquarters, Suffolk Construction, 65 Allerton Street, Boston, 9:30 a.m.

New math program

Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston schools superintendent Thomas Chang announce a partnership with TechBoston Academy and New Classrooms to create the “Teach to One: Math” program, TechBoston Academy, 9 Peacevale Rd., Dorchester, 11 a.m.

Rally for janitors

Local faith leaders hold a rally to support Greater Boston janitors in the final hours of contract bargaining to avoid a strike that could affect 2,000 buildings, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St., Boston, 12 p.m.

Trump in New Hampshire

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a rally in the key swing state of New Hampshire, NH Sportsplex, 68 Technology Dr., Bedford, New Hampshire, 3 p.m.

Jeb Bush at Harvard

Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida who ran for president this year, will deliver the Edwin Godkin Lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, Harvard University Cambridge, 6 p.m.

Today’s Stories

‘Oh Jesus’: Trump’s financial ties to Dana-Farber questioned

Donald Trump’s foundation has raised big bucks for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute over the years, but the hospital has also paid Trump’s private club up to $150,000 a year since 2011 to host a major fundraising gala, raising the question about whether Trump is actually profiting off of the deal and raising additional questions about the world of high-dollar philanthropy in general, reports Ike Swetlitz at the Globe’s STAT News. The hospital says its relationship with Trump is purely business. Others, needless to say, disagree. You gotta check out the “Oh Jesus” quote from Dr. David Nathan, a board member at Dana-Farmer, when told about the relationship by STAT. He then bursts out laughing. Hey, you might as well laugh in the face of adversity, as they say, right?


Dueling endorsements on the charter school front

OK, so yesterday backers of Question 2, the ballot initiative that would lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts, got a major boost when the Bay State Banner, the state’s most influential African-American newspaper, announced its support for the measure, saying charter schools have shown “extraordinary academic success” over the years. And backers got an additional boost when the respected Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation issued a new report saying that charter schools are not siphoning dollars away from traditional public schools, as reported by the Herald’s Kathleen McKiernan.

But do those two developments outweigh U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent announcement that she’s opposing Question 2? From the Globe’s Joan Vennochi: “Bad news for Governor Charlie Baker and his quest to expand charter schools via a ballot question: Senator Elizabeth Warren just came out swinging against Question 2 … For Baker and other Question 2 supporters, that’s like watching David Ortiz step into the batters box. Hurt usually follows.”

Better late than never: New group formed to oppose Question 3

With just over a month to go before the November election, farm groups and the Retailers Association of Massachusetts have banded together to form a new organization opposed to the Question 3 ballot initiative that would restrict farm animal confinement and require that all eggs sold in the state must come from hens not crammed in tiny cages, reports SHNS’s Katie Lannan at the Herald News. The new Citizens Against Food Tax Injustice says Question 3, if passed, would cost consumers $249 million in higher food prices in the first year and effectively serve as a tax. Tax or not, most polls are showing Question 3 passing, so the new group is facing an uphill battle to change minds.

Herald News

Support for marijuana legalization reaches new high

Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana received more good poll news, as a new WBZ-UMass Amherst survey found that 53 percent of voters support Question 4, with 40 percent opposed, Kyle Scott Clauss of Boston Magazine reports. But the same poll found strong majorities against public pot use and marijuana advertising on television. An earlier WBUR poll found support for the initiative at 50 percent as well.

Boston magazine

Transgender law opponents say they have the signatures for a 2018 ballot showdown

Just what you wanted to know as the current ballot-question battles heat up over charter schools, marijuana legalization, animal rights and a slots parlor: Activists opposed to a new transgender-rights law say they now have enough signatures to get their repeal question on the 2018 ballot, according to a report at WBUR. Keep MA Safe says it has already exceeded in gathering the required 32,375 signatures to get on the ballot.


Dear potential T contractor: Hi, we’re with the carmen’s union

From the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld: “In a major escalation over the battle to privatize MBTA operations, the T’s largest union is warning firms bidding for a new contract to operate the scandal-plagued “money room” that they will have to hire union workers or face possible legal action. The transit agency’s acting general manager is calling the carmen’s union letter, obtained by the Herald, a ‘threat’ to intimidate firms from bidding for the contract.” Our first reaction to this report: Is Carmen Ortiz reading this?

Boston Herald

Ortiz: BLS on the right track on race

Speaking of Ortiz, just days after issuing a report finding Boston Latin School violated the civil rights of at least one student, the U.S. Attorney said she is optimistic that the school is on the right track to change the racial climate at the school, Milton J. Valencia of the Globe reports. She cited the school’s cooperation during the investigation and steps being taken by officials, including the hiring of a diversity officer. “Boston Latin School is a tremendously great school, it has a tremendous reputation, the students that go through it receive a tremendous education, and it still stands as a premier school. That being said, it doesn’t mean it didn’t have some serious issues that need to be addressed, issues associated with race.”

Boston Globe

He’s apparently not joking: Schilling eyes Warren’s seat, governor’s office, the White House and beyond

Count us among those who thought, and sort of still think, that Curt Schilling’s talk about running against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is just a bunch of malarkey from someone who likes to spout off too much and too often. But the former Red Sox star tells TMZ Sports that, no, really, he’s not joking about running for office one day, probably in Massachusetts. He names Warren’s seat, Baker’s seat (if Baker runs for president one day, which might be news to him) and even president. “I’d love to give the White House a try,” Schilling says. Again, we still maintain he must be joking, particularly after a new UMass-Amherst/WBZ poll shows him getting trounced by Warren. But you never know with Schilling these days. 


Ash bows out in Cambridge, not Charlestown

Jay Ash will be staying in the Baker administration, at least for now. The state’s secretary of housing and economic development has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position of Cambridge city manager, saying it is “not the right fit for me,” Jordan Graham of the Herald reports. Ash was one of three finalists for the position but emerged from interviews apparently at the back of the pack, with one of his interviewers saying he called the city ‘Charlestown’ in one of his answers. Ash stood to make more than double his salary: The city manager position pays $330,000 annually, making it the highest-paid municipal job in the state. 

Boston Herald

Former Brown Brothers Harriman exec tapped to head Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

Tim Connelly, most recently a general partner at international financial firm Brown Brothers Harriman, is the new executive director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the state agency focused on technology and the innovation economy, reports David Harris at the Boston Business Journal. “Tim Connelly possesses deep experience as a manager of complex organizations, and as a leader in private sector technology adoption,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement.


Contractor rep is confident a janitors strike can be averted

Contractor rep expresses confidence a janitors’ strike can be averted From the Globe’s Kathleen Conti: “The agency representing some of the region’s largest building maintenance contractors said it is confident it will reach a new contract with some 13,000 janitors before the end of the week, avoiding a walkout that could threaten thousands of office buildings in the Boston area.” Just in case, the Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ, and others are keeping the pressure on building owners and plan a noon rally today with faith leaders who support the demands of janitors.

Boston Globe

Baker off to Israel on trade mission

It’s official: After prior reports suggested Gov. Baker might be headed to Israel to strengthen economic ties between the Middle East country and Massachusetts, Baker’s office confirmed yesterday that he is indeed making his first international trade mission as governor by going to Israel in December, reports MassLive’s Shira Schoenberg. The mission, which will be held December 9 through 14, will include a delegation of 40 people from private businesses and a dozen from state government, with a focus on the cyber security and digital health industries, Schoenberg writes.


SJC raises bar for seizing cell phones

Police who want to seize a cellphone must have specific evidence the device was connected to a crime, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday in a case seen as strengthening privacy rights in the state, John R. Ellement reports in the Globe. The unanimous ruling involved a murder case that Boston police say they will proceed with despite being barred from using the evidence found on the phone.

Boston Globe

Drinks are on him: Glodis plans political-themed bar in Worcester

Guy Glodis, the former Worcester County Sheriff and onetime state representative and state senator, hopes to open The Ballot Box, a politics-themed bar in Worcester, Alban Murtishi of MassLive reports. The city’s licensing commission will hear Glodis’ application for a liquor license for the Kelly Square property that he has owned for the past decade. He said the bar will reflect Worcester’s political history, which Glodis has been immersed in since growing up. His father was also a state representative for 18 years.


Today’s Headlines


Bike, pedestrian advocates to press mayor on road safety – Boston Globe

Carmens Union bullies T bidders, GM says – Boston Herald

Jay Ash drops bid for job as Cambridge city manager – Boston Herald

Multi-million dollar condo sales are soaring in downtown Boston – Boston.com

Revere leaders: Just say no to ballot question 1 – WGBH


New poll shows voters in favor of legalizing marijuana – Boston Magazine

Curt Schilling says he’s getting more serious about his political career – Boston Magazine

SJC ruling makes it harder for police to seize cellphones – Boston Globe

Annual event is a big-money one for Dana Farber, Trump – Boston Globe

Former Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis planning to open The Ballot Box Bar, a political bar in Kelley Square – MassLive

Hospital to launch program for pregnant mothers, infants affected by opioid addiction – Gloucester Times

ZBA just says no. City board rejects a third medical marijuana shop – Berkshire Eagle

Amherst authorizes fines for water ban violations – Hampshire Gazette

For-profit college may sell campuses to company in India – Politico

Activists Say They Have Signatures Needed To Put Repeal Of Transgender Rights Law Before Voters – WBUR

Former Brown Brothers Harriman exec is new state tech agency chief – Boston Business Journal

Mass. leads nation in diagnosed concussions – Boston Business Journal


Trump fundraising record not all it appears – Politico

Congress overrides Obama to allow 9/11 suits against Saudis – New York Times

Donald Trump’s weight problem: He can’t stop talking about fat people – Washington Post

Steve Case: Why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton – Washington Post

Clinton, Sanders vow to make college affordable at UNH rally – Eagle-Tribune

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