Happening Today

Poverty Cycle Conference

Former Treasurer Steven Grossman and former Attorney General Martha Coakley each moderate panels on the final day of Economic Mobility Pathways’ biennial Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference, UMass Boston Campus Center, Grand Ballroom, Columbia Point, Boston, with Grossman’s panel on The New Business of Social Change starting at 9 a.m. and Coakley’s panel on Reinventing Philanthropy starting at 1:15 p.m.

South Coast Rail forum

Former Gov. Michael Dukakis will attend a South Coast Rail forum hosted by Sen. Marc Pacheco, the Business and Economic Advisory Council and Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Community College’s Taunton Center in the Silver City Galleria, 2 Galleria Mall Drive, Taunton, 4 p.m.

Vacationing in Ireland

Gov. Charlie Baker is vacationing in Ireland and will be returning to Massachusetts on Thursday.

Today’s Stories

Poll: Hillary’s lead in NH evaporates, Ayotte holds firm

From the Globe’s James Pindell: “The Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of likely New Hampshire voters earlier this week found Clinton with a slim lead over Trump, 44 percent to 42 percent. That’s well within the survey’s margin of error of 4.4 percent. The poll also showed Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte leading her challenger, Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, 47 percent to 41 percent.” Keeping the pressure on Clinton in the Granite State, Trump held a forum yesterday in New Hampshire that looked an awful lot like a prep session for Sunday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis. The moderator of Trump’s forum? The Herald’s Howie “God, I love show biz” Carr. 

Hillary could match her husband’s ’96 performance in Massachusetts

No surprise here: Hillary Clinton is absolutely crushing Donald Trump in Massachusetts among likely voters in November, according to a new poll by Western New England University Polling Institute. Her 58 percent support puts her ahead of Trump by 32 points in the Bay State, even with third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein pulling in 11 percent of likely voters. “Clinton holds a lead in Massachusetts comparable to her husband’s margin of victory here in 1996,” the institute notes. One word: Impressive, even for Massachusetts.

Western New England

Despite union’s action, T board approves Brink’s privatization deal

Seven members of the Carmen’s Union were arrested yesterday morning after they tried to block trucks from leaving the T’s money-room facility, as part of a protest over the T’s plans to privatize the cash-counting operations. Their protests didn’t work: The MBTA’s governing board later in the day approved a deal putting the private Brink’s Inc. in charge of the T’s cash handling, reports SHNS’s Andy Metzger at the BBJ.


Did Question 4 supporters stage manage the Grandma pot raid?

It’s a campaign gift from Ballot Question Heaven for supporters of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts: “Eighty-one-year-old grandmother Margaret ‘Peg’ Holcomb is still in a huff after state police and the National Guard deployed ground troops and a helicopter at her Amherst home and chopped down the 6-foot-tall marijuana plant growing out back with her raspberries.” The Herald’s Jessica Heslam goes on to report that Holcomb has grown a single pot plant in her backyard for years to keep her glaucoma under control.

Boston Herald

ACLU: Racial disparities persist in marijuana arrests

While not descending on pot-growing grannies with helicopters and SWAT teams, law enforcement authorities are also arresting minorities in greater numbers than whites for pot possession in the state, according to a new study by the ACLU, reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. The ACLU is supporting the Question 4 push to make recreational marijuana legal for adults.


Patronage scandals test Baker’s Mr. Fix-it image

From the Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan: “A series of small-bore scandals within the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs — involving misused emergency sirens and political intimidation — have tested Baker’s skill as a fix-it specialist.” Actually, the small-bore scandals seem to be testing his skills as a fix-is-in specialist. And he’s failing. But why quibble? Meanwhile, the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld talks to the state worker at the center of the plot by Baker’s GOP hacks to “coerce” her into pressuring her Democratic finance to drop out of a state senate race against a Republican. She remains “disappointed” and, it turns out, she’s still in talks with the governor’s office. Talks related to an investigation or a settlement? It’s not clear.

Gloucester chief exchanged 653 texts in one day?

Ousted Gloucester police chief Leonard Campanello has secured a settlement that allows him to retire with benefits rather than carry a termination notice for the rest of his life on his resume, reports Ray Lamont at the Gloucester Times. But it turns Campanello, the center of seemingly non-stop controversy in Gloucester, may also be a candidate for the Guinness Book of World Records with news that he recently exchanged 653 texts in a single day. The Globe’s Nestor Ramos, in a hilarious piece, tries to find out if that’s even possible, subjecting his poor wife to an entire day of trying to match Campanello’s torrid texting pace.

Boston Globe

Meanwhile, Bill Galvin entirely avoids emails

The complete opposite of Leonard Campanello is Secretary of State Bill Galvin, who doesn’t use work emails. “He does business without an email account,” Galvin spokesman Brian McNiff tells MassLive’s Dan Glaun. “It’s not mysterious.” Instead, Galvin, whose office enforces state public records laws, conducts all state business in person and by phone, letters and staffers monitoring the office’s general email account. No mention of phone texts.

In this digital age, it seems rather odd, but in a way it’s refreshing. Think of it this way: Who would you rather have as an employee, a text-happy Campanello or an email-eschewing Galvin? It’s not even close.


Healey launches inquiry of possible ‘criminal’ activity at Reggie Lewis Center

State Auditor Suzanne Bump said her office’s review of financial documents involving the Reggie Lewis Center may rise to the level that warrants a criminal investigation, not a mere audit, Don Seifert of the Boston Business Journal reports. Sure enough, the Globe’s Laura Krantz and Andy Rosen report that Attorney General Maura Healey’s office is indeed already looking into the situation as well, centering on fundraising money, or lack thereof. And the Globe today weighs in with an editorial calling for “a new direction” and new leadership for the track and field complex. “Running a top-rate track facility for the entire state isn’t central to the mission of Roxbury Community College, and it does appear that the track has become something of a distraction.”

In Worcester, Weld pledges allegiance — again

Former governor and current Libertarian vice presidential hopeful William Weld told a crowd in Worcester Thursday that he remains committed to the Libertarian ticket, despite recent pronouncements that he would focus his energy instead on trying to stop Donald Trump and despite his not-so-subtle signal that he plans to dump the Libertarian party after the election, Steven H. Foskett Jr. of the Telegram reports. Speaking before what Foskett calls “a crowd of dozens,” Weld reiterated his Trump-related fears—including Donald’s apparent ignorance of the Constitution—but said he remains loyal to running mate Gary Johnson. “I’m keeping my Libertarian hat on,” Weld said. 


Cape Wind drops state appeal

In what may be the surest sign that the Cape Wind project is dead but not yet quite forgotten, proponents have dropped an appeal that sought to extend state permits to allow the Nantucket Sound wind farm to connect to region’s electric grid, Ethan Genter of the Cape Cod Times reports. Attorneys for Cape Wind were supposed to file briefs with the SJC on Thursday but instead notified local officials they would drop their appeal. Opponents hailed the news and said they would now focus their efforts on getting federal leases already approved for the wind farm officially invalidated.

Cape Cod Times

Getting closer to a green light for Green Line extension

Federal officials are comfortable with the MBTA’s redesigned plan for extending the Green Line into Somerville and Medford, the T’s fiscal control board was told yesterday, edging the project closer to reality again, Bruce Mohl reports at CommonWealth Magazine. The T says it will wait until it hires new managers before pursuing $1 billion in federal funds for the project. 


Worcester licensing board not notifying ABCC of liquor violations

The Worcester Licensing Board is not notifying the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission when it issues violation notices, a lapse that could lead to the agency being more lenient to those breaking the rules, Tom Quinn of Worcester Magazine reports. One of the cases where the failure to follow the ABCC’s directive involves Rocky’s, the bar owned by former state representative and current candidate for his old seat John Fresolo. Local officials said they were unaware of the need to keep the ABCC posted on specific local action.

Worcester Magazine

Baker signs spending bill to close out budget

Gov. Baker has signed a $187.5 million spending bill that finally closes the books on the 2016 fiscal year. He vetoed two sections relating to adult education and the Department of Public Safety’s retained revenue, reports SHNS’s Katie Lannan at WGBH. “I appreciate the Legislature’s collaboration in enabling the Commonwealth to end fiscal year 2016 in balance and I am pleased to sign the vast majority of this bill into law, with the exception of two issues,” Baker wrote.


Sunday public affairs TV

Keller at Large, WBZ TV Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. With host Jon Keller, this week’s guest: James Pindell, political reporter at The Boston Globe, who will discuss the latest Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll out of New Hampshire, preview the second presidential debate and other political issues.

Chief Executives Club of Boston, NECN, 10 a.m. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft interviews Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.  

This Week in Business, NECN, 11 a.m. State Treasurer Deb Goldberg pushes for on-line lottery ticket sales; discussion of the Park and Pedal bike-to-work program, with founder David Montague and Newton Mayor Setti Warren; and Doug Banks, Boston Business Journal editor, reviews the latest national unemployment figures, the new producer for the July 4th Pops and other business issues.  

On The Record, WCVB TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. This week’s guest: U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano discusses political issues with host Ed Harding and State House reporter Janet Wu.

CEO Corner, NECN, 11:30 a.m. Guest: Richie Woodworth, president of Wolverine Boston Group, maker of Saucony, StrideRite, Sperry and Keds footwear.   

CityLine, WCVB TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s focus: Uplifting Voices, with inmates demanding better work wages and work/living conditions.

Today’s Headlines


Mayor Walsh to back Tompkins in party race – Boston Globe

Ground lease for landmark up for sale – Boston Herald

Justices tell Harvard students they can’t use courts to make the university do their bidding on climate change – Universal Hub

North End, Chinatown, South Boston waterfront have enough liquor licenses, board rules – Universal Hub

Green Line extension getting close – CommonWealth Magazine

Racketeering plea reinforces gang fears in Chelsea – WBUR


In a reversal, Gloucester police chief allowed to retire – Boston Globe

Mass. approves second deer hunt at Blue Hills – Boston Globe

Extent of Mass. drought unchanged since mid-September – Salem News

Cape Wind reverses, drops appeal – Cape Cod Times

Worcester licensing board not notifying ABCC of violations – Worcester Magazine

Lowell-area police: fake clown sightings not funny – Lowell Sun


Trump lobbied Congress to give real estate developers bigger tax breaks – Washington Post

Former Gov. Bill Weld says Donald Trump’s plans will tank economy – MassLive

Lobbyist advised Trump campaign while promoting Russian pipeline – Politico

Leaked DHS report reveals barely half of illegal border crossers caught – MassLive

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