Happening Today

Board of Higher Education

The Board of Higher Education will hold a meeting with Commissioner Carlos Santiago’s 2016 performance evaluation on the agenda and plans to take up motions related to buildings at campuses across the state, North Shore Community College, Frederick Berry Building, first floor, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, 10 a.m.


MassDevelopment holds a public hearing on the proposal by the American Antiquarian Society to borrow $20 million for an expansion project, 89 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, 10 a.m.

Health Care Pricing Commission

The special commission examining price variations among health care providers holds its second meeting, with plans to discuss rate adjustment factors, One Ashburton Place, 21st floor, 11 a.m.

Healey at Coming Out Day event

Attorney General Maura Healey, the first openly gay attorney general in the country, is the keynote speaker at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s LGBT & Allies Employee Resource Group’s event on National Coming Out Day, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Family Amphitheater, 2nd floor, 75 Francis St., Boston, 12 p.m.

‘Game Change’

To mark domestic violence awareness month, Attorney General Maura Healey will be joined by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and current and former Patriots players, to kick off the second year of Game Change: the Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership, Revere High School, 101 School St., Revere, 1:30 p.m.

Rick Steves pitches pot legalization at UMass

PBS travel expert Rick Steves will discuss why marijuana legalization is a form of “good citizenship,” UMass Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room, third floor, 200 Commonwealth Ave., Amherst, 7:30 p.m.

Vacationing in Ireland

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

Today’s Stories

Bump’s dilemma may mean a bump up for others

The sad death of Auditor Suzanne Bump’s husband last month has left her with a dilemma: What should she do with her late husband’s business that provides addiction relief therapy for workers at private firms and labor unions? Does she try to run both her public office and private business at the same time? Does she not run for re-election? Does she step down from office in the middle of her second term? The Globe’s Frank Phillips looks at the various scenarios, including the possibility of lawmakers (such as, oh, House Speaker Robert DeLeo) bumping up to a constitutional office should she resign early. Her staff says Bump will talk to the Globe later today.

Boston Globe

How do you disavow someone you’ve already disavowed?

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren seemed to be on indignation auto-pilot yesterday when she demanded that Gov. Charlie Baker, who has already disavowed Donald Trump, further disavow himself from Trump for his remarks about groping women, reports the Herald’s Bob McGovern. “It’s not enough,” Warren said. “It’s not enough to do this dance in, dance out and say, ‘Well I’m not voting for him, but on the other hand I’m not going to condemn what he said.’” A spokesman for Baker, who’s vacationing in Ireland, pointed to a weekend statement in which Baker condemned Trump’s comments as “disgusting,” reiterated that he will not vote for Trump or Hillary Clinton, and added he’s never supported Trump, McGovern writes.

Meanwhile, Paul F. Levy, a longtime state official writing at CommonWealth magazine, thinks Baker is giving a “terrible civics lesson” by saying he will refuse to cast a ballot for president. Instead, Baker should cast a ballot—and then just keep his decision to himself, he says. And that would make everyone feel better? 

Boston Herald

The Clintonites really were nervous about Liz

Speaking of the senator from Massachusetts, according to the new batch of alleged emails published by WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was quite nervous during the primaries that Elizabeth Warren might endorse Dem rival Bernie Sanders if the former secretary of state opposed a new Wall Street reform policy, reports Shannon Young at MassLive. “I am still worried that we will antagonize and activate Elizabeth Warren,” Mandy Grunwald, of Grunwald Communications, wrote. “I worry about Elizabeth deciding to endorse Bernie.” This is now the second leaked email batch raising questions about Clinton’s Wall Street connections, making one wonder what Warren, who has since endorsed Clinton, thinks about all of this. Maye she’ll demand a further clarification and disavowal from Clinton?


Baker gets along with most everyone, except for …

Gov. Baker continues to ride high in polls and somehow even manages to enlist Democrats to help bail him out of problems of his own making (such as for DCR spin control). But there is one group Baker has begun picking fights with: public-sector unions. The Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan explains.

Boston Globe

Congrats to local Nobel Prize winners – and thank you Camila Domonoske for explaining what they did

A big congratulations to Bengt Holmstrom, a Finnish citizen now at MIT, and Oliver Hart, born in England and now at Harvard, for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in economics for their groundbreaking work on contract theory. And a big thank you to NPR’s Camila Domonoske, writing at WGBH, for actually explaining why we should be impressed by their groundbreaking work. Seriously, in a few short sentences, she succinctly describes the significance of their theories.


While his colleague celebrates a Nobel Prize, MIT’s Gruber gets to wallow in the mud with Donald Trump

As the BBJ’s Jessica Bartlett puts it: “Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economics professor and an architect of Massachusetts health reform and the Affordable Care Act, has been out of the spotlight for months. But Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just dragged him back into it.” In case you forgot, Gruber is the one who advised Dems how to originally pitch ObamaCare by taking advantage of “the stupidity of the American voter.” Trump certainly didn’t forget Gruber, mentioning the MIT economist by name during Sunday night’s presidential debate. Yesterday, Gruber responded in an email: “My only comment is that last night showed the difference between a candidate with a strong and coherent health care agenda (Clinton) and one with a garbage salad of right wing talking points (Trump).”


Report: CLF has banked $700K by suing auto repair shops, marinas, saw mills and scrap yards

The Conservation Law Foundation has developed a sort of cottage industry of suing firms that have skirted environmental regulations intended to protect waterways from run-off pollution, nabbing over the years more than $700,000 in settlement fees and additional $516,150 in payments to local environmental groups doing remediation projects, Christian Wade reports at the Newburyport Daily News. CLF says firms are getting off light for years, and sometimes decades, of violating federal environmental run-off laws. But one marina owner who settled with the environmental group called the tactics “absolute blackmail.”

Newburyport Daily News

Ousted chief’s ‘angel’ program to undergo major changes

An attorney appointed by Gloucester’s mayor to serve as liaison to the ‘angel’ program developed by ousted Police Chief Leonard Campanello is now eyeing major changes to the program, Ray Lamont reports in the Salem News. Edward O’Reilly says he will move to refer non-Gloucester residents to the private Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative rather than having their requests for help handled by police. “The issue we’re trying to address is that as many as 80 percent of the people are non-Gloucester residents. We’re trying to ensure that the program will go forward, but that we can take some of the burden off the Gloucester Police Department,” O’Reilly said. So this means 80 percent of the program is being gutted, right?  

Salem News

The Community Preservation Act: Slipping under the radar?

Maybe it’s because so much money and time is being spent on other ballot questions. Maybe it’s just a good idea whose time has come. Either way, the city of Boston’s proposed Community Preservation Act — which would slap a 1 percent surcharge on property taxes to pay for housing, historical preservation and environmental protections – appears to be winning widespread support, or at least not attracting widespread opposition, in its second time around, reports the Globe’s Astead Herndon.

Boston Globe

Massachusetts remains a key presidential swing state – in terms of money

Though absolutely no one doubts which way Massachusetts will go in the presidential election in November, it continues to be a major swing state when it comes to campaign donations, though the $25 million raised here this election season is so far down from $37 million four years ago, reports Christian Wade at the Eagle-Tribune. “Hillary Clinton is grateful for the support she has received and continues to receive from Bay Staters,” said Julie McClain, Clinton’s spokeswoman for New Hampshire and Massachusetts, in an emailed statement. Clinton has received the lion’s share of donations at $13.5 million.


William F. Buckley Jr. nostalgia

MASSter List has another post on our Facebook page, this one on how a bout of William F. Buckley Jr. nostalgia seems to have broken out, first with the recent PBS premier of the 2015 documentary “Best of Enemies,” which looked at the classic 1968 television debates between the late conservative Buckley and his on-air liberal nemesis Gore Vidal, and now with a new book by MIT’s Heather Hendershot, a professor of film and media, “Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on the Firing Line.” What’s going on? Why all the William F. Buckley nostalgia? We take a stab at answering those questions. Check it out.

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Mass GOP chair fight

Here’s another potential intra-party headache for Charlie Baker: Anti-tax activist Steven Aylward plans to challenge Kirsten Hughes for chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party after the November election, reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. Doesn’t it seem Baker faces more problems from within his own party than he does from Democrats?


Watchdog group now supports Children’s expansion

The health watchdog group that had said the proposed $1 billion expansion of Boston Children’s Hospital would be harmful to consumers by reducing choice and driving up costs now supports the project, Jessica Bartlett reports in the Boston Business Journal. Stuart Altman, chairman of the Health Policy Commission, said the group now believes that conditions state regulators plan to impose are enough to address its concerns about price increases. “We raised the cost issues. Children’s said it would not raise the spending more than the benchmark. The conditions will hold them to it,” Altman said. 


Drugs top cause of DCF cases

Nearly a third of all child abuse and neglect cases referred to the Department of Children and Families stem from substance abuse, Matt Stout of the Herald reports, citing an analysis of data the newspaper obtained through a public records request. More than 14,000 of the nearly 48,000 cases referred to DCF between March and September were traced back to substance abuse in some way.

Boston Herald

Dracut public access TV dustup goes to court

A Dracut couple sought a criminal complaint against a public access TV talk show host who said on air that “if they cross me, I’ll kill them,” Todd Feathers of the Lowell Sun reports. Gay and Bob Corey asked a judge to issue criminal charges against Brian Bond, a former member of the Housing Authority and now host of The Dracut Connection, who has been a target of criticism from the couple, in connection with the Sept. 29 episode. 

Lowell Sun

Today’s Headlines


Support builds for tax hike to boost affordable housing in Boston – Boston Globe

GE puts philanthropic muscle into opioid fight – Boston Globe

State group now supports Boston Children’s $1B expansion – Boston Business Journal

Joe Kelly leaving playoff tickets for Ken Bone – Boston Magazine


Governor, please vote for president – CommonWealth Magazine

Harvard, MIT economists win Nobel Prize – Boston Magazine

After debate, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber called out by Trump says candidate offering ‘garbage salad’ – MassLive

Substance abuse cited as number 1 reason for DCF cases – Boston Herald

Framingham: Shoppers World project on hold – MetroWest Daily News

South Shore Trump backers stand by their man – Patriot Ledger

Mass. raises big bucks for presidential hopefuls – Salem News

Chatham town leaders subpoenaed in parking lot suit – Cape Cod Times

Dell-EMC confirms layoffs – Boston Business Journal

Youth sports injuries increasing as Mass. leads nation in concussion diagnoses – Standard-Times


Hillary and Al’s change of climate – Politico

House Democrats believe Trump troubles give them real shot at retaking majority – Washington Post

Buffett calls Trump’s bluff and releases his tax data – New York Times

Despite buildup, ratings for debate take a nosedive – Boston.com

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