The Massachusetts Health Connector Authority Board meets to receive a status report on preparations for the yearly open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 31, 21st floor, One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9 a.m.
Kennedy tours health center
U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III tours the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and will discuss their work in mental and behavioral health, 20 Maverick Square, East Boston, 10 a.m.
Rosenberg on radio
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls into Boston Herald Radio for a live interview, Boston Herald Radio, 10 a.m.
Faith leaders and members of Freedom Massachusetts hold a press conference on how they plan to address new legal and political challenges to the recently passed transgender-rights law, King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont Street, 10:30 a.m.
The MassDevelopment board of directors will hold its monthly public board meeting with Housing and Economic Development secretary Jay Ash attending, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, 10:30 a.m.
State Athletics Commission
The State Athletic Commission holds a public hearing on proposed regulatory amendments related to contracts, tickets, weight classes, boxing contests, mixed martial arts contests, special rules for female unarmed combatants, prohibited acts and disciplinary actions and other issue, 50 Maple St., Milford, 11 a.m.
Chelsea Clinton campaigns at Wellesley College
Chelsea Clinton campaigns for Hillary Clinton at her mother’s alma mater and will be joined by U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Wellesley College, Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Ballroom, 106 Central St., 2:45 p.m.
ACLU and Rick Steves push for marijuana legalization
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts will host PBS travel expert Rick Steves for an event on marijuana legalization, Suffolk University Law School, First Floor Function Room, 120 Tremont St., 7 p.m.
Governor returns to Massachusetts
Gov. Charlie Baker returns to Massachusetts after a vacation in Ireland.
Tangled up in Nobel Prize
BREAKING NEWS: No kidding. Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the NYT reports.
Scott Brown stands by his man: ‘It’s a no-brainer for me’
As the New York Times reports on two women stepping forward to say that Donald Trump groped them “like an octopus,” former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, a past victim of sexual abuse, appears to be standing by his Republican presidential nominee, at least for now, saying Trump needs to focus on policy issues moving forward, reports the Herald’s Jules Crittenden. On Trump’s lewd 2005 open-microphone controversy, Brown said yesterday, “Voters will have to decide whether it moves the needle for them. They have to weigh that with Hillary Clinton’s lies and deceit. … I look at her tax policy, her support for sanctuary cities, loose borders, the fact that she has no plan for dealing with ISIS … it’s a no-brainer for me.” We’re going to assume Brown made his remarks before the two women openly claimed they were sexually accosted by Trump.
Stumpf’s retirement not enough for Warren
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s announcement that he would retire is a good start but that more needs to be done to atone for the scandal that has rocked the bank. “He’s 1 for 3,” Warren tweeted after news of Stumpf’s retirement broke, Christine Wang of CNBC reports. Warren added Stumpf still needs to return “every nickel he made during the scam” and face investigation by the SEC and the Department of Justice. “A bank CEO should not be able to oversee a massive fraud & simply walk away to enjoy his millions in retirement,” Warren said in another tweet.
Moulton morphs into star Dem surrogate
Running unopposed for re-election to the U.S. House, Seth Moulton still finds himself in demand on the campaign trail, Paul Leighton of the Salem News reports. Moulton has appeared at rallies for candidates up and down the ballot, including Hillary Clinton—for whom he’s traveled to Ohio and New York— and N.H. governor Maggie Hassan.
Hell knows no fury like a Satanist scorned
Local Satanists are in a fire-and-brimstone-like fury over the Boston City Council’s refusal to let them preach during the invocation that opens official council meetings, the Herald’s Dan Atkinson reports. “Our goal is not to sacrifice humans. That is not the mission statement of the temple,” said Travis LeSaffre, head of the Boston chapter of the National Satanic Temple. “People who are unwilling to accept Satan as a figurehead of eternal rebellion tend to be more close-minded.” He said he’s “shocked” that city councilors didn’t respond to his request that they sponsor his invocation.
Green Line is No. 1 … in derailments
The MBTA’s Green Line experienced the highest number of light rail train derailments in the country last year, at seven incidents, and it’s currently at five derailments so far this year, reports the Globe’s Nicole Dungca. It’s not exactly a top-ranking score the T will be publicizing any time soon.
Meanwhile, as T workers rally against privatization, transit bosses head off on San Fran junket
From the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld: “Four MBTA and MassDOT honchos — apparently undeterred by a financial crisis and angry protests over outsourcing jobs — took off this week for a five-day, taxpayer-funded transit conference in San Francisco featuring kayaking, a chocolate and coffee tour and a karaoke party.” One of those attending the “Rail-Volution” conference is an architect of Gov. Charlie Baker’s financial reform plan.
From the Globe’s Nicole Dungca: At a pro-union rally yesterday at Faneuil Hall, state Sen. Marc Pacheco, the architect of the state’s anti-privatization law that legislators specifically exempted the T from, called on lawmakers “go back into session to prevent more outsourcing at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.”
And back to the Herald: At the same pro-union rally, U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch nevertheless urged workers not to “abuse” the T system. “If you see any of your brothers and sisters abusing the sick leave, or whatever they’re doing there, that has to stop.”
Amazon firings slammed by civil rights lawyers
Amazon’s decision to order contractors to fire drivers after changing its background check policy is disproportionately impacting minorities, a civil rights group charges. Locally, one delivery contractor, Sharon-based Miller’s Express, terminated 30 to 40 employees at Amazon’s direction based on the policy, reports Greg Ryan at the Boston Business Journal. The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice of Boston has written to Amazon to request more details on its policy change in what the group’s director said could be a step toward a civil rights lawsuit.
Pioneer Institute: Charter schools increasingly serving special needs kids
One of the major criticisms by those opposing the expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts is that charters are leaving behind special needs students for traditional schools to educate. Not true, says a new report from the conservative Pioneer Institute, which argues that charters are increasingly serving students with special needs, reports the Herald’s Kathleen McKiernan.
Jehlen miffed at Partners HealthCare’s $100K donation to pro-charter cause
Sen. Patricia Jehlen wants to know why Partners HealthCare, the largest health-care provider in the state, contributed $100,000 to supporters of Question 2, which would expand charter schools in Massachusetts, reports State House New Service’s Andy Metzger at the Telegram. “Please let me know how you believe that increasing the number of charter schools, while reducing the money available to district schools, will contribute to your mission of ‘enhancing patient care, teaching and research, and to taking a leadership role as an integrated health care system.’” Jehlen, a Question 2 opponent, wrote in a letter to Partners. Partners president and CEO Dr. David Torchiana said the organization provides more than $1 million annually to the Boston Public Schools and said its one-time charter donation was “driven by the issue of choice.”
Gift will put race in Greater Boston under a microscope
A $10 million gift to a Harvard University center will be used to launch a major study of poverty and race in Greater Boston, Laura Crimaldi and Andy Rosen report at the Globe. The donation from Glenn Hutchins to the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research will be used to send researchers into the area’s poorest neighborhoods to study how race, poverty and inequality interact.
If at first you don’t succeed: Mass Fiscal Alliance rolls out new tactics
From SHNS’s Andy Metzger at the Sentinal & Enterprise: “Barred by a new law from sending out election mailers about particular candidates without also listing its own donors, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has taken a new approach this election season, directing residents and businesses to check out its scorecard online.”
First-responders allowed to give more potent overdose antidote to save lives
From Christian Wade at the Eagle-Tribune: “Police officers, firefighters and other first-responders in Massachusetts will be allowed to carry more potent doses of the life-saving overdose antidote naloxone under new state guidelines. The changes, approved by the state Office of Emergency Medical Services, authorize emergency personnel to carry doses up to 4 milligrams of naloxone nasal spray, sold under the brand name Narcan. … Naloxone can reverse overdoses from heroin and other opioids, but first-responders say stronger or multiple doses are often needed to revive patients.”
Oops. Candidate’s name misspelled on ballots
The Telegram is reporting that Republican Sandra E. Slattery Biagetti, who is running for the 10th Worcester district state representative seat, is worried voters may get confused by the incorrect spelling of her name on absentee ballots. “The campaign said the incorrect listing was noticed on absentee ballots and reported to the Milford Town Clerk,” the Telegram reports. “According to the campaign, the official information and documentation were correctly submitted by MassGOP and the Biagetti campaign shortly after the Sept. 9 primary. Under the law, the secretary of state has the authority to reprint ballots to correct the error.”
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