Last day to register
Today is the last day for Massachusetts residents to register to vote in the presidential election; voters can register online at RegisterToVoteMA.com, in person at their city or town hall, at the Registry of Motor Vehicles when applying for or renewing a license, or by mail if the proper registration form is postmarked today.
Bump on the air
Auditor Suzanne Bump is a scheduled guest on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” with Hillary Chabot and Jaclyn Cashman, Boston Herald Radio, 9:30 a.m.
The Governor’s Council meets through the day on a number of judicial appointments, starting at 10 a.m. and with other meetings at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Economic development conference
Gov. Charlie Baker hosts a half-day economic development conference, with House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and other state officials attending, DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, 1 p.m.
Biden in Boston
Vice President Joseph Biden is scheduled to speak at the Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate about the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a national anti-cancer effort, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Columbia Point, 3:30 p.m.
State rep debate
Republican Rep. Marc Lombardo of Billerica debates his Democratic challenger, Billerica Selectman George Simolaris. Billerica Access Television will tape the debate to post online, 25 Concord Rd., Billerica, 6 p.m.
Final presidential debate
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will square off for the third and final time in a presidential debate moderated by Fox News host Chris Wallace, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
Poll: Pot legalization is way ahead, while charter schools are failing the test
A new WBUR poll shows that support for the legalization of marijuana is growing among likely voters in Massachusetts, with 55 percent of those surveyed saying they back Question 4. That’s up from 50 percent last month, while opposition to legalization is falling, from 45 percent last month to 40 percent this month.
On the charter school front, the WBUR poll suggests that Question 2, which would lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts, may be headed to defeat, with 52 percent opposing the ballot initiative and 41 percent in favor. But keep in mind: The polls on Question 2 have been all over the map this election cycle. The contest is still up in the air, if other polls are factored into the guessing-game equation. On Question 3, voters overwhelmingly support passage of the ballot initiative that calls for more humane care of farm animals, while opposition to creating a new slots parlor in Revere is strong and getting stronger, the ‘BUR poll shows.
Revere voters reject slots parlor
In a non-binding election, voters in Revere dealt a major, though not necessarily fatal, blow to the proposal to add a slots-only casino in Revere, reports Adam Reilly at WGBH. The question, which proponents had hoped would act as springboard for next month’s statewide vote on Question 1, was defeated by a vote count of 2,970 to 1,574. “We have now taken out of their arsenal the talking point that Revere wants this, because we don’t,” Mayor Brian Arrigo said. And judging by the new WBUR poll results, statewide voters don’t want it either.
O’Malley tries to rally the faithful against Question 4
The polls show opponents of marijuana legalization are facing an uphill battle. But that isn’t stopping Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who met yesterday with dozens of interfaith leaders to discuss strategies to defeat Question 4. “To me, this is greed trumping common sense and also undermining the common good,” the Roman Catholic leader told the Globe. “It will change the culture of this state if this legislation is passed.”
Meanwhile, the Globe’s Adam Vaccaro looks at the big bucks the liquor industry is pouring into the Question 4 opposition efforts. Their motives really aren’t a mystery: Marijuana is a competitive vice.
Spending money to save money, T hires $1M privatization consultant
The T better get its money’s worth, because this doesn’t look good. Both Nicole Dungca at the Globe and Matt Stout at the Herald are reporting that the MBTA has agreed to pay $1 million to McKinsey & Company to study ways to save money, largely through “new operating models,” i.e. outsourcing. Technically, the story is ultimately about the T’s ongoing privatization effortss. But the office-cooler talk this morning is going to be about that one million smackers and why the rest of us didn’t get into the consulting racket.
Mercy for Sal, ‘however unsavory, unethical and awful his crimes’
Shraddha Gupta at the Sun Chronicle has the varied reactions of legislators to the news that federal prosecutors want to release Sal DiMasi early from prison. From Rep. Betty Poirier, R-North Attleboro: “I have compassion for him as he is dying. He will be able to die at home with his family.” From Rep. Paul Heroux, D-Attleboro: “If it were not for his medical condition, I would hope that the former speaker would serve the full term in federal prison as he deserves. … However unsavory, unethical and awful his crimes were, I do support medical release for some terminally ill inmates.” From Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk: “While I sympathize with his family, I worry that early release might send the wrong message. In this day and age, when the public sees many politicians as above the law, I worry that this will add to the prevalent mistrust in our government.”
Curt ‘TrumpLite’ Schilling’s latest non-declaration declaration
Curt Schilling has already said he wants to run against U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren in 2018. He’s also already said his wife Shonda will have a major say on whether he runs. But yesterday Schilling said he really intends to run (‘I’m going to run’). Except he still doesn’t have Shonda’s permission, reports Shannon Young at MassLive. … Meanwhile, Attorney General Maura Healey has performed a great public service by coming up with a new Schilling moniker: ‘TrumpLite.’ It’s a keeper! MassLive’s Gintautas Dumciushas more on Healey’s reaction to Curt’s latest non-declaration declaration.
Baker: Middleboro rail route ‘worth considering’
Gov. Charlie Baker said he supports exploring the option of extending commuter rail to the SouthCoast via the alternative Middleboro route, saying it could bring service years faster, Rebecca Hyman of the Taunton Gazette reports. Baker, who swung through Taunton to stump for Rep. Shauna O’Connell, said he supports giving residents option. But O’Connell and other Taunton officials are among those who have expressed opposition to the alternative route because it largely bypasses the city.
Boston parking issues honk off council members
A hearing on parking issues in Boston drew sharp contrasts among members of the Boston City Council, with some pushing for creation of more on-street spaces and others wanting to make more room for bikes and pedestrians, Dan Atkinson of the Herald reports. Although a study of parking issues is due out in a matter of weeks, some councilors want to move quickly to raise rates and install more meters to help fund enforcement of parking regulations.
Convention Center hotel back on track
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is poised to get a 1,000-plus room hotel built next door after all—and may do so without public subsidies. Jon Chesto of the Globe reports that the Massachusetts Port Authority could award a contract within the next three months and that a development team led by local hotelier Robin Brown is considered a top bidder. The hotel project stalled in 2015 when Gov. Baker pulled back on a proposed billion-dollar expansion of the convention center.
Fast action: Goldberg removes Wells Fargo as treasury underwriter
A day after four Bay State congressmen asked her to divest the state from doing business with Wells Fargo, Treasurer Deb Goldberg instructed her debt management deputies to immediately remove Wells Fargo, the focus of intense controversy over its admitted fraudulent practices, from their approved list of underwriters for one year, reports SHNS’s Michael Norton at the BBJ. “The Treasurer isn’t convinced that Wells Fargo has grasped the level of seriousness of their actions nor have they addressed systemic failures within their organization,” said Chandra Allard, a Goldberg spokeswoman, noting yesterday’s move was only a “first step.”
Shining the light on St. Anthony’s Shrine
The Herald has been running a series of articles this week on the incredible work on behalf of the homeless and others at St. Anthony’s Shrine. Here’s Monday’s installment and Tuesday’s installment and today’s installment. Tomorrow night, the Shrine is expected to hold its inaugural Franciscan Dinner with invited guests including Gov. Baker, Mayor Walsh and Cardinal O’Malley.
State Police: They finally have a home
State House New Service’s Craig Sandler notes how the nation’s oldest State Police force finally has a museum to commemorate its troopers and deeds over the years: “In an unassuming brick barracks in Grafton, Charlie Alejandro is slowly transforming the State Police Museum’s first wave of priceless criminal-thwarting knickknacks from a haphazard labor of love into a solidly-run non-profit.”
Viewers to get ‘sneak preview’ of documentary on fight to shut Vermont Yankee
The documentary “Power Struggle,” which follows the long battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, will debut this weekend at Northampton’s Academy of Arts and a second “sneak preview’’ will be shown Nov. 3 in Brattleboro, Vermont, where Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will speak, reports Mary Serreze at MassLive. One question: Will the documentary address how regional carbon emissions spiked immediately after Vermont Yankee was closed in 2014, as reported by the Globe and Utility Dive? Sorry to bring up this inconvenient truth, but if you’re going to celebrate the genuine safety positives of closing Vermont Yankee, the genuine climate-change negatives should be mentioned too.
Raytheon general salutes good-bye after pleading guilty to Iran leak
Retired four-star Marine General James E. Cartwright has resigned from Waltham-based Raytheon Co.’s board after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in connection with a media leak of classified information about a covert U.S.-Israeli cyberattack to cripple Iran’s nuclear development program, the BBJ’s David Harris reports. Cartwright faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but with the plea, he would serve between zero to six months.
Democrats’ professionals-vs-‘angry white men’ problem
MASSterList has posted another item on our Facebook page, this one on David Shribman’s weekend piece in the Globe about a subject that’s gaining a lot of attention these days: How the Democratic Party is drifting further away from its old working-class roots and increasingly representing the interests of the professional class. The question is: Can the Democratic Party reclaim its working-man image? Our short answer: No. Check out why at out Facebook page.
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