Health Policy Commission
The Health Policy Commission will discuss serious illness and end of life care in Massachusetts at a joint meeting of its Care Delivery and Payment System Transformation and Quality Improvement and Patient Protection committees, 50 Milk St., Boston, 9:30 a.m.
Artists Under the Dome
Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Reps. William Pignatelli, Cory Atkins and Chris Walsh are scheduled to speak at the tenth Artists Under the Dome event, Great Hall, 9:30 a.m.
Restaurant grading system
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Inspectional Services Commissioner William Christopher, Assistant Commissioner John Meaney, and Civic Engagement Chief Jerome Smith talk about the city’s newly-launched restaurant grading system, Stash’s Pizza, 612 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester, 10:15 a.m.
Gun rights rally
Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL) plans to protest Gov. Charlie Baker’s nomination of Christopher Barry-Smith for a Superior Court judgeship, State House – front steps, 11 a.m.
The Governor’s Council holds its rescheduled interview of first assistant attorney general Christopher Barry-Smith whose nomination to a Superior Court judgeship has sparked backlash from gun rights advocates, Room 428, 1 p.m.
Gov. Charlie Baker joins Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Reps. Brian Dempsey, Leonard Mirra, Diana DiZoglio and Linda Dean Campbell, and Mayor James Fiorentini for a MassWorks Infrastructure Program announcement, Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill, 1:45 p.m.
Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash will attend the MassChallenge Awards, the grand finale of the Boston startup accelerator program, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, 6 p.m.
Nice timing: Moody’s warns of credit rating hit if Question 2 passes next week
It’s a clear-cut case of an outside agency interfering in an election just days before voting, but you won’t be hearing opponents of Question 2 complaining about Moody’s Investors Service’s warning yesterday that passage of the charter school measure could hurt the credit ratings of some municipalities, as reported by the Globe’s Frank Phillips and David Scharfenberg. Nice timing, Moody’s. Maybe a little too obvious, but, still, nice timing. P.S. – The rating agency is accepting comments on a draft analysis, but the full report won’t be issued until after the election. There’s the timing again. Brilliant!
No, Obama didn’t just endorse Question 2
No, President Obama has not endorsed Question 2 on the Massachusetts ballot, despite a flier from a pro-charter school group that uses his image, Jim Hand of the Attleboro Sun-Chronicle reports. A mailer from the Advancing Obama’s Legacy Ballot Committee shows Obama next to a check mark for Yes on 2, along with the phrase “Help secure President Obama’s education legacy.” The White House says Obama has not taken a position on the question, though it’s true Obama has supported charter schools in in the past.
One national politician speaking out about the issue is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has come out against Question 2, Nik DeCosta-Klipa of Boston.com reports. “Wall Street must not be allowed to hijack public education in Massachusetts,” Sanders said in a statement. Does this mean that Moody’s, which was one of Wall Street’s chief subprime-mortgage enablers last decade, is hijacking the issue in the opposite direction?
Food fight: Whole Foods CEO dragged into Question 3 fray
A conservative group says Whole Foods Market chief executive John Mackey will financially benefit if Question 3 passes next week, via his connection to Global Animal Partnership, a leader in the “cage-free” animal-rights movement, and as a board member of the Humane Society of the United States, the main supporter of Question 3 in Massachusetts, reports Christian Wade at the Salem News.
Markey worried about down-ticket impact of FBI’s email probe
Count U.S. Sen. Edward Markey among Democrats nervous about the FBI reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, reports Brad Avery at MetroWest Daily News. “It’s a very serious decision to impact the election because I think Hillary is going to go in to win regardless,” Markey said. “But it could impact the down ballot races all across the country where they’re razor-thin close. That’s why the FBI has a responsibility to finish their investigation and reach their conclusion within the next 48 hours.”
The Globe’s Michael Levenson and Tracy Jan write that Markey’s concerns may be valid, but right now the odds are still in favor of Dems taking the U.S. Senate.
Maine could help Trump avoid a New England shutout
Disgruntled voters in northern Maine may yet deliver an electoral victory of sorts for Donald Trump, allowing the GOP presidential candidate to avoid a complete shutout in strongly Democratic New England, reports the AP’s Patrick Whittle.
BTW: Trump isn’t just gaining in Maine. He’s gaining just about everywhere, according to new polls tracked at Real Clear Politics.
At last, Snake Island finally becomes a campaign issue
Rattle Snake Island is back in the news and this time it’s become a campaign issue. The question of whether rattlesnakes should be reintroduced by creating a colony on a Quabbin Reservoir island was raised during a debate between state Sen. Anne Gobi and Republican James Erhard, who has said Gobi didn’t do enough to stop the controversial plan. Gobi said she too was against the rattlesnake reintroduction.
A princely sum for a king in waiting
From the Herald’s Matt Stout: “House budget chief Brian S. Dempsey — considered a potential heir to the speaker’s throne — has already earned a different crown as the chamber’s cash king, with a whopping $550,000 campaign war chest that tops that of every other state rep, including Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.”
Tale of two newspapers: Is judge inclined to give Sal early release or not?
Here’s the Globe’s headline on its story about the early release hearing yesterday for Sal DiMasi: “Judge appears open to early release for Sal DiMasi.” Here’s the Herald’s headline about the same hearing: “Judge not interested in special treatment of Sal DiMasi.” Our take? U.S. Judge Mark Wolf backed himself into a moral corner by saying: “I intended to give him a long sentence, I didn’t mean to give him a life sentence.” Whenever he makes a decision, he’ll likely, if reluctantly, rule in favor of early release, it appears.
Question 4 opponents haul out the big guns: Cardinal O’Malley, Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh and other leaders made a last-ditch appeal yesterday for voters to reject the Question 4 ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana, both the Globe and the Herald report. There used to be a time when the head of Boston’s Catholic church, a Republican governor and a Democratic mayor of Boston made for an unbeatable political troika in these parts. But times have changed – and most polls still show Question 4 passing. We’ll get to see next Tuesday how much times have changed.
Revenge of Falchuk?
Evan Falchuk’s United Independent Party is no more, effectively delisted by Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s office for not having enough statewide support. So what’s the next move by Falchuk, who has butted heads with Galvin in the past? Why, he just might run against Galvin, reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. “Anything’s possible,” said Falchuk “We certainly need something that will revive our democratic process, and he (Galvin) is not helping.”
Bostonians aren’t the only ones voting on a CPA surcharge next week
Boston’s vote next week on whether to approve a new Community Preservation Act surcharge has received the most media attention this election cycle. But voters in 15 other cities and towns will decide next week whether their community ought to levy a property tax surcharge to preserve open spaces and renovate historic structures, reports SHNS’s Colin Young. The other communities are Amesbury, Billerica, Chelsea, Danvers, East Bridgewater, Holyoke, Hull, Norwood, Palmer, Pittsfield, Rockland, South Hadley, Springfield, Watertown and Wrentham.
Tufts avoids janitors’ strike
Unlike Harvard University, Tufts University won’t face an embarrassing strike by some of its lowest paid workers, as Lisa Cream at WBUR reports: “Janitors at Tufts University will not pick up their picket signs and strike after all, union representatives announced Tuesday morning. The union — which represents nearly 200 workers at the school’s main campus in Medford and Somerville — came to a tentative deal with the university’s cleaning services contractor on Monday, just two hours before the janitors’ contracts were set to expire.” Harvard was recently hit by a strike by food-service workers who ended their walk-out after a new contract was reached.
He isn’t called “senator,” but Steve Pagliuca will have a Harvard lab named after him
Harvard University later this week will open a new 15,000-square-foot science lab in Allston and name it after Steve Pagliuca, co-owner of the Boston Celtics, top executive at Bain Capital and 2009 U.S. Senate candidate, reports Don Seiffert at the BBJ. Mayor Marty Walsh will be among those at the opening of the new Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, which will be home to 20 startup ventures founded by those connected to Harvard.
Healey won’t be testifying at hearing dogged by gun protesters and supremacist ‘recruiters’
A week after the Governor’s Council postponed a judicial hearing amidst a planned protest by gun activists and the possible appearance of white supremacists, the council today will once again try to hear testimony on the judicial nomination of Christopher Barry-Smith, whose nomination has sparked a backlash from gun rights advocates. But Attorney General Maura Healey, who infuriated gun owners earlier this year when she issued a ban on “copycat” assault rifles, won’t be testifying on behalf of Barry-Smith, nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker. Instead, two AG staffers will speak in support of Barry-Smith, Mike Norton at SHNS reports. The Gun Owners’ Action League plans to hold a protest a few hours before the hearing, but no word on the white supremacists who had said they would attend last week’s meeting for “recruitment” purposes.
Framingham detective sues, claiming retaliation for FBI corruption tip
Framingham Police Detective Matthew Gutwill has sued the town and its police chief, saying a decision to place him on administrative leave in August was in retaliation for him filing a corruption complaint with the FBI, Norman Miller of the MetroWest Daily News reports. Gutwill made claims of widespread corruption to federal investigators, a fact that the chief became aware of earlier this year.
Gloucester documents raise timing questions
Under a court order secured by the Gloucester Times, the city released a trove of documents related to the dismissal of Police Chief Leonard Campanello and the paperwork raise new questions about the timing of Campanello’s request for a paid leave of absence and the investigation that led to his departure, Ray Lamont reports in the newspaper. In the documents, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken questions whether Campanello was too focused on his personal work.
‘Sudders issues call for loving families to consider foster kids’
How can you not be moved? The headline says it all. But we’ll add more from Michael Norton’s SHNS story at the Sentinel & Enterprise: “Citing impacts of the opioid abuse crisis, a top Baker administration official on Tuesday implored more adults to apply to become foster parents. ‘It’s a call for loving families to step up and help us,’ Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said during an interview on Boston Herald Radio.” She added: “You do the math. I’m calling on a need for loving homes. There’s all different flavors, There’s long-term foster care. There’s emergency foster care. There’s foster parents who, God love them, love adolescents. And there’s foster parents with little ones. So we really are asking people to step up, talk about it, and help us.”
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