Happening Today

Student debt summit

American Student Assistance convenes the second and final day of its national student debt summit, Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston, 8:45 p.m.

Highway detour

MassDOT Highway Division District 6 director Walter Heller and other officials discuss the upcoming detour Friday evening through early Monday morning of north- and southbound traffic off Route 128 / I-95 in Needham, Highland Avenue South onto Route 128 South, Needham, 9:30 a.m.

Energy partnership

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Housing Authority Administrator William McGonagle are scheduled to speak at a celebration of an energy partnership between the city’s affordable housing and energy companies, Thomas Johnson Community Center, 68 Annunciation Rd., Boston, 9:30 a.m.

Door-to-door in Barnstable

Gov. Charlie Baker goes door-to-door in Barnstable to campaign for GOP candidates, including state representative candidate Will Crocker, Barnstable, 10 a.m.

Healey and health-care officials on pot legalization

Attorney General Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, American Nurses Association of Massachusetts and the No on 4 campaign hold a press conference to discuss the impact of legalizing marijuana, State House steps, 10:30 a.m.

Kennedy on the air

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III is a scheduled guest on Boston Public Radio, WGBH-FM 89.7, 1:30 p.m.

Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

Mayor Walsh offers remarks at the opening of the new Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, 127 Western Ave., Allston, 3 p.m.

14th Middlesex debate

The three candidates seeking the House seat that represents Concord and parts of Acton, Carlisle and Chelmsford square off in a debate at Chelmsford’s Old Town Hall, 1 North Rd., Chelmsford, 6 p.m.

Marijuana debate

Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. David Rogers will debate the merits of the ballot Question 4 that would legalize adult marijuana use, Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road., Lexington, 7 p.m.

Today’s Stories

Poll: Trump closes the gap in New Hampshire

A new WBUR poll shows that Donald Trump has caught up to and has technically pulled slightly ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, a state that only a few weeks ago looked relatively safe for the Dem presidential nominee. Because Trump holds a mere 1-point lead, the race is considered a statistical dead heat, reports WBUR’s Anthony Brooks, who adds: “The poll is consistent with a number of surveys across the country that suggest the presidential race has tightened considerably.” No kidding. And we presume it reflects the FBI-email controversy now swirling around Clinton.

Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte leads her Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan, by 6 points in N.H, one of the key states that could determine which party will control the U.S. Senate, Brooks writes.


How close is the race in N.H.? Obama to hit Granite State on Monday

The day before next Tuesday’s big election, President Obama plans to hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire “in a last ditch effort to rally support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton,” reports Shannon Young at MassLive. Clinton’s campaign site says the president will also be stumping for U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan and other Dems.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is doubling down in New Hampshire, adding two last-minute rallies in the state, one tomorrow and one on election eve, reports the Herald’s Chris Cassidy. “New Hampshire is completely up for grabs,” said Steve Duprey, the state’s Republican National Committeeman.

Lawsuit seeks to extend voter registration closer to election day

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court, demanding that people be allowed to register to vote closer to election day, reports Jonathan Cain at WBUR. “The group’s director of racial justice Rahsaan Hall says the current registration — 20 days before Election Day — is arbitrary and has exemptions,” Cain writes.


Zombie stoner scare hits Boston

Some Boston officials are now presuming Question 4 will pass next week – and they’re in a semi-panic mode over it. From the Herald’s Dan Atkinson: “Fearing a ‘zombie zone’ of pot shops clustered together similar to Boston’s notorious former Combat Zone of strip joints, city officials are scrambling to devise a plan to spread out the 50 recreational weed emporiums the law would allow in the city should Question 4 pass next week.” Other cities and towns – including Worcester, Cambridge, Quincy, New Bedford, Lawrence and Newton – also better be prepared, based on an accompanying Herald chart that shows the minimum number of pot shops that could go into each community. Note: In its story, the Herald appears to be test marketing future ‘a-pot-alypse’ headlines.

Boston Herald

Dan Kennedy uses investigative journalism’s greatest tool – a glass of wine – for research into ‘Weiner’

Dan Kennedy admits he was wrong, and his WGBH colleagues were right, about whether Anthony Weiner would somehow impact the presidential campaign – just as Weiner and wife Huma have so unmistakably done in recent days. So Dan grabbed a glass of wine and Halloween candy, sat down and watched the must-see ‘Weiner’ documentary to make sense of how this improbable couple could very well influence who will be the next president of the United States of America. We won’t divulge what Dan’s painstaking investigation found, but you gotta check out ‘Weiner,’ ideally with a glass of wine or perhaps something a little stronger. You may need it.


Ten greatest political films

Speaking of political films, the Associated Press’s Jake Coyle, writing at the Globe, compiles his list of ten of the best political movies, with ‘Weiner’ rightly right up there. Some of his other choices are logical, some not so logical. One of our all-time favorite political flicks, ‘Primary Colors,’ still relevant because of Hillary Clinton’s prominent involvement in this year’s election, oddly doesn’t even appear on Coyle’s honorable-mentions list.

Boston Globe

Of all people, suburban voters could decide Question 2

So how contentious is the charter school issue in Massachusetts? So contentious that Question 2, which would lift the cap on charter schools in the state, is a hot issue even in suburban towns that have no charter schools, want no charter schools, need no charter schools and usually don’t care about charter schools, reports Tonya Mosley at WBUR.


That’s it? A dozen gun protesters?

After all the sound and fury leading up to yesterday’s judicial nomination hearing for Christopher Barry-Smith, a grand total of “about a dozen people” showed up for a Gun Owners’ Action League rally at the State House, reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. We’re sure there are logical explanations for the small turnout. But yesterday’s Indian Summer-like weather can’t be blamed, that’s for sure.


One sound takeaway from Putnam CEO’s analysis of the election

Robert Reynolds, chief executive of Boston’s Putnam Investments, freely admits he’s a Republican and so most of the views he shared at yesterday’s Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce event reflect that admitted bias. But the BBJ’s Kelly O’Brien caught a real nugget from Bob’s speech yesterday: “What’s surprising to me is that it’s taken so long for us to see the angry anti-establishment insurgencies we’ve seen this year in both parties,” Reynolds said. “Culturally, slow growth raises racial, ethnic and class tensions and causes demagogues from the left and right to blame scapegoats.” Anyone care to argue?


Here’s one way to view Cambridge politics: 98.8 percent for Hillary

From Bill Whelan at Wicked Local: “Cambridge residents contributed $1,670,514 to the two major party candidates for president this election cycle with 98.8 percent of those donations going to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.” Fyi, the dollar tally: $1,650,903 for Clinton, $19,611 for Trump.

Wicked Local

T tech honcho retains Bridj stake

MBTA Chief Technology Officer David Block-Schachter continues to hold a 1-3 percent stake in private transit provider Bridj, the very company now in talks with the T to provide late-night bus services in Boston. Kyle Scott Clauss of Boston Magazine reports that the stake, acquired when Block-Schachter helped found the startup, was disclosed in an ethics filing earlier this year. A T spokesman says he will have “no role whatsoever” in reviewing the proposal Bridj put forward for late-night service. 

Boston magazine

Legislators slam commuter rail service

In a letter to state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, 14 state lawmakers – including Sen. Thomas McGee, co-chair of the transportation committee – lament the poor quality of commuter rail service and blast state officials for not being transparent enough about fines, or lack thereof, against Keolis Commuter Services, the Globe’s Nicole Dungca reports.

Boston Globe

Sheriff candidates dig deep into their own pockets

The four candidates still in the race to succeed Frank Cousins as Sheriff of Essex County have spent a total of nearly $50,000 of their own money on their campaigns, Paul Leighton reports in the Gloucester Times. Independent candidate Mark Archer is the most heavily invested—putting up just under $30,000 of his own cash against less than $6,000 from outside donors.

Meanwhile, down south in Plymouth County, the Democratic challenger for sheriff has been outspent four-to-one by the incumbent he hopes to unseat. Neal Simpson of the Patriot Ledger reports that Sheriff Joseph McDonald has spent $220,000 this year, compared to less than $50,000 for challenger Scott Vecchi, who has personally ponied up $13,000 for his campaign. 

Goldberg: Lottery’s future is online and on the line, literally

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has formally asked lawmakers to clear the way for the Massachusetts State Lottery to offer online games, a move she says is critical for the lottery to keep the money flowing into state coffers, Dan Adams of the Globe reports. Golberg’s  ‘iLottery’ bill would give her broad authority to craft online and smart phone games with some restrictions, such as age verification, and includes the sale of prepaid cards to help cushion the blow to convenience store owners who will likely lose sales with the introduction of online games.

Boston Globe

Wynn wants local food flavor in his casino

Casino developer Steve Wynn says he will try a new approach at his Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett, inviting “substantial local personalities” in the local food and beverage scene to partner with him to create offerings inside the resort, Bruce Mohl reports in CommonWealth Magazine.  “We’ve been able to interest some very substantial local personalities with various forms of food and beverage and we’re in the process of making room for them to join in so the facility is very local-oriented,” Wynn said during a conference call with analysts and investors. 


Another footwear company makes the trek to Boston

Reebok, the Canton footwear and apparel company owned by Adidas AG, is following in the footsteps of Converse and New Balance in setting up its headquarters in Boston, reports the Globe’s Jon Chesto. About 700 Reebok employees will be shifted from Canton to Boston, but Chesto notes that 300 people who now work in corporate positions for Adidas in Canton will either be asked to move out of state or lose their jobs. 

Boston Globe

Today’s Headlines


Pizza shop gets Boston’s first restaurant letter grade – Boston Globe

Wynn wants to partner with locals – CommonWealth Magazine

Postcards for voters found in Cambridge trash can – Boston Globe

Pols seeking plan to disperse rec marijuana shops – Boston Herald

Plan calls for closure of Mattahunt – Boston Herald

Boston thirsty for 15 liquor licenses – Boston Herald


ACLU sues over Mass. voter registrations – Boston Globe

With ‘criminal element’ listening, Springfield police will scramble radio communications – MassLive

MBTA is trying to plan for 2040 – CommonWealth Magazine

Mayor’s task force wants Worcester control over tax policy – Telegram & Gazette

Dudley selectmen urge Islamic Society to resume cemetery negotiations – Telegram & Gazette

Sheriff candidates using own cash to boost campaigns – Gloucester Times

Charter question divides suburbs—even those with no charter schools – WBUR

Commentary: Baker’s Blank-Ballot Bet — Will Neutrality In The Presidential Race Pay Off? – WBUR

Mass. still most innovative economy in the U.S., according to think tank – Boston Business Journal

An angry Gumby takes down Trump in Easton—really – Brockton Enterprise

Baker’s pro-Question 2 efforts in Lowell met with opposition – Lowell Sun

Birthplace of ‘Robert’s Rules’ will be buttoned up for winter – Standard-Times

Treasurer pushes pan to create ‘iLottery’ – Boston Globe


Obama faults FBI chief for disclosure on email case – New York Times

A Trump tower goes bust in Canada – Politico

Poll: ‘Shy Trump’ voters are a mirage – Politico

Why Jill Stein deserves to be a 2016 footnote – Huffington Post

WBUR Poll: Trump edges ahead of Clinton in NH – WBUR

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