Election Eve campaigning
This is the last full day for campaigning in this year’s presidential, Congressional, legislative, local and statewide ballot-question elections; President Obama will be in New Hampshire stumping for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will also be in the Granite State.
Ballot question finance deadline
Today is the due date for the last pre-election round of campaign finance reports filed by committees opposing or supporting the four referendum questions on Tuesday’s ballot.
Voter registration lawsuit hearing
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins holds a hearing on the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a preliminary injunction in a case challenging the state’s voter registration deadline, Suffolk Superior Court, Room 315, 9 a.m.
Galvin pre-election availability
Secretary of State William Galvin holds a pre-election press availability to offer a tentative turnout estimate in addition to commentary on election logistics, rules and issues, Room 116, State House, 11 a.m.
Gov. Charlie Baker joins Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Mayor Martin Walsh, Sen. Sonia-Chang Diaz, Reps. Elizabeth Malia and Jeffery Sanchez, and local leaders for an announcement related to the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, 75 Amory Avenue, Boston, 11:45 a.m.
MBTA Control Board
MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board meets to discuss advertising, Orange Line capacity, capital investments, service delivery and human resources, 10 Park Plaza, 12 p.m.
Attorney General Maura Healey’s office hosts a free legal clinic at Suffolk Law School to match workers with volunteer lawyers who can assist them on wage theft issues, Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., 4 p.m.
Libertarian vice presidential nominee and former Gov. Bill Weld headlines an election eve rally, Faneuil Hall, 7 p.m.
Rosenberg, Moulton on the air
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is scheduled to talk with Dan Rea on NightSide at 8 p.m. and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton will be a guest at 10 p.m., WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
Thunderbolt from a Thunder-dolt
OK, here’s the Globe’s headline this morning on its story about FBI director James Comey’s latest zigzag on his previous Clinton email zig-zags: “An October surprise turns into a November thunderbolt.” And no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, there can be now little doubt Comey is a first-class dolt, one worthy indeed of investigation after the election, as a Globe editorial rightly notes.
Just a few more polls
It’s almost over. The polling, that is. But because we know you can take a few more polls, as well as take a few more thin mints, here goes: 1.) A Washington Post-ABC poll shows Clinton up by 5 points. 2.) A Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll shows Clinton up by 4 points. 3.) Polls tracked by Real Clear Politics show Kelly Ayotte up in New Hampshire.
Is Lynch gone if Hillary wins?
Hey, the current election is almost over, mercifully, so why not start talking about the next election? Specifically, a potential open Congressional seat – if Hillary Clinton wins and if U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is offered a job in the new administration and if he were to accept an offer. Lynch is one of many whose names are being bandied about as potential Clinton appointees, as reported by the Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan. Mayor Marty Walsh and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton are among those whose names are also being dropped for potential posts, though the mayor is dismissing such talk and there’s no word from Moulton and others on all the rumors. But the Globe reports that Lynch has actually “mentioned the possibility to several people close to him” of nabbing an appointment after the election.
New Hampshire: Our home away from home
It seems everyone is headed to New Hampshire today. President Obama and Donald Trump will be there today, according to WBUR. And so will be a lot of Massachusetts pols, including US. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Mayor Marty Walsh and Attorney General Maura Healey, reports the Herald’s Hillary Chabot. Aren’t there elections here in Massachusetts too?
Grand Old Cape?
Tomorrow’s election could turn Cape Cod and the Islands into the Republican party’s strongest region of the Commonwealth, with both senate seats and as many as six representative seats possibly under GOP control, Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times reports. Gov. Charlie Baker has been a regular on the campaign trail in the area and Barnstable County has the highest percentage of registered Republicans in the state, at just over 15 percent.
The complete, pathetically short list of contested legislative races
WBUR has an excellent list of all the contested legislative races tomorrow in Massachusetts, even though the state’s Republican party outside the Cape hasn’t fielded all that many candidates.
The complete, pathetically short list of contested Congressional races
Meanwhile, only four of nine Congressional seats in the Bay State are being contested by Republicans, the Associated Press at CBS Boston reminds us. Libertarian and Independent candidates are filling the GOP void by running in a fifth race, in the First District against U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield. So that means four incumbents – U.S. Reps. James McGovern, Katherine Clark, Seth Moulton and Michael Capuano – face no opposition and theoretically could stay home today and tomorrow watching Game of Thrones or House of Cards re-runs, if they so choose.
Warren’s already thinking ahead to Wednesday
U..S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going all out to get Hillary Clinton and other Dems elected tomorrow, but she’s also dropping not-so-subtle hints that she intendeds to deliver a progressive-agenda bill for her efforts if Clinton wins, the Herald’s Hillary Chabot reports.
Obama may not have endorsed Question 2, but his education secretary comes mighty close
Proponents of Question 2 have tried to tie President Obama to the ballot initiative to expand charter schools, even though the usually pro-charter schools Obama has not openly announced support for the measure. But his education secretary, John King, who helped found a charter school in Boston, came as close as you can come to an endorsement without crossing the endorsement line, reports the Globe’s David Scharfenberg. “Certainly if I lived in Massachusetts and was a Massachusetts voter, I would be voting in support of the ballot measure,” said King, who, it should be noted, never muttered the word “endorse.”
No ‘Deep Purple’ day tomorrow
MASSterList has another post on our Facebook page, this time on how tomorrow’s election results will probably mean continuation of the “red-blue” divide in America. For a while there – until Anthony Weiner jumped into the picture, to be specific – it looked like we might get more of a “deep purple” outcome. But if current polls are accurate, that’s not going to happen. Check out the post.
The worries are over: Feds OK $52.5 billion Medicaid waiver for Massachusetts
This is a big deal that popped late Friday and has gotten lost in all the election news: The Obama administration has approved a five-year, $52.5 billion Medicaid waiver deal for Massachusetts, meaning federal funds at risk of expiring under an agreement forged by the former Patrick administration are no longer at risk, reports SHNS’s Michael Norton at Wicked Local. Most thought the waiver would be approved, but there was nevertheless nervous dread about the possibility of its rejection and the subsequent budget chaos a rejection would have caused. Now the worries are over.
Springfield detective’s threats captured on video
MassLive has posted video of a Springfield detective threatening to kill and plant evidence on teenagers being held for allegedly stealing an undercover police vehicle. The video, which requires clicking through a slideshow to view, hides the identity of the teen suspects but shows the behavior that led to the detective being suspended from the force for 60 days. The publication of the videos came after a series of public records requests and a judge’s ruling in the media’s favor.
RMV contractor wants bid details secret
Fast Enterprises, which won a $62.2 million contract to revamp software at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, has gone to court to keep details of its bid from becoming public, Matt Stout and Jordan Graham of the Herald report. The company says its trade secrets are at risk if the state reveals its proposal in full. A federal judge will hear the case in early January.
Libel case tossed even though a defendant wanted the suit to proceed
This is a strange one: Over the objections of one of the defendants (and not the plaintiff), a judge has tossed out a libel case brought by a member of the Worcester City Council against the InCity Times, Brad Petrishen of the Telegram reports. Councilor Michael Gaffney said he wanted to drop the suit after a correction was published for an article that claimed a Gaffney supporter wore blackface to a fundraiser. But InCity writer Gordon Davis actually wanted the suit to proceed so he could depose Gaffney. The judge tossed the case anyway.
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