Happening Today

New England Council service-sector report

New England Council releases its service industry impact report today, Wilmer Hale, 60 State Street, 26th Floor, 8:30 a.m.

PRIM investment committee

Pension Reserves Investment Management Board’s Investment Committee meets with members slated to vote on asset allocation recommendations and with Treasurer Deborah Goldberg scheduled to attend, 84 State St. – 2nd floor, Boston, 9:30 a.m.

Faith leaders on Trump’s order

Faith leaders and advocates hold a press conference to discuss President Donald Trump’s executive orders regarding refugees and immigration, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., Boston, 10 a.m.

Raise up Massachusetts

The Raise Up Massachusetts Coalition hosts a briefing to discuss legislation dealing with a $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave, as well as a constitutional amendment that would establish a 4 percent surtax on incomes over $1 million, Massachusetts Teachers Association, 6th floor, 20 Ashburton Place, Boston, 10:30 a.m.

‘Commonwealth Conversations’

Massachusetts Senate kicks off its ‘Commonwealth Conversations’ tour of regional town-hall meetings with Sens. Joe Boncore, Will Brownsberger, Linda Dorcena Forry, Pat Jehlen, Sonia Chang-Diaz, and President Stanley Rosenberg scheduled to participate. Senators visit Suffolk County House of Correction, 20 Bradston St., Boston, at 10 a.m. and hold a public forum on transportation at 1:30 p.m. in Assembly Square, 15 Middlesex Ave. – 1st floor conference room, Somerville. A town-hall forum is planned at Suffolk Law School, Sargent Hall – 1st floor, 120 Tremont St., 6 p.m. 

‘Ask the Commish’

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is a scheduled guest on ‘Boston Public Radio,’ WGBH-FM 89.7, 12 p.m.

Solar incentive program

Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson presents the final program design of the state’s next solar incentive program, Federal Reserve Building – Morris Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston, 1 p.m.

Boston housing chief on the air

Boston’s chief of housing and director or Neighborhood Development Sheila Dillon is a scheduled guest on ‘Radio Boston,’ WBUR-FM 90.9, 3 p.m.

‘Future of News’

Harvard University, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy host a conversation titled “The Future of News: Journalism in a Post-Truth Era,” with scheduled speakers including Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, Weekly Standard editor at large William Kristol, Boston Globe digital managing editor Kathleen Kingsbury, Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker, Huffington Post editor in chief Lydia Polgreen, New York Times op-ed columnist David Leonhardt and others, Harvard University Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, 4 p.m .

NRC meeting on Plymouth nuclear station

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff hold a public question-and-answer session about the recent inspection of Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station, Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor – Grand Ballroom, 180 Water St., Plymouth, 6:30 p.m.

Today’s Stories

Healey to file lawsuit with other AG’s over Trump immigration order

From the Globe’s Milton Valencia: “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is set to become one of the first states to join a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven countries and refugees, according to a spokesman for Attorney General Maura Healey. … ‘What he did was unconstitutional & harmful to MA,’ Healey said in a tweet Monday evening.”

Boston Globe

‘Emotionally, quickly, impetuously, not particularly well vetted’

For the time being, forget the political reactions of the usual suspects to President Trump’s highly controversial immigration order. Let’s look instead to the reaction of the business community, which until recently was almost giddy at the prospects of a Trump presidency. The local corporate responses have been varied, but the salient reaction has been roughly this: Shock and bewilderment, as the Globe’s Beth Healy reports. “People are starting to wonder,’’ said Brian Conway, partner at Boston’s TA Associates, “Is the country that was the most predictable on earth becoming unpredictable? … It was the process, and the way the decision was made — emotionally, quickly, impetuously, not particularly well vetted — that’s got people nervous.”

BostInno’s Dylan Martin has more on the business community reaction, from the tech and venture capital angle. It’s not all process-driven shock. There’s some genuine humanitarian shock. Meanwhile, the BBJ has a slide-show package on various CEO responses. And the BBJ’s Max Stendahl has a separate piece on how individual biotech companies are jumping for cover, but the industry association’s leader, Bob Coughlin, is openly blasting Trump’s actions. Finally, Louise Kennedy at WBUR takes a look at higher education officials’ reactions at UMass Dartmouth, Boston University, Emerson College, MIT.

The inevitable Nazi comparison

Back to the usual suspects, in this case Senate President Stan Rosenberg, who is linking Trump’s action to Nazi Germany, as reported by Shira Schoenberg at Mass Live and SHNS’s Andy Metzger at CommonWealth magazine. You knew it was coming. So far, the Nazi comparisons are not flying as fast and furious as they were, say, during the lead up to the Iraq War (“Munich” and “appeasement” and tons and tons of Churchill quotes etc.) But give it time.

Here’s a novel argument: ‘How Obama Caused the Trump Refugee Debacle’

Here’s a usual-suspect reaction from the right, via Ira Stoll at New Boston Post, who clears his voice first on how Donald Trump’s immigration order has been “at least in part justifiably criticized and condemned,” before getting to his real point: It’s Obama’s fault. “After all, why are there Syrian refugees in the first place?” One banned country down, six more to explain, but he never gets that far, veering off onto the subjects of Obama’s Syrian policy and past executive edicts, etc. etc.

New Boston Post

‘What’s Baker’s true north?’

  Once again, some critics of Gov. Baker want him to behave and respond to events just like liberal Democrats, this time in regards to Donald Trump’s highly controversial immigration executive order. But Baker, a Republican, is taking roughly the same course with the immigration furor as he did with the recent Boston Women’s March: He’s being cautious, walking a tightrope and distancing himself both from Trump and Trump’s most ardent critics, as the Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan reports. Granted, his message this time around is definitely more convoluted, with the governor on WGBH rhetorically asking in the third person ‘What’s Baker’s true north?’ As they say, if you have to ask the question …Tori Bedford at WGBH has more on the governor’s twisted-like-a-pretzel response.

Gonzalez stakes out his ground

No one can say Jay Gonzalez isn’t staking out his ground clearly, announcing yesterday he’s running for governor as a liberal’s liberal in favor of raising taxes, a $15 minimum wage and directly taking on Gov. Charlie Baker and President Trump at every turn, according to reports by the Herald’s Matt Stout and SHNS’s Matt Murphy at Wicked Local. It’s a safe and smart political strategy meant to win, first and foremost, the Dem primary.

Baker to Gonzalez: ‘Hop in,’ the political waters are fine

If Gov. Baker is nervous about the new gubernatorial candidacy of Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat and former budget chief under Gov. Deval Patrick, he wasn’t showing it yesterday, telling Gonzalez to go ahead and “hop in” the race. “If you have something to say and a message to deliver and you believe in what you might be able to do to make this state better, by all means hop in,” Baker said on WGBH yesterday, as reported by Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. 


Bay State native on Trump’s SCOTUS short list

President Trump tonight plans to name his Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia and it appears a Massachusetts native, Thomas Hardiman, a Winchester-born federal judge who grew up in Waltham, is still on the president’s shortlist, according to published reports. Here’s a Washington Post profile of Hardiman, whose father ran a local taxi and school-transportation business and who paid for his education via driving a taxi.

Washington Post

Lawmakers to GOP sheriff: Inmates won’t be leaving prison walls to build Donald’s wall

Two Democrats on Beacon Hill aren’t thrilled with Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson’s offer to use inmate labor to help build President Trump’s planned anti-immigrant wall along the Mexican border, reports SHNS’s Katie Lannan at the Fall River Herald News: “Sen. Michael Barrett filed a bill that would require sheriffs sending anyone in their custody out of Massachusetts to first receive approval from state officials. A separate bill, filed by Rep. Antonio Cabral, would outright prohibit Massachusetts inmates or prisoners from laboring out-of-state.”

Herald News

No silencing them: Gun owners push to end ban on silencers

From Christian Wade at the Salem News: “Gun enthusiasts are aiming to lift a ban on silencers, saying the devices long associated by Hollywood with gangsters and assassins have practical uses such as protecting hearing and reducing the noise at shooting ranges. … A proposal on Beacon Hill would legalize private ownership of silencers while preventing those with criminal backgrounds from purchasing them.”

Salem News

Healey’s hate hotline: Apparently a lot of hate to go around

From the Herald: “Contrary to expectations, state Attorney General Maura Healey’s hate crime hotline drew nearly as many complaints from backers of President Trump as it did from Hillary Clinton supporters in the first two weeks after the election, a Herald review found — with some using the phone number to troll Healey about her proposed assault weapons ban.”

Boston Herald

Maybe a shotgun marriage is in order: Beth Israel and Lahey in merger talks – again

They’re obviously attracted to each other, but they just couldn’t find a way to commit in the past. Maybe the fourth time is the charm, as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health are once again in merger talks, reports both the BBJ and the Globe. News of the merger talks come less than a week after Partners Health and Massachusetts Eye & Ear announced their own big merger.


Brockton found guilty of hiring discrimination – and it’s going to cost the city

The city of Brockton could be on the hook for millions of dollars in damages after being found guilty of racially discriminatory hiring practices in its Department of Public Works, Marc Larocque of the Brockton Enterprise reports. The verdict came after a six-day trial that focused on the emails of the city’s personnel director, which lawyers said proved she tried to help white applicants land positions. 


Galvin’s office wins $3.7M settlement against LPL Financial

Score one for Bill Galvin, via the BBJ: “LPL Financial will pay $3.7 million to settle claims from Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin that one of its advisers sold financial products to senior citizens that were unsuitable for that demographic.The Boston-based broker-dealer (Nasdaq: LPLA) failed to properly supervise adviser Rober Zullo while he sold illiquid, high-commission variable annuities to retirees and older investors, many of them in the health care industry.”


Turbulence for heliport takeoff

Both nearby businesses and community advocates were among those taking sharp aim at a proposal to build a helicopter landing pad in South Boston, while mayoral candidate Tito Jackson made it clear he would be a vocal critic of the proposal, Dan Atkinson of the Herald reports. Jackson drew applause when he slammed the idea at the first meeting of a task force set up to identify potential landing sites for the facility the city and state promised to pursue to help lure GE to Boston. 

Boston Herald

GE’s Southie footprint grows, a little

Meanwhile, GE and MassDevelopment have acquired additional land in the Fort Point neighborhood, purchasing a sliver of land from Procter & Gamble that will help GE’s headquarters meet space requirements for a state waterfront permit, Jon Chesto of the Globe reports.

Boston Globe

Wampanoag Tribe, hit hard by opioids, plots response

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is mobilizing to create its own response to the opioid crisis after losing 17 of its 2,5000 members to overdose deaths over the past 18 months, Chris Lindahl reports in the Cape Cod Times. The tribe plans to erect two halfway homes on tribal property, hiring its own human services case manager and creating a 24-hour hotline for those seeking help.

Cape Cod Times

Voters clean house in Shirley

Two sitting members of the Board of Selectmen were recalled and replaced Monday by voters irate over the board’s apparent effort to increase the town administrator’s compensation package after town meeting voted down a pay increase, Anne O’Connor of the Lowell Sun reports. Two new board members were installed by a margin of nearly two-to-one. 

Lowell Sun

Boston’s Absurd Luxury Condo Boom, Summed up in One Video’

‘After checking out Tory Bullock’s interview with “brand spanking new mayoral candidate” Tito Jackson (nothing especially newsworthy said), check out Tory’s Facebook video rant against all the luxury apartments being built in Boston, via Kyle Scott Clauss at Boston Magazine. The video has now been seen by more than 400,000 people. That’s a lot of pent-up frustration over housing costs in Boston.

Facebook (Bullock)

Today’s Headlines


GE adds to size of its future South Boston campus – Boston Globe

BPS eyes $1M in spending to help homeless students – Boston Herald

Tito Jackson: Ban ICE from schools – Boston Herald

Helipad plan blasted – Boston Herald


Amherst police maintain policy of not asking about immigration status unless relevant – MassLive

Westboro voters to decide on recreational marijuana ban – Telegram & Gazette

Gun owners want to end ban on silencers – Salem News

Overdoses spur tribe leaders into action – Cape Cod Times

Travel ban is personal for Moulton – Eagle-Tribune

Mike Case leaves DCR after inquiry said to find pornography on state computer – Berkshire Eagle

City manager, police chief stand behind Worcester’s immigration policies – Worcester Magazine

T board wary of expansion proposals – CommonWealth Magazine

Despite high scores, T may replace private cleaning vendor – CommonWealth Magazine

Galvin’s office wins $3.7M settlement from LPL in fraud case – Boston Business Journal

UMD colleagues praised detained profs – Standard-Times

Shirley selelctmen recalled and replaced – Lowell Sun

Marlborough commercial vacancy rate his five-year low – Worcester Business Journal


Donald Trump’s voter fraud expert registered in 3 states, AP finds – MassLive

Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump’s immigration order – Politico

Trump fires acting attorney general for refusing to defend travel ban – Washington Post

Obama speaks out, calmly, about immigration ban – New York Times

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