Happening Today

Marijuana bill signing, National Women’s Political Caucus events

Gov. Charlie Baker joins Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and members of the Legislature to sign the marijuana-regulations bill passed earlier this month by lawmakers, Room 360, 12 p.m. … First Lady Lauren Baker receives nearly 2,000 socks collected by Citizens Bank on behalf of the Wonderfund, the nonprofit organization that serves children through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Citizens Bank 28 State St., Boston, 10 a.m. … Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Sen. Adam Hinds, Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Mass. Cultural Council executive director Anita Walker and others celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, 12 p.m. … National Women’s Political Caucus biennial convention hosts a panel exploring issues of diversity with speakers including former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and former Boston mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie, Hilton Boston Back Bay, 12 p.m. … Sen. Boncore and Rep. Madaro host reception for Camilo Reyes, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Nurses Hall, 2:30 p.m. … Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus hosts an opening reception for the National Women’s Political Caucus‘s biennial convention, with U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, state House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad and MWPC President Gail Jackson-Blount speaking, Hilton Boston Back Bay, 6:30 p.m. … Traffic on Interstate 90 will be further constricted starting Friday as crews work to replace the eastbound portion of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, Interstate 90, 9 p.m.

Today’s Stories

Governor set to usher in new era by signing pot bill. What could possible go wrong?

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to sign the marijuana-regulations bill today – and the Globe’s Joshua Miller takes a look at what lies ahead for Massachusetts. Hint: “The government doesn’t have a very good record of starting agencies from scratch” – or regulatory structures, for that matter.

The future already beckons, via Dan Atkinson at the Herald: “The state’s recreational pot law set to go on the books today is already cloaked in secrecy, with the governor, attorney general and treasurer refusing to divulge candidates vying for the five coveted six-figure gigs on the Cannabis Control Commission.” The Herald’s Tom Shattuck is already referring to the commission as the ‘Ganja Gang.’

Local pot grower wannabe: ‘This law was passed for us’

They’re already fighting over who gets to grow marijuana in Massachusetts – the out-of-state ‘Walmarts of weed’ or the local grower underdogs. The Herald’s Meghan Ottolini has more on an issue that we have a feeling will be coming back to Beacon Hill.

Boston Herald

Oh Canada: The race is on to provide clean energy from up north to Mass.

Mary Serreze at MassLive has a rundown on five proposals that were submitted by yesterday’s state deadline for bringing more clean energy into Massachusetts. The common thread of all the proposals: Canada – as in mostly hydro (and some wind and solar) power from Canada and/or via partnerships with Canadian companies.


To veto or not to veto? That is the $200M question

Will Gov. Charlie Baker veto the $200 million employer health-care assessment, now that it’s been decoupled from his proposed Medicaid reforms on Beacon Hill? That’s the question the Globe’s Priyanka Dayal McCluskey is posing – and Baker isn’t saying what he’ll do. It’s an interesting, and intriguing, dilemma for the Republican governor, especially with lawmakers poised to bolt for the rest of the summer. Timing could be key for Baker.

Boston Globe

Beacon Hill’s Medicaid debate has gubernatorial-race implications written all over it

Mike Deehan at WGBH takes a look at the political implications of the current standoff on Beacon Hill over Medicaid reforms. The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-controlled Legislature may get along on a lot of issues, but this isn’t one of them, especially heading into next year’s gubernatorial election, Deehan writes. Fyi: The Globe’s Joan Vennochi has more on Baker’s “switcheroo” Medicaid reforms and 2018 jockeying.

U.S. Senate fails to pass ‘skinny repeal,’ thanks to John McCain

Maybe some of the folks at BlueMassGroup can cross off John McCain from their list of evil people “knowingly, intentionally, and casually killing millions of men, women and children.” The Republican McCain, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, provided the deciding Senate vote that killed the ‘skinny repeal’ of ObamaCare yesterday, the NYT reports. And to think Republican leaders waited for McCain’s return from surgery only for him to cast such a momentous vote.


Pedophile priest’s release irks governor, who vows review of policy

From the Herald’s Brian Dowling: “Lawyers for sexual abuse survivors are heartened by Gov. Charlie Baker’s vocal support for a review of the standards to civilly commit criminal sexual predators ahead of today’s anticipated release of convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley.Baker said the issue of how a notorious pedophile priest could be released from prison and not found to be a danger to society is on his ‘to-do list.’”

Boston Herald

Moulton update: ‘Can he be president?’

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton just can’t away from all the speculation that he has an eye on running for president. The latest is from Politico’s Michael Kruse, who has a long piece on all the pluses and minuses facing Moulton if he indeed one day reaches for that White House ring.


Raytheon to Trump: Thank you, thank you, thank you

Raytheon Co. chief executive Tom Kennedy was gushing over President Trump yesterday as the Lexington defense company’s’ shares hit an all-time intra-day high of $170.04 yesterday, reports the BBJ’s Don Seiffert. The cause for Kennedy’s effusive praise? Trump has been acting as “chief sales person” for the US defense industry and “opened several doors for us” in overseas markets, Kennedy said.


Could Immelt land atop Uber?

As he winds downs his days leading Boston-based General Electric, outgoing CEO Jeff Immelt is reportedly in the running for the top post at Uber, according to David L. Harris of the Boston Business Journal, who cites a Wall Street Journal report. That now makes two Bostonians mentioned as potential head of the giant ride-sharing company, the other being Bank of Boston’s Anne Finucane.


Baker signs landmark pregnant-worker rights bill

As expected, Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday signed the landmark pregnant-worker rights bill, reports the AP’s Bob Salzberg at WBUR. The provision requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant workers and makes it illegal to fire or refuse to hire a pregnant worker.


One small step for women … and that’s it, really

The arrival of newly elected Democrat Cindy Friedman to the state Senate boosts the percentage of women in the state legislature but still leaves it far short of true equity, Marilyn Schairer of WGBH reports. Massachusetts ranks around the middle of the pack in terms of gender balance in its legislature. 


‘We’re being punished for being too green’

Christian Wade at the Newburyport Daily News takes a look at an obscure state rule that prevents private firms and property owners from receiving coveted state credits for multiple sources of renewable energy on a single parcel of land – and how it’s hurting one Newburyport woodworking facility and others.

Daily News

Healey co-signs letter opposing Trump’s transgender military policy

From the Globe’s Danny Mcdonald: “Massachusetts’ Maura Healey was among 19 attorneys general to sign a letter urging Congress to oppose President Trump’s new policy of preventing transgender individuals from serving in the US military, calling it ‘blatant discrimination.’”

Boston Globe

Local DEA chief: ‘Fentanyl is manufactured death … a weapon of mass destruction’

Michael J. Ferguson, the special agent in charge of the DEA’s New England unit, indeed gives a “candid and often alarming” interview in which he describes the vast fentanyl pipeline stretching from China via the Mexican cartels to America, delivering what he calls “manufactured death,” as the Globe’s Brian MacQuarrie reports. The Mexican cartels are making the bad guys on Narcos and Breaking Bad look like little leaguers.

Boston Globe

Healey: Debt collection firm to pay $1M for clogging up court system with 200,000 lawsuits

For all the grief they gave others, this firm is getting off light. From Greg Ryan at the BBJ: “The Waltham law firm Lustig Glaser & Wilson PC and its two owners have agreed to pay back $1 million to consumers as part of a settlement agreement with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey related to its debt collection practices.” And, yes, Healey said the firm “clogged our court system with more than 200,000 lawsuits,” often based on faulty or inaccurate information.


Boston loses to Philly but beats New York — in rat count

Remember the final scene of The Departed, when a rat scurries across a balcony railing with the golden dome of the State House looming in the background? Turns out that nailed it: According to a report from Mike Maciag of Governing Magazine, Boston ranked second in the country in the number of rats and mice sightings, behind only Philadelphia and ahead of New York City.


Sunday public affairs TV

This is New England, NBC Boston Channel 10, 9:30 a.m. With host Latoyia Edwards, this week’s topics: Supporting our Schools and The Puerto Rican Festival.

This Week in Business, NECN, 10 a.m. Dr. Stuart Altman, chairman of Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, on what’s next after this past week’s health care votes in Washington; Dan Kenary, CEO of Harpoon Brewery CEO, on the business of beer; and Boston Globe business columnist Shirley Leung on Boston’s traffic trauma, women on boards, housing prices, and other business news.

CEO Cornerer, NECN, 10:30 a.m. A look at Boston Public Market on its second anniversary with chief executive Cheryl Cronin, and two market vendors: Nick Robertson, owner of Somerville Bread Company, and Amy Hirschfeld, owner of Soluna Garden Farm.

On the Record, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. This week’s guest: Jay Gonzalez, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who speaks with anchor Ed Harding and co-anchor Janet Wu.

CityLine, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s focus: An Encore Presentation of Discovery on Malaga Island.    

Summer Social with PRSA Boston & The Pub Club

PRSA Boston & The Pub Club

Conservation Close-Up at Beauport in Sandwich

Healthiest Employers 2017

Boston Business Journal

NAACP Cambridge Networking Event in Cambridge


The Environment, Newton’s Next Mayor & You in Newton

Newton Community

Today’s Headlines


Boston has more rat sightings than New York – Boston Magazine

A new low-cost airline with flights to Europe is coming to Logan – WGBH


Special report: Smoke screen over pot panel worries backers – Boston Herald

Police: Homeless calls spike in Salem – Salem News

DA: Braintree officers were justified in shots fired at Motel 6 – Patriot Ledger

Glaciologist warns Cape Cod could be submerged in worse-case climate change scenario – Cape Cod Times

Following fatal crash, Abington selectman wants MBTA at next meeting – Brockton Enteprise

Six months in, how is NBC Boston doing against its established rivals? – Boston Globe


How McCain upended Obamacare repeal – Politico

New sanctions will force president’s hand on Russia – New York Times

Pentagon takes no steps to enforce Trump’s transgender ban – Politico

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