Happening Today

Economic outlook, Dell at BC luncheon, Hillary Clinton pitches book

– The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meets to discuss the search for a new education commissioner, funding and policy issues around virtual schools, proposed amendments to the MCAS exam and other issues, 75 Pleasant St., Malden, starting at 8:30 a.m.

— The Boston Foundation releases its 15th annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card, 75 Arlington St. – 3rd floor, Boston, 8:30 a.m.

New England Economic Partnership holds its fall economic outlook conference on the state, New England and national economies, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Connolly Center, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston, starting at 9 a.m.

– Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visit Table Talk Pies’ new processing facility, 25 Southgate St., Worcester, 10 a.m.

Cannabis Control Commission is expected to meet, One Ashburton Place, 21st floor, Boston, 10:30 a.m.

The Joint Committee on Financial Services Health will review insurance mandates and life insurance legislation, Hearing Room A-1, 10:30 a.m.

— The Massachusetts State Lottery Commission meets with Treasurer Deb Goldberg chairing, 1 Ashburton Place, 12th Floor, Crane Conference Room, Boston, 10:30 a.m.

— Treasurer Deb Goldberg will give brief remarks at the Massachusetts State Retirement Board Seminars, Gardner Auditorium, State House, 11:30 a.m.

Dell Technologies chairman and CEO Michael Dell is the featured speaker at the Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon, Boston Harbor Hotel – Wharf Room, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 12 p.m.

— Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is a guest on ‘Boston Public Radio,’ WGBH-FM 89.7, 1 p.m.

The Joint Committee on Public Health reviews bills dealing with emergency medical services, vital records and disposition of remains, Room A-2, 1 p.m.

The Joint Committee on the Judiciary holds a hearing on 67 bills dealing with sex offenses, with several bills dealing with the registration or classification of convicted sex offenders and access to information about registered sex offenders, Room B-1, 1 p.m.

— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will join Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Mayor Peter Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge for a talk titled ‘Cities as Laboratories for Innovation: What the Country Can Learn,’ with Jorrit de Jong, faculty director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, moderating the event, Kennedy School, Cambridge, 6 p.m.

Hillary Clinton speaks at a sold-out event that’s part of her nationwide book tour for ‘What Happened,’ a telling of her years in politics and the 2016 presidential election, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston, 7:30 p.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker join Boston Mayor Martin Walsh at the WBZ Faneuil Hall Holiday Spectacular and Tree Lighting, Faneuil Hall, Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Today’s Stories

Mooch’s ‘baby-ish’ critics

As they say, it takes one to know one. Anthony Scaramucci is now labeling critics of his threats to sue a Tufts student and student-run newspaper as “baby-ish” and he’s making no apologies for his actions, reports Ben Kesslen at the Tufts Observer and Abigail Feldman at the Boston Globe, which based its story on the Mooch interview with the Observer. It’s all about his honor, Scaramucci says.

In editorials this morning, both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald say Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy should never have associated itself with Scaramucci – and they say he needs to go. Meanwhile, the Globe’s Michael Finucane has a good blow-by-blow account of the two Tufts Daily student columns that so ticked off Scaramucci, a Tufts alum who increasingly sounds like he never left the Somerville-Medford campus. Finally, Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, announced in a statement yesterday that the ACLU is advising Tufts graduate student Camilo Caballero against the libel threats issued by Scaramucci attorneys.

Warren calls Trump’s latest ‘Pocahontas’ taunt a ‘racial slur’

It almost boggles the mind that President Trump used a ceremony honoring the legendary Navajo “code talkers” of World War II to once again take a cheap “Pocahontas” shot at U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, but he did, according to an AP report at WBUR. Warren is now accusing Trump of using a “racial slur” during what was supposed to be a solemn occasion. The Herald’s Kimberly Atkins describes the now familiar “Pocahontas” jab as a clear “racial epithet.” But here’s our question: Why did it take so long to denounce the “Pocahontas” digs, long used by Trump and others against Warren, in such terms? Not that the term isn’t a racial slur or racial epithet. Instead, it’s more than a little fascinating for those of us interested in political group think that this line of defense is only now being hauled out in force, not months or even years ago.

Either way, the new defense strategy isn’t going to work. Trump being Trump, he’s never going to let go of the insult — and any counter-attacks will only draw more attention to the Native-American controversy that’s dogged Warren for years. The Herald’s Howie Carr is all over the controversy — again.


The CFPB drama: ‘A decent reality TV plot’

Speaking of Warren, it was indeed a ‘surreal’ day in Washington yesterday, as Trump and anti-Trump surrogates battled it out over control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Of course, it was ultimately a mere proxy fight between forces representing President Donald Trump and, distantly, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Globe’s Julia Jacobs and SHNS’s Katie Lannan (pay wall) have the details.

Brockton-led education funding suit coming by year’s end

Here’s one holiday-season gift the state’s leadership would rather not unwrap: The city of Brockton is poised to file a lawsuit by the end of the year challenging the state’s approach to funding education, Tom Relihan of the Enterprise reports. Brockton—which stared down a $16 million deficit in its school budget this year—has reached out to other communities to join the action and is looking to identify students to name as plaintiffs. The last time such legal action was started, of course, it led to sweeping education reforms. 


Galvin now has not one but two challengers

From Christian Wade at the Salem News: “Secretary of State William Galvin, who is the longest-serving official elected statewide, has drawn challengers from his own party for the first time in years. Josh Zakim, a Boston city councilor, filed paperwork Monday signaling his plan to run against Galvin in next year’s Democratic primary, becoming the second contender to challenge Galvin’s decades-long hold on the office. Brian Felder of Swampscott filed paperwork in July to run for the office. Zakim, a lawyer who has served on the City Council since 2014, has a background in community activism. He says Galvin hasn’t been vocal enough in opposing the policies and actions of Republican President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress.”

For some reason, we don’t think an anti-Trump plank is going to work in a secretary of state’s race. We could be wrong. 

Salem News

The T’s rosy future – after a little more pain

CommonWealth magazine’s Bruce Mohl has a good piece about how MBTA officials are becoming increasingly optimistic that riders will soon be seeing major service improvements in coming years, mostly due to the arrival of new Red and Orange line subway cars. SHNS’s Andy Metzger (pay wall) reports that the T is now viewing the Blue Line as the future model for other lines, partly due to its newer cars and a maintenance system known as “reliability centered maintenance” (or RCM).

Then again, T riders on the Green Line can expect “greater inconvenience” in coming years as the agency steps up replacement of the line’s aging track system, Mohl reports at CommonWealth. And that MBTA’s switch to a new cashless-fare system? That may be fine for the well-to-do, but many low-income and elderly riders don’t have credit cards or aren’t comfortable with smartphones, reports the Globe’s Kathleen Conti. “There is growing concern that the new system could be inaccessible for them,” she writes.

In Quincy, high hopes for T station project

The MBTA appears poised to move forward with a plan to transform the Quincy Center MBTA station into a mixed-use development with as many as 600 apartments, Sean Phillip Cotter of the Patriot Ledger reports. It’s a long-mulled project that city officials hope will be a catalyst to even wider revitalization of the downtown. 

Patriot Ledger

Trump serving as both anchor and lifeline for candidates

Despite his high popularity ratings, Gov. Charlie Baker’s re-election campaign may be weighed down next year by the unpopularity of fellow Republican Donald Trump, writes the Globe’s Frank Phillips. Then again, Donald Trump’s unpopularity is galvanizing and opening up opportunities for candidates, left and right, like no other political figure in memory, writes the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld. So let us get this straight: Trump is both the yin and yang of American politics?

Article of the Day: Right-wing outfit tries to trick Post into running fake Roy Moore story

This is the talker story of the day for news and political junkies left and right. From the Washington Post: “A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets. But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover ‘stings’ that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.”

Score another one for Marty Baron’s team.

Washington Post

School committee, mayor want answers on IRS audit

The Boston School Committee and Mayor Marty Walsh are demanding answers about an IRS audit that found the school system was improperly paying for teachers out of a student-activity fund, reports the Globe’s James Vaznis and the Herald’s Dan Atkinson. The Globe, which originally broke the audit story, reports that the school department is “still keeping the full audit secret and has refused to say how many schools, how many employees, or how much money is involved.”

Cha ching: Bain Capital – and Deval Patrick – cash out with investment sale

Unilever’s announced purchase yesterday of Sundial Brands means a big payout for Boston’s Bain Capital, an investor in the skincare-products company, and for former Gov. Deval Patrick, who joined Bain two years ago and served on Sundial’s board of directors as part of Bain’s stake in the firm, reports Greg Ryan at the BBJ. 


It’s a gusher: Heating-oil assistance flowing to state despite Trump’s budget threat

President Donald Trump may have threatened to eliminate the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in his initial budget. But like most of his legislative agenda, it never happened, so federal oil-assistance funds are still flowing – and that’s good news for Massachusetts. Gary Tuoti at Wicked Local has the details.

Wicked Local

The Royal Wedding: The local angle!

It seems Prince Harry’s new bride-to-be has some Nantucket royalty in her, as in Meghan Markle being a descendant of Captain Christopher Hussey, Esquire, a founding father of Nantucket who left England for America in the 1650s, according to the UK’s Telegraph, as reported by Hayley Glatter at Boston Magazine. Then again, the unfortunately named Hussey, in a royal bride-to-be sense, may never have stepped foot on Nantucket. So there goes the local wedding angle, damn it. Glatter explains.

Boston Magazine

‘They’ve already carted off more than 600 thousand tons of dirt’

Six hundred thousand tons of dirt? Where are they putting it? Anyway, Jay Lepiarz at WBUR has a report on how Wynn Casino is now entering the final phase of its environmental clean-up of its Everett casino site. Check out the accompanying photo of ongoing construction. They’re much further along than we thought.


Court rules firm not to blame for pitching sensation Mark Fidrych’s death

It was certainly a freak death for ex-Detroit Tigers pitching star Mark Fidrych, who died of strangulation while working on a dump truck at his Northborough farm in 2009. But the Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Fidrych’s widow against Mack Trucks and the maker of a component involved in the Northborough accident. Universal Hub’s Adam Gaffin has the details.

Universal Hub

Two words: No plastics, Part II

From the Globe’s Milton Valencia : “After more than a year of debate, the Boston City Council is poised to vote on banning single-use plastic shopping bags at checkout lines across the city, an effort to reduce litter and encourage environmentally friendly alternatives. Under the proposal, shoppers would have to bring reusable bags with them to supermarkets, pharmacies, and corner stores or pay 5 cents each for thicker plastic bags that could be used more than once. “

Boston Globe

Worcester courthouse developer races Congress for tax credits

The developer planning to spend $53 million to transform a long-shuttered courthouse in downtown Worcester into a mixed-income housing project is looking for a quick close on its purchase of the property to lock in $1.3 million in tax credits, Nick Kotsopolous of the Telegram reports. Congress is poised to phase out some of the credits, but the project would qualify for grandfathering if the sale is closed by year’s end. 


Stiffer fines coming for handicapped spot parking — eventually

With the signature of Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, a bill that would boost fines for illegally parking in handicapped spaces became law on Monday, but scofflaws have a 10-month reprieve as the new penalties don’t take effect until September of 2018, Christian Wade reports in the Salem News. 

Salem News

Question of the day: Can offshore wind farms and commercial fishing co-exist?

The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology, along with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute, has launched a research project to see if offshore wind farms can coexist with other ocean-based industries, especially commercial fishing, reports Mary Serreze at MassLive. The study is part of a “blue economy” initiative and Deepwater Wind, one of several firms vying to build wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, has pledged $1 million over five years for the academic research program.


Criminalizing Poverty in America

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

You Have It, They Want It – IP Legal Considerations for Interactions Between Small and Large Companie

North Shore Technology Council

NAIOP/SIOR Annual Market Forecast

NAIOP Massachusetts

Webinar: Carbon Pricing & Local Investment

Climate Action Business Association

November Luncheon Meeting with The Honourable Stephen McNeil

New England- Canada Business Council

SBA Office of Advocacy – Regional Regulatory Roundtable – Boston, MA

U.S. Small Business Administration

40 Under 40 After Hours

Boston Business Journal

From cocoon to silk: Transformation lessons from an early-stage biotech start-up

North Shore Technology Council

Today’s Headlines


Boston begins efforts to become carbon neutral by 2050 – WBUR

Emerson has big plans for its corner of the Common – Boston Globe


Long-time social worker enters Attleboro rep race – Sun Chronicle

Northampton resident elected as youngest to Democratic State Committee – Hampshire Gazette

Framingham: School board member lobs accusations in profane emails – MetroWest Daily News

New Mass. law cracks down on handicapped parking abuse – WBUR


Senators race to pass tax bill by sweetening gains for wealthy – New York Times

Why Democrats are to blame for consumer agency debacle – Politico

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