SCOTUS appointment, Sanchez- Elugardo forum, and more
— President Donald Trump is expected to make a much-anticipated announcement about his nominee to succeed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
— Boston Mayor Martin Walsh provides remarks at the Boston Fire Department graduation ceremony, Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St., Dorchester, 10:30 a.m.
— Gov. Charlie Baker joins Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, who has endorsed Baker’s re-election bid, for a tour of the new Riverwalk West residences at Riverwalk’s historic wood mill building, Riverwalk West, 1 South Union St., Lawrence, 12 p.m.
— Gov. Charlie Baker joins House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Harriette Chandler and other legislative leaders for a private meeting, Senate President’s Office, Room 332, 2 p.m.
— Anna and Rich Levitan, whose daughter was hit and killed by a distracted driver in 2013, talk on ‘Radio Boston’ about their advocacy for a hands-free driving bill that’s now before lawmakers, WBUR-FM 90.9, 3 p.m.
— House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and his primary election opponent, Nika Elugardo, face off in a forum sponsored by JP Progressives, Our Revolution Boston, NAACP Boston and Amplify LatinX, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 6:30 p.m.
— U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. James McGovern are guests on ‘Greater Boston,’ WGBH-TV Ch. 2, 7 p.m.
For more calendar listings, check out State House News Service’s Daily Advances (pay wall – free trial subscriptions available) and MassterList’s Beacon Hill Town Square below.
S-Day: Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee – and former Waltham taxi driver still in the mix
President Trump, the former reality show host, is expertly mining this one for all the attention he can get: Later today he’s expected to announce, perhaps in a prime-time address, his nomination to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. According to the New York Times, Judge Thomas Hardiman, who once drove a cab for his father’s Waltham taxi company, is still in the final mix. The Associated Press at the Globe has more on Hardiman and the other top candidates under consideration. The Herald’s Kimberly Atkins has a good column on the circus show-like atmosphere surrounding the SCOTUS pick.
Beauty and the beast: Miss Plymouth hands in crown after Miss Massachusetts emcee mocks #MeToo movement
Maude Gorman, Miss Plymouth County and a contestant at the recent Miss Massachusetts contest, has handed in her crown in disgust over a pageant skit in which the emcee made a joke about the #MeToo movement. Gorman didn’t find it funny. Not at all. She’s survivor of a rape at the age of 13. NBC Boston has more on the controversy and Gorman’s reaction. The Observer initially broke the story about the pageant skit and has a video.
Not good: Bullets hit BPD headquarters during gun battle just outside
From Adam Gaffin at Universal Hub: “A man ran into Boston Police headquarters on Tremont Street in Roxbury around 11:30 p.m. (on Saturday) with gunshot wounds to the groin and arm. Officers on duty at the station heard the gunfire and then discovered the headquarters building itself had also been hit – both in the front and on the Ruggles Street side.” From UH’s comments section: “Wow. Just wow.” … “Now that headquarters has been struck by gunfire it’s really making me think if the police are in control and I am definitely very concerned.” … CBS Boston has more on the incident.
The Warren-Trump war of words: Will it ever end?
It’s ping-pong journalism time, as the media dutifully reports the now familiar back-and-forth insults and counter-insults lobbed by President Trump and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at each other. Sunday’s installment: Warren, appearing in Natick, calling Trump a “bully” who’s targeting “every woman who speaks up,” reports Jeremy Fox at the Globe and the Washington Post.
The Globe’s Annie Linskey, in two separate stories, appears to be conducting journalistic strafing runs on Warren’s behalf, writing about Trump’s “double scoop of misogyny and racism” on Friday and his “bigoted, dangerous” rhetoric today. Both articles are accompanied by a lot of “critics say” and “critics call” attributions. The Herald’s Joe Battenfeld, meanwhile, is conducting his own counter-journalistic strafing runs against Warren, arguing in one piece that Warren’s past ethnic claims remain a legitimate issue and arguing in another she can’t take her re-election for granted. … The bottom line: We still live in a two-newspaper town.
Contrasts in style: Patrick and Warren’s varying approaches to handling Trump
Speaking of Elizabeth Warren, the Globe’s Matt Viser has a good story about how the state’s U.S. senator and former Gov. Deval Patrick, both of whom are eyeing a White House run in 2020, share the same liberal values but offer contrasting styles on how to deal with President Trump, i.e. fighting fire with fire or taking the high road. We have a suspicion Patrick’s more unifying approach is what many moderate liberals and moderates in general desperately yearn for – and it could put him in a good position come 2020.
Pressley: It’s OK to make Trump supporters feel ‘uncomfortable’
Speaking of political styles and tactics, from the Herald’s Brian Dowling: “Congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley said voters should not shy away from making Trump administration officials feel “uncomfortable,” while her rival in the hotly contested 7th District race is urging a bit more respect ‘Calls for civility to meet an uncivil threat to our liberties, our rights and our basic humanity are deeply misguided,’ Pressley said yesterday in a statement to the Herald.”
So we gather she doesn’t think incidents like this are misguided. From the Washington Post: “A group of Democratic Socialists and other angry protesters pursued Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) through a restaurant parking lot on Saturday, berating him with a mixture of immigration rhetoric and personal insults — and at one point an apparent threat to visit his home.”
Vineyard shunning, Part III: ‘A dangerous road to totalitarianism’
What did the world do to deserve this? Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who has complained that he’s being socially shunned on Martha’s Vineyard for legally defending President Trump, isn’t letting go, writing in a Globe op-ed that people today, especially lefties, are living in ‘political silos’ and increasingly believe in absolute truths, a thought process that can only lead down the ‘dangerous road to totalitarianism.’ Meanwhile, the AP’s William Kole at WBUR reports how Dershowitz’s Vineyard shunning complaint is getting mocked around the country.
Another turbulent weekend for Steamship Authority
Trust us, you had a better weekend than the Steamship Authority. Still trying to shake off a brutal spring of missed trips and mechanical issues, the agency saw one of its shuttle buses go up in flames on Saturday, damaging more than dozen cars in the process, Cynthia McCormick reports at the Cape Cod Times. Then on Sunday, the MV Governor had to be taken out of service after maintenance staff spotted a wiring problem, which the Globe’s John Hilliard reports added two more missed trips to the tally of woes.
What the state needs is a good class-action lawsuit over education funding
Julia Mejia and Michael J. Maguire were on opposite sides of the recent Question 2 charter-school fight, but they’re on the same side when it comes to demanding more state funds for lower-income school districts — and they write at CommonWealth magazine that it will probably take a class-action lawsuit, similar to the 1978 McDuffy case, to finally settle the issue.
Walsh: No Starbucks in the North End
Mayor Marty Walsh has come out against the opening of a new Starbucks at the entrance to the North End, one of the last vibrant “Little Italy” commercial districts in the country, reports Matt Conti at North End Waterfront. But Universal Hub’s Adam Gaffin notes that Walsh once said no to a Starbucks in South Boston – and Starbucks ended up getting its license anyway.
Christian group sues Boston over refusal to fly its religious flag
Camp Constitution is suing the city of Boston over its refusal to allow the Christian group to fly its flag over City Hall Plaza last year, Jordan Graham reports in the Herald. The city says it has consistently declined requests to raise religious-themed flags, but the group says no such formal policy exists.
So what to do with that extra $1.2 billion?
It’s official: The state ended its last fiscal year, ending June 30, with $1.2 billion more than anticipated in tax revenues. But the surplus isn’t a surplus in a conventional sense, since much of the money must automatically go into the state’s rainy-day reserve accounts, while fiscal watchdogs, on the left and right, warn that much of the new revenue appears to be tied to one-time tax-code changes, reports the Globe’s Joshua Miller.
Shoppers may have to wait a year for that automatic sales-tax holiday
Sure, the “grand bargain” agreement passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Charlie Baker includes making permanent an annual sales-tax holiday in Massachusetts. But most of the new law, including the sales-tax holiday component, doesn’t kick in till next year, reports SHNS’s Matt Murphy at WBUR. So will lawmakers pass a special sales-tax holiday for this year? It’s not clear.
Let non-citizens vote? Councilor thinks it’s time
Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell wants to “consider ways” to let noncitizens vote in city elections – and the council tomorrow will hold a hearing on the controversial idea of noncitizen immigrants vote in elections, reports Sean Philip Cotter and Jules Crittendon at the Herald.
Time’s up: T’s window to privatize services comes to an end
From Adam Vaccaro at the Globe: “Just like that, one of the major reforms at the T is over. The three-year window the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority had to freely outsource work to private contractors ended on July 1. It was a quiet conclusion to what had been the Baker administration’s most controversial proposal in the aftermath of the 2015 transit collapse.” As Adam notes, the T did outsource a fair amount of services – and, perhaps most significantly, it used the threat of privatization to win major union concessions. He has all the details.
Arthur Pollock, RIP
The is a real sad one. From the Herald: “Longtime Boston Herald photographer Arthur Pollock, whose 40-year career spanned the dark room to the digital newsroom, died yesterday. Pollock, 68, made a mark on the Boston news landscape photographing thousands of news events, celebrities and athletes. He kept up the pace after being named assistant chief photographer.” The Herald’s Joe Fitzgerald says good bye to an old friend, colleague and true mensch. “Oh, to hear that laugh again this morning, but it’ll be heard only in treasured memories now because cancer finally claimed him at the age of 68.”
It’s not just Amazon and Facebook gobbling up space: Wayfair eyeing huge expansion
From Steve Adams at Banker & Tradesman: “Fresh off signing a 395,000-square-foot office lease in Back Bay, online retailer Wayfair is already scouting real estate for its biggest expansion to date. The home furnishings e-tailer, which last year rang up nearly $5 billion in sales, is in the market for another 750,000 square feet of office space in Boston to accommodate its rapid job growth, according to commercial brokers.”
Non-demotion demotion: Top medical examiner executive returns to ‘largely the same’ duties
The Globe’s Matt Stout has gotten hold of an email that shows that Lisa Riccobene, suspended last month following a probe of her credential claims, is back at work at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner performing “largely the same” duties, despite the state’s assertion she had been demoted. Riccobene was suspended last month following a Globe report that called into question her claim that she had earned a master’s degree at Northeastern University, as Stout notes.
Could Janus decision reshape campaign spending in Mass.?
Conservative fiscal watchdog groups are among those predicting a realignment of campaign funding in the state in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Janus case that allows non-union members to refuse to pay union dues, Christian Wade of the Eagle Tribune reports. Meanwhile, the AP’s Steve LeBlanc at the Berkshire Eagle reports that Beacon Hill lawmakers are looking for ways to help unions in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling. But as Wade notes in his story, it’s not clear lawmakers can do much.
Playing hardball: National Grid cuts health-care benefits to locked-out workers
Speaking of unions, from Dan Atkinson at the Herald: “Locked-out union members are blasting National Grid for stopping payment to their health care plans, but the company says it won’t give out benefits while the workers refuse to give up the ability to strike. … The two sides have clashed over National Grid’s proposed changes to the company’s health care plan and benefits for new hires.”
Judge recuses herself from Rosenberg-Hefner case
We have no idea what to make of this. From the Globe’s Matt Stout: “The Superior Court judge who approved a request to shield the name of the man suing former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg and his husband, Bryon Hefner, abruptly stepped down from the civil case Friday, shortly after the two filed paperwork opposing it. Judge Debra A. Squires-Lee did not say why she recused herself from the case against Hefner and Rosenberg, which alleges that Hefner sexually assaulted a then-State House aide and that Rosenberg ‘knew or was aware’ that Hefner posed a risk to others.”
Local trade-war casualties: Lobstermen, cranberry growers and scrap-metal recyclers
The BBJ’s Greg Ryan reports that the new trade war between the U.S. and China will hit the Bay State’s lobster, cranberries and scrap-metals industries the hardest. In all, China’s retaliatory tariffs will take at least a $90 million bite out of the state’s annual exports. The Herald’s Jordan Graham has more on the business community’s growing concerns over the trade war.
Surge of women candidates for Congress reflects national trends
Amid a political environment that many say has created a perfect storm for female candidates nationwide, more than dozen women are running for Massachusetts Congressional seats this year, nearly as many as ran in the previous decade, Shannon Young reports at MassLive. The vast majority of female candidates in the state overall, meanwhile, are seeking elected office for the first time.
Massie gives his campaign another self-loan
From the Globe’s Joshua Miller: “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie is still struggling mightily with fund-raising, bringing in just $5,430 in outside donations in the last two weeks of June and loaning his campaign $20,000 to help keep it afloat, according to public records and Massie. It pushes the total he has loaned or given his campaign to more than $100,000, state campaign finance records show.”
Candidate’s Forum: Jeffrey Sanchez and Nika Elugardo (Suffolk 15th District)
On July 9th, JP Progressives, Our Revolution Boston, NAACP Boston, and Amplify LatinX will host a forum with State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and Nika Elugardo, his challenger to represent the Suffolk 15th District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.The Suffolk 15th District includes parts of Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roslindale and Brookline.
Knishes with Katherine Clark!
On Monday, July 9 at 7 p.m., JALSA will be hosting our summer crowdraising event: Knishes with Katherine Clark! The Congresswoman will join us at a home in Cambridge for an intimate discussion on social justice and progressive issues.
Elected Officials, Business Leaders, and Transportation Advocates to Make Case for Regional Ballot Initiatives at Massachusetts State House
MAPC, PVPC and T4MA will host a discussion of the potential impact and benefits of Regional Ballot Initiatives.
Space Spotlight at Pier 4
Join NAIOP on Pier 4’s expansive rooftop terrace as we hear from Jessica Hughes, Brooks Brown and Dave Wilkinson.
The Climate Action Business Association’s Annual Cookout
Join the Climate Action Business Association for an evening of grilled cuisine, refreshments, and lawn games. Learn what our organization has been involved with this year, and engage with fellow member businesses and environmental professionals
5th Annual Strategic Internal Communications–East Coast
For the past 4 years this highly anticipated conference has continued to bring over 100 internal communication professionals together to benchmark best practices. Together, over 3 days, attendees have brainstormed solutions for their biggest challenges, shared cost-effective resources, and gained an inside look at internal communication strategies from leading organizations.
South End By Foot: A NAIOP Summer Walking Tour
Visit some of the South End’s most exciting commercial & residential projects, including completed developments & those to come. Following a presentation by Jonathan Greeley of Boston Planning & Development Agency, attendees will be guided on a walking tour to hear from developers of the Flower Exchange, Harrison /Albany Block Developments & AC Hotel / 7INK by Ollie at Ink Block.
Suffolk County Candidate’s Forum: District Attorney & Registry of Deeds
Please join Boston’s Ward 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 19 Democratic Committees for a joint forum with the candidates running for Suffolk County District Attorney and Suffolk County Registry of Deeds.
CFO of the Year Awards 2018
Don’t miss your chance to meet & learn from Boston’s top CFOs at the 10th annual CFO of the Year Awards!
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