Happening Today

Healey investigation, Comm Ave. Bridge project, DA and Governor’s Council forums

— Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton and MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike attend the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Board of Directors meeting, MassCEC, 63 Franklin St., Boston, 10 a.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh mark the grand opening of The Beverly, a workforce housing development in downtown Boston, The Beverly, 101 Beverly St., Boston, 10:30 a.m.

Senate meets in session without a calendar,, Gardner Auditorium, 11 a.m.


— Attorney General Maura Healey announces an investigation into a major e-cigarette manufacturer and other actions her office is taking to prevent the sale and marketing of tobacco products to minors, Attorney General’s Office, 20th floor, 1 Ashburton Place, Boston, 11 a.m.

— Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services and representatives from Massachusetts General Hospital release the City of Boston’s Youth Substance Use Prevention Strategic Plan, Eagle Room, Boston City Hall, 11:30 a.m.

— The Massachusetts Communities Action Network, Salem No Place for Hate Committee, Episcopal City Mission, Neighbor to Neighbor Lynn and Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition plan to protest ‘lack of action’ on immigrant issues, Grand Staircase, 11:30 a.m.

— Outgoing Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans makes his last ‘Ask the Commissioner’ appearance on ‘Boston Public Radio,’ WGBH-FM 89.7, 12 p.m.

— Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash and local officials celebrate the completion of the Manchester-by-the-Sea harbor dredging project and Polito will formally announce the grant round opening of the 2018 Dredging Pilot Program, Reed Park, across from 40 Beach Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, 12 p.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker, Lynn Mayor Tom McGee, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Reps. Dan Cahill, Lori Ehrlich, Jerry Parisella, Tim Whelan and Donald Wong and firefighters from across the Commonwealth participate in a ceremonial bill signing of an act related to disability benefits, Broadway Fire Station, 424 Broadway, Lynn, 12:15 p.m.

— MassDOT and the MBTA hold a news conference about ‘significant travel impacts’ that start July 26 due to the replacement of the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over the Turnpike, Turnpike Park near Boston University, 808 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 3 p.m.

— Arlington League of Women Voters, the Mass Incarceration Working Group of First Parish Church and the American Civil Liberties Union host a forum between Middlesex County district attorney candidates Donna Patalano and incumbent Marian Ryan, followed by a forum with two candidates for Governor’s Council — incumbent Marilyn Devaney and challenger Nick Carter, First Parish Church, 630 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 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.

Today’s Stories

They’ll be working through the weekend on Beacon Hill

House Speaker Robert DeLeo says lawmakers will be meeting every day, starting tomorrow and through the weekend, to finish up legislative business by the scheduled end of the session on July 31, or next Tuesday. Busy lawmakers will apparently get an assist from Gov. Charlie Baker, who has promised to get his budget recommendations to legislators as soon as possible, so they can focus on other issues, reports SHNS’s Matt Murphy. 

Btw: Among the many other items still on the legislative agenda at the State House, non-compete agreements and use of campaign funds for child-care have resurfaced as issues on Beacon Hill, SHNS is also reporting (pay walls).

SHNS (pay wall — free trial subscription available)

History: Gross becomes Boston’s first black police commissioner

Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross has been tapped as the city’s new police commissioner, the first person of color ever to hold the position, reports Ally Jarmanning and Lisa Creamer at WBUR. Gross’s quick appointment by Mayor Marty Walsh came after current commissioner Bill Evans officially announced yesterday that he’s indeed retiring to take over Boston College’s security force.

The Globe’s Travis Andersen and Jerome Campbell have the highlights of Gross’s rise to the top at BPD. The appointment is drawing high praise from across Boston, especially from leaders in the African-American community, the Herald reports. MassLive’s Jacueline Tempera reports how one person in particular is very happy: Gross’s mom. Joyce Ferriabough Bolling at the Herald says the appointment of Gross is cause for celebration, but there’s still work to be done. The Herald’s Joe Battenfeld explains why it was important for Walsh to act fast on the appointment.


The L’Italien PR coup: Was it an error or deception that got her on Fox News?

Now that everyone has had a good laugh at Fox News’s expense, after Democratic state senator and Congressional candidate Barbara L’Italien mistakenly got on air yesterday morning to blast President Trump, the Globe’s Steve Annear starts poking around about whether her surprise TV appearance was the result of an error or deception. Hint: He says L’Italien “hoodwinked” Fox.

Anyway, it was still fun, though not necessarily for the person who mistakenly booked L’Italien, as Universal Hub’s Adam Gaffin notes (“Somewhere a Fox booker is crying into a beer over the way he lost his job’). Dan Glaun at MassLive and Lindsey Bever at the Washington Post have more on what was undeniably a PR bonanza for L’Italien.

Boston Globe

Emerson poll: Capuano holds only a single-digit lead over Pressley

Speaking of Congressional races, Ayanna Pressley indeed still has work to do, but a new Emerson College poll does show her within striking distance of knocking off her Democratic primary rival, U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. According to the Emerson poll released yesterday, Capuano holds a 38 to 29 percent lead over Pressley in their Congressional battle, with 33 percent of voters still undecided. But these figures also caught our attention: Capuano leads 51 to 24 percent among likely voters. The Hill has more on the poll results.


Mayor Walsh dings Warren and Sanders over their 2020 messages

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh sat down with Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico’s Off Message podcast and offered his thoughts on the message Democrats need to lead with to win back working-class voters who backed Donald Trump in 2016 – and he questions some of the messaging coming from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, noting that “the banking industry really doesn’t impact” the types of voters who embraced Trump’s economic populism. He also dinged Bernie Sanders for failing to say how he would pay for the social safety-net ideas that he’s proposed. Of course, Walsh shares his non-surprise personal choice for 2020: Joe Biden.


Deval, not Liz, might be the best bet for Dems in 2020

Speaking of the 2020 presidential race, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren may have hit the front cover of New York Magazine and proclaimed as the defacto leader of the Democratic party. But the Herald’s Jaclyn Cashman thinks former Gov. Deval Patrick is a better bet for Dems in 2020: “He was not the GOAT governor, nor does he have a perfect track record on policies and legislation, but he sure can campaign and possibly win. … Patrick could take on President Trump because he is one of the best campaigners, who can deliver a speech filled with hope and inspiration unlike any other politician in the past several decades.” We happen to agree with her.

Boston Herald

MCAD now getting involved in … immigrant visas?

Pro-immigrant advocates are now turning to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to help some immigrants obtain special crime-victim visas, called U visas, and the commission has obliged on at least two occasions by granting such requests, reports the Globe’s Kathleen Conti. For all we know, the requests are perfectly valid. But it also sure looks like there’s some agency-shopping going on here by immigrant advocates.

Boston Globe

Senate resists Healey’s ‘fishing’ request for info on Hefner

From the Associated Press at NBC Boston: “Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler is pledging not to reveal the identities of individuals who gave information during the Senate’s investigation into former Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg and his estranged husband Bryon Hefner. … Chandler’s comments come as an attorney for the Senate has accused Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey of “fishing” for the identities.”

Ah, but the Senate did fork over a “trove of records” to a federal grand jury earlier this year, confirming the feds were, and perhaps still are, probing the case, reports Matt Stout at the Globe.

NBC Boston

Baker slams Trump on abortion-funding move

From SHNS’s Matt Murphy at the Sentinel & Enterprise: “Gov. Charlie Baker urged the Trump administration on Monday to back off its plan to cut federal funding to family planning clinics that provide abortion services, arguing that the new regulation would “enact unnecessary barriers to a woman’s right to choose.”

Meanwhile, Shira Schoenberg at MassLive reports that Baker, a pro-choice Republican, plans to sign a bill that repeals archaic anti-abortion and contraceptive laws still on the books in Massachusetts.

This all may be good general-election politics for the moderate Baker, but you have to wonder how it’s going to play out in the GOP primary, where conservative votes matter, as the Globe’s Joshua Miller reported the other day.

Sentinel & Enterprise

Thurston Howell III and other yacht club members thank you, lawmakers

From Brian Dowling at the Herald: “Yacht clubs on public land along the Charles and Mystic rivers and Boston Harbor could see their state rent payments slashed by nearly 40 percent thanks to a few lines buried in the state budget that would, in all, save the boat clubs $115,000 a year.”

Boston Herald

Cape Cod reporter IDs alleged drunk tow-truck driver to State Police, who promptly arrest him

It’s all in a day’s work for Robert Bastille of the Hyannis News, who showed up at a scene of one traffic stop in Barnstable, only to tell State Police that he had just seen the arriving tow-truck driver swerving erratically on the road — and that he had the dashcam-video proof. The troopers gave the tow-truck driver a field sobriety test — and then arrested him. MassLive has more on the journalistic/good citizen exploits of Bastille, a photojournalist and founder of the Hyannis News.

Hyannis News (video)

Grim Reaper visits the New York Daily News

Speaking of reporters, take a look at the photo accompanying this story by the Washington Post about the New York Daily News’s deep newsroom cuts announced yesterday. Anyone who’s ever been in a local newsroom as the pink slips fly (and we’ve been there) know the shocked and sad reaction all too well.

Washington Post

Just wait till Mayor Walsh hears about this: Uber and Lyft getting into bike and scooter ride-sharing act

As Mayor Marty Walsh mans the barricades against a potential Bird scooter invasion of Boston, Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth magazine reports on how Uber and Lyft are “expanding their vision of ride-sharing to include not just cars but bicycles, electric bicycles, and electric scooters.”


So what’s preventing Bob Kraft from building a new soccer stadium in Boston?

Contrary to reports coming out of Miami (of all places), Bob Kraft is not about to build a new stadium near TD Garden for his New England Revolution soccer team – and he’s going to have trouble finding a stadium site anywhere else in downtown Boston, reports the Globe’s Tim Logan. The reason: “Blame it on Boston’s costly and complex real estate market, its thorny neighborhood politics, and the economics of stadiums in a city where taxpayer-funded subsidies are a tough sell.”

Boston Globe

Local zoning: The true driver of the state’s housing crisis

Rachel Heller, CEO of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, and Marc Draisen, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, write at WBUR that there will be no fix to the housing crisis in Massachusetts until lawmakers bore into the real problem: Local zoning laws. Besides backing Gov. Baker’s housing plan, they have their own suggestions, including making housing and zoning discrimination a violation of civil rights law.

Fyi: House Speaker Bob DeLeo hasn’t ruled out action on the housing front in the waning days of the legislative session. But he acknowledges it will be tough to pass something substantive due to the lobbying efforts by commercial developers and, you guessed it, city and town governments, as SHNS’s Andy Metzger reports (pay wall).


Diehl: Trump’s right to question intelligence agencies because Obama administration is trying to ‘undermine’ him

Nah, it’s not so much the Russians we have to worry about these days, says state Rep. Geoff Diehl, the former Democrat turned Trump-groupie now running for the U.S. Senate. It’s the Obama administration and those U.S. intelligence types who are trying to “undermine” the Trump presidency. Tori Bedford at WGBH has more from the state GOP-endorsed candidate who doesn’t seem to understand that the Obama administration is no longer in power.


Kingston plays the sanctuary-cities card against Warren in TV ads

Speaking of the GOP primary race, from Shannon Young at MassLive (with video): “Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kingston slammed Elizabeth Warren stance on immigration policies — particularly on so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ — as his campaign launched its first television ad Monday. The Winchester businessman, who is among a handful of GOP hopefuls looking to unseat the incumbent Democrat, released the 30-second TV spot as part of a $2 million, pre-primary blitz, his campaign announced.”

MassLive (video)

Meanwhile, counter-protester arrested for shoving Ayyadurai’s own megaphone in his face

One more enlightening U.S. Senate-race item, also from Shannon Young at MassLive (with more video): “One person was arrested Sunday after engaging with independent U.S. Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai outside Elizabeth Warren’s town hall at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Ayyadurai, who was campaigning outside the incumbent Democrat’s Great Barrington event, claimed in a video posted on Twitter that a ‘racist guy committed a hate crime’ by hitting him in the face with his own megaphone.”

It was an ugly (and very stupid) incident, but, no, it wasn’t a racist hate-crime incident, as Ayyadura is so quick to claim for phony victimhood reasons.


Lesley buys rest of divinity school campus in Harvard Square

Makes you wonder how Lesley nabbed this gem, not Harvard. Anyway, from Max Stendahl at the BBJ: “Lesley University has acquired a group of historic buildings in Cambridge previously owned by the Episcopal Divinity School, making the university the sole owner of the so-called Brattle campus in Harvard Square. Lesley said last week that it had completed the acquisition of five historic buildings and half of a shared structure.”


In Pittsfield, worries about pot-shop oversaturation

As many as seven recreational marijuana shops could be competing for the right to open in Pittsfield, sparking concern among residents and marijuana entrepreneurs alike about oversaturation of the emerging market, Amanda Drane reports in the Berkshire Eagle.

Berkshire Eagle

Former Quincy school committee member and GOP official charged with embezzlement

From Neal Simpson at the Patriot Ledger: “A former Quincy school committee member and state Republican party official has been charged with stealing money from an elderly client at her former law firm. Christine Cedrone, 48, is due to be arraigned next Monday on charges of fiduciary embezzlement and larceny of property worth more than $1,200 from a person over 60.” This isn’t the first time Cedrone has gotten into trouble, as Simpson notes.

Patriot Ledger

UnitedHealth Care reluctantly returns to Mass. health exchange – very reluctantly

From Mark Reilly at the BBJ: “UnitedHealth Group, which quit most of the state health exchanges supporting the Affordable Care Act last year, will return to one of them, in Massachusetts, next year. But that doesn’t mean it wants to.  The Minneapolis-based insurer will be required to participate in MassHealth, the Bay State’s health exchange, because its UnitedHealthcare small-employer insurance now covers more than 5,000 people in the state, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last week.”

Methuen police-pay dispute takes new turn

The union representing Methuen police superior officers, who were recently in line to receive huge budget-busting raises, say the City Council’s failure to fully fund a compromise pay increase throws the entire deal into question, Lisa Kashinsky reports in the Eagle-Tribune. The Methuen Police Superior Officers Union said it is preparing to file a formal wage violation complaint against the city. 

Eagle Tribune

Western towns get mostly cold shoulder in Third Congressional race

For all the attention and money flowing into the Third Congressional race, some voters in the western reaches of the district aren’t feeling the love from the massive field of candidates, Chris Liskinski reports in the Lowell Sun. Just two candidates have opened campaign offices in Fitchburg or other westward communities and he notes that both simple math and political leanings may explain the focus on Lowell and its immediate suburbs. 

Lowell Sun

There will always be a Chicago: Mayoral candidate hands out wads of cash at church

Finally, from the Land of Lincoln and elected-office-salesman Blago himself, comes this from WGN-TV (with video): “Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson says he wasn’t trying to buy anyone’s vote when he handed out close to $200,000 to churchgoers. The millionaire businessman said Sunday’s appearance at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church was nothing more than ‘one of the biggest property tax relief assistance’ events of the year and the kind of thing he’s done before.”

WGN (video)

Forum with Candidates for Middlesex County DA and Governor’s Council

Participating candidates: District Attorney: Donna Patalano and Marian Ryan (incumbent); Governor’s Council: Nick Carter and Marilyn Petitto Devaney (incumbent). Co-Moderators: Patti Muldoon and James Milan

Massachusetts Democratic Party

A Job Fair & CORI Sealing Clinic for a New Economy

The Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association, the Commonwealth Dispensary Association, the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Equitable Opportunities Now, and ELEVATE NE are pleased to collaborate and co-host a special event connecting prospective employees to one of Massachusetts’s fastest growing sectors.

Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association, the Commonwealth Dispensary Association, the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Equitable Opportunities Now, and ELEVATE NE

Coffee with the BBJ Editor & Publisher

Join Boston Business Journal Editor Doug Banks and Publisher Carolyn M. Jones for coffee at our office. You’ll get the chance to network with business professionals from various industries & introduce yourself and/or your business to our team.

Boston Business Journal

2018 Summer Institute in Global Leadership: Advanced Public Speaking

Advanced Institutes bring together older students who are passionate about global issues and are in, or aspire to be in, leadership roles that demand advance communication skills. This week, students will work together to develop public speaking skills through the format of Model UN crisis simulations. There will be a particular focus on presentation tips and tricks and extemporaneous speaking.

United Nations Association of Greater Boston

NAIOP 8th Annual Harbor Cruise

Mix business with pleasure on the decks of the NAIOP Harbor Cruise, featuring networking, an 80’s theme party, and cocktails. Connect with friends and colleagues while enjoying a 360-degree view of Boston’s ever-changing waterfront.

NAIOP Massachusetts

2018 #FlipMyFunnel B2B Marketing and Sales Conference

Each year, more than 1,000 B2B marketing and sales professionals gather together to learn about the latest in B2B marketing and sales, network with one another and explore the latest technologies to power their programs.


Malden Democratic City Committee Annual Summer BBQ

We hope you’ll join us for our summer BBQ! This annual event is always a lot of fun and a great chance to catch up with old friends while supporting MDCC.

Malden Democratic City Committee

Today’s Headlines


Fidelity rebuffs latest attempt for truce in fight over South Boston hotel name – Boston Globe


Ofo is pulling its dockless yellow bikes out of Worcester, Boston area amid a nationwide downsizing – MassLive

Attleboro mayor seeks smoking restrictions on drivers – Sun Chronicle

Former Quincy school committee member indicted – Patriot Ledger

Keating’s rivals working up coalitions, endorsements – Cape Cod Times

MGM Springfield launches advertising campaign feature city skyline – MassLive


Trump threatens to strip former officials of security clearances – New York Times

Supreme Court pick’s remarks on Nixon case open new front in confirmation fight – Washington Post

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