Happening Today

Voter registration deadline, Third Congressional and Suffolk DA forums, Capuano-Pressley debate

— Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 4 primary elections.

— Gov. Charlie Baker ceremonially signs legislation dealing with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, with Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Sens. Barbara L’Italien and Jason Lewis, and Rep. Danielle Gregoire attending, Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, 9:30 a.m.

— Governor’s Council interviews attorney Thomas Perrino, nominated to the Superior Court bench, and hears witness testimony, Council Chamber, 11 a.m., and Gov. Charlie Baker presides over weekly meeting, 12 p.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg hold their regular monthly meeting, Governor’s Office, Room 360, 11:30 a.m.

— U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Police Commissioner John Barbieri, and MGM Springfield president Mike Mathis hold public safety briefing ahead of MGM Springfield’s grand opening, MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield, 11:30 a.m.

— U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Secretary of State William Galvin, and DevelopSpringfield Chairman Nicholas Fyntrilakis make a grant announcement for Springfield Innovation Center, Tower Square Park, corner Main and Bridge streets, Springfield, 12:15 p.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker tours Crispus Attucks Children’s Center with Rep. Chynah Tyler and Department of Early Education and Care Commissioner Thomas Weber to announce the 2018 recipients of Early Education and Out-of-School Time Capital Fund Facilities Improvement Grant awards, 105 Crawford St., Dorchester, 2 p.m.

— UTEC hosts a youth-led candidates forum in the Third Congressional District race, UTEC Catalyst Center, 17 Warren St., Lowell, 5:30 p.m.

— A collective of 15 inner city churches, known as the Prophetic Resistance of Boston, will host a Suffolk County district attorney candidates forum, Eliot Congregational Church, 56 Dale Street, Roxbury, 5:30 p.m.

— U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who’s challenging Capuano in the Seventh Congressional Democratic primary, debate 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.

Today’s Stories

After six years, Glynn stepping down as Massport CEO

Thomas P. Glynn, who as Massport CEO has overseen dramatic expansion of international flights at Logan Airport as well as the rapid buildout of the Seaport district, says he will leave his post in November, Jon Chesto reports in the Globe. Glynn’s contract—which pays him nearly $300,000 annually—has another year on it, but he has notified Massport’s board that he wants to leave within 90 days. The board could start the search process for a new leader as soon as next week. 

This is a biggie as far as plum state-government appointments go. The Massport board will choose his successor – and that board is now controlled by Gov. Charlie Baker’s appointees.

Boston Globe

Good to know: Alewife ‘structurally sound,’ says Baker

More on the transportation front, from Gintautas Dumcius at MassLive: “Hours before he planned to tour something new (a mock-up of a Red Line train car), Gov. Charlie Baker had to answer questions about something old (the Alewife station garage). The garage remains ‘structurally sound’ as the agency is reviewing the parking facility every weekend until they start a major renovation, the governor said.”

Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth magazine reports that Baker, under increasing fire for the MBTA’s deteriorating infrastructure, is touting how the T is now in the financial position to finally start addressing its huge backlog of repair projects.


Getting ugly fast: The televised Galvin-Zakim debate

The Prince of Darkness and Price of Progressives went at it last night on WGBH’s ‘Greater Boston.’ From Milton Valencia at the Globe: “The first televised debate between Secretary of State William Galvin and his Democratic challenger, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, quickly turned into a rancorous battle between the longtime incumbent and upstart candidate.  Out of the gate Tuesday evening, Galvin accused Zakim of making ‘misstatements’ on his record — while Zakim accused Galvin of building an “empire” after two decades that allowed him to use his office for political gain. “

SHNS’s Matt Murphy at CommonWealth magazine has more on the on-air rhetorical brawl. Of course, you can watch their first and only debate in its entirety at WGBH.

Man charged with securities fraud worked for Galvin’s office for at least nine years

Not good timing for an incumbent facing a tough primary challenge. SHNS’s Matt Murphy at the BBJ reports that one of the three men charged with securities fraud this past spring worked for at least nine years as a contract technology consultant for Secretary of State Bill Galvin, whose office oversees securities enforcement. The consultant’s contract was terminated immediately after his arrest in April.


Baker says he has ‘full faith’ in State Police leader as OT scandal widens …

From Shira Schoenberg at MassLive: “Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday stood by the leaders of the Massachusetts State Police amid growing scandals there. ‘I have full faith in the colonel,’ Baker told reporters after an unrelated event in Boston, referring to Col. Kerry Gilpin, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.”

The Globe earlier this week reported that some within the agency, including Gilpin, were first aware of potential OT abuses as far back as 2014. Here’s one ex-State Police leader who the Herald’s Howie Carr has no faith in: John DiFava, who apparently likes collecting rocks on T railroad tracks.


… but they have no faith in Baker

Dustin Luca at the Salem News reports how the two Democratic candidates for governor, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie, had the nerve to trash-talk Gov. Charlie Baker on his home turf in Swampscott. They were practically taunting him from the local senior center!

Salem News

Walsh pours cold suds on Sam Adams boycott idea

Mayor Marty Walsh is rejecting the call by some, including Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, to boycott Sam Adams beer after company founder Jim Koch praised President Trump’s tax cuts, reports the Herald’s Brooks Sutherland. “I think that if you start talking about boycotting something against elected officials, including the president, there’s not much stuff we’d be able to buy in the country.” The Herald’s editorial board, meanwhile, is riding to Koch’s defense!

Still, the boycott movement has picked up key support in Boston Beer’s home neighborhood, where a resident has hung a spray-painted bed sheet sign reading: ‘SHAME! SAM ADAMS [heart] TRUMP SHAME!,’ reports the Globe’s Jackson Cote. Next up for Koch: The dreaded Cersie Walk of Shame in Jamaica Plain.

Boston Herald

In case you didn’t know, Massachusetts really dislikes Trump

So how unpopular is Donald Trump in Massachusetts? A new Morning Consult survey shows that Massachusetts ranks first in the nation for its dislike of the president’s job performance, reports the Globe’s James Pindell. But keep in mind: More than a third of state residents approve of the president’s job performance, the survey finds. That’s a lot of Cersie Walks of Shame to hold.

Grand jury cites Globe’s sex-abuse reporting in sweeping report on clergy misconduct in Penn.

The Globe has earned the right to brag on this one. From the paper’s Travis Andersen: “The Boston Globe’s reporting on clergy sex abuse prompted multiple victims in Pennsylvania to come forward, and the importance of the newspaper’s 2002 investigative series ‘can’t be overstated,’ a grand jury said Tuesday. The praise for the newspaper came in an 887-page report released by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office detailing a decades-long history of sexual abuse by priests in that state.”

It was actually hundreds of predator priests who raped and molested more than 1,000 children over a period of 70 years, according to the report, as the Herald’s Joe Dwinell writes.

Boston Globe

Cain stumping for Diehl: Warren is a ‘devout socialist’ while Dems ‘want to destroy our country’

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain yesterday was effectively warning that the end is near if Massachusetts re-elects U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calling her a “devout socialist” and accusing Democrats of wanting to “destroy our nation.” Shira Schoenberg at MassLive and Joe Battenfeld at the Herald have more on Cain’s appearance at a fundraiser for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl and his interview on Boston Herald Radio.

Message to Warren: Don’t retreat, stand firm, the criminal justice system really is racist

Speaking of Elizabeth Warren, the Globe’s Renée Graham is alarmed that the senior senator from Massachusetts is retreating/clarifying/whatever on her contention that the nation’s criminal justice system is “racist … front to back.” From Graham, who believes the system is indeed racist front to back: “Say what you want about President Trump — and I certainly have — but he never backs down from a statement.”

It should be noted: Dudley Selectman Steven Sullivan isn’t happy with Warren’s criminal-justice remarks – and he’s asking Warren to be “part of the solution, not part of the problem,” reports Mark Sullivan at the Telegram.

L’Italien’s mystery loan came from account once shared with her late mother

From the Globe’s Matt Stout: “Under pressure to reveal the source of $70,000 she loaned her congressional campaign, state Senator Barbara L’Italien said Tuesday she pulled the cash from a joint account she held for decades with her mother prior her death last year. L’Italien — one of 10 Democrats running in the Sept. 4 primary for the Third District — originally did not disclose the account’s existence on a federally required financial disclosure and only first acknowledged it last week.”

Boston Globe

Green acres is the place to be: Walsh heads to Iowa’s State Fair

The Globe’s Matt Stout also has the details on Mayor Marty Walsh’s latest out-of-state trip to campaign for Democrats in the mid-term elections. And you know you can’t resist: ‘Green Acres is the place to be …’ (YouTube).

Baker rejects switching farm composting authority from one agency to another

Speaking of farm livin’ and land spreadin’ out so far and wide, Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a bill pushed by Sen. Harriette Chandler that would have switched authority over composting operations at farms from Agricultural Resources to the Department of Environmental Protection, a move sought by Northboro residents fed up with “foul odors, 18-wheeler traffic, noise, rodents, flies and other problems” at a local farm that’s handling disposal of large amounts commercial food waste, reports Elaine Thompson at the Telegram.

Telegram & Gazette

Disgusting photos of the week: Scituate’s ‘brown water’ problem

Now we know why 400 people packed a selectmen’s meeting the other night in Situate, where residents are furious at the brown water coming out of their kitchen and bathroom faucets. We’re not talking light golden brown water. We’re talking disgusting dark brown water, the type you might see in a … never mind. Mary Whitfill at Wicked Local has more – and the story is accompanied by photos.

Wicked Local

About that Globe call to First Amendment arms …

Count WGBH media critic Dan Kennedy as among those who supports the Globe’s call for other newspapers to run editorials tomorrow condemning President Trump’s attacks on the media. About 200 newspapers have signaled they’ll take part in the coordinated media action, the Globe is reporting.

We’re equally alarmed about Trump’s unprecedented attacks on the media, which, like NYT Time publisher A. G. Sulzberger, we’re concerned could lead to violence and tragedy one day. But our view of the Globe’s action is that the only thing it will accomplish is confirm to critics that the media runs together in vast anti-Trump herds. It’s a form of virtue signaling the media could do without.


Then again: Charges reduced against woman who threatened to shoot a journalist

Speaking of potential violence aimed at journalists, Norman Miller at the MetroWest Daily News reports that the charge against a 64-year-old woman accused of threatening to shoot a Walpole Times reporter have been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor charge. She’s lucky. Amy Zuckerman was originally charged with making terrorist threats.

MetroWest Daily News

Cape gets temporary reprieve on Bourne Bridge work

State transportation officials delivered some good news for businesses and residents worried about another imminent round of traffic gridlock, saying major repair work on the Bourne Bridge will now be done in 2019, not later this year, Beth Treffeisen at the Cape Cod Times reports. Many Cape officials had pushed for the work to be delayed after similar activity on the Sagamore Bridge caused several days’ worth of extensive backups.  

Cape Cod Times

Progressives rally behind Sanchez

From Michael Jonas at CommonWealth magazine: “Facing a feisty challenge from his political left, state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez turned to progressive community leaders on Tuesday to vouch for his liberal bona fides, the latest sign that the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee isn’t taking for granted that his powerful perch on Beacon Hill is a guarantee of reelection on Mission Hill and the other neighborhoods of the 15th Suffolk District. “


Employers line up 50 deep to pitch former Necco workers

Another sign of the strong economy: More than 50 employers have signed up for a job fair organized by Revere and state officials aimed at finding new work for the 230 people left jobless when the Necco plant abruptly closed late last month. 

Lynn Item

Feds’ collaboration on immigrant arrests draws fire and praise

From Maria Cramer at the Globe: “Revelations that federal authorities have been collaborating to arrest and deport unauthorized immigrants who show up at interviews to seek legal residency drew a swift rebuke Tuesday from Democratic leaders and praise from advocates for tougher enforcement of immigration laws.”

Jacqueline Tempera at MassLive has a report on how the ACLU of Massachusetts first revealed the emails and other documents detailing the fed cooperation on the crackdowns.

Gaming Commission: Wynn investigation winding down

From SHNS’s Colin Young at the Salem News: “The Massachusetts Gaming Commission expects to wrap up its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino magnate Steve Wynn and the handling of those allegations by Wynn Resorts this month. … Once the commission’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau completes its investigation, it will brief commissioners and prepare for a public announcement of the review’s findings in September, Gaming Commission Executive Director Edward Bedrosian said Tuesday.”

Salem News

Pray they do: Trappist monks contemplate taste room at popular brewery

The Trappist monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey are exploring the possibility of opening a new year-round taste room at their Spencer Brewery, where their hugely popular beer is brewed, reports the BBJ’s Jessica Bartlett. Father Isaac Keeley, director of Spencer Brewery, sounds like a regular chief executive, talking about growing the “connection to the brand.” Check out the photos. It’s quite an operation.


VOTER SUPPRESSION IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center

We Are America the Beautiful is pleased to host Richard Cohen, President of Southern Poverty Law Center to discuss: Voter suppression trends; Issues with voter ID, early voting, purges of voter rolls and restrictions in registration processes; Court rulings

We Are America the Beautiful

Brew at the Zoo at Franklin Park Zoo

Don’t miss the ninth annual Brew at the Zoo! Brew at the Zoo is a beer-tasting event that offers guests the opportunity to walk on the wild side as they sample offerings from local breweries and restaurants.

Franklin Park Zoo

Examination of Laboratory, Medical and Device issues including Performance, Risk and Validation following Regulatory and ICH Statistical Guidelines

New York Events List

Strategies for Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency of your Quality Management System

New York Events List

Parks for All: How City Parks Address Inequity

The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center invites a panel of experts to address the question of how cities can achieve equitable access to open spaces.

Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Former Governor Michael Dukakis kicks off Canvass for Katie McBrine for State Senate

Join Michael and Kitty Dukakis for coffee and breakfast pastries before heading out to canvass for Dr. Katie McBrine. Please arrive by 11AM to hear the Duke introduce Katie. Canvassing will begin about 12PM. Bring the kids!

Committee to Elect Katie McBrine

International Conference on Planetary Science and Particle Physics (CSE)

Conference Series LLC Ltd cordially invite all the participants from all over the world to share their latest research in the field of Planetary Science and Particle Physics at International conference on Planetary Science and Particle Physics which is going to be held on August 27-28, 2018 at Boston, USA.

New York Events List

21st International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems on Green Chemistry

Conference Series is glad to announce 21st International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems on Green Chemistry, August 27-28, 2018 at Boston, USA. Green Chemistry 2018 will be organized around the theme “Encouraging World Towards Pure Techniques”.

New York Events List

International Conference on Clinical Pediatrics and Medicine (CSE) A

ConferenceSeries LLC Ltd is privileged to announce its “International Conference on Pediatric Hospital Medicine” with the innovative theme “Dynamic and Collegial approach of Pediatric Hospitalists” which will be held during August 29-30, 2018 inBoston, USA.

New York Events List

4th Annual Congress on Infectious Diseases (CSE) A

Conference Series LLC LTD Conferences invites all the participants from all over the world to attend “4th Annual Congress on Infectious Diseases” during August 29-30, 2018 Boston, USA which includes prompt keynote presentations, special sessions, workshops, symposiums, oral talks, poster presentations and exhibitions.

New York Events List

John Angus & Harvard RTC hosting: Meet & Greet for Candidate Rick Greenr

John Angus and the Harvard Republican Town Committee invite you to Meet Congressional Candidate Rick Green at the Hildreth House (15 Elm Street Harvard, MA) from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, August 29th. This is your opportunity to speak with Rick about any issues or concerns you might have about Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional district. We hope to see you there!

Rick Green for Congress

Today’s Headlines


Mayor Walsh is headed to Iowa. Yes, he’s going to the state fair – Boston Globe

Lynn English won’t extend a cheer coach’s contract after she’s seen saying ‘white power’ on video – Lynn Item


Local farmers talk milk pricing, labor with Rep. Richard Neal – Daily Hampshire Gazette

Suit against Berkshire Museum art sales to be argued before appeals court Sept. 4 – Berkshire Eagle

Pawtucket mayor hopes to play closer on PawSox stadium deal – Providence Journal

Gun owners group blasts 3D weapons ban – Salem News


Vermont Democrat Christine Haliquist is first transgender nominee for governor – NPR

‘People are terrified:’ Trump staffers live in fear of next Omarosa tape – Politico

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