Columbus Day holiday, Amore on the air, and more
— The Columbus Day holiday is observed in Massachusetts today – with most federal, state and local offices closed.
— The Urban Land Institute kicks off the first day of its annual fall meeting, featuring remarks from social psychologist Amy Cuddy, land developer Theaster Gates and NYU professor Scott Galloway, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St, Boston, starting at 8 a.m.
— Republican candidate for secretary of state Anthony Amore appears on WGBH’s ‘Boston Public Radio,’ WGBH-FM 89.7, 12 p.m.
— Democratic nominee for governor Jay Gonzalez is endorsed by climate advocacy organizations, with Craig Altemose of 350 Mass Action and Deb Pasternak of the Massachusetts Sierra Club participating, Needham Coordinated Campaign Headquarters, 20 Freeman Place, Needham, 1 p.m.
— Republican candidate for secretary of state Anthony Amore appears on NECN’s ’The Take,’ NECN, 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.
The Kavanaugh aftermath
Here are some aftermath tidbits on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation over the weekend as the ninth justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, after a tumultuous nomination showdown. … Shortly after U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced she would vote for Kavanaugh, a crowdfunding site organized by anti-Collins protesters crashed, apparently overwhelmed, reports the Washington Post. … The Globe’s Adrian Walker wonders why anyone is surprised that the Republican Collins fell into partisan line. … The left is most definitely mobilizing in the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation, the NYT reports. But the right is also mobilizing and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t be happier, the Times also reports. …. There’s a lot stunned and angry women out there, reports the Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert. …. From Ayanna Pressley at the Globe: “Let me say it again: I believe survivors. I believe Christine Blasey Ford. And I still believe Anita Hill.” … Before the Senate vote, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker declared that Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed, reports Gintautas Dumcius at MassLive. … But the Herald’s Howie Carr was doing a victory lap over the weekend, celebrating the Republican confirmation triumph and stinging Democratic defeat. … The Herald’s Adriana Cohen says Democrats are going to pay the price on November 6. … The Herald’s Joe Battenfeld writes that the confirmation is a huge victory for President Trump. … A Brookline friend of one of Kavanaugh’s accusers says a sexual-misconduct allegation was not adequately investigated, reports Alejandro Serrano at the Globe.
Brian Joyce’s corruption case dismissed by feds following his death
They had no choice. From Laurel Sweet at the Herald: “U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling has dismissed the government’s year-old racketeering and political corruption case against attorney Brian Joyce in the wake of the former state senator’s Sept. 27 death at his home in Westport. Lelling notified U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton Thursday.”
Report: McGinn was suspended after Globe started snooping around about ticket fixing
The Globe’s Matt Rocheleau confirms that Colonel James McGinn, head of the Massachusetts Environmental Police and former campaign driver for Gov. Charlie Baker, was indeed suspended over, among other possible things, allegations of fixing a ticket for a neighbor. But Rocheleau adds that the Globe was already looking into the alleged incident when the Baker administration, hours after turning over documents to the newspaper, announced McGinn’s suspension without pay.
Gintautas Dumcius at MassLive, meanwhile, reports that Baker is acknowledging that ticket-fixing is “certainly one of the elements of the review” of McGinn being conducted by the administration. In an editorial, the Herald is blasting the administration for not being transparent about the latest controversy to hit the Baker team.
Record number of West Nile cases reported in Massachusetts
Nine more cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Massachusetts, bringing the total number of human cases to 38 this year and setting a record for the highest number of cases of the virus in a single year, WCVB reports, citing Massachusetts Department of Public Health data. The mosquitoes are still out there, folks. We were slapping at them over the weekend while sitting on a back porch.
Looking more than hard: Warren spending big on national Facebook ads
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who says she’ll take a “hard look” at running for president in 2020, is already spending big on national Facebook ads designed to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid, reports the Globe’s Annie Linskey and Nihal Krishan. She’s even “peddling Warren merchandise on the Internet customized for voters in all 50 states.” Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl is hammering away at Warren, trying to make her presidential ambitions an issue in the Massachusetts general election, reports the Globe’s Victoria McGrane and Jeremy Fox.
Court officials to employees: Stay calm, we just want to take blood tests for possible high levels of mercury and lead
Stephanie Barry at MassLive reports how State Trial Court officials are trying to calm employees as possible renewed environmental tests get underway at the dilapidated Hall of Justice on State Street in Springfield. Sources told Barry that they have been “advised to obtain blood tests for elevated levels of lead and mercury.” Combined with the Lou Gehrig’s disease that two former judges were diagnosed with after working in the building, you might say employees are a little nervous.
Beacon Hill pols off to Portugal to study decriminalization of opioids
This is interesting. From Mary Markos at the Herald: “A delegation of state legislators is going to Portugal to review its decriminalization of opioids this week — but other top elected officials are raising concerns about importing the European nation’s policy here. Senate President Karen Spilka, in a press release, called the trip a ‘unique opportunity’ to gain insight into ‘possible solutions’ for the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as discussing economic and security issues.”
Legal pot puts campuses on the feds-vs-state spot
Speaking of drug policies: The state’s colleges and universities find themselves in a tight spot as newly legal recreational marijuana in Massachusetts brings pot smoking out of the shadows, the Globe’s Amelia Nierenberg reports. Because they rely on federal research funding, colleges are expected to enforce federal law which prohibits pot use on campus, though in reality most schools are taking a laissez-faire approach of minimal enforcement—at least for now.
British Consulate welcomes re-occupation of Boston by Redcoats, warns against dumping tea in harbor and littering in general
Universal Hub has a lot of good photos of the weekend re-enactment of British troops occupying Boston, marking the 250th anniversary of redcoats seizing control of our fair city in 1768. The U.K. Consulate Boston, meanwhile, has revealed its true colors, declaring on Twitter it was “delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s troops back to Boston” and, in another tweet, pronouncing that “throwing of tea into Boston Harbour is hereby prohibited” and that “violators shall be detained by Her Majesty’s soldiers and lectured *very* sternly against food waste and littering.”
Unclogging Boston’s roadways
The Globe’s Ideas Section had a big package on Sunday looking at all the ways policymakers and others might tackle the road congestion problem in eastern Massachusetts. Among the contributing writers, Dante Ramos warns not to rely on technology and new wonder services (read: autonomous cars, Uber and Zipcar, etc.) for solutions, while Joan Vennochi takes a look at the “transit heaven” served up in Seoul, South Korea. More links at Ideas.
Cape Cod’s coming Big Dig?
Speaking of clogged roads, the Globe’s Adam Vaccaro warns that Cape residents and motorists better brace themselves for coming traffic-congestion hell in order to relieve traffic-congestion hell near the canal, i.e. federal and state officials are inching closer to major work on the Bourne and Sagamore bridges and parallel roadway projects.
In Worcester, Housing Authority goes on offensive against fraud
The Worcester Housing Authority has changed tactics and formed a team to target fraud among its 17,000 tenants, including those living in subsidized housing without authorization and those who fail to report all of their income to the agency, Brian Lee reports at the Telegram. The fraud team recently brought its first-ever criminal fraud case to local court.
In New Bedford, showdown over cost of charter schools looming
As two New Bedford charter schools move forward with massive expansion plans, the city says diverting more students—and the education funding that goes with them— away from public schools will crimp the city’s ability to fund itself going forward, Aimee Chiavaroli reports in the Standard-Times.
Baker endorses referendum to preserve transgender law that he signed into law
This isn’t really big news, considering Gov. Charlie Baker signed the transgender-rights bill into law and now he’s trying to keep it. But it’s still news that he has endorsed Question 3. The Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert has the details, including how Baker quietly endorsed the initiative via an op-ed in the Rainbow Times. Btw: SHNS’s Matt Murphy at the BBJ (pay wall) has a story about Baker’s generally friendly, but still complicated, relationship with the LGBT community.
Question 1: Yard-sign war hell
Speaking of ballot initiatives, yard-sign war has broken out in the nurse-staffing Question 1 contest, with both sides reporting yard-sign casualties. Alexi Cohan at the Herald has the details.
How to rein in health-care costs – and how not to rein in health-care costs
Michael Widmer, the former head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, praises the state’s overall efforts to control health-care costs, saying Massachusetts is once again at the national forefront when it comes to health-care policies. But Susan Linn, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation New England, writes at CommonWealth magazine how not to rein in costs. She says a Boston-based organization is now pushing a plan that would effectively put a “punitive” cap on the value of people’s illnesses and health-care coverage.
State Police continue to withhold 911 call despite order to release
As far as transparency goes, this is about par for the State Police. Melissa Hanson reports at MassLive that the Mass. State Police are straight-up ignoring repeated orders from the state’s Supervisor of Public Records, i.e. Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s office, to release the tape or transcript of a 911 call about a quadruple murder in the town of West Brookfield last March.
Amore goes after Galvin over election security
And speaking of the secretary of state’s office: Anthony Amore, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, is going after Democratic incumbent William Galvin over security of Massachusetts’s elections, reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. Amore knows all about security matters, as director of security at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Yes, that Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. … Sorry, we couldn’t resist.
Mashpee Wampanoags march for land trust rights
With the U.S. Interior Department reversing a prior ruling that put Mashpee Wampanoag property into a formal tribal trust, members of the tribe over the weekend staged a major march to assert their sovereign rights, reports Mary Ann Bragg at the Cape Cod Times.
Boston to require developers to detail minority and gender diversity
What this will actually accomplish, other than signaling that the mayor is aware of criticism about development, we’re not quite sure. From Tim Logan at the Globe: “The Walsh administration plans to start asking real estate developers who want to buy city-owned land how much of their workforce, and investor pool, is made up of women and minorities, and how they would prevent renters from being displaced by their project.
Join Civic Series for this special HUBWeek event to better understand lobbying and how you can be more effective communicating to your elected officials. You’ll hear what it’s like to be on the other side of the lobbying and learn how to effectively communicate to elected officials and become a reliable advocate for your issues. This session includes plenty of time for your questions.
A Reception in Support of Jay Gonzalez for Governor
Please join Former Treasurer Steve Grossman; Former Mayor Setti Warren; Senator Cindy Creem; Representatives Ruth Balser, Kay Khan; Councilors Vicki Danberg, Josh Krintzman, Rick Lipof; Newton DCC Chair Shawn Fitzgibbons, DSC Member Martina Jackson; Hosts Dennis Kanin, Mike Offner for a reception in support of Jay Gonzalez for Governor.
Coffee With Colleagues
Jump start your day with this popular, fun and informal networking event at the offices of TIAA. Welcome remarks will be made by Sam Flood, Director of Corporate Real Estate at TIAA. This is an ideal opportunity to develop or rekindle business relationships while enjoying a continental breakfast. Move past business cards and make real connections at Coffee with Colleagues!
Get in the Know
Boston School Finder’s “Get in the Know” event will break down recent education data from a variety of sources, taking these insights from ideation to action by enlisting the help of parents and families. The goal is to equip parents and families with the information necessary to advocate for changes within schools and to work toward equitable opportunities for all students in Boston.
Book Release: “The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation”
Join us for a lively discussion of Pioneer Institute’s new book, “The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation.”
11th Annual Public Performance Conference
Please join us for the 11th Annual Public Performance Conference. The goal of the conference is to examine and discuss performance management research and models for the adoption and implementation of compelling practices in the public sector.
Divest to Invest: Divesting from the Prison Industry to Invest in Our Communities
Please join New Leaders Council Boston and community organizers, including the Corrections Accountability Project and College Bound Dorchester, on Thursday, October 18th to discuss a Boston-wide campaign to divest public and private funds from the prison industrial complex.
Negotiating Skills: Art, Science or Luck?
Learn how to identify the appropriate tactics and counter tactics employed for any type of negotiators to reach a more leveraged position (even when you think you’re at a disadvantage).
Fight Night Boston: Demetrius Andrade vs Billy-Joe Saunders
Matchroom Boxing USA and Murphys Boxing Promotions announce a major world championship boxing event to be held at Boston’s TD Garden on October 20, 2018.
Boston Trade Compliance and Policy Seminar
International trade regulations change constantly—old rules are updated and new regulations are added every day. Attend one of the full-day seminars in a location close to you to stay up to date on the latest information. Learn about changing international trade regulations with industry experts—C.H. Robinson’s Kevin Doucette —who is passionate about this subject.
We The People’s For Creators, By Creators
We The People, the world’s only multi-channel crowdfunding retail chain and community, is hosting a kick-off crowdfunding event where local entrepreneurs from companies such as Rocketbook, Think Board and allocacoc will provide tips on how to leverage crowdfunding to launch products. They will also discuss how to create crowdfunding campaigns and some lessons learned.
Real Estate Finance Fundamentals Onsite Course
This is a two part course that will be held on October 26, 2018 and November 2, 2018. This 2-day course will focus on debt and equity financing of income-producing real property. The course will look at both the private debt and equity markets for real estate finance, and the commercial mortgage-backed securities market for debt financing.
Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War (Gonson Lecture)
Experts say we are closer to accidental or intentional nuclear war than at any time since the 1950s – and yet, at the same time, also closer than ever to an international ban to dismantle all of these immoral weapons. Come hear about the race for human survival, and what citizens can do to help.
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