Happening Today

Patriots’ Day and Tax Day

— Today is Patriots’ Day, an official state holiday, with state and local governments closed and public schools also closed due to both the holiday and school vacation week. Federal courts, state parks and most private businesses and colleges are open. 

— Today is also Tax Day, April 15, but the tax deadline for Massachusetts is pushed back to Wednesday due to today’s holiday and Emancipation Day in Washington.

— Revolutionary re-enactments in Boston, Lexington, Concord and Medford, among other places, are mostly held this morning. 


— The Boston Marathon starts at 9 a.m. in Hopkinton, while the Red Sox’ annual Patriots Day game starts at 11:05 a.m.

— The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and its local chapters rally against ‘construction tax fraud.’ 1883 Main St., Springfield, 9 a.m.

— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will make an appearance at the marathon finish line in Copley Square, 10:30 a.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

‘Stop & Strike,’ Part II: Pols side with striking workers in standoff

The strike at Stop & Shop stretched into a new week Monday after a weekend that saw a slew of elected officials expressing their support for the workers.  

Not surprisingly, local Democrats, including U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Lori Trahan, are standing by the thousands of workers at Stop & Shop who are striking over lack of a new contract, reports Alexi Cohan at the Herald.  And from Shira Schoenberg at MassLive: “Elizabeth Warren tells Stop & Shop shoppers, ’Do not cross the picket line.’”

Meanwhile, the BBJ’s Greg Ryan reports that Stop & Shop is facing a major problem trying to keep some of its stores staffed and operating during the strike. The reason? The overall labor shortage in Massachusetts, he writes. Meanwhile, Hilary Burns at the BBJ reports how the Stop & Shop strike is demonstrating the growing strength of unions in Massachusetts.

And John Hilliard of the Globe reports talks continued all weekend under the direction of a federal mediator and were set to resume Monday. The impasse may yet hold but expect the chain to be more motivated than ever to strike a deal after the week’s two busiest shopping days passed with many of its stores entirely out of commission.

Party of Five? Pelosi disses progressive Dems

Not just cold. Ice cold. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told 60 Minutes that the extreme progressive wing of the Democratic party is made up of “like five people,” a reference to firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , Zach Burdock reports at The Hill. Our question: Does “like five people” include  U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, AOC’s close friend and ally? Anyway, in downplaying the number of Dems embracing Democratic socialism, Pelosi said all members of the party recognize the need to hold the center going forward. There had been no response from members of the party-of-five as of Monday morning.  

The Hill

Undaunted: Warren downplays poor polling, vows to continue the good fight

The Herald’s Lisa Kashinsky reports that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shrugging off recent polls – as well as fundraising data – showing her behind other Dem candidates running for president. “It’s early and I’m running the campaign that I want to run,” Warren said.

Meanwhile, the Globe’s Michael Cohen writes that it’s not clear if Warren’s populist and sometimes angry message will prevail in the long run. “Only time will tell,” he writes. “But one thing seems clear: Elizabeth Warren won’t go down without a fight.

Btw: Aaron Bankers at the Washington Post is still ranking Warren as the third most formidable Dem in the race. He explains.

Hanging on to hope: Hampshire College lays out path forward

The interim president at troubled Hampshire College is laying out an optimistic path forward that includes the Amherst school admitting a freshman class next spring and raising as much as $20 million over the next year to stay independent, Dusty Christensen reports in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Interim president Kenneth Rosenthal, who is being paid just $1 to serve in the role, said layoffs will still be needed, though faculty members are also working on a plan to avoid some of the deepest cuts. 

Daily Hampshire Gazette

Final countdown: Neal demands IRS hand over Trump’s tax returns by April 23 — or else

This time he really means it. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has refreshed his demand for six years’ worth of tax returns from President Donald Trump, starting a 10-day countdown to a likely subpoena or lawsuit, Ray Kelly reports at MassLive. The original request from Neal, the chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, was all but ignored by the IRS. What happens after April 23 will reveal a lot about whether Neal’s go-slow-and-get-the-process-right approach to the request was the right move in the face of numerous calls for him to act more quickly. 


So what’s Holyoke’s mayor up to in 413 land?

Speaking of Richard Neal, Matt Szafranski at Western Mass. Politics & Insider doesn’t have to read tea leaves to divine that Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has his eye on higher office – and perhaps Neal’s seat. The question we have: Is being seen as a tool of a billionaire’s ego the way to go about challenging an incubment?


Post-election bliss: Baker administration hires four ex-employees of state GOP

From the Globe’s Matt Stout: “Now that Governor Charlie Baker has settled into his second term, some of the Massachusetts Republican Party staffers who helped bolster his reelection campaign have landed directly in his administration. State officials have recently hired four of the state GOP’s operatives, including two directly within the governor’s office. Weeks before that, the party’s former chair — and a Baker favorite — also secured a full-time job in the Norfolk County sheriff’s office, where a Baker appointee had recently taken over.”

Boston Globe

Carried away, Part III: Globe pulls controversial op-ed after even the owners complain

The controversy over Luke O’Neil’s online Globe column – you know, the one that was heavily edited after he initially fantasized about urinating in Bill Kristol’s meal – briefly went national late last week with a Washington Post piece on the affair. Then the Globe simply pulled the column, after John and Linda Pizzuti Henry read the story after all the multiple edits and concluded, basically, that it still didn’t belong in the Globe. Tori Bedford at WGBH has the details.


Did Trahan use a ‘pledge loophole’ to accept corporate campaign funds?

Lee Fang at the Intercept reports that U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, while running for Congress last year to fill the Third District seat vacated by Niki Tsongas, swore off accepting “corporate” PAC money. But she did accept money from “trade association” PACs backed by corporations, a sort of “pledge loophole” that she and other Dems used to get around the “spirit” of their anti-corporate PAC pledges, Fang writes. Fyi: Here’s more on the “Intercept,” in case you’re interested.

The Intercept

2020 vision: West Bridgewater selectman planning run against Rep. DuBois

It’s never too early. West Bridgewater Selectman Anthony Kinahan says he’ll challenge Brockton Rep. Michelle DuBois for the 10th Plymouth District seat she has held since 2014, Josie Albertson-Grove reports at the Patriot Ledger. Kinahan, a Republican, says he needs the head start to overcome DuBois’ advantages as the incumbent, a Democrat and a resident of Brockton, the largest community in the district. 

Brockton Enterprise

Complaints be damned, Massport pushing ahead with new Uber and Lyft rules at Logan

Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth magazine reports that Uber and Lyft vehicle trips to and from Logan Airport were up a stunning 29 percent over the past year, a statistic Massport is using to justifying pushing ahead with new curbside rules at Logan Airport, despite objections from ride-sharing companies.

Separately in CommonWealth, Christina Fisher, TechNet’s executive director for Massachusetts and the Northeast, argues in an opinion piece at CommonWealth that ride-sharing firms provide a genuine benefit to consumers and that they aren’t the cause of Boston’s traffic congestion woes.

CommonWealth Magazine

Tour time: Markey, Pressley will launch Green New Deal roadshow

Get your T-shirts now. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley will be the headliners at a launch party later this week for a 100-stop national town hall tour meant to build grassroots support for the Green New Deal, the Associated Press reports. The co-sponsors of the ambitious policy package, which has the GOP licking its chops ahead of 2020, will share the stage at the Strand Theater in Dorchester on Thursday. 

Fyi: Markey has an op-ed the Globe this morning: “The Green New Deal is more than a resolution — it’s a revolution.”


Springfield police officer shot twice during gun battle outside city nightclub

We’ve been hard on the Springfield Police Department for all its internal foibles and controversies. But this just shows how dangerous a cop’s job can be in Springfield and elsewhere. From Jeanette DeForge at MassLive: “A police officer remains in the hospital after being shot twice and a 25-year-old man has been arrested in what was described as a gun battle outside a nightclub early Saturday morning. The officer, Edwin Irizarry, who has served at least 20 years on the department, was grazed in the left arm and shot in the left elbow during the incident that occurred shortly before 2 a.m. at the corner of State and Benton Street, Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said.”


Black marijuana entrepreneurs: Can they ever gain a competitive foothold in Massachusetts?

In its second piece on the state’s new marijuana industry, the Globe’s Spotlight team looks at when, or if, black entrepreneurs will ever gain a competitive foothold in the emerging legal pot trade: “Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to make social justice goals a cornerstone of marijuana legalization. But two years in, those equity provisions are giving way to old inequities, small players are being squeezed by the bigger national ones, and the question of which minority entrepreneur most deserves the neighborhood’s trust is proving to be hard to discern, a Spotlight Team review shows.”

Meanwhile, from the Globe’s Adrian Walker: “Bringing equity to the marijuana business will take more than talk.”

Boston Globe

The ghost of Rosie Ruiz: Marathon cheaters are still at it

Derek Murphy, who operates Marathon Investigation.com, writes at the Washington Post that anti-cheating measures have improved at the Boston Marathon and other marathons since you-know-who faked her way (temporarily) to a winner’s wreath years ago. But there are still cheaters out there, he warns, including what’s called “bib mules,” he explains.

Washington Post

Running tally: Marathon means $200 million for Boston-area economy

Speaking of the marathon, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau expects the 2019 Boston Marathon to pump $200 million into the region’s economy, though that number could be dampened by a dreary forecast for at least part of the race, Gintautus Dumcius reports at the Boston Business Journal. 

Boston Business Journal

It sure is lonely being a conservative on today’s college campuses

Madeline Olsen, a graduate student in the media advocacy program at Northeastern University, writes at WGBH she hasn’t experienced bias and open hostility on campus at Northeastern, but it sure is lonely being a conservative on campus these days – and she bemoans what conservative students are going through elsewhere across the country.


BU professor canned over alleged sexual harassment of student during Antarctica trips

The #MeToo movement strikes again. From Laura Crimaldi at the Globe: “Boston University has fired David Marchant, a tenured geology professor who was the subject of an internal investigation that found he violated the school’s sexual harassment policies during expeditions to Antarctica in 1997 and from 1999 to 2000, according to a letter from the university’s president.”

Boston Globe

‘BPD, State Police, DA and FAA impress on kid that he should never, ever fly a drone over Fenway again’

Fans at Fenway Park – and people in general – were thrown for a loop last Thursday after a mysterious drone was spotted hovering over Fenway Park during a Red Sox game, as CBS Boston reports. It turns out the drone was operated by a juvenile, reports Universal Hub, and law enforcement officials are not treating the affair with kid gloves.

Universal Hub

A Conversation with His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, former President of Colombia, Nobel laureate, and Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses key global issues and reflects on his distinguished career with Professor Ricardo Hausmann, director of Harvard’s Center for International Development and former Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Africa & the World

Join us for an evening with Zoe Marks to discuss “Africa and the World!”


“NOVA Wonders” Cambridge Science Festival Exhibition

From the mysteries of astrophysics to the secrets of the human biome, explore exhibits, presentations, and activities from local STEM organizations based on the NOVA Wonders miniseries.

NOVA Education

The Humanitarian Crisis at the Border and Beyond

A hallmark of President Trump’s tenure has been the demonization of immigrants and asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border. Earlier this year, partly in response to a caravan of refugees hoping to seek asylum in the United States, President Trump declared a National Emergency. Before that, he effectively shut down lawful avenues for asylum for bona fide refugees.

Boston University School of Law

Hacking Public Health

Join us at the first-ever hackathon at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health! A hackathon is a time-bound “invention marathon” where people come together to learn, build, and share their creations in a supportive setting. We seek graduate and undergraduate students from diverse personal & professional experiences to cultivate a dynamic, inclusive, and innovative environment.

Harvard Chan Public Health Innovation and Technology Student Forum (PHIT)

MIT-Harvard Conference on the Uyghur Human Rights Crisis

This conference aims to present the police state in China, where over one million innocent Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims have been forced into concentration camps; explore China’s use of technology to escalate the crisis by conducting surveillance on the Uyghur; introduce the biopolitics of China’s “war on terror”; and open a dialogue on our role in engaging with China.

MIT Center for International Studies (CIS)

Community Conversation: Local Experiments in Land Trusts

Land trusts are an important way to make land and housing permanently affordable and to begin undoing centuries of housing segregation and discrimination. Join local leaders in activism, finance and public policy for a community conversation connected to the new Undesign the Red Line interactive exhibit.

City Life / Vida Urbana, Boston Impact Initiative, & the Coalition for Occupied Homes in Foreclosure

The Environmental Science & Policy Impacts of Remote Sensing on Governance & Land Use in Tropical Forests

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and the Land Use and Livelihoods Initiative at the Global Development Policy Center invite you to attend an upcoming series of keynote lectures titled “The Environmental Science & Policy Impacts of Remote Sensing on Governance & Land Use in Tropical Forests.”

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and the Global Development Policy Center

Harvard Healthcare Debate

US Healthcare & Drug Pricing Debate with Moderator Vivek Ramaswamy, Founder & CEO, Roivant Sciences and Panelists Peter Kolchinsky, Ph.D., Co-founder, Portfolio Manager, & Managing Director, RA Capital Management; John Maraganore, Ph.D., CEO and Director, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals; and Shawn Bishop, Vice President, Controlling Health Care Costs and Advancing Medicare, The Commonwealth Fund.

Harvard GSAS Biotech Club

Retail’s Changing Landscape

The reports of the ‘retailpocolypse’ are far from true. Join NAIOP to learn how retail is evolving and thriving while dispelling some of the myths. Hear from expert panelists on what they are seeing here and across the country and learn how architects are helping to transform malls for the future.

NAIOP Massachusetts

Government Affairs Speaker Series featuring Congresswoman Katherine Clark

Join us for our second Government Affairs Speaker Series featuring a conversation with Congresswoman Katherine Clark. Congresswoman Clark has served as the United States Representative for Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District since 2013.

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

Cannabis 101: Molecules, Markets, … Mayhem?

In 2016, Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana. We wanted laws that empower disenfranchised communities and grow a healthy stream of taxes. But not all of our dreams came true. Now that stores are opening, many of us are wondering about weed…

Civic Series – Boston

Offshore Wind: Power, Policy, and Promise

This is a free presentation seminar and discussion event hosted by the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), a non profit organization located in Cohasset on Boston’s South Shore. CSCR educates students in environmental sciences, encourages environmental awareness, and promotes activism. Details are available at www.ccscr.org.

John Rogers, Center for Student Coastal Research

Public Service Symposium

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together a cross-sector of participants and their organizations to discuss the role of individuals, universities, nonprofits, and the private sector in best practices around engaging our respective populaces in civic life.

Suffolk University

The Smart, Connected Commonwealth: Data-Driven Research and Policy Across the Region

BARI’s 2019 Spring Conference will bring together academics, policy makers, and practitioners to highlight work being conducted throughout Greater Boston as a way to share insights and methods, catalyzing inter-disciplinary, intercity collaboration in the use of data and technology.

Boston Area Research Initiative

Harvard Neurologist Rachel Bennett on the Science of Dementia

Everyone knows someone who is experiencing serious cognitive decline. Harvard neurologist Rachel Bennett will speak on the current science of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including diagnostic and treatment options, and will take questions afterward. 60 minutes, FREE, as part of Nahant Public Library’s Dementia Friendly Nahant project.

Nahant Public Library

Today’s Headlines


Seaport District starting to look more like a neighborhood – Boston Globe

Mixed-use at Fields Corner library branch earns some applause – Dorchester Reporter


Swansea Mall auction begins Monday – Herald News

Carpenters protest tax fraud in Framingham – MetroWest Daily News

Worcester Redevelopment Authority taking three properties for ballpark – Telegram & Gazette


Health care law more popular despite Trump’s repeated attempts to destroy it – Washington Post

Senate Democrats ask DOJ for finding of probe into Acosta’s conduct in Epstein plea – NBC News

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