Happening Today

Treadmark opening, Markey and Kennedy presser, and more

— U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Jennifer Maddox of the Department of Housing and Community Development, HGTV’s Taniya Nayak and Trinity Financial executives celebrate the opening of Treadmark, an 83-unit mixed-income, mixed-use development in Ashmont Square, 1971-77 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, 10:30 a.m.

— U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and Congressman Joe Kennedy hold a press conference with LGBTQ+ leaders to discuss their federal legislation banning the use of gay and trans panic defenses, BAGLY offices, 28 Court Square Boston, 11:30 a.m.

— The mayoral portrait of former Worcester Mayor Tim Murray, also the former lieutenant governor, will be unveiled at Worcester City Hall, with former Gov. Deval Patrick expected to attend, Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St., Worcester, 3 p.m.

— U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone will deliver keynote remarks at GreenTown Labs’ Demo Day, an annual event highlighting new innovations in the clean technology startup community, GreenTown Labs, 444 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 4 p.m.

— Gov. Charle Baker delivers the commencement address at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, Essex Tech football field, 565 Maple St., Danvers, 6 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

Baker 2022: Governor assembles team for possible third-term bid

And, yes, he’s openly acknowledging it. From the Globe’s Frank Phillips: “Acknowledging he may seek a groundbreaking third term, Governor Charlie Baker is quietly putting together a robust staff of political aides, proven fund-raisers, and seasoned consultants who worked on his previous two victorious campaigns, including last year’s landslide reelection.”

Baker says that he loves his job and that “some of the stuff we are working on will likely take more than four years to see our way through it.” Hmmm. Who does he remind you of? Hint: He was often referred to as “the mayor for life.” 

Another quick thought: How does this impact Attorney General Maura Healey’s long-term political plans? What about other Democrats, such as Marty Walsh?

Btw: The governor still has had some pesky business to attend to from his last election, i.e. a very expensive lawsuit filed by conservative firebrand and GOP rival Scott Lively. The Globe’s Matt Stout has the legal-bill details.

Boston Globe

‘Paid Leave Armageddon’: Can it be avoided?

As suspected, talks have resumed on Beacon Hill to pass a three-month delay of the paid-leave tax that employers are supposed to start paying on July 1. The resumption of talks comes a day after House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he was “very doubtful” that a bill could be passed in time. DeLeo is still seeking “clarity” on the plan, reports SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall). Still, the Globe’s Jon Chesto, who deserves credit for the irresistible “Paid Leave Armageddon” label, says there are “encouraging signs” that a deal is indeed possible, though not guaranteed.

Third time the charm? Senate passes hand-held phone ban again – and this year it might become law

From the AP’s Steve LeBlanc at the Lowell Sun: “A bill that would bar Massachusetts drivers from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel has moved one step closer to becoming law. The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the bill that would also ramp up the collection of data on traffic stops around the state.”

SHNS’s Chris Lisinski (pay wall) reports that Senate President Karen Spilka is hoping for a quick agreement with the House to finally get a bill on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

Lowell Sun

DiMasi appeals rejection of his following in the foosteps of Bob Travaglini

SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall) confirms that former Speaker Sal DiMasi, who wants to resurrect his career on Beacon Hill after serving time in a fed penitentiary, has appealed Secretary of State William Galvin’s denial of his application to register as a lobbyist.

The Herald’s Howie Carr says DiMasi must be envious of his one-time colleague on Beacon Hill, former Senate President Bob Travaglini, who recently reported he made $522,707 last year as a lobbyist. “Do you know how many court officers’ jobs you had to sell back in the day to make a half-mil?” Howie asks.

Tucker and Liz in agreement?

We could say ‘File this under politics makes strange bedfellows’ but that’s pushing it a little too far. But it is odd to hear Fox News host Tucker Carlson actually praising U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s multitrillion-dollar “economic patriotism” plan and declaring it sounds like “Donald Trump at his best.” The Globe’s Christina Prignano has the details.

In other Warren-related news, the Globe’s Scot Lehigh suspects it’s only a matter of time before Mayor Marty Walsh endorses Joe Biden over Warren, though the mayor seems to be hedging his bets for now, as Warren slowly creeps up in the presidential polls.

Boston Globe

SJC to Townsend killer: No parole for you

From Jon Winkler at the Lowell Sun: “Daniel LaPlante will officially have to serve 45 years of prison time before offered a chance of parole after killing a pregnant woman and her two children over 30 years ago. LaPlante, formerly of Townsend, appealed to have an earlier parole eligibility date in state Supreme Judicial Court earlier this year. That appeal was denied by the court on Thursday.”

Lowell Sun

The real Neal deal? Congressman could be angling for Trump support on retirement bill

Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo suggests a theory for why U.S. Rep. and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal is slow-walking his committee’s efforts to get President Trump’s tax returns, a pace that has frustrated many a progressive activists. Neal could be buying time for the Secure Act — which would enable some 401k retirement plans to be converted into annuities — to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the president, Marshall suggests.

Talking Points Memo

Meanwhile, Neal predicts swift bi-partisan action to halt Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexico

Bi-partisanship? In the U.S. House? U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he will personally file a resolution to halt President Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexican imports, calling the plan an “overreach” and declaring bluntly: “It will pass the House.” Jim Kinney at MassLive has more.


Progressive politics can be taken only so far: Amherst councilors buck at campaign limits

Not so fast. Members of the Amherst City Council are poised to kill a proposed local ordinance that would cap donations to candidates for local office at $250 per person–one fourth the current state limit, Scott Merzbach reports at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Several councilors said the bylaw likely won’t lower barriers to entry for new candidates, which is the stated goal of its supporters, and some say it could even keep would-be candidates out of local politics altogether. 

Daily Hampshire Gazette

‘Pedal N’ Party’: What could possibly go wrong?

A plan to offer a rail-trail brewery tour in Easthampton is drawing the ire of at least one city councilor, but the owner of the business says there’s no regulations to stop him from launching the beer-chugging extravagaza this weekend, Tim Jones reports at MassLive. ‘Pedal N’ Party’ would use a 14-passenger vehicle powered by both a motor and its riders — which goes no more than 2.9 miles per hour — to visit three breweries along the Manhan Rail Trail.


Baystate Medical Center ends use of live pigs for trauma training program

From Peter Goonan at MassLive: “Baystate Medical Center is no longer using live pigs in courses on trauma and life support care, a spokeswoman said Thursday, ending a practice that triggered protests in recent years by a national nonprofit physicians group.”

UMass’s online college push: ‘Light on details and heavy on ambition’

UMass president Marty Meehan’s plan for a new online college within the state system is both admirable and desirable, experts say. But is it really feasible? That’s another question. The BBJ’s Catherine Carlock takes a look at what one expert calls the “light on details and heavy on ambition” online plans at UMass.


That controversial pro-Palestinian event that UMass said it wasn’t funding? It paid $15K for security

Speaking of UMass, Patrick Johnson at MassLive reports that UMass Amherst, which pronounced that not one penny of university or taxpayer money would be used to fund a pro-Palestinian event recently held on campus, actually spent 1,500,000 pennies ($15,000) on security for the event. That amounted to roughly $1,250 per protester, btw.


Feds: Local law firms may have conflicts of interest in college-admissions case

The BBJ’s Greg Ryan reports that federal prosecutors are asking a judge to review, and possibly disqualify, some law firms that the feds say may have conflicts of interest in the massive college-admissions scandal case in Boston. Some of the firms, like Ropes & Gray and Nixon Peabody, have a huge presence in Boston and have legal ties to USC, a school at the center of many of the individual cases. 


College accreditor unveils new and improved stress test to detect ailing schools

The Globe’s Deirdre Fernandes reports that New England’s higher education accreditor announced yesterday that’s started a pilot program, involving all 72 private colleges in Massaschusdetts, designed to detect the next Mount Ida College/Hampshire College disaster. The “dashboard” will also include more data to assess budgetary ratios “similar to what bond rating companies use to evaluate colleges,” writes Fernandes .

Privatization debate to get its own town meeting in Saugus

This should be interesting. Saugus will hold a special town meeting later this month to take up the issue of privatization of work currently done by the town’s 20 school custodians, Bridgett Turcotte reports at the Lynn Item. The meeting — scheduled after a grassroots push in recent weeks — will come just days before the custodian union’s current contract ends along with the fiscal year on June 30. 

Lynn Item

Few benefit from state’s new criminal expungement law

Christian Wade at the Newburyport Daily News reports that a new law that allows people to wipe clean their criminal histories has led to only a handful of requests being approved, a low number advocates say is the result of a poorly worded law.

Newburyport Daily News

Of carousels and community boating ….

Remember the not-so-long-ago controversy over the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s lax handling of state property leases? It’s still controversial and now hitting a carousel operator in Hull hard and Community Boating on the Charles River still has no lease, just two instances that “highlight how bad the situation has gotten,” writes Colman Herman at CommonWealth magazine.


Count ‘em: Healey’s 43 lawsuits against the Trump administration

Steph Solis at MassLive takes a look at the 43 lawsuits (minimum) that Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has filed since President Donald Trump took office, including five lawsuit in 2019. Maybe one day we’ll get a tally on how many actually led to concrete results.


Well into construction season, lawmakers finally pass road bill

Better late than never, lawmakers yesterday finally sent a $200 million local road repair bill to Gov. Charlie Baker, much to the relief of local authorities eager to get their hands on the funds to start projects around the state. SHNS’s Chris Lisinski has the details.

SHNS (pay wall — free trial subscription available)

Sunday public affairs TV: Joe Curtatone, Michael Rodrigues and more

Keller at Large, WBZ-TV Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. This week’s guest: Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, who talks with host Jon Keller about the Everett casino opening, city relations with non-profit institutions, and controversy over Bruins partnership with Barstool Sports.

This Week in Business, NECN, 10 a.m. Jim Lowell, CIO of Adviser Investments, on Mexican trade tariffs, jobs figures and the markets; the Business of PRIDE, with Sylvain Bruni, former president of Boston Pride; Catherine Carlock of the Boston Business Journal on the planned redesign of Boston City Hall Plaza, the MassMutual groundbreaking in Seaport and other business topics.  

CEO Corner, NECN 10:30 a.m. A look inside Greater Boston’s $2 billion nonprofit arts and culture sector, with Catherine Peterson, ArtsBoston executive director, Maure Aronson, Global Arts Live executive director, and ArtsEmerson executive director David Howse.  

On The Record, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. This week’s guest: State Sen. Michael Rodrigues, who talks about the state budget and other issues with anchor Ed Harding and co-anchor Janet Wu, followed by a discussion with Democratic political analyst Mary Anne Marsh and Republican political analyst Rob Gray.

CityLine, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s main topic: Stage and Screen, in anticipation of this Sunday’s 73rd Tony Awards, with a profile of Christiani Pitts, the first African-American woman to star in the Broadway production of ‘King Kong.’

Agrus Enterprise Training

This one day course is designed for new-to-intermediate users of ARGUS Enterprise or anyone who will be responsible for entering leases, budgets, market assumptions or valuation and yield parameters on a repetitive basis.

NAIOP Massachusetts

31st Annual Charitable Golf Tournament Benefiting Heading Home

Join us for NAIOP’s 31st Anniversary Golf Tournament at The International! If you haven’t played there yet, it is a golfer’s paradise that features two award-winning 18-hole golf courses, including The Pines, designed by Robert Trent Jones.

NAIOP Massachusetts

Author Talk and Book Signing with Christine M. DeLucia

History professor and author Christine M. DeLucia will speak about her recent book, Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast.

State Library of Massachusetts

Launching Young Leaders: An Intensive Workshop

For CRE professionals with less than five years business experience.

NAIOP Massachusetts

Suffrage Centennial Kick-Off Celebration

Kicking off a year of commemorations celebrating 100 years since the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, enabling women to vote.

The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts and The Greater Boston Women’s Vote

Today’s Headlines


Boston Mayor: City can’t stop straight pride parade over its values – USA Today

City council, activists seek changes to Boston’s affordable housing rules – Boston Herald


City of Haverhill sued by local business owners over recreational marijuana zoning – MassLive

Mass. schools not ready for climate change, lawmakers say – Patriot Ledger

Brockton gets $300,000 to turn around brownfields sites – Brockton Enterprise


Biden flips stance on federal funding of abortions – New York Times

Robert Mueller could be subpoenaed in the next two weeks – Politico

How to Contact MASSterList

Send tips to Matt Murphy: Editor@MASSterList.com. For advertising inquiries and job board postings, please contact Dylan Rossiter: Publisher@MASSterList.com or (857) 370-1156. Follow @MASSterList on Twitter.

Subscribe to MASSterList

Start your morning with MASSterList’s chronicle of news and informed analysis about politics, policy, media, and influence in Massachusetts. Plus, get an inside look at Beacon Hill’s hottest new job postings.