Happening Today

Baker to discuss Vineyard Wind, Children’s wellness, NDA presser

— Gov. Charlie Baker travels to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, whose department has delayed issuing a key permit for the offshore Vineyard Wind project.

— House Speaker Robert DeLeo and other top legislative leaders hold a media briefing on the House children’s wellness initiative, Room 348, 11 a.m.

— Sen. Diana DiZoglio and Rep. Alyson Sullivan hold a news conference ‘regarding the continued abuse of public tax dollars for Non-Disclosure Agreements’ in state-government sexual misconduct cases.


— A rally is planned for the North South Rail Link, a long sought project that would feature a pair of 1.5 mile-long tunnels that would connect the MBTA’s North Station and South Station, Boston City Hall, 4:30 p.m.

— U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern is a guest on ‘Radio Boston,’ WBUR-FM 90.9, 3 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

Making the case: Baker to talk Vineyard Wind with Trump official

Gov. Charlie Baker will be in Washington, D.C. early Monday to discuss the status of the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project with new Trump administration Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, State House News Service reports. Vineyard Wind has raised concerns about an expected delay in project approvals by the feds, fearing it could miss key construction milestones and putting the entire project in jeopardy.

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The more Warren bashes tech companies, the more money she gets from techies

File under: ‘Go figure.’ From the Globe’s Jess Bidgood on the latest twist in U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s quest for the White House: “Although Warren has painted tech giants such as Google and Facebook as modern-day villains in her scathing picture of the American economy, she is emerging as a top choice for donations from tech workers, according to an analysis of campaign contributions by The Boston Globe.”

Meanwhile, Warren is making inroads against Sanders in New Hampshire

The Herald’s Lisa Kashinsky reports that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is starting to win over supporters of Bernie Sanders as the Dem presidential candidates vie for progressive votes in New Hampshire.

Warren was definitely attracting crowds over the weekend in New Hampshire, reports Jessica Valeriani at the Eagle-Tribune. And from the Globe’s Jeremy Fox, who was also covering Warren’s weekend swing through the Granite State: “Elizabeth Warren’s pitch: pragmatism from the heart.”

One last Warren item: CNN’s Gregory Krieg reports that debate watchers may be disappointed if they tune in Tuesday to see a clash of progressive giants between Warren and Sanders. Both camps say the two have little reason to attack one another since their policy aims are similar and both are focused on the larger goal of defeating Trump next November. 

Boston Herald

Moulton’s campaign: ‘Running for president at zero percent’

Speaking of the presidential race, the NYT recently followed around the Bay State’s other Democrat with a hungry eye on the White House, i.e. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, as he campaigns in Iowa to raise his profile in polls beyond zero percent.

New York Times

Falling behind: Bump’s office lags on required audits

It’s getting worse. Auditor Suzanne Bump has failed to complete top-to-bottom reviews of some 51 agencies in the last three years, or nearly a quarter of all those she is required by state law to review in that time frame, Colman Herman of CommonWealth Magazine reports. The audits of several agencies–including the state lottery and the Department of Revenue–are more than a year behind schedule and one watchdog says the lax oversight may explain why long-simmering problems in some agencies go unnoticed for years. 

CommonWealth Magazine

Traffic signal? Medford Mayor says Encore traffic fallout has been ‘underwhelming’

So far, so good. Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke tells Scott Souza at Medford Patch that the much-feared (and much-hyped) traffic congestion caused by the new Encore Boston casino in neighboring Everett has yet to materialize. In fact, while crediting advance planning and coordination among various agencies, she says the lack of gridlock has proven “pleasantly underwhelming.” 

Let’s hope — for the sake of the state’s coffers, if nothing else — it really is all that advance work and not simply that fewer people are heading to Encore than expected. 

Medford Patch

Globe hits back: Rollins admits she used ‘not accurate’ information to defend her record

The Boston Globe has been rather quiet as Suffolk County DA Rachel Rollins and others have blasted away at a story the paper published earlier this month that took a tough look at the reformer DA’s handling of various cases. But the Globe wasn’t quiet on Saturday, running a piece by Andrea Estes that reports Rollins is now acknowledging that she used inaccurate information about an assault case to criticize the Globe. Stay tuned. 

Boston Globe

‘The Massachusetts Bay Colony is alive and well on the Potomac’

House Democrats are taking one last legal stab at possibly impeaching President Trump, with the Judiciary Committee asking a federal court to force the release of grand jury information from the Mueller investigation, Bloomberg reports

Meanwhile, the NYT’s Maureen Down is absolutely ripping into progressives for not giving up on impeachment – and for going after her for eating chocolate and wearing pumps. From Dowd: “The progressives are the modern Puritans. The Massachusetts Bay Colony is alive and well on the Potomac and Twitter.”

New York Times

Back to work: Island drivers ratify contract agreement

It’s over — almost. Drivers for the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority ratified a new contract deal on Sunday and could be back to work as early as Tuesday, ending a four-week strike that became a touchstone for political candidates and disrupted travel on the island during the peak of the summer season, Brian Dowd of the Martha’s Vineyard Times reports. 

John Hilliard of the Globe reports drivers got an hourly pay bump–$3 more per hour for new drivers–but not the health-care coverage concessions they were seeking. 

Martha’s Vineyard Times

Two business communities, two disasters, same daunting challenges

Paul Connearney at WBUR reports that Cape restaurants and hotels have struggled in the aftermath of the two tornadoes that hit the region during the height of the summer tourism season.

Meanwhile, businesses in Natick are struggling to recover from a disaster of a different sort: A massive fire that swept through Natick’s downtown last week. Marilyn Schairer at WGBH reports on the promises by state and local officials to help businesses map out a recovery plan.


Meanwhile, Cape rentals face two other challenges: Sharks and taxes

You can’t blame it all on the tornadoes. From the Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert: “Some Cape Cod property owners are attributing an unexpectedly slow summer (rental season) to a troublesome pair of unwelcome arrivals: sharks and taxes.” There’s not much they can do about the sharks, but taxes are a man-made problem, adding 12.45 to 14.45 percent to already steep Cape rental rates, as Ebbert notes.

Mass Cultural Council survives Hurricane Herald

After enduring a monumental tabloid assault by the Herald over its alleged profligate-spending ways, the Massachusetts Cultural Council has emerged from the legislative budget process with a $2 million increase in its budget, although lawmakers did issue directives for the council to tighten up its spending, reports Andy Metzger at CommonWealth magazine.

CommonWealth Magazine

More than 300 opioid pills for every man, woman and child in Greenfield?

The Globe’s Jonathan Saltzman and Felice Freyer look into how just one CVS store in Greenfield “received the largest number of opioid painkillers of any neighborhood drugstore in Massachusetts, taking in 5.3 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills from pharmaceutical distributors.”

We did the math: That’s about 311 painkiller pills for every man, woman and child in Greenfield, population 17,000, over a six-year period, and all of it funneled through one pharmacy. 

Boston Globe

In Weymouth, it’s Hedlund vs Cowen in November

It’ll be a head-to-head contest for the mayor’s office in Weymouth come November, Jessica Trufant of the Patriot Ledger reports. Mayor Robert Hedlund will seek a second four-year term and face Edward Cowen, a 32-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran. 

Patriot Ledger

Jailhouse mystery: Michelle Carter moved to undisclosed location

Here’s a head-scratcher. Curt Brown of the Herald-News reports that Michelle Carter, who is serving a 15-month sentence for her role in the suicide death of Conrad Roy, has been removed from the Bristol County House of Correction and that officials aren’t saying why or where she is now. The move is extra curious because of the timing. Within recent weeks, her lawyers pushed for the U.S. Supreme Court to take her appeal, a new documentary on her case aired on HBO and lawmakers rolled out legislation that would make suicide coercion a crime. 


Cambridge racism response lacks Harvard touch

A year’s worth of workshops and related programs in the city of Cambridge–launched in response to an incident of racism last summer–has gone off without much involvement from Harvard University, where the person who made the comments works, Christopher Calnan at Cambridge Day reports. The city itself spent close to $14,000 on five workshops meant to draw attention to racial issues but Calnan says its not clear Harvard responded in a meaningful way. 

Cambridge Day

At least at budget time, political differences melt away

Jim Hand at the Sun-Chronicle wonders where all that political disharmony went when it came time to draft a budget on Beacon Hill, noting that just a single senatorial vote was cast last week against the $43.1 billion spending blueprint. So what brought everyone together? Extra state revenue, which will help in the short term but is unlikely to cover up political differences when bigger issues are tackled in the rest of the current legislative session, Hand writes.

Sun Chronicle

If you build it: Hampshire College says it’ll develop land but not for ‘years’

Not today, but definitely some day. That’s the answer the interim president of Hampshire College gave when asked about the likelihood of some of the cash-strapped school’s 800 acres being developed for housing or commercial uses, Jim Kinney of MassLive reports. The school says it has been approached in the past about development but the time hasn’t been right … yet. 


‘Unsafe and dangerous’: City cites contractor after woman critically injured by falling metal

After a woman was seriously injured by falling metal as she passed by a North End building where rooftop construction was underway, the city of Boston has cited the contractor for violations that led to “an unsafe and dangerous worksite,” reports Roberto Scalese at WBUR.


The RMV scandal: Is it also about computers?

As lawmakers prepare for yet a second legislative hearing on the RMV records-keeping scandal, the Herald’s Hillary Chabot reports that Sen. Eric Lesser and others are increasingly eyeing a new computer system that’s long plagued the Baker administration and may have caused and/or exacerbated bureaucratic failure at the agency.

Separately, the Herald’s editorial board is blasting away at the mixed signals sent by Gov. Charlie Baker about whether he really wants RMV officials and others to testify at a planned RMV oversight hearing this week. “Gov. Baker is attempting to lead by not leading and as we’ve seen with several troublesome issues, it’s not working,” the editorial says.

Boston Herald

Donald Trump: The most consequential president of our time?

Finally, David Scharfenberg at the Globe makes the case that Donald Trump may well be ushering in the “most meaningful epoch of American politics in a half-century.” Pray tell, how? By melding together economic and racial anxieties and making them front and center in American politics. It was one of the most read pieces at the Globe over the weekend, fyi.

Boston Globe

Presidential Debate Watch Party

You’re invited! Come join us and experience the debates in a whole new way — complete with candidate bingo and score cards to help you keep track of how the candidates are doing. Good friends, good food, and a great opportunity to participate fully in the democratic process — what better way to get informed and engaged?

Senators Jamie Eldridge And Ed Kennedy; Representative Jen Benson; Area Democratic Town Committees

NAIOP @ Night at Alcove

Join NAIOP at Alcove, a modern neighborhood restaurant on Lovejoy Wharf that is a welcoming port on the edge of Boston’s West End. Expand your network and develop valuable business relationships while enjoying signature drinks and appetizers.

NAIOP Massachusetts

Democratic Debate Watch Party!

Looking for a fun way to get involved? Let’s eat, drink, and talk politics! Not normally recommended, but we’re making an exception. Join us to watch the next round of the Democratic Debates with both old and new friends at one of Needham’s favorite spots, Cappella Restaurant. They are staying open late just for us, so come hungry and thirsty and help make it worth their while!

Claire Hoyt + Kritika Storer

Rugelach with Ruth

Representative Balser will join us at a home in Newton for an intimate discussion on immigrant justice and progressive issues. Your ticket to this event is a donation of any amount, which will go to support JALSA’s efforts to create a more just, compassionate, and equitable society. Your invitation for our Rugelach with Ruth Balser will be emailed to you once a donation has been made.

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

2019 Summer Institute in Global Leadership: Advanced Public Speaking

This advanced institute brings together older students who are passionate about global issues and aspire to be in leadership roles that demand advanced communication skills.

United Nations Association Of Greater Boston

Democracy School: Central Mass.

Effective organizing takes knowledge and skills. To build and execute a successful campaign, you need to set clear goals, build strong partnerships, and engage your target audience with a compelling message. It’s hard, time-consuming work. And it’s how we change the world.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Sail Away with NAIOP: 9the Annual Harbor Cruise

Join NAIOP as we sail away on the Annual Summer Harbor Cruise. Come dressed in your summer whites to savor incredible harbor views aboard the Spirit of Boston.

NAIOP Massachusetts

Democracy School: Merrimack Valley

Effective organizing takes knowledge and skills. To build and execute a successful campaign, you need to set clear goals, build strong partnerships, and engage your target audience with a compelling message. It’s hard, time-consuming work. And it’s how we change the world.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

David & Ben’s BBQ for Annissa (Essaibi George running for reelection to the Boston City Council at-Large)

David and Ben invite you to our house for a summer BBQ to hear from Annissa Essaibi George as she runs for reelection to the Boston City Council as an at-large councilor.

David Brown and Ben Perkins

Codman Square Health Center Public Annual Meeting 2019

Join Codman Square Health Center as we honor U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley and Boston Police Commissioner Willie Gross. We’ll hear about current issues in health care, the role that community health centers play, and a recap of Codman’s accomplishments over the past year.

Codman Square Health Center

Today’s Headlines


Walsh: City buildings to install opioid overdose kits – Boston Herald

S&P boosts BU’s bond rating after Wheelock merger – Boston Business Journal


Proposal for free WRTA service carries $3 million problem – Telegram & Gazette

After showdown, all systems go at New Bedford charter school – CommonWealth Magazine

Big Y eliminates plastic bags at all locations – Greenfield Recorder


With Sunday surge, nearly half of House Democrats back impeachment inquiry – Politico

Debate may be last-ditch effort for struggling Democrats to stay alive – NPR

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