9/11 Commemorations, Public Health Council, Fallen Firefighters Memorial
— Today marks the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., with a number of ceremonies scheduled to remember the tragic event, including the reading of names of Massachusetts residents killed in the attacks, with Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Mayor Martin Walsh and Attorney General Maura Healey among those attending, State House steps, 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9/11 ceremony in the House chamber hosted by Speaker Robert DeLeo and former Patriots offensive guard Joe Andruzzi giving the keynote speech, 9:15 a.m.
Note: Other 9/11 commemorations are scheduled throughout the day across the state, including evening events in Newton and Framingham; see SHNS’s Daily Advances (pay wall) for details.
— The state Public Health Council meets amid growing concerns about the health impacts of vaping and ongoing efforts to guard against EEE, 250 Washington St., 2nd Floor, Henry I. Bowditch Public Health Council Room, Boston, 9 a.m.
— Governor’s Council interviews Karen Hennessy, Gov. Baker’s nominee to the Juvenile Court bench, Council Chamber, 11 a.m., followed by another council meeting on the nominations of William White Jr. as a Superior Court judge and Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye as interim Bristol County probate register, Council Chamber, 12 p.m.
— More than 500 volunteers are expected to take part in the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund’s 11th annual Day, with Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh among those expected to attend, Mother’s Walk, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Avenue between State and Milk streets, Boston, 11:45 a.m.
— An annual ceremony will be held at the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial, with Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Attorney General Maura Healey and Auditor Suzanne Bump planning to attend, Ashburton Park, 4:45 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.
Scandal I: Fall River council votes to remove Correia
Where do you start with so many scandals to choose from in Massachusetts? OK, let’s start with Fall River: He’s out. Maybe. The Fall River City Council voted Tuesday to temporarily remove indicted Mayor Jasiel Correia from office, ordering him to turn over the keys to his City Hall office by the end of the week, Jo C. Goode reports at the Herald News.
But the validity of the 8-1 vote to find Correia unable to perform his duties following his most recent arrest — this time on federal charges he took bribes in exchange for pot business licenses — was immediately called into question. So some councilors seem resigned to the idea that Correia will hold the office until January — even if he loses in next week’s preliminary election. Btw: Fall River’s three state lawmakers are calling on the Cannabis Control Commission to delay final decisions on the pot shop licenses Correia has approved in Fall River, the Herald News reports.
Scandal II: Presto! Long presumed lost State Police files suddenly reappear
Speaking of scandals, from the Globe’s Matt Rocheleau: “About a year and a half into sprawling criminal investigation of trooper payroll fraud, Massachusetts State Police officials this summer suddenly unearthed boxes of key documents that prosecutors had long sought but State Police said didn’t exist, according to a recent court filing. The newly discovered citation and trooper activity records, most of which are believed to be from 2014 and earlier, point to wrongdoing by at least one trooper — and potentially much more.”
Scandal III: ‘I’m a superior judge, you can’t arrest me’
Another day, another judge in trouble in Massachusetts. The latest: Judge Shannon Frison, hauled out of her Hudson home on a domestic assault charge “after authorities say she grabbed her wife by the hair and pulled her head back during an argument,” the AP reports at the Eagle Tribune. Scott Croteau at MassLive has the priceless “you can’t arrest me” quote and more.
Scandal IV: Hefner pleads guilty to sexual assault, gets probation
Next up, from Isaiah Thompson at WGBG: “Bryon Hefner, the estranged husband of former State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three charges — indecent assault, assault and battery, and dissemination of pornographic materials without consent. Hefner, 32, reached a plea bargain with state prosecutors, avoiding a trial on those three charges plus six additional charges of sexual assault and related crimes. He was sentenced to three years probation plus one year of a suspended sentence in addition to substance abuse treatment.”
‘Scandal scorecard’: State Police, judges, Hefner, Fall River mayor, ZBA, etc. etc.
Ah, just what we needed. The Herald’s Howie Carr has a new “scandal scorecard” for those wanting to keep track. Meanwhile, the Globe’s Shirley Leung takes a trip down memory lane, reviewing the last time City Hall was so besieged by the feds (hint: it involved a certain contemporary presidential candidate).
Btw: It’s business as usual at the Zoning Board of Appeals. Actually, let’s amend that: Business isn’t slowing down at the Zoning Board of Appeals, the center of the current City Hall bribery scandal, reports the Globe’s Tim Logan and Milton Valencia.
Council president calls for creation of inspector general post to ‘root out corruption’
One more scandal-related item (sort of). From the BBJ’s Catherine Carlock: “Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell on Tuesday called for the creation of an inspector general role as a federal bribery scandal roils City Hall. The inspector general would ‘root out corruption, identify management and waste, and make City Government more accountable to residents,’ according to Campbell.”
A day after his signing by Pats, Antonio Brown accused of rape in a lawsuit
Of course, the private sector has its own share of scandals — and this one is as ugly as they can get. From Christopher Price at the Globe: “Just a day after formally signing with the Patriots, the controversial and gifted receiver Antonio Brown was accused of raping his former trainer, who said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that he sexually assaulted her three times in the past two years. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, alleges Brown sexually assaulted Britney Taylor, a gymnast he met while they were attending Central Michigan University together.”
Preliminary elections across state notable for their low turnout
Voters weren’t exactly turning out in droves in yesterday’s preliminary elections across the Bay State. Nick Kotsopolous at the Telegram reports less than 9 percent of Worcester voters turned out on Tuesday –the fewest in 30 years’ worth of preliminary elections — to cull city council and school board fields, with Mayor Joseph Petty emerging as the top vote-getter.
In Quincy, Mayor Thomas Koch dominated the vote with 65 percent of the ballots cast and will now face Brenda Ryan in November for a chance to become the city’s longest-serving mayor, Erin Tiernan reports in the Patriot Ledger.
And voters in Greenfield set the field for November’s election to choose a new mayor, with Sheila Gilmour and Roxann Wedegartner emerging as the top-two candidates to replace retiring mayor William Martin, Melinda Bourdea reports in the Greenfield Recorder.
Boston Latin School logo: Good-bye, Romulus and Remus. Hello, drab modern logo
As they say, ave atque vale. From Universal Hub’s Adam Gaffin: “The nation’s oldest public school has replaced its old logo — which featured a representation of Romulus and Remus suckling at a wolf — with a 21st-century logo that features the current school building’s facade and cupola but no ties to the language for which the school is named, save the name of the school itself.”
Pols, cops and reporters are crying in their beers: Doyle’s Cafe is closing
Doyle’s Cafe, the iconic Jamaica Plain restaurant and watering hole with a storied political past, is closing, according to Boston Restaurant Talk and a five-reporter Globe team (yes, five reporters). The final insult: It’s selling its liquor license to an upcoming Davio’s in Boston’s Seaport District. At the Herald, former Mayor Ray Flynn toasts Doyle’s and recalls fond memories at the Boston institution.
Landing on their feet: Baker’s legislative director joins lobbying firm, former counsel joins law firm
Was there a recent jobs fair at the State House? From SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall): “Gov. Charlie Baker’s legislative director Kaitlin Sprague has left the Republican’s administration to join the Boston lobbying firm ML Strategies as director of government relations, the company announced Tuesday.” And from SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall): “A little more than six months after leaving the Baker administration, Gov. Charlie Baker’s former chief legal counsel Lon Povich has joined the Boston law firm Anderson & Kreiger LLP as counsel.”
Proposed solar rules cloud future of larger projects in Massachusetts
The Globe’s Jon Chesto takes a look at the Baker administration’s proposed new rules for solar power in Massachusetts – including various incentives, caps and other things most of us mere mortals don’t understand – and finds that there seems to be a lot of things that a lot of people dislike.
Charlie on the T: Fake news, from start to finish
The Herald’s Joe Battenfeld is taking swipes at just about everyone, including a certain “influential Globe columnist,” over Gov. Charlie Baker’s staged ride on the Red Line the other day. The years-long build-up to the Baker ride was fake news. The ride was fake news. The ride’s message was fake news. All of it fake, Battenfeld writes.
Btw, this must be fake news too: According to Wallet Hub, Boston has the second best public transportation system in the country, reports MassLive’s Michael Bonner, who assures us we’re reading that right.
Cracking down on the rhinoceros ivory market right here in Massachusetts
Think this is a problem largely happening elsewhere? Wrong. From SHNS’s Chris Lisinski (pay wall): “Sales of ivory and rhinoceros horn between Massachusetts residents, technically legal thanks to a gap in state law, will contribute to rapidly declining animal populations if left unaddressed, lawmakers and supporters of legislation said Tuesday. A bill filed by Rep. Lori Ehrlich and Sen. Jason Lewis (H 772 / S 496) takes aim at the practice, banning almost every intrastate transaction involving the substances.”
‘Elizabeth Warren, Fashion Muse?’
We can’t tell if this NYT story is serious, sarcastic or both. You never know when it comes to fashion writers, especially those who think the industry has something profound to say about everything, in this case politics and Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders etc.
The state’s estate tax: Outliving its usefulness?
Massachusetts is one of the last remaining states with an estate tax – and a long-running debate over the tax has resurfaced on Beacon Hill as critics contend it’s literally driving capital out of the commonwealth. SHNS’s Chris Lisinksi has more.
Treating prostitution as a public health issue, not a moral issue
Anna Kusmer at WGBH reports on how Worcester is now taking a different approach towards prostitution, treating the world’s oldest profession more as a public health issue and less as a moral issue — while at the same time arresting more johns.
Senate Dems’ campaign arm says it will back Markey
They’re standing by their man. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says it will back U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in his upcoming preliminary election battle, even if U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy enters the fray, Burgess Everett reports at Politico. Catherine Cortez Masto, the Nevada senator who chairs the DSCC, notes the organization was formed to help incumbents hold their seats.
Gender X supporters press for vote in House
They’ve already prevailed in the Senate. Now supporters of the so-called “Gender X” bill have their sights set on passage in the House. SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall) has the details on yesterday’s legislative hearing on the bill.
Poll: It’s health care, stupid (and also the economy)
A WBUR/MassInc poll commissioned to find out what issues are on voters’ minds ahead of the 2020 presidential election finds health care topping the list, followed by larger economic concerns, Anthony Brooks reports at WBUR.
The Somerville Surge
Join NAIOP for a deep dive into the transformative projects underway in Somerville, including Assembly Row, Boynton Yards, Union Square and more.
Author Talk and Book Signing with Anthony Abraham Jack
Author talk and book signing with Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, who will be speaking about the overlooked diversity among lower-income students in our colleges and universities.
Boston Idealist Grad Fair 2019
Learn about admissions requirements and application deadlines for graduate programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and many more. Speak with graduate admissions advisors from local, national and international universities.
2019 Better Government Competition
Please join Pioneer Institute at an awards gala recognizing the winner and finalists of the 2019 Better Government Competition, which sought proposals to transform our transportation system from a constraint on economic growth to a driver of prosperity.
Old North Speaker Series: Kellie Carter Jackson – Forcing Freedom
Her book Force & Freedom examines one of the perennial questions in political thought: is violence a valid means of producing social change? In her lecture, Kellie Carter Jackson address how black abolitionists answered this question.
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