Convenience-store protest, Hub on Causeway, and more
— Some convenience store owners plan to close their stores today and head to the State House in protest of a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, with participants planning to rally on Beacon Hill at 11 a.m.
— Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Properties Executive Vice President Bryan Koop, Delaware North Boston Holdings CEO Charlie Jacobs and TD Garden President Amy Latimer participate in a ribbon-cutting for the new Hub on Causeway development that includes an expansion of TD Garden, 100 Causeway St., Boston, 10 a.m.
— U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Sen. Patricia Jehlen, and Reps. Joan Meschino and Mike Connolly participate in a panel discussion on the ‘importance of child care during campaigns,’ with legislation now pending on Beacon Hill that would allow candidates to spend their campaign funds on campaign-related child care expenses, Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, 8th floor conference room, 105 Chauncy St., Boston, 10:30 a.m.
— Governor’s Council holds its weekly assembly and plans to vote on the nomination of Joseph Harrington Jr. as a Fall River District Court judge, Council Chamber, 12 p.m.
— Election Laws Committee reviews bills dealing with early voting and ranked choice voting, Room A-1, 1 p.m.
— U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling and the Criminal Justice Act Board of Massachusetts host ‘Big Ideas and Best Practices,’ a criminal justice speaker series, Jury Assembly Room, John J. Moakley U.S. Courthouse, Boston, 4 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.
Election results: The changing of the guard in Boston
It was an historic election night in Boston, with progressive, female and minority candidates taking charge of the city council. As Benjamin Swasey and Simón Ríos report at WBUR: “With Tuesday’s results, seven of the 13 councilors will be people of color. Boston is a majority-minority city. Eight of the 13 will be women.” The latter marks the first female-majority council in Boston history.
The Globe’s Milton Valencia reports that the race for the fourth at-large council seat has been tentatively and very narrowly won by political newcomer Julia Mejia – but Alejandra St. Guillen is calling for a recount. Here are all the city election results, via the Globe.
In other council coverage, from the Herald’s Sean Philip Cotter and Erin Tiernan: “Michelle Wu again was the city’s top vote-getter and Althea Garrison is out as Boston’s voters elected the most diverse and female city council in its history.” From WGBH’s Saraya Wintersmith: “Arroyo Claims Victory; First Person Of Color To Win Boston Council’s 5th District.”
In Fall River, it’s a new day: Coogan cruises to victory over embattled Correia
In the end, it wasn’t close. School board member Paul Coogan will be Fall River’s next mayor after scoring a crushing victory over indicted incumbent Jasiel Correia, who stepped back from the race last month amid all his legal woes. Jo C. Goode at the Herald-News reports Coogan took home nearly 80 percent of the vote.
Rep. Shauna O’Connell to become first female mayor of Taunton
She made history, with a dash of controversy along the way. State Rep. Shauna O’Connell will be Taunton’s first female mayor after handily defeating City Councilor Estele Borges in a race that started with what some claimed was behind-the-scenes machinations from the governor’s office to sneak O’Connell into the job.
Split decision: Newton council race doesn’t break along housing lines
Both pro-development candidates and those who want to slow the pace of growth in Newton won seats on the city council after a race that was marked by heated debate on the issue of housing production, John Hilliard of the Globe reports. Meanwhile, from Jenna Fisher at the Patch: “Wright Upsets Incumbent Cote.”
Other election results: Westfield, Melrose, Lowell, Worcester, etc.
Here are some other results from yesterday’s local elections around the state:
Westfield — From MassLive: “State Sen. Donald Humason defeats Michael McCabe by less than 100 votes to win Westfield mayoral race.”
Melrose – From Wicked Local: “It’s Mayor Brodeur in Melrose.”
Lowell – From WGBH: “More Lowell Voters Support Hybrid Electoral System Over Ranked-Choice Voting.”
Worcester – From the Telegram: “Petty wins historic fifth term as Worcester mayor.”
Springfield – From Masslive: “Domenic Sarno wins reelection, becomes longest-serving mayor in Springfield’s history.”
Quincy – From the Patriot Ledger: “Koch sails to victory, wins sixth election as Quincy mayor.”
New Bedford – From the Standard Times: “Mitchell makes history, winning 1st 4-year mayoral term.”
Brockton – From the Enterprise: “Sullivan wins decisive victory to become Brockton’s new mayor.”
Greenfield – From the Recorder: “Wedegartner pulls off narrow victory for Greenfield mayor.”
Braintree – From the Patriot Ledger: “Charles Kokoros will be Braintree’s next mayor.”
Haverhill – From the Eagle Tribune: “Fiorentini finds way to 9th term as Haverhill mayor.”
Weymouth – From the Patriot Ledger: “Hedlund wins big in Weymouth
Judge overturns Baker’s ban on medical-marijuana vaping products
If you recall, we once thought this was a slam-dunk case for the Baker administration. But you know how slam dunks can go. From Tanner Stening at MassLive: “A Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday that Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration are blocked from enforcing their ban on medical marijuana vaping products, leaving it up to the Cannabis Control Commission to decide whether to continue enforcing the prohibition.”
Cannabis commissioner on fed investigation: It’s about time
Speaking of marijuana matters, WBUR’s Steve Brown and Zeninjor Enwemek report that Shaleen Title, a member of the Cannabis Control Commission, says she welcomes the fed investigation into so-called “host community agreements” between towns and pot companies. “I receive complaints almost every day that the process is out of control,” she says.
Ah, c’mon. We’re not even close to the glory days of corruption in Massachusetts
Boston Magazine’s Matthew Reed Baker answers the burning question: With all the various corruption cases today in Massachusetts (State Police, Fall River mayor, etc.), are we living in the most corrupt era of our state’s history? Baker’s answer: Nope. And he hauls out of the dustbin of history the long cast of characters who have so distinguished Massachusetts in the past.
It’s Rollins and other progressive DAs versus the establishment
Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins is prominently featured in a Washington Post piece about elected progressive prosecutors around the country who are getting push-back from the law-enforcement establishment. The recent ‘Straight Pride Parade’ controversy in Boston is a prime example of the types of resistance the reformist DAs are facing, the Post writes.
Pressley on presidential endorsement: Don’t rush me!
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley says she’s being courted by top Dem presidential candidates for an endorsement, but says she’ll make a decision on her own sweet time, thank you. The AP at NBC News has more on Pressely’s non-commitment commitment, even as her fellow progressive “squad” members commit to candidates.
Larry Summers: Elizabeth Warren’s arithmetic problem
Harvard’s Larry Summers says he’s not objecting per se to fellow Harvardite Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All” program. It’s just that her math is way off on how to pay for it. He explains at the Washington Post.
Regarding the latest presidential polls: They’re all over the place
Speaking of Elizabeth Warren, yet another presidential poll, this one via the Washington Post/ABC, shows the Massachusetts senator and other Dems doing quite well in national head-to-head matchups against President Trump. Meanwhile, a new Harvard poll shows young ones increasingly flocking to Warren’s support, though Bernie Sanders remains the sentimental favorite on most campuses, as WBUR’s Benjamin Swasey reports.
But the NYT’s David Leonhardt is still freaked out by a NYT/Sienna College poll showing that Trump, while losing in national polls, is still doing well in key battleground states, where the electoral-college outcomes will likely decide the 2020 election.
Freedom Trail’s tour guides launch another revolution
Boston Magazine’s Spencer Buell reports on Freedom Trail tourist-guide workers, now members of the recently organized Bellringers Guild, who are battling for a new contract. One of their demands: Microphones. As in bullhorns, loud speakers, whatever, to amplify their voices, instead of having to shout all the time.
Don’t read this if you plan to eat at a food truck today
OK, the vast majority of food trucks across the state are clean, comply with the laws and usually serve up terrific food at affordable prices. But WCVB’s 5 Investigates has found that not all food trucks are conscientious about the eats they serve, as in pieces of metal and bugs in food, workers wiping their noses and licking their fingers while preparing meals, etc. File under: ‘Eew.’
Thanks, New Hampshire: Toxic chemicals to be dumped in Merrimack River
We’ll get them for this. From David Abel at the Globe: “Federal and state environmental officials have renewed a controversial permit allowing a New Hampshire landfill to send as much as 100,000 gallons a day of polluted runoff to a Lowell treatment plant that empties into the Merrimack River, a source of drinking water to more than a half-million people.”
Financial gamble: MGM Springfield may sell its property – and then lease it back
So it’s come to this. Ray Kelly at MassLive reports that MGM Springfield, which isn’t generating the gambling revenues it had envisioned after opening last year, is now mulling selling its casino property in Springfield and then leasing it back, as part of a corporate-wide MGM initiative to drive down debt and free up funds for other purposes. MGM has already done property sale/lease-back deals in other parts of the country, as Kelly notes.
Bigger than Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty? That’s a big wind blade
WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman and Barbara Moran report on yesterday’s delivery of General Electric’s new wind blade to the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown. How big is the blade? It’s taller than Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty.
SJC to review Springfield’s shortage of lawyers for the poor
Technically, it’s a case about a shortage of lawyers for poor people in Springfield. But it’s actually a closely watched case with statewide implications. CommonWealth magazine’s Michael Jonas has more on the Supreme Judicial Court’s hearing tomorrow on overloaded lawyers who say they can no longer handle legal proceedings for low-income defendants.
BMC employees to give Melania Trump a different type of welcome
First lady Melania Trump may have thought her visit to Boston today would be non-controversial, since it’s about a hospital program that helps babies who are exposed to drugs in the womb. But she thought wrong. The Globe’s Andy Rosen reports that about 250 Boston Medical Center workers are protesting Trump’s visit, saying it’s a mere photo-op that sends the wrong message to patients and immigrants alike.
Robotronic: Westborough to get Amazon robotics center
Another town has landed an Amazon facility and this time they’re bringing the robots. Jon Chesto and Tim Logan at the Globe report Amazon will establish a robotics center in a former drug company HQ in Westborough, investing $40 million and hiring as many as 200 by 2021.
Three’s a trend: Easthampton embraces ranked-choice voting
Back to some election news: They like it. Easthampton is poised to become the third community in the state to use a ranked-choice voting system in local elections after voters approved using it to decide both mayoral and council races going forward, Elizabeth Roman reports at MassLive.
In another closely watched referendum, voters in Greenfield approved a ‘safe city’ ordinance that sparked intense local debate about how local police should work with immigration authorities, according to a report at the Greenfield Recorder.
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