Happening Today

Gloucester dredging project, RMV offline, and more

— Republican presidential candidate and former Gov. Bill Weld publicly calls on Republican U.S. senators to remove President Trump from office, Samuel Adams Park, next to the Adams statue outside Faneuil Hall, Boston, 11 a.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante make an announcement related to dredging in the City of Gloucester, U.S. Coast Guard Station, 17 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, 2 p.m.

— Attorney General Maura Healey gives a keynote about school safety at the annual joint conference of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis, 12:30 p.m.

Callie Crossley hosts a conversation on ‘Basic Black’ about the black and Latina female voting bloc, following this week’s Boston municipal election, with Massachusetts GOP delegate Parson Hicks, Emerson College professor Kim McLarin, Newton Democratic co-chair Sharon Stoute and State Democratic Committee member Ana Morales, WGBH-TV Ch. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Registry of Motor Vehicles will be offline to the public from 6 p.m. today to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 to allow the registry to implement the second phase of the ATLAS software, with no motor vehicle inspections across the state or RMV transactions during the down time.

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

Just say no: Lowell to stop accepting wastewater from New Hampshire

The Globe first reported the controversy, so we’ll let the newspaper’s David Abel and Maria Lovato have first shot on this one: “Under pressure from lawmakers and environmental advocates, officials in Lowell said Thursday that they had suspended a contract with a New Hampshire landfill that sent a large volume of toxic runoff into the Merrimack River, a source of drinking water to more than a half-million people.”

The Lowell Sun’s Elizabeth Dobbins and WGBH’s Gabrielle Emanuel have more on the city’s just-say-no-to-wastewater-in-our-drinking-water action.

Boston Globe

Marijuana patients will be able to buy vape products next week, but for how long?

The Herald’s Mary Markos and SHNS’s Chris Lisinski (pay wall) report that marijuana patients will likely be able to buy vaping products next week due to a recent court ruling and the failure of the Cannabis Control Commission to take regulatory action yesterday. But the commission may yet return to the vaping-ban issue and so … stay tuned.

Pride of Medford: Michael Bloomberg prepares to enter presidential race

Directly or indirectly, Massachusetts keeps churning out presidential candidates like widgets. Yes, Medford’s very own Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and billionaire media mogul, has apparently re-thought his previous decision not to run for president and is now taking preliminary steps towards possibly running, as a Democrat, reports the NYT.

Meanwhile, another presidential candidate with Massachusetts ties, none other than our very own Bill Weld, pronounces in a Herald opinion piece: If Trump doesn’t go, then it’s adieu for the GOP in the next election – and possibly forever.


He’s running, too: Rowley’s Comley says he’ll seek presidency

Let it be known that the Bay State has quietly generated yet another presidential hopeful. Rowley resident Stephen Comley Sr., best known for his decades-long crusade against the Seabrook nuclear power plant, says he paid the $1,000 filing fee to get his name on the New Hampshire presidential ballot and will soon launch his second “quixotic” bid for the White House, reports Ethan Forman at the Salem News.

Salem News

Forget Warren. What does Pressley’s endorsement mean for Pressley?

And speaking of Bay State ties to the presidential race: U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s endorsement of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president is expected to boost Warren’s stature among African-American voters around the country. But the endorsement also raises Pressley’s national stature, reports Laura Krantz at the Globe.

Speaking of Pressley and Warren (and U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark), the Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert has a piece on how they hope to make the allegedly progressive Massachusetts more progressive in reality.

Boston Globe

Warren: I’ll gladly talk to Bill Gates about taxing his billions

Microsoft uber-billionaire Bill Gates casually mentioned to the NYT that he’s not quite clear whether U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to tax some or all of his $100 billion fortune. Warren’s tweet response to Bill: “If we get the chance, I’d love to explain exactly how much you’d pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it’s not $100 billion.)”

Speaking of Warren’s wealth taxes, the NYT tries to figure out whether they can really pay for all the trillions of dollars in new programs she’s promised.


Boston subpoenaed in federal pot corruption investigation

This may be part of a fishing expedition by the feds. Still, it’s not what Marty Walsh needs at this point. From the Boston Herald: “City Hall has been targeted by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in his unfolding legalized pot corruption investigation, with a grand jury subpoenaing records related to city officials’ dealings with recreational marijuana operations. The delivery of subpoenas adds Boston to a growing list of Massachusetts cities and towns in the crosshairs of the federal probe.”

Boston Herald

Buffalo Wild Wings worker dies after inhaling cleaning-agent fumes

This one strikes a chord with anyone who has worked with restaurant-grade or even household-grade cleaners. From Universal Hub: “The Burlington Fire Department reports a worker at Buffalo Wild Wings, 15 South Ave. died (Thursday) evening after exposure to fumes from a cleaning agent in the kitchen and that ten other people – both workers and patrons – checked themselves into hospitals for evaluation. The department reports firefighters responded shortly after 5:30 p.m. on a report of ‘a chemical reaction in the kitchen area.’”

Universal Hub

Vindication: MGH settles for $13M with doctor who exposed double-booked surgeries

Talk about “extraordinary vindication.” The Globe’s Jonathan Saltzman reports that a doctor who was fired after challenging MGH’s policy of allowing physicians to conduct two surgeries at once has gotten his old job back – and $13 million – under a new settlement agreement with the hospital. In effect, Dennis Burke was a classic whistleblower – a whistleblower who initially paid the price and later set his price.

Obnoxious Rhode Island video duo hit Beacon Hill

They’re highly aggressive, highly self-righteous and highly annoying. They’re the ‘Auditing America’ team from Rhode Island who earlier this week started videotaping workers at Boston’s State House, reminding employees that they had the right – the right, damn it! – to video anyone they wanted in a public space. Universal Hub has the details.

Universal Hub

The transportation-tax debate: It’s getting a little complicated

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal added a new wrinkle to the debate on Beacon Hill over whether to raise taxes to pay for transportation-related improvements across the state, to wit: Any deal tied to T revenues should include an investment in an east-west rail connection, Neal says, as SHNS’s Colin Youngreports (pay wall) .

Meanwhile, Gov. Charlie Baker’s stated opposition to a “big increase” in the gas tax actually means he’s opposed to any increase in the gas tax. SHNS’s Michael Norton explains (pay wall). The Globe’s Jon Chesto looks at recent poll numbers and finds there’s little appetite among voters to raise any taxes – unless they’re taxes on the rich, of course.

McQuilken challenging Moulton in Sixth District

Not everyone is backing down from challenging the incumbent. From SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall): “Gun reform advocate and life sciences industry booster Angus McQuilken will run for Congress on the North Shore, challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, who earlier this year abandoned a run for president. McQuilken, who announced his plans Thursday, began taking a look at the race in the spring after Moulton said he would run for the White House.”

Going down: Plainridge says it will stay the course despite plunging revenue

They’re hoping the shine wears off up north. Plainridge Park Casino executives told the state’s Gaming Commission that a sharp drop in revenue is tied largely to the recent opening of Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, but they’re hopeful that some customers will return once the novelty of the state’s newest and largest resort casino wears off, Jim Hand reports at the Sun Chronicle. 

Sun Chronicle

Blast from the past: SJC revives 25-year-old Worcester discrimination suit

This could be costly. The state’s highest court has revived a 1994 lawsuit claiming discrimination in promotion practices at the Worcester police department, raising the prospect that the city could be forced to pay $1 million in settlements to two officers, plus tens of thousands more in accrued interest. Brad Petrishen of the Telegram has the details. 


Dogs vs cats, Hatfields vs McCoys, Drug Companies vs Drug Pricing Reformers

The battle lines are so familiar that they can now line up blindfolded on Beacon Hill, i.e. the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council coming out yesterday against the new Senate drug-pricing plan that was only officially unveiled yesterday. SHNS’s Katie Lannan (pay wall) has the details.

They’re here: MBTA shows off new Red Line cars

Via Universal Hub, Chris Lovett of BNN takes a video look at the first new Red Line cars to be delivered to the MBTA, courtesy of CRRC in Springfield. They’ll now go through extensive testing – with the ultimate goal of replacing all Red Line car by 2023. 

Universal Hub

‘The most explosive Massachusetts mayoral election north of the Taunton River’

And what, pray tell, was that election? Tuesday’s Methuen mayoral race, won by political newcomer Neil Perry, and it involved a highly controversial (and very expensive) police contract, reports Andy Metzger at CommonWealth magazine. Many controversies these days seem to involve police contracts, we’ve noticed.


Graduation day: Assumption College receives state approval to become Assumption University

They’re moving on up. Assumption College in Worcester says it has received the final state approval needed to clear the way for it to formally begin calling itself a university starting next summer, Sam Bonnaci reports in the Worcester Business Journal. Assumption is hoping to counter the trends buffeting smaller schools by beefing up its graduate and continuing ed programs. 

Worcester Business Journal

Bump and Trial Court butt heads over sentencing guidelines

State Auditor Suzanne Bump and the Executive Office of the Trial Court apparently butted heads over release of criminal-sentencing guideline documents, so Bump’s office simply paid visits to the courts and got the information by other means – and … Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth details what Bump’s office found.


Supplemental Budget Held Hostage, Day 131

Just fyi: Lawmakers are adjourning for the holiday weekend without taking action on the more than $700 million supplemental budget bill that would close the books on last fiscal year ending June 30, reports SHNS’s Colin Young.

SHNS (pay wall — free trial subscription available)

Sunday public affairs TV: Kim Driscoll, Marty Walsh and more

Keller at Large, WBZ-TV Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. This week’s guest: Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who talks with host Jon Keller about the municipal elections, dealing with the housing shortage, and the regional transportation crisis.   

This Week in Business, NECN, 10 a.m. Massachusetts Convention Center Authority executive director David Gibbons talks about plans to expand the BCEC and close the Hynes; Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe and Doug Banks of the Boston Business Journal discuss vaping, Amazon’s expansion, the gas tax debate, and other business issues.    

CEO Corner, NECN 10:30 a.m. Life is Good co-founder and CEO Bert Jacobs and president Lisa Tanzer talk about their company’s brand and how the firm has evolved since its founding 25 years ago.

On The Record, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. This week’s guest: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who talks with hosts Ed Harding and Janet Wu, followed by a roundtable political 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: Building and Business, with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City CEO Steve Grossman and Daren Bascome, owner of the Proverb brand, and other guests.

EPA Region 1: Risk Assessment & Emergency Response Plan Training

The U.S. EPA will be holding a one-day training to provide drinking water utilities with detailed information on America’s Water Infrastructure Act: Section 2013 and 2018. Specifically the training will cover the new risk assessment and emergency response plan requirements.

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Water Security Division

ROE Act Tzedek Salon

In many states, access to abortion is hanging on by a thread. Donald Trump and politicians like him are stopping at nothing to ban abortion. But in Massachusetts, we are pushing forward. In Massachusetts. This month, we will be hosting a Tzedek Salon discussion with Kim Kargman, organizing manager at Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Boston Speakers Series: Bob Woodward

A journalistic icon, Woodward is associate editor of The Washington Post. He, along with Carl Bernstein, uncovered the Watergate scandal detailed in their Pulitzer Prize-winning book, All the President’s Men. Woodward has written 19 bestselling books on American politics, most recently: Fear: Trump in the White House.

Lesley University

2019 New England State and Local Tax Forum

The New England State and Local Tax Forum is a one-day conference designed to provide an annual update on significant state and local tax developments from across the nation with a particular focus on New England.

New England State and Local Tax Forum

Boston Speakers Series: Bob Woodward

A journalistic icon, Woodward is associate editor of The Washington Post. He, along with Carl Bernstein, uncovered the Watergate scandal detailed in their Pulitzer Prize-winning book, All the President’s Men. Woodward has written 19 bestselling books on American politics, most recently: Fear: Trump in the White House.

Lesley University

Today’s Headlines


Suffolk Downs master plan gets design OK – Boston Business Journal

What we know about the Boston city council at-large recount – Dorchester Reporter


Auburn, Leominster Sears stores to close – Telegram & Gazette

Wrentham residents overwhelmingly pass rezoning for Route 1 – Sun Chronicle

Mayor Coogan ‘off and running’ in transition at government center – Herald-News


Public impeachment hearings will start with a bang – Bloomberg News

Facebook considering limits on targeted political ads – Politico

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