Happening Today

Kennedy and Markey campaigning, anti-racism events, and more

— U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, a candidate in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary, holds ‘early vote pop-up event’ in the morning with union members in Cambridge, followed by a speech in East Boston, greeting voters in Fall River and Attleboro, and joining the Taunton Diversity March.

— U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who is running for re-elections, attends a series of get-out-the-vote rallies in southeastern Massachusetts, starting at Randolph Town Hall. 

Cannabis Control Commission meets for a regular business meeting, 10 a.m.


One Nation’s Diversity hosts a demonstration in honor of the Jobs and Justice march held 57 years ago in Washington, D.C., with speakers including Rahsaan Hall of ACLU Massachusetts, Gloria Cater Pastor of Malden Missions and others, Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common, 1 p.m.

— Activists hold a press conference to push for the end of systemic racism and for police reform legislation on Beacon Hill, with representatives of the Boston branch of the NAACP, the ACLU of Massachusetts and others participating, State House steps, 3:30 p.m.

For the most comprehensive listing of calendar items, check out State House News Service’s Daily Advances (pay wall – free trial subscriptions available), as well as MassterList’s Beacon Hill Town Square below.

Today’s Stories

Reminder to readers: SHNS Coronavirus Tracker available for free

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The coronavirus numbers: 20 new deaths, 8,775 total deaths, 365 new cases

MassLive has the latest coronavirus numbers for Massachusetts.

Republican Baker wades Into Dem primary to endorse Neal

There’s a part of us wondering if the governor is angling to run for a third term as an Independent. Anyway, with less than a week before next Tuesday’s primary elections, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has taken the highly unusual step of endorsing U.S. Rep. Richard Neal against Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in their hotly contested First Congressional Democratic primary race. SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall) and the Herald’s Lisa Kashinsky have more on the surprise move.

Meanwhile, CommonWealth’s Bruce Mohl ties the endorsement to other recent political moves by Baker, or, more precisely, by a super PAC tied to Baker, i.e. the dishing out of campaign funds to more Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. Bruce has an updated list of Dems receiving donations from the PAC.

Morse’s campaign treasurer hired to $62K temporary gig overseeing Holyoke’s COVID-19 response

Because as we all know, campaign treasurers usually make great pandemic-crisis-response overseers. Dennis Hohenberger at MassLive has more on the summer hiring of Mayor Alex Morse’s campaign treasurer to oversee the city’s COVID-19 response.

And, yes, this disclosure is conveniently coming only a few dime-dropping days before the First Congressional primary election. Still … In other First news, via the Daily Hampshire Gazette: “Neal camp objects to negative ads on donations.” The Globe’s Brian MacQuarrie reports that Neal and Morse are indeed trying to refocus on issues, not allegations, though it hasn’t been easy.


Don’t forget the Pelosi vs. Ocasio-Cortez race in Massachusetts

Actually, they’re not running per se in Massachusetts. Instead, Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Osasio-Cortez are using Massachusetts as a proxy battleground via their competing endorsements in the U.S. Senate and First Congressional primary races, as Globe columnist Scot Lehigh writes.

Speaking of columnists and the U.S. Senate race, the Herald’s Howie Carr and Michael Graham are reveling in Joe Kennedy’s woes of late. Meanwhile, via the AP at WCVB: “Kennedy’s legacy hovering over Democratic Senate primary.”

In other U.S. Senate race news, from a NY Post columnist: “The Kennedy dynasty may be well and truly over.” From the Cape Cod Times: “Ed Markey rallies support in Falmouth, Hyannis before primary.”

Just what we needed: A voter’s guide to the crowded 4th Congressional District primary

Considering how many candidates are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy in the Fourth Congressional District, you might want to check out this handy primary voter’s guide by WGBH.


Lexington priest apologizes after endorsing Biden

The Globe’s Jeremy C. Fox reports that a Catholic priest in Lexington, under pressure from Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, has apologized for violating the church’s political-endorsement ban by recently declaring in a Facebook post: “I am pro-life and support Joe Biden.”

Boston Globe

The new enemies list? White House says it’s creating ‘very large’ dossier on journalist and others

Considering how many ex-Globe staffers now work at the Washington Post, we thought this CNN report would be of local interest to many. We’re sure more than a few reporters would consider dossiers on them a badge of honor.

Re the Post in general under ex-Globie Marty Baron: It just keeps hammering away with facts-based reporting on the Trump administration, unlike the NYT, which seems more content with rhetorical-outrage coverage these days. Just our humble observation.


Getting the boot: Eight groups evicted and fined for large casino-hotel bashes

For some reason, they must have thought high-rollers were exempt from the rules. From SHNS’s Colin A. Young: “At least eight groups have been evicted from Encore Boston Harbor and fined for violating prohibitions on large gatherings in hotel rooms and other guests have opted to cancel their reservations when told at the front desk that the casino would strictly enforce rules of its own that are more strict than the state limits, gaming regulators said Thursday.”

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Not playing: Milford fines house party host $1,500

They’re sending a clear message. Health officials in Milford have fined a homeowner $1,500 after police broke up a weekend party with as many as 200 guests, Alison Boma at the Telegram reports. Fines of $500 each were issued for a lack of social distancing, no facial coverings and for exceeding the state’s 50-person gathering limit.


No escape: Chelsea and other communities of color remain at top of state’s coronavirus hotspot list

Turns out Lynn isn’t taking over the top hotspot position in terms of its coronavirus-infection rate. WCVB and CommonWealth’s Bruce Mohl report that Chelsea, by far, remains the hardest hit community in Massachusetts.

And what type of communities in general are getting whacked by the virus? From the Globe’s Dasai Moore: “New study confirms staggering racial disparities in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts.” WGBH’s Adam Reilly takes a look at what Gov. Baker’s new COVID Enforcement and Intervention Team is doing lately – and finds team members are indeed active in some high-risk communities.

It’s official: UMass-Amherst to furlough hundreds of workers this fall

UMass President Marty Meehan recently warned of “likely’ additional budget cuts within the university system – and yesterday that likelihood became reality. MassLive’s Steph Solis and SHNS’s Michael Norton (pay wall) report that UMass-Amherst plans to furlough more than 800 workers this fall as the pandemic bites further into the university’s finances.

At CommonWealth magazine, the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Merrie Najimy and Max Page bemoan all the public higher-ed layoffs, furloughs and other reductions, saying “we can’t cut our way out of the pandemic.”

So what can the T learn from the Cape’s transit rebound?

Here’s a pandemic-related development that wasn’t supposed to happen so soon: A public transit rebound on the Cape, which is seeing bus and ferry ridership increases, reports SHNS’s Chris Lisinski (pay wall).

Now if only the T can find the same transit-ridership magic. And it is trying. From the Globe’s Travis Andersen: “MBTA teaming with Boston-area cities to build 14 miles of bus lanes amid coronavirus pandemic.” But there are bumps in the proverbial road. From Universal Hub: “Massport, Boston feud over possible South Boston bus improvements; which could include letting truckers use dedicated bus lanes.”

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Healey sues Trump administration over immigration education funds

From CommonWealth’s Sara Betancourt: “Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sued the Trump administration on Thursday seeking to block a rule barring colleges and universities from using federal stimulus money to provide financial aid to certain immigrant college students.” 


Celts, Red Sox and other pro teams boycott games in protest of Jacob Blake shooting

The Globe’s Bob Hohler has a good summary of all the player boycotts of professional sports games – including boycotts by Celtics and Red Sox players – in protest over the recent shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Boston Globe

Rapid evolution: Cambridge landlord who sued over pot shop wants to host pot shop

Wonder what changed? A proposed recreational cannabis shop in Harvard Square comes with quite the backstory, Marc Levy at Cambridge Day reports. You see, the owner of the building where the Cookie chain wants to open a marijuana shop once sued his neighbor–for $81 million in damages–saying pot made bad neighbors and would drag down his property’s value. And then … you’ll just have to read how the drama next unfolded.

Cambridge Day

Moving on: CCC’s public safety representative stepping down

Speaking of pot: The time is right. Cannabis Control Commission member Britte McBride says she will step down later this year and says she’s proud of the regulatory structure she helped create, Melissa Hanson of MassLive reports. McBride holds the dedicated public safety seat on the commission.


Root family demands independent probe of police shooting after release of video

The attorney for the family of Juston Root, who was shot multiple times by police after a wild car chase that began outside Brigham and Women’s Hospital in February, is calling for an independent investigation after release of a new video that reportedly shows discrepancies between what police say happened and what’s heard and seen on the video. The Globe’s Dugan Arnett has the details.

Boston Globe

William Sullivan, former Springfield mayor, RIP

Ray Kelly at MassLive reports on the sad death of William C. Sullivan, 95, the former mayor of Springfield credited with launching efforts to revitalize the city’s waterfront and seeing Springfield through court-ordered busing in the ‘70s. 

It should be noted that Sullivan, a World War II veteran, had been staying in recent years at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, site of numerous coronavirus deaths. The cause of his death was not immediately revealed.

Meta debate: Brockton legislator and challenger joust over who dodged debates

Does this count as a debate? State Rep. Michelle DuBois and Democratic primary challenger Jack Lally are pointing fingers at each other after plans for public debates fizzled, Marc Larocque at the Enterprise reports. Lally says a planned Brockton Democratic City Committee event was a no-go for him because one of the group’s leaders is a consultant to DuBois’ campaign and in turn says DuBois dodged a radio debate.


Sunday public affairs TV: Joseph Kennedy, William Galvin, Ibram X. Kendi

Keller at Large, WBZ-TV Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. This week’s guest: U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, who talks with host Jon Keller about his challenge of incumbent U.S. Sen. Ed Markey.

This Week in Business, NECN, 10 a.m. Tamara Small, NAIOP CEO, discusses the future of office and commercial real estate; John Hancock CEO Marianne Harrison on the company’s pandemic pivot; and the Globe’s Shirley Leung on college COVID-19 crackdowns, the Biogen ‘superspreader’ event and other local business stories.

On The Record, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. This week’s guest: Secretary of State William Galvin, who talks with hosts Ed Harding and Janet Wu, followed by a political roundtable discussion with analysts Mary Anne Marsh and Rob Gray.

CityLine, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s topic: A conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, a renowned speaker and author and founding director of BU’s Center for Antiracist Research.

Virtual Grassroots Voter Education Launch

Join the YES on Question 2 campaign to learn more about our voter education strategy and how you can help win Ranked Choice Voting for Massachusetts this November.

The YES on 2 Campaign for Ranked Choice Voting

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham discusses his new book, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope with Michelle Miller, co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday and CBS News national correspondent.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

US Foreign Policy and Europe

Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns, Harvard professor of diplomacy and international relations; Robert Mauro, director of the Boston College Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute; and Alexandra Vacroux, executive director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, discuss US foreign policy challenges and opportunities in Europe.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

Fredrik Logevall, Harvard University professor of history and international relations and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, discusses his forthcoming book JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 with George Packer, staff writer at The Atlantic.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Virtual 2020 Corporate Citizenship Awards

Join the Boston Business Journal for our annual Corporate Citizenship Awards.

Boston Business Journal

Today’s Headlines


Brockton families received additional food benefits to help during the pandemic. Not all have claimed them. – Brockton Enterprise

Boston Globe told employees to work at home for rest of year – DanKennedy.net


Student group presents list of demands for Worcester schools – Telegram & Gazette

Westport reverses school opening plans – Herald News

Lexington priest apologies after O’Malley says church doesn’t allow clergy to endorse candidates – Boston Globe


Where Americans gathered, the virus followed – New York Times

How Trump’s company charged the Secret Service more than $900,000 – Washington Post

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