Keller at Large

New leadership? No thanks, we’re all set

In his latest Keller at Large on MassterList, Jon Keller says mayoral candidates Andrea Campbell and Michelle Wu may think they’re riding the new-leadership wave that brought Ayanna Pressley to power. But what if Pressley’s victory over Michael Capuano two years ago was an outlier and Joseph Kennedy’s recent defeat by an  incumbent is actually the old-new norm? 

Keller at Large

Happening Today

Baker on nonprofits, housing discrimination, and more

— Gov. Charlie Baker offers remarks on issues facing the nonprofit sector, pandemic recovery, and the road ahead at Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s 2020 annual conference ‘New Paths Forward,’ 9 a.m.


Boston City Council Committee on Housing and Community Development holds virtual hearing on three dockets related to housing discrimination, 12 p.m.

Elder Affairs Committee holds invitation-only virtual hearing to explore questions about why thousands of people died from COVID-19 in nursing homes, 1 p.m..

— Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce’s Power of Women holds ‘Trailblazers in Politics’ featuring Sen. Joan Lovely, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, and Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, 7 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

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The coronavirus numbers: 13 new deaths, 9,401 total deaths, 765 new cases

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In case you missed it …

MassterList did indeed publish on Columbus Day, with yesterday’s items including ‘Covid autumn,’ John Henry possibly taking his sports company public, the new ‘City Hall’ documentary, Gov. Baker not signing a support-Barrett letter, and the BPD’s racial divide on promotions and punishments, among other topics. Check out your email inbox for more.

Eviction emergency: Baker unveils $171 million plan to help tenants and landlords

This is the final deal that WBUR first reported on last week, to wit: With the state’s evictions/foreclosure moratorium set to expire later this week, Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday unveiled a plan calling for $171 million in aid for both struggling tenants and landlords. Not everyone is happy with the dollar amounts involved. WBUR’s Beth Healy, MassLive’s Tanner Stening and SHNS’s Michael Norton have the details.

School reopening updates: Lawrence halts in-person classes, banding together, ‘Covid-19 School Tracker’

Here are some quick summaries and headlines from the school reopening front. At the Eagle Tribune, Allision Corneau reports that Lawrence is halting in-person learning and going full remote until November 30 due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. … From WBUR: “Without State Support, Mass. School Districts Band Together To Provide Coronavirus Testing.” … From the Patriot Ledger: “Weymouth schools struggle with staffing as students return to classroom this week.” … From the Telegram: “Worcester’s latest hybrid school plan has most students returning Jan. 25 or Feb. 1.” … The Globe’s Meghan Irons reports that many students are suffering a form of “COVID trauma” during the pandemic. Oftentimes, it’s related to concerns about the health of loved ones at home. … 

And here’s something cool: The Herald’s Rick Sobey reports that Shrewsbury High School sophomore William Wu, 15, has created a website that tracks virus cases in Massachusetts school districts and in other states. It already has a web site: Covid-19 School Tracker. Wu’s working on how to get more comprehensive school data from districts around the nation.

Enough is enough: Councilor wants crackdown on South Boston house parties

And you thought Allston was bad. From Universal Hub: “City Councilor Ed Flynn says he’s had enough with South Boston residents ignoring state and city regulations that ban large parties – (and) next week, he will ask the City Council to call in BPD and ISD to figure out how to enforce the Covid-19 regulations that too many people are flouting.”

Universal Hub

‘Why is Baker so reluctant to disclose vital COVID-19 information?’

The Globe really wants the Baker administration to release additional coronavirus data on nursing homes – and it’s making its case this morning via an editorial on the topic.

Boston Globe

Going for three: Heroux indicates he’ll seek another term as Attleboro mayor

Officially, he’s not making any announcements, but Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux is giving all indications he’ll seek a third term in next year’s city election, George Rhodes of the Sun Chronicle reports. The former state representative, who used the occasion of his birthday to seek contributions to his campaign account, said when he first sought the office he would serve no more than three terms.  

Sun Chronicle

Out of the ashes: Dalton farmer rebuilds hay-bale sign with a new message

Last Friday’s torching of a Dalton farmer’s giant hay-bale “Biden-Harris’ sign has drawn national attention, such as from the Washington Post. But the Globe’s Matt Berg reports the family farm has a new hay-bale sign with a different message: “Love,” “unity” and “respect,” with American flags and one more message: “Vote.”

Trump country: President dominates in number of contributions from Brockton area

They really like him. Residents of the Brockton area have made twice as many campaign contributions to Donald Trump’s re-election than to his Democratic challenger, Mina Corpuz of the Brockton Enterprise reports. Despite the president’s advantage in total contributions, the two candidates have received about the same amount of cash from the area. 

Brockton Enterprise

Mass. GOP officially comes out against ranked-choice voting

Some conservative groups have already started mobilizing against the ranked-choice voting proposal on the November ballot. Now the Massachusetts Republican Party has officially come out against the Quesiton 2 initiative, calling it a “confusing and destructive system completely at odds with our democracy,” reports the Herald’s Erin Tiernan and CommonWealth’s Bruce Mohl.

4th Norfolk District voters, unite: Here’s your chance to vote in the Workers Party

Many supporters of ranked-choice voting hope it will bolster future third-party candidates in Massachusetts. Such as people like Workers Party member Dominic Giannone III, who’s currently running as the Workers Party candidate in the 4th Norfolk House race against Democratic incumbent James Murphy and Republican challenger Paul Rotondo? Jessica Trufant has more on the interesting three-way legislative race in the 4th. .

Wicked Local

Doing their part: Communities roll back license fees to help restaurant bottom lines

Every little bit helps. The city of Newton has slashed its annual liquor license fees by 50 percent, with officials saying the loss of $200,000 in revenue amid a coronavirus budget crisis had to be weighed against the potential loss of local businesses, Julie Cohen of MetroWest Daily News reports. 

Mary Byrne of the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports Sunderland is taking a similar step after members of the Select Board agreed that restaurants and bars have been impacted far more than other businesses that require local licensure. 

MetroWest Daily News

So what the tech is up with Question 1?

The Globe’s Hiawatha Bray explains the technology behind the Question 1 ballot question, i.e. the ‘Right to Repair’ referendum. Technology is what it’s all about in the end — and who get to control it.

Boston Globe

Down but not out: Organizers vow to revive Worcester’s Columbus Day parade

Maybe next year. Worcester hasn’t had a Columbus Day parade since 2018 but Cyrus Moulton of the Telegram reports some hope it will return next year, even as some in the city push to downplay the legacy of the explorer. 

Telegram & Gazette

‘The rise of the new left’

In an opinion piece at Wicked Local, Joseph M. Giglio, a professor at Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, explores one of the political threads running through today’s tumultuous times: The rise of the New Left and the attempt to redefine American culture. Hopefully, someone will write about how the New Trumpism is aiding and abetting the rise of the New Left. Or is it the Old New Left at this point?

Peabody Essex Museum exhibits rare Salem Witch Trial documents and artifacts

Just in time for Halloween. William Dowd at Wicked Local reports that the Peabody Essex Museum has a new exhibit of rare Salem Witch Trial documents, letters, and other artifacts – as well as 19th century paintings by the American artist Tompkins Harrison Matteson. But the co-curator of the exhibit wants to make one thing clear: He thinks New England has gotten a bad rap compared to Europe for holding witch trials. Just his opinion.

Wicked Local

‘Post-Covid’ agenda: Redeveloping long empty lemon along the Pike

That biotech-like building along the Pike that’s sat largely vacant for as long as you can remember? Berkeley Investments wants to redevelop the Brighton site into a “post-Covid” mixed-use campus with housing, retail, lab space, etc. reports Universal Hub.

Universal Hub

Fighting for Survival – Small Businesses, Restaurants & Retail

While tactics to safely reopen stores and restaurants continue to evolve, discussions are turning to how to adapt to phased reopening orders while building consumer confidence and coming up with new ways to secure financial viability. With uncertainty abound, how are restaurants, small businesses and retail charting the future?

North Shore Chamber of Commerce

100th Anniversary Virtual Awards Gala

We will stand together, virtually, to celebrate our 2020 Health Care Stars who, while deserving the utmost praise and recognition pre-COVID-19, have maintained their commitment to improving and protecting the lives of MA residents since the outbreak began. We are planning a showcase of celebration and resilience and ask for your sponsorship support of our 2020 honorees and of MHC’s work.

Massachusetts Health Council

Today’s Headlines


City councilor wants crackdown on jammed South Boston house parties – Universal Hub

Fewer colleges than expected close because of Covid-19 – Boston Business Journal


As few as 15 Rockland residents could add $1 million to budget – Brockton Enterprise

Residents gather in Sandwich to protest proposed machine-gun range – Cape Cod Times

Amid varying views of Columbus, organizers vow to bring back Worcester’s parade – Telegram & Gazette


Joe Biden Has 91 Percent Chance of Winning Electoral College, Latest Economist Forecast Predicts – Newsweek

California Officials Tell State GOP To Stop Distributing Ballot Drop Boxes – NPR

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