Happening today:

10 a.m. | Gov. Maura Healey attends the Rand-Whitney Container ribbon cutting. | 160 Shrewsbury Street, Boylston Sq, Boylston

12:30 p.m. | Incoming Housing Secretary Ed Augustus joins Gov. Maura Healey announcing winners of the Affordable Rental Housing Awards. | 733 Broadway St., Lowell

2:30 p.m. | Gov. Maura Healey attends the FIFA World Cup 2026 Host City Brand Unveil with Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll and other officials. | Big Night Live, 110 Causeway Street, Boston

10:30 a.m. | Boston Mayor Michelle Wu tours BAGLY's (Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth) new location to announce Pride 2023 events. | 28 Court Square, Downtown

How much does timing matter for endorsements, especially after a candidate has already all but won the race?

Costas Panagopoulos, head of Northeastern’s political science department and editor of American Politics Research has argued that “endorsements can make a difference primarily at the edges, and in very close races.”

But in Boston’s uncontested 9th Suffolk District race, candidate John Moran has seen two endorsements trickle in the weeks since the Democratic primary, where he was also uncontested after a sole challenger dropped out.

The Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers’ District Council and the Boston Teachers Union both threw their support behind Moran.

It’s not sway that the likely soon-to-be freshman state representative needs, but “connection” with voters on what issues matter to him and where he stands in the debate on contentious topics like abortion (pro) and bucking the MCAS. On standardized testing, Moran says “There’s more than one way to measure abilities.”

Early endorsements from Planned Parenthood and the Victory Fund “helped me gain some confidence in communicating what I believe in,” Moran told MASSterList. 

He’s currently backed by 10 groups and 14 elected officials. He faces no Republican challenger in the May 30 special election to replace Jon Santiago, whom Healey tapped for Veterans’ Services Secretary.

Backing from labor unions can help build momentum while interest groups can serve as a Beacon for voters getting to know new candidates, Moran said.

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Fall from grace: US Attorney Rachael Rollins accused of election meddling and more in scathing DOJ report

Days before her planned resignation from her post as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, a DOJ report into ethics violations by Rachael Rollins found she leaked information to a journalist in an effort to influence a local election, lied to investigators and improperly attended a fundraiser with First Lady Jill Biden, according to two scathing federal reports released Wednesday.

CNN | The Boston Globe

Here’s a timeline of the investigation.

The Boston Herald

State of disrepair: Public housing stock falling apart as advocates push for more cash from Beacon Hill

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The Boston Globe

Amherst school administrator refuses to resign amid alleged mistreatment of LGBTQ students

Following allegations some counselors at the Amherst’s middle school mistreated LGBTQ students, including failing to support students who were bullied and misgendering trans students, a top administrator is refusing to step down, reports Adam Frenier for NEPM. The teachers union for the Amherst schools recently took a vote of no confidence against Superintendent Michael Morris and the assistant superintendent for diversity and human resources, Doreen Cunningham, citing a “toxic” workplace.


Ollie’s law would regulate dog care facilities in honor of labradoodle

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State House News Service

Black candidates stay put in Dorchester council race with election maps in limbo

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Bay State Banner

Prostitution decriminalization push on Beacon Hill exposes deep divide

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State House News Service

Mask off: COVID fears return for immunocompromised Bay Staters as hospitals unmask

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Middleboro student sues district after gender message deemed inappropriate 

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Enterprise News

Sarno says he’ll seek sixth term as Springfield mayor 

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New Bedford has not met legal burden to withhold records of alleged police misconduct

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New Bedford Light

Dig it: ARPA funds mean free trees for Fall River property owners 

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The Herald News

Erin Tiernan was a Editor and Author of MASSterList