04/19/2017 07:16 AM EDT
GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. Brisk again today with clear skies and wind.
TODAY - AG Maura Healey, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the League of Conservation Voters and others hold a phone briefing to call out the Trump administration "for its attacks on public health and the environment during the its first 100 days in office" - Gov. Charlie Baker and Sec. Stephanie Pollack head to New Bedford for the CoveWalk opening, the city's newest recreational waterfront path - An update on the Rattlesnake Working Group comes at the Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting.
TIME TO STORM BOSTON'S ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT - Because it's the first day for Boston's candidates to pull papers to run for the November municipal election, and we've already got five contested races on the Boston City Council. To celebrate, here's a handy primer of names you could see on the ballot in September:
DISTRICT 1: Yesterday brought news both Lydia Edwards (the upstart who saw a strong showing in the special Senate election to replace Sen. Petruccelli last year) and lifelong North End resident Stephen Passacantilli are running for the North End/East Boston seat vacated by Sal LaMattina. Also expected to jump in: Jack Kelly, Joe Ruggiero, and Michael Sinatra, according to North End Waterfront.
DISTRICT 2: The jockeying in South Boston has been underway for Bill Linehan's soon-to-be-former seat for months, but I hear one previously oft-mentioned name in the mix, Dan Manning, will be sitting this round out. Actually in the mix: Ed Flynn, Corey Dinopoulos, Michael Kelly, Frank Ulip, and Peter Lin-Marcus.
DISTRICT 7: Meanwhile, Roxbury has the largest swath of potential candidates going after Tito Jackson's seat, vacated as he runs for mayor. Those who have set up campaign accounts include former State Sen. Carlos Henriquez, Deeqo Jibril, William King, Jose Junior Lopez, James Jackson, Angelina Camacho, Joao DePina, Hassan Williams (the lone Republican), Kim Janey, Rufus Faulk, and Brian Keith. Charles Clemons is also in the running - he hasn't yet updated his OCPF BUT he does have a website.
DISTRICT 8: One person so far is challenging Back Bay incumbent Josh Zakim (and his nearly $300K campaign account): Kristen Mobilia.
AT-LARGE: And we have three at-large challengers in the mix right now: Domingos Darosa of Hyde Park, Aziza Robinson-Goodnight of Dorchester, and William King, also of Dorchester.
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BREAKING: MILFORD, Mass. (AP) - Prison official: Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs self in cell, pronounced dead at Massachusetts hospital.
DATELINE BEACON HILL
YANKEES SUCK - "In clean energy race, credit agency deems Bay State a better bet than New York," by Katie Lannan, State House News Service: "Massachusetts is on track to score a renewable energy win over New York, according to Moody's Investors Service, which said the Bay State will close in 'much faster' on the clean energy progress achieved by national leader California."
- "Plainridge Park sees biggest betting month in March since 2015," by Colin A Young, State House News Service: "The state's slots parlor generated more than $14.1 million in revenue last month, the facility's third best month on the books, with $6.95 million of it going to local aid or a horse racing fund, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Tuesday."
- "Lawmakers pack budget with funding requests," by Christian M. Wade, Salem News: "Homeless children, war memorials and traffic improvements are among the myriad recipients of requests for a piece of the state's $40.3 billion budget. Dozens of requests filed by lawmakers from the North Shore seek money for local projects and programs. They include an amendment from Reps. Tom Walsh, D-Peabody, and Ted Speliotis, D-Danvers, seeking $50,000 to study the feasibility of operating a trolley service on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's tracks running from Peabody Square to the Salem Depot."
- "For Patriots visit, Trump gets to show off role of fan-in-chief," by Annie Linskey, Boston Globe: "Cozying up to Tom Brady and the Patriots Wednesday will give the president a brief reprieve from the turbulent news cycles of his administration."
- "The Alt-Right's Favorite Team Visits the White House," by Ben Strauss, POLITICO magazine : Richard Spencer, the avowed white nationalist and a leader of the alt-right movement, "was hoping to see something he could use to rile up his 50,000 Twitter followers. So he started to tweet about the Patriots. Though they play in deep-blue Massachusetts, the Patriots had already come to be associated with Donald Trump...He then explained that people responded to his Super Bowl tweets because they had touched on an unspoken racial angst. 'What the alt-right does is find the pressure point and bring it to the fore,' Spencer said. 'I do think there is an element of white consciousness when fans watch Julian Edelman score a touchdown.'"
THE WARREN REPORT
DATELINE THE MANHATTAN BARNES AND NOBLE WHERE WARREN KICKED OFF HER BOOK TOUR LAST NIGHT -- via POLITICO New York's Addy Baird, who writes : "A couple hundred people turned out to the Union Square Barnes and Noble on 17th Street, many of whom sported Clinton or Sanders 2016 campaign gear, and all of whom hung on the Senator's every word. Warren read several passages from her book and discussed its larger themes-the disappearance of the middle class, the damaging effects of trickle-down economics and resisting President Donald Trump. Attendees were able to submit questions for a Q-and-A on note cards before Warren spoke, some of which were pre-picked, and Warren answered questions about 'how to stay optimistic in this mess,' whether she supports single-payer or Medicaid for all (she said she thinks we should think about it), and her thoughts on Trump's foreign policy, among other things. She was, notably, able to avoid questions about whether she is running for president in 2020."
- "Warren dodges on whether she'll run for president in 2020," by POLITICO's Kelsey Sutton: "Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed President Donald Trump on Tuesday for refusing to release his tax returns, but she declined to say whether she is considering running against him in 2020. In an appearance on NBC's "Today" show to promote her book "This Fight Is Our Fight," Warren dodged questions from hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer about whether she is weighing a presidential run as pockets of support around the country for her possible candidacy continue to emerge ."
- "US Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks review of tax refund anticipation checks, other financial products," by Shannon Young, Masslive.com: "Hours before Tuesday's tax filing deadline, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on the government watchdog to review commonly used tax-time financial products, like refund anticipation loans and checks, and the transparency of fees associated with them. The Massachusetts Democrat, who serves as the ranking member of the Senate's Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, penned a letter to Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro seeking an examination into the scope and impact of tax-time financial products."
ON THE STUMP
- "Former TV anchor Joe Shortsleeve considers run for Timilty seat," by Andy Metzger, State House News Service: "Joe Shortsleeve, a longtime television reporter and anchor who now works at a consulting firm, is thinking about running for the seat Sen. James Timilty will soon vacate. ... A Medfield resident, Shortsleeve said he 'would have fought anybody' who claimed to know his politics in his three decades of television news when he was unenrolled in any political party, but he is now a registered Democrat."
- "Rep. Chris Walsh eyes mayor's seat in Framingham," by Matt Murphy, State House News Service: "With Framingham poised to become the newest city in Massachusetts, state Rep. Chris Walsh says he's seriously considering a pursuit to become the first mayor of the 57th city. Walsh, a fourth-term Democrat from Framingham, called the opportunity to serve as mayor a 'wildly interesting' proposition and one that he is actively exploring as city officials prepare for a recount before certifying the town's vote to change its local charter."
- GUBERNATORIAL NUGGET - Bob Massie formally filed that he is running for governor with the Office of Campaign Finance last week, according to OCPF data.
- "Kristen Mobilia taking on Josh Zakim for District 8 seat," by Dan Atkinson, Boston Herald: "Mobilia, who serves on the Fenway Garden Society and works at a Newton-based video production company, said she was influenced by the election of President Trump in 2016 to provide a female voice in politics, and said she wanted to bring more city government connections to the district."
WOOD WAR - Herald: "TERROR PROBES IN 50 STATES," "POWER PARTY!" - Globe: "20,000 cases die in lab scandal," "A pledge fulfilled: Trump to pack office with Patriots," "SLAYING SUSPECT ARRAIGNED," "President moves to limit visas," "The voice of a survivor, never to be silenced," "A scientist's dream comes out of its shell at last."
THE LOCAL ANGLE
- "Law enforcement groups endorse US Sen. Ed Markey's bill to stop flow of fentanyl from China, Mexico," by Shannon Young, Springfield Republican: "Bipartisan-backed legislation that seeks to end the flow of illicit fentanyl into the United States from foreign countries has drawn support from national law enforcement groups, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey's office announced Tuesday."
- "Leader of Dropkick Murphys to bring boxing to Plainridge," by Jim Hand, Sun Chronicle: "A leader of the rock band Dropkick Murphys is going to start promoting boxing matches at Plainridge Park Casino in May. The slots parlor on Route 1 announced a partnership with Murphy's Boxing for a four-fight card for May 13. Murphy's Boxing is run by Ken Casey, an original member of the Dropkicks, who plays bass, sings and writes songs for the band."
- "1,067 Cape, Islands drug cases to be dismissed," by Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, Cape Cod Times: "More than 1,000 drug cases from the Cape and Islands tainted by former state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan have been or will be dismissed, District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced in a heated statement Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts estimated that 20,000 cases would be thrown out by district attorneys around the state Tuesday, which the group said would make it the single largest dismissal of criminal convictions in U.S. history."
- "Bitterness lingers after collapse of Dudley cemetery plan," by Brian Macquarrie, Boston Globe: "The counsel, Gary Brackett, accused the attorney for the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester of using the lightning-rod case as a grandstanding ploy in which he unfairly maligned the Central Massachusetts town as a haven for anti-Muslim bigotry."
- "Marijuana-related gala set for Thursday in Natick," by Brian Benson, MetroWest Daily News: "Marijuana supporters will converge on Natick Thursday for a gala to celebrate the legalization of the substance for recreational use and highlight some of the businesses in the budding industry. April 20 has been a marijuana holiday for decades and will be celebrated around the country with protests in states that have not approved legalization measures and parties in those that have, said Cara Crabb-Burnham, dean of faculty at Northeastern Institute of Cannabis in Natick."
- "Adidas apologizes for email congratulating runners on 'surviving' Boston Marathon," by USA Today Sports: "Adidas said it was 'incredibly sorry' after the company sent a tone-deaf email to Boston Marathon participants on Tuesday, one day after the 2017 Marathon. The email's subject line read: 'Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!' This comes four years after bombs exploded at the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260."
FIERCE SOUTHIE COMPLICATIONS - "'I didn't use the term,' Barbara Lynch says of NYT calling her 'a Southie,'" by Steve Annear, Boston Globe: "Lynch made the clarification after the New York Times this week published a lengthy article about the South Boston native, and described her as being a 'fierce Southie.'"
MAZEL! - to Sarah Birnbaum, now at PRI's The World. She previously covered the State House for WGBH.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to Mass GOP National Committeeman and former Romney advisor Ron Kaufman.
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? - The Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7. The Celtics fell to the Chicago Bulls 97-111.
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