10/11/2017 06:43 AM EDT

By Lauren Dezenski (ldezenski@politico.com; @LaurenDezenski) and Rebecca Morin (rmorin@politico.com; @RebeccaMorin_)

GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. Partly sunny with a high in the mid-60s today.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: SETTI FUNDRAISING AMONG DC DEMS OF ALL STRIPES - As Democratic candidates for governor look to pad their campaign accounts in the uphill financial fight against well-stocked Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Setti Warren is headed to DC to pry open a few Democratic pocketbooks today, his campaign tells me.

Setti's campaign fundraiser brings together some representatives from the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton factions of the party - after all, attendees are in the room supporting a candidate who stumped for Clinton but is running on a platform with planks borrowed from Sanders like free public college and single-payer health care. The Washington fundraiser will be co-hosted by chief Sanders strategist Tad Devine, former HRC spokesperson Karen Finney, and Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager in '12 for President Obama.

This is Warren's third out-of-state fundraiser and his second to be held in DC. As of the end of September, Warren has $35,500 in his campaign account, according to state campaign finance disclosures, compared to Jay Gonzalez's $50,400, Bob Massie's $18,000 ... and Governor Baker's $6.5 million.

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TODAY - MassDems will hold a unity rally at Wicked Big Cafe in Haverhill in the Third Essex district as the party's nominee Andy Vargas takes on Republican Shaun Toohey, who was unchallenged in the primary, in the general on Nov. 7 - Gov. Charlie Baker heads to Burlington to cut the ribbon on the new MilliporeSigma Life Science Center - Harvard President Drew Faust moderates a town-hall-style talk with Kennedy School Institute of Politics polling director John Della Volpe and MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski about the state of America, public service, and important issues facing the country with students.

WHAT CITY HALL STAFFERS PAST AND PRESENT ARE READING - "'They expect to see the mayor.' The hectic days of Walsh and Menino," by Jim O'Sullivan, Boston Globe: "A Globe analysis of a three-month slice of the third year of Menino's fifth full term in office and Walsh's first term show that he has not - though his pace has been far from slow. During the three summer months of 2008 and 2016, respectively, Menino's schedule consisted of 10.1 events per day, while Walsh averaged 7.8."


- "House readies $123M spending bill to close books on FY17," by Matt Murphy, State House News Service: "House Democratic leaders have prepared a $123.2 million spending bill that would close the books on the tumultuous budget year that ended July 1, enabling the state to pay some of its outstanding bills, including $49.8 million for snow and ice removal and more than $20 million for state sheriffs."

- "All Massachusetts social work students will learn about drug addiction under new agreement," by Shira Schoenberg, Springfield Republican: "Until this year, social work students at Springfield College only learned about substance abuse if they took an elective course. ... Beginning this fall, all students are learning about drug addiction as part of their core curriculum."

- "Offering just one site in Massachusetts for Amazon's second headquarters would be 'huge mistake,' Gov. Charlie Baker says," by Gintautas Dumcius, Masslive.com: "'I think the best thing we can do with respect to Amazon is to give them what I would describe as a menu of options,' Baker said."

FRIENDS LIKE THESE - "Baker highlights DiMasi's role in health care law," by Matt Murphy, State House News Service: "A North End community organization honored convicted former House Speaker Sal DiMasi with a public service award last week and Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday saluted DiMasi's role in passing landmark state health care reform in 2006."


- INBOX: "Join Elizabeth Warren and Marty Walsh at Doyle's Pub," from Warren's campaign: "On Sunday, I'm making another stop at Doyle's during the last few weeks of an important campaign for the people of Boston - with my good friend and partner, Mayor Marty Walsh. We'd love to see you there."


- 1ST BERKSHIRE RESULTS - "Barrett takes 1st Berkshire District Democratic primary," by Tim Shanks, Berkshire Eagle: "Barrett's political career has now progressed after defeats in 2009 when he sought a 14th consecutive term as mayor of North Adams and unsuccessfully attempted a comeback in 2015."

- 3RD ESSEX RESULTS - "Vargas wins Democratic primary for 3rd Essex District," by Peter Francis, Eagle-Tribune: "City Councilor Andy Vargas is, however, roughly the same age - 24 years old - as Dempsey was when he won the 1990 primary over incumbent Rep. Frank Emilio. ... Tuesday night, Vargas defeated School Committeeman Paul Magliocchetti in an impassioned primary election that was at times equal parts special election and hockey fight."

- "Three seeking to succeed Sen. Timilty in special election," by Jim Hand, Sun Chronicle: "Voters can choose between a former newscaster, a former selectman and a legislative aide when they go to the polls next Tuesday, Oct. 17, to select a new state senator. The three candidates are vying to replace state Sen. James Timility, who resigned to become Norfolk County treasurer in a district that stretches from Attleboro to Walpole."


- "Sen. Donoghue will not run for Congress," by Chris Lisinski, Lowell Sun: "State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, eyed as one of the top candidates to replace Rep. Niki Tsongas in 2018, will not run for the 3rd Congressional District seat and will instead seek re-election next year, she told The Sun Tuesday. Donoghue, of Lowell, said although she did not have a formal exploratory committee, she gave the prospect of running for Congress "a full due process and vetting" before deciding she wanted to remain in the state Senate representing the 1st Middlesex District."

- "Matias banks on her message in run for Congress," by Keith Eddings, Eagle-Tribune : Juana Matias was dismissed as an overreaching 20-something who needed to wait her turn last year, when she challenged a man who had been a fixture in city politics since 1991. Marcos Devers had been a city councilor, an acting mayor and then a state representative with the backing of the Democratic Party establishment in his bid for a fourth term. But Matias saw something happening locally that also was unfolding on a much larger scale in the state and nationwide - a dissatisfaction with party establishments and a thirst for change that gave this Democratic state a Republican governor the year before and seemed ready to give the nation the improbable presidency of Donald Trump ... Her hurdles are formidable, even as she brings her reputation as a giant-killer to the race."

- "Nadeem Mazen sees himself as Donald Trump's 'worst nightmare' in run for Congress," by Zuri Berry, Boston Herald: "Nadeem Mazen, a Cambridge City Councilor who is running for Congress in Massachusetts' third district, claimed he would be Donald Trump's worst nightmare in Congress, a title he welcomed after another candidate for U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas' seat opened her campaign with the same remark."

WOOD WAR - Herald: "SONIC BOOM," "THE REAL DEPLORABLES," "THE HITS KEEP COMING," "EMERSON'S FRENCH CONNECTION." - Globe: "Rhetoric on gang violence disputed," "Coming to Seaport: New stages, old questions," "PATH OF FIERY DEVASTATION," "Walsh hasn't kept pace with Menino's frenzy," "Paltrow, Jolie say they too were Weinstein prey."


- "Fitchburg State student who organized 'Boston Free Speech Rally' in August plans 'Rally for the Republic' next month," by Amanda Burke, Lowell Sun: "The Fitchburg State University student who helped organize the 'Boston Free Speech Rally' on Boston Common in August said Tuesday that a 'Rally for the Republic' is planned for next month at the same location. ... A flyer for the 'Rally for the Republic' states, 'No Marxists, No Fascists, No Communists, No Racists.'"

- "Worcester City Council wants pot retailers spread out across the city," by Nick Kotsopoulos, Worcester Telegram: "With the opening of as many as 15 recreational marijuana stores on the horizon next year, the City Council wants to make sure they do not end up concentrated in just a few parts of the city. The council Tuesday night asked City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. to take steps to ensure those businesses are spread out, in all five City Council districts if possible."

- "Special town meeting voters take up marijuana question - again," by Madeleine List, Cape Cod Times: "At an election in May, Dennis voters approved a ban on recreational marijuana facilities in town, but next week, voters will face the issue again at special town meeting. After Gov. Charlie Baker approved a bill in July changing parts of the state's marijuana legislation, new pathways were defined for municipalities that wish to ban recreational marijuana establishments. The changes cleared up some confusion in the law over whether bans must be approved by town meeting vote, town ballot vote or both ."

- "Little opposition to Ashland plastic bag ban," by Alison Bosma, MetroWest Daily News: "The ban, expected to appear before voters at the November Town Meeting, largely affects plastic bags offered to shoppers during checkout at retail stores. Bags used to hold produce in grocery stores, and those used to contain uncooked meats and fish are not included in the ban, nor are newspaper bags or dry-cleaning bags."

- "Voters 'aren't buying' Gobi's argument for sanctuary state, group says," by Brian Lee, Worcester Telegram: "The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance said it has polling data that suggests state Sen. Anne M. Gobi's support for the proposed Safe Communities Act "is deeply unpopular with voters," but the Spencer Democrat dismissed the claim Tuesday as "more misinformation" from the nonprofit advocacy and education group."

WEST MASS MEDIA MATTERS - "Cable TV customers not only ones missing WMass broadcast news," by Larry Parma's, Berkshire Eagle: "Diane Duquette lives in the Berkshire County town Washington, one municipality away from Hampshire County, where people can tune in to New England Patriots games on television. But when Duquette fires up her TV, using a satellite provider like DirecTV or Dish Network, she might as well be living in New York State. That's because customers of satellite TV companies in the Berkshires, like those who buy programming over the Charter Spectrum cable service, are lumped into the Albany, N.Y., media market by the Federal Communications Commission."

MEDIA MATTERS - "Entercom, CBS look to unload Boston radio stations as part of merger," by Danny McDonald, Boston Globe: "But someone with knowledge of the merger confirmed that CBS Radio is looking divest radio news giant 1030 WBZ, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and classic rock staple 100.7 WZLX, while Entercom is proposing to divest talk radio mainstay 680 WRKO and the R&B station 97.7 WKAF."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to senior VP of public affairs at Liberty Square Group Conor Yunits.


HAVE YOU HEARD - The latest installment of The Horse Race, the new podcast about Massachusetts' most exciting races from yours truly and MassINC Polling Group's Steve Koczela. This week: Boston loves Marty Walsh, and very little else, so says the MassINC Polling Group's post-preliminary poll for WBUR. Why is Walsh the front-runner when voters are dissatisfied on so many issues? We also check in on Baker and the MBTA (cue ominous sound effect), Gabriel Gomez and the expanding Senate field, and Seth Moulton eating a sizzling steak in Iowa. Subscribe and listen now on iTunes and Sound Cloud.

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