GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS.
PATRICK AT POLITICS AND EGGS — By the time you open this email, around 200 people will be waiting at Saint Anselm College to hear former Gov. Deval Patrick lay out his reasoning for starting a presidential bid with just a few months to go until the New Hampshire primary.
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The Politics and Eggs breakfast hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics is an early nominating state rite of passage for presidential candidates. The school has hosted around two dozen of the breakfasts this cycle — it has held 19 this year, and another five in 2018.
In the first week of his campaign for president, Patrick has had trouble drawing large crowds to campaign events in California, Nevada and Atlanta. But he’ll be in front of a packed room in Manchester today, New Hampshire Institute of Politics Executive Director Neil Levesque told me.
The spotlight on Patrick’s candidacy in New Hampshire is an illustration of the Granite State‘s importance to Patrick’s last-minute run. Much of southern New Hampshire shares a media market with Boston, meaning voters already know Patrick’s name here.
“He’s well-known here and that’s what it is. He’s well known in the state of New Hampshire because he was the governor of Massachusetts. Who knows if this will transmit to votes, but it certainly seem to fill rooms up.” Levesque said.
Levesque said he was skeptical of Patrick’s ability to make a dent in other early voting states like Iowa because of the organizational logistics required by the caucus process.
“New Hampshire is a better state for him, I think, because he can make a direct appeal here. He can do it with very little money and he has plenty of time,” Levesque said. And while a number of of the other presidential candidates have been on the ground in New Hampshire since January — or even earlier — Levesque said Patrick can still make a splash.
“People change their minds consistently,” Levesque said. “If that wasn’t true we wouldn’t have to do any more polling. We could’ve polled once in the summer and that would have been that.”
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TODAY — Gov. Charlie Baker signs a bill banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Senate President Karen Spilka. Polito and Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty make a Worcester Red Sox announcement. Rep. Richard Neal attends the kickoff for Monte’s March to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Springfield. Neal visits UMass Medical School in Springfield. Attorney General Maura Healey is a guest on “Boston Public Radio.”
– “Ballot committees rush against deadline,” by Christian M. Wade, Eagle-Tribune: “Backers of proposals to change how the state elects its leaders, overhaul a law requiring car manufacturers to share data with repair shops, and allow more food stores to sell beer and wine are among those rushing against deadlines to qualify for the 2020 ballot. Committees behind a dozen initiatives seeking changes in state law are required to turn in at least 80,239 signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office by Dec. 4. They faced a deadline on Wednesday to submit those petitions to local clerks for certification.”
– “Baker intends to sign bill banning cell phone use while driving,” by Max Reyes, Boston Globe: “Governor Charlie Baker plans to sign into law on Monday a bill that would ban drivers from using hand-held devices like cell phones, according to a copy of his schedule issued by his administration Sunday. Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will meet with Senate President Karen Spilka, Safe Roads Alliance President Emily Stein, road safety advocates, and legislators in the State House Library at 3 p.m. to sign the bill, the schedule said.”
– “Legislators push for breakfast in classrooms,” by Christian M. Wade, Eagle-Tribune: “Breakfast is fuel for learning, according to nutrition advocates who say that Massachusetts should be doing a better job of delivering the first meal of the day to school children, particularly those from low-income families, who may otherwise skip it. A proposal unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives on Thursday would require high-poverty schools — where 60% or more of the students receive free or reduced lunch — to also provide kids with breakfast in the classroom when the school day begins. The plan now goes to the Senate for approval. Massachusetts already requires schools in high-poverty areas to offer breakfast. This plan would move the meal from the cafeteria before the bell to the classroom.”
– “State Ethics Commission: Galvin Benefited Politically From Signs, Voting Booklet,” The Associated Press: “The State Ethics Commission has found Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin benefited politically from early voting signs and voter information booklets created by this office. The commission said in a letter Friday the 2018 signs and booklets prominently featured Galvin’s name, providing him with free publicity. The commission found the benefits to Galvin from the inclusion of his name on the signs and the free publicity in the information booklet were unwarranted and there was reasonable cause to believe Galvin violated conflict of interest laws.”
– “Opponents fume over Baker vaping ban,” by Sarah Betancourt, CommonWealth Magazine: “FOR SAFIA JAMIL, the owner of vaping shops in Marlborough and Walpole, the one-two punch of Gov. Charlie Baker’s emergency vaping ban and legislation passed this week to ban all flavored tobacco products is likely to be a knockout that puts her out of business. Jamil said she has lost “thousands of dollars” because of the vape ban, imposed in late September, but her two stores stayed afloat from cigarette tobacco sales and by laying off employees and reducing one manager’s pay to minimum wage.”
– “Former Medford police chief knew of major payroll scandal, but didn’t seek investigation,” by Matt Rocheleau, Boston Globe: “Weeks after news broke last year of a payroll fraud scandal within the State Police force, longtime Medford Police Chief Leo A. Sacco Jr. learned that about a quarter of the officers in his own department were allegedly padding their pay by either falsifying their hours or skipping out on detail shifts. Following an anonymous tip, Sacco quietly conducted his own monthslong, informal inquiry and had numerous officers admit to him that they had fleeced a contractor paying for traffic safety patrols at a construction project, according to an internal investigative report obtained by the Globe.”
– “East Boston mothers sound alarm about air pollution from Logan Airport,” by Lisa Kashinsky, Boston Herald: “Julia Burrell and her two young children were enjoying a day at the park near their East Boston home when their noses started to burn. Believing it to be a symptom of air pollution from Logan Airport, Burrell told her girls to cover their noses and run home. Burrell and her husband knew noise would be an issue when they bought a house near the airport a decade ago. But they were unaware of a silent menace — ultrafine particles from jet engine exhaust — that they now say can put their children at risk, just by breathing.”
– “Boston’s Freedom Trail guides are staging their own rebellion,” by Katie Johnston and Maysoon Khan, Boston Globe: “They are a familiar sight around Boston’s historic attractions: tour guides clad in tricorner hats and other Colonial-era garb, regaling visitors with tales of how a people broke free from an oppressive power. It turns out, the Freedom Trail guides are feeling a little oppressed themselves these days. The guides say they’ve wrecked their voices trying to make themselves heard over the roar of traffic and construction. They’ve suffered heat exhaustion after leading tours, some bedecked in wool, in blazing summer heat. They say they have worked while suffering from crippling back pain and food poisoning because they couldn’t find anyone to cover their shifts.”
– “OTR: Sen. Ed Markey receiving ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response across state in 2020 race,” WCVB. Link.
– “Rockport activist challenging Moulton,” by Eric Convey, Gloucester Daily Times: “More than a few contradictions surround Nathaniel Mulcahy’s campaign to represent the 6th Congressional District in the House, and the Rockport resident, climate activist and inventor says he wouldn’t have it any other way.”
– “Mixon seeks to run against Moulton in sixth district,” by Cassia Burns, Tewksbury Town Crier: “Matthew Mixon of Billerica has recently announced that he will be running to represent Massachusetts’ Sixth District in the trump House of Representatives, which includes Tewksbury and Wilmington, in the 2020 Congressional election. Mixon will be challenging incumbent Seth Moulton, who has held the seat since 2015. A Billerica resident for more than 20 years, Mixon attended Middlesex Community College, then UMass Lowell, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.”
– “‘I’m in pain’: Boston-area community leaders urge Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley to respond to Haitian political crisis,” by Steph Solis, MassLive.com: “While most people are tuning into the impeachment inquiry or the 2020 election coverage, Haitians in Greater Boston are glued to news updates about the unrest back home. The latest wave of protests has waged on for two months, calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse over corruption allegations and soaring inflation. The conflict has shut down roads, schools and hospitals, bringing the country to the brink of collapse. Haitian community leaders on Saturday relayed their fears and frustrations Saturday in a meeting with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library.”
– “Impeachment and the retreat into groups,” by state Sen. Adam Hinds, MassLive.com: “President Trump committed impeachable offenses and the impeachment process should move forward to enforce institutional boundaries. But if the ultimate goal is to preserve democratic norms, then Congress should also confront factors that make divisive politics effective in the first place. Before becoming a Massachusetts state Senator I worked on negotiations in civil wars in the Middle East for the United Nations. An eerily similar effort to exploit group division for political gain is happening here. The difference is conflict overseas often mobilizes efforts to tackle underlying causes. It is time to do the same here.”
– “Hundreds of open arms welcome Deval Patrick at Mattapan church,” by Jeremy C. Fox, Boston Globe: “Heading a fledging presidential campaign beset from the start by criticism, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick was welcomed with open arms Sunday at Morning Star Baptist Church, where he and his wife, Diane, share a bond with the congregation, the pastor said. When Patrick stood at the pulpit inside the Mattapan house of worship Sunday morning, he sounded right at home citing Scripture and speaking of his personal relationship with God, using the language and values of a shared faith and shared life experiences to frame his candidacy.”
– “Rachael Rollins takes on her riskiest prosecution with BC suicide case,” by Adrian Walker, Boston Globe: “A routine involuntary manslaughter arraignment doesn’t normally merit a front-row appearance by the district attorney, but then there isn’t anything commonplace about the state’s prosecution of Inyoung You. So it was that Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins appeared briefly in person Friday to watch the beginning of the prosecution of the former Boston College student accused of driving her boyfriend, Alexander Urtula, to commit suicide last spring.”
– “A rise in dangerousness hearings, which can hold a defendant 180 days before trial, could limit presumption of innocence,” by Melissa Hanson, MassLive.com: “Steven Van Dyke, a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, was sitting in an Essex County correctional facility, watching tears fall from his client’s eyes as they prepped for an upcoming hearing. In his position as a staff attorney for CPCS, the state’s public defender agency, Van Dyke helps steer clients through the court system. That can include something called a dangerousness hearing — also known as a 58A petition.”
– “How the Small-Donor Revolution Became a $200 Million Payday for Middlemen,” by Tik Root, Mark Fahey and Rosie Cima, POLITICO: “Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have eschewed big-dollar fundraising events to support their 2020 campaigns, instead turning to their grassroots supporters for small-dollar contributions. It’s central to both candidates’ appeal: the idea that everyday people, not big financial institutions or wealthy and powerful interests, are financing—and benefiting from—their efforts.”
– “Elizabeth Warren Has Finally Found a 2020 Dem to Attack in Michael Bloomberg,” by Hanna Trudo, The Daily Beast: “Elizabeth Warren, who has spent much of the election staying clear of directly attacking political opponents while railing against systematic corruption, faces a new reality: a 77-year-old rich guy worth $54 billion has bulldozed into the Democratic primary. And Bernie Sanders, whose crusade against the billionaire class has become as ubiquitous as the finger wave that accompanies it, now has another reason to chomp at the bit. Enter: Michael Bloomberg, the latest billionaire to declare he is running for the Democratic nomination in 2020.”
– “Escaping a Haunted Submarine? Warren’s Got a Plan for That,” by Alyssa Vaughn, Boston Magazine: “A couple of podcast hosts and a presidential candidate walk into an escape room” sounds like the beginning to a bad, peak-2019 joke—but it’s also what actually happened on the season finale of Showtime’s Desus & Mero last night, when the eponymous hosts invited Elizabeth Warren to join them in a downtown Boston escape room. Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, as they’re known to their fans, have hosted several of the presidential candidates on their new late-night show.”
– “At MIT, a new name (Shell Auditorium) for an old standby (54-100) fuels outrage,” by Deirdre Fernandes, Boston Globe: “For years, the lecture hall at the base of MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences building has been known rather prosaically as 54-100. But MIT’s decision to rename it Shell Auditorium — after the energy giant, a major donor — has ignited a backlash among students and environmental activists. The auditorium, the first room that most students encounter after climbing several flights of stairs in a building designed by the famed architect I.M. Pei, is among MIT’s largest lecture spaces. The building, known as the Green building, is home to the university’s geologists, planetary scientists, and oceanographers.”
– “Hampshire College retains accreditation,” by Luis Fieldman, Daily Hampshire Gazette: “Hampshire College has gained a stronger foothold in its efforts to turnaround a dire financial situation by retaining its accreditation.The New England Commission of Higher Education announced on Saturday that the college has made progress towards its financial viability following the hiring of President Ed Wingenbach and noted improvements with governing board practices and plans for enrollment and fundraising.”
– “Fall River Revising Policies Following Unexplained Charges On Mayor’s Credit Card,” by Nadine Sebai, The Public’s Radio: “Documents obtained through a public records request show a pattern of questionable spending by Fall River’s embattled mayor, followed by inconsistent recordkeeping. As a result, the mayor’s expenses did not receive the same level of scrutiny as other city employees. The Public’s Radio found a number of hotel reservations, flights and Uber rides where outgoing Mayor Jasiel Correia provided a receipt but no additional documentation describing the purpose of the trip.”
– “Worcester Housing Authority isn’t testing apartments for cancer-causing radon, despite HUD recommendation and positive reading found by MassLive,” by Brad Schmidt, The Oregonian: “The Worcester Housing Authority won’t follow up on independent test results showing a high concentration of radioactive gas in one of its apartments. Reporters for MassLive tested for cancer-causing radon last year with the help of tenants at a variety of Worcester complexes, part of a national investigation into radon in public housing. The high result came from an apartment at Great Brook Valley that, at the time, was used as an in-home daycare. It was vacant as of September.”
– “NBC10 Boston Fires Reporter For Failing To Disclose Relationship With Police Chief.” Link.
TRANSITIONS – Taylor Bolton has been named senior communications specialist at Upstream, a national non-profit with statewide initiatives working to bring same day access to contraceptives for women. She will be focusing on their Massachusetts work. She previously was communications coordinator at Ellevate Network, a women’s career empowerment organization.
– The Bay State Stonewall Democrats reelected Jeremy Comeau as male-identifying co-chair and David Georgantas as treasurer at the organization’s annual meeting in Framingham. Tweet.
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY – to Lauren Moran, deputy chief of the labor division in the Attorney General’s office, and Michelle Goldman, assistant clerk-magistrate, first session at Woburn Superior Court, who are identical twins and turned 4-0 on Friday. And to Mark L. Wolf and Jasmine Gothelf Winship, who celebrated Saturday; and to Chris Crane, who recently married Lindsey Edinger (pic), and turned 3-0 on Sunday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – to Leah Regan.
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? Yes! The Patriots beat the Cowboys 13-9.
FOR YOUR COMMUTE: DEVAL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – On this week’s Horse Race, hosts Jennifer Smith, Steve Koczela and Stephanie Murray discuss Boston’s traffic problem, in light of a recent Boston Globe Spotlight report. Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell talks about her work on the council as her term wraps up, and her endorsement of Sen. Kamala Harris in the 2020 race. Former Gov. Deval Patrick aide Alex Goldstein gives his take on Patrick’s last-minute entry into the presidential race. Subscribe and listen on iTunes and Sound Cloud.
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