By Lauren Dezenski ([email protected]; @laurendezenski)
HAPPY TUESDAY. President Barack Obama is reportedly heading to Boston next week. Citing top sources in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Jim O’Sullivan of the Boston Globe reports the president is expected to address a union-hosted Labor Day Breakfast in the Hub on Monday. “The breakfast traditionally provides a venue for Democrats to dish red-meat rhetoric to a constituency historically allied with the party.” …
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— “But the visit comes during a complicated stretch in Obama’s relationship with organized labor. Unions have bucked the Democratic president this year over his trade and regulatory policies, which they call destructive to American jobs.” …
— “Things are rocky, too, between labor and Democrats on the state level, after the heavily Democratic Legislature sided with Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, in a budget fight earlier this year.” http://bit.ly/1JJfwUc
— Burning question: Is the president going to rename something here too? Now accepting submissions for things to rename. SoBo is not an option.
— ACTUALLY NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT: “Since Denali got its real name back, should Block Island be next?” by Boston.com: http://bit.ly/1MZvDCs
— Howie Carr is not pleased: http://bit.ly/1MZGLiN
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NEW: FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NEW BEGINNINGS — “Recalled Fall River mayor to open law practice,” by yours truly, POLITICO Massachusetts: “Former Mayor of Fall River Will Flanagan is returning to his roots and opening up a law practice. … Working as a sole practitioner, the 35-year-old will focus on municipal law, zoning, and planning. Flanagan expects his self-titled practice will open next week after Labor Day.” …
— “This summer, Flanagan has teased the logo for the new practice on his social media accounts, including a recent post on Twitter: ‘Getting ready to write the next chapter, stay tuned!’ with an illustration of a coat of arms. … The coat of arms bears a resemblance to the one used by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump…” http://politi.co/1ICJF6Q
— MAYORAL RECALL VOTE ALERT: “Group collecting signatures to recall Lawrence mayor,” by Travis Andersen, Boston Globe: “A leader of a group seeking to recall Mayor Daniel Rivera of Lawrence said Monday that it has obtained enough signatures from registered voters to begin the process. … Lawrence police Officer William Green, who Rivera tried to fire last year, said his group gathered about 300 signatures on Sunday and will submit paperwork to the city clerk’s office on Wednesday to formally launch the effort. One hundred signatures are needed for the first phase of a recall effort.”
THE HOME TEAM — Did the Sox win? Yes! The Sox beat the dreaded New York Yankees 4-3. http://bit.ly/1JJ9Rh7
— SAVE THE DONATANGELO — “Petition to keep Don Orsillo at NESN collects 50,000 signatures,” by Catherine Cloutier, Boston Globe: “The petition, addressed to Red Sox owner John Henry (who also owns the Globe), NESN, and the Fenway Sports Group, urged fans to ‘do your part in keeping The Donatangelo around just a little longer.’” http://bit.ly/1JIUklG
WOOD WAR — Herald: “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Hard-wording Bostonians slam City Council for thumbing nose at $99,500 salary,” “Mt. Ridiculous: Howie: Obama’s out-of-control PC pushes McKinley off cliff” — Globe: “Nanny’s murder case dropped,” “No Brady deal; Judge to rule,” “T repair bill up to $7.3B, panel says,” “Changing times can’t sweep him out,” “Gen Z teens new challenge for markets.”
NOT SURE WHAT BAFFLEGAB IS BUT BAKER CUTS THROUGH IT — “N.L., Quebec play nice at meeting,” by James McLeod, The Telegram: “At the meeting of eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors in St. John’s Monday, it was Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker who had a habit of cutting through the bafflegab.” http://bit.ly/1Juzh2M
— MEGA APPETITE FOR MEGAWATTS: “N.E. Governors talk hydropower with Canadian officials,” by Matt Murphy, State House News Service: “Describing New England as a region ‘looking for megawatts and a lot of them,’ Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday expressed confidence during a conference in Canada about being able to overcome environmental concerns to bring hydroelectricity into the region. http://bit.ly/1NUIXcj
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF MUCKRAKING — “Beacon Hill earmarks: Justifiable shortcuts, or political pork?” by Isaiah Thompson, WGBH-News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting: “Earmarks are a small part – less than 1 percent – of the state’s almost $38 billion budget, and no one on Beacon Hill was surprised when the Democrat-dominated legislature easily overturned all but a few of the governor’s vetoes. … Some of the organizations receiving that money, though, appeared to have barely met, or failed to meet, basic financial reporting requirements, a review by WGBH-News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting found.” …
— “Take, for example an earmark, sponsored by state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, authorizing $75,000 for a ‘job readiness program’ at East Boston High School, to be implemented by the National Youth Development Council.” …
— “What exactly the program consists of – and who, exactly, will be implementing it, are less than clear.” http://bit.ly/1Vt5u29
DEM-VENTION DISSENT — “Democratic presidential candidates to skip Springfield convention, attend New Hampshire event,” by Shira Schoenberg, Masslive.com: “Democrats scheduled the Massachusetts convention for September, instead of in June as is typical, in the hopes that some of the presidential candidates would show up. … However, so far, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s campaign has said it will send Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley will send Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who is unrelated to the candidate. The Massachusetts party has not yet heard back from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee or former Virginia senator Jim Webb. … [A] spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, confirmed that all of the Democrats plan to attend the Manchester, N.H., event. … Some Western Massachusetts delegates say they understand.” …
— “But other activists are disappointed. Matt Barron, a Democratic strategist from Chesterfield, said he will boycott the convention, partly because he is upset that none of the presidential candidates are coming.” http://bit.ly/1EuONij
MAZEL! — NEW JOBS: Tina Stanton, named statewide chair of Young Democrats of Massachusetts … Jennifer Smith, new staff reporter at the Dorchester Reporter (my old job!)
— “Brittany Decker has been promoted to weekday morning anchor at WGGB-TV ABC 40/WSHM-LD CBS 3 (Western Mass News) in Springfield, MA” http://bit.ly/1ICRmtK
EYE ON 2016 — “Rubio announces Mass. leadership team,” by Jim O’Sullivan, Boston Globe: “State senators Richard Ross of Wrentham, Viriato deMacedo of Plymouth, and Ryan Fattman of Webster are among those heading up Rubio’s Massachusetts ‘leadership committee,’ according to Jim Merrill, the candidate’s top aide in New Hampshire.” http://bit.ly/1JJbwDe
GIVE IT TO ME I’M WORTH IT — “Walsh proposes 13.7 percent City Council pay hike,” by Meghan E. Irons, Boston Globe: “The mayor has filed a measure that would raise councilors’ salaries to $99,500, from $87,500 a year. … But Council President Bill Linehan, who is leading the charge on the pay raise and is running unopposed in this year’s election, had called that figure inadequate, saying it devalues the work of the council. He did not seem to like the mayor’s new proposal, either.” http://bit.ly/1KBKRNM
MASSACHUSETTS PLAYBOOK SCOOPLET — EDWARD M. KENNEDY INSTITUTE EVENTS IN BOSTON AND DC:
— Sept. 27: Senator Elizabeth Warren is speaking at the EMK Institute as part of the Institute’s Getting to the Point program series.
EMK Institute – Columbia Point, Boston. 4 p.m.
— Sept. 30: the Institute, in partnership with the University of Virginia Miller Center, is holding an event to launch the public release of the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project.
Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Building – Washington, DC. 3 p.m.
— Oct. 26: Governor Charlie Baker is joining experts on both sides of the aisle for an Across the Aisle panel discussion on the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.
EMK Institute – Columbia Point, Boston. 6 p.m.
— More information and how to register: http://bit.ly/1MZvajG
FIXING THE MBTA — “Price tag to fix T buses, trains, stations now at $7.3b,” David Scharfenberg, Boston Globe: “The figure marks a substantial increase over a preliminary estimate of $6.7 billion issued in March. And officials said Monday it could grow even higher in the coming months as they refine their understanding of the scope of the problem.” http://bit.ly/1PHe5dD
OPIOID BATTLE — “Narcan manufacturer pays $325,000 to reduce prices for Massachusetts municipalities in fight against opiod overdoses,” by Shira Schoenberg, Masslive.com: “Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said the money will allow the state’s first responders to ‘do a very dramatic job very quickly’ in reducing overdose deaths.” http://bit.ly/1LHl6ui
DATELINE CAPE COD — “Residents vote to save beach,” by George Brennan, Cape Cod Times: Voters overwhelmingly approved a proposal to spend $1.25 million, taking a major step toward salvaging sand that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intends to dredge over the winter from the Cape Cod Canal. … Monday night’s hastily called meeting was held as a last-ditch effort to save the sand after a majority of coastal property owners rejected a separate proposal to have the sand dumped in front of private homes.” http://bit.ly/1N6KBZb
TODAY IN TOM BRADY — “Full Court Press: Deflate-wait: Judge’s ruling could come as soon as today,” by Bob McGovern, Boston Herald: “And now we wait. … The ‘Deflategate’ marathon — which started way back in January — is now in the hands of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman. There was no settlement here yesterday.” http://bit.ly/1Xa90A2
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT — “Kennedy to vote for Obama’s Iran deal,” by yours truly, POLITICO Massachusetts: Congressman Joe Kennedy III “joins all but two members of the Bay State’s all-Democratic congressional delegation in supporting the plan. Reps. Bill Keating and Richard Neal have yet to take a position. … ?Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 8 and is set to vote on a resolution on the Iran deal next month.” http://politi.co/1UoAAFD
DATELINE BOSTON — “Dorchester rep joins Walsh in pushing for replica gun safety,” by Matt Murphy, State House News Service: “Walsh filed an ordinance on Monday for approval from the City Council that would ban replica guns from public spaces and give police the authorities to confiscate the items and bring them to the station for retrieval by an adult. The guns, according to Walsh, pose a risk for police who must determine very quickly whether the object is a real gun capable of firing bullets or a replica.” http://bit.ly/1Q5Qlkc
LIVE LIKE EVERY WEEK IS SHARK WEEK — “Great whites head closer to shore,” by Doug Fraser, Cape Cod Times: “On Monday, researchers encountered 23 great white sharks from Chatham to Orleans, including three off Nauset Beach. The burgeoning population of sharks visiting the Cape has prompted local officials to rethink how they protect the swimming public from a potentially dangerous encounter.” http://bit.ly/1Q5RCb7
A MERRY ALLSTON CHRISTMAS TO ALL — “Tis the season, after all,” by Adam Gaffin, Universal Hub: “Brad Burns spotted some Allston Christmas carolers (and elves handing out fresh fruit from Fresh Format) at Comm. Ave. and Harvard this morning.” http://bit.ly/1LQygYL
WE ALL SCREAM FOR WORLD-RECORD-HOLDING ICE CREAM — “For a record 67 years, Massachusetts ice cream man has served up smiles” by Alan Burke, the Sharon Herald: “Allan Ganz is the Cal Ripken of ice cream. … Ganz was recently awarded a Guinness World Record for running his ice cream truck up and down the Massachusetts North Shore for 67 years, a longer documented career in push-up pops and ice cream sandwiches than anyone, ever.” http://bit.ly/1FfoAiH