Baker wants Springfield casino regardless of repeal vote | Moulton to get Sox honor | Galvin looks into Coakley’s lobbyist settlement

SECOND ROLL OF THE DICE: While in Springfield talking to the editorial board of The Republican, GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker said he wants a casino in the city – even if voters choose to outlaw casino gambling at the polls. Baker told the board he’ll personally vote to keep the law “And if the repeal effort is approved, I’m going to file legislation to put the Springfield casino back on the map.” The Western Mass. city largely supports the effort to build a casino in it’s struggling downtown, but the suggested end-run around voter’s potential ballot decision has casino opponents riled: “We’d like to think that candidates running for the State’s top office would respect the will of the voters, especially as they spend the next three months courting them,” said repeal campaign chairman John Ribeiro. –

AND THIS IS WHY WE NEED HERALD: U.S. Rep. John Tierney’s primary challenger Seth Moulton has two pricey campaign ads in the works or on the air, but the candidate’s most precious television appearance is coming seemingly free of charge thanks to the Boston Red Sox. Moulton will be introduced by the Sox at tonight’s game as part of their program to honor military veterans. The Red Sox didn’t return the Herald’s phone calls about the selection of Moulton and whether the pick was politically motivated. The Tierney campaign wouldn’t comment on the Sox matter either, but did take the opportunity to slam Moulton for running for office as an outsider while outside spending via PACs boosts his campaign. This resulted in one of the better press releases of the contentious campaign with a Moulton response titled: “John Tierney acknowledges Seth Moulton’s alive.” –

LOBBY TROUBLES: On the Democratic side of the guv’s race, Treasurer Steve Grossman is demanding opponent Martha Coakley return campaign donations she’s received from lobbyists he says she went easy on in a recent settlement, even though they haven’t given anything to her this campaign. – Meanwhile, Secretary of State William Galvin is going to launch an inquiry into Coakley’s legal settlement with the lobby firm. –

BECAUSE LYING ON A JOB APPLICATION SHOULDN’T BE AN OBSTACLE TO EMPLOYMENT, RIGHT?: The Globe reports that a medical marijuana company has “violated the public trust” and shouldn’t be allowed to open in Brookline, after more than 100 residents asked state regulators to strip the firm of its provisional license. The kerfuffle around New England Treatment Access Inc. began when the Globe reported the company’s director reportedly wasn’t truthful about his education on application documents. Since then, founder Kevin Fisher resigned. But while some residents oppose the company and the town’s selectmen chairman said he has “very serious” concerns about its credibility, not everyone has joined the torches-and-pitchforks crowd, such as Democratic state Rep. Frank Smizik. “Because this guy lied about his college education doesn’t mean they aren’t going to do a good job,” Smizik said. “I think they should be meeting with [regulators] to see how they will overcome these issues.” –

‘WHAT AN INCREDIBLE SMELL YOU’VE DISCOVERED’ — FUTURE MBTA RIDER: The MBTA is reportedly laying off its contract janitors, apparently basing the layoffs on seniority, according to a copy of one layoff notice posted by Boston Magazine. While some janitors are being reassigned, union leaders with a local chapter of SEIU says they didn’t know about the changes and said they will “uproot the lives” of workers. Despite the layoffs, the MBTA’s stations must be kept at the same level of cleanliness regardless of staffing levels. Janitors say that fewer of them means more trains and stations will just get dirtier. –
MAJORITY MESSAGE: Jim O’Sullivan looks at the role women might play in the upcoming elections and how the campaigns are tailoring their messages to them: “The stream of campaign ads that began earlier this month complements similar emphasis in the off-air campaign messaging, as male candidates and their backers look to blunt the built-in edge their female opponents enjoy with women, while the female candidates look to capitalize on that advantage.” –

Headlines for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

State and national headlines

MBTA Janitors Start to Receive Termination Letters

Colleges in Boston required to release off-campus addresses – The Boston Globe

GE Healthcare’s move to Marlboro will add 500 jobs

GateHouse’s stock price surge shows some investors still believe in newspapers after all – Boston Business Journal

Cunis sworn in as first justice of Framingham, Natick courts

Political headlines

Across campaigns, messaging geared toward women – The Boston Globe

Steve Grossman demands Martha Coakley return $$ | Boston Herald

At health care forum, Coakley defends Partners deal – The Boston Globe

Galvin to launch inquiry into lobbyist – The Boston Globe

Democratic Attorney General candidate Maura Healey stops in West Springfield: Casinos ‘come to town and take everything for themselves’

Charlie Baker: If repeal effort is successful, I’ll file legislation to put Springfield casino back on the map

Anti-casino group to Charlie Baker: ‘Respect the will of the voters’

Charlie Baker Shrugs Off ‘RINO’ Label In GOP Primary

Maine Gov. LePage appeals to Deval Patrick as tariff to pay for gas pipeline falters

Pastor Scott Lively qualifies for November ballot, five-candidate field for governor likely

Fenway honor, $1M in advertising on tap for John Tierney rival Seth Moulton | Boston Herald

Middlesex DA candidate comes from long line of politicians, has lucrative side businesses – The Boston Globe

Gaucher pushes local aid for 5th Worcester District

Ehrhard touts “two-party government” in Senate bid

Defending House seat, Keefe stresses community involvement, dedication

Local headlines

Diversity a priority for Boston police commissioner | Boston Herald

Landsmark appointment to BRA board back on track – The Boston Globe

Boston City Council votes to ban Haystack parking app – Boston Business Journal

Boston City Council Passes ‘Trust Act’

Boston City Council approves ordinance limiting immigration holds – The Boston Globe

Boston’s Trust Act limits holds on illegals | Boston Herald

Councilors: State fails to respond to Healthy Pharms investigation request

Lawrence will get $400K study of public safety needs

UMass Dartmouth hires former Kennedy aide

Leaders ask: What can be done about Route 6 dangers

Hardwick, New Braintree sharing police chief, lieutenant

Brookline residents urge state to strip medical marijuana company’s license – The Boston Globe

President of proposed pot dispensary steps down

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Gaming companies fight repeal question – Berwick hits the air with positive ad – Contractual goat obligations

100,000 PEOPLE? YOU MUST GET UP VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING: Don Berwick is up on the air, but his first TV ad isn’t the negative spot we heard about last week that’s supposed to lob a bomb at his opponents in the Democratic primary for governor. This one is a positive bio ad focusing on Berwick’s work in the nonprofit world and how he saved 100,000 people that one time. –

QUESTION AND ANSWER: The gaming companies that’ve been battling each other for one of the state’s coveted and to-be-decided casino licenses are joining forces and pooling their resources in an effort to keep the dream of destination casino gambling alive in Massachusetts. The big-money casino developers aren’t alone in the effort though, as many pro-gaming organizations have signed on in support of defeating the ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law. From the Republican: “The Committee to Protect Massachusetts Jobs, also known as the Vote No on Question 3 campaign, was established as a political committee in mid-July. The group is a mix of unions, businesses, politicians and community leaders who oppose a ballot question that would repeal casino gambling in Massachusetts.” –

TIL ‘TARGETED VEGETATION’ IS A THING: Public records gurus MuckRock nabbed the contract documents for the city’s use of goats to chomp down on the greenery in Hyde Park — and it turns out that goats are contractually supposed to be better behaved than people. The Globe reports that goats should have “no history of kicking, biting, or head butting.” And the goats actually have high standards: aside from the no-hitting thing, goats are expected to eat plants — technically, “targeted vegetation” — until its no higher than four inches. We pity the city employee who follows the goats with a ruler and, presumably, while wearing an old pair of shoes. –

YOU CAN’T FIRE ME, I QUIT: So how come state workers keep getting to keep their pensions after being accused of terrible things, the Herald wants to know? The answer is pretty simple: Lawyers just have their clients quit before they can be fired and they magically get to keep their monthly checks. “Under state law, public employees can have their pensions revoked if they are “removed or discharged from his office or position” for “moral turpitude on his part.” But if the employee “resigns or voluntarily terminates his service,” the law doesn’t apply.” –

HIRING MINORITY TEACHERS ISN’T ‘ROCKET SCIENCE’: Boston’s public schools have added more minority teachers to its ranks, but continues to fall short of a court order to boost those numbers. While Boston was ordered to increase the number of minority teachers — 87 percent of students are black, Latino or Asian — school officials had tried recruitment drives and other efforts to bolster its roster. Michael Curry, head of the Boston chapter of the NAACP, said he doesn’t think BPS has done enough to drive up the numbers of black teachers. “We don’t think this is rocket science,” said Curry. –

A GOOGLE SEARCH FOR ‘GEORGE ORWELL’ PRESUMABLY SETS OFF AN ALARM, TOO: West Springfield High School will provide 1,200 of its students free Chromebook laptop computers this fall — although officials are warning that anyone using the machines will have no privacy protection. “The school may, without prior notice or consent, log, supervise, access, view, monitor, and record use of student Chromebooks at any time for any reason related to the operation of the school,” according to the school department’s rules, which includes monitoring of students’ email. –

Headlines for Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

State and regional headlines

Some Boston pedestrian accidents aren’t reported to the state – The Boston Globe

Market Basket vows effort to end stalemate – The Boston Globe

New law makes domestic violence police reports secret

Both sides in Demoulas feud work toward a new deadline for a deal – Boston Business Journal

Boston hires more black teachers, but still short of Fed court quota | Boston Herald

Political headlines

In N.H., John McCain backs Scott Brown with prez slams | Boston Herald

Massachusetts lawmakers, responding to Puppy Doe case, stiffen penalties for animal cruelty – The Boston Globe

Three Green-Rainbow Party candidates file papers in Fall River to run for statewide offices

State rep from Salem resigns to take high-level job at Salem State University – Boston Business Journal

Gov. Deval Patrick walks away from accord with other New England governors. – Boston Business Journal

Pro-casino coalition forms to fight repeal of expanding gaming, includes MGM and WMass business, community groups

National Organization for Women endorses Mike Lake for lieutenant governor

Don Berwick releases first TV ad of 2014 campaign, touts time as pediatrician

Berwick set to air first TV ad – The Boston Globe

Easthampton police chief Bruce McMahon: New Massachusetts gun law ‘smart legislation’

Local headlines

Hyde Park goatscaping contract contains unique details – The Boston Globe

New Brockton drug court part of change in how courts view addiction

Debate over work on Hopkinton private ways continues

Lenox, Stockbridge face $800K suit in 2012 death of man struck by tree

‘Speed bumps’ in New Bedford Harbor blocking access for larger ships

Worcester is warned that residency limits for sex offenders could be challenged

Wachusett Regional School District discovers $1 million surplus

A guide for parents: New policy gives West Springfield High School students free Chromebook computers, but with strict limits on use

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Headlines for Friday, August 15, 2014

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Thousands will need to reapply for health insurance as state shifts to new website – The Boston Globe
Connector seeks $80 million more | Boston Herald
Gov. Patrick Refiles Non-Compete, Liquor License Bills
McGovern: SJC chief eyes privacy issues | Boston Herald
State board gives thumbs up to gas line
Animal abuse bill heading to Gov. Patrick’s desk
Gov. Patrick kills new tax credits proposed for two different industries – Boston Business Journal
Secretary of state OKs ballot question for Cape voters on Pilgrim evacuation zone


Local headlines

Behind closed doors, Demoulas cousins’ feud raged – The Boston Globe
Dispute between DA, former prosecutor likely headed to trial
Ice Bucket Challenge forcing ice-maker to work overtime
Anti-pipeline effort gains strength in Pepperell
Market Basket managers ordered to remove protest signs
Fresolo, Matthews indicted in violent drug holdup


Politics headlines

Voters support expansion of bottle deposit law – The Boston Globe
Super PAC money dominating governor’s race – CommonWealth Magazine
Candidates for AG clash over Market Basket – The Boston Globe
Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Jeff McCormick’s Plan For Massachusetts
Treasurer candidate Goldberg running ‘to make a difference’
The Republican Governors Association, Revealed – Boston Magazine
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll officially backs Steve Kerrigan’s bid to become lieutenant governor of Massachusetts
Attorney general candidate Warren Tolman lands endorsements from 9 Boston city councilors
AG candidates Warren Tolman, Maura Healey criticize police response in Ferguson, Mo., shooting
GOP candidate Mark Fisher plays it conservative | Boston Herald
For Markey Senate challenger, an uphill battle for ‘political reform’ – The Boston Globe
Has the Globe’s weekly poll impacted the Guv’s race?
Two new mayors, two different paths – The Boston Globe


Patrick freezes license process for false applicant | Nucci: New ad Coakley’s brand relaunch | Lowell still waiting for surveillance report | GOP chair looks for votes in cities

OUTSIDE(R) SECTION: Suffolk University’s John Nucci just lurves the crap out of Martha Coakley’s new campaign ad, Heralding it as the coming of The New Martha. The Nuc laps up the ad’s attempt to sell Coakley as a political outsider and with appeal to female voters: “Taking on what the Coakley camp calls “the old boys’ club” is clearly intended to energize her strongest base of support, women voters, while at the same time grabbing for the coveted outsider status in the race.” –

HARSH, BRO: After a Globe report that an applicant looking for a couple medical marijuana licenses didn’t actually earn the degree he said he did, the Patrick administration is putting the kibosh on his dispensary plans. –

LUCKILY, THANKS TO OUR SURVEILLANCE EFFORTS, WE KNOW JUST WHERE SHE’s VACATIONING: Lowell Mayor Rodney Elliot and city councilors are still waiting to learn how much has been spent on surveillance to watch city employees. Unfortunately, said City Manager Kevin Murphy, the city solicitor is in charge of writing that report — and is on vacation  Elliott said he wants a list of whom the city has paid a private firm to follow and why, as well as the payments for surveillance and the accounts used. “The reason why I filed this originally is because there seemed to be secrecy around the spending of these funds,” said Elliott, adding that “apparently the secrecy continues.”

THE ELEPHANT TOUR: Mass. GOP chair Kirsten Hughes is out in the field stumping for the Republican brand this cycle. The Globe reports how the GOP is focusing on winning in November: “To do so in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, the party must expand its base in urban areas, places voters can be hard pressed to find Republican politicians out on the stump.” –

APPARENTLY, THE SUBURBS ARE BECOMING DODGE CITY: Natick Town Meeting voters could decide this fall whether to ban guns from libraries, public buildings and parks. The move stems from a “heated discussion” during a public meeting involving someone who might have a had a gun. But the ban is a common sense proposal regardless, said Town Administrator Martha White, noting debate and guns aren’t a “good mix.” The law already bans guns at schools. While the proposal would exempt police, gun rights advocates aren’t happy with it. “I would certainly caution people of Natick to be careful of where they ban possession of firearms,” said Jim Wallace, head of the Gun Owners’ Action League., who’s still steaming from not getting invited to the gun bill singing yesterday, so I wouldn’t tick him off. –

AND THE BHCA SPEAKS ONLY TO GOD: A Beacon Hill group is suing the city over long-stalled plans to put concrete handicapped-accessible ramps in the neighborhood, The Boston Globe reports. The Beacon Hill Civic Association alleges that Mayor Marty Walsh is bucking state law by not getting approval from several agencies and using “historically inappropriate materials” instead of their preferred but more expensive granite ramps. The city says it’s been engaging with residents for years on the issue and plans to move ahead with the work because it’s required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. –

METHUEN TRIES SAVING MONEY BY CUTTING HEALTH DIRECTOR JOB, FAILS: Methuen Health Director Brian LaGrasse has his old job back, after city councilors agreed to a $50,000 settlement and back pay to avoid a potential lawsuit. LaGrasse was essentially fired last summer when the city set his yearly pay at $1, a drop his old salary of $73,149. At the time, some officials said they wanted to cut the post to reduce bureaucracy. LaGrasse’s dismissal also cost Methuen and Haverhill a $325,000 community health grant, since the city’s health director was in charge of it. City Mayor Stephen Zanni supported the council’s vote. “If this had gone to court, it would have been a long procedure,” Zanni said. –

Headlines for Thursday, August 14, 2014

State and regional headlines

NRC “following up” on malfunction at Pilgrim

State energy board votes today on Sandwich gas pipeline

Patrick: Market Basket sides near deal

Medical marijuana license ‘on hold’ amid resume questions – The Boston Globe

Gov. Deval Patrick signs gun bill into law saying, ‘It’s a good bill, an important bill’


Political headlines

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Baker, Fisher Debate At WBUR

In debate, a stark divide between GOP candidates for governor – The Boston Globe

Gubernatorial hopefuls weigh in on immigration – The Boston Globe

Birthday bash draws Obamas and Clintons

Forry, Tompkins urge voters to give Grossman ‘hard look’ | Dorchester Reporter

Scrum Podcast: Attorney General Candidate Warren Tolman

State GOP begins outreach campaign – The Boston Globe

Fake News Website Starts “Covering” John Tierney Race

Gun Owners Action League Angry That Governor Didn’t Invite Them to Bill Signing

Democrat Steve Grossman opens gubernatorial campaign office in Springfield with new Western Mass. endorsements

Martha Coakley buoyed by new energy | Boston Herald

Race to fill vacant House seat picks up steam in Medford and Somerville – The Boston Globe

Gov. Deval Patrick signs economic development bill, introduces new bill on liquor licenses


Local headlines

Natick mulls banning guns on town property

Hoosic River Revival project gets $8.8 million boost from governor

LaGrasse rehired with $50K settlement

Jon Mitchell proposes four-year mayoral term in New Bedford

City Manager Murphy: Waiting on surveillance spending report

Candidates for state rep in 15th Worcester District take shots in forum

Landlord Faisal appears before Boston City Council – The Boston Globe



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