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BIDEN IN BOSTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden was on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s home turf for a fundraiser in Boston last night. And today, he heads to New Hampshire to put his name on the presidential primary ballot.
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Biden was introduced by state Rep. Claire Cronin on Thursday night. She fired up the crowd by noting Biden is the only candidate who consistently beats President Donald Trump in the polls, according to a pool report. Around 225 people attended the fundraiser, which was held at the UMass Club at One Beacon Street. Vice President Mike Pence was also spotted in Boston yesterday, after putting his and Trump’s names on the primary ballot in New Hampshire.
During his fundraiser speech, Biden didn’t mention the news of the day: former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (and Medford native) is considering getting into the Democratic contest. Instead, the former vice president knocked Trump and said the 2020 election is about reestablishing what the Democratic Party stands for. And at the end, Biden pointed out his connection to Boston.
“By the way, my sister brags about having been born in Boston. You know what I mean — well I don’t know why the hell we ever left!” Biden said, according to a pool report from the fundraiser.
The Boston fundraiser comes after Biden rolled out a new list of Massachusetts endorsements last month. And less than two weeks ago, Larry Rasky of Boston-based Rasky Partners joined a new pro-Biden super PAC as treasurer. The moves are signs that Biden is looking to Boston as a place to shore up support and raise some cash — and perhaps scoop up delegates when Massachusetts votes on Super Tuesday.
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TODAY — Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Rep. Seth Moulton, state Sen. Bruce Tarr, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken make a dredging announcement in Gloucester. GOP presidential candidate Bill Weld holds a press conference in Boston. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signs an executive order to support “equitable procurement” during the first meeting of the Supplier Diversity Council.
– “Budget Bill Hangup Will Run Past Veterans Day,” by Colin A. Young, State House News Service: “The House and Senate aren’t done closing the books on the budget year that ended in June, but Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues is done talking about it. The House and Senate on Thursday broke for another weekend without taking action on a more than $700 million budget bill to close out the fiscal year that ended June 30, authorize chunks of popular one-time spending, shore up state reserves, and pay bills left over from fiscal 2019.”
– “Battle Lines Form Quickly on Senate Drug Pricing Bill,” by Katie Lannan, State House News Service: “Before diving into a bill aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable to consumers next week, senators will have the holiday weekend to come up with additions, changes or other amendments. Senators rolled out the bill (S 2397) on Thursday and scheduled it for debate on Nov. 14, with amendments due by Tuesday afternoon. Health access advocates praised the bill’s transparency measures and proposal to cap the cost of insulin for consumers, while groups representing the pharmaceutical industry said the bill is taking the wrong approach.”
– “Bump weighs in on sentencing guideline dispute,” by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine: “STATE AUDITOR SUZANNE BUMP released an audit on Thursday that concluded draft sentencing guidelines are being used by judges across the state even though the guidelines have never been enacted by the Legislature. Bump’s office initiated its audit after the Massachusetts District Attorney Association complained that the guidelines, which incorporate disparate racial and socioeconomic impacts, were improperly being used by judges across the state.”
– “Who’s in charge of Mass. offshore wind procurements?” by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine: “THE MOST RECENT offshore wind procurement exposed a major flaw in the selection process, as the state’s three utilities – and not elected officials and their staffers – were charged with making policy decisions about the direction of the Massachusetts offshore wind industry. The procurement, the state’s second, attracted three bidders – Mayflower Wind, Vineyard Wind, and Bay State Wind. All of the companies stepped up their onshore investments with this procurement, but only Mayflower Wind spelled out its general strategy in the bid documents it released publicly.”
– “Massachusetts isn’t always as progressive as it seems. Our female leaders are fighting to change that,” by Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe: “YOU MIGHT THINK Massachusetts women have it made in politics. US Senator Elizabeth Warren is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for president. US Representative Katherine Clark is the sixth highest-ranking Democrat in Congress. US Representative Ayanna Pressley is one of the four most famous women who vaulted into Congress in the 2018 Year of the Woman, commanding enough attention to get under the skin of the tweeter in chief, President Trump.”
– “Boston subpoenaed in federal pot corruption investigation,” by RIck Sobey and Sean Philip Cotter, Boston Herald: “City Hall has been targeted by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in his unfolding legalized pot corruption investigation, with a grand jury subpoenaing records related to city officials’ dealings with recreational marijuana operations. The delivery of subpoenas adds Boston to a growing list of Massachusetts cities and towns in the crosshairs of the federal probe. The investigation into marijuana host community agreements — which detail payments between pot shops and municipalities — follows Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia’s indictment on federal extortion charges related to pot shops.”
– “What we know about the Boston City Council-at-large recount,” Dorchester Reporter: “Tuesday’s election for Boston City Council-at-large ended with just ten votes separating the fourth and fifth place finishers— Julia Mejia and Alejandra St. Guillen. St. Guillen initially conceded defeat on Tuesday night at her campaign party. But when unofficial city Election figures showed just a ten-vote margin for Mejia, St. Guillen’s campaign switched up— and said they would seek a recount.”
– “Southie pols say they’ll watch Gillette’s plans for ‘World Shaving Headquarters’ closely,” by Sean Philip Cotter, Boston Herald: “Gillette is launching a review of its iconic “Shaving World Headquarters” property in South Boston, with the possibility of selling off more land — and local pols say they’ll fight to keep jobs, and warn that new luxury condos is not the best a neighborhood can get.”
– “State denies one of Quincy’s Long Island Bridge appeals,” by Mary Whitfill, The Patriot Ledger: “The City of Boston has scored a victory in its ongoing legal battle with Quincy over the proposed rebuilding of the Long Island Bridge. An official in the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Appeals and Dispute Resolution has shut down one of several attempts by the City of Quincy to rule the project a violation of the state’s Wetlands Protection Act. Several other lawsuits between the two cities are pending, including a suit in Suffolk County Superior Court that has Quincy suing Boston for circumventing a state-mandated review of environmental impacts.”
– “Joe Kennedy is ‘happy to debate climate.’ His campaign is not happy about an upcoming event.” by Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Boston.com: “Two candidates in the Massachusetts Senate race will take the stage Sunday night at Stonehill College to debate the issue of climate change. Rep. Joe Kennedy III isn’t one of them. The Massachusetts congressman announced a primary campaign for Sen. Ed Markey’s seat in September — and was promptly challenged to a climate change debate by the incumbent Democratic senator and Green New Deal co-author. Markey’s two other lower-profile challengers, Shannon Liss-Riordan and Steve Pemberton (who dropped out last month), immediately agreed, but Kennedy declined to commit to a November debate.”
– “In crowded Fourth District, Jesse Mermell gets boost from Diane Patrick,” by Matt Stout, Boston Globe: “Diane Patrick, the wife of former governor Deval Patrick, is wading into the Fourth Congressional District race to endorse Jesse Mermell, a former adviser to her husband, offering a rare public show of support — and a potential boost to her war chest as well. Patrick, senior counsel at international law firm Ropes & Gray, will be among the hosts for a pair of fund-raisers for Mermell, including Tuesday at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, as Mermell tries to establish herself within the crowded Democratic field vying for Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III’s open seat.”
– “Joe Kennedy, Eric Lesser set campaign stop at Springfield Union Station,” by Jim Kinney, Springfield Republican: Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020, will appear with state Sen. Eric P. Lesser Friday afternoon at Springfield Union Station. Lesser’s campaign sent out a message Thursday inviting people for a “special announcement” starting at 2:30 p.m. Kennedy, who announced this summer that he will run against sitting U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the 2020 Democratic primary, has made recent campaign stops in Springfield.”
– “Massachusetts Peace Action Endorses Senator Ed Markey for Re-Election,” from the Markey campaign: “Massachusetts Peace Action today endorsed Senator Ed Markey for re-election to the US Senate. “Senator Markey is a bold progressive leader on nuclear disarmament and the Green New Deal,” says Cole Harrison, executive director of Massachusetts Peace Action.”
– “Mass. SJC Hears Arguments In Case Asking If Lack Of Criminal Defense Lawyers Is Unconstitutional,” by Deborah Becker, WBUR: “Massachusetts’ highest court is reviewing a case alleging there is an unconstitutional shortage of criminal defense lawyers in the state. The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Thursday in a case that claims there are not enough private lawyers willing to represent indigent defendants at the wages currently paid to court-appointed defenders, especially in Hampden County.”
– MEANWHILE IN RHODE ISLAND: “Rhode Island governor asks court to release 38 Studios grand jury records,” The Associated Press: “Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is asking the state Supreme Court to release records from the grand jury investigation into the state’s deal with a video game company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. The Providence Journal reports Raimondo’s senior counsel Claire Richards argued Thursday in court that Raimondo has standing to bring the case because the company’s collapse cost the state millions of dollars and hindered economic development programs.”
– “Ayanna Pressley hits the campaign trail with Elizabeth Warren in a move that could be mutually beneficial,” by Laura Krantz, Boston Globe: “As Senator Elizabeth Warren’s town hall event began Thursday night in a high school auditorium here, the crowd rose to deliver a standing ovation. It was not for Warren. “My name is Ayanna Pressley,” said the Massachusetts representative who had endorsed Warren’s Democratic presidential bid the day before. Pressley led the crowd in a rousing speech that sounded like a Sunday sermon, complete with a refrain of “I came to spread the good news.” That good news, she said, was that Warren is running for president. Then Warren took the stage and gave Pressley a hug.”
– “THE WOMAN BEHIND ELIZABETH WARREN’S RISE,” by Nick Fouriezos, OZY: “Rebecca Pearcey walked into the meeting, tossed a baggie on the table and turned to her boss, Jessica Post: “Here’s your husband’s pants,” she told Post, then the executive director (now president) of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. The pair are close friends, and Post’s husband had left his zip-off slacks by a fire pit the night before, so the situation isn’t quite as scandalous as it sounds. But Pearcey’s dry humor and quirky style continue in her role as national political director and senior adviser to Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Pearcey still is known in Washington for showing up to suit-and-tie affairs in bright pink galoshes, or carrying color-coded notebooks from meeting to meeting.”
– “Oxford LGBT family seeks assurance as Trump administration cuts adoption protections,” by Hannah Schoenbaum, Telegram & Gazette: “After a tumultuous four-year adoption process, Oxford husbands Ken Peterson and Rick Rheault welcomed their daughter and two sons into what they call their “forever family.” But agencies could soon have the legal right to refuse adoption to LGBT parents such as Peterson and Rheault in states without strong anti-discrimination statutes. The Trump administration proposed a rule on Friday that would allow adoption agencies to continue receiving taxpayer funding, even if they exclude LGBT families from their services because of religious beliefs.”
– “cannabis board declines to uphold Baker’s medical marijuana vape ban, but products may stay off shelves,” by Naomi Martin, Boston Globe: “The state cannabis Control Commission on Thursday declined to uphold Governor Charlie Baker’s ban on sales of medical marijuana vaping products, but a top official said the products could remain off store shelves. A judge ruled earlier this week that the medical marijuana vape ban would end at noon Tuesday unless the commission voted to keep it. At a packed meeting Thursday, the commission declined to vote on the ban.”
– “Where have people died from vaping-related illnesses?” by Felicia Gans, Boston Globe: “More than 2,000 people have been sickened by vaping-related illnesses across the country, and at least 40 people have reportedly died. As of Thursday, cases of vaping-related illnesses have been reported in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands, according to the CDC. Alaska remains the only state that has not reported a vaping-related illness. The CDC said 39 people have died from vaping-related illnesses nationwide as of Nov. 5. The agency’s count does not yet include a death reported in Massachusetts Wednesday — the third person to die from a vaping-related illness in the state.”
– “Texting With Bill Weld: “100% Democratic Rule” If Senate Republicans Listen To Trump,” by Ben Smith, BuzzFeed News: “Bill Weld has had a pretty amazing life in politics — he was a US attorney and senior Justice Department official under Reagan and then a successful, two-term governor of Massachusetts. He’s been in the political wilderness for the last 20 years, however, doing eccentric things like…running for the Republican nomination against Donald Trump. We talked about it via text message on Tuesday.”
– “San Juan mayor hails Holyoke as haven for Hurricane Maria refugees,” by Dusty Christensen, Daily Hampshire Gazette: “When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in fall 2017, the most obvious image of the destruction it caused were the photos of destroyed homes, falling bridges and other infrastructure that appeared in the news. Less seen, however, were pictures of those forced from their homes, many whom moved to cities on the mainland, including thousands who sought refuge in Holyoke.”
– PAGING ERIC LESSER: “U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says east-west rail ‘ought to be the price for western and central Mass.’ amid push for MBTA upgrades,” by Colin A. Young, State House News Service: “If Massachusetts is going to invest in fixing the MBTA, as it appears leading lawmakers intend to, then state officials also needs to invest in an east-west rail connection, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal told business leaders in Boston Thursday morning. “If we’re to have a major fix of the MBTA, which everybody of Massachusetts pays for, east-west rail ought to be the price for western and central Massachusetts,” Neal, the chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and a former mayor of Springfield, told the New England Council.”
– “Lowell To Stop Accepting Wastewater From New Hampshire Landfill,” by Gabrielle Emanuel, WGBH News: “Lowell’s Duck Island Clean Water Facility will immediately stop receiving contaminated wastewater, called leachate, from a landfill in New Hampshire. Environmentalists have raised concerns that once the water is treated and released into the Merrimack River, it might still contain dangerous chemicals. Dan Graovac, president of the Merrimack River Watershed Council’s Board of Directors, called this ‘welcome and fantastic news.’”
– “New Methuen mayor has tall task,” by Andy Metzger, CommonWealth Magazine: “IT WAS the most explosive Massachusetts mayoral election north of the Taunton River. In Methuen, political newcomer Neil Perry trounced City Council Chairwoman Jennifer Kannan to take over a city still reeling from a decision made years ago under a previous mayor. Consternation over a police contract that would have given astronomic raises to superior officers is on pace to outlast the tenure of Mayor James Jajuga.”
MAZEL! to Winthrop School Committee member Valentino Capobianco, who received the Massachusetts Association of School Committees All-State Committee Award last night. Pic.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – to Tom Connors.
HAPPY BIRTHWEEKEND – to Saturday birthday-ers Carolyn Casey; Joyce Linehan, policy and planning chief for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh; Shannon Felton Spence, director of communications at Opportunity Insights; and WGBH reporter Tori Bedford. And to MassINC’s Steve Koczela, and Shawn Duhamel, who both celebrate on Sunday.
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? Yes! The Celtics beat the Hornets 108-87.
FOR YOUR COMMUTE: PAC It Up, PAC It In– On this week’s Horse Race podcast, hosts Stephanie Murray and Jennifer Smith break down the 2019 municipal elections. Boston Business Journal digital editor Gintautas Dumcius talks about how candidates backed by the Massachusetts Majority Super PAC performed in local elections, and Coalition for Safe and Secure Data spokesperson Conor Yunits discusses a “Right to Repair” ballot question that could be coming down the pike. Subscribe and listen on iTunes and Sound Cloud.
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