10/12/2017 07:13 AM EDT
By Lauren Dezenski (email@example.com; @LaurenDezenski) and Rebecca Morin (firstname.lastname@example.org; @RebeccaMorin_)
GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. Sunny with a high of 60 in Boston today.
BUMP STOCK BAN MOVES ALONG - The Massachusetts House moved uncharacteristically quickly to approve the proposed ban on bump stocks in the state yesterday, yielding only three dissenting votes, all from Republicans. One of the dissenters, Republican state Rep. Nick Boldyga, criticized the House turning the measure into an amendment on the budget "to ram it through the House of Representatives," he told WGBH News . The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to take up the measure quickly with little opposition. If you'll recall, the hardest part of the process was overcome last week when Gov. Charlie Baker signaled he would sign a bump stock ban into law, kicking off a flurry of action by legislative leadership.
In Washington, Rep. Seth Moulton unveiled his co-sponsored legislation that would ban the manufacture, sale, and use of bump stocks and similar devices, carrying a felony penalty for violators. It's still billed as a "perfectly bipartisan effort," with 10 Republicans and 10 Democratic original cosponsors.
And locally, the family of Tewksbury woman Rhonda LeRocque, killed in the Las Vegas shooting, plans to make their first public statement this morning ahead of her Friday funeral and Saturday memorial service.
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TODAY - Gov. Charlie Baker, LG Karyn Polito, Sec. of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, MBTA GM Luiz Ramirez, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and CRRC executives tour and celebrate the near-completion of the manufacturing facility for the new Red and Orange Line train cars in Springfield - Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Sen. William Brownsberger hold a press conference on criminal justice reform legislation favored by judiciary committee members - And in news you needed to read today, the Animal Rescue League of Bostonreceived an emergency transport of two dozen puppies rescued from Puerto Rico overnight and is welcoming them with a press conference this morning.
DATELINE BEACON HILL -
- "House Dems Fast Track 'Bump Stock' Firearms Ban," by Mike Deehan, WGBH News: "Acting with uncharacteristic speed, Beacon Hill is on the verge of banning bump-stocks, the firearm modification used in this month's deadly Las Vegas shooting."
- "Cannabis commission hires former Menino adviser," by Dan Adams, Boston Globe: "The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has hired Dot Joyce, who was a close adviser to former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, to serve as its temporary spokeswoman."
- "Data: MBTA service worst among carriers," by Matt Stout, Boston Herald: "More commuter rail trains broke down on the MBTA last year than any other transit system in the country - even though the T runs less than half the number of miles of its New York and New Jersey counterparts, according to stunning new federal data."
- "Shadow transit agency," by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine: "Looking at these three guys, you wonder what they have in common. Marc Ebuña is a 30-year-old information technology worker who dresses fashionably, lives in Jamaica Plain, and sports a Fitbit. Ari Ofsevit is a 33-year-old graduate student studying engineering and city planning at MIT; he lives in Cambridge, bicycles nearly everywhere, and seems oblivious to fashion. Andy Monat is the grownup of the group, a 40-year-old software developer from Melrose who owns two cars and at press time was about to become a father. What unites the three of them is a fascination with data and transportation."
- "Massachusetts Committed to Obama-Era Clean Power Plan," by the Associated Press: "Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says his administration is committed to an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Republican's comments come a day after Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he'll issue new rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's drive to curb global climate change."
- "Mass. officials worry Children's Health Insurance Program funds at risk," by Micheal P. Norton, State House News Service: "Health care industry insiders, including Gov. Charlie Baker and elected officials on Beacon Hill, are beginning to fret over the future of a program that provides insurance coverage to about a quarter of children in Massachusetts, mostly on the federal government's dime. 'Developments over the next several months could have strong repercussions for Massachusetts children,' the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, wrote in June in a 14-page report on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), concluding Massachusetts and other states would exhaust their current CHIP allocations by March 2018 unless Congress took action."
- "Keating testifies on opioid epidemic before House E&C committee," from Keating's office: Rep. Bill Keating on Wednesday testified during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the opioid epidemic. Representing a district that includes four of the top five counties in Massachusetts by opioid death rate, Keating said "people are feeling real pain" due to opioid addiction, adding that "we are losing an entire generation." Keating also defended the Affordable Care Act during his testimony. He said that if Obamacare is repealed, coverage that covers treatment for opioid use and other substance use disorders, in addition to any mental health conditions, would be put at risk. "I am committed to defending the Affordable Care Act and preserving access to addiction treatment for all Americans," Keating said.
THE WARREN REPORT -
- "Elizabeth Warren will headline fundraisers for Sherrod Brown in Cleveland area," by Seth A. Richardson, Cleveland.com: "Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is getting some high-profile fundraising help this month: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Brown is enlisting the help of Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat, at two private fundraisers on Oct. 20 in the Cleveland area."
ON THE STUMP -
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK - Former Boston Financial director Georgia Murray hosted a fundraiser "to welcome Juana Matias into the MA-3 race," last night according to the invite shared with me. Co-hosts included Naomi Aberly, the Planned Parenthood national board chair, Margaret McKenna, former President of Suffolk University, Betsy Pattullo, on the finance committees of Rep. Katherine Clark and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Andrea Silbert, former LG candidate and business leader, and Emily Cherniack, founder of New Politics.
- "Jackson, Walsh debate live from Dudley Square," by Jule Pattison-Gordon & Yawu Miller, Bay State Banner: "Mayor Martin Walsh and District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson clashed over issues of police accountability, economic development and education in the first of two debates scheduled before the Nov. 7 general election. In Walsh's assessment of his first term in office, his administration has invested more in schools than ever before, built more affordable housing than at any time in recent history and presided over a police department lauded by former President Barack Obama for its community policing work."
- "Republican Senate candidate to fund-raise in Washington," by Jim O'Sullivan, Boston Globe: "Republican Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom will swing through Washington later this month, raising money as she looks to separate herself from the GOP field and square off with US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Lindstrom, a longtime party operative who broke with President Trump in launching her candidacy in August, will raise money at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters in D.C. on Oct. 25, according to an invitation obtained by the Globe. A Lindstrom aide confirmed the event."
- "MassGOP fundraiser attracts governors, candidates," by Matt Murphy, State House News Service: "Former Govs. Bill Weld, Jane Swift, Mitt Romney all joined Baker at the fundraising event which turned into a photo opportunity not to be missed for former party executive and Romney aide Beth Lindstrom, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2018."
SETTI SECURES AN ENDORSEMENT - "The Collective PAC Announces 26 New Endorsements of Historic Local, Statewide & Federal Candidates," from The Collective PAC: "The Collective PAC - a political action committee founded by Quentin and Stefanie Brown James to recruit, train and fund progressive black candidates - is announcing 26 new endorsements of historic local, statewide and federal candidates ... The Collective PAC's newly endorsed candidates include: Setti Warren for Governor of Massachusetts."
WOOD WAR - Herald: "BREAKDOWN CENTRAL," "'I think about her every day.'" - Globe: "Walsh, Jackson tangle in debate," "113 Dutch, Flemish paintings donated - a coup for the MFA," "RECORD CAN'T SAVE FARRELL," "Public doubts over taking of private lands," "After Weinstein, time for some introspection."
THE LOCAL ANGLE -
- "New Bedford, Fall River Amazon bids among up to 20 that may come from Mass.," by Matt Murphy, State House News Service: "Unlike the state partnership with the city of Boston that helped lure General Electric to the capital city, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday it would be a "mistake" for his administration to pick sides among communities attempting to attract Amazon's second national headquarters to Massachusetts. ... While pitches are expected for a number of prospective sites, Baker said the state will focus on selling Massachusetts as "big-time player" in the technology, big data and robotics fields that is making investments in the types of things that should be important to a company like Amazon."
- "The Amazon Effect: How taxpayers are funding the disruption of the U.S. economy," by Craig M. Douglas, Boston Business Journal: "Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has built a net worth of roughly $85 billion with the sort of discipline and scale refined by corporate titans before him - Rockefeller, Ford and Gates among them - though no one has so efficiently tapped America's collective impatience and love for a bargain. What Albuquerque's favorite son is accomplishing, and the ruthless speed at which he is accomplishing it, is unprecedented. He's had lots of help along the way."
- "In Arroyo firing, some see disparate treatment," by Yawu Miller, Bay State Banner: "The difference in treatment between Arroyo, who was fired without an opportunity to respond to any specific charges, and the city's tourism chief, Kenneth Brissette and its head of intergovernmental affairs, Timothy Sullivan - both of whom were indicted in July 2016 - has some activists complaining of disparate treatment."
- "Panera Cares, but for how long?" by Natasha Ishak, CommonWealth Magazine: "Four years after the Panera Cares community café opened at Center Plaza in Boston, it's still in business. But the restaurant's unorthodox approach to addressing hunger isn't working out exactly as planned."
SPOTTED - From an intrepid tipster: "The "4 J's" of the South Shore were in Weymouth at the Democratic Town Committee: Rep. Jamie Murphy (D-Weymouth), Rep. Joan Meschino (D-Hull), Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), and Rep. Jim Cantwell (D-Marshfield). And also Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy) also showed up."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to Paradigm: Political Management and Philanthropy's Julia Leja, Health Policy Commission chief of staff Coleen Elstermeyer, David Oleksak of Rep. Bill Keating's office (h/t Legistorm), Meghan Aldridge, Mayor Walsh's Deputy Chief of Staff, and retired Boston firefighter William Coakley.
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? Yes and no! - The Celtics beat the Hornets 108-100 but the Bruins lost to the Avalanche 6-3.
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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