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    Political Happy Hour: April 20, 2017

    Here’s your Brandy Alexander nightcap cup of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe, wondering how the day got away from him. Funny how that happens.

    DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS ENDORSE SENDING SCOTT BROWN 9,000 MILES AWAY, via Jim O’Sullivan on the front page of tomorrow’s Globe: “President Trump will nominate former US senator Scott Brown to serve as ambassador to New Zealand, the White House said Thursday, a pick that won plaudits from both Democrats and Republicans.

    Brown’s nomination will require confirmation by the Senate, but congratulatory messages from his former campaign rivals Senators Elizabeth Warren and Jeanne Shaheen signaled that Democrats probably will not work en masse to oppose the pick. If confirmed, Brown, who served 35 years in the Army National Guard, would take an ambassadorship to a key US ally. ...


    ‘I’m sure he’ll make Massachusetts proud,’ Warren said Thursday evening. ...

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    Republican Governor Charlie Baker, too, praised the choice, saying in a press release that Brown ‘is a dedicated public servant who not only served our nation in the National Guard, but worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, State Senate, and US Senate. I’m confident he will devote his unmatched work ethic and experience to this new opportunity and I wish Scott and Gail the best of luck on this new endeavor.’ ...”

    THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS I TOOK WHEN I WAS IN NEW ZEALAND back in 2015. Seriously, Brown would be lucky to spend time in such an amazing country.

    MASS. DEM PARTY SIREN! From Mark Arsenault and me on the front page of tomorrow’s Globe: “State Democratic Party heavyweights are sounding a red alert against a provocative proposal for their state committee to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank without specifically mentioning Palestinian violence, a step some top leaders fear would lead to an exodus of Democratic voters.

    If approved, a resolution offered by Carol Coakley of Millis, an 18-year member of the Democratic State Committee, would put the state party on record ‘that Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank are obstacles to peace.’


    It would call on the state’s 11-member congressional delegation — all Democrats — ‘to clearly express their opposition to Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, in pursuit of a negotiated peace.’ But former state treasurer Steve Grossman and other Democratic leaders are sounding the alarm, and hoping to derail it before the effort could go before the full Democratic State Committee next week. ...” Stay for Grossman’s quotes:

    SENATE’S TOP POT AUTHORITY WEIGHS IN, from me posted today on and in the paper in the next few days: “Pot dealers, beware.

    The state senator in charge of rewriting Massachusetts’ voter-passed recreational marijuana law believes quickly ‘killing the black market’ for cannabis should be Beacon Hill’s top pot priority. That, Senator Patricia D. Jehlen said, means leaving much of the initiative unchanged. She would keep the tax on marijuana low, continue to require cities and towns to hold a referendum if they want to ban local pot shops, and insist retail cannabis operations aren’t delayed beyond July 2018. ...”

    I’m off to have a real nightcap now. My colleagues will serve up a Political Happy Hour tomorrow. Back Monday.