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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Sunday, August 02, 2015
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Here’s you deeply frozen, ice cold mug of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF JOBS SPEECH: I’m in Mattapan covering an ABCD celebration of a summer jobs program for kids from low-income families, where Governor Charlie Baker just spoke to scores in a sweltering room.

He told the young people that he worked “a million different jobs” as a kid. “And with every one of them I learned a little something that I didn’t know before. But more importantly: I gave a whole bunch of people a chance to learn a little something about me,” he continued. “The reason that matters: the more people who learn a little something about you, the more likely it is you’ll be able to get the next job and the next job.”

BAKER UNVEILS NEW RULES FOR PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS, via Todd Wallack on “Governor Charlie Baker unveiled sweeping new rules Thursday for how the executive branch will handle public records requests. Previously, every agency had its own procedure for handling requests. The move comes as several state agencies have come under fire for the way they handle requests. ...”

BAKER OWNING THE T, PART TEN-THOUSAND OF GAZILLION, via Andy Rosen on “State officials on Thursday announced a shakeup in the leadership of the MBTA, cleaving the agency’s top job in two and naming a new executive to take over administrative oversight. State transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack said in an afternoon news release that interim General Manager Frank DePaola will continue in his role, but will focus only on operations. ...”

THE PRESS RELEASE — names you may get to know this winter: “Today, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Stephanie Pollack announced Brian Shortsleeve will serve as the Chief Administrator for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), working alongside the newly appointed Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB), interim General Manager Frank DePaola, who will continue in his current role focusing solely on operations and Jeff Gonneville, a 14-year veteran of the MBTA who will serve as the permanent Chief Operating Officer. ...”

SPEAKING OF THE T, via Erin Smith on “The embattled former head of the MBTA, ousted after the transit system suffered a complete collapse last winter, is up for a plum federal transportation job. President Obama announced Tuesday that he is nominating former MBTA chief Beverly Scott as a member on the National Transportation Safety Board. Board members are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate for five-year terms ...”

TRAGIC, via Laura Crimaldi and Beth Healy on “A Boston private equity executive and his teenage daughter were killed Wednesday evening after their single-engine plane crashed and erupted in flames at a small Milwaukee airport, according to officials and the victim’s employer. ...”

OLYMPICS WINNERS AND LOSERS, via Garrett Quinn on “Boston 2024: The Winners and Losers | Who got the gold, silver, and bronze in Boston’s Olympic debacle?”

ATTENTION SHOPPERS — SALES TAX HOLIDAY COMING, via press release from the offices of the Mass. Senate president and House speaker: “Today the Legislature approved a bill creating a sales tax holiday on August 15 and 16, 2015. The legislation is designed to provide relief to consumers and increase sales for local businesses. ... The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.”

MEANWHILE, the National Retail Federation is honoring Jon Hurst, one of the loudest proponents of the holiday: “NRF this week honored Retailers Association of Massachusetts President Jon Hurst as one of the top state retail association executives in the nation, presenting Hurst with the prestigious J. Thomas Weyant Award as retailers from across the country gathered in Washington for the annual Retail Advocates Summit. ...”

THE DONALD DEPLOYS ADJECTIVES, via Maggie Haberman and Nick Corasaniti of the New York Times: “The most pressing question that Donald J. Trump could face next week in the first debate of the 2016 presidential race may not be about Iran or immigration, but this: Can he deploy enough adjectives (‘huge!’), superlatives (‘the worst!’) and invectives (‘loser!’) for him to use up his time without being challenged successfully on the substance of policy? ...”

SHELLFISH PROPAGATION ALERT, via Andy Metzger of the State House News Service: “The House on Thursday made quick work of Gov. Charlie Baker’s attempts to rein in fiscal 2016 spending on local project earmarks and other legislative budget priorities. Despite gubernatorial vetoes, the state could send $25,000 to Sherborn for improvements to its solid waste transfer station, recommit $225,000 for shellfish propagation on the Cape and Islands and provide $150,000 to Noble Hospital in Westfield. The House quickly overrode the vetoes, while some Republicans sided with the governor on removing the spending items ...” Behind paywall:

NEWS YOU CAN USE AND EAT, via Jessica Geller on “The wait is over. More than a century after Quincy Market devolved into a dilapidated produce and meat market for wholesalers, the Boston Public Market officially opened its doors as the city’s only year-round indoor public market. ...”

WYNN WAITING AND WAITING, via Jon Chesto on “Steve Wynn is still waiting for his welcome mat in Massachusetts. ...”

HONEST MISTAKE, via the AP: “A man who thought he spotted a lion that people have reported seeing wandering on Milwaukee’s north side has shot and injured a large pit bull. ...”

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