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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Wednesday, October 07, 2015
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Here’s your afternoon Harvard University mug of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe, just back to the Massachusetts State House from the Harvard archives.

I was looking for fun college photos of Attorney General Maura Healey to ask her about during our interview tomorrow at a LIVE Political Happy Hour, presented by Suffolk University. I hope you’ll join us there for drinks and political conversation, that will range from serious topics to lighter fare. You can still RSVP here: And if you can’t make it, the back-and-forth will be livestreamed on

Please do send me ideas for questions to ask Healey. I’m at: and @jm_bos on Twitter. Speaking of which ...

DRAFTKINGS’ FATE RESTS WITH HEALEY, TOP POLS SAY, via Matt Stout on “The fate of Boston-based DraftKings and other fantasy sports websites rests in the hands of Attorney General Maura Healey as questions swirl about its legality and accusations of insider trading, the state’s top three political leaders said today. The wildly popular one-day fantasy sports site is reeling from accusations one of its employees gained financially from inside information — a scandal that comes as Massachusetts weighs whether to allow the online industry to continue operating in the state. ...”

INTERNAL PROBE OF LEAK SHOWS NO INSIDER TRADING, DRAFTKINGS SAYS, via Callum Borchers and Curt Woodward on “DraftKings Inc. said Tuesday morning it has completed an internal investigation of a data leak and determined that the employee responsible for posting proprietary information online did not use it to gain an unfair advantage in a fantasy football contest in which he won $350,000. ... Fantasy sports companies are gaining increasing attention from regulators ... In Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey also has said she is taking a look at any possible legal issues with fantasy sports. ...”

WARREN HELPS HASSAN IN US SENATE BID, via the inimitable Jim O’Sullivan on “Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has not been stingy sharing her fundraising prowess among the Democratic Party base with like-minded candidates, is hoping to spread a little magic north of the border. Warren blasted to her list on Tuesday an appeal on behalf of Maggie Hassan, ‘the tough, smart, two-term governor of New Hampshire’ running against Warren’s colleague, US Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican. ...”

‘A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW WARNING,’ via Chris Villani on “A federal indictment that referenced the actions of a Boston City Hall worker — alleged to have contacted a pair of Boston businesses to warn them of impending Teamsters’ protests — should be a ‘shot across the bow’ for political staffers, state Senate President Stan Rosenberg said in a Boston Herald Radio interview today. ‘This is a shot across the bow warning everyone, ‘think about the boundaries of what you can do in these jobs,’ ’ Rosenberg said of the indictment’s mention of the City Hall staffer. ‘Whenever a staff member acts, they are acting in the name of their boss. I go through this with my office. If somebody does something, I will be accountable for their actions.’ ...”

MEDIA STORY I CLICKED ON, commentary on by Dan Kennedy: “If you’d asked me 10 years ago if I thought The Boston Globe and other metropolitan dailies would still be printing news on dead trees in 2015, I’d have replied, ‘Probably not.’ Even five years ago ... I still believed we were on the verge of drastic change ... Seen in that light, the Globe’s redesigned Saturday edition should be regarded as a cautious, incremental step. Unveiled this past weekend, the paper is thinner (42 pages compared to 52 the previous Saturday) and more magazine-like ... The larger context for these changes is that the existential crisis threatening the newspaper business hasn’t gone away. ... ”

HAPPENING TODAY — via tweet from Maura Healey: “Standing up for #trans rights at the State House. We need equality for all citizens in MA. #TransBillMA”

MUNICIPAL POLITICS WATCH, via the Globe’s Steve Annear in Somerville: “ ‘Listen to understand, not to contradict.’ ‘Respect the views of others, even if you don’t agree.’ ‘Be willing to expand your mindset.’ Those were the ground rules that residents were asked to observe Monday night during the first in a series of community meetings on racism hosted by Mayor Joseph Curtatone and his administration. In August, Curtatone [a Democrat seen as having ambitions for higher office] boldly unfurled a ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner over the front steps of City Hall. The banner, which is still up, marked the beginning of a partnership between the city and Black Lives Matter Cambridge, a local faction of the national movement. ...”

STATE VS. FEDERAL — CONN. GMO LAW IN JEOPARDY, via Gregory B. Hladky of the Hartford Courant: “The fate of Connecticut’s 2-year-old law to require the labeling of foods made from genetically modified organisms may soon be decided, either in a federal courtroom or in Congress. ... [T]he greatest threat to GMO labeling laws in Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine now appears to be in Congress. Responding to an intense lobbying effort by the grocery industry and pro-GMO companies like Monsanto, the House voted 275-150 in July for legislation that would stop individual states from requiring GMO food labeling. ...”

2016 — BIDEN INTRIGUE PART I, via Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico under the very clickable headline “Exclusive: Biden himself leaked word of his son’s dying wish | The vice president is mourning. He’s also calculating.”

2016 — BIDEN INTRIGUE PART II, via Gabriel Sherman on “If Joe Biden jumps into the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton will be ready to go on the offensive. According to a Clinton campaign source, a team of opposition researchers working on behalf of Clinton is currently digging through Biden’s long record in office to develop attack lines in case the vice-president runs. ...”

NOT THE ONION, via the Associated Press: “Hundreds of Lexington, Kentucky, residents have urged county officials to move Halloween trick-or-treating to Oct. 30 this year. ...” Link via Yahoo! News:


- “Man Humbly Walks Up Parking Garage Ramp After Long Search For Stairs”

-“Obama Returns From Trade Summit With 5 Stout Ships Full Of Cardamom, Silk, And Indigo”

I’ll be back briefly tomorrow afternoon via email and hope to see you all in person at our LIVE Happy Hour with Attorney General Healey at 5:30 pm. Again, you can RSVP here: