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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Here’s your organic Kale-Cucumber Collins (one ounce organic kale juice, 1 teaspoon agave syrup, 2 teaspoons organic lime juice, 1 ½ ounces gin, 3-4 muddled cucumbers, ice) glass of politics, from Joshua Miller at the Boston Globe. I’m pretty pumped about what a beautiful day it is.

LIVE WITH SETH MOULTON! I’m pleased to announce I’ll be sitting down with US Representative Seth Moulton, the Salem Democrat and outspoken critic of President Trump, at a LIVE Political Happy Hour on March 30th at 6pm. We’ll discuss local and national politics, Trump advisors’ alleged ties to Russia, the White House’s immigration actions, the fight against ISIS, veterans’ health care, and Moulton’s future in politics. It will all go down at AT&T’s flagship Boston store on Boylston Street next month. The link to sign up for the free event will be in this newsletter in the coming weeks.

TRUMP TAKES AIM AT TRANSGENDER PROTECTIONS, via the New York Times: “President Trump could issue new guidelines as early as Wednesday to rescind anti-discrimination protections for transgender students, overruling his education secretary who had pushed to keep them in place. ...”

LIVE FREE AND CARRY, via Dave Solomon of the New Hampshire Union Leader in Concord: “Any New Hampshire resident who legally owns a gun can now carry it in a concealed fashion without a permit from their local police chief, thanks to Senate Bill 12, signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Chris Sununu. The battle over Constitutional carry, or concealed carry, has been waged in the State House on and off for the past three decades.

‘It’s been a long time coming,’ said Sununu, as he fulfilled a campaign promise before a crowd of supportive citizens and lawmakers gathered in Executive Council chambers. ...”

LePAGE: MR. TRUMP, TEAR DOWN THAT NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATION, via Kevin Miller of the Portland Press Herald in Augusta: “Gov. Paul LePage is asking President Trump to reverse the national monument designation on 87,500 acres in Maine’s North Woods.

In a letter ... LePage urges the president to undo President Barack Obama’s creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and in so doing, test the legal waters surrounding monument designations.

‘Regarding the national monument designation, “those cold timid souls who neither know victory or defeat” argue that you, as President, cannot undo a national monument because it has never been done before,’ LePage wrote. ‘They also never envisioned President Trump. ...’ ”

YOUR UBER DRIVING JOB IS NOT ARRIVING NOW, via Cheryl Fiandaca on WBZ-TV: “A new Massachusetts law requires anyone who wants to drive for Uber or Lyft to pass a criminal background check. But some believe the state is disqualifying many drivers who should still be allowed on the road. ...” 3-minute package, which I found to be an engaging watch:

CHARLIE BAKER, WHO STILL HASN’T OFFICIALLY DECLARED HE IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION, SURE IS RAISING A LOT OF DOUGH, via the well-sourced Jim O’Sullivan on “It won’t all be monotonous Medicaid reimbursement panel discussions when Governor Charlie Baker travels to Washington, D.C., this week. Baker will also headline a fundraiser for his reelection campaign, fetching up to $5,000 per person, on Friday morning. Paid for by the Massachusetts Republican Party, according to an invitation obtained by the Globe, the fundraiser comes in the middle of Baker’s trip to the capital for the National Governors Association’s winter meeting. ...”

RANDOM BAKER PHOTO IN THE GLOBE ARCHIVES dated January 16, 1996. Here’s the caption: “Charles D. Baker is Secretary, Executive Office for Administration and Finance. He listens intently during afternoon briefing.”

DAN WOLF IS JUST LISTENING. JUST LISTENING. NOT RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. LISTENING. GOT IT? Lauren Dezenski of Politico has the story: “Dan Wolf, former Democratic State Senator and current Cape Air CEO, is actively considering a run for governor and will kick off a speaking tour across the state at a Cambridge Democratic City Committee meeting on Thursday, he confirmed to POLITICO Massachusetts. ‘I’m curious, in the aftermath of the Trump election nationally, in the where we are in Massachusetts with the Democratic legislature and Republican governor, I’m really curious as to where people’s minds are and what they’re thinking about,’ Wolf said. ...

Wolf will speak on Thursday night alongside another potential candidate in Newton Mayor Setti Warren, as well as ... the wife of the Democratic field’s only declared candidate, Jay Gonzalez, according to an agenda of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee meeting. ...

Wolf called himself ‘probably the least likely to run.’ ...”

FLASHBACK, from me in Harwich in March, 2016: “The political system is failing the electorate, both parties are to blame, and nothing short of a transformational shift in how insular Beacon Hill does business can fix the ‘systemic failure of our democracy.’ That unsparing critique comes from a man who, some say, is looking to be the state’s next governor.

Democratic state Senator Daniel A. Wolf — a commercial pilot, airplane mechanic, and chief executive of Cape Air — is increasingly seen by associates as a likely challenger to Governor Charlie Baker in 2018. ...”

INTERESTING READ FROM HARVEY SILVERGLATE on “The UMass Culture of Bureaucracy Compromises Student, Faculty Vitality”

HOSPITALS UNDER DURESS, via the Globe’s Michael Levenson: “Hospitals are under intense pressure to reject qualified international medical students applying for residencies in the United States because of fears that President Trump’s immigration policies may bar the students from entering the country, educators and hospital administrators say. ...”

MARKEY HOLDING TOWN HALL ON TRUMP IMMIGRATION ACTIONS, via press release: “Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) will hold an emergency town hall on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

WHO: Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.); Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz; Smith College President Kathleen McCartney WHAT: Emergency town hall discussion on Trump administration travel ban and anti-immigration executive order WHEN: Thursday, February 23 ...”

BOOZE NEWS YOU MIGHT HAVE TO USE, via Dan Atkinson on page 2 of today’s Boston Herald: “Your days of sipping adult beverages from a Solo cup could be making a comeback, specifically at some of Boston’s high-end bars. Following a string of local bar assaults involving glassware, the city’s Liquor Licensing Board is moving to crack down on establishments where patrons have suffered injuries related to glasses holding drinks. Watering holes with repeat offenses could have to use plastic barware in lieu of the real deal — no matter how upscale the joint. ...”

YOU GET AN ‘A,’ AND YOU GET AN ‘A,’ AND YOU GET AN ‘A,’ via Matt Rocheleau on “Several months after Boston began issuing letter grades to restaurants to rate their food-safety practices, the vast majority of them have earned an A so far, according to data provided by city officials. The grades, based on the results of municipal inspections, are not yet required to be posted in storefronts. But the city started posting them online last month. More than 1,100 restaurants, or about one-third of the 3,000 restaurants citywide, have been inspected and graded since the program launched this past fall. About 93.8 percent earned the top grade upon an initial, unannounced inspection. ...”

NEW PLANETS, SURE. BUT DO ANY OF THEM HAVE THE ESPLANADE? Cool story via Sarah Kaplan of the Washington Post: “A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have ever detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the system is an ideal laboratory for studying alien worlds and could be the best place in the galaxy to search for life beyond Earth. ...”

What can I say? I’m an earth and Massachusetts partisan.

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DISPATCH FROM THE BOSTON GLOBE’S COPY DESK: “It’s not Okay; at the Globe, it’s OK

And a few other style notes to keep in mind: Commas, we use these fairly often, sometimes correctly, sometimes not. ... Please watch that you pair your commas around an appositive phrase, the second one is often missing: The city of Boston, which is the capital of Massachusetts, is expecting more snow. Please use the serial comma: We use them, we use them a lot, and then we use them again.

Please do not use gonna or wanna in quotes. We all sound like that, but we do not spell like that. ...”

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