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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Friday, January 20, 2017
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Here’s your hot fudge bourbon milkshake (vanilla ice cream, milk, vanilla extract, bourbon, hot fudge) glass of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe at the Massachusetts State House.

WHEN YOU READ THIS NEWSLETTER TOMORROW, DONALD TRUMP WILL BE PRESIDENT. Here’s the latest from the AP in Washington: “Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.

Trump was quickly taking on more of the trappings of the presidency, giving a salute to the Air Force officer who welcomed him as he stepped off the jet with wife Melania at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington. And later, placing a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.

His first stop was a luncheon in a ballroom at his own hotel, where he gave a shout-out to GOP congressional leaders ... Then Trump veered into the territory of the unknowable to boast his Cabinet selections had ‘by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever.’ ...”

WE ENTER A NEW ERA TOMORROW. What do you want to see from this newsletter this year? More national news? More Beacon Hill shenanigans? Crazy political news from New England? Any and all ideas welcome:

EXTRAORDINARY REMINDER WHY A FREE PRESS, WITH ENOUGH MONEY TO LET REPORTERS SPEND A FEW DAYS PURSUING A LOCAL STORY, IS SO IMPORTANT. On the front page of today’s Globe by Evan Allen, Nicole Dungca and Jan Ransom: “Michael Hathaway didn’t even have time to shield himself from the blow. The security guard gripped Hathaway’s cane with both fists and smashed it across his face, according to security footage of the incident described by MBTA Transit Police. A disabled homeless man, Hathaway, 52, had been sitting alone and quiet on a bench in North Station around 9 a.m. on Dec. 22, when the private guard, contracted by TD Garden, had told him to leave. Hathaway gathered his things, authorities say, and walked toward the exit.

But in what authorities described as a sudden, unprovoked attack, guard Rene Norestant Jr., half Hathaway’s age and 110 pounds heavier, shoved Hathaway from behind into the exit door, punched or shoved him, then grabbed his cane and struck his head.

The violent encounter was captured on security footage, which MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan described in detail to the Globe.

The alleged attack occurred at rush hour and was captured on camera and seen by several witnesses. But while Norestant was suspended, he was not fired or arrested until the Globe inquired about the incident this week. ...”

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THE POLITICS OF NOT PAYING TAXI PRICES AT LOGAN, via Adam Vaccaro on “Lyft will be able to pick up riders at Logan International Airport beginning February 1, the transportation company said. In a statement, Lyft said the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs the airport, agreed Thursday to allow the so-called transportation network company to pick up passengers at the terminals next month. Logan had been among the few major airports in the US that had prohibited transportation network companies from picking up passengers. ...”

THE POLITICS OF PAYING POLS MORE OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS, via Matt Stout of the Boston Herald: “Lawmakers hearing a proposal to significantly hike the pay of the state’s top elected officials say any salary raises shouldn’t stop there, signaling efforts to seek out a raft of pay bumps could be on the way.

‘If we’re going to raise the speaker’s (pay) constitutionally here, we’re going to have to raise the majority leader and certainly the chair of Ways and Means, who hold the whole Commonwealth together,’ Rep. Angelo Scaccia, the House’s current longest-serving member, said at a hearing on a two-year-old report that recommended raising the pay of the speaker, among others, by roughly 75 percent to $175,000. ...”

QUIET HEARING, via Frank Phillips of the Globe: “At the State House Thursday, lawmakers’ strategy to get legislative pay raises through without arousing public outrage was working better than expected. Few people showed up for a hearing on the proposal, and legislators didn’t engage much with the lone voice of opposition.

‘No questions?’ asked Chip Faulkner, the anti-tax activist who has fought legislative pay raises for decades. There were none. ...”

MASS. UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LOOOOOW, via a tweet by Governor Charlie Baker spokesman Brendan Moss: “Massachusetts unemployment rate at 2.8% in December — last time it was that low Tom Brady was backing up Bledsoe”

HARVARD ANNOUNCES NEW IOP FELLOWS, via press release: “The Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has selected its spring 2017 class of Visiting and Resident Fellows... Six Resident Fellows will join the IOP for spring 2017: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (2013-17) ...

Christopher Shays, Member, United States House of Representatives (R-CT; 1987-2009) ...

Jon Finer, Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning, previously Deputy Chief of Staff, at the Department of State (2013-17) ...

R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (2014-17); Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (2009-14); Chief of Police for the City of Seattle (2000-09) ...

Sarah Hurwitz, Special Assistant to the President, Senior Strategic and Policy Advisor to the Council On Women and Girls, and Senior Presidential Speechwriter. Served as the chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama (2010-17) ...

T.W. Shannon, Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (R-62nd district; 2007-14) ...”

BRIANNA WU BEGINS LONGSHOT RUN FOR CONGRESS, via Jaclyn Reiss on “He might have just been sworn in, but Congressman Stephen Lynch already has a fight on his hands for 2018. Brianna Wu, the cofounder of a Boston company who has made headlines in recent years for being targeted by the GamerGate movement, is officially announcing her campaign to run for Congress in 2018. ...”

WHO WILL BE AT THE WOMEN’S MARCH IN BOSTON? EVERYONE, IT SEEMS, via the prolific Shirley Leung on “... Among the list of bold face types: Hill Holiday CEO Karen Kaplan; former Boston Federal Reserve Bank president Cathy Minehan; Weber Shandwick New England president Micho Spring; former Suffolk University president Margaret McKenna; Emerson College president Lee Pelton; Cambridge political activist and philanthropist Barbara Lee ... Organizers expect more than 80,000 to participate in the Boston march ...

Headline speakers at the march’s program include Senator Elizabeth Warren, state Attorney General Maura Healey, and Boston’s male feminist-in-chief, Mayor Marty Walsh.

Others planning to participate: Congressman Joe Kennedy III, who will bring his wife Lauren, 1-year-old daughter Ellie, and mom Sheila Rauch Kennedy; House Speaker Bob DeLeo, deputy House leader Patricia Haddad and some 30 House members; Senate president Stan Rosenberg and more than a dozen state senators including Karen Spilka, Linda Dorcena Forry, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Cynthia Creem, Patricia Jehlen, Jason Lewis; state treasurer Deb Goldberg; and state auditor Suzanne Bump. ...” Lots more names at the link:

GLEN RETURNS, via James Pindell on “As he leaves office this week, John Kerry holds the record as the most traveled US secretary of state in history. During his four years in office, he traveled more than 1.4 million miles to visit 91 countries and spent 596 days traveling.

Former Massachusetts political reporter Glen Johnson was with him for all but a handful of those miles, visiting all 91 countries and touching every continent. Johnson could be that specific in his retelling because, as a Kerry aide for the past four years, part of his job was to tally all the travel. Kerry is now heading back to Boston, and Johnson is coming back to his wife and home in North Andover. ...”

‘SANCTUARY CITY’ CONTROVERSY EMBROILS NEWTON, via John Hilliard in Newton for the Globe: “Dozens of people with American flags and signs saying ‘No Sanctuary City’ protested Wednesday night outside Newton City Hall as officials debated the city’s role in policing undocumented immigrants.

Opponents said efforts to craft a city ordinance controlling the role of police and local officials in immigration enforcement would risk public safety and federal dollars that come to Newton. But backers of such an ordinance, including Mayor Setti Warren and several city councilors, said the guidelines are necessary to protect a marginalized group of people. ...”

MASS. OPERATIVE NEWS: Kevin Franck, a Democratic operative who served as communications director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, has signed on as an advisor to Setti Warren, who is mulling a run for governor in 2018.

MASS. CHOWDAH NEWS, via Annie Linskey: “Legal Sea Foods says it will be serving traditional clam chowder during Friday’s inaugural ceremonies after all, making Donald Trump the sixth president to celebrate his new job with the New England specialty. The Boston company got word from Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee Thursday morning that the chowder would be included, Legal chief executive Roger Berkowitz said. ‘We’re just happy that the tradition continues,’ Berkowitz said. ...”

Back tomorrow. @jm_bos in the interim.

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