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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Saturday, August 29, 2015
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Here’s your afternoon condensation-specked piña colada glass of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe.

WE’RE LIVE WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: I’m thrilled to announce that for our third (!) LIVE Political Happy Hour event, I’ll be interviewing Attorney General Maura Healey on Weds., Oct. 7, at 5:30 pm. We’ll discuss the news of the day, Healey’s long-term vision for her tenure, as well as some lighter fare (I’m certainly curious about her time, after college, playing on a professional basketball team in Austria). Please save the date and stay tuned for more details, including a link in September to RSVP.

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 pm, when we’ll be LIVE with Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston. That RSVP will be available on Aug. 31.

And for those who missed it last month, here’s the video of my interview with Governor Charlie Baker at our first LIVE Political Happy Hour event:


SHOCKER — BOSTON CITY COUNCIL RAISE TALK BECOMES CAMPAIGN ISSUE, via Andrew Ryan on “Boston City Council candidate Annissa Essaibi-George called on the City Council to reject a proposed $20,000 raise for themselves, calling any increase that brings salaries into the $100,000 range ‘fiscally irresponsible and unacceptable.’ The raise could become a potent campaign issue because Essaibi-George is the only candidate fighting to unseat one of the city’s four at-large councilors. Two of the incumbents — Stephen J. Murphy and Michael F. Flaherty Jr. — have been pushing for significant raises for themselves. ...”

BACKGROUND, via the Globe’s Meghan E. Irons: “City Council President Bill Linehan vowed Thursday to push for a pay increase for himself and his colleagues that reflects the ‘true value’ of the council, after facing off with the head of an advisory panel that had suggested a raise he considered inadequate. The showdown came weeks after the Compensation Advisory Board recommended boosting councilors’ pay from $87,500 to $97,000. Councilors had approved an increase to $107,500 last fall, but that measure was vetoed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. ...”

CAN’T ESCAPE POLITICS — IRAN DEAL TALK ON THE CAPE, via a press release advising an event in Mashpee on Sunday: “... Israeli Consul General Yehuda Yaakov addresses an assembly of Cape Cod’s business and civic leaders and prominent members of the Jewish community, and holds a frank discussion with attendees to hear their thoughts and opinions on President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. ...”

JARGON WATCH. On Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker was talking about Boston 2024, the local Olympic bid committee, and broke into some business jargon. “They worked quite collaboratively, open kimono with us all the way through the process,” he said. Today’s Capital section of the Globe has more detail on what that phrase means:

2016 SURPRISE — THERE’S SOMETHING DONALD TRUMP WOULD NEVER DO, via Lorenzo Ferrigno on “Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Friday he ‘would never condone violence’ after Boston police said two men beat a homeless man while making anti-immigrant statements. ...”

2016 — “DARK ENERGY” — CALIFORNIA GOV. BROWN ON CLINTON EMAIL CONTROVERSY, via a transcript from NBC News: “GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN: Well, I don’t know. This email thing, it has kind of a mystique to it. You know, an email is just an utterance in digital form. But it has some kind of dark energy that gets everybody excited. So I don’t know how. It’s almost like a vampire. She’s going to have to find a stake and put it right through the heart of these emails in some way. But I don’t think a leading candidate for president needs the advice of another politician. Generally they don’t follow it, and I think they know everything I can figure out on their own.” VIDEO:

ELIZABETH WARREN TALKS TRUMP with NECN’s Alison King. I enjoyed the piece and think it’s worth your watch:

ON THIS DAY 40 YEARS AGO on the Globe’s front page, via Jonathan Fuerbringer: “Gov. Michael S. Dukakis yesterday signed legislation to cut the state’s welfare budget by removing between 15,000 and 18,000 people from General Relief and restricting medical care for those remaining ... the state’s first major retreat in its funding of welfare programs ...”

Front page: PDF (better for iPhones):

UNUSUAL PRESS RELEASE, via the Mass. Democratic Party this afternoon: “The difference is clear in the latest jobs numbers released this week: Republican Chris Christie loses thousands of jobs in New Jersey while investments made by Governor Deval Patrick and the Democratic Legislature are still helping to grow jobs here. ...”

2016 HEADLINE THAT PROMPTED A CHUCKLE, on an editorial in the New Hampshire Union Leader: “This just in: Sanders is a socialist”


JUST ANOTHER DAY IN NEW JERSEY — BEARS IN THE POOL, via the Associated Press with a Rockaway Township, N.J. dateline: “A mama bear and her five cubs decided to beat the heat in a New Jersey backyard pool. Tim Basso posted a video online showing the bears climbing into his family’s above-ground pool, tumbling out of it, dragging around pool toys and climbing on a slide and swing set. ...”

VIDEO: The best part is the commentary from Basso’s kids watching the ursine misbehavior.

Bear with me: I’m going on vacation for a week. I, and this newsletter, will return on Monday, Aug. 31. But I’ll still be on Twitter, so stay in touch with your open kimono jokes: @jm_bos

And may your weekend be restful, joyful, and just political enough. Peace out.