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Political Happy Hour: June 24, 2015

Here’s your afternoon cordial glass of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe.

TSARNAEV APOLOGIZES, via BostonGlobe.com: “A somber, soft-spoken Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev confessed his horrific crimes and apologized Wednesday at his sentencing hearing for the April 2013 terror attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. ...” http://bit.ly/1JixVwz

COME ONE, COME ALL, via Jim O’Sullivan on BostonGlobe.com: “Massachusetts is known less for its electoral significance in presidential primaries than its functional role as an ATM for campaigns. But that hasn’t stopped the state Democratic Party from issuing invitations to four presidential candidates offering speaking roles at its Sept. 19 convention in Springfield. State party chairman Thomas McGee, a state senator from Lynn, penned a compelling missive laden with innuendo about the ancillary benefits for presidential candidates who might take the time to address party activists in the Bay State. ...” http://bit.ly/1KdhUs3

HELP ME MAKE A LIST OF THE TOP 20 MOMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS POLITICAL HISTORY. It will be fun! Send one or two (or ten) ideas of events from any era that should make the cut, and I’ll start counting down next week. Thanks to everyone who emailed and tweeted ideas yesterday. You sent some great ones, from colonial-era firsts to JFK’s 1960 election-eve rally at the Boston Garden to various winning and losing moments involving Michael S. Dukakis. But I know there are many more. Send word in a compelling missive: joshua.miller@globe.com and @jm_bos


MASS. POT DISPENSARY OPENS, via Kay Lazar and Virgie Hoban on BostonGlobe.com with a Salem dateline: “Roughly two dozen patients were waiting in line when the doors opened for business at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday at Alternative Therapies Group, the first dispensary to sell marijuana for medical use in Massachusetts. Patient number one was a gray-haired man with a walker. Nearly three years after voters approved medical marijuana, access to the Salem dispensary in a converted brick factory building was by appointment only. ...” http://bit.ly/1QQyhPe


INTERIM BUDGET SIGNED, via Michael Norton and Matt Murphy of the State House News Service: “... Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday morning signed a temporary $5.5 billion budget to keep state government services flowing and bills paid for up to four weeks while legislators keep trying to reach agreement on details of a $38.1 billion annual spending bill. Six lawmakers meeting privately in conference committee since late May have been unable to strike a deal and on Monday the House and Senate passed an interim budget ... to give them more time to work out differences without worrying about bringing government to a halt. ...” Link via NashobaPublishing.com: http://bit.ly/1FBJ8kf


-“Mark Wahlberg movies, ranked from worst to best | The good and bad of Wahlberg’s 20-year leading man career, as told by Rotten Tomatoes ratings,” via Boston.com: http://bit.ly/1KaOCZr

-“Jack Williams signing off WBZ after 40 years,” via BostonHerald.com: http://bit.ly/1TNnzI4

-“Boston Public Market to Open July 30,” via Bostonmagazine.com: http://bit.ly/1Ln9qhc

PAGE 8 IN THE BOSTON HERALD TODAY, via Matt Stout: “Since taking office five months ago, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has pulled in thousands of dollars in donations from Lottery employees, liquor distributors and lawyers at the high-powered firm, Mintz Levin — all of whom her office either oversees or does business with, a Herald review found. ...” http://bit.ly/1BMalWs


HEADLINE I CLICKED ON, via David S. Bernstein on Bostonmagazine.com: “Guess How Many of Marty Walsh’s Campaign Staffers Voted Illegally on His Election Day?” http://bit.ly/1HhFfq5

BUT WHAT’S THEIR SAFETY SCHOOL? via Mark Arsenault on BostonGlobe.com: “Seven Olympic and Paralympic events would be divided among Boston College, Harvard University, and Northeastern University, should Boston become the host of the 2024 Summer Games, according to the local bid committee, Boston 2024. ... The venues announced Wednesday represent a shake up from an earlier venue plan released in January. ...” http://bit.ly/1BBcCDN

GOOD TO CHECK WHO YOU ARE EMAILING BEFORE HITTING SEND, from me on BostonGlobe.com: “Are you a Massachusetts reporter wondering what your competitors are working on? If so, Tuesday was your lucky day. A junior employee in the state’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development accidentally blasted out the office’s internal list of more than two dozen pending stories from several news organizations — to its press list. Oops. ...” http://bit.ly/1GyXGlk

DESSERT — GOOD TO CHECK IF YOU’RE BROADCASTING FROM A HELICOPTER, BEFORE TALKING ABOUT SEX, via the Associated Press with a Winnipeg, Manitoba dateline: “Winnipeg police have apologized and launched an investigation after officers flying in a helicopter mistakenly broadcast a cockpit conversation that one person says referred to a sex act. ...” Link via Yahoo! News: http://yhoo.it/1NiorzY

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Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.