Political Happy Hour: August 11, 2015

By Globe Staff 

Here’s your afternoon spiked rainwater basin of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe at the Massachusetts State House.

2016 — THE DONALD LEADS IN N.H., via Joe Battenfeld and Chris Villani on “GOP presidential upstart Donald Trump has lost ground in New Hampshire since his tirade against Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, but still leads the field ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and a surging former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll reveals. ...”


Poll data (PDF):

2016 — HEATING UP, via Adam Nagourney and Alan Rappeport of the New York Times with a Los Angeles dateline: “Jeb Bush is planning to issue a full-throttle attack Tuesday night on the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq and terrorism issues, asserting that Hillary Rodham Clinton ‘stood by’ as secretary of state when the situation in Iraq deteriorated, creating the conditions that led to the rise of the Islamic State as the Obama administration reduced its troop level in Iraq. ...”

2016 — THE DONALD LEADS IN IOWA, via Susan Page of USA Today: “Businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican field in Iowa, a new Suffolk University Poll finds, but his performance in last week’s opening debate has dented his standing among GOP partisans and cost him some ground in the state that will hold the first presidential contest next year. Also hit: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who sank to seventh place ...”

Poll data, via Suffolk:

2016 — THAT SURE IS A BIG CROWD, via James Nash on “Some 27,000 people descended Monday night on the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which has hosted acts such as Madonna and Pink Floyd, to hear from a raspy-voiced 73-year-old who has become the 2016 political season’s breakout star ... Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont ...”


THEY’RE JUST PASSING, UH, PASSING THROUGH, via Gintautas Dumcius on “More than 50 local and national cannabis and medical marijuana industry businesses, as well as doctors and health care providers, plan to head to Boston for a convention in September. ... A previous convention drew 5,000 attendees, according to organizers. Massachusetts voters legalized medical marijuana in 2012, though the state has been slow to implement the law. ... Voters could also end up weighing whether to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, if groups pushing a ballot measure gather the necessary approvals and signatures. ...”

MASS. HIGHER ED NEWS, via press release: “Governor Charlie Baker appointed Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., as a member of the Board of Higher Education, and Robert Epstein and Robert J. Manning as members of the Board of Trustees for the University of Massachusetts ...”

NOT MUSIC TO HER EARS, via Ben Walsh of the Huffington Post: “A new chat system being backed by a number of banks offers an end run around stricter compliance and government oversight, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told financial regulators in a letter Monday. The software, called Symphony, was developed by a consortium of banks and is intended to be a cheaper, more secure competitor to the omnipresent and expensive Bloomberg terminal. ...”

GRIPPING PIECE OF JOURNALISM just posted on the New York Times website, “After 2 Killers Fled, New York Prisoners Say, Beatings Were Next,” via Michael Schwirtz and Michael Winerip: “Night had fallen at the Clinton Correctional Facility in far northern New York when the prison guards came for Patrick Alexander. They handcuffed him and took him into a broom closet for questioning. Then, Mr. Alexander said in an interview last week, the beatings began. ...”

DESSERT — ‘Ex-Affleck nanny took private jet to Vegas with Ben and Tom Brady,’ via Bob Fredericks on with a photo: “Here’s Ben Affleck’s favorite nanny enjoying some mile-high fun on a private jet trip to Vegas with the actor and his buddy Tom Brady, while playfully posing with the QB’s four Super Bowl rings. ...”

Oh, the places a Cambridge Rindge and Latin education can take you — and your “favorite nanny.”


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