Here’s your afternoon calabash gourd of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe, at the Massachusetts State House.
SCOTT WALKER SET TO BID WHITE HOUSE RACE ADIEU, via Alexander Burns and Patrick Healy of the New York Times: “Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has concluded he no longer has a path to the Republican presidential nomination and plans to drop out of the 2016 campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity. ...” http://nyti.ms/1V6qYzG
BABY DOE LATEST, via BostonGlobe.com: “Grim details of Bella’s life, death described by prosecutors” http://bit.ly/1OqjpF1
GOV TO VIGIL, via a state press release about an event this evening at 7:30 pm: “Today, Governor Charlie Baker will join House Speaker Robert DeLeo at the Winthrop Town Council’s candlelight vigil ceremony for Bella Bond on Deer Island.”
HEALEY ON DRAFTKINGS, via Andy Metzger of the State House News Service: “Attorney General Maura Healey said Monday that her office’s review of the Boston-based fantasy sports website DraftKings was initiated by the company that has shaken up football fandom. ...” Link via Milford Daily News: http://bit.ly/1PkRCDi
STATE REP. LEAH COLE STEPPING DOWN, via Alan Burke on SalemNews.com: “In an announcement that is rocking Peabody politics, state representative Leah Cole is resigning her seat in the Massachusetts House as of Sept. 28. The youthful Republican, who first won the job in a special election in 2013, is citing the desire to continue in the career she pursued prior to entering politics — nursing. ... Cole won re-election less than a year ago at age 26, in 2014, beating [a] veteran School Committee member ... Re-election was especially gratifying for Bay State Republicans, who are vastly outnumbered in the Legislature. ...” http://bit.ly/1j3p07m
DEARTH OF BAKER-BASHING AT WEEKEND DEM CONFAB, from me in Sunday’s Globe, if you were enjoying the beautiful weekend instead of reading about politics: “... [A]mid sharp contrasts made with the national GOP at the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s yearly convention on Saturday, there was scarcely a peep of public criticism aimed at a Republican closer to home: Governor Charlie Baker. ...” http://bit.ly/1iJj7fT
SURVEY REVEALS TROUBLING SEXUAL ASSAULT CLIMATE AT HARVARD, FAUST SAYS, via Mariel A. Klein and Theodore R. Delwiche of the Harvard Crimson: “Thirty-one percent of senior undergraduate females at Harvard College who responded to a sexual conduct climate survey last spring said they had experienced some form of ‘nonconsensual sexual contact’ during their time at the College. ... Results of the survey, which were released on Monday and come as the College faces an ongoing investigation into its Title IX compliance, offer an in-depth look at the climate surrounding sexual assault at Harvard, an atmosphere University President Drew G. Faust called ‘deeply disturbing’ ...” http://bit.ly/1QtPbhZ
NEW CHIEF AT TEST KITCHEN, via Garrett Quinn on Bostonmagazine.com: “There’s a new sheriff in town at America’s Test Kitchen. David Nussbaum is leaving his position as CEO of F+W Media to become the first ever CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. ... America’s Test Kitchen founder Christopher Kimball will stay on at the company as the face of its TV and radio programs as well as the editor of Cook’s Illustrated. ... ATK is headquartered in Brookline ...” http://bit.ly/1LIFys7
PROMPTING CLICKS AND FURY ONLINE, via Joseph Goldstein in Kabul on the front page of today’s New York Times: “... Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally ‘boy play,’ and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records. ...” http://nyti.ms/1L13e0A
YOUR ENGROSSING MBTA-DELAY LONG READ, anchored in Somerville, “The Avenger | After three decades, has the brother of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing solved the case?” via Patrick Radden Keefe in the New Yorker: “When Ken Dornstein learned that Pan Am Flight 103 had exploded, he did not realize that his older brother, David, was on the plane. It was December 22, 1988, and Ken, a sophomore at Brown University, was at home ... Over breakfast, he read about the disaster ... all two hundred and fifty-nine passengers were killed, along with eleven residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, where flaming debris from the plane fell from the sky. David, who was twenty-five, had been living in Israel and was not scheduled to fly home until later that week, so Ken absorbed the details about the crash with the detached sympathy that one accords a stranger’s tragedy. That evening, the airline called. David had changed his plans in order to come home early and surprise his family. ...” http://nyr.kr/1PjfFmc
DID YOU MISS THIS WATCHING THE PATS GAME YESTERDAY? I didn’t and laughed out loud when I saw it. Via Deadspin, “This Is The Billsiest Bills Fan | All Bills fans should strive to be as Billsy as this Bills fan.” http://bit.ly/1KDZPCI
THE DUKE AS POPEYE, ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE GLOBE ON THIS DAY IN 1978, via Martin F. Nolan: “No emotion rang down the curtain of this Macedonian tragedy, no tears were shed at the farewell to power of Michael S. Dukakis. ... As for his personality, his style — or lack of it — Dukakis took his stand with Popeye the Sailor Man. ‘I am what I am,’ he said. ‘Yes, I may be quick and business-like and I don’t enjoy the camaraderie as others do, but I enjoy human relationships and the rest of it,’ he said. ...” http://bit.ly/1NHNcHE PDF (better for iPhones): http://bit.ly/1WeblbY
FROM THE ANNALS OF MUNICIPAL MARKETING, this 30-second Las Vegas video advertisement popped up on my Twitter stream. It shows an easily-distracted woman walking through five Vegas scenes with various looks and, at the end, offers a double slogan: “Be yourself or anyone else,” and then, of course, “What happens here, stays here.” http://bit.ly/1Kqta2d
I am what I am. And what I am is a newsletter writer who will back early tomorrow afternoon and then, on Wednesday, away. But fear not: This email will be in the steady hands of my colleague David Scharfenberg.