Political Happy Hour: July 1, 2016

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Here's your frozen margarita machine of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe in the Massachusetts State House.

SJC RULES AGAINST COMMON CORE BALLOT Q, via John R. Ellement: "Supporters of retaining the Common Core curriculum for Massachusetts public schools won a key legal victory Friday when the state's highest court ruled that an effort to throw out the education standards will not be on the November ballot. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that the way that opponents of Common Core phrased the question violated constitutional principles for statewide ballot questions, and ordered Secretary of State William Galvin not to include it on the November ballot.


The court ruled that the question ... touches on two separate public policy issues, and thus runs afoul of rules for statewide referendums that limit the issues voters must address to a single concept. Ballot questions are answered by a 'yes' or 'no' vote. ..." http://bit.ly/298kP5H

TEST(S) COMIN' FOR MAYOR MARTY, via Meghan E. Irons on BostonGlobe.com: "Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who swept into office on the strength of labor, is facing a major test in the coming months as his administration launches into negotiations with nearly every employee union with a city contract. All but two of Boston's 40 collective bargaining agreements are expiring by fall, including many that ended at the end of June. ..." http://bit.ly/29mcL3C

'KENNEDY FOR SENATE' DOES HAVE A CERTAIN RING TO IT, via Chris Villani on BostonHerald.com: "U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III said he would 'take a look' at Elizabeth Warren's U.S. Senate seat should the progressive firebrand be tapped for vice president by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 'If that vacancy comes up, I will take a look at it, but I hope she continues to serve Massachusetts, whatever she does,' Kennedy told the Herald before touring a supermarket in Seekonk this morning. 'I'll take a look at it, I'm sure a lot of other folks would too.' ..." http://bit.ly/29mgBd2


Not sure about that last part.

I WROTE A LEDE I STILL LIKE back in 2011 about JKIII mulling a run for Congress (he ended up effectively clearing the Dem field): "Ask not whether you have the desire, the resources, and the stamina to be a congressional candidate in Massachusetts; ask whether a Kennedy is in the race. ..." Link is screwy and the lede was the best part anyway.

MASS. POLITICAL DVR NOTE — WCVB (Ch. 5) at 11am on Sunday, via tweet from the inimitable Janet Wu: "OTR guest @joekennedy says IF @elizabethforma leaves to be VP he'd consider US Senate OTR 11AM Sun 7/3" http://bit.ly/29hklPt

NEXT STATION: PRIVATIZATION, via Nicole Dungca on BostonGlobe.com: "The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's warehouse operations could be run by a private company by October, as T officials take a major step toward outsourcing a part of the agency. ..." http://bit.ly/29hruPC

'DEAD: BILLS WE'VE REPORTED ON THAT ARE GOING NOWHERE,' a nice headline on a nice primer from Mike Deehan of WGBH: "Lawmakers in the House and Senate can pat themselves on the back for a number of key legislative accomplishments during this two-year session: Opiate addiction prevention. ... Hell, even an emergency budget at the eleventh hour. But not everything's going to come to the floor for votes in the remaining 30 days before the Legislature recesses for the rest of the year. Here are some of the much-celebrated casualties that will die quiet deaths this session ..." http://bit.ly/29bxy9u


PUT THIS OCPF COMPLAINT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT! POT ADVOCATES SAY, via Andy Rosen on BostonGlobe.com: "Organizers of a referendum campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts accused Walpole's police chief on Thursday of veering into political advocacy by speaking at a campaign event organized by opponents of the November ballot measure. Chief John Carmichael ... participated in the June 23 event in Framingham to detail what he said were public safety concerns about the dangers of edible products derived from marijuana. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol said it filed a complaint to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance arguing that Carmichael should not have come to the event in uniform during work hours, and should not have used his departmental car to get there. ..." http://bit.ly/29yqAdR

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, via the AP: "Forecasters say severe weather is expected in parts of Massachusetts, and a tornado watch has been declared for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. The National Weather Service put the tornado watch in effect until 10 p.m. Friday."

NATIONAL — FRIDAY-BEFORE-THE-FOURTH NEWS DUMP, via Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller of the Washington Post: "The United States has inadvertently killed between 64 and 116 non-combatant civilians in drone and other lethal attacks against terrorism suspects in places not considered active war zones, the Obama administration said Friday. ..." http://wapo.st/29cIWBk


SORTA IMPORTANT IF TRUE, via Chuck Ross on the conservative-leaning Daily Caller website: "Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet Saturday with the FBI, a source close to the investigation into her private email server tells The Daily Caller. ..." http://bit.ly/29jUN4t

TRUE AND REALLY IMPORTANT, via the Declaration of Independence:

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ..."


Happy Fourth. Back Tuesday.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos and subscribe to his weekday e-mail update on politics at bostonglobe.com/politicalhappyhour