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FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: HEALEY AN OFFICIAL ‘BADASS’ — Attorney General Maura Healey calls for more women in government in a new video released this morning by InStyle magazine, the popular celebrity style publication. The state’s top lawyer is featured on the magazine’s “The Badass 50” list, alongside stars like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Parkland shooting survivor and activist Emma González, California Sen. Kamala Harris and rapper Cardi B.
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Healey, the first openly gay state attorney general in the country, is highlighted for her commitment to suing President Donald Trump on issues including DACA, the travel ban and the environment. “No one in this country is above the law, not even the president,” Healey says in the video. She gets some screen time on the basketball court and encourages women to run for office in the 6-minute clip.
“We’ll get better policies, we’ll get better laws, we’ll get better results when more women are at the table,” Healey says. Spotted in the video is Boston City Councilor and candidate for Congress Ayanna Pressley, whom Healey endorsed ahead of her primary upset against longtime Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano in September.
“Don’t wait to be asked to run. Believe in yourself and run and know that you have something really meaningful to contribute and that we need you,” Healey says.
The InStyle video highlights Healey’s experience growing up with a single mom, as a lawyer arguing against the Defense of Marriage Act and even as a college and professional basketball player. Healey shoots hoops with school-age girls and reflects on past opportunities, like how her mother sold her wedding ring and used the money to pave a basketball court behind their house to support her passion.
“History is filled with women who have changed the world with a singular or daring act, but it’s those who keep going— with or without recognition — whom I really admire,” InStyle Editor in Chief Laura Brown said when the 50 Badass Women list was released.
“Thank you to Laura Brown, InStyle and its partners for showcasing women’s talent at a time when inspiration is so critically needed. I’m honored to be included in this group and more excited to know that there are billions of badass women around the world who, now more than ever, will be using their skills and stories to be the change we all so desperately need,” Healey said in a statement.
The video gives a boost to Healey’s profile as one of the president’s top antagonists in court. InStyle reached nearly 10 million people online last year, and almost three-quarters of them were women. Healey is up for reelection next month against Republican candidate Jay McMahon. The pair sparred over gun control, law enforcement and a ballot question that would repeal a transgender accommodations law during a debate on WGBH last week.
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TODAY —Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez go head-to-head in their first gubernatorial debate. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces recipients of a Seaport Economic Council grant in Scituate. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley rally in Georgia for Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams. State Rep. Joe Kenney is interviewed on WGBH’s “Greater Boston.” Republican Senate nominee Geoff Diehl holds a press conference in Weymouth. HUBweek is underway. The Cannabis Control Commission meets.
– “Transgender ballot activists make their pitch: ‘I’m a human being,’” by Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe: “The 80-year-old man swaggered out of his backyard shed with a putty knife in hand, a tattoo peeking out from beneath his right sleeve. He was busy refinishing the porch on his 1897 house, which was draped by an American flag and marked with a yard sign for Geoffrey Diehl, the conservative challenger to liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren. Dee Rogers hadn’t noticed the sign before approaching; later she expressed relief that she hadn’t. She has learned that party affiliation doesn’t always correlate with acceptance of people like herself, a transgender woman campaigning for her rights on the Nov. 6 ballot. And this man, while stoic and inscrutable, was willing to listen.”
– “Geoff Diehl says voters giving him ‘Kavanaugh bump’ in race vs. Elizabeth Warren,” by Sean Philip Cotter, Boston Herald: “GOP U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl claims he’s benefiting from a “Kavanaugh bump,” with the contentious Supreme Court nomination fight energizing Republicans and compelling some Democrats to support him against Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren, whom Diehl called a ‘national embarrassment.’ ‘I’ve noticed just in the past few days myself people saying they don’t like how things went,’ said Diehl, a Republican state representative from Whitman. ‘They were very upset that she seemed to be one of the ringleaders in setting up this tone.'”
– “BAKER VISITING VERMONT FOR GOV. SCOTT FUNDRAISER,” by Sam Doran, State House News Service: “Gov. Charlie Baker is making a Columbus Day quick trip to Vermont, where he will appear Monday evening in Stowe as the special guest at a fundraiser for fellow Republican Gov. Phil Scott. Like Baker, Scott is running his first re-election campaign. The Green Mountain State’s governor started his two-year term in 2017 and faces Democrat Christine Hallquist on Nov. 6. Over the past couple of years, Baker has been lumped with Scott and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as examples of Republican governors with high approval ratings in states where Democrats are popular.”
– “Pols to travel to Portugal to study opioid ‘solutions,’” by Mary Markos, Boston Herald: A delegation of state legislators is going to Portugal to review its decriminalization of opioids this week — but other top elected officials are raising concerns about importing the European nation’s policy here. Senate President Karen Spilka, in a press release, called the trip a ‘unique opportunity’ to gain insight into ‘possible solutions’ for the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as discussing economic and security issues.
– “ORSTED ACQUIRING DEEPWATER WIND IN $510 MILLION DEAL,” by Michael P. Norton, State House News Service: “Danish wind energy giant Orsted is growing larger with its acquisition of Deepwater Wind, one of its competitors in the United States. Orsted announced Monday morning that it has agreed to purchase Deepwater Wind for $510 million, a transaction that is expected to close by the end of 2018. The deal combines two big players in the emerging U.S. market where Orsted is pursuing East Coast projects with a total capacity of 5.5 gigawatts.”
– “As Harvard defends race-conscious admissions, other schools take a different path,” by Deirdre Fernandes, Boston Globe: “Ithaca College in upstate New York doesn’t consider race at all in its admissions decisions. At Davidson College, a top-ranked liberal arts institution in North Carolina, admissions officers say they value diversity and are aware of applicants’ race, but it’s not a factor in choosing individual students. The College of Charleston in South Carolina dropped race from its admissions review two years ago, only to reverse its decision this past summer after community members discovered the change and protested. On the eve of Harvard University’s court trial over affirmative action in admissions, many US colleges continue to wrestle with whether — and how much — race should be considered in offering an applicant a seat.”
– “President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to speak at Boston, Connecticut theaters,” by Ray Kelly, MassLive.com: “President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will take part in a series of talks across 13 cities in North America beginning Nov. 18 in Las Vegas and continuing into spring 2019. The couple will speak at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn., on April 26 and the Boston Opera House on April 30.”
– “Mass. doesn’t have enough money in its rainy day fund,” by Evan Horowitz, Boston Globe: “Massachusetts still hasn’t set aside enough money for the next recession, despite nine years of steady economic growth. Independent analyses from Moody’s Analytics and S&P Global recently reached the same conclusion: Without additional savings, Massachusetts will struggle to fill the budgetary hole that even a moderate recession would create, leaving us vulnerable to a change in the economic winds. The state government did make a real leap forward in 2018, adding roughly $475 million to the rainy day fund after five years during which the account stayed relatively flat or even shrank. That brings the total savings to $1.8 billion, or enough to fund state government for about two weeks.”
– “Elizabeth Warren is spending heavily on national Facebook ads in preparation for a possible presidential bid,” by Annie Linskey and Nihal Krishan, Boston Globe: “Senator Elizabeth Warren bent the rules of presidential flirtation last month when she said she’d take a ‘hard look’ at a 2020 White House campaign after she completes her reelection bid next month. But Warren’s actions, in particular her spending on digital advertising, show she’s already looking at 2020. Hard. Warren has emerged this year as the third-highest spender on digital ads — behind only President Trump and Beto O’Rourke, a Texas Democrat who is running in the country’s highest-profile Senate race. Unlike O’Rourke, Warren’s Senate race is not competitive. And unlike Trump, she’s not president.”
– “Charlie who? Warren, Baker avoid naming each other on campaign trail,” by Victoria McGrane, Boston Globe: “US Senator Elizabeth Warren was visiting a cookout last month for Lawrence Housing Authority residents affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions when a reporter asked her how she thought Republican Governor Charlie Baker had handled the response to the crisis. Missing from her reply? The governor.”
– “7 Democratic women to watch in 2020,” by Eliza Relman, Business Insider: “Democratic women are running for office — and winning — in unprecedented numbers this year. And the enthusiasm behind women candidates could help launch a female candidate to the top of the Democratic ticket in 2020. They’re being fueled by women voters, particularly college-educated women, who are leading a national backlash against President Donald Trump, spurred in part by the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.”
– “Trump again calls for death penalty for cop killers,” by Wheeler Cowperthwaite, Cape Cod Times: “President Donald Trump on Monday again called for the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer but did not say how he would impose that in states that do not allow such punishment. Two Cape law enforcement officials who heard him speak in Orlando, Florida, said they were unsure of what the mechanism would be to enact that, but both said they appreciated his support for police. Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson and Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings saw Trump while attending a weeklong convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.”
– “Keller @ Large: Lori Trahan Expects ‘Outraged’ Women Will Use Ballots To Send Message,” by Jon Keller, WBZ: “Lori Trahan, a Democratic candidate running for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District against Republican Rick Green, said she senses frustration among voters on the campaign trail, and says those feelings are likely to manifest this November on Election Day. Trahan, who served as chief of staff to former Congressman Marty Meehan, won a razor-close Democratic primary after a recount.”
– “Providence Behavioral Health ‘not sustainable’ if Question 1 passes; hospitals speak out on nurse staffing,” by Jim Kinney, MassLive.com: “Trinity Health of New England already loses $12 million a year at Providence Behavioral Health in Holyoke — and if voters pass a ballot question setting mandatory nurse staffing levels, it might force Providence to close, officials said Monday. ‘It would widen that loss,’ said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates, which includes Providence. ‘This would not be sustainable.’ Statewide, an industry trade group estimates that if Question 1 on the November ballot passes, the state would lose as many as 1,000 behavioral health beds.”
– “Gas is shut off to hundreds of homes in Woburn due to spike in pressure,” by Adam Vaccaro and Dugan Arnett, Boston Globe: “Less than a month after a series of explosions and gas-fueled fires devastated three towns north of Boston, a surge in natural-gas pressure Monday led officials to cut off service to about 300 homes in Woburn, prompting state regulators to issue a moratorium on almost all National Grid work. National Grid, the utility that services the pipelines, said the pressure rose when a worker ‘inadvertently introduced excess gas into a portion of our system’ during routine maintenance work near Wyman and Hart streets.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY — to Peter Billerbeck, adviser to Rep. Seth Moulton; and Amy Dacey, resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY — to Christina Bain, the director of Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, who turned 4-0 yesterday; and Christina Warriner, aide to Sen. Ed Markey, who celebrated on Sunday.
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? — Yes and yes! The Red Sox beat the Yankees 16-1. The Bruins beat the Senators 6-3.
ANGER MANAGEMENT – October has officially begun and brought us several surprises. Katie Lannan of the State House News Service joins as guest host this week to unpack what we like to call “the Massachusetts connection” to several national events, including Senator Warren’s potential Presidential campaign, the Kavanaugh hearings, and Barack Obama’s recent endorsements. Big thanks to Steve and Katie for welcoming me as a guest on The Horse Race last week. Be sure to subscribe and listen on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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