DISPATCHES – 9/10/2015

Hey nerds,

Sorry I haven’t been in touch directly to your inboxes and you’ve had to actually go to WGBHNews.org or turn on an internet streaming audio device to hear from me lately. That’s gotta be rough for you. Truth is, I didn’t have any really top quality nonsense (or, you know, “news”) for you to enjoy.

BUT HERE IS A WEE SCOOP: MASS. HIGH SCHOOLERS COULD FACE OPIATE ABUSE SCREENINGS UNDER SENATE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION – By moi – As if high school wasn’t gruelling enough, imagine having to talk to medical professionals about how you do or don’t abuse opiates. “The proposal from the Senate’s Special committee on opiate abuse would require local school or boards of health to screen students for opioid abuse in either eighth or ninth grade and again in grade 11. Medical professionals would carry out the screenings and offer treatment options.” – http://tinyurl.com/odu3v84

Sen. Jen Flanagan says the recommendations – which she’s looking to put in front of the full Senate for debate in the next few weeks – are about education and prevention:

“We want to make sure that we’re adding screenings when possible like… screenings that schools would conduct to really look at our youth and make sure that they’re on a good track and they’re not falling down the wrong path,” Flanagan told WGBH News Thursday.- http://tinyurl.com/odu3v84

OKAY, ENOUGH NEWS: Introducing an occasional series of videos asking tough questions of some of Mass. politics’ top thoughtleaders. And by thoughtleaders, I mean cute widdle doggies who belong to political activists.

That’s right: It’s Ask a #MApoli Pup starring Toby (D-Charlestown) and Buckley (R-North Andover). In the first episode, we ask our kennel of experts if dog groomers should be regulated.*



THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE – NAH, I’M GOING BACK TO BED: Since I got out of the morning aggregation email rat race, I rarely get up early enough to attend things like this Politico breakfast with Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. But you should go. It’s at the Bank of America Auditorium, 100 Federal Street, Boston this Wednesday, 9/16. Door are at 9 a.m. Let me know how it is, I won’t be dressed yet.

TRIVIA TIME: Pub-style team trivia for local political dorks is still very much a thing, and you can play along by coming to my “Pints of Order” event next Thursday, 9/24 at 6 p.m. at the Kinsale in Boston. Allow me to paste this next bit: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate and WGBH News present “Pints of Order: MApoli Trivia” hosted by WGBH State House reporter (and veteran trivia emcee) Mike Deehan!

Compete against Beacon Hill’s finest minds in a pub-style team trivia competition. They’ll be questions on everything from Senate history and current Massachusetts public affairs to fictional presidencies and your favorite legendary local political dynasties (the Timiltys, obvs.) Plus, there might even be normal trivia questions for the plebs. ALSO: Nachos. – Get the details and RSVP on Facebook. Or don’t RSVP and just show up. I don’t care what you do, bro. https://www.facebook.com/events/972393052780988/


  • Former governors Mike Dukakis and Bill Weld want now-governor Charlie Baker to dig under downtown Boston to unite North and South Stations. – http://bit.ly/1Nknx7D
  • Political newcomer Andrea Campbell raises a tonnnnnnnnn of money and upsets the ultimate political survivor, Boston Councilor Charles Yancey in the preliminary election. – http://bit.ly/1EYSr4k

MEATPACKING IN THE STUDENT GHETTO: If you want to feel better about your life, read my fabulously-named colleague Edgar B. Herwick III’s story on Boston’s “toothless” ‘No More Than Four’ ordinance that still pretty much lets landlords pack so many students into apartments that their bro tanks are getting tangled together so they become one giant, moaning, beer-stanked rat king unable to move out the door of some Linden Street hellhole. – http://bit.ly/1Kb4mb7

BIRTHDAYS: I’ve lost track of so many people’s birthdays, it must be a tiny personal tragedy for them not to be shouted-out. Well, I will endeavour to fix that RIGHT NOW: Happy late birthdays to PR consultant DeeDee Edmondson; the MMA’s fearless leader Geoff Beckwith; Plymouth County retirement administrator Dennis Gallagher; and badass motorcycle rider Rep. Evandro Carvalho – who all celebrated yesterday. On Tuesday it was a birthnanza for OAG spox Jillian Fennimore; Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina; Rep. Sheila Harrington; municipal data maven Kimberly Wells; and Rep. Keiko Orrall. Double-special late birthday shoutout to Sen. Eric Lesser’s legislative director and counsel Stephanie Swanson (née Viola), who just got married to Economic Development Committee legal counsel David Swanson last month. Reaching far back to Monday, Seth Moulton staffer Eric Kanter hopefully had some cake. (You guys remembered Eric’s cake, right?)

BIRTHDAYS CONT’D – BUT WHAT ABOUT TODAY: It’s Rep. Tom Calter’s b-day, so give him a high-five, or just go to his fund raiser at the Plymouth Yacht Club tonight. Also today you have Senate Ways and Means’ Rachel Lefsky; and former constituent services overlord and current public policy student Matt Giancola. And tomorrow’s no slouch in the birth department either, with birthdays for former Health Care Finance Chairman Steve Walsh; and Sen. Ben “The Benator”/”The Berkshire Bald Eagle”/”The Pittsfield Powerhouse” Downing.

Okay, that’s it. Don’t you think these types of emails have gotten awfully long the last few months? Who had time for that?


*The vertical video thing… don’t even get me started.

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