The Codcast: The Libertarian team of Johnson and Weld


Bill Weld, the Libertarian candidate for vice president, showed he’s still got it during a CNN town hall Wednesday night. The former Massachusetts governor was clear, concise, and controversial. He called Republican Donald Trump a “huckster” and suggested Hillary Clinton was a pal. “Real bond. Life long. No kidding,” he said.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, is a work in progress. The former New Mexico governor had difficulty articulating some Libertarian positions and often veered off on tangents. He refused to say anything negative about Trump or say who he would support if the Libertarian ticket didn’t get off the ground. (Weld, by contrast, made it clear he would back Clinton.)

But there was also something refreshing about the third party candidacy of Johnson and Weld. They promised to run as a team, they offered up some bold policy initiatives, and they said things that most pols would never dare utter. Asked if he prayed and went to church, Johnson said he did pray but didn’t attend church. “The God that I speak to doesn’t have a particular religion,” he said. As Johnson said, “It’s a different kind of campaign.”

In The Codcast, Steve Koczela of the MassINC Polling Group offers a pollster’s perspective on the Libertarian candidates and Michael Jonas and Bruce Mohl of CommonWealth magazine dissected their CNN performance.

The CNN town hall was a big break for the two candidates, who have little money in the bank right now and are dependent on free media.The town hall received heavy coverage on CNN but not much elsewhere. The Boston Globe covered the event, but didn’t put the story in the print version of the paper. Boston.com also ran a story.

–BRUCE MOHL

 

BEACON HILL 

A Gloucester Times editorial urges Gov. Charlie Baker to stand firm on his illegal immigrant policy.

Former Republican state senator Michael Knapik is hired to run Baker’s Springfield office. (Masslive)

The House passes campaign finance changes and $800 million in road and bridge funding. (Masslive)

MUNICIPAL MATTERS 

Hamilton goes all out to rescue a donkey that had already been saved once from being put down. (Salem News)

An abutter to a site in Lowell where a private developer wants to build a dormitory for UMass Lowell is suing to block the project. (The Sun)

A simmering feud in Hingham has triggered a petition drive to force the Board of Selectmen to rescind its vote retaining the current chairman for a one-year turn that countered decades of tradition where the chairmanship rotated among members. (Patriot Ledger)

A New England Revolution soccer stadium in Dorchester faces plenty of hurdles. (Boston Globe)

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL 

Democrats stage a sit-in in the House as they push for votes on gun control measures. Even Sen. Elizabeth Warren came over from the Senate to get in on the action. (Associated Press)

The whole world is (still) watching:  When House leaders cut off the official live feed to C-Span from the floor to try to block viewers from seeing the sit-in, Democrats began using Periscope and Facebook Live to stream video from the floor, feeds that C-Span then picked up and began showing to its viewers. (The Guardian)

New York City makes history with tampons and sanitary pads. (Governing)

Some new number-crunching of Census data shows the country will be more than 50 percent non-white by 2044 with four states already with majority minority populations. (U.S. News & World Report) 

ELECTIONS 

Let’s hit the pause button for a moment at least on the wacky US election to consider today’s momentous “Brexit” vote in Great Britain on whether to leave or remain in the European Union. (New York Times)

Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton “a world-class liar” in a speech in New York. (New York Times) The AP fact checks Donald Trump‘s attacks yesterday on Hillary Clinton and finds plenty of points to question. A Herald editorial deplores his “toxic stew of fact, fiction and innuendo” — but saves its real wrath for Trump’s anti-trade policies that sound a lot like Bernie Sanders’s and represent disastrous “economic policy designed by a guy who, when the going got tough, could always declare bankruptcy.” In a speech to evangelicals, Trump promised to lift the ban on political activity by churches. (Washington Post)

Donald Rumsfeld says he’ll vote for Trump because he’s a “known unknown” while Clinton is a “known known.” (Daily Mail)

No flies on him: Bernie Sanders says “it doesn’t appear” he’ll be the Democratic nominee. (New York Times)

Campaigns to legalize marijuana, protect farm animals, increase the number of charter schools, and eliminate the Common Core curriculum say they have filed enough signatures to get on the ballot. As usual, backers of a fifth question adding another slots parlor say nothing. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio is running for reelection, after all. (Time)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Developer John Rosenthal is ready to move ahead with his Fenway Center project in phases, splitting the more complicated component using air rights to build over the Massachusetts Turnpike from the section built on the ground. (Boston Globe)

Federal regulators are considering a cut in herring catch quotas that could have an effect on commercial fishermen who use the stock as bait. (Associated Press)

EDUCATION

A day after the resignation of Boston Latin School head master Lynne Mooney Teta, a second  leader of the school, assistant head master Malcolm Flynn, resigned and blasted Mayor Marty Walsh and Superintendent Tommy Chang for failing to speak out more clearly on behalf of the school. (Boston Globe) Black students at Latin met yesterday with federal officials as part of the ongoing Justice Department probe of the school. (Boston Herald)

In a 4-3 vote, the Fall River School Committee tapped former state education secretary Matthew Malone over two other candidates as its next school superintendent pending contract negotiations. (Herald News) 

TRANSPORTATION 

The Senate’s ride-sharing bill is more friendly to Uber and Lyft than the legislation passed by the House, although it adds a new 10-cent-a-ride fee that would be returned to cities and towns where the rides originate. (State House News) Uber data indicates its drivers make $13.25 an hour after expenses. (Buzzfeed)

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and former governor Michael Dukakis strike a deal on the North-South Rail Link, with Pollack sounding a bit more open to the idea. (State House News) 

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT 

A new report says the effects of climate change and rising sea levels on Boston will be far greater than previously projected. (Boston Globe)

Halifax officials say they have been frustrated in unsuccessful attempts to meet with Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter about algae in a town pond the city uses for its water supply and a state representative says Brockton has been derelict in its duty to maintain the pond for more than 50 years. (The Enterprise) 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS 

Two suspects are arrested and arraigned on murder charges in the killing of 17-year-old Raekwon Brown, who was killed in broad daylight near Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, where he was a student. (Boston Herald) CommonWealth‘s Codcast last week focused on the killing and the reluctance of witnesses to come forward.

Barnstable court employees told SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants their court is overwhelmed with drug-related cases and they struggle to find treatment beds for those who need them. (Cape Cod Times)

MEDIA 

Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory tells WBUR: “We have an ownership team, John and Linda Henry, who have told us point blank that we do not have to make a profit here, that we want to be civically engaged, that we want to create a model that the rest of the industry can follow. So, just break even.”

The Today Show comes to Gloucester to film a segment with author Sebastian Junger. (Gloucester Times)