The Codcast: The Bernie vs. Hillary throw down edition
While some predicted riots at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, with party loyalists unwilling to abide the nomination of Donald Trump, the Democratic convention in Philadelphia may be the one with all the action. Though Hillary Clinton is virtually certain to win the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders is not going anywhere. In fact, he’s been dialing things up, challenging the party to “open its doors” to the grassroots movement he’s helped unleash and not remain ‘dependent on big-money campaign contributions.” A near-riot broke out at last weekend’s caucuses in Nevada, with Sanders’ supporters crying foul about a process they say is rigged by party insiders for Clinton.
Lots of people, including even some Sanders backers, say his rhetoric is hurting the party at a time when Democrats need to unite for their battle against Trump.
Is Sanders energizing the base or wreaking havoc within a party he has not even been a member of? Chewing that over on this week’s episode of The Codcast are state Sen. Dan Wolf, a Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and Andrea Cabral, a Clinton delegate who was secretary of public safety under Gov. Deval Patrick. Some sparks fly, but thankfully no chairs.
Gov. Charlie Baker, pressed on the millionaires’ tax, declines to support or oppose it. (State House News) A Lowell Sun editorial applauds the stand taken by Rep. David Nangle against the millionaires’ tax.
The governor’s five-year capital plan includes $31 million for a new courthouse in Lowell. (The Sun)
A new report says paid family and medical leave, which the Legislature is considering, would cost $159 per worker. A business group says it would cost way more. (Boston Globe)
The day a few weeks ago, which we branded the worst of Mayor Marty Walsh’s tenure, when the Globe reported on a federal investigation that included Hizzoner on a wiretap discussing a push for union workers to get a construction project, is now the second worst. Walsh’s tourism chief was indicted yesterday on a federal extortion charge alleging he denied permits to a music festival until he agreed to hire union crews. (Boston Globe) A Globe editorial says Ken Brissette, whom the mayor placed on paid administrative leave, must go. A Herald editorial says a “dreadful stench hangs over City Hall.” Bob McGovern says it’s clear that US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is looking farther up the City Hall food chain. (Boston Herald) Joe Battenfeld says Walsh “has gone from unbeatable incumbent to damaged goods in just months.” (Boston Herald) Keller@Large says Ortiz “better have her ducks in a row” on this one or she could be the one on the hot seat this time.
The Brockton Enterprise editorial page blasts Mayor Bill Carpenter for stymying the release of emails from his private account that was used for public business, comparing it to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
Residents of the Houghs Neck neighborhood of Quincy criticized the city’s plan to buy and raze three houses and a restaurant to expand parking at a state-owned marine facility. (Patriot Ledger)
Egyptian military officials confirm debris and some remains have been found in the area where Egypt Air Flight 804 went down in the Mediterranean Sea but, despite fears of a terrorist action, no cause has yet been determined. (New York Times)
The US House adds a made-in-the-US sneaker provision to a defense spending bill. The measure was pushed by US Rep. Niki Tsongas, whose Merrimack Valley district has been home to New Balance.(Associated Press)
The Republican-controlled Oklahoma legislature has sent a bill to the governor’s desk that would subject doctors who perform abortions to felony charges and license revocation, the first such measure of its kind in the country. (New York Times)
New legislation backed by the watchdog group Common Cause aims to undo a loophole Gov. Charlie Baker has been exploiting to use federal campaign funds to support state Republican Party efforts. (Boston Globe)
Donald Trump accuses Bill Clinton of raping a woman decades ago as it becomes clear we’re in for “a salacious and at times slimy campaign,” write the Globe’s Tracy Jan and Matt Viser.
A New York Times/CBS News poll shows nearly 80 percent of Republican voters want party leaders to get behind Trump.
It’s true: Bill Weld confirms he’s running for vice president. (Boston Globe) Former state treasurer Joe Malone and Globe State House bureau chief Frank Phillips try to figure out Weld’s motive for running for vice president as in the Libertarian Party. Phillips says “It’s just another Hasty Pudding production,” referring to Weld’s love of the stage. (Greater Boston)
House Speaker Robert DeLeo and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce are convening a meeting in Springfield to focus on business opportunities in western Massachusetts. (Masslive)
Gov. Charlie Baker announced a $3.5 million grant for refrigeration units at the State Pier in New Bedford, funding designed to draw more cargo and jobs to the port. (Standard-Times)
Tom Birmingham of the Pioneer Institute and Gerard Robinson of the American Enterprise Institute say it’s a double standard to embrace the cross-district enrollment METCO program but oppose charter schools, which also give minority urban families valuable school choice options. (CommonWealth)
The state has determined Fall River officials were wrong in their determination of the city’s in education spending obligation. (Herald News)
Boston College’s plans for new facilities for its football and baseball teams are being met with sharp criticism from those involved in a half dozen other sports that will see their facilities cut back as a result of the new sports projects. (Boston Globe)
Members of the state Health Policy Commission say they have not been asked to take part in State House discussions aimed at averting a ballot question showdown over price controls on hospital costs. (CommonWealth) The head of the commission, Stuart Altman, suggested, however, that the ballot question was a blunt instrument that would endanger some hospitals by moving too quickly to slash their rates. (Boston Globe)
Uber’s first self-driving car is hitting the streets in Pittsburgh. (Time)
Officials at Barnstable Airport in Hyannis are worried as the warmer weather moves in along with vacationers. They fear the Cape air will be filled with drones, creating problems for aviators and air traffic controllers. (Cape Cod Times)
The clamor about solar was supposed to end with last month’s passage of legislation lifting the net metering cap, but the infighting is starting back up again. (CommonWealth)
A Hudson exterminator was fined $50,000 and ordered to stop operating in the state to settle allegations by the attorney general’s office he operated without a license and misled customers about the dangers of the chemicals he used. (MetroWest Daily News)
Andover is losing about a quarter of its water, the difference between what goes through its treatment facility and what is metered out to users. (Eagle-Tribune)
Despite the impending closure of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, the EPA has issued draft regulations for water used for cooling at the facility nearly 20 years after opponents say the original permit for usage lapsed. (Patriot Ledger)
Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins is opening a detox unit for women in Middleton. (Salem News)
A bill in the Legislature would curb the parental rights of rapists over a child conceived by the rape. (State House News Service)MEDIA
Veteran journalist Morley Safer, a fixture on CBS’ 60 Minutes and a Vietnam War correspondent for the network in the 1960s, died of pneumonia Thursday at the age of 84. (New York Times)