There, she said it again

How many times must Sen. Elizabeth Warren say she is not running for president? Apparently as often as people ask because, it seems, there is still a stubborn group who don’t believe her. And she’s accommodating them with access and answers, especially the national media.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was the latest forum for Warren to say she’s got too many other things on her plate to run for president.

“Are you sure you’re not running for the president of the United States?” Colbert asked the state’s senior senator. “Have you checked the newspaper lately? Because a lot of people have jumped in; you may have done it in your sleep.”

“I’m sure I’m not,” Warren responded before jumping into what sounds very much like a national agenda more so than one aimed at, say, the Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

Warren’s denial of having her eyes on the White House prize was wrapped in her view that “the game is rigged,” but then she talked about income inequality and, her trademark issue, the millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street who are getting fat while the middle class tightens its belt.

Warren, who still hasn’t said whether she’ll run for reelection in 2018, keeps getting queried because no one is lighting the fire in Democratic bellies. Hillary Clinton continues to sink in the polls and while Sen. Bernie Sanders keeps climbing, there are shouts, not even whispers, that his admitted socialist leanings will not play well in the general election.

Vice President Joe Biden is still unsure of a run despite entreaties from party members dissuaded that Clinton is a viable standard-bearer and among the dreams of those Dems is a one-term Biden-Warren ticket that would pave the way for a Warren-whoever ticket after that. Heck, even unemployed Republican consultants say he’s the party’s answer. And if that doesn’t happen, how about Biden-Deval Patrick because, apparently, we need a Massachusetts presence on somebody’s ticket.

Warren told Colbert she’d make a “terrible” president but few believe she believes that. More likely, she’d make a terrible candidate, not having the campaign trail savvy or comfort level with the press that many other longtime pols have. But until next summer when the ticket is picked at the national convention, Warren will constantly be fending off the question. And she’ll still be available to do it.

– JACK SULLIVAN

 

BEACON HILL

Gov. Charlie Baker touted the MBTA’s new $82.7 million “winter resiliency” plan yesterday and vowed that the state is “far better prepared for this winter than we were last year.”

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

Fight clean: Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse wants to see a positive campaign as he fights off a challenger standing between him and reelection. (MassLive)

Billerica selectmen voted to indefinitely suspend the liquor license of a package store in town after, among other things, the store owner submitted false information about himself and the manager. (Lowell Sun)

CASINOS

Mayor Marty Walsh met yesterday with officials from Wynn Resorts, a move that one expert said looks like an effort to save face after a judge signaled her skepticism earlier this week toward the city’s lawsuit trying to block the company’s casino in Everett. (Boston Herald)

MGM Springfield changes its hotel design plans and leaves historical preservation advocates perplexed. (MassLive)

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Pope Francis touches on a wide range of issues during his first full day in Washington. Some clergy sex abuse victims are angry over his praise for US bishops over their handling of the matter. (Boston Globe)

US Rep. Stephen Lynch talks to the Dorchester Reporter about the Syrian refugee crisis and his views on the need to contain Islamic extremists.

ELECTIONS

Next month’s first Democratic debate will be a big test for Bernie Sanders, who is known as a sharp and combative, but sometimes unrestrained, participant in candidate faceoffs. (Boston Globe)

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins agreed to pay a $2,500 fine for improperly showing his official sheriff’s ID to store owners when asking them to remove signs in their windows for his election opponent. (Boston Globe)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

The Baker administration has handed IBM a $2.5 million tax break to locate a new digital health project in Kendall Square, a move that some say was not necessary to woo the company to one of the hottest office markets in the country. (Boston Globe)

Officials in several Massachusetts cities, including New Bedford, say they’d be interested in talking with Pawtucket Red Sox owners after a stadium deal to move the team to Providence fell through. (Associated Press)

Citigroup will close its 17 branches in Massachusetts and pull its sponsorship of the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston. (Boston Globe)

Art attracts: The Clark Institute in Williamstown drew record numbers of visitors to its recent Vincent van Gogh exhibit.

The billion-dollar “nonprofit” college football industry is making a mockery of the tax code, according to a new book. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

EDUCATION

The state released school-level MCAS scores, but held back results for Boston’s English High School because of what officials called “anomalies” in its math results. (Boston Globe) Two of Salem‘s struggling elementary schools showed some gains. (Salem News) Lawrence, now in its fourth year under state receivership, also showed some gains, reports the Eagle-Tribune. The Globe story says the district saw double-digit gains and some schools but double-digit declines at others.

Moody’s downgrades Stonehill College.

Advocates demand improvements in pre-K education. (Bay State Banner)

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

State officials closed oyster beds in Plymouth, Duxbury, and Kingston after multiple reports of people getting sick from a bacteria linked to eating raw oysters. (Patriot Ledger)

The VW emissions scandal has a Cambridge woman fuming. (Boston Herald)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lawyers for the Plainville teen accused of egging her boyfriend on to commit suicide introduced new text messages in the case that suggested she encouraged him not to choose suicide. (Boston Herald)

A Boston teen tells the story of how his life was upended by the Boston Police Department after being mistakenly identified as a gang member after being involved in a fight. (Bay State Banner)

Family and friends mourn a 15-year-old Chelsea High School student who was stabbed to death on Sunday night in East Boston. (Boston Herald)

A repeat drunken driver in Plymouth called police to come get her because she was too intoxicated to drive. (Patriot Ledger)

The owner of the Village Steakhouse in Brookline and Lowell has been charged with arson to collect insurance money by allegedly paying a handyman to burn down a home in Chestnut Hill that was under construction. (Lowell Sun)

MEDIA

Dan Kennedy offers his view on how the new wave of ad-blocking software is affecting independent media outlets online. (Media Nation)