Baker will run. Yawn.

Seriously, who thought it was ever a question that Gov. Charlie Baker may not run for reelection next year? Of course, reporters had to ask the question, and, of course, Baker had to play the game.

But now that it’s official, the next game begins – where will his votes come from? If you read the polls, pretty much everywhere. But that’s not going to stop those who get paid to analyze such things from turning over every rock and floating every scenario that may jeopardize Baker’s bid.

Just before Baker made it official, the Globe’s Frank Phillips had a piece that included some of the state’s more preeminent political thinkers saying the distaste for President Trump in Massachusetts could pull Baker down next November because, well, both are Republicans.

“It is still a long way off, but what you have is a historically unpopular president, that has created an anger that has bubbled up like in Virginia and will continue through 2018,” Stonehill College political science professor Peter Ubertaccio told the paper. “The real question is if it will be a tidal wave. The great big unknown now is how is Trump going to impact Baker?”

It’s conventional wisdom to point to the recent gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey as harbingers of Trumpish backlash but overlooked are the singular dynamics in those states that aren’t present here. In Virginia, former national GOP chairman Ed Gillespie kept Trump away from the race but nonetheless embraced a Trump-like platform of anti-immigration, anti-NFL players kneeling, and pro-Civil War statues. Needless to say, you won’t see any commercials from Baker demonizing Muslims.

In New Jersey, the antipathy toward outgoing Gov. Chris Christie covered his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, and was, by all accounts, the reason she never had a chance against Democrat Philip Murphy. Here, Baker is not only popular across the board here, he is the most popular governor in the country. That’s got to count for something.

So the question becomes, who among Democrats will admit to voting for Baker. First out of the box to answer that was Senate President Stan Rosenberg who, despite his collegial relationship with the affable Baker, says he’ll support the Democratic nominee, whoever it is.

“I’ll be supporting the Democrat because I’m a Democrat,” Rosenberg told the Springfield Republican.

That’s easy for him to say, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who shares some of Baker’s fiscal belt-tightening desires, wants to know who it is before he’ll commit to voting the party line.

“I think I want to see exactly who that nominee will be,” DeLeo told WBZ’s Keller@Large back in May. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the field of Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former administration and finance secretary Jay Gonzalez, and one-time candidate for lieutenant governor candidate Bob Massie. And now that it’s November, you can bet DeLeo will be asked that question again and again.

Baker’s rerun will also put Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on the spot. Walsh and Baker had something of a bromance going, with Walsh even making a video spoofing the relationship. But the feelings are real and Walsh will be asked to put his formidable GOTV machine to work for the Democrat even if his heart isn’t in it.



The state’s pot board finds a new (temporary) home, in the same building as the agency that oversees gambling in the state. (CommonWealth)

Rep. Kay Khan of Newton filed legislation repealing criminal penalties against prostitutes while retaining penalties for pimps and johns. (State House News)

A Globe editorial slams Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and the Legislature for not embracing a change to end the Massachusetts distinction of being the only state that exempts the governor’s office, Legislature, and judiciary from the public records law.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said his branch has dealt with two cases of sexual harassment, one involving an intern and the other a visitor. (MassLive)


Boston paid nearly $1 million in penalties to the Internal Revenue Service over mismanagement of payroll funds, a problem that extended beyond those initially revealed yesterday in the city’s school department. (Boston Globe)

A standing committee of the Worcester City Council recommended the municipality should host 15 retail marijuana shops and assess an optional 3 percent tax on sales. (Telegram & Gazette)

A Herald editorial comes out against a proposed city ordinance to ban giving out plastic bags at Boston supermarkets and convenience stores.


Scot Lehigh says congressional Republicans are trying to “peddle a pig in a poke” with their tax cut proposal that will send the national debt up and whose cuts for the middle class will expire in 2025.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi, pulled out of a planned meeting with President Trump after the tweeter-in-chief sent out a tweet saying he’d sit down with them but didn’t expect any budget or tax deal. (U.S. News & World Report)

Former Harvard president Larry Summers and Harvard graduate student Rachel Lipson say a proposed Republican tax on wealthy universities will harm economic mobility by cutting into the schools’ ability to make attendance there affordable to students from low- and middle-income backgrounds through financial aid. (Boston Globe)

A federal judge allows President Trump’s pick to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to remain in charge. (Time)

Trump is coming under fire for retweeting several inflammatory anti-Muslim videos put out by an ultranational right-wing British leader. (New York Times)

Alan Dershowitz laments the criminalization of politics. (New York Times)


State Rep. Geoff Diehl, a top Massachusetts backer of President Trump who is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren, wouldn’t say whether he thought it was inappropriate or not for Trump to refer mockingly to Warren as Pocahontas at a ceremony honoring Native Americans “code talkers” who served in World War II. (Boston Herald)

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera endorses state Rep. Juana Matias for the congressional seat being vacated by Niki Tsongas. (Eagle-Tribune)


An economic forecast sees slow but continued growth for Massachusetts. (State House News)

Boston Globe tech writer Hiawatha Bray thinks the panic over the demise of “net neutrality” is wildly overblown and that not much will change after December 14, when the Federal Communications Commission is expected to jettison the Obama administration policy.

GTI Massachusetts shows off its $8 million renovation of a mill in Holyoke to make way for a medical marijuana facility. (MassLive)

Lawrence-based fashion designer Kareem Cadet hosts a celebratory fashion show in his hometown before departing for Los Angeles. (Eagle-Tribune)

Developer Joe Cronin has agreed to pay the city of Boston nearly $2 million for a 3,000 square foot patch of city sidewalk that is needed for his $260 million condo project in the Seaport. (Boston Globe)

The New England Patriots have filed suit against a Pennsylvania company seeking to stop it from acting as a broker in the resale of luxury suite tickets and could revoke those seats from owners who unwittingly list them with the company not realizing the tickets could be forfeited for violating their contract. (Boston Business Journal)


Stonehill College sends a campus-wide memo acknowledging it should have been more forthcoming about an employee being shot in the leg in early October that it classified as a “workplace incident” but was later found by the Brockton Enterprise to involve a gun brought by a co-worker.

Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute decry what they say is the state’s retreat on education reform standards and accountability. (Boston Herald)

One-time White House aide Anthony Scaramucci, who has threatened to sue the author of two op-ed pieces in the Tufts University student paper that criticized him and called for his removal from an advisory board to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, resigned from the board yesterday. (The Tufts Daily)

A 17-year-old student at Haverhill High School assaulted a male teacher after the teacher asked the student, who was being disruptive, to leave the classroom. (Eagle-Tribune)

A meningitis outbreak is declared at UMass Amherst. (State House News)


Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to establish credentials governing “recovery coaches” has put a spotlight on the unregulated world of those who help people overcome addiction issues. (Boston Globe)


A new parking plan in Beverly would bar commuters from leaving their cars all day on side streets and force them to use a T garage. (Salem News)


Representatives from Bay State Wind, one of the companies bidding to develop an offshore wind farm near Martha’s Vineyard, met with Somerset residents to tout its plan to use the shuttered Brayton Point power plant to transmit the 400 megawatts of wind power expected to be generated. (Herald News)

Pittsfield intends to aggregate its residents for the purpose of buying electricity; city officials say their approach will allow the customers to purchase more renewable energy while also lowering costs overall. (Berkshire Eagle)


A 16-year-old boy was killed and a 15-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting Monday night at the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing development in South Boston. (Boston Globe) The two youths were “best friends,” said one resident of the development. (Boston Herald)

One of the two federal lawsuits against top State Police officials who ordered changes in arrest records is going to be amended to add employees of Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. (Telegram & Gazette)

Edward O’Reilly, a North Shore attorney who was nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker for a judgeship but did not win the approval of the Massachusetts Bar Association judicial review panel, is the subject of a restraining order taken out by his estranged wife. (Boston Globe)


NBC News fired Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior.” (Associated Press)

The Boston Globe has expanded its Washington bureau by adding former Yahoo political reporter Liz Goodwin. (Media Nation)

He may not get — or want, depending on who you believe — Time magazine’s nod, but President Trump has been named Man of the Year by the conservative America Spectator, mostly for “the enemies he has made.”