Run, Tito, run!
Tito Jackson, at this point, may only be dipping his toe in the waters for a mayoral run. The Boston Herald, however, is all in.
The tabloid runs out a three-story package this morning, designed to make a would-be Jackson run the story of the day — at least when it comes to local political chatter. Okay, we’ll bite.
After all, who wouldn’t like to see a competitive race for mayor of Boston next year? We can think of one guy. But leaving aside the wishes of the city’s most famous cargo shorts aficionado, the media will be hungry to pump up anyone who might make Marty Walsh avoid a reprise of 1997, when Tom Menino ran unopposed in his first reelection race.
So it is that we are told all eyes are on Roxbury’s district city councilor, who has become the leading critic of all things Walsh. The “why this, why now” that gives today’s front-page splash its urgency comes courtesy of former city councilor Larry DiCara, who declares, “Were Councilor Jackson to run, I think he’d have to get going immediately, have to create city-wide organizations immediately.”
DiCara quickly cuts to the chase by saying any serious challenger ought to be able to name 100 people who are ready to give a check now and again in January, when the clock resets on campaign donation limits. The DiCara 100 has to be seen as the bare minimum price for entry in light of the $3 million Walsh currently sits on — $1.5 million in his campaign cash and another $1.5 million in money market funds. Jackson has a paltry $14,000 on hand, the Herald reports.
Darnell Williams, head of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, suggests Walsh could be vulnerable on issues Jackson has been outspoken on, including school budget issues and race relations at Boston Latin School.
For his part, Jackson waves off the talk of a mayoral run, saying he’s just working hard and focusing on important issues for his constituents. He happens to then tick off a few issues — heading off the “catastrophic loss of city revenue” that the Olympics would have brought, raising questions about the scuttled IndyCar race — that are clear sore points of Walsh’s first term.
A Jackson run may be unlikely, and a Jackson win even more improbable. But for now at least, he hardly seems to mind the attention, and the press doesn’t seem to mind giving him some.
ICYMI: On the latest installment of the Codcast, Michael Widmer and James Aloisi bat around Gov. Charlie Baker’s curious opposition to a vehicle miles traveled study and explore broader questions about his no-tax-stance. (CommonWealth)
Charles Chieppo decries the recent Democratic State Committee resolution opposing Question 2, which would raise the cap on charter schools. (Boston Herald) The Herald weighs in with an editorial saying state Democrats “sell out” by putting teachers union interests above those of educational opportunity for children in low-performing districts.
The starting salary of Hampden County assistant district attorneys was $38,500 in 2015. (Masslive)
Two unresponsive children were pulled from a backyard pool at a birthday party in Lowell. (Lowell Sun)
Andover installs surveillance cameras on conservation land to catch illegal trash dumpers and people who don’t pick up after their dog. (Eagle-Tribune)
As the deadline nears for New Bedford to use a recently uncovered, decade-old $10 million grant from the federal government, the mayor and the city’s legislative delegation are spilt on how the funds should be spent. (Standard-Times)
A public discussion on transferring funds to repair a children’s slide on a playground near Westport Town Hall has morphed into a full-blown debate about revamping the Recreation Department and folding it into the DPW. (Standard-Times)
Yarmouth selectmen are considering a proposal to revamp the town’s rules on graveside decorations to ease some of the restrictions after an outcry two years ago about the tight control officials have on the cemetery. (Cape Cod Times)
Boston magazine takes a closer look at Bill Weld and his classically Weldian move to join the Libertarian Party ticket as its VP candidate.
The Herald offers another installment of “will he or won’t he” on the question of a possible mayoral challenge from Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson.
Donald Trump’s clumsy efforts at a campaign “reset” may be too little, too late, says the Herald’s Kimberly Atkins.
After learning the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown, Hillary Clinton, in town with Cher for a fundraiser, promised to return for the 400th anniversary celebration in 2020 either as president or private citizen. (Cape Cod Times)
Elizabeth Warren has scheduled a speech for Thursday at Roxbury Community College where she says she’ll be “trying out” a new talk on how the playing field got “tilted against America’s middle class.” (Maybe she’ll take up a fresh angle, but it sounds a lot like the talk she’s been giving non-stop for years.)
If Curt Schilling were to follow-up his yammering by actually running for US Senate in 2018 against Warren, the Big Lug could be a big drag on Charlie Baker’s reelection effort, writes the Herald’s Matt Stout, who says Schilling’s Trumpian brand of Republican politics is exactly what Baker doesn’t need running alongside him on the Republican ticket.
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have begun selling off Facebook stock to fulfill their promise of giving away their fortune for philanthropic purposes. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
The Boston Municipal Research Bureau urges the city’s school department and teachers’ union to go bold in negotiating the terms of a new teachers contract. (Boston Globe)
Massachusetts, which regularly boasts about its top-achieving students, led the nation in another education-related category last year — school bomb threats. (Patriot Ledger)
More colleges are dropping requirements that applicants take SAT subject tests. (Boston Globe)
A new electronic toll reader system on the Massachusetts Turnpike is raising privacy concerns. (Boston Globe)
We may have it bad with the MBTA — okay, forget “may” — but riders on New York’s subway system are literally steaming as officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority say the number of cars with broken air conditioning is way up over previous years because of an aging fleet. (New York Times)
A Haverhill appeal to eliminate outside watering on August 13 and 14 reduced water usage by an average of almost 2 million gallons a day. (Eagle-Tribune)
Salem, Ipswich, Beverly, and Swampscott collect a total of $300,000 in state grants to deal with climate change. (Salem News)
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone plans no further legal action to challenge an environmental permit for the Wynn Casino after signing an agreement promising to be a good neighbor. (CommonWealth)
A court ruling involving the Mashpee Wampanoag effort to build a casino in Taunton is now jeopardizing the sovereignty status of the tribe’s land in Mashpee on Cape Cod.
Worcester Police arrest 18 people, many of them rival gang members, who were caught fighting near the Latin American Festival Saturday night. (Masslive)
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley says he was disappointed in the Boston police union’s stance on body cameras that resulted in no volunteers for a pilot program. (Keller@Large)
Hingham police say a woman was caught on surveillance camera stealing more than $2,000 of jeans in two minutes before walking out of the store. (Patriot Ledger)
A member of the Westborough School Committee resigned in the wake of her arrest for allegedly biting a Registry of Motor Vehicles inspector who refused to let her son take a scheduled road driving test. (MetroWest Daily News)
MEDIAA Mother Jones story on private prisons cost $350,000 to produce, but the ads that accompanied it raised only $5,000. (Mashable)
Does Fox News’ host Sean Hannity cross the line by acting as an advisor to Donald Trump? New York Times)