The Codcast: The Globe v. Joyce

CommonWealth’s Jack Sullivan and Bruce Mohl discuss the Boston Globe’s extensive coverage of Sen. Brian Joyce, and particularly the story last month suggesting the Milton lawmaker expanded his house without the necessary permits and was shortchanging the town on property taxes. Is this a media war between the Globe and CommonWealth, as media critic Dan Kennedy has suggested, or is this about something else?

For those wanting to peruse the source material, read the original Globe story on Joyce, the Patriot Ledger follow-up story, and CommonWealth’s three stories — one analyzing town records, one quoting the town’s assessors, and one reporting on the town administrator’s report. The Globe has also run two stories in the wake of the statements by the assessors and the town administrator.



The Globe’s Frank Phillips reports Gov. Charlie Baker has just shy of $4 million in his campaign account, far more than former governor Deval Patrick had at this point in his first term. “But then again, he [Patrick] was not ripping up the donor world and shaking down special interests with the same zeal Baker has shown.”


Worcester elevates its drought emergency and buys $1.7 million worth of water from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. (Telegram & Gazette)

Thirty-three years ago the choice was Ray Flynn or Mel King in the last great Boston mayoral showdown. Now, as Adrian Walker writes, you can root for both of them, as they’ve joined cause in an effort to stem violence and promote democratic engagement among youth.

The Framingham police chief confirms there are now four officers on paid administrative leave  for separate incidents, though he insists none are facing criminal charges. (MetroWest Daily News)

New Bedford city councilors voted to explore a needle recovery program including placing boxes for discarded syringes in high-traffic areas after increasing complaints from residents about needles from addicts being found in places such as children’s playgrounds. (Standard-Times)


North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un set off his country’s fifth underground nuclear test explosion in defiance of international sanctions to celebrate the country’s founding anniversary. (U.S. News & World Report)


Two mainstream House Democrats were ousted by liberal challenges, as Tim Toomey of Cambridge and Marcos Devers of Lawrence were sent on their way. With no Republican opposition in November, activist Mike Connolly will take over Toomey’s Cambridge-Somerville seat, while Juana Matias will be the new rep in the Lawrence-based seat. (State House News) Could Matias’s election spell trouble for Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera? Rivera says no, but many of former mayor William Lantigua’s supporters were backing her and she’s the niece of a former city worker whom Rivera fired after taking office. Lantigua himself backed a third candidate.

State Sen. Pat Jehlen of Somerville trounced challenger Leland Cheung in the Democratic primary contest marked by heavy spending by outside groups, with the Massachusetts Teachers Association, which backed Jehlen, and Democrats for Education Reform, which supported Cheung, each dropping more than $100,000 into the race based largely the candidates opposing views on charter school expansion. (Somerville Journal)

In another race where the two education groups spent money, the result went the other way, with charter school graduate and supporter Chynah Tyler beating Monica Cannon, who was backed by the teachers union, in the Democratic primary for the open Roxbury House seat being vacated by veteran lawmaker Gloria Fox. (Boston Herald)

Bucking the statewide trend, Milton voters turned out in large numbers for the primary for the open Senate seat, won on the Democrat side by state Rep. Walter Timilty. Further south, former Hull selectman Joan Meschino was the top vote-getter in both the Senate Democratic primary and as a write-in for state representative and has opted to run for the House in November. Kara Nyman of Hanover won the Democratic primary for the seat that has been held by both her father and her mother and will run against Rep. David DeCoste, who ousted Rhonda Nyman in the last election. (Patriot Ledger)

Rep. Rady Mom of Lowell beat back two Democratic challengers; Mom became the nation’s first Cambodian-American legislator when he was elected two years ago. (Lowell Sun)

Disgraced former Democratic rep John Fresolo is now the nominee of a party that disavows his candidacy, as the one-time Worcester rep grabbed the United Independent Party nomination for his old seat as a write-in candidate. (Politico)

Adam Hinds, on leave from his job as executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, won the Democratic primary race to succeed Sen. Ben Downing. (Berkshire Eagle)

Nick Cocchi, a long-time administrator in the Hampden County’s sheriff’s office, wins the Democratic primary race for the sheriff’s post. (Masslive)

On the Cape, two political newcomers, Democrat Julian Cyr, and Republican Anthony Schiavi, a retired brigadier general, will face off for retiring Sen. Dan Wolf‘s seat. Former state representative Matt Patrick won the Democratic primary in his first step to regaining his former seat in a rematch against the man who ousted him six years ago, Rep. David Viera. (Cape Cod Times)


Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, just hours after his “What is Aleppo?” gaffe, said if he had a gun to his head and was forced to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, “I’d let it go off.” (Business Insider) His running mate Bill Weld, however, offered a very different take, repeating in an interview a sentiment he’s made clear from that start — that he views a possible Trump presidency as far more frightening than a White House led by Clinton and he plans to target the GOP nominee far more than Clinton. (Boston Herald)

Republican president candidate Donald Trump says he doesn’t want to share the debate stage with Johnson or any other third-party candidates. He says he and Clinton are the only two candidates with a chance of winning. (The Hill)


In the latest sign of a real estate market spinning wildly out of control, four modest single-family houses, with a combined assessed value of $871,000, on a Dorchester side street near the South Bay shopping center are on the market for a eye-popping $6 million. (Boston Globe)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will address a Boston Common rally on Saturday of janitors who are members of an SEIU local that is in the midst of contract negotiations with property owners. (

Wells Fargo pays a $185 million settlement package for opening 2 million accounts that customers didn’t want. (Los Angeles Times)

Airbnb is overhauling its antidiscrimination policies amid reports that would-be minority renters are being rejected. (Time)


UMass President Marty Meehan discusses his first year in the post and says his top priority is bringing tuition under control. (Lowell Sun)


Neighborhood Health Plan, the one subsidized insurance coverage available through the state’s Health Connector that includes the pricey Partners HealthCare hospitals in its network, is raising premiums by 21 percent. (Boston Globe)


The MBTA is canceling its contract with LAZ Parking and plans to negotiate a new deal with a company that more closely aligns the contractor’s goals with those of the T. What appears to be a major theft of parking fees occurred on LAZ’s watch. (CommonWealth)

Planners are trying to figure out ways to relieve traffic jams crossing the Cape Cod Canal short of building a third bridge, a move the Baker administration is cool toward. (Boston Globe) 


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission appoints its chairman, Steve Crosby, to a special commission on online gaming and fantasy sports. (State House News)


An Everett police officer charged with kicking his pregnant wife is released after his wife refuses to testify against him. (Salem News)

With a judge’s decision expected by noon today on a union challenge to the Boston Police Department’s body camera initiative, the department announced that eight members of its command staff have volunteered to take part in the pilot study. (Boston Herald) A Globe editorial rips the union and says it hopes Judge Douglas Wilkins throws out the challenge to the department’s plan to assign officers to wear cameras.

Inmates in state prisons are flooding courts with frivolous lawsuits, writes the Herald‘s Bob McGovern.

Murder rates rose in one-quarter of the country’s 100 largest cities with just seven of them — Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Houston, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. — accounting for half the increase. Boston’s homicide rate fell significantly, according to the analysis by the New York Times.


The Associated Press deletes a two-week-old tweet about Hillary Clinton after concluding it fell short of AP standards.

A Berkshire Eagle editorial says Matt Lauer’s debate-moderator performance illustrates the national media’s Trump problem. A New York Times editorial bashes Lauer as well.