What the pundits had to say

We’re assuming everyone saw Monday night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and if you didn’t, here’s where you can.) Let’s spend our time bringing you up to date on what the pundits thought.

The New York Times assembled a huge amount of commentary in one spot, and nearly all of it suggests Clinton won the debate. But some of the analysts wondered whether a victory matters. The Chicago Tribune editorial board said no candidate was knocked senseless; the paper went on to say that Trump didn’t come across as a bully or buffoon, more like a New Yorker. The Los Angeles Times editorial board said Trump didn’t help his cause with undecided voters, who saw a candidate who became rattled and defensive as the debate wore on.

Locally, the Boston Herald front page saw “no knockout” while the Boston Globe editorial board said Trump didn’t pass the sniff test in showing he could be the commander in chief.

The Globe’s legion of columnists said that Clinton won (James Pindell), that she “destroyed” Trump (Michael A. Cohen), that Trump belongs in an alternate universe (Joan Vennochi), and that Trump doesn’t belong on the same stage with Clinton (Scot Lehigh). The one exception at the Globe was Eric Fehrnstrom, who said Trump and Clinton battled to a draw.

The Herald’s columnists were just as predictable, with one championing Trump (Howie Carr) and one saying the reality TV star got a reality check (Peter Gelzinis).

For fact-checking analysis, there’s NPR, Politifact, FactCheck.org, and the New York Times.

What emerges from all the professional commentary is that the debate didn’t seem to change many minds. Maybe that was true for regular voters as well. The Telegram & Gazette, for example, reported that viewers at Michael’s Cigar Bar and Clark University in Worcester came into the debate with some definite leanings and left the same way.



House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he plans to consult economists before making a pronouncement about new taxes. (State House News)

The Pioneer Institute urges Gov. Charlie Baker to voluntarily make his office subject to the state’s Public Records Law. (Masslive)

Departing Democratic state Rep. Brian Mannal of Barnstable penned a farewell to constituents on social media — but was reminded by Republican colleague Rep. Randy Hunt he’s on the payroll until January. (Cape Cod Times)

ALS license plate unveiled at the State House. (State House News)

Still looking for a permanent location for a Registry of Motor Vehicles office on the North Shore, the agency takes the interim step of offering services to AAA members at the AAA office in Peabody. (Gloucester Times)


Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan suspended the deputy police chief with pay less than a week after the chief announced his retirement in the growing scandal of missing evidence from the police station. (Patriot Ledger)

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is no more, replaced by the newly branded Boston Development and Planning Agency. (Boston Globe)

Masslive asks: “As Worcester undergoes a renaissance, is the city’s common finally overcoming years of having a bad rap?”

Lowell and UMass Lowell reach a 20-year deal on expansion and payments to the city. (Lowell Sun)

Quincy police hired an applicant who won a Civil Service appeal claiming he was unfairly bypassed despite his top score after officials said he was psychologically unfit for the job. (Patriot Ledger)

The Swansea Board of Selectmen want to follow-up on an inconclusive report over allegations of double-dipping by the town’s part-time assessor even though the post and the probe come under the auspices of the autonomous Board of Assessors. (Herald News)

Plans to develop a restaurant in Westford are ruled out of order because the parcel is protected farmland, the agriculture commissioner says. (Boston Globe)


Binder disproves Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s claims about the race of those arrested for drug dealing. (Governing) And the binder doesn’t implicate Lowell or Lawrence. (Boston)

The mastermind of New Jersey’s Bridgegate scandal testified in the federal corruption trial for remaining defendants that top aides to Gov. Chris Christie were in on the payback scheme. (New York Times)


Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’ll vote against the ballot question to expand charter schools. (Boston Herald)

Big money: Advocates of a 2018 constitutional amendment that would raise taxes on millionaires in the state are forming a super PAC that will be able to raise and spend unlimited sums on the so-called millionaire’s tax. (Boston Globe)

Bill Weld says the Clinton camp is responsible for starting rumors that he was preparing to bow out as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee. (Boston Herald)


The Appalachian Mountain Club is cashing in its Beacon Hill headquarters for a cool $15 million and looking for more reasonable priced space to base its operations. (Boston Herald)

The state hands down new rules restricting the sale of alcohol-infused ice cream (which we didn’t even know was a thing). (Boston Globe)


Three schools in Lawrence, which is under receivership, move up dramatically to the highest classification based on standardized test scores. Lowell students, taking the PARCC test, show improvement in math and English. (Lowell Sun) Two Boston high schools and a Fall River elementary school are designated underperforming and could face state takeover in three years if they don’t show signs of improvement. (Boston Globe)  Worcester schools hold steady. (Telegram & Gazette) Springfield schools show gains. (Masslive)

Mayor Marty Walsh slams the state for downgrading Boston Latin School to Level 2 in its accountability rubric because too many students opted out of last year’s state assessment tests. (Boston Herald) The Roger Clap Innovation School also dropped to Level 2 because of students opting-out of the state test.

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz releases her report on civil rights issues at Boston Latin School, finding that there was a climate of racial discrimination and harassment that staff did not adequately address. (Boston Globe) A Herald editorial says not everything should rise to the level of a federal case and points out that just one incident at the school, from 2014, was deemed to constitute a civil rights violation.

Laura Colarusso, writing in the Globe, reports on hunger at college campuses, including Bunker Hill Community College. Edward M. Murphy reported on the same issue in his  microphilanthropy column in CommonWealth’s summer issue.


Cerberus begins recouping its investment in Steward Health Care. (CommonWealth)

Concussion diagnoses hit a record high among teens. (Time)

Former state senator Frederick Berry says people shouldn’t start thinking there were ever good times at state institutions. (CommonWealth)


The MBTA moves very cautiously on resuming a new form of late-night service. (CommonWealth)

Boston taxi owners sue over new state law regulating Uber and Lyft. (Masslive)

The janitors working for the cleaning companies hired by the MBTA say the firms are cutting their hours to avoid paying health insurance. (CommonWealth)


Kathryn R. Eiseman says Gov. Charlie Baker’s continued push for a natural gas pipeline means his energy approach is only part right. (CommonWealth)

Economist Liz Stanton says nuclear power plants have gone from too cheap to meter to too risky to run. (CommonWealth)

As wells run dry and farms turn barren in New England from the persistent drought, climatologists are predicting no relief until at least the end of the year. (New York Times)


Backers of a November ballot question to allow another slot machine facility in the state are lining up Las Vegas talent to help push the measure. (Boston Globe)


A Philadelphia program practically shuts down the schools-to-prison pipeline. (Governing)

The nation’s crime rate ticked up slightly in 2015 spurred mostly by a spike in murders but remains near a 20-year low, according to a new FBI report. (U.S. News & World Report)


Richard K. Lodge, formerly of the MetroWest Daily News, is named managing editor of The Daily News in Newburyport. (Eagle-Tribune)

A WGBH studio and cafe embedded in the main floor of the newly renovated Boston Public Library central branch at Copley Square are set to open on Friday. (Boston Globe)

Jann Wenner, the owner of Rolling Stone, sells 49 percent of the company to an Asian billionaire’s son. (Bloomberg)