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Daily Dose of Bass & Han - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Updated: Jul 23

By Adam Bass and Jessy Han


GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS!


Welcome to the second-ever Daily Dose of Bass & Han on this Wednesday morning. The weather today will not be as pleasant as it was yesterday as showers and thunderstorms move through the region but does anyone even leave the house these days?


TODAY...


— Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s campaign for U.S. House in the 1st congressional district completes its first revolution around the sun. The young mayor’s campaign launched one year ago today.


The Massachusetts House of Representatives begins debate on 217 amendments filed to H.4860, better known as the police reform bill. A vote is expected on Thursday. (Erin Tiernan, The Boston Herald)


— Senator Elizabeth Warren holds a town hall with teachers union leaders to discuss the "vital needs of students, educators and families as our public schools, colleges and universities prepare for the fall amid the coronavirus crisis." Register here.


Massachusetts voters can start to read six years of Representative Joe Kennedy III's tax returns. In 2018, Kennedy and his wife Lauren Birchfield Kennedy earned $348,611 and paid $66,700 in federal taxes. The Kennedys have requested and been granted an extension on their 2019 taxes because of late reporting by the firm managing the family trusts, per The Boston Globe. Senator Ed Markey released his returns last week which indicated he made $177,483 in income in 2019 and paid $30,789, although he filed separately from wife Susan Blumenthal, who likely earned more in the private sector. The Kennedy returns. The Markey returns.


The City of Boston opens the Clougherty Pool in Charlestown and the Mirabella Pool in the North End to the public; users will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Register here.


PANDEMIC POLITICKING


— FIRST ON DAILY DOSE: Governor Charlie Baker donated $1,000 to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin O'Connor in the second quarter, according to O'Connor's FEC filing. The donation appeared to be Baker's first federal campaign donation since he became governor in 2015. Baker didn't donate to Republican Geoff Diehl in his campaign against Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2018, although Diehl did receive $500 from Baker's father. Diehl himself donated $250 to O'Connor's campaign.


— NEW THIS MORNING: 4th congressional district candidate Dave Cavell is calling on all candidates in the race to join him in “[disavowing] any super PAC formed to support him in the Democratic Primary.” This comes on the heels of news that family and friends of Jake Auchincloss have been pumping money into a new super PAC that is yet to report disbursement of funds.

4th congressional district candidate Jesse Mermell joined Raise Up Massachusetts, the Coalition for Social Justice, SEIU, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association in Fall River to “demand the wealthy pay their fair share to create an economy that works for all.” Mermell also celebrated a belated National Ice Cream Day with a visit to Somerset Creamery.


The Massachusetts Nurses Association endorsed 1st congressional district candidate Alex Morse, challenger to Representative Richard Neal. In a statement, union president Donna Kelly-Williams said, "Alex is a fighter—and we need a fighter in Washington for the people of the 1st Congressional District.”


COVID IN THE COMMONWEALTH


— "Massachusetts reports 17 new coronavirus deaths, 165 new cases as MIAA pushes back high school sports," by Tanner Stening, MassLive.com: "Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday announced another 17 coronavirus deaths. The death toll across the state now stands at 8,231. Officials also reported another 165 confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to at least 107,221."


— "MIAA pushes back start of Massachusetts high school sports fall season to Sept. 14," by Gage Nutter, MassLive.com: "If there is high school sports this fall, the season is set to begin on September 14.


The MIAA Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation put forward by the association’s COVID-19 Task Force to push back the Massachusetts high school sports fall season to September 14 on Tuesday during a virtual meeting."


— "A Pop-Up Business For These Times: Welcome to Gowntown," by Cristina Quinn, WGBH News: "Inside an airy commercial space next to a donut shop in Brighton, workers swiftly measured yards of white fabric while the buzz of drill saws and cutters pulsed through the room. A lean staff of eight glided around large tables, cutting and folding with familiar agility. There have been pop-up music events and pop-up art shows — this is a pop-up for these times. Welcome to Gowntown, a production line dedicated solely to making protective gowns."


AROUND CHARLIE’S CORNER


— BAKER BUYS TIME FOR TENANTS: "Mass. residents worried about eviction or foreclosure get some breathing room," by Tim Logan and Travis Anderson, The Boston Globe: "As concerns mount about a potential wave of evictions this fall, Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday extended the state’s ban on evictions and foreclosures into mid-October, citing the ongoing health and economic crisis set off by the pandemic.


The ban, which was set to expire Aug. 18, will remain in effect until Oct. 17, buying time for tenants as the state slowly starts to recover economically from the impact of COVID-19-related shutdowns. The measure blocks nearly all eviction cases from being filed in the state’s housing courts."


— "Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker files $5.5 billion interim budget for August as lawmakers weigh coronavirus losses," by Steph Solis, MassLive.com: "Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker filed a $5.5 billion interim budget for August as lawmakers try to piece together the economic losses of the coronavirus pandemic and what the fiscal 2021 budget will look like.


The Baker administration expects to make an announcement in the coming weeks with the Legislature on a full-year projection for local aid and education funding."


— "Massachusetts police chiefs gather to air concerns on police reform bills," The Associated Press: "Police chiefs from across Massachusetts gathered Tuesday to condemn what they called a rushed legislative effort to force through police reform bills they say are a knee-jerk response to far away events.


A police accountability bill passed by the state Senate last week, and a House bill scheduled for debate this week, won’t make the state safer, and were crafted without input from police, the chiefs said during a gathering in Framingham."


WARREN’S WORK


— “Elizabeth Warren’s new role: Key Joe Biden policy adviser,” by Will Weissert, The Associated Press: Warren, a Massachusetts senator and leading progressive, has become an unlikely confidant and adviser to Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. They talk every 10 days or so, according to aides to both politicians who spoke on condition of anonymity to freely describe their relationship. Those forums have provided opportunities for Warren to make a case on top policy issues to Biden, who ran a more centrist primary campaign.”


MARTY’S MORNING


— IN HIS TUESDAY BRIEFING, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh condemned President Donald Trump’s order of sending in federal troops to clamp down on protestors in Portland, Oregon and other cities within the country.


"That behavior and that kind of so-called 'help' is not welcome here in the city of Boston.” - Mayor Walsh

Walsh took the time in his briefing to congratulate the city for having zero new COVID-19 deaths on Monday. The Mayor encouraged the continuation of mask-wearing and social distancing to, in his own words, “keep up the good work." (Christopher Gavin, Boston.com)


Finally, the mayor weighed in on the debate in the state legislature over police reform, unexpectedly calling the proposed cut of qualified immunity a "slippery slope." (Sean Philip Cotter, The Boston Herald)


ON MAURA'S MIND


— Attorney General Maura Healey surprised supporters Tuesday when she rejected a Brookline bylaw overwhelmingly approved by the city's residents which banned oil and gas pipes in new and some renovated buildings. In a statement, Healey expressed support for efforts to reduce greenhouse gases but explained state law meant her hands were tied. (David Abel, The Boston Globe)


"While we are legally obligated to disapprove bylaws that are inconsistent with state law, we will continue to lead efforts in Massachusetts and nationally to protect ratepayers and the environment, make our buildings more efficient, and work alongside our communities to reduce the threat of climate change." - Attorney General Healey

ON GALVIN'S DESK


— "Trump targets those in US illegally from reapportionment," Colin A. Young, State House News Service: "President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to exclude undocumented immigrants from the numbers that will be used to determine Congressional representation following the 2020 Census, an order that Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said is 'absurd' and 'an almost unprecedented effort to politicize the Census.'"


THE STATE OF EDUCATION


— "Due to Federal Visa Restrictions, International Freshmen Will Not Be Allowed on Campus in the Fall," by Juliet E. Isselbacher and Amanda Y. Su, The Harvard Crimson: "[Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana] wrote that any incoming Harvard student who received a Form I-20 to begin their studies this fall will be unable to enter the U.S. in F-1 status because all undergraduate fall courses will be fully remote."


— "What happens when a student or staffer gets sick at school this fall?" by Naomi Martin, The Boston Globe: "The guidance includes detailed instructions for various scenarios, which all stress the importance of assessing symptoms, isolating the sick, disinfecting spaces, testing, and staying home while awaiting test results and notifying the school. It says schools should promptly notify the families of any “close contacts” — anyone who came within 6 feet of the infected person in recent days for more than 10 minutes — so that family member can self-isolate and get tested too."


WHAT WE’RE READING


— "Should police need a warrant to access CharlieCard data?" by Adam Vacarro, The Boston Globe: "The Supreme Judicial Court is considering whether police need a search warrant to check CharlieCard data logs as part of an appeal of the 2017 murder conviction of Josiah Zachery, who was found guilty of killing a rival gang member in Boston in 2015 near Forest Hills."


— FAITH IN THE LOTTERY: "Massachusetts Lottery earns 3rd largest profit in history despite coronavirus shutdown," by Jeanette DeForge, MassLive.com: "Despite a sizable three-month decrease in sales of scratch tickets and Keno due to the coronavirus shutdown, the Massachusetts Lottery in fiscal 2020 had the third largest revenue pot in its 49-year history."


— "Thumb’s up: A Westport resident has gone viral on TikTok – for the length of his thumb," by Deyscha Smith, Boston.com: "[Jacob Pina] has garnered over 900,000 followers on the app, with 20.5 million likes since first going viral last year. He was recently featured on NBC Boston Channel 10 news, where he assured reporter Jackie Bruno that his thumb is in fact six inches long."


CHAMPION’S CORNER


— "Darwinzon Hernandez, Boston Red Sox reliever, rejoins team after recovering from coronavirus," by Chris Cotillo, MassLive.com: "Red Sox left-handed reliever Darwinzon Hernandez has been cleared to rejoin the team and worked out at Fenway Park on Tuesday, manager Ron Roenicke said.


Hernandez had been held out of summer training camp after testing positive for COVID-19 at home in Venezuela. He arrived in Boston on Thursday night but had not cleared all of the hurdles required by Major League Baseball to rejoin his teammates."


— "Kemba Walker injury: Boston Celtics guard is ‘pretty darn close,’ per Brad Stevens," by Tom Westerholm, MassLive.com: "Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker has struggled with knee soreness this season, but he is nearing full health after four months of rest and a relatively light training camp, according to Brad Stevens."


— WAIT, WHAT HAPPENED?: "Rask has fractured finger, says he'll be ready for Bruins in Qualifiers," by Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com: "Tuukka Rask revealed that he fractured his finger in the past few weeks but said he would be ready to play once the Stanley Cup Qualifiers begin.


'I was doing box jumps,' the Boston Bruins goalie said Tuesday. 'I slammed my finger at the edge of the box, bent the ligament. It kind of fractured the finger. It's a small fracture. It's nothing major. But like you can probably imagine, not going to feel great to catch pucks with that.'"


Did the home teams play yesterday? Yes, although they didn't do too well. The New England Revolution played to a 0-0 draw against Toronto FC and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-6 in spring training; the two teams will go head-to-head again today at 7:30 PM.

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