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NEW PLAYS in BOSTON MAYOR’S RACE — MOUNTAIN OUT as MassGOP vice chair — BAKER in ASPEN

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: NEW ENDORSEMENTS IN BOSTON MAYOR’S RACE — State Rep. Nika Elugardo is endorsing Performing Mayor Kim Janey within the Boston mayor’s race as we speak, making her the primary member of the Boston legislative delegation to throw her assist behind a mayoral candidate since state Rep. Jon Santiago dropped out of the working final week.

“A Janey victory will mobilize essentially the most disenfranchised components of Boston in a manner that no different victory will,” Elugardo advised me in an interview.

Elugardo’s endorsement could come as a little bit of a shock to some. The self-described “far-left progressive” from Jamaica Plain runs in most of the identical circles as progressive activists who’re actively campaigning for Metropolis Councilor Michelle Wu, one other top-polling candidate.

Wu is being endorsed as we speak by state Rep. Tram Nguyen of Andover, who referred to as her “sister in service” a “robust advocate for public training, healthcare, the environment, and financial justice for all” in a press release.

Elugardo lauded Janey as a pacesetter on points from financial improvement to reimagining policing. She stated that retaining Janey in workplace previous November is a “once-in-a-lifetime alternative” to indicate “Black and Brown folks from neighborhoods which were sometimes disenfranchised” like Dorchester, Mattapan and the appearing mayor’s native Roxbury that they “can transfer into the middle of presidency.”

“The progressive armies that we’ve acquired right here in Jamaica Plain, in Roslindale, in West Roxbury and within the extra prosperous components of Dorchester, among the many educated elite in every single place throughout the town … these people who’re activated by progressive coverage aren’t going anyplace if Kim Janey wins,” Elugardo stated. “But when Kim Janey loses, I feel we do lose the chance for mobilizing working-class progressives and folks of all political hues who’ve been disenfranchised.”

With Janey, Elugardo sees a possibility to construct an “intergenerational, multicultural and socioeconomically numerous motion” not in contrast to what Sen. Bernie Sanders strove for in his presidential bids. Elugardo endorsed Sanders over home-state Sen. Elizabeth Warren in final 12 months’s Democratic presidential main for related causes.

Nonetheless, the endorsement within the mayor’s race is a “painful one” for Elugardo, who has private relationships with every of the main candidates together with the now-departed Santiago. Her inner wrestle is much like what different state lawmakers within the Boston delegation are coping with as they weigh endorsements of their very own forward of the Sept. 14 preliminary election.

GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. Tom Mountain is resigning as vice chair of the MassGOP.

Mountain is stepping down “instantly” to “deal with an effort to clear my identify” after a “weblog publish about me” that he described as “scurrilous and demeaning,” in keeping with a press release despatched to occasion members final night time and verified by a number of state committee members.

“Throughout the previous few months of turmoil on the MassGOP, I’ve persistently stated that incapable officers ought to step apart,” Mountain wrote. “Whatever the fact about what occurred, this weblog publish, and the conspiracy behind it, has rendered me incapable of serving as an efficient officer of the MassGOP.”

He seems to be referencing a publish from the weblog Turtleboy Day by day Information that alleges Mountain was caught in a catfishing ruse. POLITICO couldn’t independently confirm the claims. Mountain stated in his assertion that he’s “retained authorized counsel.” He didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Mountain’s obvious resignation — Chair Jim Lyons stated final night time that he was but to obtain an official one — got here forward of a celebration government committee assembly Monday to “focus on allegations involving the Vice Chairman” and “suggestions of actions to be taken,” in keeping with an agenda obtained by POLITICO.

Mountain and Lyons have been at odds even earlier than state committeewoman Deborah Martell’s anti-gay remarks towards a GOP congressional candidate roiled the occasion for weeks, resulting in requires Lyons’ resignation and Mountain to say the occasion was on its “option to disaster.”

Lyons stated the allegations towards Mountain don’t “equate” to the Martell state of affairs, during which the chair took a “place {that a} member of our state committee has a proper to train the First Modification and spiritual liberty.”

A vice chair emptiness may very well be stuffed by an election on the subsequent state committee assembly, which is presently slated for September, Lyons stated.

TODAY — The Particular Fee Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth holds its first listening to just about at 11 a.m. because it begins work to ensure the state’s seal and motto mirror the “historic and modern commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and training for all.” The Joint Committee on Redistricting meets just about at midday to listen to from residents of the 4th Congressional District. Janey provides remarks at a flag-raising ceremony in observance of the annual Puerto Rican Pageant of Massachusetts at midday on Metropolis Corridor Plaza.

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– “Baker indicators price range, takes completely different tack on tax coverage,” by Shira Schoenberg, CommonWealth Journal: “Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed into regulation a $47.6 billion state price range for fiscal 2022, which started two weeks in the past. Whereas he let many of the price range grow to be regulation, Baker, who has line-item veto energy, had a number of disagreements with lawmakers over tax coverage. He vetoed a delay within the implementation of a state tax deduction for charitable giving. He additionally vetoed lawmakers’ makes an attempt to eradicate two tax credit aimed toward particular sorts of companies and haggled with them over the particulars of a brand new company tax profit.

– “With 6,300 untested rape kits in Massachusetts, advocates and legislator annoyed with lack of accountability as Gov. Charlie Baker indicators price range,” by Melissa Hanson, MassLive.com: “…on Friday, as Gov. Charlie Baker signed the $47.6 billion price range for fiscal 2022, [state Rep. Natalie Higgins] stated she was disillusioned to see an modification letter from Baker that took away the accountability report solely and amended language to say that kits needs to be despatched for testing no later than June 30, 2022, somewhat than totally examined within the proposed six-month time-frame.

– “With extension of movie tax credit score in Massachusetts, it’s the film business cheering,” by Barry Scanlon, Lowell Solar: “Presently, 35 states supply movie tax credit. [Chris Byers, the director of marketing and operations at New England Studios] stated New England Studios, which opened in 2013 and actually acquired rolling the next 12 months, would have needed to ‘repurpose’ if the movie manufacturing incentive program wasn’t prolonged.

– “Accord Reached to Revive Early, Mail-In Voting,” by Chris Lisinski, State Home Information Service (paywall): “Voters in cities and cities with municipal elections this summer time and fall, together with Boston, would be capable of solid their ballots by mail with out an excuse or in individual throughout early voting days below a compromise invoice lawmakers filed Friday that additionally creates a brand new MBTA governing physique.”

– “Beacon Hill has billions in COVID support to distribute. Don’t maintain your breath,” by Emma Platoff, Boston Globe: “Now, with 5 years during which to spend $4.9 billion in federal COVID reduction funds — a one-time inflow with the potential to rework the state — the typically sluggish Legislature is below strain from Governor Charlie Baker and advocacy teams who need the cash to begin flowing quickly. However lawmakers are ‘in no rush to get this cash out the door,’ stated Senator Michael Rodrigues, the Democrat who leads the chamber’s price range efforts.

– “State Senate redistricting could shakeup Western Mass.,” by Jim Kinney, Springfield Republican: “The town could lose illustration within the state Senate as lawmakers in command of redistricting wish to keep away from splitting cities and cities with a purpose of retaining communities — demographic or municipal — collectively as an alternative of parceling locations like Springfield out to multiple lawmaker. ‘Ideally, what the chairs wish to do is to maintain municipalities entire,’ stated newly elected state Sen. Adam Gomez, D-Springfield. … State Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, represents a lot of Springfield and desires to maintain it in his district.”

– “As COVID eased, a state senator working for auditor deliberate Greece journey on outdoors group’s dime,” by Matt Stout, Boston Globe: “State Senator Diana DiZoglio, who’s working for state auditor, disclosed to state ethics regulators that she deliberate to journey for a minimum of 5 days to Athens later this month with $3,368 in bills paid for by the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Affiliation. … on Friday, a marketing campaign aide to the Methuen Democrat stated she determined to not attend in any respect, as a result of she had ‘since been invited to a number of Democratic committee conferences scheduled throughout the identical time.’

– “Beacon Hill rejects plan to hike ride-hailing charges,” by Christian M. Wade, CNHI/Eagle-Tribune: “Plans to carve out a bigger share of income for cities and cities from ride-hailing providers like Uber and Lyft have sputtered out as soon as once more, after lawmakers rejected a proposal to enhance charges for the transit firms.

– “Uber, Lyft, and different tech firms take a look at language for potential Mass. poll query on gig employees,” by Matt Stout, Boston Globe: “A coalition that features tech business giants Uber and Lyft is road-testing language for a possible Massachusetts poll query, surveying residents on whether or not they would assist a measure classifying ride-share and supply drivers as unbiased contractors whereas providing them some — however not the complete — advantages staff get pleasure from.

– “FBI file on Boston serial killer James ‘Whitey’ Bulger declassified,” by Joe Dwinell, Boston Herald: “Months earlier than sadistic Southie mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was recruited by the FBI, he was hunted for mortgage sharking the place he was wiretapped and beat an company mole, newly declassified data suggest.”

– “How do the mayoral candidates polling within the second tier attain the highest?” by Stephanie Ebbert and Danny McDonald, Boston Globe: “Solely two candidates will survive the Sept. 14 preliminary election for mayor of Boston and the newest public ballot suggests Councilor Michelle Wu and Performing Mayor Kim Janey are outpacing the pack to say these spots. However a second warmth of contenders continues to be hoping to interrupt by — and political observers say they nonetheless have the time and alternative to take action, ought to one of many front-runners stumble.

– FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: State Sens. Joe Boncore and Sal DiDomenico, and state Reps. Nika Elugardo, Adrian Madaro and Dan Ryan have endorsed David Halbert’s marketing campaign for Boston Metropolis Council at-large, per his marketing campaign. “From combating meals insecurity, to enhancing academic outcomes, to working to raise households out of poverty, David and I share a deep dedication in the direction of fairness & enhancing the lives of others. I do know he shall be a powerful voice on Boston’s Metropolis Council,” DiDomenico stated in a press release.

– FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Boston District 8 Metropolis Councilor Kenzie Bok is endorsing at-large council candidates Ruthzee Louijeune and Jon Spillane, her former price range director, highlighting their work on inexpensive housing. “Housing affordability is the highest challenge the Boston Metropolis Council should sort out to protect and strengthen our numerous communities, so I would like colleagues who’ve demonstrated deep dedication to housing,” Bok stated, including that each can be “robust companions in that work.”

– “MassGOP Vice Chairman Tom Mountain resigns as government committee poised to research ‘allegations’ towards him,” by Erin Tiernan, Boston Herald: “Second in command at MassGOP, Vice Chairman Thomas Mountain has resigned hours earlier than the state occasion’s government committee was set to carry a particular assembly on ‘allegations’ involving him, the Herald has realized.

– Gov. Charlie Baker is in Aspen by Wednesday afternoon for a gathering of the Republican Governors’ Affiliation, an aide confirmed, marking his second RGA occasion since Might.

The journey additionally comes as Baker’s ramping up fundraising — although his marketing campaign canceled an August occasion over an invite snafu.

As Baker reconnects together with his nationwide community, the three Democrats vying to succeed him — state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, former state Sen. Ben Downing and Harvard professor Danielle Allen — are working to spice up their identify recognition inside the state.

Requested about that problem on WCVB’s “On the File” Sunday, Chang-Díaz stated her efforts to move the Pupil Alternative Act present she’s “no stranger to that work of getting outdoors Boston and constructing these coalitions.”

One candidate who has run statewide earlier than: Republican Geoff Diehl, who misplaced his bid to unseat Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018.

– “Charlie Baker marketing campaign cancels fund-raiser after error in itemizing UMass president amongst hosts,” by Emma Platoff, Boston Globe: “Governor Charlie Baker’s marketing campaign has canceled a Cape Cod fund-raiser after a public worker was unintentionally listed as a part of the host committee on an invite. Itemizing [Marty] Meehan — a public worker who below state regulation could not solicit marketing campaign contributions — was a mistake, stated marketing campaign spokesman Jim Conroy.

– “State Rep. Tami Gouveia, candidate for lieutenant governor, facilities public well being background in go to to Western Mass.,” by Danny Jin, Berkshire Eagle: “Searching for the second-highest place in Massachusetts’ government department, state Rep. Tami Gouveia says she brings an strategy that places households and their well being on the heart.”

– “Warren targets racist place names,” by Russell Contreras, Axios: “A brand new congressional invoice seeks to create a board to assist rename greater than 1,000 cities, lakes, streams, creeks and mountain peaks throughout the U.S. nonetheless named with racist slurs.

– “A Massachusetts Democrat Flush With Pharma Money Echoes Trade Speaking Factors,” by Daniel Marans, HuffPost: “The group of centrist Democratic lawmakers who introduced their issues in Might about H.R. 3, Home Democrats’ prescription drug affordability invoice, featured loads of the same old suspects … However politics watchers have been extra stunned to see Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), a freshman from a liberal district, because the lead co-author…

– “Feds throw ‘large wrench’ in I-90 Allston challenge,” by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Journal: “The preferred configuration for the I-90 Allston interchange is dealing with yet one more hurdle, because the Federal Freeway Administration despatched state officers a terse letter saying the present design shouldn’t be viable as a result of it violates federal flood plain laws.

– “Winery Wind indicators labor settlement for offshore wind challenge; 500 union jobs assured,” by Anastasia Lennon, Commonplace-Occasions: “Winery Wind and a regional union group signed a challenge labor settlement alongside the town’s waterfront Friday, guaranteeing a minimum of 500 union jobs for the challenge’s development and set up off the coast of Martha’s Winery.”

– “LePage joins Haverhill mayor’s race,” by Will Broaddus, Eagle-Tribune: “After serving on the Metropolis Council for 12 years, Colin LePage needs to take the subsequent step. … LePage was out accumulating signatures on Saturday afternoon in preparation for his run, which presently will pit him towards two different candidates, incumbent Mayor James Fiorentini and Police Officer Man Cooper.

– “Springfield police officer at heart of social media controversy retires,” by Patrick Johnson, Springfield Republican: “A protracted-time metropolis police officer who this week discovered himself on the heart of an issue has retired after posting a doctored Fb photograph displaying a statue of George Floyd pointing a gun at a pregnant lady, in keeping with a police spokesman.”

– “The lives, the dangers, and the teachings from so many drownings in 2021,” by Kay Lazar and Camille Caldera, Boston Globe: “The Globe reviewed a number of dozen drownings and different water-related incidents this 12 months during which folks survived and located widespread threads; the overwhelming majority of those incidents have concerned younger males, typically folks of coloration. Many couldn’t swim or have been described by household and associates as not robust swimmers. Their median age was 19.”

– “After Breakthrough Circumstances, Provincetown Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing,” by Fausto Menard and Jack Mitchell, WBUR: “Provincetown is increasing COVID-19 testing amid an uptick in circumstances. Day by day testing is obtainable Sunday by Friday from 10 a.m. to three p.m. on the Veterans Memorial Group Middle parking zone. The city just lately reported about two dozen infections involving vaccinated folks.And ICYMI from Michaela Chesin on the Provincetown Banner: “‘VaxBus’ met with protesters in Provincetown”

– “Regardless of red-blue divide, teenagers from completely different sides look to seek out widespread floor,” by Jon Marcus, Boston Globe: “Sam Bueker and Allonah Ashworth didn’t precisely hit it off at first. Bueker, head of his scholar authorities’s activism committee at Wellesley Excessive Faculty, advised Ashworth he thought the Accomplice flag represents racism and betrayal. A member of the Teenage Republican Membership at her highschool in Lake Charles, La., Ashworth fiercely disagreed. She had grown up with that flag, she stated. ‘I didn’t concern it. It was part of the place I got here from.’

– “State journalism fee’s work hampered by pandemic,” by Sophia Gardner, Day by day Hampshire Gazette: “A state journalism fee, created to review the results of reports deserts and assist native information retailers, is predicted to have its deadline prolonged a full 12 months to accommodate for challenges offered by the pandemic.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – to Milton state Sen. Walter Timilty, Jordan Meehan, Simon Cataldo (h/t Jake Klein), and Google’s Catherine Cloutier. Completely happy belated to Tammy Pittman, who celebrated Saturday, and to former Rep. Invoice Delahunt, former state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and Nate Everett, who celebrated Sunday.

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