The most widely-reported news state-wide is that the public breast-feeding law goes into effect today. Yesterday, public breast-feeders could be prosecuted and potentially go onto the sex-offender registry list. Today, Bay State babies can go on a feeding frenzy without hiring a lookout for the five-oh. In other news:
Mostly the news is all about opening day -- as it should be! Elsewhere:
--Menino breaks the bad budget news: Globe and Herald versions.
--Bridgewater is looking at axing 70 teachers, according to the Brockton Enterprise, which also says Easton might stop funding its library.
--Randolph voted yesterday to ditch its town-meeting system for a more grown-up form of government, reports the Patriot-Ledger.
We now have at least four black candidates for at-large seats on the Boston City Council: Ego Ezedi, Robert Fortes, Jean-Claude Sanon, and Scotland Willis. I expect at least one, and likely two more still to come.
Even if one or two change their minds, or fail to get enough signatures to qualify, it will probably be possible to vote an all-black ticket, at least in the preliminary election.
Robert Fortes of Dorchester, an MBTA executive and former executive director of the State Office of Minority and Womens Business Assistant, appears to be planning a run for Boston City Council, seeking one of the four at-large seats.
Fortes opened a campaign account yesterday with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance; I had been told by two people recently that he was seriously considering it.
George F. Will earned a good scoffing from me and many others fo his recent columns pooh-poohing global warming "alarmism."
Much of the derision (although just a minor note in my own screed) centered around this claim:
Since September, however, the increase in sea ice has been the fastest change,
either up or down, since 1979, when satellite record-keeping began.
--The Herald can't get enough of the Globe's woes. BTW, I have it on good authority that consummate insider Larry Moulter, who just took the Boston Coach CEO slot eight months ago, is not pursuing a possible purchase of the paper, as the Herald suggests.
--There's a lot of concern about the local effects of plans announced by Defense Secretary Gates yesterday, to reduce and re-focus military spending.
I've lately been suggesting, in quite strong terms, that the national GOP has done a poor job in the role of political opposition. Now comes a new CBS News/ New York Times poll showing Barack Obama with a 66% approval rating -- and the Republican Party roughly as popular as toe fungus.
Asked "Which party is more concerned about people like you?", just 22% say Republicans (57% say Democrats).
Tonight I'll be on a panel for the "Government Accountability and Transparency Forum" at Northeastern, hosted by the Progressive Student Alliance. (Don't worry, there will also be wiser panelists: Avi Green, Pam Wilmot, and Walter Robinson.)
It's a topic we hear an awful lot about these days. But I'm not sure, as I think about it, that we all really know what exactly we're talking about.
I previously mentioned NPR's online voting game for 2012 GOP Presidential nominee. It winds down today (coinciding with the NCAA hoops tournament that spawned it), and unsurprisingly Ron Paul is going to win big. Those Ron Paul supporters, they sure know their way around the Internet.
Weirdly enough, the rest of the NPR Final Four is eerily similar to my rankings of the likely nominees
Here's the web site where the Iowa Supreme Court will post its ruling on gay marriage, due in minutes.
--Odds are fairly good that this kind of story could only emerge publicly when there is a serious mayoral challenge going on, which is exactly why many Bostonians wanted to see a serious challenge. The failure to develop this particular patch of land, and others in the immediate area, is a disgrace dating back to the beginning of the Menino administration.
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) -- the conservatives in the US House of Representatives -- don't care for the House Republican leadership's "alternative budget." The RSC has now introduced its alternative alternative budget, and as promised it claims to achieve a balanced budget by the 10th year, 2019.
--The Globe has a front-page story about Cong. Capuano's links to lobbyists under investigation, a month after I reported the same story. Oddly, they left out entirely Capuano's close relationship with Jack Murtha, the Pennsylvania Congressman at the center of the scandal. In fact, the Globe article doesn't even mention Murtha at all.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have an article about state treasurer Tim Cahill, who certainly seems to be positioning himself for a 2010 run against Gov. Deval Patrick.
The past couple of weeks, it seems to have sunk in among the state's political cognoscenti that Cahill really does intend to run, quite likely as an independent.
Michael Flaherty took in $96,928 for the month -- almost $20,000 from ZIP 02127 -- which is OK but not stellar (especially for St. Patty's day!). The question, of course, is whether this is his low-hanging fruit and now it gets tough, or if this is just the ramp-up of the fundraising operation.
Regardless, it's certainly not on par with Mayor McChicken, who is raking in the cash despite his unwillingness to actually declare himself a candidate.