POLITICAL HAPPY HOUR: July 01, 2014

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Here’s your afternoon dose of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe:

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE A POLITICAL JUNKIE?

YOU’RE READING THIS NEWSLETTER INSTEAD OF WATCHING SOCCER: The United States is battling Belgium in a World Cup game happening at this very moment in Brazil (and also on ESPN). Among the outdoor watch parties: one in Boston at City Hall Plaza and one in Worcester behind City Hall.

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Are you as psyched for the game, as this guy, gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick? pic.twitter.com/kSs5FbBdeL

Or this guy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh? pic.twitter.com/slHiZoaB4L

GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK TAKES A SHORT TRIP — TO PANAMA, via the Associated Press: “…Patrick is defending his decision to head to Panama to attend the swearing-in of the country’s new president at the request of President Barack Obama. Patrick planned to be in Panama on Tuesday for the inauguration of President-elect Juan Carlos Varela. He’ll return to Massachusetts on Wednesday. Patrick told reporters Monday that ‘being away for 24 hours to respond to the president’s request to represent the United States at a foreign head of state’s inauguration is a pretty great honor for the commonwealth.’ … Critics have faulted Patrick for his travels. In March, the governor headed a delegation on a weeklong trade mission to Panama City and Mexico City. More recently Patrick embarked on a trade mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates.” http://apne.ws/1mG72kZ

CHARLIE BAKER RAISED A LOT OF MONEY IN JUNE, MORE THAN DEMOCRATIC RIVALS, from me on BostonGlobe.com: “Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker raised substantially more money than his three Democratic rivals in June and had the most money in the bank on Monday, according to preliminary fund-raising figures provided by the candidates’ respective campaigns. Baker raised about $400,000 in June, his campaign said. Meanwhile, Attorney General Martha Coakley brought in $173,000 for the month, former Medicare chief Donald M. Berwick raised about $163,000, and Treasurer Steven Grossman scooped up $151,000, the Democrats’ respective campaigns said. …” http://bit.ly/1m6cEsZ

WHERE’S YOUR MONEY GOING WATCH — USEFUL GRAPHIC SHOWING HOW MUCH MASS. STATE AID IS GOING TO EACH CITY AND TOWN UNDER BUDGET PASSED BY LEGISLATURE, via Andrew Ba Tran on BostonGlobe.com: http://bit.ly/1xcwdnq

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NEW HAMPSHIRE US SENATE SHOT: The state Democratic Party held a conference call this afternoon whacking Scott Brown and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is officially endorsing Brown’s US Senate bid at a rally on Wednesday.

“It’s actually insulting that Scott Brown is shipping in another failed Massachusetts politician to tell Granite Staters what they need,” New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley told reporters.

CHASER: Scott Brown raised more than $2 million in April, May and June, according a Brown campaign aide.

WIND BENEATH THE WING$ OF CONTROVERSIAL TURBINE FARM, via Michael Norton of the State House News Service: “Commercial developers behind the wind turbine farm long planned for Nantucket Sound hailed a new ‘vote of confidence’ Tuesday as the Obama administration announced what it called the ‘first step’ toward issuing a $150 million loan guarantee to support the construction of Cape Wind. … Project opponents have for years slowed Cape Wind’s progress through litigation…question[ing] the siting location, and predicting higher energy costs. …”

Reporter Erin Ailworth had the scoop in today’s Boston Globe: “…The support will come in the form of a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. With this federal commitment, which still needs to be finalized, Cape Wind would have raised $1.45 billion, or nearly 60 percent of the estimated $2.5 billion it will take to build more than 100 turbines in Nantucket Sound. … ” http://bit.ly/1m4kzHd

WEATHER WARNING FOR JULY 4, via Kiera Blessing on BostonGlobe.com: “A tropical storm spinning up the East Coast is expected to turn into a small hurricane later this week. It is likely to steer clear of New England, but it could well douse some Fourth of July barbecues with rain, forecasters said. …” http://bit.ly/1m6hpTi

NEVER TOO EARLY FOR POLITICS, from me on BostonGlobe.com: “He can’t buy a beer. He can’t drive a car. But 14-year-old Joey Yacovone can launch his own political action committee to influence Massachusetts politics. … He said the group planned to help a number of candidates this year… [b]ut Yacovone has a bigger mission in mind. ‘We need to get more of the youth involved in these campaigns,’ he said. ‘We want to make sure the upcoming generations know about government, get their views more developed and will vote for the right candidate based on their views.’ … Still, Yacovone may find he has less time for political activities after the summer ends: he starts high school in the fall.” http://bit.ly/1pHtFxG

Sending tips, feedback, and epistles of all types to me is easier then, well, starting a PAC. And a 14-year-old can do that. My email is: joshua.miller@globe.com

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