POLITICAL HAPPY HOUR: June 17, 2014

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

NEW ENGLAND GOVERNORS COME TO BRANDEIS TO CRAFT STRATEGY TO FIGHT DRUG ABUSE via Bob Salsberg of the Associated Press in Waltham: “New England governors are calling for stronger cross-border monitoring of prescription drugs as part of a regional strategy for fighting opioid abuse. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick convened the meeting Tuesday at Brandeis University in Waltham. Govs. Peter Shumlin of Vermont, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island also attended. Maine Gov. Paul LePage was unable to attend. The governors announced an agreement to strengthen the sharing of data on prescription painkillers that officials say can lead to heroin abuse. … The states have been dealing with a rise in deaths and overdoses from heroin and other opioids. Shumlin said it is a battle all the states need to fight together.” Link from the Boston Herald http://bit.ly/1r2b9fV

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SAY WHAT? TIERNEY CALLS FOR “THE TROOPS” AFTER SPOTTING TRACKER from me on BostonGlobe.com: “To stomp, or to stop, that is the question. US Representative John F. Tierney was displeased when he spotted a video camera-wielding Republican operative at a Democratic event on Friday evening. ‘Tracker?’ Tierney asks as he spots a man working for the state Republican Party recording a video of him. ‘You got to be kidding. In here? We ought to get the troops and stomp him,’ Tierney appears to say in the video. But a Tierney spokesman, Daniel Rubin, disputed that. ‘What he was saying, was not ‘stomp’ but ‘stop,’’ Rubin said. ‘I just confirmed with all of our staff [there] that what he said was ‘stop.’’ … Rubin added that only credentialed media was allowed at that event and the tracker should not have been there. The video, obtained by the Globe from a Republican, was taken by a MassGOP tracker, the state party’s executive director, Rob Cunningham, confirmed in an email. …” http://bit.ly/1pdGEo2

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/XHj5CmM_CKk?t=1m30s

NATIONAL REPUBLICANS RESERVE $2.2 MILLION IN BOSTON MARKET TV TIME FOR HOUSE RACES, COULD BOOST RICHARD TISEI from me on BostonGlobe.com: “… The National Republican Congressional Committee has booked $2.2 million of time for television advertisements on Boston broadcast and cable television, according to a committee official. That money could be used to target Massachusetts US Representative John Tierney and/or New Hampshire US Representatives Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, all Democrats. The official said decisions on allocations within the media market — which covers all of Tierney’s North Shore-anchored district and much of southern New Hampshire — have not yet been made… The reservation is part of a more than $30 million national TV effort …” http://bit.ly/1qoAhQC

DOUBLE DOWN — CASINO REPEAL ACTIVISTS SAY THEY HAVE ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO GET ON BALLOT, SJC-WILLING via Mark Arsenault and Martin Finucane on BostonGlobe.com: “Casino repeal activists say they’ve collected more than twice the required signatures to clear the final hurdle to get on the November ballot. … Both sides of the gambling debate are keeping close watch on the Supreme Judicial Court, which is expected to rule by early July whether a casino repeal measure may move ahead to the November ballot. …” http://bit.ly/1r1eADu

BIG BREEZE — MORE OCEAN OFF MASSACHUSETTS OPEN FOR WIND ENERGY via Steve LeBlanc of the Associated Press in Boston: “Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell say a large area off the coast is being opened for commercial wind energy leases. The officials say the proposed area is more than…1,160 square miles. That’s larger than the area of Rhode Island and will nearly double the federal offshore acreage available for commercial-scale wind energy projects. The area is about 12 miles offshore, south of Martha’s Vineyard, and will be auctioned as four leases. So far the government has awarded five commercial wind energy leases off the Atlantic Coast, including Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound…” Link via ABC News http://abcn.ws/1qpqo5d

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ENDORSEMENT WATCH IN GOVERNOR’S RACE: Donald Berwick, one of three Democratic gubernatorial candidates, announced today he had picked up endorsements from two Democratic state senators: Daniel A. Wolf of Harwich and Kenneth J. Donnelly of Arlington.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:

•Attorney General Martha Coakley is set to meet business owners and workers in Lowell at 4 p.m., continuing her gubernatorial campaign tour focused on jobs and the economy.

•Treasurer Steven Grossman is set to discuss job growth at Granite Telecommunications in Quincy at 4:30 p.m., continuing his gubernatorial campaign tour focused on jobs and the economy.

•Opponents of gun violence legislation pending on Beacon Hill, including GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mark R. Fisher, are set to rally in opposition to the bill Wednesday in front of the State House at 11 a.m.

ENDORSEMENT WATCH IN DEMOCRATIC RACE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: Former US secretary of labor Robert B. Reich threw his support behind Maura Healey in an email to her supporters this morning, one day after US Representative Stephen F. Lynch officially endorsed her opponent, Warren Tolman. Lynch campaigned with Tolman in Dorchester and Quincy on Monday. Reich was one of Tolman’s opponents in the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary that both lost.

Rally “the troops” and send tips, missives, feedback, and epistles of all types to me: joshua.miller@globe.com

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