GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. It’s St. Patrick’s Day.
CAMPAIGNS SWEAT SIGNATURES AMID CORONAVIRUS — Whereas a bunch of congressional campaigns urges the state to delay a key election deadline amid the coronavirus outbreak, Secretary of State Invoice Galvin is recommending that candidates proceed gathering the signatures wanted to seem on the Sept. 1 major poll.
Campaigns are adjusting to a brand new actuality amid the coronavirus outbreak, with digital city halls and different ways that permit for social distancing. However gathering the hundreds of signatures due by June 2 is tougher, particularly for candidates who introduced their bids in latest months. Campaigns want these signatures to make it on the poll, however are cautious of exposing staffers and strangers to the contagious illness.
Near a dozen candidates working for Congress — and three Home members — are urging the state to delay the deadline to submit signatures by 30 days. The group wrote a letter to Galvin, Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Karen Spilka and Home Speaker Robert DeLeo yesterday.
“Individuals throughout the commonwealth have adjusted their each day lives to forestall the additional unfold of COVID-19,” the letter says. “Persevering with to encourage folks to solicit signatures from hundreds of strangers is incongruous with that mission.”
The letter is signed by Reps. Joe Kennedy III, Ayanna Pressley and Seth Moulton. It is also signed by eight candidates working to switch Kennedy within the Home — Dave Cavell, Becky Grossman, Alan Khazei, Ihssane Leckey, Jesse Mermell, Herb Robinson, Tom Shack and Ben Sigel. Brianna Wu and Dr. Robert Goldstein, who’re working to unseat Rep. Stephen Lynch, additionally signed the letter. Home campaigns should flip in 2,000 signatures, whereas Senate campaigns want 10,000. Kennedy’s marketing campaign has already turned in additional than 15,000 signatures in to native elections officers, however signed on to help poll entry.
For his half, Galvin doesn’t have the authorized authority to postpone nomination paper deadlines or waive signature necessities, his workplace mentioned. These processes are set by statute, although Galvin requested the state legislature to increase his election powers final week.
Within the meantime, Galvin’s workplace advised campaigns might give every signer a “recent sheet of paper” and a brand new pen to keep away from the unfold of coronavirus.
“Since there was no legislative motion on this, we might advocate the candidates proceed as they usually would, however with applicable precautions,” Galvin spokesperson Debra O’Malley mentioned in an electronic mail to POLITICO. “Candidates could take into account making actual copies of nomination papers with the intention to give voters a recent sheet of paper to signal. They could additionally present signers with new pens, so they don’t have to make use of a shared pen to signal the papers.”
Some candidates plan to mail the papers to voters, O’Malley added, and campaigns could mail the signatures to election officers quite than ship them in particular person. However even sending signatures within the mail could possibly be thought-about a danger. In Washington, the secretary of state requested voters who mailed their major ballots earlier this month to not lick the envelopes as a result of coronavirus issues.
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TODAY — The State Home is closed to guests, although state officers and workers are nonetheless allowed. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh provides a televised replace on the town’s coronavirus response. Rep. Katherine Clark hosts a phone city corridor on coronavirus with former Division of Homeland Safety official Juliette Kayyem and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia. Sen. Ed Markey is a visitor on WBUR.
– “Bizarre life in MA is over for now: Walsh orders development shutdown, tally of instances statewide rises to 197,” by Zoe Greenberg, Tim Logan and Martin Finucane, Boston Globe: “The staggering scope of the coronavirus pandemic got here into more and more stark focus Monday because the MBTA introduced it will reduce on service, colleges throughout the state ready to shut for weeks, and Boston ordered a halt to main enterprise and metropolis development initiatives, bringing a longtime constructing growth to a standstill. The quantity of instances within the state climbed to 197, up from 164 on Sunday, because the tempo of testing accelerated.”
– “Payments To Assist Staff, Municipalities Now In Mass. Legislature’s Fingers,” by Matt Murphy, State Home Information Service: “With closures tied to the coronavirus outbreak impacting every thing from eating places and colleges to municipal workplaces, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday filed a collection of laws supposed to supply a lifeline to employees compelled to remain house and to cities and cities attempting to maintain native authorities operational. Baker final week declared a state of emergency in response to the unfold of coronavirus all through Massachusetts, however his emergency powers solely lengthen to this point.”
– “Baker defends Trump touch upon respirators,” by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Journal: “With Massachusetts hospitals struggling to acquire badly wanted stockpiled tools for his or her sufferers and frontline employees, Gov. Charlie Baker defended President Trump’s message to the nation’s governors on Monday that they need to attempt getting respirators, ventilators, and different tools themselves. Baker, requested by a reporter what he considered Trump telling the governors to get the tools on their very own, mentioned that wasn’t what he heard the president say.”
– “Charlie Baker: $10M small enterprise mortgage program launched over coronavirus setbacks,” by Mary Markos, Boston Herald: “Gov. Charlie Baker introduced a $10 million small enterprise restoration mortgage fund for small companies which can be impacted by COVID-19, after assembly with Senate President Karen Spilka and Home Speaker Robert DeLeo. Baker, in a information convention Monday, urged colleges to shut, crowds to maintain beneath 25 folks and others to social distance as a lot as doable. And, he added, ‘maintain a stage head.’”
– “Colleges are shutting down however day-care facilities stay open,” by Stephanie Ebbert and Katie Johnston, Boston Globe: “Although greater than 1 million Massachusetts college students will keep house from college for the following three weeks to regulate the unfold of the coronavirus, the state has left open child-care facilities, which serve the youngest kids who require probably the most hands-on care and who’re infamous for spreading germs. That has some day-care academics involved about their continued vulnerability. Greater than 18,000 have signed a web based petition urging the Massachusetts Division of Early Training and Care to mandate the closure of child-care facilities, which stay open on the discretion of the suppliers.”
– “State could ban evictions as coronavirus hits financial system,” by Christian M. Wade, Eagle-Tribune: “Lawmakers have filed a proposal to briefly ban evictions and residential foreclosures for residents who cannot pay the payments due to the brand new coronavirus outbreak. Laws filed by 40 Democratic lawmakers would stop the state’s courts from imposing evictions or foreclosures whereas the state stays below an emergency declaration. Lenders can be prohibited from finishing up foreclosures, whereas courts overseeing eviction processes can be barred from getting into foreclosures judgments.”
– “When the present doesn’t go on,” by Shira Shocenberg, CommonWealth Journal: “Because the coronavirus pandemic places a maintain of all gatherings in Massachusetts, the humanities is one trade that’s notably laborious hit. Nearly each public efficiency area is shut down, and theater courses are cancelled. Main museums are all closed. Whereas some bigger arts establishments could have a monetary cushion, many smaller organizations reside season to season. And artists are often a part of the gig financial system, paid for every live performance they carry out or every manufacturing they employees. When the work dries up, so do the paychecks.”
– “First sufferers dosed with potential coronavirus vaccine from Cambridge biotech,” by Jonathan Saltzman, Boston Globe: “Wholesome sufferers in Seattle started receiving dosages Monday of the primary potential Covid-19 vaccine to enter medical trials, a substance developed partly by the Cambridge-based biotech Moderna. The trial started at Kaiser Permanente Washington Well being Analysis Institute in Seattle and can enroll 45 wholesome grownup volunteers who’re 18 to 55 years previous, in accordance with the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses (NIAID), which is funding the trial. The institute is a part of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being.”
– “Walsh broadcasts ‘Boston Resiliency Fund’ to offer providers throughout pandemic,” by Danny McDonald, Boston Globe: “A brand new fund established to assist Boston residents hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic raised $10 million in its first day, metropolis officers mentioned Monday. The quick priorities of the ‘Boston Resiliency Fund’ are to offer meals to metropolis kids and older adults, know-how to public college college students for distant studying, and help, together with youngster care, to first responders and well being care employees, in accordance with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s workplace.”
– “Essex County Brings Individuals Again to Jail Amid COVID-19,” by Deborah Becker, WBUR: “Massachusetts is grappling with tips on how to handle folks in jails, prisons and courtrooms amid the coronavirus outbreak, with one sheriff pulling males out of a sober house and again to jail. Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger’s workplace mentioned 30 males who had been in neighborhood sober properties are actually on the jail’s pre-release middle. He mentioned that is so the boys could possibly be monitored by jail medical employees for any indicators of sickness, and so therapy could possibly be offered on web site.”
– “With coronavirus, eating places have been in monetary limbo. Now the underside will fall out,” by Shirley Leung, Boston Globe: “Beginning Tuesday, the underside will actually fall out for the restaurant trade. After days and weeks of mounting worry about coronavirus protecting folks house, all eating places and bars should cease dine-in operations on Tuesday, by order of Governor Charlie Baker, till April 6. The one meals they will serve must be by takeout or supply providers. And liquor gross sales — a significant a part of their income ― is out altogether.”
– “‘They’re taking it too flippantly’: Younger folks, spurred by apathy or confusion, have didn’t heed official warnings to self-isolate,” by Dugan Arnett, Boston Globe: “Within the wake of an unprecedented pandemic, public well being officers have begged People, with rising urgency, to remain at house until completely crucial. However even within the midst of those dire measures, a big swath of the native inhabitants — together with many of their 20s and 30s — has but to heed the message.”
– “Boston Public Colleges Set Up Meals Distribution Websites For Scholar Meals Throughout Coronavirus Faculty Closings,” by Marilyn Schairer, WGBH Information: “Boston Public Colleges assured the general public Monday that it’s ready to help households with meals through the COVID-19 pandemic all through the college closures slated to final by April 27. BPS mentioned that on Tuesday, March 17, they’ll have 16 designated areas all through the town as BPS meals distribution websites for households to select up packaged meal choices totally free breakfast and lunch meals.”
– “In some neighborhoods, even the most effective drivers face steep insurance coverage charges,” by Eileen O’Grady, Boston Globe: “In Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Mattapan — all low-income minority neighborhoods — automobile insurance coverage charges are constantly, and considerably, increased than in different areas of Boston. In line with knowledge from the Massachusetts lawyer common’s workplace, residents in these components of the town can pay as much as thrice the statewide common for automobile insurance coverage.”
– FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: KHAZEI’S CORONAVIRUS PLAN — Alan Khazei, a Brookline Democrat working to switch Rep. Joe Kennedy III, is releasing a coronavirus “motion plan” as we speak, which requires elevated testing, tapping the military to arrange emergency hospitals and requiring paid sick depart, amongst different proposals. The plan.
– “MBTA to scale back practice and bus service, shut ferry,” by Adam Vaccaro and Matt Rocheleau, Boston Globe: “With ridership drastically lowered because of the coronavirus outbreak, the MBTA will restrict weekday service beginning Tuesday, working a Saturday schedule on the subway and most bus strains. The T mentioned the lowered ranges of service are supposed to stability the must restrict crowding whereas adequately serving a a lot smaller ridership that also contains important employees within the wake of the shutdown of colleges, workplaces, and the broader regional financial system.”
– “Advocates, Attorneys Name For Rapid Launch Of Non-Prison Immigrants In ICE Custody,” by Shannon Dooling, WBUR: “Immigration attorneys and advocates are calling on the federal authorities to launch all people presently held in federal immigration custody who wouldn’t have prison convictions, in gentle of the general public well being emergency brought on by the unfold of the coronavirus. As of April 2019, there have been 737 folks detained in immigration jails within the state. Of these, 423, or practically 60% of them don’t have any prison conviction, in accordance with Syracuse College’s TRAC Immigration database.”
– “Courts closed to public; judges out there by cellphone for bails, abuse prevention orders,” by Gary V. Murray, Telegram & Gazette: “State courthouses had been closed to the general public Monday and Tuesday as courtroom officers ready to implement steps being taken in an effort to stem the unfold of the coronavirus. Judges had been to be out there by phone to overview bails set on people held in custody on account of weekend or Monday arrests and to cope with different emergency issues, akin to abuse prevention orders, search warrants and psychological well being or medical points.”
– “We’d like a grassroots stimulus package deal,” by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, CNN: “The coronavirus aid package deal awaiting a Senate vote shouldn’t be delayed, and we should move it instantly. However we have to do extra. The US is heading towards a recession, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already introduced plans for an extra emergency response package deal. That is the appropriate strategy. We should act shortly to enact a significant fiscal stimulus package deal that wards off financial catastrophe.”
– “Mitt Romney Needs The Authorities To Give Each American Grownup $1,000 Throughout The Coronavirus Outbreak,” by Addy Baird, BuzzFeed Information: “Because the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the US, folks nationwide are being inspired to remain inside their properties, and states and cities are starting to shut eating places, bars, and different companies. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has a plan he thinks may help: Give each grownup within the US $1,000. The proposal to offer each grownup $1,000 is considered one of a number of put forth by Romney to attempt to tackle the pandemic — and was central to entrepreneur Andrew Yang’s Democratic presidential marketing campaign.”
– “Kennedy: Congress ought to ship People money to spice up financial system,” WPRI: “Congressman Joe Kennedy III mentioned the 2 measures that Home Democrats has handed to this point — one providing support to states, and a second offering free testing and numerous emergency advantages — signify solely a primary step within the response.”
– “Kennedy fields calls about coronavirus pandemic at Attleboro district workplace,” by Jim Hand, Solar Chronicle: “U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III held a phone in a single hand and a turkey membership sandwich within the different Monday as he learn a stack of papers detailing calls his workplace had acquired from constituents in regards to the coronavirus pandemic. In between wiping down his laptop computer and cellphone with disinfectant, he personally referred to as the constituents.”
— Herald: “DESOLATE CITY,” — Globe: “Walsh orders halt to constructing initiatives; inventory markets in one other freefall,” “Get used to residing our lives aside,” “T reduces service as life in metropolis retreats”
– “With 160 workers in quarantine, BMC faucets 54 temp nurses,” by Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle: “Greater than 160 workers at Berkshire Medical Heart are actually furloughed for quarantine after doable publicity to the brand new coronavirus from sufferers who’ve examined optimistic, in accordance with an inside firm memo obtained by The Eagle. By a short lived company, BMC has employed 54 new nurses, who started arriving on Friday and who specialise in medical/surgical, intensive care and emergency providers, in accordance with the e-mail despatched to all workers on Sunday by Darlene Rodowicz, government vice chairman of Berkshire Well being Programs, mum or dad firm of BMC.”
– “Utilities droop invoice collections amid outbreak,” by Christian M. Wade, Gloucester Each day Occasions: “Utilities are giving vitality customers a break on their excellent electrical and pure gasoline payments in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Nationwide Grid over the weekend advised prospects it’s suspending bill-related collections, and won’t shut off service as a result of non-payment, till the tip of April.”
– “Weymouth police, employees to watch parks for big teams,” by Jessica Trufant, The Patriot Ledger: “Mayor Robert Hedlund mentioned the city’s public parks are nonetheless open, however playgrounds are closed and city workers and cops can be out to make sure that massive teams of individuals aren’t aren’t gathering. Weymouth is amongst South Shore communities taking drastic steps to attempt to restrict the unfold of the COVID-19 virus.”
– “Coronavirus: UMass Memorial Medical Heart in Worcester to pilot a drive-up COVID-19 testing service,” by Melissa Hanson, MassLive.com: “UMass Memorial Medical Heart goes to be piloting a scheduled drive-up COVID-19 screening service. The ambulatory COVID-19 testing tent can be for sufferers who’ve already been recognized by a UMass Memorial supplier, in accordance with a discover from UMass Memorial Well being Care.”
– “Digboston halts print version, goes digital solely, wants your assist,” DigBoston: “For the primary time in our publication’s 21-year historical past, we’re additionally briefly halting our print version till additional discover. Between the dearth of individuals in public locations and the potential hazard of communal newspaper packing containers, we sadly see no different choice for safeguarding readers and our distribution crew.”
WEEKEND WEDDING – Nadia Szold, of Nice Barrington, Mass., a filmmaker who will quickly be premiering her newest documentary on Larry Flynt’s 1984 presidential run, married Steven Prince, the topic of Martin Scorsese’s documentary “American Boy”, popping out on Criterion this Might. Their vows had been witnessed by Szold’s godfather poet Geoffrey Younger and god-brother Ayler Younger. Pic.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – to Northampton Metropolis Council President Gina-Louise Sciarra, Jeremy Comeau, Daniel Bellow and Cam Charbonnier (h/t Megan Costello).
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? The house groups usually are not enjoying.
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