During a radio appearance on Tuesday, 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) “dodged questions…about whether he would run for governor again in 2014, but sounded a lot like a candidate as he used a radio interview to talk up his management skills.” Baker: “I’m never going to be the great speechifier. But if you need to get something done that is complicated and difficult, I’m as good a guy as anyone at that.”
Baker “indicated he would reveal his plans sometime around Labor Day, but was coy about the exact timing of his announcement.” Baker: “I may even slip it till after Labor Day, who knows?”
He also responded to a swipe that former Sen. Scott Brown (R) took at him last week when announcing he wouldn’t run for governor. Discussing Baker’s potential candidacy, Brown said: “Is he Mr. Personality? No. Everyone knows that. He’s not.” Asked about those comments Tuesday, Baker said: “The good news is that I’ve got no place to go but up.”(Boston Globe)
Baker’s announcement will likely clear the field of any other serious GOP contenders, while Democrats are expected to have a crowded primary fight.
RALLY FOR WOLF: “A group of Democratic activists from Cape Cod is planning to stage a rally in support of” state Sen. Dan Wolf (D), “who has been forced by the State Ethics Commission to either resign his Senate seat or divest his interest in Cape Air, the company he founded. Wolf has already suspended his run for governor and has said he plans to resign from his Senate seat on Thursday, if the Ethics Commission does not reverse its finding.” The pro-Wolf activists “are promising to bring ‘busloads’ of Wolf supporters from the Cape to the State House steps on Thursday at noon, and then march to the offices of the State Ethics Commission nearby.” (Boston Globe)
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Trump wants to move the two grants, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas grant and the Drug Free Communities Act, to the Justice and Health and Human Services departments, respectively. This would result in a $300 million plus reduction in funding, about 95 percent of the cost of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "'I’m baffled at the idea of cutting the office or reducing it significantly and taking away its programs in the middle of an epidemic,'" said Regina LaBelle, who served as ONDCP chief of staff during the Obama administration. This is the second time the Trump Administration has proposed gutting the agency.
A new report assembled by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has identified more than 500 potential conflicts of interest in President Trump's first year. First, the report notes, Trump spent 122 days at his properties during his first year. He has been accompanied by 70 federal officials and 30 members of Congress. "Second, far from this signaled access to power being an empty promise, those who patronize President Trump’s businesses have, in fact, gained access to the president and his inner circle." Lastly, about 40 special interest groups and 11 foreign governments have held events at Trump properties.