Here are the five things you should know today.
Sen. Mike Knapik (R-Westfield) resigns to take job at Westfield State University
Sen. Mike Knapik, of Westfield, the only Republican to vote for the $500M transportation tax hike, and this year’s bloated state budget, has taken a position at Westfield State College. The Springfield Republican has the story:
Veteran state lawmaker Sen. Michael R. Knapik, R-Westfield, is stepping down to take a new position at Westfield State University, according to a published report.
Knapik, a 10-term senator and member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is resigning to become executive director of university advancement, a position that requires him to work closely with university President Evan S. Dobelle and the Westfield State Foundation Inc., the nonprofit organization that raises money and manages charitable gifts for the university.
What is the price of a new job at Westfield State? Apparently voting to raise taxes by $500M.
Boston Herald starts Talk Radio Station
Today is the day, The Boston Herald starts a talk radio station on the internet. You can listen to the station online at BostonHerald.com. In addition you can listen via the TuneIn radio app on your Android or iOS device. I’m listening this morning via TuneIn and it works great. Here’s the lineup.
6:00 am to 9:00 am – “Live from the Newsroom with Jeff Katz”
9:00 am to Noon – “Morning Meeting with Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot”
12:00 noon to 3:00 pm – “The Natural Truth” with Michael Graham
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm – “Sports Town with Jon Meterparel and Jen Royle”
more after the jump
Central Mass GOP Superstar Kayla Berube To Become Hawaii GOP Executive Director
Late last week, Kayla Berube, who has been a fixture in Central Mass campaigns running field operations, announced she is set to become the Executive Director of the Hawaii Republican Party starting in a few weeks. Berube was the field director for Peter Durant’s runoff special election, and ran field for both Scott Brown and Gabriel Gomez in Central Massachusetts.
Two more bidders for Globe say they had higher bids than Henry
The Boston Globe is reporting that there are more groups that bid higher for the Boston Globe than John Henry is paying.
Three of the groups that lost out in the bidding for The Boston Globe say their offers were higher than Red Sox owner John W. Henry’s winning $70 million bid – prompting them to question the New York Times Co.’s sales process.
John Gormally, a Springfield television station owner and publisher of BusinessWest magazine, said that after meeting the Times Co.’s final bid deadline on July 26, he heard nothing from the company until a week later, in the early hours of Saturday morning, when an e-mail around 3 a.m. from the investment bankers announced the sale to Henry.
“I was surprised. Our offer was considerably higher than Henry’s,” Gormally said, at the “upper range” of the $65 million to $80 million the Globe had previously reported for bids. He noted that the Times Co., as a public company, has a responsibility to shareholders to maximize value.
Bulger Trial winds down today
The James “Whitey” Bulger trial is winding down today. After about two months of testimony, the prosecution and defense will give their closing arguments today. The jury starts deliberating tomorrow.