GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS.
THE ETSY PRIMARY — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2020 campaign has been on the rise lately. She's made headway in several recent polls, appeared on the cover of TIME, and made inroads with voters that some of her competitors struggle to reach. She's also pretty popular on Etsy.
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Warren's name generates more than a thousand products on the online marketplace that focuses on handmade items. Sellers, who are usually not affiliated with any presidential campaign, hawk merchandise that is quirkier than what you'd see on a candidate's own online store.
You can get traditional campaign fare like t-shirts, bumper stickers and pins on Etsy. But you can also buy a pair of earrings that are small images of Warren's face for $10. Someone's selling a "nevertheless, she persisted" cross stitch on light pink fabric, evoking the phrase that's become a motto of Warren's campaign. You can also get that phrase embossed on a stemless wine glass for $17.
You can get an Elizabeth Warren prayer candle, which depicts the senator as a religious figure holding a banner with the word "PERSIST." There are a number of people selling different versions of the candle, and you can get one that depicts pretty much any candidate or celebrity. You can also get rolling papers with Warren's campaign logo on them, if that's your jam. Those are available for 13 other candidates, too.
Other Etsy 2020 offerings include a $50 silver ring molded to look like Sanders' hair and glasses, and a Buttigieg card that says "Happy Birth Day Day" – a play on the "Boot-Edge-Edge" trick the candidate uses to pronounce his last name. And if you're into predicting the future, you can get a "Kamala/Buttigieg" button to signify that's the ticket you want heading into the general election.
Closer to home, you can get a number of Rep. Ayanna Pressley-themed cards, and a $33 tote bag that is printed with the first names first-year Democratic lawmakers Pressley, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Etsy’s 2020-themed sellers tend to focus their stock on left-leaning candidates with millennial supporters. An Etsy search for Warren's name yields 1,770 results, second to Bernie Sanders, who pulls up 3,700 results. Beto O'Rourke has 1,400 Etsy search results, Kamala Harris has 862, Pete Buttigieg shows 636 and Joe Biden has 635. At the back of the Etsy pack are members of Congress who just jumped into the race. Rep. Seth Moulton pulled up five Etsy search results, and Rep. Eric Swalwell generated three.
Candidates like Warren, O'Rourke and Sanders amassed large followings in previous campaigns, which likely contributes to the high number of products on Etsy that are connected to them.
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TODAY — Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at UMass Amherst undergraduate commencement. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito attends Haverhill DIstrict Court Law Day, then announces capital budget project funding in Lawrence. Rep. Bill Keating is honored at UMass Dartmouth graduation. Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Ohio. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh attends the Return of the Swans at the Public Garden, then highlights the Mayor’s Youth Council in Roxbury.
– “BIG IDEAS, LITTLE PROGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE BILLS,” by Matt Murphy, State House News Service: “More than two months after House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced plans for a 10-year, $1 billion state investment to help cities and towns plan for climate change, the speaker has yet to file the legislation, and his office has no timeline for its introduction. Still, as advocates for scores of bills press for floor votes, DeLeo said Wednesday that he "hopes" the House will still be able to debate and vote on his idea before the Legislature takes a summer recess in August. Meanwhile, a separate $1 billion climate plan filed by Gov. Charlie Baker in January has yet to have a public hearing. The administration requested a delay when officials were unavailable to testify before the Revenue Committee this week, and the committee is now eyeing a June hearing date for the proposal.”
– “Massachusetts campaign finance regulators end ‘union loophole,’” by Shira Schoenberg, Springfield Republican: “Massachusetts campaign finance regulators have reduced the amount of money unions can contribute to political candidates, ending the controversial “union loophole.” As of May 31, a union or nonprofit will no longer be able to donate up to $15,000 to a single candidate, party or PAC. Instead, unions will only be allowed to donate up to $1,000 per candidate, $5,000 to a party and $500 to a PAC — the same limits that apply to individual donors.”
– “ETHICS OF BEATON'S MOVE TO ENERGY CONSULTANT QUESTIONED,” by Katie Lannan, State House News Service: “Opponents of a planned natural gas compressor station in Weymouth are seeking more information about the departure of former Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, arguing his move to the private sector doesn't "pass the 'smell test.'" Beaton, a former state representative who had served in the Baker administration since 2015, stepped down as secretary last week to become senior vice president of renewable energy and emerging technology at TRC Companies.”
– “Sources: Alexandria, National to buy GE HQ for ‘gigantic’ sum,” by Catherine Carlock, Boston Business Journal: “General Electric Co. and brokerage CBRE are in the final stages of a deal to sell the Boston-based conglomerate’s future headquarters campus for up to $250 million, several real-estate industry sources told the Business Journal. Sources said the buyers of the 2.7-acre campus are Alexandria Real Estate Equities and National Development, and that the deal could close as soon as Thursday. California-based Alexandria (NYSE: ARE) is a dominant force in life-sciences development in Greater Boston, with a 4.5 million-square-foot portfolio located primarily in Cambridge. In the past year, however, the company has rapidly expanded its portfolio outside of the biotech mecca of Kendall Square into South Boston land around the GE (NYSE: GE) headquarters.”
– “'Appalled' By Decades Of Sexual Harassment, Harvard Will Begin Investigation Into University's Culture,” by Max Larkin, WBUR: “Officials at Harvard said Thursday that a tenured professor of political science engaged in a 40-year pattern of sexual harassment. Claudine Gay, dean of Harvard’s faculty of arts and sciences, wrote in a letter to the community that she was “appalled” by the findings of an internal investigation into the behavior of Jorge Domínguez, and was “heartbroken” by the toll his behavior took on female students and colleagues over the course of decades.”
– “Wynn casino could open a week or two late,” by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine: “WYNN RESORTS CEO Matt Maddox told financial analysts on Thursday that the company’s Everett casino and hotel is on schedule to open as planned on June 23, but he indicated the opening could be delayed a week or two to make sure there are no loose ends. “We’re going to make sure it’s flawless,” Maddox said of the opening. “We may give ourselves another week, maybe not, but the property looks good.” A press release reporting on financial results for the quarter ending March 31 said “we expect to open Encore Boston Harbor in mid-2019.” Maddox said 90 percent of the roughly 5,000 employees are either on board or within offer.”
– “Minority police officers group calls for transparency in BPD captain’s suspension,” by Sean Philip Cotter, Boston Herald: “The state’s minority police association is calling for more transparency as the Boston Police Department remains mum on the suspension of a popular captain who’s the first Muslim to hold that rank. “There’s been no reasons why. He’s just gone — and it’s hard to ask questions,” Larry Ellison, president of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, said of Boston police Capt. Haseeb Hosein. “When you don’t know, then it’s left out there for people to speculate whatever conspiracy theory or whatever. I don’t think it helps either side to not have the information out there.” Hosein, a veteran of nearly three decades with the department, was put on paid leave Monday, according to department spokesman Sgt. John Boyle.”
– “Boston Beer Company, Dogfish Head Brewery merge in $300 million deal,” by Steph Solis, MassLive.com: “The Boston Beer Company and Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery announced Thursday afternoon that they signed a merger agreement in a deal valued at around $300 million. The combined company will be led by Boston Beer CEO Dave Burwick. Dogfish Head’s employees will join Boston Beer’s team, though both breweries will remain at their own locations, a spokesperson confirmed.”
– “‘I am team Wynn’: Why Elaine Wynn is staying in the casino business,” by Mark Arsenault, Boston Globe: “Over three days of hearings last month, Elaine Wynn looked on stoically as Massachusetts regulators grilled Wynn Resorts executives about her ex-husband’s alleged sexual offenses, a litany of accusations that drove the casino mogul out of the business. The details were painful, exhausting. For Elaine Wynn, surely, the long hours of testimony must have been doubly difficult. It raised the obvious question: Why was she doing this at all? She could have avoided it all easily enough by selling off most or all of her shares in Wynn Resorts, the Las Vegas company she cofounded with Steve Wynn in 2002. But no, she told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, she’s not going anywhere.”
– “How Sen. Elizabeth Warren would tackle the opioid crisis,” by Brianna Ehley, POLITICO: “Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday unveiled a revamped, $100 billion plan to address the opioid crisis that calls for directing significant new resources to communities hit hard by drug addiction, taxing the wealthy to pay for the new resources and imposing criminal penalties on pharmaceutical executives found to have negligently contributed to the epidemic. Warren is the second Democratic candidate to release such a plan, following Sen. Amy Klobuchar. President Donald Trump has also made addressing the drug crisis a top priority.”
– “Dazzled by a big field, home-state donors are slow to support Elizabeth Warren and others,” by Todd Wallack, Jess Bidgood and Liz Goodwin, Boston Globe: “Sandra Anagnostakis, a mostly retired agricultural scientist who lives in Waltham, loves Senator Elizabeth Warren — so much so, she sent her $1,000 for her Senate reelection campaign last fall. But that doesn’t mean she is giving to Warren’s Democratic presidential bid. Instead, Anagnostakis, 80, donated $1,000 to a candidate she sees as a fresher face: Senator Kamala Harris of California. “I like her,” Anagnostakis said, “and I see her as the more electable candidate.” Warren’s early fund-raising numbers reveal a problem she shares with other candidates: Even her most natural constituency, home-state donors who enthusiastically backed her most recent in-state run, are hardly flocking en masse to support her presidential bid, and some have already decided to support her opponents.”
– RED SOCKS: “White House ceremony honoring Red Sox awkward from the start,” by Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe: “The White House Thursday morning sent out a scheduled post on its website stating, “President Trump Welcomes the 2018 World Series Champions The Boston Red Socks to the White House.’’ I am not making this up. Red Socks.”
— Herald: “HACK SHACK,” — Globe: “Poope sets rules on repeating sex abuse,” "GE sells Fort Point property for $252m," "Retired scholar barred by Harvard."
– “Lobstermen rally against delay in opening season,” by Mary Ann Bragg, Cape Cod Times: “With the count of North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay down to about a dozen as of Tuesday, and the seasonal ban on trap gear in the bay now in its fourth month, commercial lobstermen gathered at the town dock to say enough is enough. “Everyone else up and down the East Coast is fishing and we’re not,” said lobsterman Dave Hobson of Plymouth, as he stood among about 60 other lobstermen and supporters. “I have three kids, two in college. I own a house. I own two boats. This is really messing us up. It’s hard to survive.” As of Thursday, the state Division of Marine Fisheries was continuing its seasonal ban on the use of trap gear, such as lobster traps, in and around the bay through Tuesday, to protect the critically endangered right whales.”
– “Massasoit to open office at new unemployment building in downtown Brockton,” by Marc Larocque, Brockton Enterprise: “Massasoit Community College is coming to downtown Brockton after all. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito came to City Hall on Thursday afternoon to announce an update on the state-funded demolition and reconstruction project at the Ganley Building property at 226 Main St., celebrating how the Department of Unemployment Assistance will now be joined there by a second tenant, Massasoit Community College. This comes more than three years after the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker scrapped a downtown college collaborative facility that was originally planned for the Ganley Building property, in a project that was earmarked by the previous administration of former governor Deval Patrick.”
– “‘A Public Health Emergency’: Helping victims of sexual assault on college campuses,” by Sarah Connell, Worcester Magazine: “Lawmakers are pushing for measures to better understand campus climates and provide confidential reporting options for sexual assault survivors who need time to process what steps they will take. Police, meanwhile, both on college campuses and in local communities, say they take seriously all claims made to them. Sometimes, a victim may be reluctant to come forward, and authorities know some of that may stem from the fear of being acccused of making a false accusation or somehow being blamed for what happend.In the end, the decision to undergo confidential counseling, seek a civil rights finding, or pursue criminal charges falls to the survivor in his or her own time.”
REMEMBERING ANNE ADAMS, from the Boston Globe: “With uncommon range, Anne B. Adams produced TV news and feature programs about everything from the Oklahoma City bombing to cooking and concerts, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to cancer and caring for elderly parents. At WGBH for the past two decades, her work was honored with Emmys, James Beard awards, along with a George Foster Peabody Award for “Depression: Out of the Shadows.” Ms. Adams, who lived in Waltham, was 55 when she died April 9 of colon cancer that had metastasized. And though she was passionate about her work, “she was all about her family: her parents, her sister, her brothers, all their children — our nephews and nieces,” her husband said.” Link.
SPOTTED: John Kerry having lunch yesterday in Boston with the real boss — Bruce Springsteen, at the same time Trump was speaking about Kerry and the Logan Act.
MAZEL! to Will Rasky and Rebecca Freeman-Slade, who were married on May 4 at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester. The couple met on Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s campaign in 2012, when Freeman-Slade was a press intern and Rasky was assistant to campaign manager Nick Clemons. Freeman-Slade is an analyst at Abt Associates, and Rasky is an associate vice president at Rasky Partners. Pic.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Charlie Szold, an alum of Richard Tisei and now a public affairs consultant and partner at Blue Zone Partners, and Anastasia Szold, a senior financial analyst at Pepco, welcomed Theo Seth Szold. Pic.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – to Linnea Walsh, director of marketing and communications at the Group Insurance Commission, Andrew Card, chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, who is 72; Amy Russes, Chloe Gotsis, senior deputy press secretary to AG Maura Healey; Jaclyn Reiss, Boston Globe homepage and digital news editor; Alex Milne, legislative aide to state Rep. David DeCoste; Elise Italiano, Brad Bannon, and Gary Dzen, Boston Globe deputy digital sports editor.
HAPPY BIRTHWEEKEND – to Bryan Barash, who celebrates Saturday; and Kathryn Alexander, Rep. Katherine Clark’s communications director, who celebrates Sunday.
WAGER ALERT: State Sen. Eric Lesser bet North Carolina state Sen. Wiley Nickel some Hampden maple syrup that the Bruins will beat the Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? Yes! The Bruins beat the Hurricanes 5-2.
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