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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Natick dispatcher boosts reclassification bill

[Courtesy Photo] By Daily News Staff and News Services The 911 SAVES Act’s aim is to reclassify the dispatch job from clerical to a protective service position in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Goodwin, a dispatcher for the Natick Police Department, joined Torres and other lawmakers to call attention to the 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act. A dispatcher’s job has become more complicated, Goodwin said, with advances in technology. He was invited there, by none other than fourth-grader Sarah Balducci. “She loves politics,” her mother, Angela, told the Daily News. “She was like, ‘Oh my God,’” Angela Balducci said. During his visit, Kennedy asked his young constituents how they thought their schools could be made safer, according to Angela Balducci. Charlie Baker on one of their early session priorities: banning gay conversion therapy for minors. Clark is hosting an hour-long “tax town hall” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Weston Council on Aging, 20 Alphabet Lane. Kate Flanagan, a veteran Beacon Hill operative, began working for Vigeant late last month, according to a report in Main Street News, a Marlborough-based weekly publication.

Politicians say utility at center of explosions should close

Executives at the utility company responsible for September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts should step down, congressional members said Monday at a special hearing into the disaster. They painted a picture of a corporation that cut corners and lacked the internal procedures to prevent, let alone respond to, the Sept. 13 disaster that killed one person, injured dozens more, damaged more than 100 homes and left thousands without heat or hot water in the Merrimack Valley communities of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover. "At every step of the process, there was a chance to avoid this disaster," said U.S. Sen. Ed Markey to company executives. Instead of choosing to do things the right way, you chose to do things the easy way and the result was disaster." Joseph Hamrock, CEO of NiSource, and Steve Bryant, the president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, said the company was taking steps to assure another disaster doesn't happen. Charlie Baker has proposed legislation changing that in Massachusetts. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, pushed the executives to disclose if anyone had been fired as a result of the disaster, noting the company has been responsible for a number of gas leak incidents in Massachusetts in recent years. Hamrock demurred, saying that the company would "take all appropriate actions" once the ongoing review into the incident is complete. Congress members also used the hearing to underscore deficiencies they saw in natural gas oversight at the federal and local level. Don't miss a thing Get breaking news alerts as they happen

Politics In The News: Massachusetts Primary Election

David Greene talks to Frank Phillips, Boston Globe State House bureau chief, and NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, about what to expect. You have an outsider female congressional candidate challenging an establishment Democrat and a moderate Republican governor facing an onslaught from the right. He knows a lot about Massachusetts politics. GREENE: So one of the major storylines we're seeing is this Democratic primary race. PHILLIPS: Well, it's a real challenge to it. GREENE: That he has a serious - a challenge as serious as this. GREENE: All right, Frank Phillips of The Boston Globe talking to us about the primary today in his state. GREENE: Let me turn now to NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, who's been listening with us. DETROW: Yeah, he criticized Sessions for two indictments that went out over the summer against Republican congressmen - the first two Republicans on the Hill who endorsed President Trump, actually. OK. NPR's Scott Detrow.

Berkshire County power politics

Caccaviello is now facing two rivals who are both progressive women — Andrea Harrington, a self-styled reformer and defense attorney from Richmond, and Judith Knight, who has experience as a defense attorney and prosecutor and ran against Capeless in 2006. “I’m looking for a progressive district attorney,” Farley-Bouvier told the Berkshire Eagle. Instead of using power brokers to winnow a field of candidates, ranked-choice voting lets voters do it. (Boston Herald) If the Senate votes to remove the justices, mostly elected Democrats, the Republican governor will appoint the replacements until the next election that could be late next year. (Boston Herald) Police in Bismarck, North Dakota, request funding to buy AR-15 rifles for officers stationed in the city’s schools. MBTA officials kept the public and members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board in the dark about safety issues at the Alewife parking garage. (Boston Herald) A Superior Court judge has turned down prosecutors’ request for the names of witnesses who cooperated — under the assurance of anonymity — with a state Senate investigation of former president Stan Rosenberg. Charlie Baker, meanwhile, defends police officers. (MetroWest Daily News)