STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE -- With an early primary on Sept. 9, candidates have two weeks left to grab the attention of voters, with open statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and treasurer. A Suffolk University poll is expected be released on Monday, after the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates - Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steve Grossman and pediatrician Don Berwick - debate on Boston Herald's internet radio station. They meet again for a Channel 22 debate in Springfield on Wednesday, and will tape a third debate on Friday, which will air on Sunday on WBZ. Public polling has shown a gubernatorial race that's stayed largely static; over the last several months, Coakley has held down a lead over her two rivals, while drawing fire from Grossman. Former health insurance executive Charlie Baker, vying for the Republican nod is facing his own primary, with Shrewsbury Republican Mark Fisher nipping at him from the right. The pair will be at the Boston Globe on Monday for their own debate. President Obama will wrap up his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, where he golfed, hiked and biked in between a brief trip back to D.C., a Thursday night dinner with Gov. Deval Patrick and his wife, and occasional remarks to address foreign policy issues and the protests over the shooting of a teen in Missouri. He and the rest of the First Family is set to leave on Sunday.Patrick, who spent most of his week in Richmond, plans another week at his home in the Berkshires with nothing yet on his public schedule.


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But that all likely means another quiet August week on Beacon Hill, since legislators have largely decamped for their districts as they seek reelection. Just a few of their colleagues are still shuttling back and forth, handling twice-a-week informal sessions that traditionally feature non-controversial bills.

GOVERNOR'S AMENDMENTS

Lawmakers will have time to ponder how to handle bills sent back their way by Gov. Deval Patrick. The governor stripped language from a bill (H 4365) that would have lowered the state's take on greyhound simulcasting. Some lawmakers might have concerns about greyhound simulcasting continuing to pay a higher rate than horse racing simulcasting while other might worry that if the lowered rate gets sent back to Patrick he will veto the bill. On another bill, lawmakers and Patrick have agreement on his technical amendment, which they asked him to file to a bill (H 1474) that criminalizes organized shoplifting while also limiting stores' ability to demand damages of accused shoplifters. Patrick's amendment to a title-clearing bill (S 1987) was cheered by anti-foreclosure activists, though real estate lawyers have said the 10-year timeframe - which is what the governor added in his amendment - would leave purchasers of property in title dispute at a loss for too long, unable to refinance or sell. Patrick has also amended portions of an economic development bill, seeking to pass a provision (H 4403) allowing for earlier implementation of required reverse mortgage consultation. Patrick also amended a tax credit for angel investments (H 4402).

BILLS ON THE GOVERNOR'S DESK

The governor has a number of bills on his desk awaiting his action. An aide said Patrick didn't plan to sign any bills into law Friday. Bills on his desk include:

- H 3228, "An Act Authorizing the Appointment of Billy Ray Hawkins, Jr. as a Firefighter in the City of Haverhill Notwithstanding the Maximum Age Requirement"

- H 3697, "An Act Authorizing the Town of Dartmouth to Accept Certain Roadways as Public Ways"

- H 3869, "An Act Relative to the Assessment of Betterments for Improvements to Private Ways in the Town of Harwich"

- H 3876, "An Act Authorizing the Town of Conway to Continue the Employment of Robert Baker and Ronald Hawkes"

- H 4048, "An Act Authorizing the City of Holyoke to Issue Additional Licenses for the Sale of All Alcoholic Beverages and Wines and Malt Beverages to be Drunk on the Premises"

- H 2693, "An Act Relative to Property Tax Exemptions for Rental Properties in the Town of Truro Restricted as Affordable Housing"

- S 2253, "An Act Relative to Rock Wall Climbing Safeguards"

SCHOOLS OPENING

With the summer winding to a close, some schools will be opening next week, while many more will open after Labor Day. Education Secretary Matthew Malone is planning a whirlwind tour of schools around the state, hitting multiple schools per day.

SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014

DEMS CANVASS: The Massachusetts Democratic Party launches its third "weekend of action," the last in a series of three weekends focused on door-to-door canvassing. "During our previous two Weekends of Action, activists reached out to over 25,000 voters across the state, having those critically important face-to-face conversations about the ideas and values of the Democratic Party," said Sen. Ben Downing, the coordinated campaign co-chair for the party's 2014 effort. Canvass activities are scheduled in Athol, Blackstone, Brockton, Cambridge, Dorchester, Fall River, Framingham, Greenfield, Groton, Haverhill, Holyoke, Jamaica Plain, Lawrence, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Milford, New Bedford, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Shrewsbury, Somerville, South Boston, Springfield, Webster, Worcester. (Saturday)

QUESTION 4 ORGANIZING RALLY: Congresswoman Katherine Clark plans to join community leaders and volunteers in Framingham for a regional organizing training session in support of ballot Question 4, guaranteeing workers earned sick time. Volunteers will be trained to knock on doors, register new voters, collect pledge cards and talk to voters about the benefits they see with the earned sick time ballot question. Question 4 would guarantee Bay State workers at companies with 11 or more employees up to 40 hours of earned paid sick leave, while owners of smaller businesses would have provide unpaid leave benefits. (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St., Framingham)

CANDIDATES IN PLYMOUTH: Republican candidate for treasurer Mike Heffernan and independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk will attend the Plymouth Waterfront Festival Fair, where Falchuk's campaign will have a booth. Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Steve Kerrigan, will be at The New World Tavern (Saturday, 11 a.m., downtown Plymouth)

SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014

LYNCH ON IRAQ: U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is this week's guest on WBZ's On the Record interview program. Lynch recently returned from a trip to a Syrian border refugee camp and will discuss murdered journalist James Foley, the military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and U.S. foreign policy. (Sunday, 8:30 a.m., WBZ-TV)

BERWICK SPEECH IN SPRINGFIELD: Don Berwick, a pediatrician and Democrat running for governor, gives a speech at St. Johns Congregational Church. (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., 643 Union St., Springfield)

AG CANDIDATES DEBATE 'ON THE RECORD' | The two Democrats running for attorney general spar over online gaming, Market Basket and "smart gun" technology. The co-hosts of the political chat show "On The Record" moderate the debate between former prosecutor Maura Healey and former Sen. Warren Tolman, who are hoping to succeed Attorney General Martha Coakley. The debate was taped on Thursday, Aug. 21. John Miller, a Republican and a Winchester attorney, will face in November the winner of the Sept. 9 Democratic primary. (Sunday, 11 a.m., WCVB)

MBTA'S BEV SCOTT ON BUSINESS: MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott appears on "This Week in Business" on New England Cable News. (Sunday, 8 p.m., NECN)

MBTA GM THROWS FIRST PITCH: MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott will toss a ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the Red Sox game. (Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Fenway Park, Boston)

ONEIN3 COUNCIL HOUSE PARTY: The 2014 Onein3 Council hosts the #HUBisHome House Party at district hall. The event aims to engage young professionals about housing issues in Boston in a "house party" atmosphere through interactive maps, house party games, and short pitch style presentations from community experts. Former City Councilor Mike Ross, deputy undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development Arthur Jemison, City Councilor Tito Jackson, architect with ADD Inc. Aeron Hodges and Declan Keefe, strategic director for Placetailor Inc, will give presentations. (Sunday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston)

COAKLEY IN WEYMOUTH: Candidate for governor Martha Coakley meets with voters in Weymouth. (Sunday, 10 a.m., 48 Abbott Street, Weymouth)

COAKLEY IN WEST FALMOUTH: Candidate for governor Martha Coakley meets with voters in Falmouth. (Sunday, 4 p.m., 39 Frazar Road, West Falmouth)

FALCHUK ON BOSTON DE NOCHE: Independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk will appear live on Boston de Noche with host David Suazo. Boston de Noche airs on WCEA-TV. (Sunday, 9 p.m., Comcast Channel 26, Boston)

CLARE BOOTHE LUCE TALK: Sylvia Jukes Morris will discuss her biography "The Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce," chronicling the playwright, journalist, politician and diplomat, who was managing editor of Vanity Fair, represented Connecticut in the U.S. House for two terms, and was appointed ambassador to Italy by President Dwight Eisenhower. Reservations are recommended. (Sunday, 2 p.m, John F. Kennedy Library, Boston)

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

HOUSE AND SENATE: Both branches meet in informal sessions. (Monday, 11 a.m.)

GUV DEBATE ON HERALD RADIO: The three Democrats running for governor appear on the Boston Herald's internet radio station for an hour-long debate. (Monday, 10 a.m., bostonherald.com/herald_radio)

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR GUV AT GLOBE: The two Republican candidates for governor, Swampscott's Charlie Baker and Shrewsbury's Mark Fisher, appear at a debate put together by the Boston Globe's opinion section. (Monday, 1 p.m., Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston)

YOUTH CONSERVATIVES FUNDRAISER: Members of the Youth Conservatives of Massachusetts hold their first fundraiser. Candidates who are expected to attend include Brian Herr, who is running against U.S. Sen. Ed Markey; Patricia Saint Aubin, a candidate for auditor; and David D'Arcangelo, a candidate for secretary of state. Tickets are set at $20. (Monday, 6 p.m., The Verve, 1360 Worcester St., Natick)

REVENUE COMMITTEE: The Joint Revenue Committee hears Rep. Fernandes (D-Milford) and Sen. Richard Moore's (D-Uxbridge) petition on real property tax exemptions for recipients of social security, disability and supplemental security income benefits (

PAROLE BOARD HEARINGS: The Parole Board will hold initial hearings with Keyma Mack at 10 a.m. and Michael McAfee at 1 p.m. Mack was convicted of a 1992 murder in Dorchester. McAfee was convicted of a 1995 murder in Roxbury. (Tuesday, Massachusetts Parole Board Central Office, 12 Mercer Road, Natick, Massachusetts)

MALONE IN DIGHTON: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone visits staff at Dighton Rehoboth High School. (Tuesday, 8:45 a.m. 2700 Regional Road, North Dighton)

MALONE IN WESTPORT: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone offers remarks at Westport High Convocation. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., Westport High School, 19 Main Road, Westport)

'LEMON LAW' MEETING WITH CAR DEALERSHIPS: Consumer Affairs Undersecretary Barbara Anthony meets with car dealerships to discuss their compliance with the state's "lemon laws" and information on purchasing and posting required stickers on cars. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., State Transportation Building, 2nd floor, Room 4, 10 Park Plaza, Boston)

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014

GUV DEBATE ON WWLP NEWS: Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman and Don Berwick, the three candidates running in the Democratic primary for governor, face off in a WWLP debate in Springfield. (Wednesday, 8 p.m., Channel 22, Springfield)

BERWICK ON WSRO: Don Berwick, a pediatrician and one of the three Democrats running for governor, makes an appearance on WSRO Radio in Framingham. (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., 650 AM)

FALCHUK AT URBAN LEAGUE EVENT: Independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk will speak at the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Candid Conversations Series. Falchuk will speak at 6:25 p.m.. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., 88 Warren St, Roxbury, 6 p.m.)

SOMERVILLE 'SHRED DAY' | Officials from the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation will provide information and answer questions on consumer rights and identity theft prevention. According to the office, a shredding truck will be available for free disposal of sensitive documents. Consumer Affairs Secretary Barbara Anthony is scheduled to speak. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Davis Square Farmer's Market, Day and Herbert St., Somerville)

REVERE TORNADO ASSISTANCE: Division of Insurance staffers will be available to answer questions and help with claims resulting from the July 28 tornado that hit Revere. (Wednesday, 3 p.m., Revere Police Headquarters, 400 Revere Beach Pkwy., Revere)

MALONE IN OTIS: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone attends the first day of school at Farmington River Regional School District. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 555 North Main Road, Otis)

MALONE IN SHEFFIELD: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone offers remarks at Southern Berkshire Regional School District Convocation. (Wednesday, 12 p.m., 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield)

MALONE IN PALMER: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone offers remarks at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School. (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., 240 Sykes Street, Palmer)

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014

HOUSE AND SENATE: Both branches are expected to meet in informal sessions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

AG AND TREASURER FORUMS AT STONEHILL: The Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College hosts back-to-back forums with the Democratic candidates for treasurer and attorney general. Editor of the Patriot Ledger and The Enterprise Chazy Dowaliby will moderate both forums. The treasurer candidate forum starts at 5 p.m. and the attorney general forum starts at 7 p.m. Gatehouse Media and WCVB are co-sponsoring the forums. (Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, Easton)

BIALECKI HIGHLIGHTS REGULATORY REFORM: Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki spotlights regulatory changes to the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. (Thursday, 9 a.m., One Walnut St., Boston)

RETIREMENT BOARD: The state Retirement Board meets. The board is chaired by Treasurer Steve Grossman. (Thursday, 10 a.m., One Winter St., 8th floor, Boston)

HACKS AND FLACKS SOFTBALL GAME: Reporters and spokespeople face off in a softball game in Boston's North End. The 9-inning game was organized by Garrett Quinn of the State House Press Association and Conor Yunits of Liberty Square Group. (Thursday, 6 p.m., Puopolo Field, North End, Boston)

SCHOOL RIBBON-CUTTING IN DUXBURY: The executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, Jack McCarthy, attends a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Duxbury High School. The authority is contributing up to $50.4 million of eligible expenses for the new high school. (Thursday, 2 p.m., 130 St. George St., Duxbury)

INSURANCE REGS: The Division of Insurance will hold a hearing on proposed amendment to regulations concerning Medicare supplemental insurance policies and other matters, which are intended to "clarify the hearing process by streamlining" the regulation. (Thursday, 2 p.m., 1000 Washington St., Boston)

ZAKIM GOLD: The Zakim Bridge lights will be tinted gold to raise awareness of childhood cancer through Sunday. (Thursday, Zakim Bridge, Boston)

FALCHUK IN REVERE: Independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk will attend the Revere Senior center luncheon to meet with area voters. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m., 25 Winthrop Ave, Revere)

MALONE IN MASHPEE: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone speaks to staff at Mashpee Public School. (Thursday, 8 a.m., Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee)

MALONE IN KINGSTON: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone visits Silver Lake Regional School. (Thursday, 10 a.m., 260 Pembroke Street, Kingston)

MALONE IN PLYMPTON: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone visits Dennett Elementary School. (Thursday, 11:15 a.m., 80 Crescent Street, Plympton)

MALONE IN DUXBURY: Education Matthew Malone offers remarks at Duxbury Middle and High School ribbon cutting ceremony. (Thursday, 2 p.m., 71 Alden Street, Duxbury)

FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014

DEMS DEBATE ON KELLER: The three Democrats running for governor, Donald Berwick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steven Grossman, are set to tape a "mini-debate" with moderator Jon Keller. The debate is set to air Sunday, Aug. 31. (Friday, 10 a.m., WBZ studios, Soldier's Field Road, Boston)

NON-PARTY NOMINATION WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE: Friday is the last day to file withdrawals or objections to nomination papers for non-party candidates for statewide and federal offices with the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office. (Friday, 5 p.m.)

MARLIN V. BUMP: Auditor Suzanne Bump has until Friday to respond to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by her former aide Laura Marlin, who claims she was pushed out after raising objections to politicking within the office. Bump has denied the allegations and said Marlin resigned "for cause." An answer to the lawsuit is due Friday. (Friday)

12TH WORCESTER DISTRICT FARM TOUR: Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Clinton) hosts a farm tour for his district in an effort to support local farmers, in collaboration with commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Gregory Watson and Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow). Rep. Naughton will visit four farms in Bolton, Berlin and Northborough to discuss programs offered by MDAR and to see daily farm operations. (Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., tour starts at the Nicewicz Family Farm, 116 Sawyer Road, Bolton)

MARIJUANA APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday is the deadline for organizations seeking to establish medical marijuana dispensaries in open county's not yet marked to have a facility to file their final applications for a license with the Department of Public Health. The department in June selected 11 applicants for provisional medical marijuana dispensary licenses, leaving residents in Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, Bristol, Suffolk, Nantucket and Dukes counties without access to a dispensary in their county. Five highly scored applicants that were not selected in the first round of licensing were invited to reapply for a license in any of the seven unrepresented counties. Those groups were Coastal Compassion, the Haven Center, Mass Medicum Corp, and Patriot Care, who has been invited to apply for two licenses.(Friday)

FALCHUK AT PUERTO RICAN VETS EVENT: Independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk will speak at the The Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association's "Candidates "Dialogue" (Friday, 6 p.m., Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square, South End)

SATURDAY, AUG. 30, 2014

TARR FUNDRAISER: The Senate's minority leader, Gloucester Republican Bruce Tarr, will hold a fundraiser which doubles as a "fireworks cruise" for his reelection campaign. Suggested donation is set at $30 per person. Boarding begins at Seven Seas Wharf. (Saturday, 6:30 p.m., 73 Rogers St., Gloucester)

BOOK FAIR in ROXBURY: Founded in 1987, the annual book fair put together by Boston Councilor Charles Yancey enters its 27th year. According to Yancey's office, the book fair, which seeks to promote literacy, has distributed over 600,000 books since its inception. (Saturday, noon to 3 p.m., Reggie Lewis Track Center, 1350 Tremont St., Roxbury)