STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS - MORNING EDITION - WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

ADVANTAGE COAKLEY, CASINOS IN NEW POLLING

With a week to go until the primary election, candidate for governor Martha Coakley is holding large leads over Democrats Steven Grossman and Don Berwick in a pair of polls released overnight. The polls, from UMass-Lowell/7News and WBUR/MassINC, also showed voters currently opposing a November ballot question to repeal the 2011 casino law, by margins of 59-36 and 52-37, respectively. Coakley held a 47-23 lead over Grossman in the WBUR/MassINC poll and the attorney general posted a 52-20 advantage over the treasurer in UMass-Lowell/7News survey. A third candidate, former federal health care administrator Don Berwick, was in single digits in both polls. Grossman on Tuesday criticized Grossman for allegedly not taking clear stances on issues, saying she too often says that she will "keep an open mind" about ideas. In hypothetical matchups with Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker, Coakley led 41-32 in the UMass poll and 40-31 in the MassINC poll. Baker plans onWednesday to address the Ipswich Republican Town Committee Candidates Breakfast at 8 a.m. and the Plymouth County Treasurers and Tax Collectors Association's Annual Meeting at 3 p.m. at Barrett's Ale House in Bridgewater. - M. Norton

BIDEN VISITING NEW HAMPSHIRE WEDNESDAY

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit New England on Wednesday.


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Biden at 11:45 a.m. plans an open press event to discuss workforce issues at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire. He plans to return to Washington D.C. in the afternoon, according to the White House. - M. Norton

DORSEY IS WALSH'S PICK FOR BOSTON EDUCATION POST

Rahn Dorsey will bring 20 years of experience in public policy, education and public health issues to his new job as chief of education for the City of Boston. Mayor Martin Walsh on Wednesday signaled his plans to hire Dorsey to the newly created position. Dorsey currently sits on the boards of The Black Philanthropy Fund, Boston Afterschool and Beyond, Third Sector New England, Bethel A.M.E. Church, The Boston School Quality Working Group, and Project Hip Hop. Since 2009, he has worked as evaluation director at the Barr Foundation and before that he worked as a program evaluator and researcher with Moore and Associates and Abt Associates. The mayor's office explained the breadth of Dorsey's job in a press release Wednesday morning: "Dorsey will be responsible for Boston's education landscape and tasked with crafting and executing an education agenda for the City. From early childhood education, to kindergarten, to junior high, to higher learning institutions, to educations for seniors, Dorsey will implement the Mayor's vision for academic excellence across the City -- including nontraditional and traditional practices." - M. Norton