The City Council voted unanimously today to condemn current federal policies on breaking up families at the border, after Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) broke down in tears today as she explained she's had trouble just leaving the house the past couple of days after watching all the news and after Councilor Josh Zakim (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway), whose family fled the Nazis two generations ago, said comparisons to the actions of Nazi Germany are "entirely appropriate." Read more.
Several groups have organized a protest at 12:30 p.m. in front of the State House to protest the Trump administration's decision to rip toddlers and other children from their parents at the border and put them in cages and tents.
Mayor Walsh said today he's picked a South Carolina-based lawfirm to file suit against the makers of opioids to try to recover some of the costs he says the city has incurred treating and dealing with users of their products. Read more.
NBC Boston reports the governor has changed his mind on sending even just a single helicopter and some support staff because of the "cruel and inhumane" Trump, his attorney general and ICE are breaking families apart as they come into the US.
The Supreme Judicial Court today barred a ballot question that would have asked voters to increase taxes on people making more than $1 million a year. Read more.
Ron Newman attended the Rally Against Family Separation at the State House today.
UPDATE: Walsh said he will sign the ordinance.
The Boston City Council today approved, 11-2, a proposed law that would bar investors from renting out apartments and condos on Airbnb and similar Web sites but which would let owners who live in two- and three-family houses rent out units 365 days a year. Read more.
Ed Lyons posts a copy of a fundraising note by noted homophobe and, thanks to nearly 600 Republican delegates, a candidate for governor, at least until Sept. 4., Scott Lively, in which he says he needs money to fight off the Orcs of Mordor. Lively describes himself as "a simple pastor, with no political ambitions or dreams of grandeur," even though he is now making his second attempt to get elected governor, but maybe he's come to terms with how he'll fare in the primary.
What started as a protest in front of the State House for a living wage turned into a sit-in in Post Office Square than now has traffic throughout downtown jammed.
CommonWealth summarizes the ACLU-sponsored forum for the five Democratic candidates for DA at Hibernian Hall the other night. You basically have three candidates on the left (Rollins, Carvalho and McAuliffe), one who, if not a right winger, not exactly with any plans to become the next Larry Krasner (current assistant DA Henning) and one who shares some views with the first three and some with Henning.
City councilors will be looking towards regulations that would stamp out alleged sober homes whose operators prey on residents, rather than help them recover. Read more.
The Herald reports on Zakim's 55-45 margin, but doesn't mention Marty Walsh's role in convincing Boston delegates to go with the city councilor rather than the incumbent from Brighton. Both Zakim and Galvin will be on the September ballot.
And then all hell broke loose.
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