…And the World:
We begin today in Great Britain, where the Labour party is undergoing soul-searching as Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron unveils the first all-Tory cabinet in 18 years. Cameron’s party won a surprising majority in last week’s election and the heads rolled in Labour and the Tories one-time coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats. The xenophobic Ukip party leader, Nigel Farage, also signaled he would leave leadership, but has since withdrawn his resignation. Meanwhile, as Labour begins the process of picking a new leader, the campaign its former leader, Ed Miliband, received a thrashing from the man Ed defeated in the 2010 leadership contest: brother David Miliband.
In Israel, forming a coalition is hard to do. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu narrowly met last week’s deadline to form a coalition (supported by 61 of 120 Knesset members) but getting his new government through parliament is proving difficult. Members of the Opposition are opposed to Bibi’s plans to expand the size of the cabinet, although the courts have stepped back from freezing the bill to expand the cabinet itself. Netanyahu insists he wants to expand his government to include some opposition parties, but so far the biggest one, the Zionist Union, is not biting. Though Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev warns the left that Israelis may not blame Bibi for his government’s failures.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott appears to be rolling back a parental leave bill that actually expanded women’s participation in the workforce.
The Saudi king is skipping President Barack Obama’s Camp David security summit with Middle Eastern countries.
Poland’s presidential election is going to a runoff after the opposition party wins the most votes in the first round.
The resignation of Guatemala’s Vice-President is a window into the country’s politics.
Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk about Syria.
As the battle over the Trans-Pacific Partnership rolls on, so does the rift between President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren over the issue.
After much jousting, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and legislative Democrats begin talks on the budget.
The New York Times writes about how New York Senate leader Dean Skelos has lost his hold on the chamber in Albany, as well as a profile of his son, Adam. Both are accused of corruption in federal court. The Daily News rummages through the skeletons in the Senate’s closet. Elsewhere, Governor Andrew Cuomo orders new protections for nail salon workers after two-part series in the paper.
Hillary Clinton is watching her back during the Democratic primary.
The State of Things:
Gov. Charlie Baker put on a full-court press to push his control board for the MBTA during a legislative hearing on a bill to address the transit agency’s problems, even as the Carmen’s Union rallied against Baker’s proposal.
Worcester’s city budget set to be released tomorrow.
Proposed changes to Holyoke’s financial departments make for confusion over whether and who would fill the Treasurer’s post on a permanent basis.
In the Longmeadows: Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane received mixed reviews, while East Longmeadow’s Select Board begins the process of looking for an interim administrator after their last one took a position with Wilbraham.
The Fourth Estatements:
The parent company of The Los Angeles Times, Tribune Publishing, is purchasing the U-T San Diego, formerly the Union-Tribune and expanding further into Southern California. San Diego civic leaders are cautiously hopeful about the acquisition, which appears to follow attempts to blaze a large path into the digital realm.
Not everyone is pleased with Sarno’s budget, however.
Stephanie Barry at The Republican profiles mayoral candidate Sal Circosta, namely the confluence of his personal and religious lives. For discerning readers it is worth a read—both on the substance and for the language used.
The schools receive a state senatorial visit.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s new effort to assemble a citywide planning document is remarkable, in part, because the city has gone without one for so long. However, Walsh’s administration is also actively reaching out to the public in a broad, tech-savvy way. This is in stark contrast to the clubby practices of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Success requires buy-in from residents. It also stands, by implication, as a damning indictment of those in Massachusetts cities who remains in the dark ages of civic engagement. Today we award the tweet prize to “Mahty” for not only inviting the public to participate (this is often required by law), but for utilizing an interactive digital approach to reach as many Bostonian as possible.
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) May 8, 2015