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🙋‍♀️ And your next Governor is …

The results are in. See who won.

It's Hump Day, Boston.

🏆 There’s a lot of news to unpack today, so let’s start with the most urgent: Maura Healey is going to be your next Governor … and Sudbury native Chris Evans was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.

👀 What’s on tap today:

  • Right on red is no more in Cambridge

  • Beloved local brewery closes for good

  • Wanna be a billionaire? Maybe next time.

Up first…


Who runs the Commonwealth? Women.

Photo: Barry Chin/Globe Staff, Illustration: Katie Cole

Women made history last night in Massachusetts, winning five of the six constitutional offices up for election. It’s now my pleasure to introduce some of your newly elected leaders:

Democrat Maura Healey made history as the first woman and openly lesbian candidate elected Governor of Massachusetts. Her win isn’t exactly a surprise as she was leading Geoff Diehl by 20-plus points in most polls. But for a state like Massachusetts that likes to flex its progressivism, for many, her victory has been a long time coming.

Democrat Kim Driscoll was elected Lieutenant Governor and will be Healey’s second in command — one of the first times in U.S. history that women will hold a state’s No. 1 and 2 positions.

Democrat Andrea Campbell was elected Attorney General, making her the first Black woman to hold the position in the state.

Democrat Diana DiZoglio was elected State Auditor, defeating Anthony Amore, her Charlie Baker-backed opponent.

Democrat Deb Goldberg was elected State Treasurer, for what will be her third term as the state’s money manager.

Also: Democrat Bill Galvin was elected Secretary of State, maintaining this title longer than any other politician in Massachusetts history.

What about the ballot questions?

Question 2 overwhelmingly passed. This means the state will be able to regulate dental insurance companies, and that starting in 2024, all dental insurance providers will be required to spend 83 cents of every dollar generated by premiums toward a patient’s dental work.

Here’s where the other three ballot questions stand. Click here for live updates:

  • Question 1, ‘Millionaire’s tax’: The “yes” vote has a modest lead with over 80% of the vote reporting.

  • Question 3, Liquor sales: The “no” vote has a comfortable lead with over 80% of the vote reporting.

  • Question 4, Driver’s licenses: The “yes” vote has a comfortable lead with over 80% of the vote reporting.

We should hopefully know the winners later today. Follow us on IG @BostonBSide for updates.


Quick & Dirty Headlines

Illustration: Katie Cole

🚦 Drivers can’t turn right on red in Cambridge anymore, making it one of the few municipalities in the country to ban the practice. This change supports Vision Zero, a campaign Cambridge adopted a few years ago aiming to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries while making mobility safer and more equitable. Over half of Cambridge’s intersections had already prohibited turning right on red, but City Councilors were pushing for more as a way to ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety.

🦠 Expect an increase in COVID-19 cases this winter. How bad? Doctors say TBD. We’ve seen this film before over the last two winters: More time indoors leads to more transmission, which leads to an uptick in cases. But given that most Americans have had COVID, Tufts Medical Center’s Dr. Shira Doron doesn’t think we’re likely to have another omicron surge like last winter. However, hospitals are stretched thin right now, so Doron says there isn’t much room for a small surge.

😢 Brato Brewhouse and Kitchen closed for good on Sunday. Citing the challenges of COVID lockdowns, inflation, job shortages and more, this beloved Brighton brewery shared that it is “no longer a financially viable endeavor.” But it willgo out with a bang. Brato will be reopening its doors on Thursday and Friday this week for its final hurrah (and to finish off the last of their beer). I’m devastated I’ll never get to have their hot chicken sandwich again.


Celebrate “Go to an Art Museum Day”

Gif: The Good Place via Giphy, Illustration: Katie Cole

📷 Ogle over iconic photo spreads at the MFA’s ‘LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography’ exhibit. Learn how these revolutionary pics shaped our culture. Runs through Jan. 16, 2023. Tickets are $34.

👎 See the best of the worst at the Museum of Bad Art, which is conveniently located inside of the Dorchester Brewing Company Tap Room. Sip on local brews while perusing the world’s only museum dedicated to mediocrity. FREE.

🎨 Reflect on the portraits of ‘The Jerome Project,’ at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — a series of paintings of incarcerated individuals who share the same name as the artist’s father. Runs through Jan. 16, 2023. Tickets are $20.

🧵 Get lost in the intricate embroidery of the ‘Fantasy and Truth’ exhibit at the ICA. Runs through Jan. 29, 2023. General Admission is $20

👁 Understand artificial intelligence through the interactive exhibit ‘AI: Mind the Gap’ at the MIT Museum. See the promise, impacts, and everyday misconceptions of AI. Adult tickets $18


You didn’t win $2 billion

Image: Kalin Elisabeth, @Solo_Kalin on Twitter, Illustration: Katie Cole

Unfortunately, the winning $2.04 billion Powerball ticket was sold in California, but on the bright side, a $1 million ticket was sold at West Squantum Market & Liquors in Quincy.

If you bought a ticket in Attleboro, Cambridge, Clinton, North Dartmouth, Dedham, Framingham, Marston Mills, Medford or Wilbraham, check your numbers. Additional $50,000 winning tickets were sold in each of these towns. You might be sitting on a sweet payday.

😴 Thanks for reading! Election Night is all fun and games until you’re waking up at 5:30 a.m. to finish the newsletter while running on four hours of sleep. All in the name of democracy, though.

💃 For more hot takes and late night thoughts, follow me on Twitter and IG @emilyschario. Send comments and suggestions to [email protected].