Baker shares his big takeaway from the midterms on CNN

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There may be 8 billion people on earth now, but you are all my favorites as I read this newsletter every morning.

Here’s what we’re tracking, including other interesting insights from the United Nations’ latest report on world population. But first:

Let’s start local, shall we? Massachusetts is becoming fairly independent (and not like Kelly Clarkson’s song). More than 60% of voters statewide are now unregistered. Governor Charlie Baker was on CNN last night to talk about the midterm elections. He said Democrats and Republicans are both frustrated with political extremism and that he drives millions of voters to leave the parties and register as independents each year.

  • “I think one of the big lessons the Republican Party needs to take from this nationally is that voters want collaborative elected officials,” Baker added.

We cannot direct the windbut we can customize that sale – or rather, the terms of the contract. That’s what the parent company of Commonwealth Wind, the developer of the country’s largest planned offshore wind farm, wants. The company says that inflation and other problems are making the project more expensive and the contract with the utility companies is no longer viable. The WBUR news team reports that they are hoping to increase rates and push back the project schedule.

  • Response from the energy supplier? It’s a hard no. They have already told state officials that they are not interested in renegotiating their deals.

Google wants to pay Massachusetts $9 million. It’s part of a nearly $400 million settlement with the tech giant over some of its privacy policies. Mainly location tracking.

  • What happened: Attorneys general in 40 states argued that Google tracks users’ location history, despite asking the company not to do so. This behavior prompted Connecticut Attorney General William Tong to lead the investigation. Google’s answer? We changed the policy years ago.

The Boston Globe makes – not only – historical headlines. The newspaper appointed Nancy Barnes as its next editor on Monday. She is the first woman to take on this role in the newspaper’s 150-year history.

  • If you recognize the name, that’s because Barnes was previously the head of news at NPR. She announced in September that she was leaving our mother ship and we wish her well!

Zoom out: As promised, here are some of the highlights from the UN’s World Population Report. The most important trends: People live longer and have fewer children.

  • Dig deeper: Average life expectancy is projected to increase from 72.98 in 2019 to 77.2 in 2050. (Woo!) With more birth control and education available, we probably won’t reach a population of 9 billion in the next 15 years. That might seem pretty fast, but compared to the last billion people jump in 2011, it’s actually a few years slower pace. You can read about all takeaways here.

Your hard palate: It was one of the best montages at WBUR’s studios in a long time. That’s because Radio Boston and celebrity chef Tiffani Faison hosted a Friendsgiving potluck yesterday with a group of celebrity local chefs. And yes, there were samples of the dishes (and yes, I ate mac and cheese at 11am). You can follow the celebration here.

PS— Do you have a favorite Friendsgiving recipe that means something to you or wows your guests? Share it by replying to this email and we’ll forward it to the Radio Boston team.

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