Commentary: FHFA’s Senseless Arm’s-Length Policy on Short Sales

Senator Elizabeth WarrenSenator Elizabeth WarrenAs our nation struggles to emerge from the worst recession in decades, the last thing a government agency should do is make it more difficult for Americans to stay in their homes. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) has been doing.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, millions of homeowners have fallen behind on their mortgages. Many lost their jobs in the crash, while others lived through medical problems and family break ups. Many others had complicated mortgages they didn’t understand, and when monthly payments shot up by hundreds of dollars, they ended up in foreclosure.  Read more

Another special election: Dates set in race to replace Dorcena Forry

This just in from Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin's office, which oversees elections. With state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry joining the state Senate next week, there will be an opening in the House of Representatives:

The House of Representatives today adopted an order for the September 10 election. The primary will be on August 13.

Pat McDonagh, pizza and sub master, passes away suddenly

Pat McDonagh

Patrick G. ‘Pat’ McDonagh, a lifelong Dorchester resident who became one of the neighborhood’s favorite purveyors of pizzas, calzones and sub sandwiches, died suddenly last Saturday at his Lower Mills home. McDonagh, 60, leaves behind his wife Maureen, two sons Michael and Patrick, and three sisters.

Pat McDonagh grew up in St. Peter’s parish and was a well-known and liked personality across Dorchester in his youth, where he could often be found on the neighborhoods basketball courts or playing the bugle in the St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights band. He was a graduate of St. Peter’s Grammar School, Christopher Columbus High and Boston State College, where he took a degree in criminal justice. But instead of law enforcement, Pat followed his taste buds and passion for good food into his chosen career: running restaurants.  Read more

#BosPoli Round-Up for Monday, June 3

The mayoral ballot gained its eighth candidate on Monday, with the Election Department saying Codman Square Health Center co-founder Bill Walczak has enough verified signatures.  Read more

Hot Day Parade: Big crowds, lots of water mark 50th march up the ave

Will Droser girds himself for a jaunt up Dorchester Ave. near the start of the 50th anniversary Dot Day Parade on Sunday. Photo by Bill Forry

Temperature soared into the high 80s as thousands of sun-soaked people marched the three-plus miles up Dorchester Avenue on Sunday in the 50th anniversary Dot Day Parade. Tens of thousands more lined the parade route and cheered on the floats, bands and a gaggle of politicians on hand for the yearly celebration of all things Dorchester.  Read more

Former District 1 councillor endorses Connolly's mayoral run

A former city councillor who once represented Charlestown, East Boston and the North End is backing City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s mayoral bid.

Paul Scapicchio, who served on the 13-member City Council from 1997 to 2006, announced his support for Connolly on Thursday evening at a Charlestown campaign event. Scapicchio is currently president of Sage Systems’ government affairs division and previously served as senior vice president of government affairs at ML Strategies Boston.

#Bospoli Round-Up for Wednesday, May 29

This just in from the Election Department, which is continuing to work on certifying nomination signatures:

-- Local community activist John Barros and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo joined the list of folks who have at least 3,000 signatures verified for the mayoral ballot. The other candidates who have already been verified include City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and John Connolly, state Rep. Marty Walsh and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.  Read more

Dorcena Forry wins state Senate seat

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
May. 28, 2013

Senator-elect Linda Dorcena Forry shares a hug with her mother Annie Dorcena during her victory celebration at The Ledge in Lower Mills on Tuesday, May 28. Photo by Mike Deehan

State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry coasted to a win on Tuesday in a special election to fill a state Senate vacancy. Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, faced off against Joseph Ureneck, a Dorchester Republican, on an Election Day that was marked by low turnout in the First Suffolk Senate district, which includes Dorchester, South Boston, Mattapan and a portion of Hyde Park.

According to the unofficial tally on the city Elections Department’s website, Dorcena Forry had 7,858 votes to Ureneck’s 1,486 votes, with all 77 precincts reporting. There were 274 write-in votes.  Read more

(UPDATED) Education groups putting together June 5 mayoral forum

This, which just hit our inbox, isn't the first mayoral forum, and it won't be the last. Details below:

WHO: Sponsors: Stand for Children Leadership Center, in partnership with Citizen Schools, Education Pioneers, Education Reform Now, Mass 2020, Teach For America, Teach Plus, and Young Education Professionals.

Candidates: John Barros, Dan Conley, John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, Charlotte Golar Richie, Mike Ross, Bill Walczak, Marty Walsh, and Charles Yancey are confirmed; Felix Arroyo has a schedule conflict.

#BosPoli Round-Up for Tuesday, May 21: The Lists

The list of folks who have submitted signatures for mayor and City Council At-Large is below, via the city’s Election Department. The signatures have to be certified, so these are still largely potential candidates we're talking about. And the potential candidates must have 3,000 signatures to get on the mayoral ballot and 1,500 signatures to get on the at-large ballot.

The next important date on the 2013 municipal election calendar: June 21, the last day for election registrars to finish certification of signatures.  Read more