Boston is not a two-newspaper town. And it hasn't been for quite a while.
The last open mayoral race happened 30 years ago. Before widespread access to the Internet. Before Facebook. Before Twitter. When big city newspapers had a monopoly on the news agenda.
That monopoly no longer exists.
Just take a look at what happened when Mayor Thomas Menino announced he isn't seeking reelection. He spoke with the Globe and Herald the day before the announcement. Read more
As voters trickled into the polls across the city on Tuesday, mayoral hopefuls flooded the Election Department office to pick up nomination papers and begin to gather the signatures needed to make it onto this fall’s ballot.
Dozens of candidates for mayor, councilor-at-large, district seats, their operatives, and their supporters showed up early Tuesday morning to lay their hands on the papers. Twenty-four potential mayoral candidates had applied for nomination papers. Read more
May. 1, 2013
Emerging from a primary campaign that lacked the intensity many anticipated, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey held off delegation mate Rep. Stephen Lynch in Tuesday's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, moving on to face former Navy SEAL and political upstart Gabriel Gomez in a late June special election that will pit a 36-year-veteran of Congress against a political newcomer.
Markey and Gomez are vying for the U.S. Senate seat held for 28 years by Secretary of State John Kerry before he accepted the State Department job from President Obama in January. Read more
Apr. 30, 2013
State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry on Tuesday eked out a win in a three-way Democratic primary as part of a special election to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart in the First Suffolk Senate District seat, her campaign said. Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, bested state Rep. Nick Collins of South Boston and Maureen Dahill, who also lives in South Boston, her camp said.
Campaign manager Cayce McCabe said by their count, Dorcena Forry, who was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 2005, won by 370 votes. Read more
Apr. 29, 2013
A newspaper ad featuring a photo of Gov. Deval Patrick and a candidate for the vacant First Suffolk Senate seat is “misleading,” Patrick said Sunday. Read more
Apr. 27, 2013
Rev. Jeffrey Brown said on Friday that he isn’t endorsing anybody in the First Suffolk Senate race. His statement to the Reporter came after a release from state Rep. Nick Collins’s campaign erroneously claimed the reverend as a supporter.
Days later, Rev. Brown was featured in a 30-second robocall to voters on Sunday, endorsing Collins's opponent, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry. "Let there be no confusion about who I personally support for the state Senate this Tuesday, April 30," he said, calling Dorcena Forry his "personal choice" and citing her legislative experience. Read more
Community activist John Barros kicked off his mayoral bid on Thursday, officially entering the already crowded field.
The former executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party will manage City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo’s mayoral campaign. Clare Kelly, who has also worked as Gov. Deval Patrick’s field director in his 2010 reelection campaign, is a North End resident.
“I am thrilled that Clare Kelly has signed on to lead our campaign. She was my first and only choice because she is the best choice,” Arroyo said in a statement. “She has impressive grassroots campaign experience and knows that a grassroots effort isn't just a smart way to campaign, it's the right way to campaign.” Read more
The question has been posed dozens of times in the last week from media who descended on our neighborhood from all over the world: What is it about the Richard family —and their Ashmont-Adams community —that is so special?
The truth is that the vibrant, caring community that revolves around families like the Richards of Carruth Street can't be bottled, capped, and shared with the world. Try though we will, that unique chemistry can’t be defined on a t-shirt or a Facebook page. It can't even be claimed for all of our neighborhood, because— quite frankly, it doesn't exist in all, or even in most, of Dorchester. Read more
Apr. 24, 2013
Dorchester responded to marathon bombing with sign of peace: See this BNN-TV interview with Liz Carney of Dot Art and artist/educator Madelyn Carney, which aired on Neighborhood Network News on Tuesday, April 23. Read more