Civics

Rep. Lynch: Parade organizers have 1st Amendment right to decide who will march

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 2, 2013

A day after two state Senate candidates called for the inclusion of gay and lesbian groups in South Boston’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade, Congressman Stephen Lynch’s U.S. Senate campaign said he is maintaining that parade organizers are allowed to decide which groups can march.  Read more

State Senate candidates stake out positions on traditional St. Patrick's Day parade

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2013

Maureen Dahill, a state Senate candidate from South Boston, on Friday called for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade in her neighborhood to include gay and lesbian groups. The candidate from Dorchester, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, agreed, saying in a statement she will march on March 17 with supporters from the gay and lesbian community if the groups are included.  Read more

Menino backs former Kennedy aide running for lieutenant governor

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2013

Mayor Thomas Menino offered words of support at a fundraiser earlier this week for Stephen Kerrigan, a candidate for lieutenant governor. Menino was joined by District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo at the fundraiser, which was held at the Union Oyster House.

Asked on Friday if he had endorsed Kerrigan, Menino told the Reporter, “I said good things about him, yes.”  Read more

School assignment panel OKs ‘home-based’ plan

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 26, 2013

An advisory panel on the city’s school assignment system on Monday night signed off on a plan providing students with a minimum of six choices. The plan uses an algorithm and students’ home address to determine the set of choices, which will also include schools within a mile radius of the address, on top of new citywide schools.  Read more

Connolly launches mayoral bid outside Brighton school

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 26, 2013

City Councillor John Connolly, flanked by supporters and his wife Meg, announced his candidacy for Mayor of Boston today in Brighton. Photo courtesy Connolly campaign

Looking to make the city’s school system the focus of his campaign, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly launched his mayoral bid on Tuesday morning outside of a Brighton school. He said he plans a “bottom-up” campaign, with a community organizer’s mindset, similar to President Obama’s campaign for the White House.

In a conversation with reporters on Monday, Connolly said he is ready to “ask every voter I can meet to consider me.” Connolly has spent months building up his campaign kitty and he said last week that he was seriously considering a mayoral bid.  Read more

School assignment panel to meet at City Hall on Saturday

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 22, 2013

Awash in data and comments from the school department, parents, and outside groups, the panel tasked with revamping the city’s school assignment system will meet at City Hall for a Saturday morning (Feb. 23) discussion. A vote is still planned for Monday night (Feb. 25) at Suffolk University.

The 27-member panel appears to be leaning toward the “home-based” models as they look to make a recommendation to Superintendent Carol Johnson and the School Committee, according to its members.  Read more

Mattapan United housing fair draws big crowd

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 21, 2013

More than 100 people turned out for the Feb. 5 Mattapan United housing fair.

Mattapan United’s Housing Action Group hosted a Housing Information Fair at the Old Mattapan Library on Tues., Feb. 5. The event was a huge success with over 100 participants.  Read more

(UPDATED) Menino asks advisory panel to delay vote on school assignment plan

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 5, 2013

Mayor Thomas Menino on Tuesday asked for the advisory panel eyeing a school assignment overhaul to again delay their vote, scheduled for Saturday, and wrap up their work by before the end of the month.

“I ask that you continue your work past this weekend,” Menino wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the Reporter. The advisory panel had aimed for a December vote, and that was pushed back into January, and then to this weekend.  Read more

On Facebook, Flaherty takes pass on vacant Hart seat

Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Tuesday he will not be a candidate in the race to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart. Flaherty, a South Boston Democrat, unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2009 and fell short in his bid to return to a City Council At-Large slot in 2011.

Below is his Facebook post:  Read more

Primary and general election dates set in Hart seat race

The primary in the race to to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) will be on April 30, while the general election will take place on May 28, Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin's office said Monday.

According to a release from Galvin's office:

The deadline for submitting nomination papers to the Boston Election Department is February 27, and the last day to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth is March 6. Nominations for the Senate require a minimum of 300 certified signatures.