Ward 5 Dems' chair considering run for Back Bay state House seat

Joshua Dawson, a top political aide to Treasurer Steven Grossman and chair of the Ward 5 Democratic Committee, is considering a run for outgoing state Rep. Marty Walz’s seat. Reached on the phone on Wednesday, Dawson said, "I'm strongly leaning that way."

Dawson previously served as legislative and budget director for state Sen. Thomas Kennedy (D-Brockton).  Read more

Hart stepping down from Senate on Friday, leaving for law firm

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 28, 2013

Sen. Jack HartSen. Jack HartState Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) is stepping down from his seat this week and joining a law firm, sources tell the Reporter. Hart confirmed the news on Monday night, saying he will submit a letter of intent to resign on Tuesday, with his last day in the state Senate set for Friday.

Hart, who has served as the Senate's assistant majority leader, has held the First Suffolk District seat since 2002, representing South Boston, Dorchester and Mattapan.

"It’s been an honor and the thrill of a lifetime, truly, to serve in the Senate over the past 11 years," Hart told the Reporter.  Read more

Mass. voters will be asked to elect next U.S. senator June 25

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 28, 2013

The special election to fill John Kerry’s seat in the U.S. Senate will be in late June, after most schools have let out for the summer and vacation season begins to heat up, Secretary of State William Galvin said on Monday. Gov. Deval Patrick plans to appoint an interim senator on Wednesday.  Read more

Heading into union offices, Lynch says 'final decision' on Senate race after Kerry confirmation

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 25, 2013

Congressman Stephen Lynch said Friday that a “final decision” on a U.S. Senate run will come soon, despite multiple reports that cited sources saying the South Boston Democrat will jump into the race next week. U.S. Sen. John Kerry will likely be confirmed next week as Secretary of State.  Read more

(UPDATED) Reports say Lynch to join race to replace Sen. Kerry, Lynch disagrees

Congressman Stephen Lynch is expected to make official next week what has been widely apparent: He's running in the Senate special election slated for later this year, though he told the Boston Herald Friday afternoon that he remains undecided.  Read more

(UPDATED) Tompkins appointed Suffolk County sheriff

Andrea Cabral’s chief of external relations will take over as Suffolk County sheriff, a source tells the Reporter. With Cabral signing on as Gov. Deval Patrick’s public safety secretary, Steven Tompkins will succeed her.

The State House News Service reported on Tuesday that Patrick will swear in Tompkins later today. A source with knowledge of the appointment confirmed the news to the Reporter.  Read more

On WBZ, Menino talks fundraising and another term inside City Hall

Mayor Thomas Menino says he still has an appetite for another four year term.

“No, my appetite is not less,” Menino told WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller in a sit-down at the city-owned Parkman House on Beacon Hill, where Menino is recuperating after lengthy hospital stays. “Just that I was – I can’t raise money from a hospital bed. I was in the hospital from October to January, so I wasn’t able to raise any money.”  Read more

Lt. Gov. Murray will not run for governor in 2014

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 18, 2013

Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, after spending the last 15 years in local and statewide public office, will not run for governor in 2014, citing the time commitment that would be required to juggle his current job, a full-time campaign, and his responsibilities to his family.  Read more

(UPDATED) Yancey gets tourism committee as Jackson chairs new committee on technology

City Councillor Charles Yancey was given the chairmanship of a committee usually reserved for rookies and City Councillor Tito Jackson was tapped for a new committee focused on technology, according to committee assignments for 2013.  Read more

Steeple chase nears final hurdle at First Parish

Progress at First Parish Church restoration project: Workers built a scaffold shelter around the steeple earlier this month. Progress at First Parish Church restoration project: Workers built a scaffold shelter around the steeple earlier this month.

If all goes well, this will be the year that the exterior of First Parish Church is restored to its original 1896 glory. The crowning achievement of that huge effort will come when a crane swings the steeple of the grand white church back onto its lofty perch above Meetinghouse Hill.  Read more