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

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.

Former Arroyo campaign staffer headed to Texas to manage mayoral campaign

A former chief of staff to City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo is headed south to work on a mayoral campaign in Texas. Stuart Rosenberg, who worked as a field director for Tammy Baldwin’s U.S. Senate campaign, will be managing Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s bid for a third term, he said Monday.

Parker, who is openly gay, was first elected in 2009 and won reelection in 2011. She is running for a final term this year, since the office comes with term limits.  Read more

(UPDATED) Dorchester and South Boston state reps expected to jump into race for Hart seat

The field of candidates angling to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart is expected to form this week. Sources told the Reporter on Sunday night that state Reps. Linda Dorcena Forry and Nick Collins are jumping into the race.

Rep. Forry is a Dorchester Democrat and Collins, also a Democrat, hails from South Boston. Rep. Forry is married to Reporter managing editor Bill Forry.  Read more

In front of activists in Dorchester, Lynch and Markey make their pitch

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 1, 2013

Democrats from across the state on Thursday night converged at the Boston Teachers Union headquarters in Dorchester and heard from the two Congressmen hoping to succeed U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Expecting to face off against one another in the April 30 primary, Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Ed Markey (D-Malden) pitched their candidacies to a roomful of dozens of activists.

While is his official campaign launch isn’t until Saturday, Markey told the crowd, “It begins now. The primary is, believe it or not, in 90 days.”  Read more

Kerry and Senate candidates to attend Dem state committee meeting in Dorchester

The Massachusetts Democratic Party's state committee meeting on Thursday night will draw outgoing U.S. Sen. John Kerry and two candidates vying for his seat. Other candidates seeking statewide office in the Bay State could also put in an appearance, at the meeting, which is set for the Boston Teachers Union Hall on Mt. Vernon St.

Congressmen Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Ed Markey (D-Malden) are expected to appear at the long-scheduled meeting. Lynch is formally kicking off his campaign for Kerry’s seat earlier in the day, while Markey has been in the race since December.  Read more

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