Civics

The Bay State version of the 21-minute news cycle

Several days ago, Politico detailed the 21-minute news cycle. A similar news cycle played out on Monday, and it showed just how insufferable the Massachusetts Senate race can be:  Read more

As map awaits Menino's action, Linehan defends redistricting efforts

District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan said Thursday he was expecting more support than he received for his redistricting map, which passed the City Council with a 7 to 6 vote.

Linehan, who chairs the redistricting committee, also defended the map, saying it builds on past redistricting efforts. A coalition of civic groups, arguing that it violates a federal voting rights act, is vowing to file a lawsuit if Mayor Thomas Menino signs off on the map.  Read more

City Council votes 7-6 for Linehan map

As the threat of a lawsuit loomed, the City Council voted 7-6 on Wednesday in support of District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan's proposal to redraw the city's council district boundaries.

Voting in favor for the map: Linehan; City Council President Stephen Murphy; District 3 Councillor Frank Baker, who represents Dorchester; and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo, who represents part of Mattapan. They were joined by District Councillors Mark Ciommo, Sal LaMattina and Matt O'Malley.  Read more

(UPDATED) Threat of lawsuit hangs over City Council redistricting vote

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 21, 2012

(UPDATE: The City Council voted 7-6 on Wednesday afternoon in favor of City Councillor Bill Linehan's plan. More here.)

A map redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts was expected to be finalized this week, as councillors were poised to vote Wednesday on a controversial measure that would shift 12 precincts in seven of the city’s nine districts.  Read more

Coalition promises lawsuit if Council passes Linehan redistricting map

A coalition of voting rights groups and civic activists is promising to file a lawsuit if the City Council signs off on a map drawn by City Councillor Bill Linehan tomorrow.

Linehan, who chairs the committee tasked with redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts, is hoping to advance his map at tomorrow's Council meeting. The council, which is scheduled to meet at noon, could vote on the map.  Read more

Council vote on redistricting map could come this week

A map redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts will likely advance this week. Councillors could also end up putting a final stamp of approval on the map, which moves 12 precincts in seven districts.

District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan, who chairs the Council’s redistricting committee, released his map on Monday with the aim of gaining the approval of the full 13-member council on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Boston is required to redraw the city’s nine Council districts every 10 years, after the U.S. Census figures are released.  Read more

Lower Mills rallies to aid Fairmount fire victims

Lower Mills merchants and community leaders are organizing a drive to assist a family which lost its home in a five-alarm fire on Fairmount Street on Thursday. The Lower Mills Merchants Association, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Meetinghouse Bank and Rep. Linda Forry are teaming up to launch the fund and supply drive, which will kick off on Monday. The donations will assist the children of the Armand family with replacing clothing, school supplies and computers, all lost in the five alarm fire.

Meetinghouse Cooperative Bank will serve as the collection point for the effort.  Read more

Days after Warren visit, Sen. Brown makes his own trip into Dorchester

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Thursday traveled into the heart of deeply blue Dorchester, sitting down with a friendly audience of blue collar workers at an excavation company’s headquarters near Fields Corner.

“Even if you’re an ardent Democrat, he hasn’t done enough to be fired from the job,” said Brendan Feeney, president and co-founder of Feeney Brothers Excavation Corporation, which hosted the Wrentham Republican at its Clayton St. offices.

“We vote the person, not the party,” added his brother, Greg, the vice president.  Read more

Henriquez meeting draws low turnout and a demand

State Rep. Carlos Henriquez faced two challenges at his Thursday night community meeting: Low turnout and a Republican, far afield from his Beacon Hill home, demanding his resignation.

Maybe it was the New England Patriots' first preseason game. Or maybe it was the humidity of a Thursday night in August. But few people trekked out to the Dorchester House to hear Henriquez, a first term Democrat seeking reelection this fall while fighting allegations that he kidnapped and assaulted a 23-year-old student he was dating.  Read more

With 'insider cred,' Patrick looks back on three sessions, ahead to his last

By 
Michael Norton and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Aug. 7, 2012

To hear Gov. Deval Patrick tell it, he’ll spend his last two-plus years in office marketing Massachusetts around the world, using his self-proclaimed “insider cred” to hammer out transportation financing and sentencing laws, and implementing sweeping health care cost control and economic development laws he signed this week.  Read more