2009 elections

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules 7-2

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidate’s schedules – 7/2/09  Read more

City Council approves budget 11-2, One guess who the 2 are

The Globe and Herald wrap up coverage of last night's unanimous-except-for-the-mayor-candidates passage of Mayor Menino's $2.4 billion budget. Sam Yoon has voted against the Mayor's budget proposal each of his three years on the council, citing wasteful spending on the part of the administration.  Read more

Flaherty to Menino: Get sports teams to help out with BPS athletics

Another from the Globe this morning, as Flaherty drags those innocent sports teams into the fray.

This story also serves as the "Initially misread headline of the morning."

Flaherty wants to be Mayor so bad, he'll take a $44k pay cut

Don't be surprised if you notice City Councillor Michael Flaherty brown-bagging it for lunch if he becomes mayor. The Globe reports today that Flaherty, who is saddled with over $900,000 in mortgage debt, would lose the $130,000 he earns annually by serving as a partner at a Boston law firm if he's elected mayor. Losing that income might make those mortgage payments a little more difficult to keep up with.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Who’s on the ballot

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2009

It’s official: Boston voters will see 15 candidates on the City Council At-Large portion of the ballot.

Current City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon are facing off against Mayor Thomas Menino for the top job at City Hall, prompting a flood of candidates hoping to fill their seats and best two others, held by incumbents Stephen Murphy, a long-time councilor, and freshman John Connolly, who are both running for re-election.  Read more

Firefighters Endorse Flaherty

The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts union voted to endorse City Councilor Michael Flaherty in his run for the Mayor's office yesterday. Robert McCarthy, president of the 12,000-plus group of firefighters said in a statement that "Councilor Flaherty has always put the needs of fire fighters first to ensure we have the tools to do our job."  Read more

Election year ups dose of parade politics

“The Dorchester Day Parade is not about the politicians,” said Kevin McCrea, a mayoral candidate, as he walked along Dorchester Ave. on Sunday, waving and shaking hands.

Behind him a woman carrying a banner for Dorchester’s First Baptist Church begged to disagree.

“Yes it is!” she yelled.  Read more

Dot's Pressley joins race for at-large council

Ayanna Pressley: Candidate for city council at large.Ayanna Pressley: Candidate for city council at large.It's the "Obama effect", say many political observers, and Boston is not immune. Out of 18 individuals now indicating their intent to run for council at-large, 11 are people of color, likely setting a record for the city.

And the stage is set for another first as Sen. John Kerry's political director Ayanna Pressley is planning to apply for her nomination papers today, according to those close to her campaign.  Read more

Councillor Turner has a challenger

Carlos Henriquez: Seeks re-match with Turner.Carlos Henriquez: Seeks re-match with Turner.Carlos Henriquez said this week he is definitely running for the District 7 City Council seat, adding that incumbent Chuck Turner has the right heart but the wrong tactics, and is distracted form his duties in the Council by the need to defend himself from federal corruption charges.  Read more

Mayor's race fueled jokes at Southie breakfast

If the mayor's race was based on the caliber of jokes last Sunday at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon might have scored an upset. That's according to an informal survey of participants of the annual Irish-themed roast of Massachusetts politics and politicians.

Yoon, making his first speaking appearance at the breakfast, veered between plays on his name and the mystery of what a fortune cookie supposedly foretelling the next mayor of Boston said.  Read more