Of beer-sipping moderators and mayoral candidates
"[Mayoral candidate Michael] Flaherty, a current city councilor, appeared at the Doyleâ€™s forum, which was probably the first candidate forum in modern times to feature beer-sipping moderators."
So notes the Jamaica Plain Gazette this week in one of two political pieces.
Recently, all four candidates for mayor went before the JP Progressives, a "powerhouse community group focused on local politics."
Mayoral candidates article here.
But especially worth reading is the look into the group: "The very existence of JP Progressivesâ€”whose politically connected membership includes several State House and Boston City Council aidesâ€”underscores the key role JP will have in this yearâ€™s election, and challenges a neighborhood forum system that in recent years has been dominated by incumbent-friendly Democratic ward committees."
The group's website is here, complete with answered questionnaires from the four mayoral candidates and most of the City Council At-Large candidates. (You can guess which ones.) Video of their appearances will be up soon, the site promises.