Politics

Reporter's Notebook: Golar Richie mulls run for statewide office — but is time on her side?

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 26, 2014

“Charlotte for Mayor” didn’t work out. Could “Charlotte for Treasurer” or "Charlotte for Lt. Governor" happen any differently?  Read more

Bid for compromise on charter school cap falls short

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 26, 2014

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Russell Holmes, two lawmakers who represent parts of Dorchester and Mattapan, were unsuccessful this week in pushing a compromise that would lift the cap on charter schools.

Chang-Diaz’s office announced the compromise on Saturday, days after the Education Committee had given itself a one-week extension to March 25 to put together a bill. But March 25 came and went with no action on legislation.  Read more

Boston operative heads to D.C.

The Boston political operative who ran former City Councillor Mike Ross's campaign last year is taking a job with Putnam Partners, a Democratic media consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Cayce McCabe, who jumped to the Ross campaign after running state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry's First Suffolk District campaign in 2013, is signing on as a senior associate.

McCabe announced the move in a mass email. McCabe will keep advising a candidate, Evandro Carvahlo, who is running to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, through the April 1 primary election and April 29 election.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: More time for talk on charter school cap issue

The debate over lifting the charter school cap will stretch into next week as the Legislature’s Education Committee continues to seek a compromise. Charter school advocates have ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers, including state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, co-chair of the Committee on Education, calling on them to release a bill lifting the cap. Separately, public school parents who oppose charter schools sent a petition to the committee this week, demanding that the cap stay in place.

In a meeting at the State House on Tuesday, the committee gave itself an extension to kick out a bill.  Read more

“Whoever you are, you’re one of us.”

Forry-Dorcena families at St. Patrick's Day Breakfast: The group gathered for a photo after the event. Photo © Don WestForry-Dorcena families at St. Patrick's Day Breakfast: The group gathered for a photo after the event. Photo © Don West

I don’t typically write about events involving my wife, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. But Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in South Boston, it seems to me, merits some comment from this space.

I’ll leave it to other journalists – those unencumbered by a certificate of marriage – to weigh in on my spouse’s performance. Instead, here are some observations from the “green room” offered up in the spirit of historic preservation.  Read more

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast serves up laughs, leaders

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 19, 2014

Sen. Forry with Governor Patrick: The governor quipped: “Have a good look everybody. This is what a Forry and a Patrick looks like these days." Photo © Don WestSen. Forry with Governor Patrick: The governor quipped: “Have a good look everybody. This is what a Forry and a Patrick looks like these days." Photo © Don WestLinda Dorcena Forry took the microphone on Sunday morning and looked out into the crowd at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center where some 700 residents from Dorchester, South Boston, and Mattapan were dining on eggs, hash, and sausages.

“Last year I got eight seconds,” she quipped.

This year, it was two hours and a half. She is the First Suffolk District’s state senator now, instead of a candidate, and with the position comes the job of hosting the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, where politicians traditionally have traded light barbs with one another.  Read more

Pols yuk it up at Southie St. Patrick's Day breakfast

By 
Michael P. Norton, State House News Service
Mar. 16, 2014

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry took center stage at Sunday's event in South Boston. Photo by Chris Lovett

The state’s political elite paused for a group selfie, turned the probation department hiring scandal into a laugh line, and took pokes at Republicans Charlie Baker and Scott Brown during the annual St. Patrick’s Day political breakfast Sunday morning.

Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry opened the proceedings at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center by dedicating the event to former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, urging participants to make him laugh amid reports over the weekend that he’s battling advanced form of cancer.  Read more

School finance issues influence debate on charter cap lift

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Mar. 13, 2014

With the press on from charter school advocates to lift or eliminate the cap on charter enrollment in poorly performing school districts, the battle brewing over the issue in the Legislature appears to have as much, if not more, to do with the distribution of state education aid than the merits of charter schools.  Read more

Race heats up for Fifth Suffolk state rep’s seat; Garrison lawsuit over ballot is tossed out

One special primary election down, one more to go.

Dorchester voters have gone to the polls eight times in the last 12 months, including last week, when they picked former State House aide Dan Hunt as Marty Walsh’s successor in a five-way Democratic primary.

The next one is set for April 1, with five Democrats competing to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who was ousted from his Fifth Suffolk seat in February by an overwhelming majority of his House colleagues.  Read more

Garrison suing state elections chief for ballot access in Henriquez seat race

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 6, 2014

Althea Garrison, a frequent candidate for public office, is suing state elections chief Bill Galvin, claiming she should be on the Democratic primary ballot in the special election to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez.  Read more