Politics

Sources: Rep. Wallace not running for re-election

State Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston) is not running for another term, sources tell the Lit Drop.

Wallace, whose district includes a piece of Uphams Corner and Harbor Point, has served in the House since 2003.

The seat is the third in the Dorchester and Mattapan area to open up in the last month. Wallace's retirement ended months of speculation of whether he was running again. It appeared to be recent, too: On his Facebook page, a second signature drive was scheduled for this weekend.  Read more

Relaxing the Muscle: The Week That Was in State Politics

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Feb. 26, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 26, 2010…..All guesstimates below ecstatic about the level of excitement among savvy lawmakers at a high state court ruling earlier this month, suggesting they alter the anti-obscenity laws to protect youngsters more thoroughly, are invalid and uninformed.  Read more

Baker gains, Patrick maintains edge in new poll

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 26, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 26, 2010……Despite an unfavorable rating of 50 percent, Gov. Deval Patrick maintains his edge over a crowded gubernatorial field and holds a commanding lead over his new primary opponent, according to new poll results, which also show support for casinos and for two major tax cuts possibly headed for this year’s ballot.  Read more

Gov. Patrick in Dot Friday, Sunday

Gov. Deval Patrick will be making two trips to Dorchester over the next few days. On Friday he'll be visiting residents and business owners, starting at 222 Bowdoin St. at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, he holds an "urban town hall" at Rev. Bruce Wall's Codman Square church. The 7 p.m. meeting will also be broadcast on WWZN 1510 AM and www.globalministriesboston.org.

A longer look at the Fifth Suffolk

This week's Dot Reporter has a write-through of the news of Rep. Marie St. Fleur's departure, as well as a look at some of the names that a small group of activists have been pushing. That small group will likely be very involved in choosing the eventual winner. So who have they been talking about? Click here to find out that and whether some of them are interested. Also: There will be a "Greatest Minds" forum on March 1 to discuss the 2010 census and the two open House seats - St. Fleur's Fifth Suffolk and retiring Rep. Willie Mae Allen's Sixth Suffolk. The forum is scheduled for March 1 at the National Black College Alliance in Roxbury’s Dudley Square at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Capuano, Lynch offer up some red meat

Dorchester's two Congressmen on Saturday urged Democratic Party activists to hang tough and parry Republican attacks in what could be a punishing election year.

"I think we'll weather this storm," despite a "lunatic fringe," said U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston).

The comment led U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano to quip, "Steve, actually, I am the lunatic fringe."

The two U.S. representatives share Dorchester.

Capuano (D-Somerville) called for Democrats to get more active, saying that when he leaves his Washington office, he sees "10,000 teabaggers outside the Capitol."  Read more

St. Fleur confirms she's not running for reelection

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, a self-described "Uphams Corner kid," isn't running for re-election, she confirmed on Saturday.

At a caucus of Ward 15 Democrats, St. Fleur said she no longer wanted the job. "I don't want to be in the way of anyone," she said. "The job can't be done halfhearted."

She noted that she has one daughter in college, another "on her way," and a son about to start high school. "So it's time for transitions," she said.  Read more

Rep. Willie Mae Allen will not seek re-election

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, Contributing Reporter
Feb. 9, 2010

Rep. Willie Mae AllenRep. Willie Mae AllenRep. Willie Mae Allen, who represents parts of Dorchester and Mattapan in the state Legislature, will not seek re-election this year. The Mattapan resident, who has been elected twice to represent the Sixth Suffolk district, told the Reporter's Lit Drop blog today that she will retire at the end of this year's session.

Brown wants to be sworn-in today

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2010

U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown wants to be sworn Thursday afternoon, and asked Gov. Deval Patrick Wednesday to certify the Jan. 19 election results immediately.

In a letter sent by Brown campaign counsel Daniel Winslow, Brown's camp asked that Brown's election receive certification "without delay."  Read more

Murphy looking at run for treasurer

Is City Councillor At-Large Stephen Murphy mulling a campaign for state treasurer? Sources tell the State House News Service the answer is yes.

The news comes after Norfolk County Treasurer Joseph Connolly dropped out of the race, citing health problems. Steve Grossman, a former national and state Democratic Party chair, is currently the only declared candidate. Treasurer Timothy Cahill is an unenrolled candidate for governor.  Read more