Politics

Voters deserve special leadership

Voters going to the polls September 14 to fill the vacant Fifth Suffolk District House seat – and given the high stakes let’s hope there’s a big turnout – will cast one of their most important ballots ever.
The levels of crime, poverty, and joblessness in our community remain unacceptably high. As Massachusetts sees signs of a desperately needed economic recovery ahead, we desperately need a representative on Beacon Hill who will not only lend us a strong voice but also take strong action to make sure our priority issues are addressed and that our community is not left behind… again.  Read more

Voters deserve special leadership

By 
Barry O. Lawton
Aug. 19, 2010

Voters going to the polls September 14 to fill the vacant Fifth Suffolk District House seat - and given the high stakes let’s hope there’s a big turnout - will cast one of their most important ballots ever.

The levels of crime, poverty, and joblessness in our community remain unacceptably high. As Massachusetts sees signs of a desperately needed economic recovery ahead, we desperately need a representative on Beacon Hill who will not only lend us a strong voice but also take strong action to make sure our priority issues are addressed and that our community is not left behind... again.  Read more

Chang-Diaz and challenger face off at Thursday forum

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and her Democratic primary challenger, local attorney Hassan Williams, will square off in a forum this Thursday night.

The forum is sponsored by the Ward 12 Democratic Committee, in collaboration with RoxVote.

The forum, which starts at 6 p.m., is at the 12th Baptist Church on 160 Warren St. in Roxbury.

The candidates are also attending a pair of MassVOTE forums next week on Aug. 24 and Aug. 26, located at Hibernian Hall and Prince Hall, respectively.  Read more

The Deval-Tini

This weekend's featured special at Cambridge's Om Restaurant had a political tinge. Called the "Deval-tini," the drink mixes Sky Pineapple Vodka, Passion Fruit Puree, Thyme and Simple Syrup. (Via the Twitter feed of the governor's political director, Tito Jackson.)

Any other campaign-related drinks out there? Drop us a line.

Five candidates seek to replace Allen in Sixth Suffolk

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 11, 2010

The candidates are crisscrossing the district. They’re opening campaign headquarters on Blue Hill Avenue and Washington Street and announcing a steady stream of endorsements.

But the race to replace retiring state Rep. Willie Mae Allen and to become the next state representative from the Sixth Suffolk District, an area that includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and slivers of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain, has largely been a quiet affair. The first full-blown forum of the campaign, planned by the civic nonprofit MassVOTE, is scheduled for Aug. 26.  Read more

City settles bias claim by former Strand employee; Complaint targeted Arts chief

By 
Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special To The Reporter
Aug. 11, 2010

Julie Burns: Julie Burns, director of Arts, Tourism and Special Events for the city.Julie Burns: Julie Burns, director of Arts, Tourism and Special Events for the city.Julie Burns, who announced last week that she was resigning as the city’s director of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, was accused of racial discrimination when she fired the manager of the Strand Theatre in 2006, a complaint that the Menino Administration quietly settled less than four months ago.

Neither Burns nor Mayor Tom Menino made any reference to the complaint, which was upheld by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, when Burns made known she was leaving the city job that she had held since 2006 to join Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

“Julie has done a wonderful job for the city of Boston, from organizing championship victory parades to bringing a great variety of cultural events to City Hall Plaza,” said Menino in a statement. “I am grateful for her hard work and wish Julie all the best in her new endeavor.”  Read more

Wilkerson, prosecutors ask for sentencing date to be moved up

Former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and prosecutors are asking a federal judge to move up her sentencing date to Sept. 14.

The sentencing is currently scheduled for Sept. 21.  Read more

Former Rep. Merced endorses Henriquez in Fifth Suffolk

Former state Rep. Nelson Merced is endorsing Carlos Henriquez in the Fifth Suffolk District race, Henriquez told Lit Drop on Thursday night.  Read more

Forums for Fifth, Sixth and Second Suffolk District races this month

MassVOTE, a nonprofit civic education organization, is joining up with 32 other nonprofits in sponsoring forums with candidates running in the Fifth Suffolk and Sixth Suffolk House districts. Forums on the Second Suffolk Senate district are also planned.  Read more

DeLeo not giving up, calls gambling bill's path 'very difficult'

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By Jim O’Sullivan and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Aug. 3, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 3, 2010….....Speaker Robert DeLeo declared the critical-condition gambling bill still breathing Tuesday morning, as Plainridge Racecourse laid off 157 workers and blamed Gov. Deval Patrick’s refusal to support racetrack slot machines.

DeLeo said Patrick’s decision to send expanded gambling legislation back with an amendment effectively killed the prospect of 15,000 jobs, but on Tuesday morning said the bill is not dead though its prospects are “very difficult.”  Read more