Menino records robo-call for Kelly Timilty, hits her opponent for running "very negative" campaign

Mayor Thomas Menino has recorded a robo-call for Kelly Timilty, who is running for another term on a judicial vetting panel.

In the call, Menino says her Democratic primary opponent has spent "$200,000 of his own money on a very negative campaign."  Read more

Sheriff Cabral backing Henriquez

Sheriff Andrea Cabral is supporting Carlos Henriquez in the Fifth Suffolk race, Henriquez told the Lit Drop Friday.

The endorsement comes as the candidates head into the final stretch of campaigning. The other candidates include high school teacher and former Beacon Hill aide Barry Lawton, former state Rep. Althea Garrison, and frequent candidate Roy Owens.  Read more

Second "mini-debate" for Lynch and D'Alessandro

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and his Democratic challenger square off in another "mini-debate" lasting 15 minutes.

Milton Democrat Mac D'Alessandro and Lynch will be on WGBH's "Greater Boston" show tonight. The show airs at 7 p.m.

D'Alessandro's campaign says their opponent has declined other debate invitations, including for a half-hour on New England Cable News. D'Alessandro appears live on Broadside with Jim Braude tonight at 6 p.m. The show re-airs at 8 p.m.

Lynch and D'Alessandro previously sparred on WBZ-TV in another 15-minute "mini-debate" on Aug. 27.

(UPDATED) Reporter’s Notebook: Reports show Lawton with most donors at end of Aug. in Fifth Suffolk race

A clarification has been attached to this article.

In the four-way Democratic race to replace former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur, Fifth Suffolk District candidate Carlos Henriquez has poured over $5,700 of his own money into his campaign this year, state finance records show. He raised $2,000 from 54 individual donors through the end of August, his campaign says.  Read more

Toughest foe yet for US Rep. Lynch

Mac D’Alessandro on the stump in Franklin ParkMac D’Alessandro on the stump in Franklin ParkStanding the doorway of her Romsey St. home, Mariama White-Hammond concedes she’s had some “ups and downs” with her U.S. Congressman, Stephen Lynch.

He voted against the original health care reform bill earlier this year and for the war in Iraq, departing from the state’s Democratic delegation, she’s reminded.

“And he’s been like that from the beginning,” she says.

She then takes another look at the campaign literature Lynch’s Democratic primary opponent, Mac D’Alessandro, has handed her.  Read more

Voters facing flurry of choices on Tuesday

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 8, 2010

Sample Ballot- Sept. 14, 2010 electionSample Ballot- Sept. 14, 2010 electionVoters in Dorchester and Mattapan will go the polls on Tuesday to decide Democratic and Republican nominees for a variety of seats, from Congress to their local state representative.

A small wave of retirements and polls showing anti-incumbent sentiment nationwide has prompted a slew of candidates to jump in and led to crowded fields in the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Suffolk Districts.
But largely – and particularly in Boston – most incumbents will be cruising to re-election without an opponent. Democrats might be in for a beating nationally, but Massachusetts is likely to remain a deeply blue state.

In the Legislature, there are 26 open House seats and eight open Senate seats. Out of those, 14 Democratic incumbents are facing challengers in a Democratic primary and 96 Democrats are running unopposed, according to a recent State House News Service analysis. And Boston is expected to remain a Democratic stronghold: Just two Republicans are running – including one in the race to replace retiring state Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston) – for legislative seats.  Read more

Gov candidates give, take in first TV debate

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Sep. 7, 2010

In a substantive and at times raucous debate, Gov. Deval Patrick's opponents sought to chip away at his administration's accomplishments Tuesday, shrugging off efforts aimed at consolidating state agencies, overhauling state ethics and pension laws, and enabling cities and towns to join the state's health insurance program, hallmarks of Patrick's term.  Read more

Another Fourth Suffolk forum

Eight neighborhood associations from Dorchester and South Boston are teaming up to sponsor another Fourth Suffolk forum this week.

Former Senate President William Bulger will introduce the candidates. The candidates running to replace retiring Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston) include Democrats Mark McGonagle, Nick Collins, Michael McGee and Jacob Bombard, and Republican Patrick Brennan.

The forum will be take place at the Mass Bay Credit Union at 147 West Fourth St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.  Read more

Welcome to the next two months of your life

Expectations game! The gubernatorial race has it, ahead of tonight's debate on WBZ-TV.

From Doug Rubin, strategist working for Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick's re-election campaign (via Twitter): "Expect a decent night for Baker. The 3-on-1 nature of the debate allows him to attack Patrick even when he is not talking."  Read more

It’s do as I say, not as I do at the polls for some in Fourth Suffolk race

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 2, 2010

They’ve been pressing voters in South Boston, Uphams Corner, the Polish Triangle, and Harbor Point to pull the lever for them in the September primary. But not all of the candidates to replace state Rep. Brian Wallace have beaten a path to the voting booth themselves, a review of voting records shows.  Read more