Waiting with bated breath for news on Caritas deal

Local elected officials, who have frequently sought to save Carney Hospital from being shuttered, greeted the headline in Friday’s Boston Globe – “Caritas warns of 2 hospital closures” – with caution, saying the hospital chain has frequently mentioned that a New York private equity firm’s ownership investment is necessary if the six-hospital system is to remain viable.  Read more

Lawton launching write-in campaign for Fifth Suffolk state rep

Planning to campaign on weekends and after he gets out of school on weekdays, high school teacher Barry Lawton said Tuesday he plans to mount a write-in campaign for Fifth Suffolk state representative.

Lawton, a member of the Democratic State Committee who has run twice before for the seat, lost the Sept. 14 Democratic primary to former City Hall aide Carlos Henriquez by 41 votes.  Read more

GOP blocks election season spending bill, service cuts warned

By Kyle Cheney, Michael Norton, Matthew Murphy and Colleen Quinn STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
Sep. 27, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 27, 2010…..A pair of prisons would close, services for homeless families would be curtailed, Medicaid benefits for low income residents would sharply cut and state troopers would lose their jobs if lawmakers fail to approve a $400 million spending bill, Patrick administration officials and legislative Democrats said Monday, squeezing House Republicans who questioned whether Democrats were exaggerating the bill’s urgency and rushing through campaign-season spending.  Read more

King brings national spotlight to Codman Square's big night

John King, OFDJohn King, OFDCNN's John King, broadcasting live alongside Gov. Deval Patrick during last night's Men Cook for Women's Health gala, shows off a souvenir: an Originally from Dorchester bumper sticker. King, who grew up on King Street, told viewers of his "John King USA" program that he intends to find a home for the sticker on the set of his show's studio, which is already layered with Boston sports and political memorabilia. King appeared live from the tented gala several times during his hour-long program and served up food from the Ashmont Grill to guests. At left is Bill Walczak, executive director of the Codman Square Health Center, which sponsors the annual gala to raise funds for women's health programs. Other notable attendees who served as celebrity chefs included the Sen. Scott Brown, former Gov. Mike Dukakis, and the Reporter's own publisher Ed Forry, who dished out servings from the City Fresh Foods alongside Gov. Patrick.  Read more

Bill Clinton in town for Grossman's treasurer run

Former President Bill Clinton will swing through Boston this weekend, headlining a rally and fundraiser for state treasurer candidate Steve Grossman.

Mayor Thomas Menino is expected to join them at the event, which is scheduled for Sunday, 3 p.m., at Boston's Park Plaza Hotel.

Grossman, who bested City Councillor Stephen Murphy in the Democratic primary last week, is facing state Rep. Karyn Polito (R-Shrewsbury) in November's general election.

Grossman was a top fundraiser for Clinton and is the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.  Read more

Self-described "conservative Democrat" Holmes talks issues

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 22, 2010

Russell Holmes: The candidate, center, prayed with supporters on election night.Russell Holmes: The candidate, center, prayed with supporters on election night.

Emerging last week as the winner in a five-way Democratic primary for the Sixth Suffolk District House nomination, Russell Holmes is set to take the seat of retiring state Rep. Willie Mae Allen. A self-described “conservative Democrat,” he replaces a Democratic Party stalwart in a diverse district that includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Jamaica Plain.

In a sit-down with the Reporter, Holmes, who appears on some issues to be in the mould of former House Speaker and conservative Democrat Thomas Finneran of Mattapan, talked taxes, gay marriage, casinos, and the failed attempt to bring a dedicated bus lane to Blue Hill Ave.  Read more

Former Haitian PM, presidential hopeful, to campaign in Mattapan

Reporter Staff
Sep. 21, 2010

Former Haitian Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis, who is a candidate for president in the upcoming November 28th election in Haiti, is scheduled to appear at a forum on Saturday, September 25 from 5-9p.m. at the Mattapan Center for Life, 555 River St in Mattapan.  Read more

Poll: Plurality trusts Gov. Patrick on economy, majority picks him to win

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Sep. 21, 2010

Despite governing through one of the worst recessions in Massachusetts history and taking campaign hits for allegedly exacerbating a tough business climate, Gov. Deval Patrick wins higher marks from voters when asked which candidate for governor is more likely to improve the state economy, according to new poll results.

Although voters also believe he’s likeliest to raise taxes, 35 percent picked Patrick as the best choice to improve the Massachusetts economy, while 30 percent chose Republican Charles Baker, 10 percent chose Independent Tim Cahill and 2 percent picked Green Rainbow candidate Jill Stein. About 23 percent of respondents to a Suffolk University/WHDH poll were undecided on the question.  Read more

Lawton: Recount "not likely" in Fifth Suffolk district

Reporter Staff
Sep. 17, 2010

Lawton HQ on election night: A recount "not likely" Lawton HQ on election night: A recount "not likely"
While he says he is still in an “evaluation phase”, Barry Lawton tells the Reporter that he is not likely to seek a recount in the Fifth Suffolk state representative’s district.
Lawton lost Tuesday’s primary election to Carlos Henriquez by 41 votes.

Lawton says his own internal numbers show that he won the majority of precincts in the district, a fact backed up by unofficial results tabulated by the city's Election department. Lawton won 11 out of the 19 precincts in the district, with Henriquez topping the ballot in seven and Althea Garrison, a former state representative, winning two precincts. However, Henriquez was stronger throughout the district while Lawton posed strong numbers in his home ward (15), but posted weak numbers in Henriquez's base.

Lawton said that the work involved in mounting a recount request — he must collect 50 signatures from voters in each of the eight wards in the district and submit them to City Hall by Monday— is not a viable option for his campaign.

Lawton — who initially sounded a defiant tone about the results, telling reporters “It’s not over”— sounded more resigned to the outcome today.

“I just think a lot of the votes I had just didn’t come out,” he said. “The primary date didn’t really resonate with voters. A lot of focus has been on the November election and this primary was very far under the radar.”

Rep. Rushing to join Boston Public Library trustees' board

Rep. Byron Rushing: Speaking at a Save Our Libraries rally on City Hall plaza in June. Photo courtesy Dan Currie.Rep. Byron Rushing: Speaking at a Save Our Libraries rally on City Hall plaza in June.  Read more