Showdown: Patrick won't sign gambling bill, DeLeo doubts veto

By Jim O'Sullivan, Michael Norton and Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Jul. 31, 2010

Gov. Deval Patrick withheld support Friday for a three-casino, two-racino compromise reached by legislative leaders in time for a vote Saturday, calling the restriction of the racino license bidding to racetracks unacceptable.  Read more

Agreement on crime bill includes CORI reform

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Jul. 30, 2010

House and Senate negotiators reached a deal late Thursday on legislation restricting the public life of criminal offense records and striking most of the Senate’s efforts to provide reduced sentences for non-violent offenders, according to sources familiar with the compromise.

The Senate backed off its push to make non-violent state prison convicts eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of their sentences, while the House relented in allowing non-violent house of correction inmates parole after two-thirds of their sentences, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.  Read more

Lynch gets boost from former President Clinton

Reporter Staff
Jul. 29, 2010

A Presidential Boost Without Incumbency from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News filed this report on Thursday's South Boston rally for incumbent Congressman Stephen Lynch, which featured an appearance by former President Bill Clinton. Lovett's report includes a conversation with Reporter News Editor Gin Dumcius, who covered the rally at the Ironworkers Hall.  Read more

The five in the Fourth Suffolk

This week's Dot Reporter includes a look at the five folks running to replace state Rep. Brian Wallace, a South Boston Democrat who opted not to run for re-election.

The Fourth Suffolk District includes several areas of Dorchester, including parts of Uphams Corner, Harbor Point and the Polish Triangle.  Read more

South Boston Facebook Primary

South Boston may be an place where old fashioned politicking is still a candidate's best strategy, but that doesn't mean that new-fangled campaigning - via social networking for instance - doesn't play a role. National media outlets like to refer to the "Twitter primary," but it looks like Facebook is the social media king when it comes to the 4th Suffolk race.

In fundraising appeal, Arroyo camp hits back at coverage

City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo's re-election campaign is hitting back at their coverage of him and the City Council's boycott of Arizona, saying he is "under attack from the right wing media."  Read more

Fourth Suffolk candidates' forum in Southie

A group of neighborhood associations will be hosting a forum Monday for candidates running to replace retiring state Rep. Brian Wallace.

The 6:30 p.m. forum is scheduled for the James Condon Community School at 200 D St.  Read more

(UPDATED) Aide to Councilor Pressley mulling run for Tobin's seat

Jessica Taubner, an aide to City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, is strongly considering a run for departing City Councilor John Tobin's seat.  Read more

Library trustees' chair supports proposal to expand board, give them fundraising powers

The City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to expand the membership of the board of library trustees by four members and hand them fundraising powers.

The bill, known as a home rule petition, still needs the sign-off of the mayor, the state Legislature and the governor, was sponsored by City Councillors Michael Ross, Ayanna Pressley, and Felix Arroyo.

But it also has the support the head of the nine-member board, attorney Jeffrey Rudman.  Read more

City Council passes Menino budget by 11-2 vote

The City Council on Wednesday voted 11-2 to pass Mayor Thomas Menino’s $2.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2011. Councillors also voted unanimously to pass a home rule petition – which requires approval from the mayor, the governor and the state Legislature – to hand library trustees the power to fundraise for the cash-strapped library system.  Read more