Politics

Library amendments up for debate next week

It's enough to make any conflict-hungry reporter squeak with glee.

As both the Reporter and the Globe noted today, the debate over whether to close four libraries, including the Lower Mills branch, should get even more interesting next week. That's when the House starts up debate on its version of the fiscal 2011 budget.  Read more

House lawmakers push to prevent library closures

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Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 16, 2010

House lawmakers are pushing to save four libraries slated for closure in the city's fiscal 2011 budget. In a bid to keep the libraries open, twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston filed amendments Friday to the House's version of the state budget that send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system.  Read more

Commentary: Libraries can be saved if council stands tall

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By Lew Finfer
Apr. 15, 2010

In these hard times, it’s up to us, Dorchester’s residents and to our city councillors to save the Lower Mills Library and services at all our branches. We need to count on our two Dorchester Councillors, Maureen Feeney and Charles Yancey, and our four at-large councillors, Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Ayanna Pressley, and Felix Arroyo to stand with us.

If each of these six politicians fights for the Lower Mills Library and services to all libraries, and if enough Dorchester residents add their donations and time, then the libraries will be saved.  Read more

City Councillors: Closing libraries should be “last option”

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Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 5, 2010

Closing branch libraries should be the city’s “last option” and should follow an extensive review of Boston Public Library finances and “lengthy” public debate, nine city councillors wrote in a letter to Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan.

“The Boston City Council has faith in President Ryan’s leadership and we believe that the men and women who run and work for our libraries do so for all the right reasons – for love of service and learning,” the councillors wrote. “But we cannot support the plan to close libraries after so short a discussion period.”  Read more

EDITORIAL-Health Care Relief is Ours

At long last, relief is here; let us be glad

$88,200.
How many of you earn that amount in a year?
Not I, says the teacher. Nor I, says the letter carrier. Nor I, says the clerk at the corner store. Certainly not I, says the senior citizen living on Social Security.
$88,200. That’s 1,700 bucks a week in your paycheck. If yours is a family of four, and you make less than that, some relief is here, at last.  Read more

(UPDATED) Extra serving: Patrick's poem and LG Murray's song

For those who missed it at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast in Southie, here's the poem Gov. Deval Patrick delivered, followed by the song by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. (Updated to add, via the State House News Service, some verse from Sen. Richard Tisei, who is Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker's running mate.)  Read more

Wallace won't seek another term in House

By 
Reporter Staff
Mar. 1, 2010

Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston), whose district includes parts of Dorchester, will not seek re-election this year, sources told the Reporter's Gintautas Dumcius today. See the Reporter's Lit Drop blog for more on this developing story. Wallace joins Rep. Willie Mae Allen and Rep. Marie St. Fleur as the third member of Dorchester's State House delegation to opt out of this year's state elections.  Read more

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

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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

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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