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

Henriquez squeezes by Lawton to win Fifth Suffolk nomination; possible recount looms

Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter and Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 15, 2010

Carlos Henriquez addressing supporters at his campaign launch. Eric Esteves photoCarlos Henriquez addressing supporters at his campaign launch. Eric Esteves photo
(Updated 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16)— When we last looked at the Fifth Suffolk state representative race, community activist Carlos Henriquez had won the unofficial ballot count by 41 votes and high school teacher and former Beacon Hill aide Barry Lawton sent a text message to editors saying, "It's not over."

On Thursday morning Lawton told the Reporter: "We're weighing all options right now." Those options include requesting a recount (which would require signature-gathering to commence) as well as a write-in candidacy in the general election.

"I want to have a few days from it," he said of the primary.

Pressed on whether he would wage a write-in campaign, Lawton said, "I think conditions will be different in the general election."  Read more

It’s Holmes in the Sixth, Collins wins in Fourth

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 15, 2010

Mattapan community activist Russell Holmes yesterday won a five-way Democratic primary for state representative in the Sixth Suffolk District, besting a City Hall aide and the head of the local chapter of the NAACP, among others, in the race to replace retiring state Rep. Willie Mae Allen.
Russell Holmes awaits final tally at his headquarters Tuesday night. Photo by Alex OwensRussell Holmes awaits final tally at his headquarters Tuesday night. Photo by Alex Owens

Holmes received 910 votes, or 32.94 percent of the total cast, according to an unofficial tally of votes by the city of Boston’s Elections Department. Karen Payne, a local NAACP chief who is active in Democratic power circles, received 622 votes, or 22.51 percent. Darrin Howell, an aide to City Councillor Chuck Turner, garnered 16 percent, or 442 votes.

The other candidates vying to replace Allen, former candidate Kathy Gabriel and local justice of the peace Divo Monteiro, received 14.8 percent and 2.82 percent of the vote, respectively.
No Republicans were on the ballot, meaning Holmes can cruise to victory on Nov. 2 and will take the oath of office in January.  Read more

Chang-Diaz wins in Second Suffolk; Collins, Holmes winners in rep seats; Henriquez tops Lawton in Fifth

Reporter Staff
Sep. 14, 2010

Russell Holmes: Topped the ticket in the Sixth Suffolk race. Photo by Alex OwensRussell Holmes: Topped the ticket in the Sixth Suffolk race. Photo by Alex OwensUpdated: Carlos Henriquez has won a majority of votes in the race to replace Marie St. Fleur in the Fifth Suffolk district. Unofficial results from the city of Boston's election department show Henriquez with a 41 vote advantage over Barry Lawton. It is not yet clear whether Lawton will seek a recount.

The Fifth Suffolk race was the city's closest contest of the primary election as results see-sawed between Henriquez and Lawton throughout Tuesday night. Finally, after 11 p.m., the city's website was updated with the results from a straggler precinct that gave Henriquez his 41 vote margin.

State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz has defeated her primary opponent Hassan Williams in the Second Suffolk district, according to unofficial results gathered by the Reporter, which has correspondents with both campaigns tonight. Chang-Diaz faces a clear path to re-election in November.

Nick Collins defeated three other Democrats to win his party's nomination in the hotly contested race to succeed Rep. Brian Wallace as the Fourth Suffolk state representative. Collins beat out his closest rival Mark McGonagle, who made an appearance tonight at Collins' victory party in South Boston. Collins will face-off against Republican Patrick Brennan in November.

Russell Holmes, a businessman and community activist, has topped the ticket in the Sixth Suffolk Democratic primary. Holmes will replace outgoing state Rep. Willie Mae Allen, who is retiring in January. There is no Republican opponent for Holmes in November.  Read more