In last minute move, St. Fleur backs Henriquez in Fifth Suffolk

Former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur is making a last-minute endorsement in the race to succeed her, backing Carlos Henriquez in the four-way Democratic primary.  Read more

Early voting seen as very low in Boston

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Sep. 14, 2010

Just over 9,000 voters cast primary ballots in Boston by 9 a.m. Tuesday, down 60 percent from the same timeframe four years ago, when a contested gubernatorial primary topped the Democratic ballot.

DEVELOPING: St. Fleur makes last minute endorsement in Fifth Suffolk

In the first two hours of primary voting, 2.47 percent of Boston’s electorate had cast ballots, according to figures compiled by the city and delivered to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. In 2006, 6.17 percent of the electorate had cast votes by 9 a.m. The polls opened at 7 a.m.  Read more

So about that new political tone in Southie

As Primary Day draws closer, the race to replace state Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston) is heating up, with allegations of prank phone calls and stolen campaign literature.  Read more

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Flammable and Inflammable mean the same thing

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News
Sep. 10, 2010

It can be hard for us plebes – we, the mediocre unwashed, the plebes, the groundlings – to grasp the fantastic mental perambulations and intellectual high-wire acts executed by the likes of those who attended that ivy-wreathed citadel of higher learning across the Charles. Just ask Tim Cahill.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: Primary Night, Ninth Congressional/Democratic Edition

The following is where the Democratic candidates running in the Ninth Congressional District will be on Sept. 14, Primary Night.

CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN LYNCH: Lynch will be at the McKeon Post, 4 Hill Top St., in Dorchester.

DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER MAC D'ALESSANDRO: D'Alessandro will be at Abby Park, 550 Adams St., Milton.

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