Politics

Coakley, Capuano in Dorchester

The two top candidates in the race to replace the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy will be hitting Dorchester in the coming days.

Congressman Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) will be holding one of his "Open Mike" events at the McKeon Post at 4 Hill Top St.

The 3:30 p.m. event on Thursday (Dec. 3) will focus on veterans' issues. Capuano's father was a Purple Heart veteran of World War II. His mother grew up in the St. Gregory's area.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, the frontrunner and a former Dorchester resident, appears the day before the Dec. 8 Democratic primary.

The election eve rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. at IBEW Local 103, at 256 Freeport St.

Also running in Democratic primary are businessmen Stephen Pagliuca, the co-owner of the Boston Celtics, and Alan Khazei, co-founder of CityYear.

St. Fleur eyes the Massachusetts Eighth

Quite a few people are looking at U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano's seat should he win the U.S. Senate race. Add state Rep. Marie St. Fleur to that list of people.

Feeney, Yoon clash over term limits proposal

Outgoing City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon says he has the votes to pull his proposal to set mayoral term limits out of a City Council committee, setting up a clash with a fellow Dorchester councillor.  Read more

Patrick reshuffles campaign team

With the 2010 gubernatorial election drawing closer, Gov. Patrick’s political campaign committee is in for some changes. Charlotte Golar Richie, a former Dorchester state representative, is stepping down from her post as the head of the committee. Sydney Asbury, the administration’s senior policy adviser, will be taking her place as campaign manager. Asbury has worked as a senior policy adviser to the governor.  Read more

Wallace may face 2010 primary challenge

State Rep. Brian Wallace, a South Boston Democrat whose district includes a part of Uphams Corner, may face a challenger at the ballot box next year: local Democratic activist Michael McGee.  Read more

What's next at City Hall

With the election over, here are a few things that are on the horizon for City Hall officials: the city’s budget, the email controversy, jockeying over who’ll run for mayor in 2013, the newest additions to the 13-member City Council, and what’s happening with the two outgoing councillors.  Read more

For Pressley, her work has only just begun

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 5, 2009

By 8 a.m., 232 people had voted at the Holy Name Parish Hall in West Roxbury and Dorchester resident Ayanna Pressley had greeted most of them in her bid for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. And that total nearly doubled to 439 voters by 9 a.m.

Despite weeks of long days of campaigning citywide, from the early morning hours of greeting people at MBTA stations to listening to their concerns at community meetings into the night, Pressley was just as enthusiastic as the day she announced her first-ever campaign for public office on April 28.  Read more

Tenacious Menino makes it five straight

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Contributing Reporters
Nov. 5, 2009

It was Mayor Thomas Menino's toughest test in sixteen years and he passed with the highest grade: The onetime Hyde Park city councillor bested challenger Michael Flaherty of South Boston by 16,355 votes, thereby rolling to his fifth term and into the city's history books.  Read more

Ross taps top operative as acting chief of staff

One day after she helped an ex-aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry win the top slot in Newton City Hall, a veteran political operative is headed to Boston City Council President Michael Ross’s office.  Read more

(UPDATED) Vietnamese interpreter booted after allegedly promoting Flaherty

A Vietnamese-interpreting poll worker at the Kit Clark Apartments was removed from the polling location this morning after the person was accused of encouraging voters to pull the lever for City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty. A Menino supporter, who saw the incident but declined to identify himself to the Reporter, was at the scene and said the poll worker, upon being ejected, tossed his "inspector" badge at him before leaving. The Menino supporter then showed the Reporter the badge. A Menino campaign spokesman said that since the worker, who had been at the Catherine Clark Apartments at 915 Dorchester Ave., had been removed by city elections officials, there was no need for a legal challenge. The apartments serve as a polling place for Ward 13’s Precincts 7 and 8. A Flaherty campaign official dismissed any connection between the worker and their campaign, saying in reference to the Menino campaign, "If anybody’s doing anything out there, it’s them."

UPDATE AND ADDENDUM:
Originally we had heard from a Menino campaign attorney that the person was a "she." The Menino supporter who was at the scene of the incident says it was in fact a "he," actually. We're following the lead of the Herald and withholding the name until we do some more follow-up.