Politics

The connection between an At-Large race and a run-off in Afghanistan

Missing from the group of pols and volunteers who lined Blue Hill Ave. on Sunday afternoon for Ayanna Pressley’s City Council At-Large bid was the big gun who had hoped to be there for the weekend before the Nov. 3 election. But U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Pressley’s ex-boss, had a pretty good reason: Another election 6,600 miles
away.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 11/2/2009

It's the day before Election Day. Mayor Thomas Menino delivers new books to a Brighton library (with a Red Sox player) and then holds a campaign rally in East Boston with local electeds. City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty will be in Dudley Square, the Greater Love Tabernacle and end the day with a campaign rally at the Carver Lodge.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 11/1/2009

It's the Sunday before Election Day, and that means church visits are in order. Mayor Thomas Menino is in churches in Mattapan and the South End, while Team Floon is in Dorchester. Hibernian Hall will once again be the stage for an afternoon Menino rally, while Floon takes to the airwaves with radio interviews.  Read more

(UPDATED) WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 10/31/2009

The election is three days away. Mayor Thomas Menino will be at a "Parent University" and a Halloween party at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester. City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty will host a "tele-town hall," with fellow City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon moderating.  Read more

Kerry to campaign with Pressley

Confirming what we Tweeted yesterday, U.S. Sen. John Kerry's campaign folks have released his schedule for the weekend, with stops planned in West Roxbury and Mattapan. Kerry, a Vietnam vet who ran for president in 2004 and has been on Capitol Hill since 1984, will be out door-knocking, hitting churches and holding signs for his former political director, Ayanna Pressley. Pressley's City Council campaign has been careful of how to use Kerry, particularly since this is a local election. Kerry has been avidly following the race: he speaks and exchanges text messages with Pressley regularly. (Though when told of Kerry's plans yesterday, one City Council At-Large candidate couldn't resist taking a shot: "Nice to have him in town.") Full weekend schedule after the jump.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 10/30/2009

The two mayoral candidates appear on WBUR's Radio Boston. Before that, Mayor Menino attends the ribbon-cutting for W Hotels and Residences. City Councillor Michael Flaherty appears on Dan Rea's WBZ radio show in the evening.  Read more

Tough questions for Doug Bennett

To voters, Doug Bennett has been as the guy knocking on their doors for the last year and a half touting his City Council At-Large bid and putting his stickers everywhere. To reporters, he's been the guy abruptly stopping interviews.  Read more

CommonWealth magazine's "Full Disclosure"

The newest issue of CommonWealth magazine is up and it's got some good stuff. (Some of it's free and some of it you need to be a subscriber to see.) And on its website, the magazine has posted over 250 Statements of Financial Interest, which contain a public official’s outside income, real estate, and business holdings. (Downside: Jack Sullivan notes in his article that the laws governing SFIs haven't been updated in years.) "Like the conflict-of-interest disclosures, the statements of financial interest are largely hidden from public view," he writes. "The Ethics Commission isn’t allowed to post them on the Internet, as 29 other states do, and it charges a dollar for each form requested. Massachusetts is also one of only four states in the nation that requires anyone requesting a form to show identification and disclose where they work, information that is turned over to the official whose statement is being requested." CommonWealth also has a section on their always-excellent blog, CW Unbound.

CORRECTION: Another District 7 forum

The candidates running for the District 7 seat on the Boston City Council face off again this week, in a Roxbury forum on Wednesday night. Incumbent Chuck Turner and challenger Carlos Henriquez will both be at the Vine St. Community Center at 339 Dudley St. for a 6:30 p.m. forum. The forum is sponsored by the Vine St. Community Council, Think Politics, NAACP and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. In our original posting, we incorrectly listed the event as happening on Tuesday night. Our apologies.

Mix-up over clergy endorsement ad

The closer we get to Nov. 3, the more odd things cross our desk: A local minister says that he didn’t endorse Mayor Thomas Menino and has asked for his name to be removed from an ad, though he had appeared at an Oct. 10 press conference where black leaders touted their support for Menino.  Read more