Politics

Menino not attending MassVOTE forum

Mayor Thomas Menino won't be attending the MassVOTE forum in Jamaica Plain scheduled for tonight, citing a packed schedule.  Read more

At-Large race: the baby factor

City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s schedule could get even more hectic: His wife Meg is due on Sept. 22, the day of the preliminary. “Any day now,” Connolly said. “When it’s time to go to the hospital, that’s where I’ll be.”

The new baby will join the Connollys’ one-year-old daughter, Clare.

Connolly won’t be the only guy with a new kid in tow on the campaign trail: Jamie Chisholm, who is running Ayanna Pressley’s campaign for a City Council At-Large seat, became a father on Aug. 14 after his wife Lauren gave birth to a girl, Alice Evangeline.

Lit Drop Linkage - 9/17/2009

A brief round-up of links you might have missed. Feel free to send suggestions to gin.dumcius (at) gmail.com or mwdeehan (at) gmail.com.

1. SearchCIO.com writes that the controversy of a top City Hall aide's deletion of emails could "serve as another reminder to CIOs that email retention is serious business."  Read more

State House News: Elections panel has the votes to endorse interim senator bill

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Sep. 16, 2009

With legislative leaders confident a bill authorizing an interim U.S. Senate appointee will garner enough votes to pass, the Election Laws Committee collected enough panel votes Wednesday to send the bill to the floor with a positive recommendation.  Read more

Turner, Henriquez miss deadlines for their campaign finance reports

Incumbent District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner and his challenger, Carlos Henriquez, missed the deadline for campaign finance reports that were due into the city clerk’s office by the end of Monday. Tardy filers could be subject to a fine of $10 for each day a report is late.  Read more

Labor support waning, Lynch says no to Senate run

Third time won’t be the charm: U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch finally found a special election he didn’t think he could win.

Citing an "insurmountable" time frame for putting together a statewide organization, Lynch (D-South Boston) on Tuesday took his name out of consideration for a run to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.  Read more

How to make a reporter's job easier

Other mayoral candidates, take note: Your fellow contender Kevin McCrea is hitting the bars at 9 p.m. over the next nine nights to talk to residents about his campaign. "Each evening after the regular Mayoral forums, house parties, and community forums Kevin will stop by a local bar in every corner of the City and answer questions from anyone who would like to know where he stands on an issue, or to hear citizens ideas for making Boston a better place," the McCrea campaign says in a release.  Read more

Opinion survey: Your choice for mayor on Tuesday

Discuss the survey here.

Yoon running 15-second spots on NECN

Starting Tuesday, mayoral candidate Sam Yoon's campaign is running five 15-second spots on New England Cable News. The spots can be found here ("BRA"), here ("Transportation"), here ("Too Much Power,"), here ("Hope"), and here ("What you know"). As noted earlier, the Yoon camp is also running radio spots, which will be played on WBZ Radio. Incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino City Councillor At-Large and fellow mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty have launched their own ads.

Ward 5 Dems endorse Menino

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee on Monday night endorsed Mayor Thomas Menino. The breakdown of the vote: Menino received 18 votes, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon received 4 votes and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty received 2 votes. South Ender Kevin McCrea didn't receive any votes, though a few committee members spoke in favor his nomination. The ward includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Bay Village. The vote followed an hour-long forum between the four candidates that touched on city planning and anti-crime policies, with few comments on the topic du jour, City Hall employees' deletion of emails, a possible violation of the state public records law.