Capuano, Lynch offer up some red meat

Dorchester's two Congressmen on Saturday urged Democratic Party activists to hang tough and parry Republican attacks in what could be a punishing election year.

"I think we'll weather this storm," despite a "lunatic fringe," said U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston).

The comment led U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano to quip, "Steve, actually, I am the lunatic fringe."

The two U.S. representatives share Dorchester.

Capuano (D-Somerville) called for Democrats to get more active, saying that when he leaves his Washington office, he sees "10,000 teabaggers outside the Capitol."  Read more

St. Fleur confirms she's not running for reelection

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, a self-described "Uphams Corner kid," isn't running for re-election, she confirmed on Saturday.

At a caucus of Ward 15 Democrats, St. Fleur said she no longer wanted the job. "I don't want to be in the way of anyone," she said. "The job can't be done halfhearted."

She noted that she has one daughter in college, another "on her way," and a son about to start high school. "So it's time for transitions," she said.  Read more

Rep. Willie Mae Allen will not seek re-election

Gintautas Dumcius, Contributing Reporter
Feb. 9, 2010

Rep. Willie Mae AllenRep. Willie Mae AllenRep. Willie Mae Allen, who represents parts of Dorchester and Mattapan in the state Legislature, will not seek re-election this year. The Mattapan resident, who has been elected twice to represent the Sixth Suffolk district, told the Reporter's Lit Drop blog today that she will retire at the end of this year's session.

Brown wants to be sworn-in today

State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2010

U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown wants to be sworn Thursday afternoon, and asked Gov. Deval Patrick Wednesday to certify the Jan. 19 election results immediately.

In a letter sent by Brown campaign counsel Daniel Winslow, Brown's camp asked that Brown's election receive certification "without delay."  Read more

Murphy looking at run for treasurer

Is City Councillor At-Large Stephen Murphy mulling a campaign for state treasurer? Sources tell the State House News Service the answer is yes.

The news comes after Norfolk County Treasurer Joseph Connolly dropped out of the race, citing health problems. Steve Grossman, a former national and state Democratic Party chair, is currently the only declared candidate. Treasurer Timothy Cahill is an unenrolled candidate for governor.  Read more

(UPDATED) Pressley, Arroyo named to new committees

UPDATE: The make-up of each committee is posted below.

The City Council's two new at-large councillors are getting two new committees to work with:

-- Ayanna Pressley, the council's first African-American woman, is chairing the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities. The committee will cover city programs on youth, families and new Bostonians.  Read more

Menino meets with Brown

Mayor Thomas Menino will be meeting up with U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown on Tuesday, their schedules show.

Both will meet at the Parkman House on Beacon St., next to the State House, at 9 a.m. A press availability will follow.

At noon, Brown meets with African-American pastors in a closed-press affair at the Roxbury Presbyterian Church on Warren St. A press availability will follow at 1 p.m.

Patrick: Turn anger in "positive direction"

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Jan. 21, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 21, 2010…...Addressing a state shaken up by an electoral stunner and drained by sustained economic woes, Gov. Deval Patrick acknowledged missteps but vowed to stay focused on struggling citizens’ needs, using his annual speech to lay out a limited policy agenda for the final 11 months of his term.

Describing himself as “unsatisfied” and “determined,” Patrick called for residents to convert their dissatisfaction into progress.  Read more

Suburbs put Brown over the top; gets strong showing in Neponset

Recently-elected Boston City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, that body's first African-American woman, watched in shock Tuesday night at Martha Coakley's campaign gathering at the Sheraton Boston as the disappointing vote counts flowed in. "It's going to take a while," she said. "I feel very disconnected from the reality of it. It's going to take a while for it to sink in. I believed until the very end we would pull it out."  Read more

Coakley at Eire pub tonight

On the eve of Election Day, U.S. Senate candidate Martha Coakley is returning tonight to the Eire Pub on Adams St.

Coakley, the Democratic nominee and state attorney general, previously made a trip to the historic bellwether bar on the eve of the Democratic primary in December. She will be there at 7 p.m., according to her schedule.

State Sen. Scott Brown, a Wrentham Republican hoping for an upset, made his own visit on Dec. 23.

Two former presidents, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, have also dropped by in the past.

(Here's a 2004 Dorchester Reporter editorial on Reagan's 1983 visit. And here's a Kevin Cullen article from 2004 about the bar.)