Politics

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

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 10/27/2009

Mayor Thomas Menino and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty take the stage at Faneuil Hall for a MassVOTE forum. Charles Ogletree, a Harvard Law School professor, moderates. The forum will be broadcast live on WTKK 96.9 FM.  Read more

The first debate in U.S. Senate race

We're only being half-cheeky when we say Peter Meade, the moderator, won the debate. He looked ready to rodeo Alan Khazei, the son of a doctor, apparently, for continuously going over the time limits.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 10/26/2009

Earlier this morning, City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon held a presser outside of City Ha-- Actually, it was outside the Brighton Mills Shopping Center. Team Floon is protesting whiny emails from Boston Redevelopment Authority officials who are managing a housing project in the area. Community members obtained the emails through a public records law request. (What a pesky, terrible, awful, no-good law.) Meanwhile Mayor Thomas Menino celebrates the grand opening of the Boston Buying Power Office and attends the expansion of advanced placement classes in Boston Public Schools.  Read more

Lit Drop Odds and Ends: Connolly picks up support from former rivals

An at-large councillor picks up endorsements from his rivals. More email talk. And a WCVB enterprise story. Campaign odds and ends below.  Read more