Politics

In web video, Yoon makes plea for cash

With the deadline for August campaign finance reports looming, mayoral candidate Sam Yoon is asking supporters to throw some dough his way in a last-minute web video.  Read more

JP Gazette: FBI photo of Turner makes Henriquez 'nervous'

District 7 candidate Carlos Henriquez has often walked around the federal corruption charges levied against Councillor Chuck Turner.

But now he's getting "nervous," he tells the Jamaica Plain Gazette, about the surveillance video that FBI officials released to the press that allegedly shows Turner accepting a $1,000 bribe. (Turner has pleaded not guilty.)

Also: the Gazette reports that Henriquez needs a crash course in campaign finance law and how it works.

Local NOW PAC endorses Henriquez and three for at-large

The political action committee of the Boston chapter of MassNOW (National Organization for Women) has endorsed three candidates running for City Council At-Large: former Kerry aide Ayanna Pressley; Felix Arroyo, son of the city councillor; and Tito Jackson, a Patrick administration official. Most interesting is their endorsement of Carlos Henriquez, who is running against incumbent District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner. BostonNOW is one of nine local MassNOW chapters.

Dorchester says farewell

Waiting for the procession: Onlookers gather along the Savin Hill Avenue Bridge in Dorchester to view the funeral cortege. The scene was replicated all along the 75 mile  route form Hyannisport to Boston.Waiting for the procession: Onlookers gather along the Savin Hill Avenue Bridge in Dorchester to view the funeral cortege. The scene was replicated all along the 75 mile route form Hyannisport to Boston.

The procession passes: Senator Ted Kennedy's cortege passes by Savin Hill, Dorchester on the Southeast Expressway/I-93 on Thursday, Aug 27, 2009.The procession passes: Senator Ted Kennedy's cortege passes by Savin Hill, Dorchester on the Southeast Expressway/I-93 on Thursday, Aug 27, 2009.

Mayoral debate pushed back a week

The WBZ-TV mayoral debate between Mayor Thomas Menino and his three challengers has been pushed back a week to Sept. 2, two campaigns said Wednesday. Same time: 7 p.m. And same place: at the station's Allston studios on Soldiers Field Road. There's also a 6:30 p.m. forum, sponsored by MassVOTE and a host of other organizations, scheduled for Sept. 3 at Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. (Menino has been non-committal on the MassVOTE forums, saying he has already committed to three debates and a WCVB forum.)

WBZ-TV mayoral debate postponed

The Wednesday night debate between Mayor Thomas Menino and his three challengers is postponed, officials with two campaigns confirmed. The early morning announcement of the death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy has led to the suspension of public mayoral campaign activities, including the WBZ-TV face-off that was to be moderated by political analyst Jon Keller.  Read more

The debate layout

Make of this what you will. According to a person familiar with the layout of the WBZ-TV debate, it will be set up like this: From left to right and facing the camera (and with political analyst/debate moderator Jon Keller in the middle), Flaherty and McCrea on one side and Menino and Yoon on the other.

Harshest words yet?

“They have nothing else to do,” Mayor Thomas Menino said of his three opponents in this WBUR article on development. “They haven’t accomplished anything in their careers. I’m trying to do a decent job in the city, but you’re listening to guys who don’t care about the city. They only want to make headlines. I’m trying to move Boston forward.” WBUR's coverage of the mayoral race can be found here.

Debate scene-setters

The 2009 mayoral race, for all intents and purposes, officially starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.  Read more

Elections chief says no change in South Boston polling locations

Polling locations in South Boston will stay the same for the 2009 municipal elections, the city’s election chief said Tuesday. And city-wide, there will be only one move: from Academy Hill Library, which is undergoing extensive repair, to the Veronica Smith House, around the corner and on Chestnut Hill Ave. in Allston-Brighton.  Read more