Politics

We know who Kevin McCrea is

Take it as a sign that the campaign in shifting into mainstream mode, where regular folks turn their attention to the names they’ll be faced with on the Sept. 22 ballot: WBUR listeners got a reprieve from pledge drives, comments from members of the healthcare committees and the enormously successful discussion on race relations in the US to get an earful of mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea.  Read more

Flaherty launches new website: "Dollars and $ense"

City Councillor At-Large and mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty launched a new website on Saturday that hit Mayor Thomas Menino over city spending.  Read more

New England Patriots player jumps into At-Large race – sort of

A political tidbit for a slow Friday:

On break from sacking quarterbacks, a New England Patriots player has written out a campaign donation to Tito Jackson, a Patrick administration official running for one of the four City Council At-Large seats. Le Kevin Smith, a Patriots defensive lineman, donated $500 earlier this month to Jackson’s campaign.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates’ schedules – 7/24/09

Wondering where you can meet your favorite mayoral candidate? Agendas are provided by the Menino, Flaherty, Yoon and McCrea campaigns and laboriously pasted here by Lit Drop staff.  Read more

Menino says 28X bus needed to get people to jobs

Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday said he supports the controversial "Route 28X" bus line proposed by state transportation officials, saying bus service is needed to get people to their jobs.

"I think we have to have better transportation," he said in a half-hour appearance on TOUCH 106.1 FM this morning.  Read more

If you saw Mayor Thomas Menino on Quincy St. this morning

…You can thank one local homeowner who called into TOUCH 106.1 FM to complain about the unkemptness of the Quincy Street area in Dorchester, close to the proposed Columbia Road commuter rail station.

Describing herself as a “big fan” of the mayor and a new homeowner, the woman said she had complained about the trash to City Hall officials but nobody would get back to her.  Read more

UPDATED: Flaherty charges Menino with forcing meal and hotel tax-funded "bailout" on city

The Michael Flaherty campaign took a swing at Mayor Thomas Menino this morning, issuing a statement declaring Flaherty’s opposition to Menino’s plan for a meal and hotel tax increase. Flaherty said that Menino “has failed to effectively manage the city’s revenue and spending.”  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates’ schedules – 7/23/09

Wondering where you can meet your favorite mayoral candidate? Agendas are provided by the Menino, Flaherty, Yoon and McCrea campaigns and laboriously pasted here by Lit Drop staff.  Read more

Behind the scenes of Wilkerson, Turner arrests

Or, the case of the mysterious white van:

Federal prosecutors have offered a behind-the-scenes look at the arrests of former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and District 7 City Councillor Chuck Turner in response to a judge questioning their methods in hauling the two politicians in on corruption charges.  Read more

UPDATED | McCrea: City should do away with police details

Mayoral hopeful Kevin McCrea on Tuesday said the city should dump police details at road construction sites.

"I want to concentrate the police on doing police work," he told the Reporter.

Construction site oversight should be left to civilian flaggers, he said.

Gov. Deval Patrick's administration created rules last year that placed flaggers at construction sites run by the state. Cities and towns can decide on their own.  Read more