Politics

Connolly re-hires former Chang-Diaz strategist

Aiming for a second term, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly has hired a strategist who helped Sonia Chang-Diaz topple Sen. Dianne Wilkerson in last September’s Democratic primary for the Second Suffolk District.

Dan Cohen also consulted for Connolly in the 2007 campaign for City Council. Cohen’s other clients include Sara Orozco, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) last year.  Read more

In face of weak poll numbers, Patrick reaches back to Boston base

Fifty-one percent of Massachusetts voters negatively view Gov. Deval Patrick, compared to 48 percent viewing him positively, according to a Rasmussen/FOX25 poll released this week. But the low approval ratings were not evident at a two-hour forum with the Caribbean community on Tuesday night at the Unity Club near Codman Square, where Patrick stood on friendly turf and fielded questions on an impending increase in the state sales tax and changes to the state’s criminal offender record information (CORI) system.  Read more

Fire union protests "brown-out" at Neponset's Engine 20

Union rips Menino, Fire Department: Ed Kelly, president of Boston Firefighters Union Local 718, speaks at a press conference at the Engine 20 fire station on Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Photo by Bill ForryUnion rips Menino, Fire Department: Ed Kelly, president of Boston Firefighters Union Local 718, speaks at a press conference at the Engine 20 fire station on Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Photo by Bill ForryA union representing Boston firefighters condemned Mayor Menino and the fire department today during a press conference held at a Neponset Avenue firehouse— Engine 20—one of three firehouses across the city that have been shut down for the day by the department.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules

Wondering where you can meet your favorite mayoral candidate? Want to high-five Sam Yoon? Collect Flaherty campaign handouts? The Lit Drop is now posting the public schedules of each candidate for mayor on a weekly basis. The agendas are provided by the Menino, Flaherty, Yoon and McCrea campaigns and laboriously pasted here by Lit Drop staff. There will be some editing for relevance. We here at the Dorchester Reporter can’t guarantee the accuracy of the schedules, since plans change on the campaign trail at a moment’s notice, but we’ll do our best to keep it up to date.  Read more

Bad news for a governor and legislature at war

The poll that’s going to keep the political classes chattering is here, showing Gov. Deval Patrick in a statistical dead heat when matched up in an election today against Republican challenger Christy Mihos, who received 7 percent of the vote in 2006. The poll was taken last week.  Read more

A night in Roxbury

More later on the Boston election 2009 candidates’ forum, put together by the National Black College Alliance in Roxbury later.

But first let us point you to two folks who Twittered it here and here, with some wry observations. (“Bennett likes to say ‘alright’ a lot.” Hah.) Via UHub.  Read more

Flaherty unveils billboard sign in Dorchester

Mayoral candidate and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty capped off his “Good. Better.” ad campaign on Monday with the release of a video showing the set-up of a sign in Dorchester.  Read more

The New Republic: It's Menino v. Yoon

The Yoon camp is probably pretty happy today with this article from The New Republic, a left-leaning magazine, which portrays the race for mayor coming down to Mayor Thomas Menino and their guy, and leans a bit on local write-ups (Boston magazine and the Globe). Michael and Kevin who?

Some excerpts:  Read more

State Rep. Allen picks her four for Boston City Council At-Large

Endorsements are coming in fast and early for City Council At-Large candidates.

In a brief sit-down with the Reporter on the transportation bill and the fiscal 2010 budget passed last week (and written up in the latest issue of the Reporter) Rep. Willie Mae Allen, a Mattapan Democrat, said she had picked the four (out of the fifteen running) that she wants sitting in the four available seats: incumbent John Connolly, and newcomers Ayanna Pressley, a former aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Ego Ezedi, executive director of the Roxbury YMCA, and Felix Arroyo, a former City Hall aide.  Read more

City Council approves budget 11-2, One guess who the 2 are

The Globe and Herald wrap up coverage of last night's unanimous-except-for-the-mayor-candidates passage of Mayor Menino's $2.4 billion budget. Sam Yoon has voted against the Mayor's budget proposal each of his three years on the council, citing wasteful spending on the part of the administration.  Read more