Politics

Highlights from the ethics bill

Rocked over the last year by State House scandals (including federal corruption charges against former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson), House and Senate lawmakers released on Wednesday a 40-page bill tackling ethics, lobbying and campaign finance laws. And the Open Meeting Law. Lawmakers in both branches are expected to vote to send the legislation to the governor’s desk today.  Read more

At-large hopefuls talk taxes, BRA and busing in first forum

Candidates' forum in Back Bay: Incumbent councillor Steve Murphy, first-time candidates Hiep Nguyen and Ayanna Pressley are shown at a candidates' forum sponsored by the Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic committees on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Photo by Mike DeehanCandidates' forum in Back Bay: Incumbent councillor Steve Murphy, first-time candidates Hiep Nguyen and Ayanna Pressley are shown at a candidates' forum sponsored by the Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic committees on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Photo by Mike DeehanThe crowded field of candidates for Boston’s four at-large city council seats assembled for the first of what will likely be many times this summer for a candidates’ forum on Tuesday evening in the Back Bay. The 90 minute event, held in the hall of a Copley Square church, revealed contrasts in issues and personalities and ended in endorsements for two candidates from the Ward 5 Democratic Committee, which co-sponsored the forum with the Ward 4 committee.  Read more

Ward 5 endorses Connolly, Pressley

Thirteen out of the fifteen candidates running for the four City Council At-Large spots faced off in a forum in the Back Bay on Tuesday night, staking out their positions on the city budget, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and busing.

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee, which co-hosted the forum with the Ward 4 Democratic Committee, afterwards immediately voted to endorse two of the candidates: John Connolly, currently serving his first term as a Councillor At-Large, and Ayanna Pressley, a former aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry.  Read more

Busy night in Beantown

Couple of politically-themed things going on in Boston tonight:

First up, there’s the at-large candidates’ forum in Copley Square. Most are expected to show up.  Read more

At-Large candidate Gonzalez v. Treasurer Cahill, Round 2

First, a candidate for City Council At-Large struck out at Treasurer Timothy Cahill, accusing him of alleged ethics violations and a lack of transparency in the management of the state pension fund, which could hurt Boston city employees’ pensions.  Read more

Flaherty wants to be Mayor so bad, he'll take a $44k pay cut

Don't be surprised if you notice City Councillor Michael Flaherty brown-bagging it for lunch if he becomes mayor. The Globe reports today that Flaherty, who is saddled with over $900,000 in mortgage debt, would lose the $130,000 he earns annually by serving as a partner at a Boston law firm if he's elected mayor. Losing that income might make those mortgage payments a little more difficult to keep up with.  Read more

At-Large candidates forum this Tuesday

Via UHub.

And this from the event page on Facebook:  Read more

In the Dot Reporter this week

Something that got lost amid the sharp words that BPD Commissioner Edward Davis had for Councillor At-Large and mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty was this:  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Who’s on the ballot

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2009

It’s official: Boston voters will see 15 candidates on the City Council At-Large portion of the ballot.

Current City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon are facing off against Mayor Thomas Menino for the top job at City Hall, prompting a flood of candidates hoping to fill their seats and best two others, held by incumbents Stephen Murphy, a long-time councilor, and freshman John Connolly, who are both running for re-election.  Read more

At-Large candidate Gonzalez takes on Treasurer Cahill

Tomas GonzalezTomas GonzalezWhen you’re one candidate out of 15 running for the four City Councillor at-Large spots, sometimes you’re going to aim high.  Read more