Politics

AP: Judge queries feds' photo releases in Wilkerson, Turner cases

A win of sorts for former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner?

AP's Glen Johnson is reporting a federal judge has asked prosecutors to provide affidavits on exactly why photographs of the two allegedly accepting bribes were released:  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules 7-2

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidate’s schedules – 7/2/09  Read more

UPDATED: Turner back in court and, apparently, in the thick of a Republican conspiracy

UPDATED, with stuff from AP story below...

District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner is due back in court today, as his attorneys try to lift the gag order imposed by the U.S. Attorney’s office and approved by a judge.

Federal prosecutors have charged Turner with accepting a $1,000 bribe, in a case tied to former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, who is charged with taking $23,000 in bribes.  Read more

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