Politics

For McCrea, campaign begins on St. Mark's Road

He's fought City Hall in the court of law. Now he plans to fight it in the court of public opinion.

Before a small gathering of 30 supporters, businessman Kevin McCrea last week officially kicked off his campaign to unseat Mayor Thomas Menino. McCrea is also locked in a legal battle with the City Council, accusing the panel of breaking the Open Meeting law and gathering in secret.  Read more

Flaherty tells supporters: It's a 'go'

City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty this week officially announced his intention to topple Mayor Thomas Menino.

In a video posted on the popular website YouTube and a letter sent to supporters, Flaherty called for change in the mayor's office.  Read more

Connolly pitches 'Green Agenda' in council hearings

At-Large Councillor John Connolly is using the tripod of committees he chairs - Education, Environment and "A Livable Boston" - to support a four-pronged "Green Agenda." He expects to order City Council hearings for the proposals on Wednesday.  Read more

Top picks for Massachusetts speaker show contrast in style

By 
Glen Johnson, Associated Press
Jan. 29, 2009

The way John Rogers and Robert DeLeo have handled a potential succession to House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi gives insight into the way the two longtime state representatives would be if they won their chamber's top job themselves.

Rogers, a brash upstart, e-mailed a statement last Friday saying "when" DiMasi resigned, he would be a candidate to succeed him.

DeLeo sent out his own statement hours later, suggesting such talk was premature.  Read more

Flaherty gearing up for the run

For those with any lingering doubts about Councillor Michael Flaherty's intentions this election season, it is now clear he will be vying for the Mayor's chair.

It's simply a matter of when he will announce it.

The massive size of Flaherty's current campaign war chest - now topping off at over $590,000 - has been well documented, but the councillor is now actively preparing his ground operation. Sunday before last, he held a series of meetings with trusted lieutenants from past campaigns and newcomers from around the city on his home turf, the Cornerstone Pub in South Boston.  Read more

Dorchester delegation joins House in supporting DiMasi

Members of the Dorchester delegation stood squarely behind state House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi's re-election bid earlier this month as ethics questions cast a cloud over his close associates.

Local lawmakers, all fellow Democrats, said DiMasi has run the 160-member House well and has kept an "open-door policy." They also cited his focus on the economy as they head into the new legislative session, which officially started on Wednesday, Jan. 7 with the vote on DiMasi as their first item of business.  Read more

Kevin McCrea set to announce Mayor run

Kevin McCrea, a self-described goo-goo (good governance advocate) who successfully sued City Council for violating the Open Meeting Law, is scheduled to announce his candidacy for mayor tonight at a private home on St. Mark's Road.

"I'm running to end the waste, fraud and abuse at city hall that's preventing us from having safe streets to walk on, designing an exemplary school system for all our children, and not wasting our tax dollars," said McCrea in a phone interview Tuesday.  Read more

Ross suspends Feeney's fact-finder, sets course for 2009

New City Council President Michael Ross, citing the economy and a gag-order motion filed by prosecuting attorneys in Councillor Chuck Turner's bribery case, halted an council investigation into Turner's fitness to serve on Tuesday.

Federal investigators moved to limit to public documents what the $500-an-hour fact finder, former Chief Magistrate Charles B. Swartwood III, could access.

But a rule change also enacted by Ross would enable the council to penalize and even eject Turner from the body by a two-thirds majority vote.  Read more

Walsh steps out for Arroyo: Speaks in support of council run

Felix G. Arroyo and Marty Walsh: Photo courtesy of Felix G. Arroyo.Felix G. Arroyo and Marty Walsh: Photo courtesy of Felix G. Arroyo.  Read more

Lawmakers prepare flurry of bills for deadline

Preserving education. Reforming of the criminal offender information system. Protecting local aid to cities and towns.

Those are some of the issues facing lawmakers as they prepare to kick off another two-year session. And those are just the ones that are personal to them. Looming large are changes to the state's transportation infrastructure, and pension and ethics reforms.

Keeping safe local aid - which cities and towns depend on from the state to pay for teachers, firefighters and police - is a top priority for most, including the Dorchester legislators.  Read more