Politics

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

Firefighters Endorse Flaherty

The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts union voted to endorse City Councilor Michael Flaherty in his run for the Mayor's office yesterday. Robert McCarthy, president of the 12,000-plus group of firefighters said in a statement that "Councilor Flaherty has always put the needs of fire fighters first to ensure we have the tools to do our job."  Read more

Plans for the BRA: Yoon advocates dismantling Development Authority

City Councilor and Mayoral candidate Sam Yoon wants to dismantle the Boston Redevelopment Authority and replace it with “a comprehensive City Department for Community Development & Planning.” The new department would oversee the entirety of the City’s planning operation, which Yoon says would allow Boston to bring public input into the planning process as well as focus on transportation, green alternatives and visionary leadership (that means him.) Is the elimination of a half-century old quasi-public agency and the  Read more

Menino clout wielded to stop rival's fund-raiser? Or is Flaherty jumping at shadows?

In the Herald's poli-gossip column this week, we find that a fund-raiser/party at Fenway's Game On!  Read more

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42° 20' 48.0228" N, 71° 5' 55.9824" W

Election year ups dose of parade politics

“The Dorchester Day Parade is not about the politicians,” said Kevin McCrea, a mayoral candidate, as he walked along Dorchester Ave. on Sunday, waving and shaking hands.

Behind him a woman carrying a banner for Dorchester’s First Baptist Church begged to disagree.

“Yes it is!” she yelled.  Read more

VIDEO: 2009 Dorchester Day Parade

By 
Mike Deehan
Jun. 9, 2009

The 2009 Dorchester Day parade was one to remember. Perfect weather, inspired floats and a great turnout along Dorchester Avenue made this a day many in the community won't soon forget. The Reporter was there with video camera in hand to capture some the day's events.

MassEquality endorses Menino’s bid

In an early endorsement, the state’s largest gay rights group threw its support behind Mayor Thomas Menino in his bid for a fifth term. The political action committee for MassEquality, with 10,000 members in Boston and 200,000 statewide, touted the endorsement as its first on the municipal level. Scott Gortikov, in a statement, cited Menino’s “longtime support” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, along with his vocal advocacy for gay marriage, which Massachusetts legalized in 2004.  Read more

In state Senate, split vote on Suffolk County holidays

Dorchester’s state Senate delegation split last week in a vote on whether to eliminate Evacuation and Bunker Hill Days, holidays that are recognized only in Suffolk County. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) voted to remove the two days as holidays, while Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) led the charge to keep them.  Read more

Mattapan bus plan evokes doubts, anger

Members of the Mattapan community hammered Gov. Deval Patrick's transportation czar this week over a proposal to replace the Route 28 bus and extend the Silver Line to Mattapan Square. At a Tuesday night transportation "summit" held in Boston Public Library's Mattapan branch and organized by Dorchester's State House delegation, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi fended off a flurry of questions from about 60 community members, many of whom expressed anger at being left out of the loop on the proposal.  Read more