This weekâ€™s rain hasnâ€™t dampened the spirits of the cityâ€™s political candidates as they fan out across the city to gather signatures each day. Competing for signatures, they cross each otherâ€™s paths often, and theyâ€™re civil to each other, most of the time.
Though Mayor Thomas Menino and challenger Michael Flaherty both turned in more than enough signatures to qualify last week, other mayoral challengers and those running for council are still slogging it out. Read more
State and city leaders this week announced a $100 million federal stimulus project to greatly improve public transportation along Blue Hill Avenue from Mattapan to Dudley Square, including a new connection to South Station.
It isnâ€™t the light rail service that Roxburyâ€™s transportation advocates have clamored for since the Orange Line was pulled off Washington Street in the late â€™80s. And many in Mattapan were taken aback after being left out of the loop on the new proposal. Yet, it is a direct connection to downtown from a host of underserved neighborhoods in Mattapan and Dorchester and transportation advocates seem to be warming up to the plan. Read more
May. 4, 2009
Less than three weeks after estimating a deficit as high as $550 million for the rest of the fiscal year, Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that the actual gap could hit $953 million, as state tax collections fell at warp speed last month, nearly $1 billion below April 2008 and $456 million shy of already downgraded projections for the month. Read more
Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino announced at noon today that the 28 bus from Ruggles to Mattapan Square will be beefed up with a new Bus Rapid Transit service. It will be phase two of a project that will also connect Dudley Square to South Station as part of the existing Silver Lineâ€”a bus service between Dudley Station, downtown, and Logan Airport. Read more
The Dorchester delegation in the state House of Representatives joined the majority of their colleagues this week in support of hiking the sales tax to 6.25 percent from 5 percent, as Gov. Deval Patrick threatened to pull out his veto pen unless his tax and reform measures are taken up instead.
Members of the delegation added to the final vote of 108 to 51, helping secure a veto-proof majority. The all-Democratic delegation includes Reps. Willie Mae Allen, Linda Dorcena Forry, Gloria Fox, Marie St. Fleur, Brian Wallace and Marty Walsh. Read more
The campaigns of incumbent Thomas Menino and challenger Michael Flaherty engaged in their first street skirmish Tuesday, as both campaigns asked volunteers to take a vacation day to make a show of power in gathering thousands of signatures on the day nomination papers are handed out by the cityâ€™s Elections Department.
Flahertyâ€™s campaign declared they gathered over 4,000 signatures in five hours on Tuesday and turned them in for certification. Thatâ€™s 1,000 more than the 3,000 required to get on the ballot. Because signatures can be and often are disqualified by Bostonâ€™s Election Department, the campaign will continue to ask supporters to sign up.
Our goal is to use this process to engage as many voters as possible,â€ said Flaherty spokesperson Jonathan Romano Monday.
Meninoâ€™s campaign traditionally tallies Tuesdayâ€™s entire signature haul and hands them in on the following day. At noon Wednesday, Emily Nowlin, Meninoâ€™s campaign manager said the campaign was submitting 19,000 signatures to the Elections Department. Read more
Congressman Stephen Lynch felt it would have been "inappropriate" for him to join the rest of the state's DC delegation in lobbying the owner of the New York Times to keep the Boston Globe open. Lynch - whose Ninth Congressional district includes the Globe's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters- was the only Congressman from the state who did not sign onto a letter sent to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. appealing for the Globe's salvation. Read more
Apr. 24, 2009
Supporters of the Boston Globe and its hundreds of workers in and outside of the newsroom angrily denounced the New York Times Company on Friday and warned that the Globe's demise would disemploy hundreds of people at a time of recession. Read more
For the second time in five years, Boston parents will have a chance to speak out on how to change the student assignment plan for the Boston Public Schools. But the series of five community meetings next month takes place amid dramatic changes in everything from enrollment size and the school budget to the mix of students and the definition of quality education. Read more
It's the "Obama effect", say many political observers, and Boston is not immune. Out of 18 individuals now indicating their intent to run for council at-large, 11 are people of color, likely setting a record for the city.
And the stage is set for another first as Sen. John Kerry's political director Ayanna Pressley is planning to apply for her nomination papers today, according to those close to her campaign. Read more