Politics

Now indicted, Turner keeps railing at media, prosecutor

Hours after he was indicted by federal prosecutors as a co-conspirator in the same bribery case that has ensnared former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, City Councillor Chuck Turner again denounced U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and the media.

Turner, accused of attempted extortion and lying about it, maintained his innocence and said Sullivan, a Republican, was playing a "little game." A member of the Green-Rainbow Party, Turner said, "He didn't know he was going to kick off a movement. We are going to cleanse the soul of America."  Read more

Retiring SJC Justice Greaney unfazed by critics of gay marriage ruling

Justice John Greaney didn't write the Supreme Judicial Court's landmark ruling making Massachusetts the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, but five years later, a passage from his concurring opinion is sometimes used by gay couples in their wedding ceremonies.

"We share a common humanity and participate together in the social contract that is the foundation of our Commonwealth,'' Greaney wrote. "Simple principles of decency dictate that we extend ... full acceptance, tolerance and respect. We should do so because it is the right thing to do.''  Read more

Roxbury's Terrell enters at-Large council fray

As Councillor Michael Flaherty and Mayor Thomas Menino engage in an aerobatic fundraising race, yet another voice has announced his attentions to grab for an at-Large council seat.

"I've been talking to folks around the city and it looks like we're going to make a go of it in '09," said Bob Terrell in a Reporter interview Monday. "Some of my friends have said this is long overdue."  Read more

Mayor, possibles pile up the cash

Mayor Tom Menino is firing up his fundraising jets, accelerating into the holiday season with a near $113,000 haul for November, according to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Following boldly in his wake, Flaherty took in a respectable $79,680. Councillor Sam Yoon, who some suspect of considering a run, collected a propeller-driven $35,000. All three figures might be added to when the final November numbers roll in later this month.  Read more

Party defends Chuck Turner

The state's Green-Rainbow Party, of which City Councillor Chuck Turner is a member, called this week for Council President Maureen Feeney to re-instate Turner to his committee positions and accused federal prosecutors of attempting to destroy Turner's political career. In a statement, the party said the "right of [his] constituents to select their city councilor should not be revoked as a result of questionable FBI accusations and leaked snippets of video tape."  Read more

Police Details: Mend them, don't end them

The issue of police details on Boston construction sites brings out strong feelings. Some say the system is a waste of money; others feel the police are being unfairly targeted.

I held a hearing so we could have a clear presentation of the facts, and approached it with an open mind. Too often people arrive at the comfort of preconceived opinion without going through the discomfort of examining the evidence. We cannot move forward as a city if we approach every policy problem as nothing more than a political fight.  Read more

Turner decries 'media court,' vows innocence

City Councillor Chuck Turner at City Hall on Monday. Photo by Pete Stidman

City Councillor Chuck Turner raged at City Council President Maureen Feeney and the "corporate media" in front of City Hall on Monday, berating them for trying him in a "media court."

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Walsh's name in the mix for possible Speaker's bid

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Nov. 26, 2008

There's been a King Tom. Right now there's a King Sal. Could there be a King Marty on the way?

As ethics investigations and a fight over who will be the next House speaker roil Beacon Hill, Rep. Martin Walsh's name has cropped up in news reports and within the walls of the State House as a candidate to succeed Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, a Boston Democrat.  Read more

Wilkerson resigns office after official indictment

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By Michael P. Norton and Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Nov. 20, 2008

Sen. Dianne Wilkerson resigned Wednesday, after her indictment Tuesday on federal charges that she took $23,500 in bribes to take legislative action.

Wilkerson had come under heavy pressure from colleagues, who voted to ask for her resignation within days of her arrest last month.

Her resignation marks the end of a Senate career that saw her come to prominence as one of the state's few prominent African American politicians in the early 1990s, champion a string of progressive causes, and run into a long list of ethical violations and legal problems, including tax evasion.  Read more

Walsh asks reform on ethics amid turmoil over sponsorship

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Nov. 19, 2008

House Majority Leader John Rogers, whose bid to succeed Speaker Salvatore DiMasi suffered a setback last week when rival House Ways and Mean chair Robert DeLeo gathered scores of supporters in a show of strength, has begun calling members and asking them to remain loyal to DiMasi as whispers grow louder of eroding support for the speaker.  Read more