Politics

Keeping up with the pols and their spending habits

One local lawmaker returned money to an Indian tribe after their leader disgraced himself. A senator spent $85 on make-up for the St. Patrick's Day breakfast in South Boston. And the rest of Dorchester's State House delegation showered their campaign funds on local charities and flower shops.

Campaign finance reports, available at the Office of Campaign and Political Finance's website, are a goldmine for political junkies and politicians eager to see where their colleagues and potential opponents stand. They can also be a source of some headaches.  Read more

Obama wins big across Dorchester Clinton strong in Neponset, Savin Hill; wins Ward 16

Sen. Hillary Clinton beat out her opponent by almost 15 percentage points in a high turnout Massachusetts primary Tuesday, but four of Dorchester's five main wards voted for Sen. Barack Obama as did the city of Boston as a whole.
Click here for a PDF of the precinct-by-precinct results.  Read more

Aide to six governors, Terry Dolan says farewell to Corner Office

Terry Dolan, who retired from her job in the governor's office last week, was the guest of honor at a State House party on Feb. 1. Governor Deval Patrick was on hand to congratulate Dolan. Photo courtesy Gov. Patrick's office.

After serving six governors, filing away countless important documents, and attending softball games to cheer on the executive branch's team in the rain and on her birthday, Theresa "Terry" Dolan is leaving the Corner Office.  Read more

Obama vs. Clinton : Two views on the choice

Clinton: Ready to lead on day one

By Maureen E. Feeney  Read more

Obama for President

With an historic presidential election on the horizon, the good news is many of our neighbors have looked up and taken notice.

The contests in both major political parties have been ongoing for a year now, and there's still 278 days remaining until the national election on Nov. 4.

But today, just five days before next week's "super Tuesday" event, there remains no certain nominee in either party. Boston voters will have an opportunity to make their preferences known, and for once, the vote in our state will count for something on a national level.  Read more

Clinton-Obama camps prepare for Feb. 5 duel

Some of the rancor displayed in Monday's presidential debate at the congressional Black Caucus began to spill into Boston this week. And the race has come alive in the city's neighborhoods in just a week's time.

Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, gathered with state and city leaders to discuss strategy, dropped a bomb on Gov. Deval Patrick's support of Barack Obama, intimating that the two shared a lack of experience, referencing Patrick's tumultuous first year in office.  Read more

Clinton tag-team sends the wrong message

The primary season is nearing a climax and, for once, the vote from Massachusetts is likely to mean something this time. The year long pre-primary campaigns have been a seemingly endless round of photo ops, partisan debates and campaign stops in little known places. Hamlets in Iowa, New Hampshire, even Nevada have vied for their Warholian moments of fame, and the daily sound bites from the hinterlands continue to dominate the national news reports.  Read more

Campaign springs to life in city

Some of the rancor displayed in Monday's presidential debate at the congressional Black Caucus began to spill into Boston this week. And the race has come alive in the city's neighborhoods in just a week's time.

Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, gathered with state and city leaders to discuss strategy, dropped a bomb on Gov. Deval Patrick's support of Barack Obama, intimating that the two shared a lack of experience, referencing Patrick's tumultuous first year in office.  Read more

Civic summit is timely, much-needed

To the Editor:

Imagine a large gathering of people from a variety of backgrounds and interests, getting together for one day to talk about how to make their world a better place. No, this isn't a campaign rally for Barack Obama. I am talking about City Council President Maureen Feeney's idea for a gathering this spring that would convene neighborhood associations, crime-watch groups, youth programs - pretty much any one or any organization that wants to help shape the future of Boston.  Read more

Education in spotlight again at Menino's State of City speech

The Mayor Menino show rolled into Uphams Corner's Strand Theatre for the second year in a row on Tuesday, bringing squadrons of traffic cops, shuttle buses and a quintet of royal-sounding horns. On the program was a new plan to scale back the city's school bus routes, a plan to re-create the "Boston Miracle" of the 1990s and an emphasis on "green" initiatives.

Hours before the crowds arrived, took their seats and listened to Mayor Thomas Menino give his annual State of the City address, an angry fireman held a press conference of his own on the Columbia Road sidewalk outside.  Read more