Politics

Potentials give '09 citywide run a look

Although some say it's a bit early to talk about Boston City Council election 2009 - particularly with several of this year's state races underway - many, including a handful of political junkies, city hall staffers and the Reporter, just can't help it.  Read more

Neighborhoods largely untouched by Patrick's vetoes

Dorchester and Mattapan appear to have emerged relatively unscathed from an encounter between the state's $28.2 billion budget and Gov. Deval Patrick's veto pen. Patrick on Sunday vetoed $122.5 million out of the budget lawmakers sent to his desk earlier this month.  Read more

Flaherty shows strength in '08 fundraising

In his biggest haul yet, Councillor at-Large Michael Flaherty has pulled in over $224,800 in campaign contributions in the last six months, state campaign finance records show.

Flaherty, widely expected to run against Mayor Thomas Menino as he makes a bid for an unprecedented fifth term next year, pulled in a little under $100,000 more than in previous first halves of the year. In the most recent deposit, filed this week, Flaherty banked $74,000, made up of donors from both the Boston area, along with Hingham, Wellesley and as far away as Texas.  Read more

Rep. Allen: One term not enough to finish job

Willie Mae Allen's mother had a saying: If you know that you're being chased, you don't look back.

"I'm not looking back at my opponent," said the Democratic state representative in seeking her second term. "I'm concentrating on my race."

Elected to the House of Representatives in 2006, Allen is facing a challenger, Faustina "Kathy" Gabriel, in September's Democratic primary.  Read more

First-time candidate to take on incumbent Rep. Willie Mae Allen in Sixth Suffolk

Call it a rematch of sorts. Spurred in part by Sen. Barack Obama's run for the White House, a Dorchester woman who helped manage William Celester's unsuccessful campaign for the Sixth Suffolk seat in 2006, is mounting a run to challenge incumbent state Rep. Willie Mae Allen.

Faustina "Kathy" Gabriel said she was frustrated with the lackluster turnout in the district for the Super Tuesday primary and sees a need for new leadership.  Read more

Q. Can Bay State Democrats 'drain' their hearts of bitterness?

For some Democrats, after a long and bruising primary, uniting behind Sen. Barack Obama as the presumptive party nominee won't be easy. As Clinton's concession speech played on televisions sets last Saturday afternoon, thousands of Democrats gathered for an off-year Democratic State Convention in Lowell.

A top supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, City Council President Maureen Feeney, said the party has its work cut out when it comes to the healing process.  Read more

Wilkerson, Chang-Diaz share stage at South End forum

It wasn't exactly a debate. But sitting side-by-side at a "candidates' forum" on Tuesday evening, state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and challenger Sonia Chang-Diaz fielded questions from Boston's Ward 4 Democratic Committee on the state's health care law, Gov. Deval Patrick's long-dead casino plan and their legislative priorities.  Read more

Flaherty, Menino trade fire over city finances

Still mulling a bid for the mayor's office, Councillor at-Large Michael Flaherty has ratcheted up the rhetoric against incumbent Thomas Menino. Flaherty last week released a statement hitting the Menino administration on the city's fiscal policies, calling them "dysfunctional" and "short-sighted."

The statement came as some political observers privately wonder whether Flaherty has had second thoughts about jumping into a race against Menino next year. Menino is showing all the signs of a definite run for a fifth term in '09.  Read more

art vows to scrutinize UMass on dormitories; Affordable housing 'left out' of Columbia Point planning

As presentations from developers and city planners wind down and the floor opens up for discussion, differing opinions continue to heat up the cauldron of the Columbia Point Master Plan Task Force. The task force will help the Boston Redevelopment Authority create comprehensive development guidelines for the point, where a handful of large projects are imminent.  Read more

Only token opponents for St. Fleur, Hart

A pair of perennial candidates will challenge two of Dorchester's most powerful incumbent lawmakers this fall in a sleepy state election cycle that will likely benefit from a huge turnout for the presidential showdown in November.

Marie St. Fleur, a state representative since 1999 and vice-chair of the Committee on Ways and Means, was re-elected to the Fifth Suffolk seat with a roaring 84 percent in 2006. Now, she will gear up for another re-election campaign and for a familiar challenger, Roy Owens, in the Democratic primary in September.  Read more