Hart withdraws name from Biotech hunt

State Sen. Jack Hart, who in recent weeks was seen as a finalist for the open job to lead the Massachusetts Bio-Technology Council, announced last Thursday that he was no longer a candidate for the position. Early this week, the council picked Robert Coughlin, a former state Rep. and Gov. Deval Patrick's undersecretary for business development as its new leader.

Hart's withdrawal from consideration quashed speculation about what candidates might emerge to compete in a race to fill his vacant senate seat.  Read more

Finneran continues to live life his way

Greg O'Brien
Aug. 7, 2007

Tom Finneran, once the most powerful and, by his own measure, the most unpopular man in Massachusetts politics, sits on a curb outside the Stockyard restaurant in Brighton on a steamy July day with much of the sizzle in his life gone, but with the spirit of a lead buffalo on a drive. Mr. Speaker, the former leader of the Massachusetts House who always insisted that his Mattapan, Dorchester, and Milton constituents in the 12th Suffolk District call him "Tommy," is dressed in an open-collar white shirt with the sleeves rolled to the forearms. He looks ready for the stump.  Read more

Finneran: Map-drawing charge 'was false, right from the start'

Tom Mulvoy
Aug. 1, 2007

For Tom Finneran, self-styled "most unpopular man" in state politics from 1999 to 2004, his days in federal court earlier this year, where he pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice for making misleading and false statements under oath in a federal case involving his role in the drawing of electoral maps for the city of Boston, still rankle to his very core.  Read more

Hart's potential departure fuels special election speculation

Patrick McGroarty and Brian Denitzio
Aug. 1, 2007

News that state Sen. Jack Hart is a top contender to lead the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council touched off a wave of speculation in the neighborhood this week, as local elected officials and other politically connected residents considered the possibility of an open seat in the senate's First Suffolk district.  Read more

Council weighs closing loophole in Mass. gun laws

The Boston City Council is considering a home rule petition that would impose a mandatory minimum penalty for those found in possession of an unregistered gun in their home or work. Under current Massachusetts law, possession of an unregistered gun at home or work is an arrestable offense, however there is no minimum sentence imposed. The petition, proposed by At-large City Councillor Michael Flaherty, would impose a mandatory penalty of 18 months imprisonment for such an offense.  Read more

Council considers eliminating preliminary at-large election

The City Council was scheduled to consider a home rule petition on Wednesday that would eliminate a preliminary at-large City Council election scheduled for this September and allow all nine candidates who have filed the requisite signatures to compete for four seats in the final election in November.  Read more

Connolly launches new bid for council

Saying he would be a city councillor committed to "big ideas," John Connolly officially announced his candidacy for council at-large in Dorchester on Tuesday night at Florian Hall. It was the fifth such neighborhood-specific campaign kick-off that he has hosted across Boston to date.  Read more

Lawmakers keep focus on planned Fairmount stops at Monday meeting

A modest crowd came indoors on a beautiful spring evening Monday to participate in a forum sponsored by state elected officials who represent communities along the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line, the aging MBTA rail line poised to undergo a major renovation project. The forum was co-sponsored by state Sen. Jack Hart, and state Representatives Liz Malia and Marie St. Fleur.  Read more

Cote eyes second run against Feeney

Fields Corner resident Michael Cote plans to run for the Boston City Council's second district seat in a race that will pit him against 14-year incumbent and current City Council President Maureen Feeney.

Cote has challenged Feeney previously, in 2005, and he says that while the issues facing the district and the city have changed in the two years since that election, his reasons for running and the priorities he would bring to the council have not.  Read more

Council pushes to raise age cap for new cops

The Boston City Council was scheduled on Wednesday to vote on a home rule petition that would increase the maximum age for becoming a Boston police officer from the current cap of 32 years of age to 40.  Read more