Sep. 6, 2012
In a further shake-up of the leadership at Roxbury Community College, Gov. Deval Patrick plans on Thursday to appoint six new members to the college's board following questions raised over crime reporting, financial aid distribution and the former president's stewardship of the school's educational mission.
The six new board members are Kathy Taylor, who will take over as chairwoman, Beth Williams, Michael Curry, Mark Culliton, Glynn Lloyd and Jeffrey Greenberg. Steven Tompkins, a member of the RCC board since 2010, will also be reappointed for a second five-year term. Read more
The question of when Mayor Thomas Menino will endorse somebody has become one of the more interesting subplots in the Bay State’s U.S. Senate saga. Mostly because restless reporters and ever fretful activists have decided it is. Read more
Sep. 3, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Monday said he would decide “very shortly” on whether to endorse U.S. Sen. Scott Brown or Democrat Elizabeth Warren in this year’s Senate contest as labor leaders and politicians cast the November election as a fight between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Read more
Perennial candidate Althea Garrison, already on the November ballot as an independent, has launched a write-in effort against state Rep. Carlos Henriquez in the Democratic primary set for Sept. 6.
Garrison, who had previously avoided bringing up charges that Henriquez had kidnapped and assaulted a girl he had been seeing, sent a strongly worded letter to Fifth Suffolk District residents calling Henriquez “despicable” and asking them to write in her name and address on the ballot next week. Read more
District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan said Thursday he was expecting more support than he received for his redistricting map, which passed the City Council with a 7 to 6 vote.
Linehan, who chairs the redistricting committee, also defended the map, saying it builds on past redistricting efforts. A coalition of civic groups, arguing that it violates a federal voting rights act, is vowing to file a lawsuit if Mayor Thomas Menino signs off on the map. Read more
US Sen. Scott Brown traveled into the heart of deeply blue Dorchester last Thursday and sat down with a friendly audience of blue collar workers at an excavation company’s headquarters near Fields Corner. Read more
As the threat of a lawsuit loomed, the City Council voted 7-6 on Wednesday in support of District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan's proposal to redraw the city's council district boundaries.
Voting in favor for the map: Linehan; City Council President Stephen Murphy; District 3 Councillor Frank Baker, who represents Dorchester; and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo, who represents part of Mattapan. They were joined by District Councillors Mark Ciommo, Sal LaMattina and Matt O'Malley. Read more
Aug. 21, 2012
(UPDATE: The City Council voted 7-6 on Wednesday afternoon in favor of City Councillor Bill Linehan's plan. More here.)
A map redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts was expected to be finalized this week, as councillors were poised to vote Wednesday on a controversial measure that would shift 12 precincts in seven of the city’s nine districts. Read more
A coalition of voting rights groups and civic activists is promising to file a lawsuit if the City Council signs off on a map drawn by City Councillor Bill Linehan tomorrow.
Linehan, who chairs the committee tasked with redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts, is hoping to advance his map at tomorrow's Council meeting. The council, which is scheduled to meet at noon, could vote on the map. Read more