Politics

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 19, 2013

5 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary. City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo gets the early bird award, with a schedule entry that puts him at the Freeport Bus Yard at 5:30 a.m. District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo starts the day at his home in Hyde Park and has 15 events stops planned. The amped up schedule, which Consalvo plans to repeat every day until the election, is part of the campaign’s “All in for Boston” tour. State Rep. Marty Walsh greets city workers heading into City Hall (no word on whether he’ll be joined by a bulldozer).  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 18, 2013

6 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary. Results from the Suffolk University/Herald poll are expected this morning at 9. Another poll, from MassINC, is expected to come out on Thursday morning. City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo meet on Wednesday with the Boston Teachers Union, which gave a preliminary endorsement to the two candidates earlier this week.  Read more

Friday hearing set on Suffolk Downs' request for Nov. 5 vote

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 17, 2013

A Boston City Council committee has scheduled a public hearing for Friday at noon on the request by the Suffolk Downs casino developer for a referendum vote on Nov. 5. There's disagreement in the city over whether the vote should be held in East Boston only, where the casino would be located, or citywide. The vote will be held in East Boston unless the city council intervenes and votes to make it citywide.  Read more

Owner seeks permit to demolish Grampian Way home

24 Grampian Way : Owners want permission to bulldoze the home and adjacent stable. The property is also under review to become a city landmark. 24 Grampian Way : Owners want permission to bulldoze the home and adjacent stable. The property is also under review to become a city landmark.

The owner of a historic Savin Hill house that could be soon designated as an official city landmark is seeking a permit to bulldoze the property instead. City officials will convene a community meeting on Thursday evening at the Dorchester Yacht Club to discuss the owner’s proposal to raze the house and adjacent stable at 24 Grampian Way.

A meeting notice obtained by the Reporter today stated, “The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community about the proposed demolition and to present alternatives to the demolition.”

The notice also makes it clear that Thursday’s meeting “does not take the place” of a Boston Landmark Commission public hearing— which has yet to be scheduled— to further discuss a petition to make the Grampian Way property a city landmark.”  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 17, 2013

7 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary.  Read more

Coakley launches bid for governor, would seek longer school day

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Sep. 16, 2013

Attorney General Martha Coakley threw herself headlong into the 2014 race for governor on Monday morning, discussing economic growth and education as she embarked on a campaign to wash out the sour taste of her 2010 U.S. Senate defeat.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 16, 2013

8 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary. Most of the candidates are expected at a forum put together by the Back Bay Association this morning, the first of several forums this week. A transportation and environment forum at Boston Public Library in Copley Square is set for Tuesday night, and the Boston Foundation and WBUR team up for a forum hosted by UMass Boston on Thursday night.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 15, 2013

9 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary.

GLOBE POLL: City Councillor At-Large John Connolly holds a slight edge in the Globe poll posted on Saturday night. The poll says just 25 percent of voters have made a decision in the first open mayoral race in 30 years. Dive into the details here (PDF). More polls are expected in the coming days, including from Suffolk University’s polling unit.  Read more

(CORRECTED) #BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 14, 2013

10 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary.

SUFFOLK POLL IN THE FIELD: David Paleologos, who runs Suffolk University’s polling outfit, confirmed last night that his team has a Boston citywide poll in the field.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES' STANCE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The State House News Service surveyed mayoral hopefuls on their thoughts on medical marijuana.  Read more

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on medical marijuana

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 13, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, nine of the 12 candidates hoping to become the next mayor of Boston explained their stances on regulating and supervising medical marijuana facilities in the city.

QUESTION: How would your administration deal with medical marijuana dispensaries in Boston?

JOHN CONNOLLY: Voters have decided that such dispensaries are legal and it is now up to the city to come up with thoughtful zoning requirements to ensure that dispensaries are not concentrated in our most underserved neighborhoods or near schools.  Read more