Politics

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 9, 2013

27 days to Nov. 5. Six days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. The bus drivers’ strike, which Mayor Thomas Menino and both candidates looking to succeed him have condemned, could be over. Boston Public Schools website had this banner at the top this morning: "School buses are on the road this morning; some delays possible; schools open one hour early for drop-offs; afternoon service unclear." City Councillor At-Large John Connolly is expected to roll out a pair of endorsements today.  Read more

Wilkerson back in Boston after prison

Former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson has been released from federal prison and is back in Boston, sources tell the Reporter. The 58-year-old Roxbury Democrat started a 42-month sentence in March 2011 and it was unclear on Tuesday night why she was out early.

Wilkerson pleaded guilty to public corruption charges in 2010. Her son Cornell Mills picked her up and brought her back to Boston roughly a week a half ago.  Read more

Teen charged in Monday night shooting on Corona Street

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 8, 2013

A 15-year-old from Dorchester was arraigned Tuesday in Dorchester District Court on attempted murder and firearm charges after he was identified as the gunman in a shooting on Corona Street on Monday night that left an 18 year-old man wounded. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office says the male suspect— whose name is withheld because he is a juvenile—was ordered held on $500,000 bail by Judge Leslie Harris.  Read more

Menino may take legal action to force bus drivers back to work

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 8, 2013

Menino slams bus driver strike: The mayor called for striking bus drivers to return to their jobs tomorrow. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's OfficeMenino slams bus driver strike: The mayor called for striking bus drivers to return to their jobs tomorrow. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's OfficeCaught off guard by a strike of Boston’s public school bus drivers on Tuesday morning, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said the city would pursue every legal action possible against the drivers as he asked families to arrange transportation home for their children and cancelled afternoon athletics.

"I want all these bus drivers back to work tomorrow morning,” Menino said during an afternoon press conference at City Hall, ridiculing the “illegal action” taken by the unionized drivers to go on strike in violation of their contract.

Menino said the management company Veolia Transportation, Inc. would go to court on Tuesday afternoon to seek an injunction compelling the drivers to return to work, and promised that if drivers would go back to work his administration would sit down with union leaders to work out disagreements over provisions in their contract.

He said the city would also explore possible disciplinary action against drivers who participated in the strike.  Read more

Surprise bus drivers' strike puts brakes on kids' commute

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 8, 2013

A surprise and unauthorized school bus drivers strike impacted at least half of the city's student population this morning, according to the Boston Public School department. The work action, which BPS officials have condemned as "illegal", involves around 300 drivers and will impact about half of the city's 33,000 students who ride buses daily to public, parochial and charter schools.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 7, 2013

29 days to Nov. 5. Eight days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. A Herald/Suffolk University poll out this morning has City Councillor At-Large John Connolly up with a 7 point lead. Connolly received 41 percent, while state Rep. Marty Walsh had 34 percent. The poll of 600 likely voters closed in the field last night, per Suffolk pollster David Paleologos. The margin of error is 4 percent.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 6, 2013

30 days to Nov. 5. Nine days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. State Rep. Marty Walsh will be in Jamaica Plain with fellow state Rep. Liz Malia, while City Councillor At-Large John Connolly hits the Roslindale Parade.

THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:

State Rep. Marty Walsh

10:30 a.m. Rep. Walsh will attend services at St. Stephen Episcopal Church (419 Shawmut Avenue, South End)

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 5, 2013

31 days to Nov. 5. Ten days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly opens a Roxbury campaign office while state Rep. Marty Walsh attends the grand opening of a new restaurant in Adams Corner. Both candidates are scheduled to attend the Viet-AID My Gala at IBEW Local 103 Hall in Dorchester.

THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:

State Rep. Marty Walsh

8:00 a.m. Mission Hill Road Race (Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park, Mission Hill)

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 4, 2013

32 days to Nov. 5. Eleven days until the first televised debate between the two finalists.

THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 3, 2013

33 days to Nov. 5. Twelve days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. Boston magazine’s David Bernstein will be releasing his post-prelim insiders poll later today. State Rep. Marty Walsh will finish the day with supporters in Southie, watching the Bruins season opener. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly has a mid-day walk through Grove Hall businesses on his agenda. The businesses include Mattapan’s Finest Barber, King and Kueen Salon, and LA Newton School of Beauty Culture.  Read more