Politics

Retiring Menino puts his focus on housing, and 2020

Rep. Martin J. Walsh, center, spoke during a forum at the Kroc Center on Dudley Street on Tuesday evening. He is flanked by candidates Charlotte Golar Richie, left, and Charles Clemons, right. Photo by Eric EstevesRep. Martin J. Walsh, center, spoke during a forum at the Kroc Center on Dudley Street on Tuesday evening. He is flanked by candidates Charlotte Golar Richie, left, and Charles Clemons, right. Photo by Eric Esteves

With four months left in his term, Mayor Thomas Menino is looking ahead to 2020: His administration has unveiled a blueprint for building 30,000 units by that year, representing a $16.5 billion public and private investment.

“Some of these polices can be put in place in 2013, while others will need to be evaluated and adopted by a new administration starting in 2014,” the 48-page plan noted.  Read more

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on MBTA finances

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 11, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, nine of the 12 candidates for mayor of Boston offered their positions on whether the city should contribute funding for additional MBTA services in and around Boston. At question is the expansion of MBTA subway services later into the night or the return of late-night bus lines.

QUESTION: Should the city provide more of its own funds to expand service on the MBTA to include later service? How much and for what services?  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 11, 2013

Most of the mayoral candidates will be in Dorchester tonight for the Boston Teachers Union forum. Boston magazine contributing editor David Bernstein will moderate the forum, which starts at 7 p.m. inside the union hall at 180 Mt. Vernon St. The union has over 10,000 members. Meanwhile, on TV, three candidates – City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley and former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie – chat with Emily Rooney on “Greater Boston” in an interview taped this afternoon. The show airs at 7 p.m.  Read more

Coming soon to Columbia Point: The US Senate – and its debates

Can you imagine taking the floor of the United States Senate to debate the morality of a US strike on Syria, the merits of a farm bill, or the confirmation of a new US Supreme Court justice?

By this time next year, you – and your family – might be able to do just that. And you won’t need to impersonate Ed Markey or Elizabeth Warren— or even go to Capitol Hill— to weigh in on issues of the day. In fact, you’ll be able to drive, ride, or just walk to Columbia Point, where the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is now rising along the crest of a hill that overlooks Dorchester Bay.  Read more

A dozen mayoral candidates seek to rise above the fray in debate

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 10, 2013

In a 90-minute fast-paced 12-way exchange that at times resembled a raucous dinner-table argument, Boston's would-be mayors jostled for voters' attention with just under two weeks until the Sept. 24 preliminary that will cull the candidates to two finalists.

"My name is Charles Yancey, and I'm running for mayor of the city of Boston," the three-decade city councilor, who is also a candidate for re-election to the City Council, said during a rare lull in the Monday night debate.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 8, 2013

A look at the day ahead. There are 16 days left until the Sept. 24 preliminary.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 7, 2013

For the second time this week, the mayoral news cycle was taken over by a Southie-centric storyline. But that had wrapped up by the end of the day, as the candidates prepared to plunge into the weekend, one of three left before the Sept. 24 preliminary. There are 17 days left until the prelim.  Read more

Collins's endorsement of Connolly roils Dorchester

A few hundred supporters of Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh’s mayoral campaign assembled at the intersection of L Street and Broadway on Thursday afternoon, spilling out onto the street, hours after South Boston state Rep. Nick Collins endorsed a rival at the Oliver Perry School. The gathering was a show of force, quickly thrown together as word spread of Collins’s endorsement of City Councillor At-Large John Connolly.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Morning Edition: Sept. 6, 2013

There are 18 days until the Sept. 24 mayoral preliminary. City Councillor Rob Consalvo plans to release a “plan to keep our kids safe in school” at 10:30 a.m. at the Conley School in Roslindale. Later, he heads to meet seniors at the Dudley Elderly Housing Development in Roxbury and Mount Pleasant Home in JP, before door knocking in West Roxbury.  Read more

Conley sees ‘sprint’ to win: DA spurs team on S. Boston streets

Dan Conley: Suffolk County DA spoke during an annual youth soccer tournament he sponsored at Pope John Paul II Park this month. Photo by Bill ForryDan Conley: Suffolk County DA spoke during an annual youth soccer tournament he sponsored at Pope John Paul II Park this month. Photo by Bill ForryClad in a plain red t-shirt, khaki shorts, and a cap with a “Dan Conley” sticker on its front, Bobby Madden was working “Marty Walsh” country.

On a recent Saturday morning, the 69-year-old Dorchester fixture, who is an investigator in Suffolk District Attorney Conley’s office, made his way up St. Brendan’s Hill with a young assistant district attorney at his side and a list of super-voters in his hand. They were part of a small group of canvassers looking to identify Dorchester supporters of Conley, who is one of the 12 candidates running for mayor.

Madden, who grew up in the area and lives on Gallivan Boulevard, didn’t need the list. The neighborhood is largely made up of families whose breadwinners are police officers, firefighters, and teachers. He knows most of them, and most of them know him.  Read more