Politics

(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

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 13, 2013

11 days to the preliminary.

THE DAY AHEAD: City Councillor At-Large John Connolly has held a meet-and-greet in South Boston and fills out the rest of the day with meet-and-greets with voters in the North End, Fenway, and the South End, with a 1 p.m. stop at City Hall Plaza for Lebanon Day. Codman Square Health co-founder Bill Walczak will be at Mattapan Library at 10:30 a.m. for a “Regional System of Care Candidates Meeting,” before heading to an Adams Village Business Association meeting at 12:30 p.m.  Read more

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