Politics

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

Mayor hopefuls: Tell us your plan for this case

Eyesore remains a hold-out on Dudley Street
Uphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill ForryUphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill Forry

There are many high-profile eyesores and abandoned lots across Boston that merit the attention, imagination and hustle of the next mayor. But few loom as large as the Leon Electric building in Uphams Corner.

The hulking warehouse complex sits right next to the MBTA commuter rail station at the corner of Dudley and Humphreys streets. The empty, fenced-off, weather-worn behemoth rises up seven stories and casts a foreboding shadow over the neighborhood business district below.  Read more

Connolly pedals for votes: Councillor tours Dot villages on wheels

On a Friday morning in mid-June, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly had just toured the St. Francis House by Boston Common when his car died. “Guess who is taking shared bike to next event,” he posted to Twitter, the social networking site, along with a picture of a “Hubway” bicycle, a bike-sharing service with stations around the city.

Connolly grabbed a helmet out of his car and set off for his next appointment in the Kenmore area, posting pictures to Twitter during the roughly half-hour trip.  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

Today: Voters to pick Dorcena Forry’s successor in House

Voters in parts of Boston will go to the polls for the fifth time in six months today: Another special election is on the Sept. 10 ballot, with this one filling the House seat left vacant by Linda Dorcena Forry when she won a state Senate seat.

Three candidates are running to succeed her: Dan Cullinane, a Dorchester Democrat, and two independents, Lincoln Larmond of Mattapan and Edmond Romulus of Milton.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Late Night Edition: Sept. 4, 2013

The mayoral race chugs along. Highlights from Wednesday include:  Read more

Casino ban bounced, 14 other ballot questions in mix for 2014

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 4, 2013

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 4, 2013……Citizen petitions to raise the minimum wage, zero out a new tax on computer services and expand the state’s bottle deposit law were certified by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office to continue on toward the ballot, while a proposal to prohibit casinos and a bid to provide the right to a trial over restraining orders were denied.  Read more

Dot reps mull vote on Syria move; Capuano, Lynch lean to ‘no’ vote

Dorchester’s two representatives in Congress appear unlikely to support a military intervention in Syria, as their former colleague in the Massachusetts delegation, Secretary of State John Kerry, is pressing lawmakers to act. The US says that the Syrian government, which is in a struggle with rebels, has attacked its own civilians with chemical weapons.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Morning Edition: Sept. 4, 2013

The Sept. 24 prelim is 20 days away.  Read more