First mayoral debate mostly agreeable

Inside the WBZ-TV studios on Tuesday night, it was Dorchester vs. West Roxbury as State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly faced off in the general mayoral election’s first televised debate. On a night when most Bostonians’ eyes and ears were locked on the Red Sox-Tigers playoff game, the faceoff was marked for the most part by a series of skirmishes between two candidates who largely agreed with each other.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 15, 2013

21 days to Nov. 5. The first televised debate between the two finalists takes place today at 7 p.m. on WBZ. The debate will be moderated by WBZ’s Jon Keller and the Boston Globe’s Akilah Johnson.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 14, 2013

22 days to Nov. 5. One day until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will both make appearances on TOUCH 106.1, the station that was co-founded by one of their former rivals, Charles Clemons. The two finalists will also be in Brighton tonight, but for different events: Walsh will be holding “Mondays with Marty,” while Connolly will be with City Councillor Mark Ciommo for a meet-and-greet.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 13, 2013

23 days to Nov. 5. Two days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will head to churches in Mattapan and Jamaica Plain this morning. They both plan on hitting the North End's Columbus Day Parade, which Mayor Thomas Menino will kick off with a ribbon cutting at Congress and Tremont Streets. The two mayoral candidates will also be at the Irish Heritage Festival in Dorchester's Adams Corner.

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

Education reform group wades back into mayoral race for Connolly

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 11, 2013

Citing outside organizations spending over $1 million in support of state Rep. Marty Walsh's mayoral campaign, an education reform group said Friday they plan to return to the race in support of the candidate they endorsed in July, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly.  Read more

Connolly picks up support from clergy members in Roxbury

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 11, 2013

They couldn’t all fit inside the small Washington Street campaign office. So the group of a dozen or so black clergy and community members stepped outside and crowded around City Councillor At-Large John Connolly to announce their endorsement of him in the mayoral race.

Several of the ministers had been, at one point, critics of Connolly. When Connolly called on then-Superintendent Carol Johnson to step down due to her mishandling a personnel matter at the O’Bryant School, they leapt to her defense and laced into Connolly last year.  Read more

Official: Shutdown threatening state jobs, rent and heat assistance

Michael Norton, State House News Service
Oct. 10, 2013

A top Patrick administration official on Thursday warned of “dire consequences” from the partial federal government shutdown, which is in its tenth day.

“Thousands of state employees will be facing furloughs or layoffs and dozens of programs for low-income families, seniors and veterans will soon run out of funding,” State Undersecretary of Housing and Economic Development Aaron Gornstein said during a Boston Foundation forum on housing issues.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 10, 2013

26 days to Nov. 5. Five days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly rolls out additional endorsements today in Villa Victoria and Roxbury. (The Herald's Peter Gelzinis says a few of them will be from the city's clergy.) State Rep. Marty Walsh swings by a Hibernian Hall gala and a young professionals fundraiser for him at Ned Devine's in Faneuil Hall.  Read more

#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