Politics

#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

Estate goes to court to reclaim Fowler-Clark farm from city

A worker hired by the city of Boston cleared overgrowth on the Clark-Fowler farm property on Norfolk Street in August 2013. Photo by Bill Forry

The owner of a historic but run-down Mattapan property that was seized by city officials in August went to court this week seeking an injunction allowing them to reclaim the land. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant heard from both sides in the case on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to make a ruling in coming days.  Read more

Mayoral pair hit the trail, key on endorsements, arbitration award

The two finalists in the race for mayor spent the days after the Sept. 24 preliminary chasing endorsements and trading statements over an arbitration award favoring the police department that has dominated the campaign trail.  Read more

Golar Richie adviser defends campaign's third place finish

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 2, 2013

A top adviser to former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie’s mayoral campaign rejected criticism of her candidate and said there had been “quite a bit of unfairness” directed toward her.  Read more

City's media enable Rivers’s hustle

Rivers v. Maria Stephanos: The Fox 25 news anchor grilled the Dorchester minister on a newscast last Thursday evening about his failure to vote in elections dating back to at least 1983. Rivers v. Maria Stephanos: The Fox 25 news anchor grilled the Dorchester minister on a newscast last Thursday evening about his failure to vote in elections dating back to at least 1983.

Thanks to some good reporting this week from the Boston Globe’s Adrian Walker, Eugene Rivers was finally exposed and dressed-down.

Walker took the time and effort to verify what many Boston insiders have long suspected: Rivers – who shamelessly shops himself around to politicians desperate for a high-profile endorsement from a black minister – does not bother to vote himself. Not for mayor last Tuesday. Not for President Obama, or Deval Patrick, or one of their opponents. And, not even for Mel King, the 1983 mayoral finalist whose campaign he allegedly worked on.  Read more

Dorcena Forry says she owes 'no debt' to mayoral hopefuls

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 2, 2013

Dorchester Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry said on Wednesday that she would decide within the “coming days” whether to endorse in Boston’s mayoral election, but refuted a report that she must decide whether to “return the favor” to state Rep. Marty Walsh for his role in her special Senate election.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 2, 2013

34 days to Nov. 5. Thirteen days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly heads to Citizen Schools’ Fort Point HQ to speak to sixth graders from Orchard Gardens about what it takes to run for public office. State Rep. Marty Walsh is also scheduled to meet with students, as well as hit the Downtown Boston Improvement District’s annual meeting on Court Street.  Read more

"Orderly shutdown" of federal government begins

By 
Matt Murphy and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Oct. 1, 2013

For the first time in more than 17 years, the federal government on Tuesday did not open for business after Congress failed to meet a midnight deadline to implement a temporary budget measure to keep government funded.  Read more

Savin Hill barn demolished

A dilapidated stable atop Savin Hill was torn down on Monday morning after city officials and the property owners reached an agreement in court last week to allow the demolition to proceed. A second structure at 24 Grampian Way— a three-story home that was once a stately mansion owned by 19th century sporting goods magnate George Wright— remains intact and will not be demolished “at this point”, according to a city spokesman.  Read more