Menino's memoir: A case of too little, too soon?

Menino MemoirMenino MemoirThomas Menino's "Mayor for a New America" hits stores and tablets on October 14. It will no doubt find a well-deserved place in the libraries of Bostonians who have a keen interest in city history and politics.

But it will find that shelf-space too quickly for many of us. At just 250 pages, the book is an all-too-quick read that leaves those well versed in the Menino era wanting more. Those thirsty for a serious, deep-dive chronicle and analysis of the Menino era will have to wait. Perhaps the publishers and the authors should have, too.

Co-author Jack Beatty, the respected biographer of another great Boston mayor, James Michael Curley, does not intrude much or enough here. It’s Menino’s voice and style that rings true in the prose—simple and to the point.  Read more

Guv candidates mix it up at Springfield debate

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 30, 2014

Sharing a debate stage for the first time, the five candidates for governor who will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot talked education, transportation and energy during a one-hour exchange of ideas that featured one flare-up.

Republican Charlie Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick convened for a forum at Faneuil Hall last week and a forum in Cambridge earlier in the day, but their appearance at CityStage was their first with Scott Lively, an anti-gay Springfield preacher who steered a question about infrastructure financing toward his wheelhouse of religiosity.  Read more

Polls: Coakley, Baker in tight contest marked by gender gaps

Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 29, 2014

Hours before they face off with their fellow gubernatorial candidates in a televised debate, Attorney General Martha Coakley and former health insurance executive Charlie Baker appear to be in a dead heat in their battle for the Corner Office, according to two polls released on Monday morning.

A Suffolk University and Boston Herald poll of 500 likely voters showed Coakley, the Democrat, with 44 percent, and Baker, the Republican nominee, with 43 percent.  Read more

Gov. Patrick knocks down AG talk

Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 25, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 25, 2014.....Gov. Deval Patrick, who is heading later Thursday to Washington D.C., knocked down speculation that he may be in line to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who reportedly plans to step down.  Read more

Walsh set to travel to Ireland in first overseas travel as mayor

Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 17, 2014

On Wed., Sept. 17, Mayor Martin Walsh joined Rachel Kelly, the founder of the IFest festival that takes place next weekend (Sept. 26-28) at Boston's Seaport-World Trade Center. Kelly presented the mayor with a map of his Irish ancestry, at left. Photo by Ed Forry

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will head to Ireland on Thursday, kicking off a ten-day trip that will have him revisiting his roots in County Galway and appearing on a popular late night show.

Walsh, a Dorchester Democrat who served in the House for nearly 17 years before winning the 2013 mayoral election, will be joined by former Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty, who left his Judiciary Committee post earlier this year to join Walsh's administration as corporation counsel.  Read more

Healey surge registered at Dot polls

Maura Healey: Called ‘star power’ candidateMaura Healey: Called ‘star power’ candidateAt first blush, the odds appeared stacked against attorney general candidate Maura Healey, especially in Dorchester. She was a political newcomer, running her first campaign against a well-known fellow Democrat, Warren Tolman, whose backers included Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin Walsh, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, and his older brother, union head Steven Tolman.

All of which didn’t matter much when voters made their endorsements on primary day. Citywide, the former assistant attorney general beat Tolman by ten points, 55 percent to 45 percent, thanks in part to strong support in Charlestown, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale. Statewide, her margin was much greater, 62.4 percent to 37.6 percent.  Read more

Wynn wins: Gaming commission awards chooses Everett for casino

Michael Norton and Gintautas Dumcius, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
Sep. 16, 2014

Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 on Tuesday to award the Boston-area resort casino license to Wynn Resorts and its plan for an Everett casino.

The $1.6 billion Everett casino plan prevailed over Mohegan Sun's $1.3 billion proposal for a casino in Revere, next to the Suffolk Downs racetrack and on the East Boston border.  Read more

Cook gets the part as Parks and Rec chief

Chris Cook was sworn-in as Boston Parks and Recreation commissioner on Monday by City Clerk Maureen Feeney. Photo by Ryan Woods

Chris Cook had planned for a career as an actor. Instead, the West Roxbury resident is now running Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department – the vitally important city agency with a $35 million annual budget and more than 200 employees.

And, much like an actor would have, he won the job by nailing the audition.  Read more

Coakley, Healey big winners in low-turnout vote: Rep. Cullinane, Tompkins, Arroyo score decisive wins

Lauren Dezenski and Bill Forry
Sep. 10, 2014

Rep. Dan Cullinane secured the Democratic nomination for the 12th Suffolk House seat with a decisive victory in Tuesday’s primary election. He and his three opponents are shown above as they worked the polls outside the Chittick School in Hyde Park. From left, Corey J. Allen, Ruthella Logan-Cruz, Rep. Cullinane, and Carlotta Williams. Photo courtesy Rep. Cullinane

Dorchester voters trickled to the polls in meager numbers in Tuesday’s primary, by and large selecting candidates who ultimately found success statewide. Locally, incumbent state Rep. Dan Cullinane scored a impressive win in a four-way race for the 12th Suffolk district, while Rep. Evandro Carvalho beat back a challenge from Althea Garrison in the 5th Suffolk and Sheriff Steve Tompkins defeated two challengers in decisive fashion

Turnout in the city of Boston barely breached 17 percent, with 63,386 votes cast of 380,202 total registered voters, according to the elections department’s unofficial returns. Locally, turnout fluctuated with bellwether polls in Neponset, Savin Hill, Lower Mills and Mattapan surpassing citywide participation.  Read more

Cullinane wins Democratic nomination in 12th Suffolk; Tompkins cruises to big win

Sep. 9, 2014

State Rep. Dan Cullinane has been nominated for re-election in the 12th Suffolk district after defeating three opponents in one of the city's rare contested legislative seats. Cullinane, who won a special election last year to succeed now Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, will win today's contest decisively, with about 62 percent of the vote, according to his campaign.  Read more