Thomas 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
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
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
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
Sep. 17, 2014
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
At 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
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
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
Sep. 10, 2014
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
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