Employees protest as UMass-Boston celebrates 50 years

Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Oct. 7, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 7, 2014....As University of Massachusetts officials marched from the State House to Boston Common to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston campus, more than 100 university employees held their own procession, protesting sick time and vacation pay concessions the university is asking them to make.

Protestors quietly stood in the background as UMass officials and local dignitaries, including former Senate President Robert Travaglini - an alumnus - and current UMass President Robert Caret, described the transition of the campus, from its formation in 1964 on the site of a former landfill to its status as a modern, harbor-front urban campus where students can "realize the American dream."  Read more

Politicos put the spotlight on Strand

Walsh launches mayoral campaign at Strand Theatre, May 2013Walsh launches mayoral campaign at Strand Theatre, May 2013

The Strand Theatre gets another big turn in the state spotlight this Friday as the nation's first lady, Michele Obama, comes to Columbia Road for a campaign rally to support the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. It’s a good opportunity to let the broader community see the jewel that the Strand has once again become, thanks in large part to the last city administration under Mayor Menino that pumped in some $8 million to renovate the theatre.  Read more

Gov. Patrick rips 'stupid' Boston Herald cartoon targeting president

Reacting to a widely scorned Boston Herald editorial cartoon that the newspaper has said was not intentionally racist, Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday called it "stupid" and said he hoped for greater sensitivity.

"I don't need to pile on. I found the cartoon offensive. I think most people did. It was stupid," Patrick said, chuckling. "I think even the Herald sees that."

Patrick has regularly been roasted in the tabloid's pages. Asked about Wednesday's cartoon on his way to a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration he said, "Frankly my expectations are not very high. It was stupid."  Read more

Baker outpaces Coakley in fundraising down the stretch

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 1, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama's arrival on Friday to stump and raise money for gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley comes in the nick of time for the Medford Democrat, with the latest campaign finance numbers showing the Democratic ticket trailing Republican Charlie Baker and his running mate.  Read more

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