Politics

Another poll gives Coakley the edge, but Grossman sees "passion gap"

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 9, 2014

Attorney General Martha Coakley continues to hold a commanding lead over her four rivals for the Democratic nomination for governor, according to a new Suffolk University poll that also shows voter opinion shifting dramatically against the state’s nascent casino industry.

As the Democrats running to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick enter a critical week of campaigning ahead of the Democratic Party Convention in Worcester this weekend, Coakley leads her nearest rival, Treasurer Steve Grossman, by 32 points with a 44 percent to 12 percent advantage.  Read more

DEA targeting doctors linked to Medical Marijuana groups

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 6, 2014

While the Obama administration has sent some signals to states that it won’t interfere with the implementation of medical marijuana laws, the Drug Enforcement Administration in recent weeks has visited doctors who hold administrative positions with companies seeking dispensary licenses in Massachusetts and told them to resign or risk losing their registration to prescribe controlled medications.  Read more

MBTA cleaning service cuts protested at State House

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 5, 2014

Lawmakers and union officials on Thursday voiced concerns about the MBTA’s plans to cut nearly 30 percent of its janitorial workforce.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Rep. Cullinane is my guy in primary race, says Walsh

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins marched in the Dorchester Day Parade. Tompkins scored a big endorsement from the corrections officers union Local 419 this week.

Martin J. Walsh has bestowed his very first endorsement as mayor on one of his own: State Rep. Daniel Cullinane of Dorchester. “In less than a year in office, Dan has already established himself as one of the hardest working state representatives in Massachusetts,” Walsh said last week in speaking to a group of over 300 supporters at Ester Restaurant in Lower Mills. “He gives the job everything he has to offer, but more importantly, Dan has delivered for the people of his district.”  Read more

Gun bill draws supporters and opponents to State House hearing

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jun. 4, 2014

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz remembers the funeral of 14-year-old Jaewon Martin, an honor student who was shot and killed the day before Mother’s Day in 2010 while playing on a basketball court in Jamaica Plain.

“He was doing everything right and was still lost to gun violence in our city,” the Jamaica Plain Democrat said Tuesday, her voice cracking during an event held before lawmakers heard testimony on legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in the state.  Read more

In lawsuit, Coakley says feds undermine anti-foreclosure law

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jun. 3, 2014

In a new lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Attorney General Martha Coakley alleges two major lenders and federal regulators violated the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, asserting that their "refusal to engage in foreclosure buyback programs is unfairly and illegally causing Massachusetts families to lose their homes." The suit stems from a case involving a Dorchester family.  Read more

Senators craft their spending bill, discard amendments; now the conference committee gets to do its work

After surviving last week’s deliberations in the Senate, legislators’ amendments to the budget proposals are now mostly out of their hands as the differences between the House and Senate versions are ironed out in the conference committee.  Read more

Ballot picture now clear for local state elections in fall

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

Charles-Peterson withdraws from ballot in Fifth Suffolk

Karen Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkKaren Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkThough she qualified for the ballot, Karen Charles-Peterson will not be challenging state Rep. Evandro Carvalho in September’s Democratic primary for the 5th Suffolk seat.

Charles-Peterson withdrew from the 5th Suffolk ballot on Friday afternoon, the last possible day to do so, said Brian McNiff, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.

Carvalho will now face perennial candidate Althea Garrison in September’s Democratic primary. The winner will run against the race’s sole GOP candidate Claudette N. Joseph in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election.  Read more

City's new top inspector, Buddy Christopher, wants to eradicate agency’s ‘stumbling block’ reputation

William 'Buddy' Christopher

Earlier this month, Mayor Martin Walsh appointed William Christopher to serve as the next commissioner of the city’s Inspectional Services Department. A longtime Savin Hill resident – and a Tuttle Street neighbor of Walsh’s – Christopher, 58, is known to friends and neighbors as “Buddy.”

An architect by training, he worked for the city in the 1990s as an assistant director for architecture and engineering in the Department of Neighborhood Development. He is the founder of Roche-Christopher Architecture LLC, based in Neponset Circle, which he founded with fellow Dorchester resident Eddie Roche.

Together, they worked on residential and commercial jobs in Dorchester, South Boston, and other parts of the state, including Cape Cod and Martha’ Vineyard. Most recently, Roche Christopher worked to renovate a prominent brick building in Edward Everett Square at 1299 Massachusetts Ave.  Read more

DeLeo leads call to stem gun violence

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 28, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh spoke to residents gathered in the Lee School for the Dorchester-Mattapan B3 Advisory meeting on Tuesday night. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's Office

An array of elected officials, including the Speaker of the House and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, issued a call to end gun violence in the B-3 police district and beyond, urging community members to do their part by alerting authorities to the location of illegal weapons.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the monthly meeting of the Dorchester-Mattapan B-3 meeting at the Lee School on Talbot Avenue came at the invitation of host Rep. Russell Holmes. The B-3 police district serves sections of Dorchester and Mattapan. The House Speaker called it a coincidence that he was at the well-attended meeting just hours after rolling out long-awaited legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in communities across the state.  Read more