Politics

At deadline's eve, little bump in Boston voter registrations

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 3, 2013

Officials at Boston City Hall haven't seen many new voter registrations in the weeks leading up to this month's preliminary municipal elections, but are bracing for a possible blitz of new voters generated by mayoral hopefuls looking for an advantage in a crowded 12-person field.

The deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 24 preliminary is Wednesday.  Read more

(VIDEO) Interim Sheriff Tompkins Unlawfully Pulls Badge/Intimidates Boston Store Owner

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Jean, the owner of La Paix barber shop at 1059 Hyde Park Avenue in Boston, testifies how Suffolk County Interim Sheriff Steven Tompkins unlawfully pulled out his badge and demanded that the store owner remove Douglas Bennett for Sheriff's sign "because it was too early to put up campaign signs..."

Tompkins is scheduled to face a Criminal Magistrate in BMC Roxbury District Court on 85 Warren Street on September 10, 2013 at 9AM for Theft and Destruction of Property.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Aug. 31, 2013

The Sept. 24 preliminary is 23 days away.  Read more

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on liquor licensing

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 30, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, ten of the 12 candidates for mayor of Boston offered their positions on how state law could be altered to allow for more liquor licenses for the city. Currently, the Legislature selectively grants additional licenses for communities, but Boston has for years operated at the maximum number of licenses, creating high demand and steep prices for existing licenses. Mayor Thomas Menino supports a home rule petition from City Councilor Ayanna Pressley that would allow the city to do away with the cap and regulate its own licensing.  Read more

Mass delegation weighs possible US action in Syria

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 29, 2013

Several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called for caution and forethought in the nation’s approach to Syria, which might include military force.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, and Congressmen John Tierney, Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch indicated openness to the use of force, while calling for more information and in some cases the assertion of Congress’s constitutional power to declare war.

“The one thing that I’m absolutely certain of is that Congress has to be consulted and in my opinion, consulted means more than just informed. In my opinion it means Congress has to be asked for permission to use military force,” Capuano said.  Read more

Will next mayor make or break the Strand Theatre?

Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.

What will the next mayor of Boston do with the Strand Theatre, the Uphams Corner landmark that debuted as a movie palace in the waning days of World War I? Like a Charlie Chaplin character flickering across its earliest screen, the Uphams Corner landmark stumbled and lurched across the 20th century and, on more than one occasion, damn-near plunged hat-first into an abyss of debt and decrepitness. And, like the ‘Little Tramp’ himself, the Strand has proven to be an enduring and endearing figure – with the promise of new audiences and a heroic revival that has been years in the making.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Aug. 27, 2013

The Sept. 24 preliminary is 27 days away. In today's round-up: City Councillor Michael Ross releases his first TV ad, while fellow City Councillor Rob Consalvo highlights a blighted property in his new ad.  Read more

Gov. Patrick plans to headline potentially discordant ‘unity’ breakfast

Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday will be in Mattapan for a Democratic “unity” breakfast in the 12th Suffolk District. Massachusetts Democratic Party chair John Walsh is also expected to attend the event, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Carter Post on Blue Hill Ave.  Read more

Candidates talk policy in Dorchester Reporter survey

In July, the Dorchester Reporter prepared its own questionnaire for mayoral candidates and asked each of the 12 candidates on the Sept. ballot to participate. To date, nine of the 12 candidates have submitted the survey, which included biographical questions, details about their political ideology and specific policy questions that have both citywide and neighborhood-specific implications. The Reporter also included a "case study" section that asks candidates how they would deal with a longstanding redevelopment question in Uphams Corner: the Leon Electric Building.  Read more

Kayyem preps for corner office bid in visit to Lower Mills

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 22, 2013

Latest to announce run for Governor in 2014: Juliette Kayyem was Globe columnistLatest to announce run for Governor in 2014: Juliette Kayyem was Globe columnistIt would seem that in order to become a viable Democratic candidate in Massachusetts, you need to do at least two things: open a campaign account with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance and hold forth in the living room of a certain Lower Mills home to begin to get your message out to the grassroots.

Juliette Kayyem — who formally announced her candidacy for governor on Wednesday morning— can cross both off her gubernatorial bucket list this week.

On Sunday night, the former Boston Globe columnist and Homeland Security adviser for President Barack Obama introduced herself to about 30 dedicated Democrats at the Adams Street home of Joyce Linehan. Kayyem’s comments focused on her biography, philosophy and experience working for both Gov. Deval Patrick and Obama.  Read more