Politics

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Hard-to-reach Wyatt talks about his challenge to Sen. Chang-Diaz

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 25, 2014

The most elusive candidate in last year’s mayoral race is back on the ballot, this time vying for state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s seat in the 2nd Suffolk district. David James Wyatt collected enough signatures in the spring to make the Nov. 4 ballot, but since then, he has been tough to track down, with no publicized campaign appearances, no office, no events, no media presence save for a website with a short, outdated message on a single page.  Read more

SJC ruling makes casino repeal eligible for Nov. ballot

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, Matt Murphy and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jun. 24, 2014

Throwing the landscape for casinos in Massachusetts into chaos, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that an initiative petition repealing the 2011 casino law is eligible for placement on the November ballot.  Read more

'Victorious' minimum wage ballot group shifts focus to earned sick time

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 23, 2014

Raise Up Massachusetts, a group that had gathered signatures to put a minimum wage increase on the November ballot, said Monday they are ending their campaign. The group will continue to push for a ballot question guaranteeing earned sick time for workers.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Tolman gets his Greenhills on with Lynch and friends; Coakley drops by

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2014

Cindy and Dermot Quinn, owners of Greenhills Bakery, pose with Dorchester elected officials Michelle Wu, Stephen Lynch, Warren Tolman, Steven Tompkins, Daniel Cullinane, and Frank Baker outside the bakery early Monday afternoon. 	Photo by Lauren DezenskiCindy and Dermot Quinn, owners of Greenhills Bakery, pose with Dorchester elected officials Michelle Wu, Stephen Lynch, Warren Tolman, Steven Tompkins, Daniel Cullinane, and Frank Baker outside the bakery early Monday afternoon. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

Once last weekend’s State Democratic Convention wrapped up, things began to heat up both outside and in a number of races as the candidates shifted their focus to September’s primary election.

On Monday, Attorney General Martha Coakley visited Dorchester for the first time since before the Dorchester Day parade. Some in the neighborhood have not forgiven her for her absence from the annual march earlier this month that saw State Treasurer and fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman and GOP front-runner Charlie Baker parading along the route.  Read more

Boston among four US contenders for 2024 Summer Olympics

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jun. 13, 2014

Boston is among four U.S. cities in the running for a potential 2024 Olympic Summer Games bid, the U.S. Olympics Committee reported Friday.  Read more

WEEKLY ROUNDUP – THE COAKLEY CONUNDRUM

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 13, 2014

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

Thanks for playing “So You Want To Be Governor: Insiders Edition.”

Saturday’s contestants are Martha Coakley, the prosecutor; Steve Grossman, the treasurer; Don Berwick, the doctor and health bureaucrat; Juliette Kayyem, the national security expert; and Joe Avellone, the executive.  Read more

Hunt bond bill amendment pushes for Tenean rehab

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

A tour group explored Port Norfolk on May 31 as part of an effort organized by the Boston Natural Areas Network and the Neponset Greenway Council. The group spent time on the Greenway, Tenean Beach, and the former site of the defunct Shaffer Paper Company, which will soon be remediated and turned into a natural waterfront park. Photo by Lee Toma

If state Rep. Dan Hunt has his way, some $250,000 will soon find its way to the rehabilitation of Tenean Beach, long seen as needing substantial re-engineering.  Read more

Report cites improvements at Dot’s beaches, adds that much needs to be done at Tenean

A lone sunbather lounged on Tenean Beach last month. Photo by Lee Toma

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission has released “Waves of Change,” its report on the Boston Harbor region’s 15 public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull that are owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Nearly 1,000 people took part in the commission’s hearings and helped to shape the findings and recommendations contained in the report.  Read more

DeLeo gun bill advances after close committee vote

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 9, 2014

House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s new proposal to reduce gun violence has barely emerged with a favorable report from a legislative committee, foreshadowing a potentially turbulent reception in the full House and Senate.  Read more

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