Rep. Carvalho, barely settled, ‘hungry as I’ve ever been’

Rep. Evandro CarvalhoRep. Evandro CarvalhoIt has been a busy year for state Rep. Evandro Carvalho. Even though the Legislature is closed for formal business until January, he has no plans to slow down, and not just because he’s up for re-election.

“I’ve been in re-election mode since day one,” said Carvalho in an interview with the Reporter. He won a five-way special Democratic primary on April 1 and was unchallenged in the April 29 final election for the 5th Suffolk seat that was left open after the ouster of former Rep. Carlos Henriquez.

Since his swearing-in on May 14, the Cape Verdean native and former Suffolk County assistant DA has kept a low profile on Beacon Hill, getting used to the ins and outs of the new position.  Read more

New deal on liquor licenses in Boston awaits Patrick's okay

All that remains is Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature and Boston will be the recipient of 75 new liquor licenses and a liquor licensing board whose members will be appointed by the mayor.  Read more

Compromise bill would shift liquor license control to Boston, add tax holiday in August

Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jul. 31, 2014

With one day left for legislators to tackle major legislation before formal sessions end for the year, House and Senate negotiating committees reached deals Wednesday night on bills aimed at boosting job growth, updating gun laws, combating domestic violence, paying for environmental and energy projects, and instituting new accountability measures at local housing authorities.

The compromise economic development bill (H 4377) also gives Boston a set new number of liquor licenses and gives the mayor the authority to appoint his own licensing board, but does not eliminate the statewide cap for all other cities and towns, as the Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick proposed to do.  Read more

Legislative pile-up likely means little time before big votes

Michael Norton, Andy Metzger, and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jul. 30, 2014

More than 18 months after kicking off the 2013-2014 session, Democratic legislative leaders on Beacon Hill are playing a familiar game, leaving high-stakes issues up in the air until the final moments allotted for major legislating and likely leaving their colleagues with little time to review bills before voting on them.  Read more

Let’s support those who are pushing for changes in the liquor license law

Imagine this: You’re pulling into the driveway of your home after a long drive on top of a rough day. “Home at last,” you think to yourself as you turn the key and open the front door only to hear your wife call out, “Honey, we’re eating out tonight, okay?”  Read more

Political Round-up: Mattapan’s Allen challenges Cullinane in Sept. primary

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 24, 2014

Corey J. AllenCorey J. AllenCorey J. Allen, a mainstay in the Mattapan and Dorchester neighborhood for years, is challenging Rep. Daniel Cullinane in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9 and trying hard to let people know that he’s running.

“A lot of people in the neighborhood know me as “Coach Allen” or “Mr. Allen. “When they see the campaign signs with ‘Corey J. Allen,’ they don’t even realize it’s me that’s running.” To help make that connection, Allen is rolling out a series of lawn signs that feature his headshot.

Unlike the three other candidates in the race, Allen’s bid is his first for public office. He had considered last September’s special election for the 12th Suffolk seat vacated by Linda Dorcena Forry after she moved to the State Senate, but in the end he stayed with City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign until the November election.  Read more

Walsh: Review shows ‘troubling deficiencies’ in BRA

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 23, 2014

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is in “dire need of reform” according to the recently released audit on the planning agency commissioned by Mayor Martin Walsh this spring.  Read more

Walsh plays key role in president’s plan for boys of color

Mayor Walsh visited the White House on Monday. He was one of eight US mayors invited to join President Obama for a discussion of his initiative dubbed My Brothers Keeper. The presidential effort is aimed at eliminating employment and educational hurdles for boys of color nationally. The president announced the $200 million plan in February and Walsh has since signed on to make Boston one of the key participants in the plan.  Read more

Police press for discretion over rifle, shotgun licenses

Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jul. 23, 2014

Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence founder John Rosenthal joined police chiefs from around the state, as well as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, at a press conference on Tuesday to express support for a measure giving police chiefs discretion in awarding rifle and shotgun licenses. Photo by State House News Service

Giving police chiefs discretion to decide who should have a license to carry a shotgun or rifle is crucial to prevent gun violence, domestic violence murders and suicides, police officials and other activists said at a State House rally Tuesday.  Read more

About that T lot in Mattapan Sq.

The state’s heavy investment in the Fairmount commuter rail line will soon be put to the economic test in a very tangible way: Two requests for proposals have been issued by the city of Boston in recent weeks to gauge interest in a pair of sites deemed as ideal for so-called “transit-oriented development.”  Read more