Politics

House sets table for vote on Rep. Henriquez

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2014

The Massachusetts House on Monday set the ground rules for a potential vote to discipline incarcerated Rep. Carlos Henriquez, approving a procedural order that includes an allowance for Henriquez to address his colleagues before they pass judgement.

Henriquez has refused to resign as he appeals his Jan. 15 conviction on assault and battery charges.  Read more

Task force outlines steps to reduce gun violence

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

All private firearms sales should be completed through a licensed dealer, live-fire training should be required for those seeking a license, and the state should comply in a limited capacity with the National Instant Background Check System, according to the long-awaited recommendations of a team of experts advising House Speaker Robert DeLeo on gun policy.  Read more

Mayor Walsh maintains he's staying neutral in 13th Suffolk House race

Mayor Marty Walsh on Friday restated that he won’t be getting involved in the race to replace him in the state House of Representatives, after his mother and brother appeared at one hopeful’s campaign kick-off in Fields Corner.

“I’m completely staying out of the race,” Walsh said on his way into a speech to the New England Council at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  Read more

Walsh talks St. Patrick’s Day Parade discussions, school superintendent search

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 31, 2014

Mayor Marty Walsh said during a radio appearance on Friday there are ongoing discussions about including pro-LGBT groups in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. In an interview on WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio,” Walsh said he was hopeful that a compromise can be worked out, since there are fifty-plus days before the parade starts in March.  Read more

Five Dems on ballot for Walsh's former House seat

Liam CurranLiam CurranFive Democrats will vie for the 13th Suffolk House seat left open after Savin Hill lawmaker Marty Walsh took the top job at City Hall. The candidates, according to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office, are Liam Curran of Coffey Street, Gene Gorman of Hooper Street, Daniel Hunt of Pierce Avenue, PJ McCann of Savin Hill Avenue, and John O’Toole of 114 Minot St.

There are no Republicans on the ballot, meaning that whoever wins the March 4 Democratic primary will likely coast through the April 1 general special election.  Read more

Linehan appoints Baker head of special charter reform committee

Councillor Frank Baker, District 3

(UPDATED Jan. 30, 2014) District 3 Councillor Frank Baker will be heading up a special committee charged with reviewing the city’s charter, under committee assignments set up by City Council President Bill Linehan. A Dorchester councillor who was reelected to a second two-year term in November, Baker will likely explore term limits and changes to the structure of the mayorally appointed School Committee.

Baker, who has previously pushed for a School Committee that is made up of both mayoral appointments and elected members, said he could see adding seats to the 7-member body, like giving a youth advocate a vote or providing the City Council with a designee.  Read more

Public report required if panel finds Rep. Henriquez violated rules

By 
Michael Norton and Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 29, 2014

With hearings ongoing, the House will not take any action during its formal session Wednesday on Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who is incarcerated and appealing his conviction by a jury on two counts of assault and battery.

“Not today,” Speaker Robert DeLeo said when asked if the House would take action on the Henriquez matter. Before being hustled onto an elevator by an aide, DeLeo said, “He’s still at hearings.”  Read more

Henriquez returned to State House for second Ethics hearing

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 28, 2014

For the second time in five days, Rep. Carlos Henriquez was transported to the State House Tuesday by Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department official to testify before the House Ethics Committee as the panel weighs possible discipline against the Dorchester Democrat, convicted on two counts of assault and battery.  Read more

State House may be gearing up for Henriquez appearance before committee

By 
State House News Service
Jan. 24, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

When former Rep John Fresolo was the subject of House Ethics Committee deliberations last year, the committee convened its hearings in a first floor conference room that was guarded by court officers who roped off the hallways in an attempt to give those coming and going a clear path in and out of the room.

On Friday, a day after the House passed an order enabling Rep. Carlos Henriquez to be summoned from jail to appear before the same committee, officials appeared to be conducting the same type of room preparations on the first floor of the State House.  Read more

Ward 15 Dems lobby DeLeo to move "swiftly" on Henriquez case, set special election

The co-chairs of the Ward 15 Democratic Committee sent the following letter to Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo on January 21, 2014:

Dear Speaker DeLeo:

We are writing as residents of the Fifth Suffolk District and as co-chairs of the Democratic Committee of Ward 15, seven of whose nine precincts are in the Fifth Suffolk. The other two precincts are located in the 13th Suffolk, the seat formerly held by Mayor Martin Walsh. At present, the entire district and its approximately 40,000 residents are without representation in the House.  Read more