Politics

House ethics committee given power to take witnesses into custody

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 23, 2014

The House on Thursday raised the possibility of Rep. Carlos Henriquez returning to Beacon Hill to testify in his own defense, approving an order that empowers a House panel to take witnesses into custody as its lays the groundwork for hearings to consider Henriquez’s expulsion from the House or other disciplinary action.  Read more

Henriquez still weighs next steps; official mulls a run for Fifth Suffolk seat

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 22, 2014

A week after he was whisked away from a Medford courtroom in handcuffs, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez remains undecided about stepping down from his House seat, a person close to his situation said Tuesday night. Top officials, including Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Mayor Marty Walsh, have already asked the Dorchester Democrat to resign.  Read more

Henriquez should step aside – now

The trial of state Rep. Carlos Henriquez ended in his conviction on three assault charges and an unexpectedly tough punishment for a first-time offender – six months to be served in the Middlesex House of Correction out of a two-and-a-half year sentence.

The lawmaker continues to deny his guilt in the 2012 case involving a young woman who claimed Henriquez struck her during an early-morning car ride that ended with her left stranded on Huntington Avenue.  Read more

House seat hopeful Hunt formally launches campaign

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 20, 2014

DanHunt, a candidate for 13th Suffolk state representative, spoke during a Saturday morning event at Phillips' Old Colony House. Photo courtesy Hunt campaign

Neponset’s Dan Hunt, one of several hopefuls vying to replace Marty Walsh in the state Legislature, kicked off his campaign on Saturday and grabbed the backing of a top elected official and neighborhood activists.  Read more

Prosecutors seek tougher penalties for juvenile murder convictions

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 20, 2014

Out of concern for the families of those murdered by juveniles and in the wake of a high court ruling that the most severe penalty is unconstitutional, state prosecutors are calling on Beacon Hill to make sure juveniles who commit murder spend at least 35 years behind bars.  Read more

Former District 3 candidate says he’s running in race to replace Walsh

John O’Toole, who ran for City Council in 2011, said on Thursday he plans to be a candidate in the upcoming special election to replace Marty Walsh in the House.

Walsh resigned from his House seat on Jan. 3, days before becoming the forty-eighth mayor of the city of Boston. Walsh served in the seat for 16 years after winning a special election in 1997.

“These opportunities don’t come around a lot,” O’Toole said.  Read more

French consul visits Codman Academy to discuss travel warning

By 
BNN-TV
Jan. 16, 2014

Students Challenge Neighborhood Profiling by French Government from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News reports on the visit of the French consul general to Codman Academy. The consul was invited to the school by students upset by the French Foreign Ministry's travel advisory that warns its citizens to avoid parts of Boston, including Dorchester.  Read more

Former House Speaker, Attorney General Robert H. Quinn dead at 85

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Robert H. Quinn, a Savin Hill native who recovered from a life and death bout with tuberculosis as a young man to became one of the Commonwealth’s most powerful political leaders of his generation, died on Sunday morning after being stricken at his home in Falmouth.

Mr. Quinn, 85, was a state representative from Ward 13 who became speaker of the Massachusetts House and, later, state attorney general. He was a pivotal figure in bringing the University of Massachusetts to its present home on Dorchester’s Columbia Point in the 1970s.

He will lie in repose today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Margaret Church at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish on Columbia Road. His funeral Mass will be said tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret’s with interment to follow at Cataumet Cemetery on Cape Cod.  Read more

‘Oh, Yo-Yo Ma, the pipes, the pipes are calling…’

The famed cellist Yo Yo-Ma performed at the inauguration of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Jan. 6 at Boston College’s Conte Forum. From left: Johnny Walsh, Mary Walsh, Mayor Walsh, Lorrie Higgins, Yo-Yo Ma, and Rev. Ray Hammond. Photo by Chris Lovett

One of the more memorable moments of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s inauguration ceremony at Boston College’s Conte Forum on Jan. 6 occurred during a musical interlude featuring Yo-Yo Ma, the 59-year-old Chinese American cellist who lives in Cambridge. Many in the audience anticipated that Ma might seek to tickle the mayor-elect’s Irish heartstrings, given that the official program book promised a “traditional Irish melody” as part of his medley, which also included George Crumb’s Toccata and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3.

As he took the stage, more than a few boyos in the forum were elbowing each other with wisecracks of the “Yeah, Marty’s a huge Yo-Yo Ma fan” variety. But, when Ma eased into his interpretation of the mournful ballad “Danny Boy” — the smart talk ceased and the deep breaths began.  Read more

DeLeo, Patrick and Walsh: Henriquez should resign

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 15, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

Update (4:30 p.m.): In separate statements, Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Martin J. Walsh have both called upon Rep. Henriquez to resign. Walsh said: "A jury has convicted Rep. Henriquez and a judge has sentenced him to serve jail time. In light of this, I would encourage Rep. Henriquez to resign, in the best interests of the constituents he represents."

Following the conviction Wednesday of Rep. Carlos Henriquez on charges of assault and battery against a woman he had been dating, House Speaker Robert DeLeo urged the Dorchester Democrat to “weigh very, very heavily” the option of resigning his seat or face a House Ethics Committee investigation.  Read more