Wynn wins: Gaming commission awards chooses Everett for casino

Michael Norton and Gintautas Dumcius, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
Sep. 16, 2014

Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 on Tuesday to award the Boston-area resort casino license to Wynn Resorts and its plan for an Everett casino.

The $1.6 billion Everett casino plan prevailed over Mohegan Sun's $1.3 billion proposal for a casino in Revere, next to the Suffolk Downs racetrack and on the East Boston border.  Read more

Cook gets the part as Parks and Rec chief

Chris Cook was sworn-in as Boston Parks and Recreation commissioner on Monday by City Clerk Maureen Feeney. Photo by Ryan Woods

Chris Cook had planned for a career as an actor. Instead, the West Roxbury resident is now running Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department – the vitally important city agency with a $35 million annual budget and more than 200 employees.

And, much like an actor would have, he won the job by nailing the audition.  Read more

Coakley, Healey big winners in low-turnout vote: Rep. Cullinane, Tompkins, Arroyo score decisive wins

Lauren Dezenski and Bill Forry
Sep. 10, 2014

Rep. Dan Cullinane secured the Democratic nomination for the 12th Suffolk House seat with a decisive victory in Tuesday’s primary election. He and his three opponents are shown above as they worked the polls outside the Chittick School in Hyde Park. From left, Corey J. Allen, Ruthella Logan-Cruz, Rep. Cullinane, and Carlotta Williams. Photo courtesy Rep. Cullinane

Dorchester voters trickled to the polls in meager numbers in Tuesday’s primary, by and large selecting candidates who ultimately found success statewide. Locally, incumbent state Rep. Dan Cullinane scored a impressive win in a four-way race for the 12th Suffolk district, while Rep. Evandro Carvalho beat back a challenge from Althea Garrison in the 5th Suffolk and Sheriff Steve Tompkins defeated two challengers in decisive fashion

Turnout in the city of Boston barely breached 17 percent, with 63,386 votes cast of 380,202 total registered voters, according to the elections department’s unofficial returns. Locally, turnout fluctuated with bellwether polls in Neponset, Savin Hill, Lower Mills and Mattapan surpassing citywide participation.  Read more

Cullinane wins Democratic nomination in 12th Suffolk; Tompkins cruises to big win

Sep. 9, 2014

State Rep. Dan Cullinane has been nominated for re-election in the 12th Suffolk district after defeating three opponents in one of the city's rare contested legislative seats. Cullinane, who won a special election last year to succeed now Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, will win today's contest decisively, with about 62 percent of the vote, according to his campaign.  Read more

Galvin sees low turnout, raising stakes for GOTV efforts

Gintautas Dumcius and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 8, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 8, 2014.....Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday said he expects around 550,000 Democratic ballots will be pulled during Tuesday's primary elections, with 165,000 to 170,000 voters participating in Republican primaries.

That works out to a turnout rate of 15 percent to 20 percent of 4.2 million registered Bay State voters for an election that features contested battles among Democrats for major offices such as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state treasurer.

"I hope I'm wrong," Galvin said during a press conference where he predicted many unenrolled or independent voters, who make up the majority of voters, are likely to sit out Tuesday's voting. "I hope it goes higher and higher. We're prepared for everyone to come out."  Read more

Capuano wants president to seek approval for military action

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 3, 2014

Congressman Michael Capuano said he encourages President Barack Obama to seek congressional authorization for military action as the White House determines how to deal with the Islamic State, which has captured vast territory in Iraq and Syria.

"Every time you touch this whole region, you're actually touching 15 different things, all of which are dangerous, all of which are complicated and all of which are important," Capuano told reporters before an event Tuesday to mark the opening of a new MBTA station.  Read more

Walsh makes it official, endorses Warren Tolman in AG race

Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 2, 2014

Warren Tolman, one of the two Democrats running for attorney general, on Tuesday will highlight the official backing of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who helped Tolman to a narrow edge over rival Maura Healey at the Democratic Party convention in June.  Read more

On Labor Day, unions split among Dems running for governor

Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 2, 2014

Union members appeared split Monday among the Democrats running for governor and other elected offices, as their chiefs sought to look past the Sept. 9 primary, while reveling in last year’s election of a card-carrying union member as mayor of Boston.

At the annual Labor Day breakfast, the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates – Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steve Grossman and pediatrician Don Berwick – shook hands and chatted up union activists inside the ballroom inside the Park Plaza Hotel, which featured signs hanging from the second floor balconies touting Grossman and Coakley.  Read more

Editorial: Tompkins has earned sheriff’s job

Sheriff Steve TompkinsSheriff Steve TompkinsLet there be no confusion: There is only one sheriff in Suffolk County. He is Steve Tompkins.

When former Sheriff Andrea Cabral left the job in 2012 to become the state’s Secretary of Public Safety, Tompkins, her longtime second-in-command, was appointed to fill her role by Gov. Deval Patrick. In an editorial in January 2013, we wrote that “We have every confidence that [Tompkins] will prove himself worthy to fill Cabral’s shoes.”  Read more

Baker plans to run again for Council seat, pursue charter reform

Councillor Frank Baker, District 3

As head of the Special Committee on Charter Reform, City Councillor Frank Baker will have a lot on his plate ahead of next year’s council elections. Confronting whispers that he might not seek reelection, Baker was frank in an interview with the Reporter: “As of right now, yes, absolutely, I’ll definitely do another term. But things can change in one year. I don’t want to think about another election until I have to think about another election.”  Read more