Politics

Reporter's Notebook: New outside PAC formed to focus on governor race

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 26, 2014

Outside spending slammed into last year’s mayoral race, the tally hitting $3.8 million when all was said and done. Union-backed organizations lined up behind Marty Walsh and an education reform group backed John Connolly.

A similar situation could play out in this year’s race for governor, but on a much larger scale as five Democrats scramble for the chance to face off against Charlie Baker, the presumptive Republican nominee, in November.  Read more

Plan laid out for Port Norfolk park

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

The 14-acre waterfront parcel in Port Norfolk, once home to the Shaffer Paper company, will be transformed into a public park under a plan outlined at a Tuesday night meeting. 	Reporter file photoThe 14-acre waterfront parcel in Port Norfolk, once home to the Shaffer Paper company, will be transformed into a public park under a plan outlined at a Tuesday night meeting. Reporter file photoOfficials from the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) detailed the agency’s $4.25 million remediation and reuse plan for the Shaffer Paper site on Tuesday night during a Port Norfolk Civic Association meeting.

The waterfront site has been in state control for decades and neighbors have long pressed state officials to use it as a public park. But the 14 acre parcel is loaded with contaminants from its previous use as an industrial site— a problem that has driven up costs and delayed the project for years.

Last year, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration committed to move ahead on both the clean-up and the park’s construction.  Read more

‘We’re moving slow and steady,’ says the mayor

By 
Gin Dumcius and Bill Forry, Reporter Staff
Feb. 19, 2014

MEMENTOS MARK MAYOR MARTY WALSH’S OFFICE: The former House lawmaker is still settling in, but here is a look at some of the items surrounding him. (1) Sculpture of union workers, based on the 1932 photo “Lunch atop a skyscraper.” (2) Flag from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (it was here when he arrived). (3) Photo of a hand gripping rebar, a reminder of his union background. (4) Photo of him with President Obama. (5) Antique box from the old Baker Chocolate Factory in Lower Mills. (6) A brick from the old Ashmont MBTA Station. Photo by Bill Forry

At the end of his sixth week as mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh bent down and tinkered with the tall clock that had come with his new office in City Hall. It didn’t appear to be working. Someone had come in, looked at it, and said he would be back in five minutes to fix it.

“That was five weeks ago,” Walsh joked.

The office, with its high ceiling and clear view of historic Faneuil Hall, contains a mix of new and old – items that Walsh has brought from his State House workspace and things that Mayor Thomas Menino had left behind, like an Abraham Lincoln bust in the bookcase. Where once hung a portrait of Harry Truman, one of Menino’s political idols, now hangs a framed photograph of a workman’s hand gripping a piece of rebar, which Walsh had in his office when he was head of the building trades.  Read more

In Back Bay meeting, Democrats reprimand Wu for Linehan vote

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 19, 2014

City Councillor-at-Large Michelle Wu listened as a Ward 5 committee member spoke during a meeting in the Back Bay on Tues., Feb, 19. Photo by Mike Deehan

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee voted on Tuesday to formally reprimand At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu for her controversial vote for South Boston Councillor Bill Linehan as Council president. After a heated debate and a defense from Wu, the left-leaning Democratic Committee’s members voted 18 to 11 to send Wu a letter voicing their disappointment and disapproval.  Read more

Dates set on vote for Henriquez seat in House: April 1 primary; candidate from Fields Corner steps up

Just days after ejecting former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, House lawmakers quickly set dates for the elections process to replace the Dorchester Democrat. The special election will take place on April 29, although the Democratic make-up of the district will put the spotlight on the determinative April 1 primary.  Read more

Cape Verdean attorney launching candidacy for Henriquez seat

An attorney with roots in Cape Verde is jumping into the race to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez. Evandro Carvalho, who lives in Fields Corner with his fiancé Ashley, emigrated from Cape Verde at age 15.  Read more

Connolly ad that never aired wins award

A kid forgets his lunch, and his mother runs out to give it to him as the school bus pulls away. Then John Connolly, mayoral candidate, appears. “I got this,” he says, and starts to chase the bus through the neighborhood as a narrator highlights his record on schools.

The ad, titled “I Got This,” never aired on television. But it received the “Best Ad that Never Saw the Light of Day” honor at the 2014 Reed Awards in Washington, DC, on Feb. 7.  Read more

Primary election to fill Henriquez seat will be held on April 1

By 
M. Norton, State House News Service
Feb. 10, 2014

The House took action Monday aimed at scheduled an April 29 special election, with an April 1 primary, to fill the seat vacated last week when members expelled former Rep. Carlos Henriquez in light of his conviction on assault and battery charges.

Nomination papers are now available. The deadline to turn in the required 150 valid signatures is Feb. 24.  Read more

Barros tapped as Walsh's economic development chief

Mayor Walsh announced the appointment of John Barros during a press conference this morning. Photo courtesy Travis Watson

Former mayoral candidate John Barros began his new job this week: chief of economic development under Mayor Marty Walsh. Standing with his wife Tchintcia, Barros was introduced at the South End headquarters of Future Chefs, a nonprofit focused on urban youth.

His name had been floated for jobs in the private sector, the office of lieutenant governor, and as a candidate for the Fifth Suffolk seat left vacant after the ouster of former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez. But, Barros said on Monday, “My true passion has been my work with the city.”  Read more

What’s needed on Greenway parks: trash barrels, better care from DCR

Park needs clean-up: Trash and debris piled up at Victory Road Park last weekend. Photo by Steve Bickerton, Jr.Park needs clean-up: Trash and debris piled up at Victory Road Park last weekend. Photo by Steve Bickerton, Jr.To The Editor:

This past weekend we were fortunate to have beautiful weather that allowed folks to get out and enjoy the Neponset River Greenway, one of the treasures of our community which connects Mattapan to Port Norfolk, and will have its missing links connected in the coming years to the tune of $14-plus million. I myself walked from Butler Street in Lower Mills to Port Norfolk. It was a great walk and I bumped into several Dorchester neighbors.

The overwhelming topic of conversation: The Greenway and the adjacent parks are a mess!  Read more