Politics

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

Bus drivers, allies push for fired workers to be re-hired

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 6, 2014

When school bus drivers, warring with the company that oversees the buses, went on strike in early October, in the midst of a mayoral election, they were largely on their own with little political support.

Marty Walsh and John Connolly, two candidates in the middle of a mayoral election, condemned their illegal action, widely described as a “wild cat” strike. A furious Mayor Thomas Menino demanded that they return to work as school officials scrambled to find other ways to get children to school that morning.  Read more

SPRINT ON TO FILL WALSH SEAT: Strong field is reaching out to voters

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 6, 2014

Signs of a competitive campaignSigns of a competitive campaign

They’re standing outside MBTA stations, shaking hands in frigid temperatures. They’re hitting civic association meetings, coffee shops, and their neighbors’ doors. And they have another three and a half weeks to go until voters hit the polls, again, in another Dorchester-centered special election.

Marty Walsh’s ascension to the mayor’s office has set off a small stampede for his seat. Five Democrats are on the ballot, joined by a write-in candidate, and with no Republicans running, whoever wins the March 4 primary will almost certainly coast in the April 1 general election.  Read more

State officials tell workers to stay home today

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Feb. 5, 2014

Update: The snow emergency and parking ban in the City of Boston will be lifted at 5 p.m.

Gov. Deval Patrick early Wednesday morning directed all non-essential executive branch employees not to report to work on Wednesday due to the arriving snowstorm and poor weather conditions.  Read more

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