Election seen as pivotal for Hub’s NAACP branch

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 10, 2010

Bill OwensBill OwensMichael CurryMichael CurryBoston’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Branch will hold elections later this month— and the contest between two men seeking to lead the group is increasingly viewed as a referendum on the group’s future.

Former State Senator Bill Owens and local attorney Michael Curry are both vying to succeed Karen Payne, who stepped down as president of the Boston chapter earlier this year to run for state representative. Members of the NAACP will vote in a secret ballot election on November 29 from 5-9 p.m. at Roxbury Community College. The two men will appear in a debate set for Nov. 22 at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury.  Read more

From Phoenix and Globe: Focus turns to city politics and the 2011 council election

With state-level elections over, the media spotlight is looking back at City Hall and next year's council elections. District and at-large councillors are on the 2011 ballot, and then there's the 13-member body's January election of City Council president.  Read more

Menino to file bill to weaken unions' hand in city health negotiations

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Nov. 10, 2010

Frustrated with stalled efforts on Beacon Hill to empower city and town administrators to design health plans for their workers, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced Wednesday morning that he intends to file legislation to establish a local version of the state's Group Insurance Commission, a plan that would reduce labor union influence on health care negotiations.  Read more

The potential field in District 7

This week's Dot Reporter is chock full of elections write-ups and analysis. But we also take a look at a future election. (And no, it's not 2012.) Whether he's ousted by his colleagues on the City Council, prompting a special election, or he serves out the rest of his two-year term, there's going to be an election to replace City Councillor Chuck Turner. Here's the potential field.

But more immediately, city councillors are in the difficult position of deciding whether they vote to kick him off the council. Turner is widely viewed as a passionate advocate for his district. But he's now also a convicted felon.  Read more

A week later, electoral generals and political reporters discuss the results

There's been a host of public and private postmortems following Election Day. Add this one to the can't-be-missed pile: Senior advisers Doug Rubin and Rob Gray, who worked for Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker, respectively, will weigh in next week with their takes on the election. They'll be joined by Frank Phillips, the State House bureau chief of the Boston Globe and Joe Battenfeld of WRKO and the Boston herald. The discussion will be moderated by David Guarino, a former political reporter and vice president of MSL Boston, which is hosting the hour-long talk. It's set for Nov. 9 at 8 a.m.  Read more

Council weighs Turner's fate

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 4, 2010

Chuck Turner Rally, Oct. 30, 2010. Photo by Don WestChuck Turner Rally, Oct. 30, 2010.  Read more

Shades of '72 in national GOP tide

In 1972, a conservative tide was sweeping the country and the Republicans were in power. The Republican who was re-elected that year as vice president —one Spiro T. Agnew— would later be charged with accepting bribes when he was governor of Maryland.

During his fifth year in office, in the late summer of 1973, Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the vice presidency.  Read more

Potential lineup for Turner seat includes his own choice, Patrick aide Tito Jackson

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 4, 2010

Tito JacksonTito JacksonWithin hours of the announcement of the verdict, the city’s chattering class was already abuzz with who might be a candidate to replace City Councillor Chuck Turner, now a convicted felon, in District 7.

Tito Jackson, the popular political director for Gov. Deval Patrick, is topping the informal list of candidates put together by political insiders, as well as Turner.

PLUS: Council weighs Turner's political fate  Read more

SPECIAL REPORT: At ‘sober homes,’ issues of safety inside, safeguards outside

Pat Tarantino and Stephen Kurkjian, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 4, 2010

Second of two parts.
Three years ago, a series of newspaper articles raised serious questions of safety and supervision in the operation of so-called “sober homes” throughout the city of Boston, prompting city and state political leaders to call for desperately needed reforms to assure that recovering substance abusers who lived in these homes had a chance for recovery.

The articles in the Boston Herald and the Bay State Banner found poor living conditions in many sober homes, including the fact that two men had fatally overdosed in one Roxbury sober-living complex, spurring local and state officials and leaders in the fight against substance abuse to call for controls on the homes to make certain that residents received the help they needed to stay clean while ensuring the homes did not pose a safety threat to neighbors.

“We don’t fund them, but we need to have oversight over them,” Senator Steven A. Tolman (D-Brighton) said in a 2007 interview with the Herald. “The neighborhoods have to have recourse if they are run inappropriately.’’

Three years later, little has changed. None of the proposed rules and standards meant to ensure safe living conditions inside the homes have been enacted, nor have any safeguards been put in place for neighbors concerned about the operation of these homes. In fact, an investigation by the Dorchester Reporter has found, no one inside Boston City Hall or the State House can state with accuracy how many sober homes exist in the city or how many people live in them.  Read more

Precinct-by-precinct numbers from the Nov. 2, 2010 election

Reporter Staff
Nov. 4, 2010

The following election returns for the gubernatorial election on Nov. 2, 2010 are unofficial numbers from the City of Boston Election Department:
Nov. 2 election returns-part 1Nov. 2 election returns-part 1
Nov.2 election returns part 2Nov.2 election returns part 2
Nov. 2 election returns part 3Nov. 2 election returns part 3