Politics

Voting records show spotty attendance at polls for some Fourth Suffolk candidates

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 30, 2010

They’ve been pressing voters in South Boston, Uphams Corner, the Polish Triangle and Harbor Point to pull the lever for them in the September primary. But not all of the candidates to replace state Rep. Brian Wallace have beaten a path to the voting booth themselves, a review of voting records shows.  Read more

Lynch challenger pushes for more debates

The Milton Democrat challenging U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch is pressing for more debates.

Lynch, a South Boston Democrat, and challenger Mac D'Alessandro are scheduled to face off later this week at WBZ-TV's Allston studio, in a debate set to air Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. Analyst Jon Keller moderates the debate, which will be taped on Friday.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Fifth District contenders make their cases at forum

Two of the four Democrats vying to replace former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur tackled a slew of issues at a Tuesday night forum, including illegal immigration, casino gambling, and federal stimulus funds. Few differences emerged between high school teacher Barry Lawton and former City Hall aide Carlos Henriquez at a forum sponsored by nonpartisan voting rights group MassVOTE and held at Hibernian Hall. The Dorchester Reporter was a co-sponsor.

The two other Democrats in the Fifth Suffolk District race, former state Rep. Althea Garrison and perennial candidate Roy Owens, were no-shows.  Read more

Despite millions in funding by city, little is happening at Strand Theatre

By 
Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special To The Reporter
Aug. 25, 2010

Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.After $8 million in renovations, Strand site unused 10 months a year; bustling '90s now a memory

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino says the proudest moment of his political career took place last year at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester when more than a thousand people, of all races, faiths and ages, locals as well as out-of-towners, turned out over two nights to attend the play “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

The mayor has given two of his State of the City addresses at the Strand and his commitment to the theatre goes beyond the rhetorical. He has channeled $10 million in city funds in an effort to return the Strand, the last neighborhood theatre in the city, to its early 20th-century glory.

But Menino’s enthusiasm for the Strand has not extended to his administration’s stewardship of the Uphams Corner fixture – even though it has become one of the city’s costliest neighborhood initiatives.

Despite the extensive renovations, usage of the theatre has fallen dramatically in recent years.  Read more

Former Rep. Golar Richie takes job at YouthBuild USA

Former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie is taking a top job at an organization that sponsors programs providing job skills to underemployed youth.

YouthBuild USA on Tuesday announced that Richie, a veteran of both the State House and City Hall, is joining the Somerville-based organization as its senior vice president for public policy, advocacy and government relations.

A Dorchester Democrat, she served in the Massachusetts House from 1995 to 2000, representing the Fifth Suffolk District.  Read more

Voters deserve special leadership

Voters going to the polls September 14 to fill the vacant Fifth Suffolk District House seat – and given the high stakes let’s hope there’s a big turnout – will cast one of their most important ballots ever.
The levels of crime, poverty, and joblessness in our community remain unacceptably high. As Massachusetts sees signs of a desperately needed economic recovery ahead, we desperately need a representative on Beacon Hill who will not only lend us a strong voice but also take strong action to make sure our priority issues are addressed and that our community is not left behind… again.  Read more

Voters deserve special leadership

By 
Barry O. Lawton
Aug. 19, 2010

Voters going to the polls September 14 to fill the vacant Fifth Suffolk District House seat - and given the high stakes let’s hope there’s a big turnout - will cast one of their most important ballots ever.

The levels of crime, poverty, and joblessness in our community remain unacceptably high. As Massachusetts sees signs of a desperately needed economic recovery ahead, we desperately need a representative on Beacon Hill who will not only lend us a strong voice but also take strong action to make sure our priority issues are addressed and that our community is not left behind... again.  Read more

Chang-Diaz and challenger face off at Thursday forum

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and her Democratic primary challenger, local attorney Hassan Williams, will square off in a forum this Thursday night.

The forum is sponsored by the Ward 12 Democratic Committee, in collaboration with RoxVote.

The forum, which starts at 6 p.m., is at the 12th Baptist Church on 160 Warren St. in Roxbury.

The candidates are also attending a pair of MassVOTE forums next week on Aug. 24 and Aug. 26, located at Hibernian Hall and Prince Hall, respectively.  Read more

The Deval-Tini

This weekend's featured special at Cambridge's Om Restaurant had a political tinge. Called the "Deval-tini," the drink mixes Sky Pineapple Vodka, Passion Fruit Puree, Thyme and Simple Syrup. (Via the Twitter feed of the governor's political director, Tito Jackson.)

Any other campaign-related drinks out there? Drop us a line.