Mar. 19, 2009
The need to raise giant campaign funds and the power of incumbency can stifle democracy City Councillor Sam Yoon said in a panel discussion last Thursday. The forum explored the possible reasons why the Commonwealth ranks among the lowest percentages in the nation for contested local elections.
Yoon said the highest hurdle for a challenger is raising the money to compete. The Dorchester Democrat said that he has to spend a tremendous amount of time on the phone raising money, to stay competitive in the coming mayoral race. Read more
State lawmakers in the Dorchester delegation are calling for the state insurance commissioner to delay rules that they say will put insurance agents who serve urban areas out of business. Lawmakers, including state Reps. Marty Walsh and Linda Dorcena Forry, met for about two hours last Wednesday with Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burnes and over 150 insurance agents, who argued that they'll be cut out of business because of the state implementing auto insurance reform. Read more
This year's race for at-Large City Council just got a bit more interesting.
Long rumored to be considering a run, Egobudike Ezedi Jr., currently director of the Roxbury YMCA, called the Reporter on Tuesday to say he's in. Read more
Mar. 12, 2009
In a few short weeks, on April 8, my administration will present the City of Boston's preliminary budget for fiscal year 2010 to the City Council. In crafting budget proposals for next year, I have challenged all departments to do more with less during these difficult economic times. As I shared in my recent address to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, I am pursuing a three point strategy to stabilize the city's budget and move Boston forward. Read more
The Boston Civic Summit Neighborhood Exchange Team, an outgrowth of last year's Civic Summit hosted by City Councillor Maureen Feeney and convention center head James Rooney, is gathering basic information on neighborhood civic associations with a new online survey.
The group hopes to use the information to create an exchange of ideas and best practices between the many civic groups. The current survey gathers basic information about the size, communication tactics and contact information of the civics Those interested in participating can find the survey at roslindale.us/civicsummit.
District 3 City Councillor Maureen Feeney's chief of staff, Renie Smith, who has earned a stellar reputation serving the neighborhood with the councillor for 11 years, is working her last day in City Hall today, at least for the time being. Smith, who resides in the Cedar Grove neighborhood, said she's thoroughly enjoyed the job, but is looking forward to taking a little break as well.
"Maureen's just getting ready to start another campaign and I know how much work goes into that," said Smith. "I just thought it would be easier for someone new to start now. Read more
Mar. 12, 2009
During an introductory meeting usually set aside for adoption of procedural rules and informal pleasantries, Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Co-chairman Sen. Michael Morrissey on Tuesday volunteered cautionary advice.
"Whatever Dianne did, don't do," Morrissey told the five other lawmakers who showed up for the 17-member committee's first meeting of the 2009-2010 session. Read more
Mar. 12, 2009
House lawmakers voted 126-19 Thursday to create a committee of House and Senate members to handle the decennial task of re-drawing the lines of Congressional and legislative districts.
The House voted 132-23 to reject an alternative plan that called for an independent, eight-member commission to take on redistricting and deliver its recommendations to the Legislature, which would have the option of rejecting them. Read more
A burgeoning mayoral race. A governor who has just returned from Jamaica with his taxpayer-paid troopers in tow. And an ex-governor from several states away who is prone to swearing and allegedly calling a U.S. Senate seat a "[expletive] valuable thing."
Those are just some of the topics expected to come up with a side of corned beef during the St. Patrick's Day breakfast this Sunday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The event is an annual political tradition held every year since about the 1940s in the city, still a stronghold for Irish-American elected officials. Read more