Politics

Turner trial starts Tuesday in federal court

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 7, 2010

Councillor Chuck TurnerCouncillor Chuck TurnerAfter two years of warring in the court of public opinion and a flurry of legal filings, District Councillor Chuck Turner and federal prosecutors head to U.S. District Court next week.

In November 2008, Turner was hit with charges of accepting a $1,000 bribe and lying to FBI agents, a month after Dianne Wilkerson, then a state senator, was arrested on accepting thousands of dollars in bribes. Both cases involved a cooperating witness seeking to obtain a liquor license for a proposed club in Roxbury, who, according to Turner, was also involved in a “police corruption investigation.”  Read more

Council presses BPL officials on finances, branch closings

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 7, 2010

Councillor Charles Yancey: Presses BPL to keep branches openCouncillor Charles Yancey: Presses BPL to keep branches openFour libraries, including the Boston Public Library system’s Lower Mills branch, remain slated for closure next spring and both proponents and opponents are digging in for a battle over the Menino administration proposal.

Several city councillors and a number of library activists this week reiterated their opposition to the closures as administration officials asked for patience and said they were pushing ahead with meetings in each of the four communities – Lower Mills, South Boston, Brighton, and East Boston – affected by potential closures in each of those neighborhoods.

City Councillor Charles Yancey, who chaired a Post Audit Committee hearing into the library system’s finances on Monday, said he was seeking to “lower the temperature” and “detoxify” what he called a “poisoned” atmosphere.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to find resources” to keep the libraries open, he said after the hearing.  Read more

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: An endorsement, and another Fifth Suffolk write-in campaign

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 7, 2010

Earlier this year, Althea Garrison did not have too many nice things to say about her Democratic primary opponents when she was running for Fifth Suffolk state representative. A frequent candidate for office, she labeled them “opportunists” and said they were “ego-tripping” as they jockeyed with her to succeed former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur.

Fast forward to now, with Carlos Henriquez having emerged as the winner of the primary and Barry Lawton mounting a write-in campaign for the Nov. 2 election after earlier falling short by 41 votes: Garrison says she’s endorsing Lawton.  Read more

On November 2nd, vote 'no' on all three ballot questions

Most voters know about the race for Governor. And many of us have heard or read something about other races. But how many of us know about the three ballot questions that threaten our communities? They may be flying under the radar but they are, perhaps, the three most important votes we will take this November. Fortunately, there is a simple way to remember how to vote on each question – “Just Say No!”  Read more

(UPDATED) Controversial pastor accuses Menino of 'retaliation'

Church parking lot: Rev. Wall says sale's timing is punitiveChurch parking lot: Rev. Wall says sale's timing is punitiveA controversial Dorchester pastor is accusing Mayor Thomas Menino of “retaliation” a day after he called on the mayor to acquiesce to his demand for a two-year study on city violence or resign.

Pastor Bruce Wall of Codman Square’s Global Ministries Christian Church, who has frequently clashed with Menino in the past and called clergy who work with the mayor “house pastors,” said last Thursday a “For Sale” sign has been put up on the city-owned vacant lot his church has been using for parking the last 17 years.

The sign was then suddenly taken down late Friday, Wall said, after his charge was made public in the Reporter's Lit Drop.  Read more

Loscocco ditches running mate Cahill, endorses Charlie Baker

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Oct. 1, 2010

Former GOP Rep. Paul Loscocco, who had been running as an Independent for lieutenant governor as the running mate of Treasurer Tim Cahill, announced suddenly Friday that he is leaving the ticket and endorsing Republican Charles Baker for governor.  Read more

Library supporters asked to be 'patient' as city regroups on branch closings

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 1, 2010

A Menino administration official on Thursday night pleaded for patience from residents pushing to keep open libraries slated for closure. Justin Holmes, who handles constituent engagement for the mayor, said the administration had spent the summer in conversations with elected leaders over the proposal to close four branch libraries.

Supporters of the city’s libraries met with Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan and other library officials at the Copley Square branch Thursday night.  Read more

Treasurer candidates trade barbs over Mattapan murders, spending bill

Steve Grossman, the Democratic candidate for treasurer, slammed his Republican opponent on Thursday for stopping a spending bill from moving on Beacon Hill.

Grossman called state Rep. Karyn Polito’s move “obstructionist” and said it was stopping the flow of funds to the State Police, who are involved in the Mattapan murder investigation. Polito shot back that Grossman was politicizing the murders.

According to the State House News Service, Polito, a Shrewsbury Republican running for treasurer, again blocked the $400 million bill, decrying the "Beacon Hill culture" and saying the bill should be "debated, discussed, and amendable.”  Read more

Notion of ‘responsibility’ is spurring Henriquez

Carlos HenriquezCarlos HenriquezWeeks before the Sept. 14 primary, the influential Ward 15 Democratic Committee met and declined to endorse either one of the top two candidates in the race to replace former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur.

Neither Barry Lawton nor Carlos Henriquez was able to gain two-thirds approval of the committee, which had played a crucial role in grooming past candidates for Fifth Suffolk state representative.

Henriquez, 33, a former City Hall staffer making his third run for public office, was feeling good, since Lawton, a high school teacher and former State House aide, is a longtime member of the committee.  Read more

Waiting with bated breath for news on Caritas deal

Local elected officials, who have frequently sought to save Carney Hospital from being shuttered, greeted the headline in Friday’s Boston Globe – “Caritas warns of 2 hospital closures” – with caution, saying the hospital chain has frequently mentioned that a New York private equity firm’s ownership investment is necessary if the six-hospital system is to remain viable.  Read more