Loscocco ditches running mate Cahill, endorses Charlie Baker

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

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

Lawton launching write-in campaign for Fifth Suffolk state rep

Planning to campaign on weekends and after he gets out of school on weekdays, high school teacher Barry Lawton said Tuesday he plans to mount a write-in campaign for Fifth Suffolk state representative.

Lawton, a member of the Democratic State Committee who has run twice before for the seat, lost the Sept. 14 Democratic primary to former City Hall aide Carlos Henriquez by 41 votes.  Read more

GOP blocks election season spending bill, service cuts warned

By Kyle Cheney, Michael Norton, Matthew Murphy and Colleen Quinn STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
Sep. 27, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 27, 2010…..A pair of prisons would close, services for homeless families would be curtailed, Medicaid benefits for low income residents would sharply cut and state troopers would lose their jobs if lawmakers fail to approve a $400 million spending bill, Patrick administration officials and legislative Democrats said Monday, squeezing House Republicans who questioned whether Democrats were exaggerating the bill’s urgency and rushing through campaign-season spending.  Read more

King brings national spotlight to Codman Square's big night

John King, OFDJohn King, OFDCNN's John King, broadcasting live alongside Gov. Deval Patrick during last night's Men Cook for Women's Health gala, shows off a souvenir: an Originally from Dorchester bumper sticker. King, who grew up on King Street, told viewers of his "John King USA" program that he intends to find a home for the sticker on the set of his show's studio, which is already layered with Boston sports and political memorabilia. King appeared live from the tented gala several times during his hour-long program and served up food from the Ashmont Grill to guests. At left is Bill Walczak, executive director of the Codman Square Health Center, which sponsors the annual gala to raise funds for women's health programs. Other notable attendees who served as celebrity chefs included the Sen. Scott Brown, former Gov. Mike Dukakis, and the Reporter's own publisher Ed Forry, who dished out servings from the City Fresh Foods alongside Gov. Patrick.  Read more

Bill Clinton in town for Grossman's treasurer run

Former President Bill Clinton will swing through Boston this weekend, headlining a rally and fundraiser for state treasurer candidate Steve Grossman.

Mayor Thomas Menino is expected to join them at the event, which is scheduled for Sunday, 3 p.m., at Boston's Park Plaza Hotel.

Grossman, who bested City Councillor Stephen Murphy in the Democratic primary last week, is facing state Rep. Karyn Polito (R-Shrewsbury) in November's general election.

Grossman was a top fundraiser for Clinton and is the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.  Read more

Self-described "conservative Democrat" Holmes talks issues

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 22, 2010

Russell Holmes: The candidate, center, prayed with supporters on election night.Russell Holmes: The candidate, center, prayed with supporters on election night.

Emerging last week as the winner in a five-way Democratic primary for the Sixth Suffolk District House nomination, Russell Holmes is set to take the seat of retiring state Rep. Willie Mae Allen. A self-described “conservative Democrat,” he replaces a Democratic Party stalwart in a diverse district that includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Jamaica Plain.

In a sit-down with the Reporter, Holmes, who appears on some issues to be in the mould of former House Speaker and conservative Democrat Thomas Finneran of Mattapan, talked taxes, gay marriage, casinos, and the failed attempt to bring a dedicated bus lane to Blue Hill Ave.  Read more