Focusing on the needs of our veterans

On Thursday, November 11th, we observe Veterans Day. As a nation, we thank our veterans for their service to our country and remember the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. All veterans put their lives at risk to protect the freedom, democracy and liberty that, as Americans, we all enjoy. We should all recognize their patriotic call of service by showing them the respect and admiration they deserve.  Read more

Mattapan voters disprove myth about city’s communities of color and turnout counts

By Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Manolia Charlotin, Reporter Staff
Nov. 11, 2010

Pols, pay attention to Mattapan.

The neighborhood turned out big for Gov. Deval Patrick, with 95 percent of those who voted supporting the incumbent in his quest for a second term. The number was 94 percent in 2006.

At one precinct at the Chittick School, Patrick received 834 votes to Republican candidate Charlie Baker’s 49 and independent candidate Timothy Cahill’s 27. In 2006, Patrick received 796 votes, GOP candidate Kerry Healey picked up 63 votes, and independent candidate Christy Mihos received 7.

“It disproves the mythology that communities of color don’t vote in Boston,” said Kelly Bates, a local political analyst. “I think [Mattapan’s] high voter turnout will be encouraging to other neighborhoods in the city that they can, and should, vote, on a regular basis.”  Read more

It’s all politics and cable babble

There was a flap in the politico/media world last week when it was learned that a national cable TV commentator had made a financial contribution to a Democratic candidate whom he had mentioned that night on his program.  Read more

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