WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates’ schedules – 8/6/09

Michael Flaherty is going to the Gay Games tonight. Tom Menino's hanging out with John Henry and a bookmobile. And Sam Yoon continues his pursuit of WFNX competition perfection.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates’ schedules – 8/4/09 (Party at Red Hat!)

Everyone's partying at the zoo to celebrate community watch programs, but only Sam Yoon is headed to Beacon Hill bar Red Hat after. Then it looks like he's going back to the zoo for Gospel. Mike Flaherty is holding a blogger lunch get-together tomorrow, and you can be sure that at least one of your friendly neighborhood litdroppers will be there, monitoring how many blogger-hacks accept the candidate's food and refreshments.  Read more

NECN interviews all four candidates

Starting tonight with Kevin McCrea, New England Cable News is hosting each of the four mayoral candidates for a one-on-one interview with Broadside host Jim Braude. Mike Flaherty takes the stage tomorrow, Sam Yoon on Wednesday and Mayor Tom Menino is on Thursday. Broadside begins at 6 p.m.

Herald: Dirty deeds derange democracy

The Herald's Richard Weir jumps in on the growing dirtiness of this mayoral election.

"...an angry phone call to Flaherty from a City Hall official apparently got quick action. Jay Walsh, Menino’s director of neighborhood services, told the Herald he phoned Flaherty on July 9 to complain that his name was tied to a posting on the site blasting Menino over the browning out of firehouses."

Flaherty calls meals and hotel tax hike "dropping an anvil on small local businesses."

Contributed by Jackie Hai:

WBZ interviewed City Councilor Michael Flaherty recently (thanks for the non-existent date-stamp, 'BZ!) about the local option meals and hotels tax proposed by Mayor Thomas Menino on July 22. The increase would hike taxes on meals at local restaurants up to 7% and hotel room-rates up to 14.45% effective Oct. 1.

Flaherty vehemently opposes the proposal, which he likens to "dropping an anvil on small local businesses."  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates’ schedules – 7/30/09

After the incident in Mattapan earlier this week, Tom Menino and Sam Yoon are scheduled to be at the same event today, the kickoff of the Codman Square farmer's market in Dochester. Also of note today: Mike Flaherty opens a campaign HQ in Roslindale and Yoon continues his musical domination on WFNX.  Read more

BERNSTEIN: Flaherty camp concerned over polling location change in heart of Southie base

Contributed by Jackie Hai:

The Phoenix blog has the story: The Boston Elections Department raised a minor kerfuffle in the Flaherty camp by deeming St. Matthew the Redeemer Church in South Boston -- smack in the middle of Flaherty country -- no longer a polling place. There are concerns that moving the polls to another location will have a negative affect on voter turnout.  Read more

ALLSTON-BRIGHTON TAB meets the candidates

The Allston-Brighton TAB newspaper takes a look at the 5-man (Feegbeh '09!) race for mayor. Aside from the dateline, at no point do the words "Allston" or "Brighton" appear in the piece, so don't expect much of a local angle. My heart's pounding to know if the average Allstonian even knows there's an election coming. It would seem that the area would be Yoon territory, how's he doing out there?

GLOBE: Menino Challengers look to new voters

The Globe dedicates some Sunday edition space to looking at the constituents Sam Yoon and Michael Flaherty are courting in order to survive looming preliminary election.  Read more

Communities of color seen as key to mayor’s race

Lit Drop co-conspirator Gin Dumcius has this cycle's first hard look at the minority voting block in Boston in this week's Dorchester Reporter:  Read more