Several Dorchesterites - both prominent locals and electeds - are gathering together under the "Dot for Capuano" banner. Congressman Michael Capuano is one of four Democrats running to for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's vacant seat. 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
The resignation of House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, an avowed opponent of casino gambling, was barely official last week before eyes on Beacon Hill turned to the renewed potential of bringing three casinos to the Bay State.
DiMasi's successor, Rep. Robert DeLeo, is a supporter of slots at the state's racetracks and is open to discussing casinos. Last year, under DiMasi's watch and direction, House lawmakers overwhelmingly defeated Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to expand gambling. Read more
When House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi was up for re-election earlier this month, Dorchester lawmakers united behind him. Three weeks later, the Dorchester delegation appeared divided over who should be DiMasi's successor after the thirty-year representative tendered his resignation amid a cloud of ethics questions stemming from his relationship with his former accountant. Read more
Members of the Dorchester delegation stood squarely behind state House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi's re-election bid earlier this month as ethics questions cast a cloud over his close associates.
Local lawmakers, all fellow Democrats, said DiMasi has run the 160-member House well and has kept an "open-door policy." They also cited his focus on the economy as they head into the new legislative session, which officially started on Wednesday, Jan. 7 with the vote on DiMasi as their first item of business. Read more
Preserving education. Reforming of the criminal offender information system. Protecting local aid to cities and towns.
Those are some of the issues facing lawmakers as they prepare to kick off another two-year session. And those are just the ones that are personal to them. Looming large are changes to the state's transportation infrastructure, and pension and ethics reforms.
Keeping safe local aid - which cities and towns depend on from the state to pay for teachers, firefighters and police - is a top priority for most, including the Dorchester legislators. Read more
State lawmakers are in line for a pay raise this year, and that includes the Dorchester delegation.
Thanks to a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution, lawmakers receive pay hikes every two years. The governor is tasked with deciding how much of a raise lawmakers will receive and the governor's Executive Office of Administration and Finance is due to issue its calculation of the raise this week.
While their Republican colleagues have called for a one-year freeze on any salary increase because of the stagnant economy, local lawmakers this week defended the coming pay bump. Read more
Nov. 26, 2008
There's been a King Tom. Right now there's a King Sal. Could there be a King Marty on the way?
As ethics investigations and a fight over who will be the next House speaker roil Beacon Hill, Rep. Martin Walsh's name has cropped up in news reports and within the walls of the State House as a candidate to succeed Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, a Boston Democrat. Read more