Mayoral race

Ward 5 Dems endorse Menino

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee on Monday night endorsed Mayor Thomas Menino. The breakdown of the vote: Menino received 18 votes, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon received 4 votes and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty received 2 votes. South Ender Kevin McCrea didn't receive any votes, though a few committee members spoke in favor his nomination. The ward includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Bay Village. The vote followed an hour-long forum between the four candidates that touched on city planning and anti-crime policies, with few comments on the topic du jour, City Hall employees' deletion of emails, a possible violation of the state public records law.

Flaherty launches TV ad, with radio, internet ads to follow

Amid the hoopla over City Hall employees deleting emails and potentially violating the state records law, the Flaherty campaign on Sunday started running a television ad.  Read more

Menino presser on email deletions set for 10:00

This just in from the mayor's office: Bill Sinnott, corporation counsel, and Bill Oates, chief information officer, regarding "email retention and policies of City of Boston employees." It's set for Room 703, City Hall.

City Hall email presser to include Flaherty, Yoon and McCrea

All three challengers vying to unseat Mayor Thomas Menino will appear together outside City Hall Monday morning to decry the routine deletion of city employee emails.  Read more

Menino's rivals slam City Hall aides' deletion of emails

Two of Mayor Thomas Menino's rivals are pouncing on a news report that says City Hall officials have been potentially violating the state's public records law through the regular deletion their emails.  Read more

The write-in candidate for mayor

We kind of wish we were able to listen in on the interview between Jamaica Plain Gazette's John Ruch and the "official" write-in candidate for mayor.  Read more

What we learned from Debate 2

We learned a couple of things at Thursday’s rollicking FOX25/Herald debate, the last televised face-off before the Sept. 22 preliminary: Michael Flaherty doesn’t know how much a ride on the MBTA costs. Mayor Thomas Menino thinks that Boston streets are based on ancient cow paths. Kevin McCrea has an expansive view of what corruption is and is all about visiting schools one day a week if he becomes mayor. And Sam Yoon is nothing if not consistently on message in arguing the mayor has too tight a grip on City Hall.  Read more

(UPDATED) Ward 16 endorses Menino and four for at-large

We're hearing Dorchester's Ward 16 Democratic Committee made some endorsements last night, including a unanimous vote for Mayor Thomas Menino's re-election effort.  Read more

(UPDATED) Menino campaign posts September spot

Mayor Thomas Menino's desk gets around. At least, that's according to a spot his re-election campaign has put on YouTube.  Read more

About that McCrea presser...

The timing of it was apparently wreaking havoc with reporters' reporting. Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin has the lowdown.  Read more