Mayoral race

Can't we settle this like the Jets and Sharks?

It had to happen at some point: A vandal's been caught on tape allegedly defacing a campaign sign and the Herald's obtained a copy of the video. The video shows a squirrelly-looking girl attempting to throw paint at a Flaherty sign. She misses (twice!), drives off (to the nearest Home Depot?), and then appears to come back and make another go of it with more paint.

Entrenched incumbent wins against outsider candidate

Beastie Boys' "Root Down" over Bob Marley's "War/No More Trouble."

Menino falls short of DotOUT endorsement

Below is what's running in this week's Dorchester Reporter on the fireworks at DotOUT's endorsement forum on Monday. We Twittered it here.  Read more

That pesky Section 48

City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon has often complained that the City Council is powerless under the “strong mayor” system, to the chagrin of some colleagues on the 13-member council.  Read more

In web video, Yoon makes plea for cash

With the deadline for August campaign finance reports looming, mayoral candidate Sam Yoon is asking supporters to throw some dough his way in a last-minute web video.  Read more

Mayoral debate pushed back a week

The WBZ-TV mayoral debate between Mayor Thomas Menino and his three challengers has been pushed back a week to Sept. 2, two campaigns said Wednesday. Same time: 7 p.m. And same place: at the station's Allston studios on Soldiers Field Road. There's also a 6:30 p.m. forum, sponsored by MassVOTE and a host of other organizations, scheduled for Sept. 3 at Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. (Menino has been non-committal on the MassVOTE forums, saying he has already committed to three debates and a WCVB forum.)

Yoon suspends campaigning

Mayoral candidate and City Councillor At Large Sam Yoon issued a statement on the death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy:  Read more

WBZ-TV mayoral debate postponed

The Wednesday night debate between Mayor Thomas Menino and his three challengers is postponed, officials with two campaigns confirmed. The early morning announcement of the death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy has led to the suspension of public mayoral campaign activities, including the WBZ-TV face-off that was to be moderated by political analyst Jon Keller.  Read more

The debate layout

Make of this what you will. According to a person familiar with the layout of the WBZ-TV debate, it will be set up like this: From left to right and facing the camera (and with political analyst/debate moderator Jon Keller in the middle), Flaherty and McCrea on one side and Menino and Yoon on the other.

Debate scene-setters

The 2009 mayoral race, for all intents and purposes, officially starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.  Read more