Jul. 18, 2013
State Rep. Marty Walsh, a mayoral candidate, on Thursday called on the School Committee to suspend its search for a new superintendent. Citing a Reporter story that sketches out a rough timeline for the search, Walsh released a lengthy statement in which he raises and blasts the possibility of an “accelerated” search intended to limit a new mayor’s role in the selection. Read more
Jul. 16, 2013
A rundown on the state of the Boston mayor's race, as another heat wave hits the city:
-- Incoming! Suffolk University, working with the Boston Herald, will be releasing a poll of likely voters on the mayor’s race tonight. The numbers go up on the Herald’s website at 9 pm and on Suffolk University’s website at 10 pm.
According to Suffolk University’s Political Research Center: Read more
A former campaign aide to Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti and Gov. Deval Patrick is signing on with City Councillor Michael Ross’s mayoral campaign. Josh Gee, who served as new media director for Patrick’s 2010 reelection campaign, has returned to Boston after working as digital director for Garcetti, and taken the job of communications director for Ross. Read more
As the Volvo sped westbound on Storrow Drive last Thursday night, Gustavo Quiroga, in the passenger seat, sketched out what had happened over the previous 36 hours.
Quiroga and the driver, City Councillor Michael Ross, along with campaign manager Cayce McCabe had been up since roughly 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Twelve hours later, Ross and friends were at the State Room in downtown Boston, where he kicked off his mayoral campaign in front of 350 people, before heading to Darryl’s Corner Bar in Roxbury. Read more
The candidates sat almost shoulder-to-shoulder on the stage inside Edward Brooke Charter School’s auditorium, five on either side of the moderator.
Even with no opening or closing statements allowed, candidates looked down at the table, out into the large crowd, or quietly joked with one another as they waited for their turn. One question took fifteen minutes to get through, as each candidate weighed in with their response to the various questions.
Welcome to the life of a mayoral contender for the foreseeable future. Read more
One day after she helped an ex-aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry win the top slot in Newton City Hall, a veteran political operative is headed to Boston City Council President Michael Rossâ€™s office. Read more
City Council President Michael Ross's statement on the passing of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy: Read more
New City Council President Michael Ross, citing the economy and a gag-order motion filed by prosecuting attorneys in Councillor Chuck Turner's bribery case, halted an council investigation into Turner's fitness to serve on Tuesday.
Federal investigators moved to limit to public documents what the $500-an-hour fact finder, former Chief Magistrate Charles B. Swartwood III, could access.
But a rule change also enacted by Ross would enable the council to penalize and even eject Turner from the body by a two-thirds majority vote. Read more
Councillor Michael Ross's election to the Council president's chair on Monday signals yet another yearly council ritual - the backroom battles over committee assignments.
The early winner of this traditionally underground skirmish seems to be at-Large Councillor John Connolly, whose special "Livable Boston" committee was among Ross's first announcements. Connolly's committee theme recalls ideas he drove home at backyard barbeques and house parties all over the city during his 2007 campaign. Read more