Reporter's Notebook

Menino launches a TV spot; his desk plays starring role

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 10, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino’s desk gets around. At least, that’s according to a spot his re-election campaign has put on YouTube.com and plans to have up on television through the September 22 preliminary election.

“This is the desk of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a man who doesn’t conduct business behind closed doors, but out in the neighborhoods of Boston,” the 34-second spot starts, in an apparent reference to the criticism he and the Boston Redevelopment Authority have received from his opponents, who say the administration isn’t transparent in how it conducts business.  Read more

Menino falls short as DotOUT fails to back a mayoral candidate

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 2, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino failed to get an endorsement from DotOUT, a Dorchester civic group representing gays and lesbians, despite receiving support from a majority of its members gathered at the Ledge restaurant for a Monday night forum.  Read more

Most poll stations stay put, including closed Dot schools

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Aug. 27, 2009

Polling locations in Dorchester – and South Boston - will stay the same for the 2009 municipal elections, the city’s election chief said this week. City-wide, there will be only one move: from the BPL’s Academy Hill branch, which is undergoing extensive repair, to the Veronica Smith Senior Center, around the corner and on Chestnut Hill Ave. in Allston-Brighton.  Read more

What to watch for in first mayoral debate

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Aug. 20, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino faces off next week in a television debate against the three candidates attempting to unseat him. It will be the first of three such match-ups.

So what can viewers expect from the Aug. 26 debate? Political observers say the four-term incumbent will be the main target, of course. But they also say City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon could end up turning on one another, as each one attempts to make the case that he’s the one who can take down Menino on November 3, after the Sept. 22 preliminary narrows the field to two candidates.  Read more

Activist Mel King says he's a Yoonie

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Aug. 13, 2009

The recent endorsement of former state Sen. Bill Owens appears to have been just an appetizer for mayoral hopeful Sam Yoon’s campaign, which this week served up the backing of community activist Mel King, the first African-American to win Boston’s preliminary election for mayor.  Read more