thomas menino

Flaherty bangs debate drum

Mayoral hopeful Michael Flaherty's campaign is pressing for more debates. The campaign had 150 volunteers out this weekend, passing out flyers that hit incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino on debates, or rather the current lack thereof.

Menino has agreed to three debates -- two before the September 22 preliminary election and another before the November final election -- but details are still getting hammered out.  Read more

As McCrea slams Yoon on term limits, Flaherty calls for ballot question

Responding to mayoral candidate Sam Yoon's call for term limits, fellow candidate Michael Flaherty said that should be left up to Boston voters.  Read more

Who's the fifth pope?

From the Dept. of Oops: In a release promoting a proposal on term limits for Boston mayors, the Yoon camp goofed on the number of popes and U.S. presidents since 1968.

Noting that there have been three mayors (Kevin White, Ray Flynn, and current incumbent Thomas Menino) since then, the campaign said there had been 10 U.S. presidents and five popes.  Read more

Term limits would be first up on mayoral agenda, Yoon says

The symbolism is hardly subtle: On the same day that Mayor Thomas Menino hits a milestone – 5,846 days in office – surpassing the amount of days former Mayor Kevin White served, City Councillor At-Large and mayoral candidate Sam Yoon is pushing a term limits proposal.

Yoon said as mayor he would propose limiting the time in office for mayors to the same as that for presidents – two terms, or eight years.  Read more

JP Gazette: No rules, few records for city-appointed citizens advisory committees

The Jamaica Plain Gazette shows everybody how it's done: Their investigation has found that citizens advisory committees (CAC), which review real estate developments, are formed by the mayor's office and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) with "no standard rules, structures or operating procedures."  Read more

But wait: Flaherty taking page out of...Apple's playbook?

The Lit Drop pointed to the Yoon camp this morning and its borrowing of mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty’s ad campaign. But it turns out Flaherty potentially has his own problem with the ad campaign: Apple and its copyright.  Read more

In fundraising appeal, Yoon takes page from Flaherty playbook

In a fundraising appeal sent out this morning, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon appears to take a page out of fellow Councillor Michael Flaherty's playbook.  Read more

Menino charter school proposal set for July 21 hearing

The Legislature's Education Committee has scheduled a hearing for later this month on Mayor Thomas Menino's plan to create "in-district" charter schools, a policy reversal for him.

Menino has said if the proposal doesn't pass during the current two-year session, he will ask the governor to lift the state cap on charter schools.  Read more

[Insert foot-related pun here] and jeers for Cheers

The Globe: "There's trouble afoot for Mayor Thomas M. Menino. More specifically, it's the right foot that has been giving the 66-year-old mayor trouble."  Read more

Good news from Yoon for the other candidates running from mayor

If it was a choice between saving just you or a Yankees player from a burning house, he'd save you.  Read more