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A wide array of ethnic community organizations and lobbying groups are banding together to push for higher registration rolls heading into the September primary and the November election. Launched last week and spearheaded by the Mayor Thomas Menino's... Read more
The handful of budget line items for Dorchester and Mattapan that Gov. Deval Patrick vetoed last month were quickly restored by lawmakers in the final hours of the legislative session last week. The overrides came as millions in additional dollars for... Read more
Backers of translating candidates' names into Chinese characters on election ballots won a partial victory last week, adding a $20,000 proposal to provide "sample" ballots for Asian-American voters to use in the September primary. Supporters were prepared... Read more
Although some say it's a bit early to talk about Boston City Council election 2009 - particularly with several of this year's state races underway - many, including a handful of political junkies, city hall staffers and the Reporter, just can't help it.... Read more
Dorchester and Mattapan appear to have emerged relatively unscathed from an encounter between the state's $28.2 billion budget and Gov. Deval Patrick's veto pen. Patrick on Sunday vetoed $122.5 million out of the budget lawmakers sent to his desk earlier... Read more
In his biggest haul yet, Councillor at-Large Michael Flaherty has pulled in over $224,800 in campaign contributions in the last six months, state campaign finance records show. Flaherty, widely expected to run against Mayor Thomas Menino as he makes a... Read more
Willie Mae Allen's mother had a saying: If you know that you're being chased, you don't look back. "I'm not looking back at my opponent," said the Democratic state representative in seeking her second term. "I'm concentrating on my race." Elected to the... Read more
Call it a rematch of sorts. Spurred in part by Sen. Barack Obama's run for the White House, a Dorchester woman who helped manage William Celester's unsuccessful campaign for the Sixth Suffolk seat in 2006, is mounting a run to challenge incumbent state... Read more
It wasn't exactly a debate. But sitting side-by-side at a "candidates' forum" on Tuesday evening, state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and challenger Sonia Chang-Diaz fielded questions from Boston's Ward 4 Democratic Committee on the state's health care law, Gov.... Read more
For some Democrats, after a long and bruising primary, uniting behind Sen. Barack Obama as the presumptive party nominee won't be easy. As Clinton's concession speech played on televisions sets last Saturday afternoon, thousands of Democrats gathered for... Read more

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