Election Roundup: Ross goes carless, Jackson gets a new opponent and Republicans walk among us

Mike Ross is leaving his car in the Boston Globe parking lot this morning so he can spend a couple days getting from one campaign stop to another by the T and his own feet (why the Globe? Why not? Plus, it's sort of near the JFK/UMass T stop, although the Dorchester Reporter lot is a lot closer).

As Boston continues to grow and develop as a world-class city we have stretched our roads and public transit system to the breaking point. Traffic jams and Red Line delays aren't just headaches, they are a serious economic drain on our city and region. As mayor, I'll make it easier for Bostonians to get to work or school, to go out, and to visit different parts of our city.

Ross wants to bring back Night Owl bus service, build dedicated "cycle tracks" to separate bicyclists from cars, move enforcement of city tax regs from police to the transportation department and look at better timing of traffic lights. His plan.

Community activist Jamarhl Crawford today announces a write-in campaign for the District 7 council seat that Tito Jackson wants to retain. Crawford hasn't been a Jackson fan. Because Jackson had only one other opponent file nomination papers (perennial candidate Roy Owens, of course), there's no preliminary in this race; no showdown until November.

Republicans are in Boston today, for a confab at the Westin by the convention center. Now be nice. Actually, the headline for this post might be a bit inaccurate: The Westin location means Republicans don't actually have to get anywhere near the rest of us.

At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley has her council hearing today at 2 on lifting the cap on liquor licenses in Boston. Pressley says the current limit holds back neighborhoods where would be restaurateurs can't compete with pricey national chains and celebrichefs for what have become six-figure licenses on the waterfront and downtown. Because the limit is set by the state legislature, anything the council decides would have to go to Beacon Hill. Sign a petition.

John Connolly took some time off for campaigning yesterday for the birth of daughter MaryKate.

In their own words: The Dorchester Reporter interviews mayoral candidates on education.

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Vote for new Candidates...

Vote for new Candidates. Incumbents haven't advocated for open government and greater access to public records of Boston City Council. Even with its 100 plus Council staff Boston City Council has made access to its public records difficult hampering public participation in the democracy.

Ross is seeing Boston that

Ross is seeing Boston that Menino doesn't ever see. By foot and T. If Menino had got around Boston by foot or T regularly, the South Boston Waterfront/Seaport/Innovation District would much more pedestrian friendly and less like an office park designed for cars and trucks.
A mayor can't just get chauffered around the city in an SUV waving to the working people and expect to understand what its like to get around the city by T/walking, which most citizens of Boston do.
Ross will make a great mayor.

I realize not everybody in Boston is a Democrat

But, seriously? They're holding their meeting in a state with no statewide Republican officials, no Republican members of Congress, barely any Republican members of the state legislature (the Globe noted recently you could comfortably fit all the Republican state senators in a compact car), where even the Republicans running for office claim to be moderate and are sometimes even gay and pro-choice? You don't see any incongruity there?

Excess snark, my dear host

"Republicans are in Boston today, for a confab at the Westin by the convention center. Now be nice. Actually, the headline for this post might be a bit inaccurate: The Westin location means Republicans don't actually have to get anywhere near the rest of us."

Adam, with your blog, you make no secret of your political leanings. But your quoted comments are not worthy of your blog, in my opinion.