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Bennett's political analysis for 4/28-5/5/13

This past week was a big week in politics here in Boston.

1. Steve Lynch will not run for Mayor.

Leading up to this past week, many speculated that 8th Congressional District U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch was using the U.S. Senate race to raise his profile so he could run for Boston Mayor. Lynch's chances were ruined by losing his hometown of Boston by a margin of 31,000 plus votes to Lynch's 28,000 plus votes.

Essentially, Markey "Al Gored" Stephen Lynch. To understand this, Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee to George W. Bush in 2000 and that was the real reason why Gore lost the presidency not because of Florida. For Lynch to have won the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary, he needed to run up the vote against Markey in Boston and this just did not happen.

2. Dewey beats Truman.

The 1st Suffolk Senate race was an unbelievable contest. My parish, St. Ann's, falls right inside this state Senate district. Three great candidates fought tooth and nail to replace Jack Hart who left his seat for a high paying job at a law firm.

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Mayoral Campaign 2013: The theme songs

Felix Arroyo's campaign seems to have "Si Se Puede" as its theme song. Well, if his campaign can have one, maybe other mayoral campaigns could come up with one, too. But campaign staffers likely have other work on their minds, so what follows are just a few ideas.

Let's see if we can have fun with this. Got one to offer? If you decide to pitch in, please follow this format:

Candidate, Song Title, Performer
--Connection to Candidate or Campaign

So for Arroyo, we have:

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BREAKING: Steve Lynch falls ill day before election: Cancels most events

Only one day before the April 30, 2013 Democratic Senate Primary for United States Senate, WBUR is reporting that Congressman Steven Lynch has canceled all but one campaign event due to an unspecified illness. Lynch's sole campaign event that will still take place will be his rally tonight at the Local 7 Iron Workers Hall at 7PM.

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Lowriders / Dirt Bikes in Downtown Crossing Saturday Night

What's the story with all the Fast & Furious low riders and dirt bikes in Downtown Crossing last night? There had to have been at least 50 cars and a couple dozen dirt bikes that brought complete gridlock to the area around 6pm.. Pretty entertaining though..

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Art of the Schmooze

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Art of the Schmooze

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Ghost Town in Boston

The following video was recorded by Douglas Bennett of Dorchester. You can follow Bennett on twitter @bostonpolitics

The video that you see is of Downtown Boston during the lockdown. This area is Chinatown's most northern border.

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No Brainer: If she runs, Ayanna Pressley becomes Mayor

If Ayanna Pressley runs for Mayor as reports are now suggesting that she may, she will undoubtably be the next Mayor.

It's a no brainer. Number one, the race is wide open for a major female candidate to run and win. There are ten men who running. Many people do vote based on gender. For instance, in the race to replace Jack Hart in the State Senate, many pundits believe that some of Nick Collin's votes will be siphered away by fellow Southie native Maureen Dahill which will allow Linda Dorcena Fory to be able to walk into office. However, I believe with two women running against Collins, the only male in the Democratic primary, many women will split their vote, while many men will vote for Collins. I'm not saying it is right, but it is a reality that gender politics is a determining factor for how many people vote in elections.

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John Fish: "Lynch may run for Mayor"

Will Steve Lynch enter the contest for Boston Mayor? According to the Boston Herald, many believe that Steve Lynch will enter the Mayoral Contest to replace Tom Menino after the April 30th U.S. Senate Election.

According to Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish and prominent Democratic powerbroker, he seems to think so.

Fish states: “I think he’s going to move to the mayoral campaign. I feel strongly he could represent the city the way it needs to be.”

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Bennett's analysis of 2013 Mayor's race so far

1. I can not believe neither Pressley and Arroyo Jr have entered the contest as of yet. If either candidate enters or if they both do, I believe that both could make the finals finishing 1st and 2nd. For instance if both Pressley and Arroyo Jr entered the Mayor's race and they both made it to the Finals, (They finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the 2011 At-Large race with both beating Connolly who finished 3rd), Whoever lost would be the number 1 contender and favorite for the 7th Congressional District if Capuano runs for Governor as expected in 2014.

2. I felt that Tito Jackson missed out on a major opportunity to grab the pole position in this race by not running. If Tito ran, he could have won.

3. There will be a huge vote that comes out in the South Western side of the city with intense campaigning by Connolly, Consalvo, and Conley. These three could split up their base bigtime allowing none of them to even make the finals.

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Our broken gun laws make it easy for dangerous people--like Zina's estranged husband--to get guns

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Wanted: Cyclists/motorists/pedestrians for an "Airing of the Grievances"

Hello everyone--as you may have heard, WGBH and Wicked Local are doing a multi-part series on how bikes and cars co-exist in the Boston area. I'm trying to put together a panel of cyclists, car drivers, and possibly pedestrians to talk candidly about their experiences and frustrations. If you'd be interested in participating, please give me a call (617-300-2534), send me an email ([email protected]), or tweet me (@reillyadam). Thanks.

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Senator Reid Ensures a Ban on Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines Gets a Vote

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Why Joe Biden is still pushing for assault weapons ban

For two days, Vice President Joe Biden has insisted that the assault weapons ban can still pass, even after the Senate dropped it. He has three reasons to keep making noise.

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60 Minutes Investigates: NECC Pharmacy's Lethal Medicine Kills 44 and Makes 678 Forever Sick

This is the story of how a drug compounding pharmacy NECC in Framingham Mass., under a deregulated Food and Drug Administration regime passed in 1998, is motivated by greed to expand into drug manufacturing by conspiring with clients to create fraudulent patient prescription records on a large scale yielding wild profits, 44 deaths, and 678 people severely ill with spinal and other forms of meningitis due to contamination in its lab. U.S. authorities say NECC shipped thousands of vials of fungus-tainted methylprednisolone acetate to medical facilities throughout the United States.

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Casino Commonwealth

Looking beyond the filings

Since January 15, private investigators led by the Massachusetts State Police Enforcement and Investigations Bureau, have been seeking, then gathering, and finally pouring through a literal mountain of information about the 11 applicants for gaming licenses who want to own casinos and a slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
Investigators are said to be studying answers given to 300 qualifiers and that they are presently searching through 21,000 pieces of paper as well as other documents relevant to the investigations now ongoing.
To date, it is not known if investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing or enough questions about filings they requested to invalidate anyone from the application process.
When asked Friday morning if information gathered so far could lead to the invalidation of any of the present applications, Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said this: "The investigations remain active and ongoing. Any discussion concerning the results of the investigations would compromise the process."
Indeed.
For now, the public has to be satisfied with the Gaming Commission's press releases and public utterances at their open meetings held throughout the month and every month until such time as licenses are awarded.

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Casino Commonwealth

Looking beyond the filings

Since January 15, private investigators led by the Massachusetts State Police Enforcement and Investigations Bureau, have been seeking, then gathering, and finally pouring through a literal mountain of information about the 11 applicants for gaming licenses who want to own casinos and a slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
Investigators are said to be studying answers given to 300 qualifiers and that they are presently searching through 21,000 pieces of paper as well as other documents relevant to the investigations now ongoing.
To date, it is not known if investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing or enough questions about filings they requested to invalidate anyone from the application process.
When asked Friday morning if information gathered so far could lead to the invalidation of any of the present applications, Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said this: "The investigations remain active and ongoing. Any discussion concerning the results of the investigations would compromise the process."
Indeed.
For know, the public has to be satisfied with the Gaming Commission's press releases and public utterances at their open meetings held throughout the month and every month until such time as licenses are awarded.

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Casino Commonwealth

Looking beyond the filings

By Joshua Resnek

Since January 15, private investigators led by the Massachusetts State Police Enforcement and Investigations Bureau, have been seeking, then gathering, and finally pouring through a literal mountain of information about the 11 applicants for gaming licenses who want to own casinos and a slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
Investigators are said to be studying answers given to 300 qualifiers and that they are presently searching through 21,000 pieces of paper as well as other documents relevant to the investigations now ongoing.
To date, it is not known if investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing or enough questions about filings they requested to invalidate anyone from the application process.
When asked Friday morning if information gathered so far could lead to the invalidation of any of the present applications, Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said this: "The investigations remain active and ongoing. Any discussion concerning the results of the investigations would compromise the process."
Indeed.
For know, the public has to be satisfied with the Gaming Commission's press releases and public utterances at their open meetings held throughout the month and every month until such time as licenses are awarded.

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Dot Rat takes Sunday drive through Southie, Yuppie hate ensues

A nice local Dorchester woman reports on her Sunday afternoon drive through Southie:

Driving by the L Street bathhouse I spied a yuppie waiting for the light... So I drove through a puddle and splashed the hell out of her.

UPDATE:
Erin deleted her original post, here's a screencap:

For those without a Facebook account.

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Games for Justice

Need a break from the stress of work, the economy, and everyday life? Looking for something to do that is fun, free, and progressive? Join us for Games for Justice at Andala Cafe! Arrive by yourself or bring a friend.

RSVP at http://www.sojust.org Newcomers always welcomed!
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Each attendee is asked to purchase a minimum of $10 in yummy food - or SoJust will have to pay the difference to the venue.

Andala Cafe is located in Central Square - here's a map.

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