A recent UniversalHub post called "New Orleans is removing its monuments to slavery; should Boston do the same?" promoted an interesting and nuanced debate.
CommonWealth reports the Massachusetts Teachers Association rejected a motion to congratulate Sydney Chaffee on being named National Teacher of the Year. She's a teacher at the Codman Academy in Dorchester, which is, gasp, a charter school.
The Dorchester Reporter interviews Joseph Wiley of East Boston, who says Boston's biggest issue now is the lack of affordable housing.
Jeffrey Juris photographed the marchers outside the Arabic Evangelical Baptist Church and the Elks Club on Spring Street this afternoon.
Elizabeth Warren said her parents told her about her heritage when she was a kid. She had no reason to distrust them. By the way, didn't Scott Brown run for re-election on the "look at her, she doesn't even look like an Indian" platform, and lose?
Shocking few people who know who he is, Setti Warren announced today he'll join the field of Democrats who will jostle next year to take on Charlie Baker.
This is Warren's second bid for statewide office - he briefly ran for the Senate seat won by Elizabeth Warren.
The Boston City Council voted unanimously today to tell the federal government to cut the nonsense and let Haitians here on "temporary protected status" visas stay here, because the awful conditions in their homeland that brought them here persist. Read more.
It already has its first police investigation of a political act and, as befits the town turned city, it involves a) campaign literature shoved around and b) John Stefanini, who used to be a selectman but who is now running for mayor.
Bob Sawyer spotted Sean Spicer, or, at least, a photo of his head, among the bushes in Porter Square today.
Cambridge Day reports how Councilor E. Denise Simmons, serving as mayor this year, began yelling at Councilor Nadeem Mazen, not running for re-election this fall, over something to do with a budget meeting on the city elections department.
Alex Golonka says he's running as the progressive alternative in District 9 (Allston/Brighton) to incumbent City Councilor Mark Ciommo.
In New Orleans today, the alt-right or as I prefer to call them, the alt-white also known as the white supremacy movement had a rally replete with Confederate symbolism.
Protester: "Maybe people of European descent have been quiet for too long. We've been docile" pic.twitter.com/gWPlS5lrEV
— Jeff Adelson (@jadelson) May 7, 2017
The Globe reports that Joe Shortsleeve (yes, that Joe Shortsleeve) is running for the state Senate seat that James Timilty (yes, of those Timiltys) is giving up. Yeah, he allows as how he voted for Trump in November, but says it's no biggie because he's a big fan of the gays and abortion rights and believes in climate change and, besides, he's now disappointed in Trump and, even better, he voted for Sanders in the primary.
Unfortunately for him, at least on that point, is that one of his opponents in the Sept. 19 primary for the Bristol and Norfolk district is Paul Feeney of Foxboro, who actually helped run the Sanders campaign in Massachusetts.
The House vote to gut much of the Affordable Care Act will cost Massachusetts more than a billion dollars a year, Gov. Baker says. After the vote, Baker, like the majority of the House, a Republican, vowed to fight the measure in the Senate.
The proposal would also effectively diminish a woman's right to abortion by banning insurance companies that offer insurance through the state health connector from covering abortion and would block MassHealth members from getting care at Planned Parenthood. And even people who get insurance through work could be screwed, because the law would let insurers offer plans to companies with operations in multiple states that are based on the one with the worst (for consumers) plans.
The measure now goes to the Senate.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports that Jack Kelly of Charlestown won't run to replace Sal LaMattina as District 1 city councilor after deciding his heart wasn't really in politics. That leaves three other announced candidates in the race to represent Charlestown, East Boston and the North End.
Donald Osgood Sr., a city anti-violence worker and minister from Dorchester is one of four announced candidates for Boston mayor in the fall elections.
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