Politics

By - 11/20/17 - 9:44 pm

The Washington Post reports the Trump Administration has announced the end of "temporary protected status" for the Haitians. The Boston Haitian Reporter reports roughly 5,000 people in Massachusetts would be affected.

By - 11/20/17 - 11:46 am

City Council President Michelle Wu often takes the Orange Line to work at City Hall - and often takes her two young sons with her (City Hall has a daycare center). Increasingly, she has problems making the transition from underground to City Hall Plaza, like today: Read more.

By - 11/18/17 - 11:49 am
Neo-nazis in Boston

Ben Becker spotted the anti-Marx, Nazi-navy flag wearing Trumpies assembling at City Hall Plaza before their little rally on the Common this morning.

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By - 11/14/17 - 11:03 pm

No, don't worry, the B-town isn't getting all Framinghamized and turning into a city. Town Meeting tonight voted to change the name of the town's top board from Board of Selectmen to Select Board, Town Meeting Member Michael Burstein (who'd proposed changing the name to Board of Selectwomen) reports.

By - 11/14/17 - 6:08 pm

Seems David Crosby (of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and sometimes Young) played the Regent Theatre in Arlington last night. And seems he said some things that might offend the snowflakes who support the current president: Read more.

By - 11/10/17 - 9:38 am

East Boston native James Aloisi considers the meaning of East Boston having a city councilor who isn't an Italian-American man:

In a race of historic importance, [Lydia] Edwards defeated the candidate backed by the long powerful but increasingly diminished political old guard. Edwards won for many reasons - an impressive background and resume; a passionate cadre of supporters; and, perhaps most important, the ability to see, understand, and appeal to the changing demographics in the district.

By - 11/9/17 - 9:16 am
Boston mayoral results on a map

MassInc used the Tuesday numbers to create a map of the results by precinct. The map shows the percentage by which each candidate won which precincts; hover over specific precincts to get the actual vote numbers (and turnout).

By - 11/8/17 - 11:49 am

The Salem News reports voters yesterday upheld a city-council ordinance to not have local police and officials ask people seeking official help about their immigration status.

By - 11/8/17 - 9:38 am

We've been sending the Empire State pols since at least the Bobby Kennedy days. Last night, a Cambridge Rindge and Latin graduate won re-election as mayor of New York City (and recalls that his immediate predecessor was from Medford). But he wasn't the only former Boston-area resident to win an election in New York last night. Julia Reischel, who wrote for the Dig and Mass. Lawyers Weekly, was elected to the town board in the Catskills town of Middletown.

By - 11/7/17 - 8:35 pm
Edwards, Janey and Flynn

Winners: Edwards (District 1), Janey (7) and Flynn (2).

Mayor Marty Walsh tonight easily won a second term, defeating City Councilor Tito Jackson.

In the council races, Lydia Edwards won in District 1 (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Kim Janey won in District 7 (Roxbury). With incumbents Andrea Campbell in District 4 (Dorchester) and Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley (at large) all easily winning re-election, the council will be the most diverse ever come Jan. 1.

Read more.

By - 11/7/17 - 11:52 am
Poll rides offered in Allston and Brighton

Brandon Bowser, who is running against incumbent District 9 (Allston/Brighton) Councilor Mark Ciommo today, has a fleet of pedicabs ready to take people to the polls.

By - 11/7/17 - 8:38 am
No smoking or liquor in Boston polling places

Back in the day, Boston voters had to be reminded not to drink. Also, lady voters needed their own instructions.

Image from the Boston City Archives used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 11/7/17 - 8:14 am

Two Northeastern journalism students have put together a map showing the proximity of Dunkin' Donuts to polling places in Boston.

By - 11/6/17 - 1:34 pm

Jonathan Berk posts a list of businesses in the Washington Gateway Main Street district that will be giving free stuff to people who display an "I voted" sticker tomorrow.

By - 11/6/17 - 9:42 am

The Boston Elections Department reports it will hold absentee ballots in District 1 (East Boston, Charlestown and the North End) until the end of voting tomorrow "due to anonymous concerns" about ballots there. Read more.

By - 11/5/17 - 4:46 pm
Jackson and Walsh at the West Roxbury Roche Bros.

Both Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson showed up to campaign at the Roche Bros. entrance this afternoon. Read more.

By - 11/4/17 - 4:55 pm

Osgood4Mayor Campaign Video

Donald M. Osgood, Sr., is running for mayor as a write-in candidate. Read more.

By - 11/4/17 - 4:36 am

Kyle Chapman, who was barred by a judge from attending protests in California, has been scheduled by organizers to speak at a protest in Boston this month. It will be his third time speaking at Boston Free Speech/Resist Marxism rallies, the other two times were May and August.

Los Angeles Times:

By - 11/3/17 - 12:32 pm

The Crimson reports on Sean Spicer's brief tenure as a fellow at the Kennedy School, in which he said absolutely nothing that participants in his discussions could publicly relate, because he prefaced them all by saying they were off the record:

I was in a classroom session with Spicer and he told the same stories, including several easily refutable lies, that he’s told publicly since leaving the White House (some items were leaked). The classroom session followed the same playbook as his Press Secretary tenure: Dodge hard questions, make a few false statements, attack the media, claim that Trump is treated unfairly, etc. The off the record policy did not make him particularly candid.