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By - 10/10/13 - 8:41 am
O'Malley with Dog

Councilor Matt O'Malley pets a dog named Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In JP, of course.

State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Sen. Sal DiDomenico and City Councilor Sal LaMattina all endorsed John Connolly yesterday. Michlewitz called him:

A progressive leader who understands the importance of keeping families in the city by transforming our schools, creating more affordable housing options, and building safe and healthy neighborhoods throughout the city.

Connolly has scheduled "an endorsement event" at his Roxbury campaign office at 5:15 p.m. today. Gosh, who could that be?

By - 9/26/13 - 10:04 am

So let's dive right into the numbers from Tuesday: Massterlist provides a map showing which wards Connolly and Walsh won after filtering out the results from the other 10 candidates. Not surprisingly, Walsh was big in Dorchester, Connolly in West Roxbury - but check out how well Walsh did in comparison to Connolly in parts of Roslindale and Hyde Park.

By - 9/12/13 - 10:49 pm

Four of the five candidates running to take Mike Ross's place on the City Council said tonight it's way past time for the city to give District 8 more elementary schools.

The fifth candidate, Angelica Addivinola might have agreed as well, but she didn't attend a forum sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay at the Copley Square library. The field will be winnowed down to two in the Sept. 24 preliminary.

By - 8/29/13 - 9:05 am

Seven of the eight candidates running to replace Rob Consalvo as city councilor in District 5 (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) made their pitches last night to a packed house at a forum sponsored by the Fairmount Hill Neighborhood Assocation (Ava Callendar had a previous engagement). Some excerpts:

By - 8/28/13 - 10:31 am

UPDATE: Herald says it's changed the time of its forum to "accommodate a scheduling conflict by some candidates," which is certainly an artful way to put it.

Marty Walsh, John Barros and Bill Walczak say that on the evening of Sept. 9, they'll be honoring their commitments and appearing at a mayoral forum sponsored by MassCreative, which was announced weeks ago, rather than the forum announced just yesterday by the Herald, Suffolk University and NECN.

Walsh, who has a top advisor who's pretty well known in local arts and entertainment circles, tweeted:

By - 8/20/13 - 11:11 pm

The City Council on Wednesday considers an ordinance that would ban children under 16 from any cage-fighting matches that make their way to Boston - unless the kids are accompanied by a parent.

City Council President Steve Murphy had originally proposed an ordinance that would bar everybody under 18 from the matches, with no exceptions. Murphy cites not just spurting blood and violence but the neo-Nazi, homophobic and pro-rape messages he says the fighters often tattoo on their arms or use as banter.

The council's meeting begins at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.

By - 8/14/13 - 9:32 am

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).

By - 8/13/13 - 11:29 am

David Bernstein interviews Thomas Dooley, running for the district seat Mike Ross is giving up:

I know all the city councilors, moreso the ones that were there a few years ago. They’re all cowards. They’ve allowed Mayor Menino to terrorize them for 20 years. They never stand up to him. They’re all concerned about keeping their jobs. I’m in a position, as a city councilor representing the most affluent part of Boston, I will say what needs to be said to the mayor of Boston.

Bonus for a certain UHub regular: He's the only candidate to publicly call for the deciphering of City Council stenographic records.

It's nothing but net for Rob Consalvo in his first TV ad:

By - 8/12/13 - 11:20 pm

Ramon SotoAt a candidates' forum in West Roxbury tonight, pretty much all the candidates for mayor and city council named public safety as one of their top priorities.

By - 8/6/13 - 11:48 pm

Up until now, the candidates have mostly contented themselves with playing up their own platforms on issues. Casinos, however, change everything.

Mike Ross blasted Dan Conley for calling for a citywide referendum on the Suffolk Downs proposal and threatening to sue to stop an Everett casino if Suffolk Downs goes down in flames:

By - 7/11/13 - 6:30 am

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) is organizing a series of "Enough is Enough" walks this summer, with the first starting at 7 p.m. on Friday from the corner of Walnut Avenue and Fenno Street, near where a man was shot in a drive-by on June 28.

By - 7/3/13 - 11:55 am

David Bernstein interviews the perpetual candidate, this year running for one of the four at-large seats on the City Council.

By - 6/27/13 - 12:21 pm

David Bernstein talks to Michael Nichols, one of the numerous candidates running to replace Mike Ross as district 8 councilor in the fall elections.

By - 6/20/13 - 8:37 pm

City Councilor Charles Yancey said today that while his name will be on the September ballot in Dorchester twice - once for city council, once for mayor - he will be spending all his time between now and then running for mayor.

Following an education forum at the BPL in Copley Square, Yancey said he is running a citywide campaign for mayor and that he will not actively campaign for the District 4 seat he has held since 1984. He said he's just doing the same thing a number of other candidates across the country have long done when they seek higher office.

By - 6/18/13 - 9:45 am

David Bernstein interviews the East Boston teacher and small businesswoman running for an at-large seat on the City Council this year.

By - 6/17/13 - 10:01 pm

A detailed Craigslist posting from one of our gazillion city-council candidates seeks volunteers for a variety of campaign positions without saying who the candidate is or what positions he or she has on any issues. Well, except for fun. The candidate is big on fun:

By - 6/12/13 - 8:07 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Luis Valerio of West Roxbury, who is running against incumbent Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) not out of any animus toward O'Malley but because he couldn't get his kids into any of the public schools in West Roxbury. In addition to renting out English to local universities, he would build an indoor sports center at Millennium Park.

By - 6/10/13 - 7:12 pm

RossThe City Council on Wednesday considers a request by Councilor and mayoral candidate Mike Ross for a hearing to grill NStar officials about the Sunday blackout, which he said came "despite assurances of safety upgrades and additional installation of materials to prevent future outages" following

By - 5/23/13 - 8:00 am

Michelle Wu's campaign announced the endorsements this morning. She's running for one of the four at-large seats on the council in this fall's elections.

The roll call:

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