By - 11/1/13 - 11:16 am

The new Suffolk University Poll conducted by David Paleologos is out today. What we already knew was the Boston Mayoral Contest is razor thin with Martin Walsh surging to a 3 point lead over John Connolly with a 5.5% plus/minus margin of error.

What we did not know is that Boston City Councilor At-Large is clinging for his political life. Murphy sits in a distant... Read more

By - 11/1/13 - 8:21 am

Following David Bernstein's lead, the Globe today reports on the mystery Roslindale woman who set up a PAC to run ads supporting Marty Walsh. Turns out the woman couldn't find a voting booth if her life depended on it, yet she's raised lots of money from people she refuses to identify for these "independent" ads. The Globe also touches base with Bud "I... Read more

By - 11/1/13 - 8:02 am

Bostonian at heart Joe Keohane writes the hate is back west of Worcester, but that rather than just whining about it, we embrace the fact that others are simply jealous, or something.

By - 10/31/13 - 8:48 am

The Globe endorses Connolly; Mel King endorses Walsh. Yvonne Abraham counters with Connolly.

Walsh isn't the only person involved in the mayor's race who survived cancer.

You think this campaign has turned negative? Feh, this is amateur hour.

The Herald reports Walsh, who has vowed to dismantle the current BRA, " has assembled an inner circle of key advisers who... Read more

By - 10/29/13 - 9:15 pm

In one of their final debates, mayoral candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh clashed on negative campaigning and negotiating with city unions, but otherwise continued to push similar ideas for a post-Menino world.

Both candidates, for example, said they would return vocational training to all city high schools, would make it a priority to find a qualified minority candidate for police commissioner and work to... Read more

By - 10/29/13 - 7:49 am
Kid dressed as water fountain

At Matt O'Malley's annual Halloween party, one kid came as the tri-level water fountain O'Malley got for Jamaica Pond.

You always know an election's getting nasty when campaign signs start getting torn down.

The final televised debate is tonight, 7-8 p.m.

The Globe gets to sit in on a Connolly-campaign finance meeting and learns Connolly's internal polling shows the race is now tied. Connolly jabbed Walsh on arbitration.

Eye on Early Education reports on a forum with the two candidates... Read more

By - 10/28/13 - 10:25 am

And they were the original transit-oriented development, to boot, Hub Business explains.

By - 10/26/13 - 7:00 pm

And not just the two or three who actually live in Boston. The Globe reports everybody from Ernie Boch Jr to "members of the board of the conservative Pioneer Institute" are tossing money Connolly's way.

Michael Freedberg doesn't say if he saw that article before he wrote Why John Connolly is the progressive and Marty Walsh isn't:

It may well be that entrusting

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By - 10/25/13 - 4:23 pm

Rantiest anti-Boston rant in a long time:

And if it’s not winning, it’s drama. Aaron Hernandez. EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE RED SOX. Spygate. Beergate. Gronk’s existence. Doc Rivers and Bill Simmons. You name it, it probably happened in or involves someone from Boston.

By - 10/25/13 - 2:32 pm
Smashed cabs

The city reports the Boston cabbie who plowed into a Brookline cab at Berkeley and Chandler streets late Wednesday "has already had his licensed suspended and is in the process of being revoked."

The note comes in response to a citizen complaint about Boston cab drivers:

Very concerned about the city's regulation of taxi drivers who would race recklessly up Berkeley Street last

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By - 10/25/13 - 7:02 am

The Walsh campaign has announced an 11;45 a.m. endorsement at the Moakley Courthouse by state Sen. Therese Murray.

CommonWealth reports that the vast majority of outside money pouring into Boston is pouring into Walsh's coffers:

Super PACs and labor unions have upended Boston’s mayoral race, turning what was a relatively even spending contest between Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly into a

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By - 10/24/13 - 4:03 pm
Charlie with a beard

Only Charlie won't use it, at least not until after the World Series, when maybe he and his pal Officer Horgan will shave the beards off for charity.

The T has posted an explanation of service after the Sox game - basically, if runs long, the T will extend subway hours or hold some commuter-rail trains.... Read more

By - 10/24/13 - 2:15 pm

Seems nobody's happy with the current cab situation in Boston, not riders, not drivers and owners and not large institutions that employ the sort of people who would be likely to need a cab.

The mayor's office today released a lengthy report on the state of cabs in Boston that features a number of findings and recommendations. Among them:

  • Consider a nighttime surcharge to attract
  • ... Read more
By - 10/24/13 - 12:04 pm

Dave Wedge reports John Connolly's 2007 campaign sent two negative mailers while John Connolly now attacks Marty Walsh for negative mailers sent by third parties not connected with Marty's campaign.

By - 10/24/13 - 7:57 am

The Globe reports on a debate focused on issues of particular concern to the city's communities of color. CommonWealth has more:

The two candidates for mayor of Boston told a large crowd in Roxbury Wednesday night that the city in many ways remains as racially divided today as it did in the years after busing.

The Herald reports the flyer war is... Read more

By - 10/23/13 - 6:34 pm

During their debate last night, John Connolly said the proof Marty Walsh wouldn't be able to get unions to do anything they didn't want to came in those flyers union PACs are sending out besmirching Connolly as a, gasp, lawyer, even though Walsh doesn't want them to do that.

But remember when Connolly said he didn't want any outside groups spending money on ads... Read more

By - 10/23/13 - 11:38 am

Might want to plug in the ear buds at work - there are a couple of, um, explicit lyrics towards the end of this song by Ylvis.

Of course, this being Nitpicking Central, see how many mistakes you can find (like the pronunciation of "Haverhill" and our supposed city hall).

By - 10/23/13 - 9:10 am

A new poll out today shows, John Connolly clinging to a two point lead over rival Martin Walsh according to WBUR with less than two weeks to the November 5, 2013 election.

By - 10/23/13 - 8:51 am

Patrick Maguire makes the case after reading Andelman's recent whine about bullies on Yelp:

Dave Andelman whining about bullying is the ultimate irony. He’s calling for Yelp to be shut down for bullying when he has a history of bullying and suspect business practices. Dave Andelman is a manipulative fraud: his TV show, token efforts as a “lobbyist,” and personal conduct all betray a

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