Politics

By - 8/26/14 - 10:32 am

Ed Lyons analyzes, in great detail, the failure of the health-connector system in Massachusetts, the state that pioneered the very idea:

Yet somehow, no one was held accountable for the largest, most spectacular failure of state government in many years. On February 13, at a public Health Connector Board meeting, Executive Director Jean Yang broke down and cried about what had happened. Yet she,

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By - 8/23/14 - 10:54 am

Globe column on the Beacon Hill ramp lawsuit:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/08/22/beacon-hill-residents-have...

Beacon Hill residents are being scorned for insisting that city officials respect the architectural integrity of this historic neighborhood during efforts to upgrade accessibility ramps for the disabled. Actually, the preservationists are right — but in Boston, that only guarantees they will get roughed up twice as hard.

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By - 8/22/14 - 4:42 pm

On Wednesday, the City Council voted to ban the Haystack app for finding open on-street parking spaces.

By - 8/22/14 - 9:12 am

WBUR reports on a gun-control debate between Democratic attorney-general candidates Warren Tolman and Maura Healey. Tolman would require fingerprint authentication for new guns, which he called the unsafest product for sale today; Healey says she's down with that, too, but wants to focus on broader crime issues.

By - 8/20/14 - 2:47 pm

The City Council today approved a "trust act" under which Boston Police would be barred from holding people on "civil detainer" requests from ICE.

The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh, who has said he would sign it.

Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) said the measure would prove welcome relief to many people in his district who today do not report crimes... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 2:15 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says he will fight efforts by BPS to turn the impending brand-new Dearborn STEM School into a charter school when that would open it up to students across the city, rather than giving Roxbury students preference.

Jackson rejected a request from school officials to lobby state officials to change state charter laws to allow for charters that are not open... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 1:58 pm

An angry Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) today demanded an in-depth audit of finances at the city's only vocational high school.

BPS "should be absolutely ashamed" that the school has 62 staff vacancies just two weeks before school opens, Jackson said today, calling for a hearing to consider the issue.

Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) agreed. "The situation at Madison is really at a crisis level,"... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 12:59 pm

The City Council today voted to ban a phone app that lets users notify other users of impending open parking spaces in Boston - and to back it up with fines of up to $250 per instance.

City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester), who proposed the ordinance, admitted that he doesn't understand "all apps," but he understands this one just fine. "They were trying to buy... Read more

By - 8/18/14 - 7:11 pm

The City Council on Wednesday considers a request to begin looking at possible regulations over online services that let people rent apartments, such as Airbnb - and even Craigslist.

Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) says Boston needs to look at the burgeoning services before Boston's residential neighborhoods are harmed. In his request for a hearing, LaMattina writes:

Typical short-term lodging establishments -

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By - 8/18/14 - 9:49 am

Marc Morielo, President of the National Urban League on MSNBC, Monday August 18:

"I think it could have been avoided, and I think the militarization of the environment in Ferguson could have been avoided had the Ferguson police and the local prosecutor been transparent at the very beginning.

Why was this officer's name not revealed? Why was there no report on the incident? Why

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By - 8/18/14 - 8:20 am



On Friday, August 1, I had some business at Boston City Hall in the early morning. Imagine my surprise and disgust to see none other than Doug Bennett strolling out as I was heading in.

He was smiling his wide, toothy smile, wearing a Scally cap, and walking with all the confidence of a veteran candidate for public office in multiple jurisdictions.... Read more

By - 8/14/14 - 11:07 am

BostInno reports on Anwar Faisal's appearance before a City Council committee yesterday, notes Faisal and his lawyer know how to look up Councilor Josh Zakim's campaign contributions.

By - 8/12/14 - 11:23 am

Mayor Walsh announced today that the Zoning Board of Appeals will start holding bi-weekly sessions to hear zoning requests from homeowners and small businesses.

And unlike regular zoning-board hearings, which are held during working hours, the new hearings - to be conducted by a board subcommittee, will be held in the evenings.

The goal is to help decrease a ZBA backlog that had gotten up... Read more

By - 8/8/14 - 12:23 pm

Parent Imperfect considers the fate of the Dearborn STEM school, which the BPS is preparing to hand over as an "in district" charter school to a group that has built lots of housing but which has never overseen a $70-million school project.

By - 8/8/14 - 9:57 am

Updated with Gaming Commission statement.

MassLive.com reports the state Gaming Commission told Boston that if it's unwilling to go to arbitration with Wynn over compensation for its proposed Everett casino, then it's stripping Boston of its "surrounding community" status.

In a statement this morning, the commission says this does NOT mean Boston will get nothing from Wynn should it be selected for the Boston... Read more

By - 8/6/14 - 5:46 pm

May take a moment or two to appear (it's for the fight against ALS):

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By - 8/5/14 - 9:59 am

Looks like the bill to make "Roadrunner" the official state rock song (a measure championed by then state Rep. Marty Walsh and then arts promoter Joyce Linehan has become the Norwegian Blue of legislation.

By - 8/4/14 - 9:40 am

The minister and eternal political candidate is at it again, distributing fliers that accuse the backers of the Sept. 28 Open Streets - in which Blue Hill Avenue between Warren and Dudley streets will be shut to traffic for an afternoon festival - of being godless Commies who have managed to dupe certain other "Judas ministers" he won't name in working to sap the... Read more

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