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Menino to exit political stage

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Mayor Thomas Menino will announce Thursday that he will not run for re-election this fall.

The mayor has set an announcement for 4 o'clock at Faneuil Hall - after telling his top City Hall administrators at a meeting in the morning, sources say.

"It appears to be the end of the line," said one of the mayor's close friends, who wished to remain unnamed.

It is believed his doctors have told him the rigors of a full fledged campaign might be too much for him to withstand in his present physical condition. The mayor has apparently said that he does not want to enter a campaign and fail to go through with it.

Menino, now in the final year of his fifth term, had appeared fitter and stronger following several months of sketchy health and hospitalization and rehab. He recently moved back to his Readville home from the city-owned Parkman House.

Close associates claim he appears better than he is and that he weakens at the end of the work day.

Several sources, among them present and former elected public officials close with the mayor, said it is the people who won't call anyone back who hold the secret - spokesperson Dot Joyce, the mayor's strategist Mike Kineavy, and the mayor's best friend Mike Galvin.

"They are saying nothing because the mayor will say it all tomorrow," said a source.

Menino first broached the topic with friend in East Boston two weeks ago.

A source claims the mayor will be taking some type of position at Boston University when he leaves office in 7 months, although this could not be confirmed.

Menino, then a district city councilor from Hyde Park, became mayor in 1993: His colleagues made him city-council president, which meant he became mayor after Ray Flynn resigned as mayor to become ambassador to the Vatican.

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Menino: Connolly's done bupkes

WGBH reports on a chat Tom Menino had with Emily Rooney today.

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Connolly: City Hall hardly Boston's Finest

John Connolly came out swinging tonight at a campaign party at the Parker House. "City Hall makes 'Southie Rules' look like a serious news show," he said referring to what he considers a major lack of transparency in city government.

The Globe has more details on the event. The Herald was there as well.

Connolly, an at-large city councilor, will face Will Dorcena and Charles Clemons this fall, and maybe incumbent Tom Menino.

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Lee to take another shot at Linehan

The Dorchester Reporter reports Suzanne Lee will run again this year against District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan of South Boston.

Lee, a Chinatown resident, beat Linehan in the preliminaries two years ago, but lost to him in the election that really counted - but just by 87 votes.

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OK, now we have a real Boston election

It's just not municipal election season until we hear the rumors about Menino winning re-election, getting Rob Consalvo elected city-council president and then stepping down so Consalvo can become mayor without an election. Oh, yeah, and the side rumor about Menino being Consalvo's godfather (he isn't).

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If Charles Yancey runs for re-election, he could face opposition from the new end of his district

The Dorchester Reporter reports Steven Godfrey of Roslindale has taken steps to run against the city's longest serving city councilor - who has yet to announce whether he'll run again or maybe run for something else.

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Race is on: Connolly announces bid for mayor

At-large City Councilor John Connolly will formally announce he's running for mayor this morning - at 11 a.m. outside Brighton High School.

The location signals that Connolly, chairman of the council's education committee, will make education the center of his race, in particular, school choice and raising the quality of city schools.

A West Roxbury resident, Connolly, 39, has been on the council since 2007. As an at-large councilor, he has shown he can attract votes across the city, although that didn't much help the last person to challenge Menino - at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty.

Incumbent Tom Menino has yet to formally say whether he's running for a sixth term. Charles Clemens and Will Dorcena have said they are running.

Campaign Web site.

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Young, poor gay man from East Boston makes bid for city council

Francisco White, a youth organizer from East Boston, says he's running for one of the four at-large seats on the city council in this fall's election.

He joins Seamus Whelan and Michelle Wu as newcomers in the race for at-large seats. Of the four incumbents, only John Connolly looks like he might not run - because he may run for mayor instead.

White, 26, is Young Civic Leaders Coordinator for MassVOTE and says he is openly gay. In a statement, he says:

I am someone who has always believed that government works, but only if everyone truly has a voice. I have no delusion of being middle class, I am not Ivy League educated, and my story is not like those who are typically elected to public office. I live, like so many people, at the margin. My reason for running is my desire to take Boston beyond its reputation as a progressive city, to work toward necessary progress that is inclusive of the marginalized. Moreover, my reason for running is to empower poor people, students, minorities, and LGBTQ individuals to take their seats at the table and have input in the decisions that affect us. Boston is much more than its middle class.

  • White Web site, which allows comments, one of which is from Boston's biggest fan of open stenographic records.

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John Connolly could run for mayor this year

The Globe reports the at-large councilor would make education a key part of his campaign. So far only one-time city-council candidate Will Dorcena has formally announced a run for the seat held for an entire generation by Tom Menino.

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Socialist to run for city council; calls for elected School Committee and BRA

WhelanDavid Bernstein alerts us that Seamus Whelan has set up a formal campaign committee to run for an at-large council seat in the fall elections.

According to his Facebook page, Whelan will run as the "socialist alternative" and "a voice for the 99% in Boston."

A registered nurse, Whelan calls for more teachers, an end to foreclosures and an elected School Committee and Boston Redevelopment Authority:

Boston is controlled by unelected organizations, from the school committee to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to the MBTA Board and the vultures on State Street. We need an economy that works for everyone and not just the rich and powerful. We must organize to build structures that allow working people make the important decisions that affect our lives.

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Dorchester paper hires ombudsman to review coverage of Senate race involving owner's wife

The Dorchester Reporter has hired an outside editor to keep tabs of its coverage of the 1st Suffolk Senate race of Linda Dorcena Forry, whose husband, Bill, is publisher of the paper and the Boston Haitian Reporter and Mattapan Reporter.

Michael Jonas, executive editor of CommonWealth magazine, and a long-time Dorchester resident, will review the paper's coverage of her race this spring to replace recently resigned state Sen. Jack Hart.

[Jonas] will be reviewing the Reporter newspapers' coverage of the campaign for the First Suffolk State Senate seat, receiving and exploring reader feedback, and publishing his findings in a regular column and online at DotNews.com.

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Michael Flaherty takes himself out of race for Hart seat

Just in case you were wondering.

So that leaves state reps. Nick Collins and Linda Dorcena Forry.

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Will the last Republican please turn out the lights - oh, and run for Senate?

No Tagg, no Weld, no Healy, no Hedlund, no Tisei, but state Rep. Dan Winslow is promising a very special announcement at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Meanwhile, one-time Republican Jack E. Robinson hopes to crash the election party by running as an independent.

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Dorchester state rep to run for Jack Hart's senate seat

State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) said today she will run for the 1st Suffolk state senate seat vacated all of a sudden by longtime incumbent Jack Hart last week.

Forry, 39, first won election to her current 12th Suffolk state rep's seat in 2005. The Dorchester Reporter says she could face off against state Rep. Nick Collins, of South Boston.

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Tagg, you're it?

Desperate for a Republican candidate with the slightest chance, the Herald bypasses Doug Bennett and tries to create a boomlet for Ann or Tagg Romney in this spring's Senate elections.

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Sorry, Tisei and Weld, you're too late

Now that everybody's favorite scooter-riding, sticker-plastering city-council candidate has jumped into the race for the Republican nomination for the Senate. Ladies and gentlemen: Doug Bennett for US Senate.

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No more confusion for Marty Walsh

The Globe reports state Rep. Marty Walz (D-Back Bay) is resigning to become CEO of Mass. Planned Parenthood.

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But who'll emcee the St. Patrick's Day roast?

State Sen. Jack Hart, D-South Boston, is resigning pretty much immediately, the Dorchester Reporter alerts us.

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Tim Murray drives away from race for governor

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On Monday, the rabbi considered running for senate

David Bernstein reports Ed Markey could face competition in his bid to replace John Kerry from Rabbi Jonah Pesner of Newton, senior vice president of the national Union of Reform Judaism.

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