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2013 elections

Mike Ross's former chief of staff now running Bill Walczak's campaign for mayor

Reuben Kantor, who worked for Ross when Ross served as city council president, sent out e-mail today announcing he'll be working as Bill Walczak's campaign manager:

I got my start in Boston politics back in 2005 when I became the Boston organizer for another first time candidate for office - Deval Patrick. Hardly anyone knew who he was back then, but we traveled across the city and every time he met people he picked up support. In 2009 I signed up with another first-time candidate, helping to run Ayanna Pressley's first campaign. It's a special kind of leader who has the ability of a Governor Patrick or a Councilor Pressley. Bill Walczak has the proven track record to be that kind of leader for Boston.

The e-mail doesn't mention Ross, who is himself running for mayor this year. Kantor resigned his City Hall post in 2009 to work for Pressley.

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What's a progressive in the big city to do?

WBUR reports on progressives fretting about the City Council winding up next year just as white and XYish as "old Boston." Or as 'BUR calls these folks, "self-styled progressives," because God forbid people be allowed to identify their political leanings without a reporter casting some doubt on what they really are by adding some empty phrase like "self-styled." But I guess we could expect no less from self-professed reporter David Scharfenberg.

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The judge and his free legal help

The Globe reports Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond Dougan received $550,000 in free legal help in his successful battle to fend off a bias charge brought by Suffolk County DA Dan Conley.

Dan Kennedy explains why his reaction is more or less so?

When Conley filed his complaint, he was in a no-lose situation. Even if Dougan ultimately prevailed, Conley knew that the judge would be ruined financially, and be held up as an object lesson for other judges wary of incurring the wrath of prosecutors. That's outrageous, and tilts the balance in favor of the prosecution even more than it already is.

Dougan found a way around that. And keep in mind that Conley's complaint was ultimately found to be bogus.

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Entire city should vote on casino, two candidates for mayor say

The Herald talks to Dan Conley and John Barros. Currently, only East Boston is slated to vote on the proposed Suffolk Downs casino.

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The mayoral dance continues

Our newest candidate for mayor is John Laing of Hyde Park, who quickly found his newest supporter in Mister Malcolm the Dorchester Dancer.

Ed. note: If Laing wins, he will not only be Boston's first black mayor, he will be the first mayor to have graduated Brandeis.

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At first mayoral forum, candidates practice Kumbaya approach, avoid specifics

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on a gathering of nine mayoral candidates at a forum sponsored by the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association.

The candidates were mostly non-specific in their answers regarding plans for improving the city, sticking to generalities like "bringing people together," "broadening opportunities" and "improving schools," though Arroyo brought up his proposed "Invest in Boston" bill, which would invest Boston’s money in banks that invest in Boston to help promote economic development.

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Murphy decides to try to stay on city council

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Rob Consalvo's giant Web head

Rob Consalvo's volunteer page

Above is the "Volunteer" page on Rob Consalvo's new campaign Web site, as viewed on my Acer laptop with a 15-inch screen. Below is the "News" page on the site:

Consalvo news page

They look identical, no? They also look just like the home page. At first, I thought, hmm, did they just link all the tabs at the top to the home page by mistake? But no, the problem is that the designer put such a large photo of Consalvo's head on the page that, on your average laptop, you don't see anything the rest of the page, and will probably miss the actual contents unless you happen to notice the scrollbar on the right. It also probably doesn't help that the tab for the page you're on doesn't change color.

The site does have a different layout for mobile devices, but even there, the logo is so large, you won't notice any content in landscape mode, and only one line of different text in vertical mode.

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Precinct tallies in state-senate race

The Dorchester Reporter posts the tallies for the 1st Suffolk race, along with a report on the close election.

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At-large candidate comes out swinging against opponents

Shaun Ivers of Jamaica Plain plans to formally launch his campaign today in Geneva/Bowdoin, but first he took a few potshots against rivals Michael Flaherty, Steve Murphy, Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu.

There is no place in an at-large race for candidates like Michael Flaherty who are only interested in issues that pertain to their own neighborhood. That’s what district races are for. ... This city does not need more hack politicians like Michael Flaherty and Stephen Murphy, nor does it need self-interested opportunists like Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley. When elected I promise serve the people – not exploit them.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Plain Gazette reports that two employers whom Ivers claimed to be working for as a freelance writer say he never worked for them.

Ivers's complete release:

Boston, MA, May 1, 2013 – As at-large city council candidate Shaun Ivers pulls nomination papers Wednesday he will call upon his opponents to properly represent every neighborhood of Boston.

"Far too often supposedly ‘city-wide' representatives are content to select pet neighborhoods and pet issues while ignoring the greater spectrum of issues that impact voters every day," said Ivers. "There is no place in an at-large race for candidates like Michael Flaherty who are only interested in issues that pertain to their own neighborhood. That's what district races are for."

Ivers also called upon candidates to elaborate past superficial assessments of their chosen issues, and upon voters and reporters to demand substantive answers from the candidates.

"I don't want to hear that someone plans to ‘reduce crime.' Talk about reducing access to guns in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and now Roslindale. Talk about reducing the number of desperate addicts on the streets of the South End and Dorchester willing to do anything for a fix. Talk about residents locking their vehicles in suburban neighborhoods such as West Roxbury and Brighton."

Ivers plans to further elaborate his call Wednesday afternoon at his signature gathering kick-off, which will be held at the Geneva Cliffs Park, which is located at the intersection of Geneva Street and Bowdoin Avenue. Ivers is expected to arrive at 5 pm, but supporters are encouraged to arrive early.

"I would like to bring attention to a part of the city that, as the Boston Globe chronicled this winter, is a microcosm of the sharp divide in this city between the haves and the have-nots," said Ivers.

Ivers also plans to confront his opponents and draw a stark contrast between him and the other candidates.

"This city does not need more hack politicians like Michael Flaherty and Stephen Murphy, nor does it need self-interested opportunists like Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley. When elected I promise serve the people – not exploit them," said Ivers.

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Dorcena Forry campaign declares victory in state-senate race

AP called the 1st Suffolk race for Collins early on, but as of 10:08 p.m., city results showed Dorcena Forry leading by a slim margin - and the Dorcena Forry camp was declaring victory. The Collins camp, however, was conceding nothing.

The Dorchester Reporter has more.

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Markey vs. Gomez

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Reports of ballot problems in South Boston/Dorchester senate race

David Bernstein reports on a snafu in the 1st Suffolk race involving some precincts in South Boston (wards 6 and 7( getting ballots without the state-senate candidates listed on them. City elections officials say they fixed the problem before 7:30 a.m.

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Patrick says he didn't endorse anybody in state-senate race

The Dorchester Reporter reports the governor is slamming a pro-Collins ad featuring a photo of him and Nick Collins in the Bay State Banner, because he hasn't taken sides in the race between Collins, Linda Dorcena Forry and Maureen Dahill.

This isn't the first time Patrick has had to deny endorsing somebody, although at least this time his signature wasn't forged on the alleged endorsement.

Meanwhile, WBUR provides an overview of the race to represent the Southie/Dot district.

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Republican takes out papers to run for mayor

Hassan Williams of Roxbury, a one-time Democrat who now considers himself a Republican, has filed papers with the state for a campaign committee to run for mayor this fall.

Williams ran as a Democrat against state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz in the 2010 primary.

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School Committee member resigns to run for mayor

John Barros, who has served on the School Committee for three years, will announce his candidacy for mayor tomorrow morning at the Haley House in Roxbury.

Barros is also executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.

Ed. conflict of interest note: I've done Web work for DSNI.

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Pressley to run for re-election as city councilor, not for mayor

At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley made the announcement today:

I've never been more proud to represent and serve this City. The resiliency demonstrated by the people of Boston this past week has only strengthened my resolve in this work. And while it still doesn't feel like the right time for politics, we are approaching a time in the election cycle where my supporters and my good friends already in the race deserve to know my decision.”

After careful consideration, prayer, and thoughtful counsel with family and friends, I have decided that I will run for reelection to the Boston City Council. I am grateful for and humbled by the outpouring of support from those urging me to consider running for Mayor. While the time may come for me to pursue a different office, that time isn't now.

There is more work to do and I look forward to continuing to advocate for girls and women and for policies that aim to break cycles of poverty and violence. I will make sure - as voters will - that these issues are front and center in the upcoming Council and Mayoral races.

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Charlotte Golar Richie to run for mayor

The Dorchester Reporter gets the scoop on the Dorchester resident who is a former state rep and aide to the current mayor.

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The Harold Stassen of Boston aims for the mayor's seat

The Globe's Andrew Ryan tweets that the first person to take out papers for mayor today was Althea Garrison. She now needs to collect 3,000 signatures to get on the preliminary ballot.

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Self professed un-politician seeks at-large seat on city council

Ivers

Shaun Ivers, a Jamaica Plain real-estate agent and consultant, said today he's running for one of the four at-large city-council seats this fall, vowing not to become another mayoral kowtower engaging in "meaningless soapbox grandstanding:"

Although I have worked with politicians in the course of pursuing school and housing causes, I am not of the politician’s class. I do not come from a family of self-entitled politicians, nor have I ever been a legislative aid bidding my time until I can win an election to become the boss.

Ivers, who moved to Boston from Philadelphia six years ago, says he would bring:

A fresh perspective and new ideas to bolster innovation, increase job security, reduce homelessness and create new treatment opportunities for those suffering from addiction.

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