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By adamg - 3/28/23 - 9:55 pm
Mel King and Ray Flynn

King and Ray Flynn, against whom he ran for mayor in 1983, years later. Photo by Derek Kouyoumijian.

GBH reports the death of Mel King, director of the New Urban League of Greater Boston, state representative, candidate for mayor, educator and namesake of the Mel King Institute.

Continuing Mel King's Legacy, Fighting Racism and Economic Inequality.
Our Nelson Mandela.

By adamg - 3/27/23 - 2:10 pm

Felix Arroyo opened up a vacancy as Suffolk County Register of Probate when he retired earlier this month. The first person to officially signal he's running for the office, by registering a campaign with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, is Vincent Procopio of Saugus.

Saugus is not in Suffolk County, but unlike candidates for district attorney or register of deeds, registers of probate don't have to live in the county they want to serve. The job entails overseeing a state-funded office for handling wills and the like. It pays $174,000 a year.

By adamg - 3/23/23 - 10:25 am

The Boston Sun catches up with John Moran and Amparo “Chary” Ortiz, both running in the May 2 Democratic primary to replace Jon Santiago.

By adamg - 3/22/23 - 2:12 pm

City Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) today proposed banning local pet shops - including one in her district - from selling guinea pigs, which she says are beginning to overwhelm local animal shelters, and which are now even showing up on Boston streets as strays. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/23 - 9:38 am

Celia Segal of Jamaica Plain has filed papers with the state for a possible run in the Democratic primary in May to replace Ed Coppinger, who recently resigned from the 10th Suffolk seat. Read more

By adamg - 3/15/23 - 9:27 am

Gov. Healey announced today that she'll be lifting the official Massachusetts Covid-19 public-health emergency on May 11. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/23 - 2:50 pm

Christopher Gavin reports the City Council voted 11-2 today to support Mayor Wu's proposal to cap rent increases at no more than 10% for tenants in older buildings with more than six apartments. The measure now goes to the state legislature for consideration. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/23 - 12:53 pm

The Massachusetts Constitution lets citizens verbally confront public officials, even to the point of calling them Hitlers, and officials can't just kill the microphones to shut up angry people up at public meetings, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today, throwing out a Southborough town bylaw that required "civility" at Town Hall meetings. Read more.

By adamg - 3/6/23 - 1:53 pm

The state Ethics Commission announced today it's fined Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins for two violations of state conflict-of-interest law, related to a job he gave his niece and personal errands he had his subordinates do. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/23 - 9:29 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports.

By adamg - 3/1/23 - 9:23 am

Robert Orthman of Roslindale and Garrett Casey of Jamaica Plain have both filed with the state to run as Democrats for the 10th Suffolk state representative's seat Ed Coppinger resigned from this week. Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/23 - 12:22 pm

The Secretary of State's office has set May 2 for primary elections to select candidates for May 30 special elections to replace outgoing state Reps. Jon Santiago (South End) and Ed Coppinger (West Roxbury and a smidge of Brookline). Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/23 - 10:15 am

City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park) and Gabriela Coletta (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) today proposed a "food recovery" program aimed at getting more food to people who can't afford it by reducing the amount of food restaurants, hotels, colleges, sports arenas and event organizers now simply throw away at the end of the night. Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/23 - 9:51 am

Gov. Healey today proposed several credits and deductions , including a new $600 credit for dependents that include children under 13 and people with disabilities or over 65 - and an increase in the rental deduction, from the current maximum of $3,000 to $4,000. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/23 - 1:51 pm

A landlord group today sued the city to obtain copies of e-mail between City Hall and members of the city rent stabilization advisory committee in the year before Mayor Wu appointed them last March. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/23 - 12:02 pm

The State House News Service reports state Rep. Ed Coppinger (D-10th Suffolk) is resigning next week for a new job at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, which was briefly led by Joe Boncore, who had quit his job as a state senator. Read more.

By adamg - 2/20/23 - 11:33 am

Scott Van Voorhis recounts last week's BPDA board meeting, at which board members pushed back on Mayor Wu's plans to reshape the way development happens in Boston.

Watch board members criticize criticism of the BPDA's current policies: Read more.

By adamg - 2/17/23 - 6:03 pm

The Herald reports Mayor Wu vetoed a city-council proposal that would return the school committee to being all elected. Read more.

By adamg - 2/17/23 - 9:09 am

Gov. Healey announced today she is appointing State Rep. Jon Santiago of the South End to the new position of secretary of the Executive Office of Veterans' Services. Read more. Read more.

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