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By adamg - 4/19/23 - 12:42 pm

The State House News Service reports that Amparo "Chary" Ortiz appears to have withdrawn from the May 2 special primary to replace Jon Santiago, leaving John Moran as the only Democrat left, with no Republicans or other candidates to appear on the May 30 ballot.

By adamg - 4/18/23 - 1:23 pm

The Highland Neighborhood Civic Association will hold a Zoom forum on Thursday for the three Democratic candidate for the state rep's seat vacated by Ed Coppinger. Read more.

By adamg - 4/10/23 - 5:16 pm

Gov. Healey announced today that that Massachusetts health-care providers have started stockpiling mifepristone in advance of potential judicial action to ban its sale, despite 20 years of use showing its safer than many other drugs, including Viagra, but nobody is talking about denying men a right to erections. Read more.

By adamg - 4/7/23 - 9:18 pm

As expected, a federal judge in Texas overturned FDA approval of mifepristone. Gov. Maura Healey said tonight it will remain available in Massachusetts: Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/23 - 1:22 pm

City officials are organizing a pilot for stocking libraries, community centers, schools, shelters and other municipal buildings with menstrual products for women who might otherwise have trouble getting them, City Councilor Gabriela Coletta says. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/23 - 9:34 am

The Boston City Council yesterday approved a proposal by the Wu administration to encourage builders and contractors to turn away from natural-gas systems and towards all-electrical ones in new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovations, in part by requiring potentially expensive higher-efficiency systems and wiring to allow for future electrification. Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/23 - 4:55 pm

the MODERN LOVERS "Roadrunner" 1972

State Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) and state Sen. Bruce Tarrr (R-Gloucester) have both filed bills, again, to get "Roadrunner" declared the state's official rock song. Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/23 - 9:44 am
Kenzie Bok

Update: Bok will resign on April 28.

Mayor Wu announced today she's named Councilor Kenzie Bok (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) as the next administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, which provides housing and housing vouchers for 62,000 Bostonians.
Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/23 - 10:29 pm
Flaherty holds 'crack and meth pack'

Flaherty with a "meth and crack pack" he pulled out of his jacket pocket.

City officials from Chelsea traveled across the Mystic today to tell Boston city councilors how a ban on 50-mil liquor bottles has meant fewer drunken incidents for police and EMTs to respond to and cleaner and even safer streets. Read more.

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.

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