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By adamg - 12/13/11 - 7:28 am

Technically, it's only a primary, but since there's no Republican in the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex race, the winner of the Democratic primary will be the next senator, WBUR reports.

By adamg - 11/23/11 - 8:57 pm

The Globe reports a recount showed Bill Linehan really did beat Suzanne Lee - and that a council redistricting plan he authored would shift two precincts where he did really poorly out of his district.

By adamg - 11/18/11 - 3:01 pm

South End Patch reports Suzanne Lee will formally ask the city elections department to recount votes in District 2, where officials said she lost to incumbent Councilor Bill Linehan by just 87 votes.

By adamg - 11/11/11 - 12:42 pm

Steve Poftak looks at the numbers from Tuesday's election, notices that John Connolly's tally in Hyde Park and the neighboring part of Roslindale dropped more than 1,000 votes from 2009:

What's the explanation here? Well, my best guess would be a certain 60-something Readville resident and civic leader might have been less than fully supportive.

By adamg - 11/8/11 - 9:47 pm

With all precincts now in, city numbers show incumbent Councilor Bill Linehan defeating challenger Suzanne Lee by just 87 votes in District 2 (South Boston, South End, Chinatown).

By adamg - 11/8/11 - 9:27 pm

Pressley victory speech by Mike Deehan/Dorchester Reporter.

Ayanna Pressley, the first-term incumbent whom many thought was most vulnerable to defeat this year, topped the field of candidates for one of four at-large City Council seats.

By adamg - 11/8/11 - 8:37 pm

Baker Both Baker and O'Toole camps are telling the Dorchester Reporter that Frank Baker will be District 3's new councilor, replacing the retiring Maureen Feeney.

By adamg - 11/8/11 - 11:00 am

Honey Fitz

Honey Fitz says get out and vote. In Boston, seven people are running for four at-large council seats and there are contested district races in 2 (South Boston, South End and Chinatown), 3 (Dorchester) and 7 (Roxbury).

In District 3, where O'Toole and Baker and battling to replace outgoing incumbent Feeney, the Dorchester Reporter is tweeting the latest voting numbers and other observations.

In District 2, Lee vs. Linehan, David Bernstein calculates that turnout in precincts Lee won in the preliminary are up dramatically, but that turnout in precincts Linehan won are up even more so.

Our special Election Day Citizen Complaint of the Day comes from Brighton, where a peeved citizen reports:

No "I voted today" stickers at Patricia White Apartments. What's the point of voting? (But despite that, the civilian poll workers and the Boston police officer were all super friendly and professional. Thanks for their community service!)

Photo of John Fitzgerald from the BPL Leslie Jones collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 11/5/11 - 9:25 pm

Flaherty card

Dave Atkins of Roslindale reports he's gotten two of these Flaherty cards, both signed, in slightly different handwriting, by "John."

Am I supposed to mistake this card as an endorsement of Michael Flaherty by John Connolly?

By adamg - 11/4/11 - 7:26 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette quizzed the seven candidates on some JP-specific issues. Only JP resident Sean Ryan had any criticisms of the way the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council handled the matter.

Speaking of the neighborhood council, the Gazette also reports that among the Whose Foods protesters outside the new store on its opening day earlier this week was Ben Day, the council's new chairman.

By adamg - 11/1/11 - 2:02 pm

The Dorchester Reporter notes that Yoon sent out a city-council endorsement e-mail from his new aerie in Washington that doesn't mention fl.

By adamg - 10/27/11 - 8:20 am

Both the Phoenix and the South End News have endorsed incumbent at-large councilors Connolly, Pressley and Arroyo.

By adamg - 10/26/11 - 8:27 am

The Globe tags along with former City Councilor Michael Flaherty at a meet-and-greet at the Forest Hills T stop, where somebody asks him if he's really just running for mayor again.

Peter Gelzinis writes Flaherty's making a mistake thinking the road to the mayor's office is through the City Council chambers.

By adamg - 10/20/11 - 7:18 pm

One man dared protect your children from FROZEN MEAT PATTIES.

Gin Dumcius reports that seems to be the gist of the mailer John Connolly just sent out:

In at-large race, Connolly sends out epic-looking mailer touting expired frozen food investigation. Mailer red and white front: "WARNING: Contents inside were not suitable for children. Until John Connolly Took Action"

By adamg - 10/19/11 - 11:18 pm

David Bernstein reports on the battle between Frank Baker and John O'Toole to replace Maureen Feeney:

Defaced campaign offices, character-assassination calls to voters, destroyed lawn signs, intimidation, name-calling - the campaign has seen it all, just in the past couple of weeks.

By adamg - 10/19/11 - 7:27 am

The Daily Free Press reports on a forum for District 7 (Roxbury, Fenway) City Councilor Tito Jackson and challenger Sheneal Parker.

Both are running for a full term following Chuck Turner's federally sponsored exit from Massachusetts. Jackson was elected in a special election earlier this year.

Report from BNN:

By adamg - 10/18/11 - 7:33 am

West Roxbury Patch reports on a candidates' forum at the Deutsches Altenheim.

By adamg - 10/16/11 - 9:50 am

The Globe reports ticket topper John Connolly and cash-poor Ayanna Pressley have merged their campaign finances and begun campaigning together as they run for re-election for at-large City Council seats. For Pressley, the move means immediate resources; for Connolly, it means access to new constituencies should he ever run for another office.

By adamg - 10/14/11 - 5:11 pm

Just yesterday, City Council President Steve Murphy said BPD told him it was costing $2 million a month to watch over those scamps on Dewey Square. Channel 4, however, reports today that BPD has put the total cost of its supervision of Occupy Boston since Oct. 1 (the occupation began 9/30) at $146,189.55.

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