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By adamg - 7/22/21 - 11:17 am

Seems increasingly unlikely that either Andrea Campbell or Kim Janey will endorse the other should only one of them make it into the November final election: Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/21 - 3:07 pm
Rabbi Barbara Penzner addresses Boston City Council

Today's council meeting opened with an invocation by Rabbi Barbara Penzner of Temple Hillel B'nai Torah in West Roxbury.

A federal judge ruled today that Salem-based Satanists can continue to press their claim that the way the Boston City Council picks clergy members to start its Wednesday meetings - but not them - violates the Constitution's ban on the establishment of religion. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/21 - 11:26 am

Kim Janey has Ricardo Arroyo and now Michelle Wu has Lydia Edwards. That leaves seven city councilors who aren't running for mayor to endorse somebody publicly. Read more.

By adamg - 7/19/21 - 4:24 pm
J. Edgar Hoover's note about an informant in the Brooke investigation

J. Edgar Hoover asked about the reliability of informant T-22 in the Brooke investigation.

On April 8, 1954, Helen Brooke wrote a plaintive letter to Mamie Eisenhower, one mother to another: Was there anything the First Lady could do to get her son, Edward, unclassified as a "security risk," so that he could get the job as assistant US attorney in Boston the Justice Department had offered and then rescinded after an FBI investigation concluded he had consorted with Communists? Read more.

By adamg - 7/16/21 - 10:36 pm

A federal judge today refused to let Shiva Ayyadurai fire his lawyers from his case against the Secretary of State's office and said his attempt to do so and hire a new lawyer the day before he was supposed to file an amended complaint to bring Twitter into the case is the latest in a pattern of failing to obey court rules and the judge has had quite enough. Read more.

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By adamg - 7/15/21 - 9:36 pm

Andrea Campbell takes note of a Globe story about Kim Janey setting up a campaign swag store: Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/21 - 11:24 am

The South End state rep announced this morning he's no longer running for mayor.

Santiago said he's proud of his campaign, which in the most recent poll showed him in single digits, "but the people of Boston have made it clear, and I look forward to supporting the first elected woman of color to lead Boston."

By adamg - 7/1/21 - 12:37 am

The City Council on Wednesday approved a $3.76-billion budget for non-school departments and a $1.3-billion school budget for the fiscal year that started today. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/21 - 3:57 pm

A Globe/Suffolk University poll shows Michelle Wu and Kim Janey opening big leads in the race to get on the November final ballot. The two men in the race both polled in single digits, with one, John Barros, at just 1.8%, so in addition to electing Boston's first mayor of color, voters in November could also elect our first woman mayor. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/21 - 10:05 am

A man who came in seventh in the 2018 Democratic primary for the congressional seat now held by Lori Trahan was indicted yesterday on charges he illegally got friends and family members to loan money to his flailing campaign, which he then illegally used to bolster his flailing hotel venture. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/21 - 12:37 pm

John Barros, who worked to increase affordable housing in Roxbury and Dorchester as head of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, released an affordable-housing plan that includes a transfer tax on property transactions to fund more housing, reducing regulatory requirements on construction of affordable-housing units, turning over more city land for building affordable units, increasing the number of affordable units developers have to include in their market-rate projects and working towards greater investment in the city's public-housing complexes. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/21 - 9:08 am

Sonia Chang-Díaz Launches Her Campaign For Governor of Massachusetts

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz announced this morning she's running for governor in next year's elections. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/21 - 5:46 pm

The State House News Service reports the state education commissioner is "nervous" about sending any of the roughly $480 million BPS's way right now because of "stability" questions about the current School Committee; adds he's careful not to blame Kim Janey.

By adamg - 6/18/21 - 3:47 pm

WGBH reports some 57% of the money raised by our fair Hub's candidates for mayor come from outside the city limits - although much of that is from people who at least live in places where they could take the T or easily spot an "Entering Boston" sign on their morning commute. Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/21 - 9:19 am

The Times of London reports: Outcry as retired Catalan minister faces multimillion-euro ‘independence’ fine.

Andreu Mas-Colell, 76, who helped organize what the Spanish government insists was an illegal referendum on independence for Catalonia, lived on Temple Street in Newton until the mid-1990s, when he taught economics at Harvard, Ryan Grannan-Doll reports.

By adamg - 6/16/21 - 3:22 pm

Michelle Wu today unwrapped her housing agenda, which focuses on making Boston more affordable for the middle class, and which includes a return of rent stabilization, a commitment to use $200 million of incoming federal relief aid on affordable-housing construction and eliminating parking requirements for new all affordable buildings. She would also use municipal funds for mortgage support and savings matching to help people who are not in the market for a condo at One Dalton. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/21 - 10:49 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone's lawsuit against a New York blog and one of its writers under the state wiretap law, because the guy asked if he could record a phone "interview" with Curtatone, and the wiretap law only bars "secretly" recorded conversations. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/21 - 9:49 am

Adrian Walker breaks down the City Council's sudden need to tell Kim Janey they're still the boss of her: She's stopped returning their phone calls. Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/21 - 4:09 pm

The Herald reports the City Council gave itself the right to dethrone an acting mayor. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/21 - 9:50 pm

A federal judge today rejected a request to toss Felix Arroyo's wrongful-termination suit against the city for the way Marty Walsh fired him as chief of health and human services in 2017.

However, US District Court Judge Denise Casper did narrow his suit considerably, dismissing several of his claims. Read more.

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