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By adamg - 12/3/21 - 9:51 am

One guess who's announced he's running for governor now that there aren't any Senate races to lose for the next few years? Read more.

By adamg - 12/3/21 - 9:00 am

Matt O'Malley, stepping down as a city councilor at the end of the month, announced this morning he'll be taking on a new job as chief sustainability officer for Vicinity, which runs the steam system that heats and provides hot water for large buildings in Boston and Cambridge. Read more.

By adamg - 12/2/21 - 9:24 pm

NBC Boston reports Senate Democrats got Rachael Rollins's name out of committee tonight and toward a final vote by the full Senate. If confirmed as US Attorney for Massachusetts, she would leave her job as Suffolk County DA. Gov. Baker would then name a replacement for the remainder of her term, which runs through 2022.

By adamg - 12/2/21 - 12:01 pm

WBUR looks at the proposal by City Councilor Julia Mejia (at large) to create a commission to study the idea.

By adamg - 12/1/21 - 4:13 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports the City Council today approved Mayor Wu's proposal to extend a free-fare pilot on the 28 bus route to the 29 and 23 routes for the next two years. Read more.

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By adamg - 12/1/21 - 2:28 pm

Update: Mahty, too.

Gin Dumcius, managing editor at the Dorchester Reporter, writes the Boston City Councilor for Another Month, who lost pretty badly to Michelle Wu for mayor a few weeks ago, is looking at a brighter future on the other side of the Charles and south of the Neponset.

By adamg - 12/1/21 - 9:34 am

The Globe reports Baker is telling friends he'll hang it up next year. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/21 - 9:44 am

Real-estate attorney Richard Vetstein reports a Housing Court justice yesterday ruled the Boston Public Health Commission went too far in imposing a ban on evictions as a public-health measure. Read more.

By adamg - 11/29/21 - 12:14 pm
BTD's Vineet Gupta discusses free bus routes

BTD's Vineet Gupta discusses expansion of free bus service in Boston.

Boston city councilors say they support expanding the current free-fare pilot on the 28 bus to the 23 and 29 routes next year but say they also want to know who pays for continuing or even expanding the service once a planned $8-million, two-year pilot runs out. Read more.

By adamg - 11/23/21 - 10:07 am

The Department of Justice says federal courts in Boston goofed in upholding the city of Boston's decision to bar an ex-Bircher who used to live in West Roxbury from flying what he considers a "Christian" flag from one of the three flagpoles in front of City Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 11/22/21 - 1:44 pm

Mayor Wu today signed an ordinance - which she helped draft as a city councilor - to have the city sell off any securities it holds in companies that make at least 15% of their revenue from fossil fuels, tobacco or private prisons. Read more.

By adamg - 11/18/21 - 11:00 pm

Segun Idowu, currently executive director of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, will leave that post on Jan. 3 to take up where John Barros left off when he resigned the post to run for mayor earlier this year. Read more.

By adamg - 11/18/21 - 10:32 am

Mayor Wu said today that she plans to work with officials in Cambridge, Chelsea and Revere to see if they can create a free-fare pilot on two long bus routes that carry riders between those cities and Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 11/17/21 - 12:53 pm

Mayor Wu said today she will ask the City Council to spend $8 million in incoming federal funds to eliminate fares on the 23, 28 and 29 bus lines over the next two years.

The 28 is already free to riders through the end of the year under a pilot launched earlier this year by acting Mayor Kim Janey. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/21 - 12:38 pm
Michelle Wu takes oath of office

With a bit of help from her family, City Councilor Michelle Wu officially become Mayor Wu shortly after 12:30 p.m., in a ceremony at the front of the city-council chambers in Boston City Hall.

By Ron Newman - 11/16/21 - 7:52 am

Billy Tauro, the Trump-supporting publisher of The Somerville News Weekly, demanded and is receiving a recount of the November 2 mayoral election, to be held Thursday, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Somerville City Hall.

State law appears to allow Tauro to demand this recount despite the fact he was not on the November ballot after losing the Sept. 14 preliminary with less than 15% of the vote. Tauro then ran a write-in campaign, losing again on November 2, with write-ins receiving 6.5% of the vote.

By adamg - 11/14/21 - 7:34 pm
Let's go Brandon

An entrepreneur has set up a trailer on Rte. 1 southbound in Norwood to sell Trump and anti-Biden stuff. Probably easier to get supplies of that than Christmas trees.

By adamg - 11/10/21 - 10:21 am

Mayor-elect Michelle Wu said today she plans to appoint Dr. Monica Bharel, who served as commissioner of the state Department of Public Health as Covid-19 exploded, to serve as the cabinet-level head of the city's efforts to do something about Mass and Cass after Wu takes office on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 11/8/21 - 9:27 am

WBUR interviews Kim Janey on her eight months as acting mayor.

By adamg - 11/3/21 - 4:05 pm
Janey and Wu

Janey and Wu share a moment at press conference.

At a joint press conference with acting Mayor Kim Janey, Mayor Elect Michelle Wu said hiring a Cabinet-level person to deal with the ongoing crisis at Mass and Cass will be one of her top priorities even before her administration starts on Nov. 16. Read more.

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