Nope, I have not forgotten about this site. Here’s a collection of what I’ve been working on while neglecting this blog.
April 29, 2013
Last week the gates finally opened on applying to pull papers to run for mayor and in just two days’ time the number of potential candidates has jumped to 24,
meaning the race is only 6 entrants away from being a WWE pay-per-view.
In order to become an official candidate, you need at least 3,000 certified signatures from registered Boston voters. Anyone can pull papers, but few have the organization and support to get enough signatures in just a few weeks’ time.
Menino No Mas
April 3, 2013
It only took a few days after Thomas Menino announced that he would not be running for reelection this fall for almost every political reporter to start wildly speculating who might be entering the race to replace Boston’s longest-serving mayor.
In one fell swoop last week, Menino blew open this year’s municipal elections by announcing that after 20 years in office he would not run again.
This is the same man that most political junkies swore would die in office.
Age Before Snooty
March 26, 2013
At-large City Councilor John Connolly is still in the middle of his political suicide march.
Last week, the West Roxbury-based mayoral candidate held his official campaign coming out party with a kickoff party at the Omni Parker Hotel. The party featured a surprise(d) performance from local musicians Bad Rabbits, which means Boston voters likely got their first taste this season of a square politician awkwardly pretending to get into music to appeal to young voters.
Mayoral Stand Off
March 1, 2013
March is here and we are still waiting to hear announcements for candidates in next November’s municipal election. Although it is likely we’ll get more announcements for City Council races once it gets closer to the April 17 deadline to pull papers, we should already know who wants to challenge the mayor.
In previous years when Mayor Menino waited until the last minute to announce, it was perceived as the mayor keeping his cards close to his chest. This time, after almost two months in the hospital, there is considerable reason to believe that the mayor honestly has not decided whether he has another term in him.
February 15, 2013
In the span of a weekend any hope that the Republican party had at regaining a United State Senate seat in Massachusetts softly and pathetically wilted.
On the Democratic side, US Congressman Ed Markey made it pretty clear that the party establishment had his back in hopes of locking up the nomination.
Fellow US Congressman Stephen Lynch was the only Bay State Pol to not get that message.
January 29, 2013
After one year of being the newest face on the Boston City Council, it is still difficult to tell whose side Frank Baker is on.
It has long been common practice for councilors to form tenuous alliances and spiteful rivalries among themselves. For instance, Councilors Stephen Murphy, Sal LaMattina, Bill Linehan, and Rob Consalvo are super chummy. They vote together, co-sponsor bills together, and occasionally help LaMattina find the bathroom. He tends to get lost easily.
Back in Session
January 16, 2013
It is almost too appropriate that the Boston City Council begins this year with meaningless grandstanding and a feeble attempt to hide the amount of backstage wheeling and dealing that makes up Boston politics.
Last week the Boston City Council kicked off its 2013 season with a show of solidarity in voting 12-1 to send Stephen J. Murphy—the J stands for “Jowly”—back to the head of the council as president of the 13-member body.
Each year, the council decides who among themselves should be their leader. This is typically accomplished through a series of backroom deals and promises for cushy committee chair gigs, followed by a mock vote on the council floor to give the false appearance that the council presidency is more than … well, that.
Bad Things, Worse People
December 19, 2012
At this point, everyone knows about the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Friday, December 14, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 20 young children and six adults before ending his short, miserable life. In the wake of the tragedy there has been plenty to mourn, but also hate.
Here are four groups of people absolutely worth hating.
Race to the Starting Line
November 21, 2012
“Political junkie” is more than just a cutesy term for people super interested in politics.
It refers to that unique set of reporters, pundits, and loners who immediately start considering a switch to actual heroin just 24 hours past election day.
Couple that with the fact that Mayor Menino has spent the last month in the hospital and all of a sudden speculation over who will be the next person fed to the Menino political machine has turned into who will be running for what might be the city’s first open seat for mayor in 30 years.
Re-cap in Your Ass
November 13, 2012
Last Tuesday was kind of a weird night and I don’t just mean the part where the Monopoly Guy’s weird nephew lost a presidential campaign or the part when I hazily recall making a campaign manager throw away my empty bottle at an election party.
The surprise that really should not have been a surprise was Scott Brown’s inability to get reelected.
Attacking intellect as elitism and running with the Boston Herald’s racist “Fauxcahontas” rhetoric was clearly not enough for Brown to retain his seat. He found a way to quickly devolve his campaign to replace his public charisma with the mean-spirited pragmatism of political operatives who spend a little too much time aspiring to be the next Karl Rove.
The Bastard’s Poll Guide
November 2, 2012
This Tuesday is Election Day, which means it is yet another opportunity for voters across the Commonwealth to pat themselves on the back for taking part in the bare minimum of civic engagement.
Here are four things you should know when heading into the voting booth.
U.S. Senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren, who is in neck-in-neck with Scott Brown, according to a Boston Globe poll released October 29, may not be as terrible a politician as we once thought, but Scott Brown is clearly an unlikable prick.
Making the Grade
October 17, 2012
Boston’s ongoing school assignment reform plan is contentious, ill-conceived … and the staging ground for the 2013 mayoral election.
In order to get into an elementary school, Boston parents must submit to an annual school-placement lottery for a shot at getting their chosen school—typically not one of the lower performing schools the city usually reserves for the communities of color in Roxbury, Dorchester, or Mattapan.
Race(ist) to the Top
October 4, 2012
Say what you will about the ever-increasing pervasiveness of obsessively uploading videos to the Internet, but the practice has increasingly made each election cycle significantly more entertaining.
At this point, most people have heard about Mitt Romney getting caught on camera at a fundraiser admitting that poor people and minorities are probably not going to vote for him.
Back to the Drawing Board
October 1, 2012
So how badly can the City Council fuck up one of their few actual responsibilities? How about letting petty politics get in the way of producing a new district map in time for the hard November deadline.
Very rarely do we get an opportunity to see the cracks in the veneer of faux-friendliness and cooperation between City Councilors that have been emerging in the city’s dysfunctional redistricting process.