Columnists :: Political Notes
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción CEO addded to state board
New members bring classroom experience, standards expertise and advocacy for underserved populations
City Councilors spur firefighters to reach agreement with City
After an endless stream of media posturing, the City came to an accord with the Boston Firefighters Union last night on a five-year contract.
Ward 5 Democratic Committee makes its statewide endorsements
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Ward 5 Democratic Committee chose five candidates to endorse for statewide office.
City Council passes unanimous resolution in support of transgender rights
The Boston City Council this afternoon unanimously passed a resolution supporting An Act Relative to Gender-based Discrimination and Hate Crimes (S. 1687/H. 1728). The resolution was sponsored by At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and co-sponsored by fellow At-Large Councilor John Connolly.
Chang-Diaz launches new website
Second Suffolk State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz last week launched a new website, www.senatorchangdiaz.com. The site offers everything you’d expect: a bio section, info on a variety of issues, and contact information.
South End reps split on casino vote
After campaigning with the position of "not an automatic no" on implementing casinos in Massachusetts, 3rd Suffolk State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz voted last week to approve expanded gaming in the state. On the other hand, 9th Suffolk State Rep. Byron Rushing voted no on the measure, which easily passed the House 120-37.
Rushing, Michlewitz among 12 Boston reps trying to prevent library closures
A group of 12 Boston state representatives co-sponsored three amendments that seek to keep all Boston Public Library (BPL) branches open on Friday, April 16. Among the co-sponsors were South End elected officials 3rd Suffolk State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and 9th Suffolk State Rep. Byron Rushing, who joined with the group that has decided to attempt to supercede Mayor Thomas Menino’s plan to shutter four branch libraries - the Faneuil (Brighton), Lower Mills (Dorchester), Orient Heights (East Boston), and Washington Village (South Boston) branches.
Menino reacts to health care legislation
Mayor Thomas Menino just released a statement on yesterday’s health care legislation. In it he called the vote "historic" and added that he’s "proud to support President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and our congressional leaders as they continue to improve our national health care system for all Americans."
Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman weighs in on health care reform
Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Nassour has released a statement about the passing of health care reform yesterday. She says that the new legislation will do serious harm to the nation, hurting the economy.
Michlewitz announces spring coffee hours
After a successful string of coffee hours within his district in the fall and winter, 3rd Suffolk State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz has decided to take another sip. On Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Michlewitz will begin his second series of coffee hours at Starbucks at 627 Tremont Street.