In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, onlline now -- I have a cover story about how Sarah Palin will fit into the conservative marketplace.
As you may know, I am a devoted chronicler of today's conservative movement. For the past couple of months, I've been doing research for a potential in-depth article about what I call the conservative marketplace.
NEWS ITEM: The operators of the Franklin Park Zoo, who last week warned that some animals
might have to be destroyed if state lawmakers don't restore funding, say they
won't be euthanizing any animals as a result of state budget cuts....In a revised statement released Saturday, Zoo New England said it meant the
state would be forced to care for the animals or euthanize them.
So it seems that Charlie Baker really is throwing his hat into the ring, getting word out just after Tim Cahill pretty much made his independent run official. Assuming Baker beats Christie Mihos in the GOP primary, that means a three-way showdown between three well-funded, serious, attractive candidates with state-wide organizations.
These are tough times for a relative unknown to try to raise money for a political campaign, but it's gotta be done somehow -- it costs money to run a serious city-wide campaign. And we're only about 11 weeks from the preliminary election, if I'm not mistaken.
With that in mind, let's take a quick look at the 15 at-large Boston City Council candidates, who have just filed their end-of-June campaign-finance reports.
Today's juicy inside-baseball political story is at CBS News, which has testy emails between Sarah Palin and McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt. Palin was demanding that the campaign respond to stories about her husband's involvement with an Alaskan secessionist group; Schmidt was telling her that responding is the wrong move, and the campaign won't do it.
So now, roughly five years after an FBI informant began taping Boston police officers regularly partying with "known drug dealers" and prostitutes; some four years after Roberto Pulido was caught on tape talking about supplying illegal steroids to other officers; three years after federal agents submitted affadavits claming that Pulido was paying off his department superiors to keep the "Boom-Boom Room" parties hushed up; nearly two years since an agent testified that two other BPD officers were running illegal after-hours parties; barely 16 months after Commissioner Ed Davis told me that soon "the cancer that was growing within the Boston Police Department will be removed"; and by strange coincidence on a stormy Thursday afternoon leading into a three-day holiday weekend, Davis announced the conclusion of the internal investigation, with 11 officers receiving reprimands or suspensions.
A major thunderstorm is chasing everyone home early to start the three-day holiday weekend -- any clever political strategists have some news they want to dump with little attention?
Why, yes. Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Deval Patrick's chief of staff, Doug Rubin, will resign in the coming weeks. Rubin, top strategist in Patrick's '06 campaign, will now set up the private consulting business that he tried to start after that election -- before he got roped back in to steer the administration back on course, after its initial bumpy start.
...in Facebook fans, that is. As of my current check, Tito Jackson has 1373 fans of his campaign's Facebook page, surpassing Andrew Kenneally (1148), Felix Arroyo (934), Ayanna Pressley (862). and John Connolly (787).
Plus, I met Tito's mom, Rosa last night at his kick-off party. I wouldn't want to bet against any boy of hers.
I've got to think it's tough for a campaign strategist when someone like me calls up and starts the conversation with: "I'm looking at the finance report and wondering why I should take your candidate seriously at this point."
James Spencer gave me some A-plus spin, but the fact is that Sam Yoon raised just under $40,000 in June; he peaked with a $51k March and has declined since.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I report that the City of Boston has paid $3.8 million to settle a civil lawsuit over the wrongful conviction of Anthony Powell.
This is the third, and largest, recent settlement for the city's liability in a string of nine wrongful convictions discovered between 1999 and 2004; the total amount is now over $10 million.
Jeff Jacoby once again rounds up whatever climate-change debunkery he finds floating in the conservative flotsam, and churns out a column scoffing at Al Gore. This should keep him in the good graces and high click-throughs in the right-wing blogosphere, but earns him another whacking from my little blog.
To Jacoby's credit, he at least leaves out the current fave theory of the denial crowd, concerning the allegedy suppressed contrarian views of an EPA scientist.