Turnout of New Bostonians is key in another district preliminary later this month: District 2, where Suzanne Lee is the latest progressive to try to win the council seat that includes South Boston. The seat has been held by Bill Linehan since 2007.
It’s a tough assignment – Southie tends to show up to vote. But Lee, an educator, long-time community activist, and co-founder of the Chinese Progressive Association, would seem to have the right ingredients to improve upon attempts like those of South Ender Susan Passoni.
I did not actually see the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight Saturday, but I know a good political metaphor.
According to reports, Mayweather was leading the bout through the early rounds. An increasingly desparate Ortiz began trying to head-butt Mayweather, eventually connecting. The referee stopped the action to take a point away from Ortiz for the dirty move, at which point Ortiz made a grand show of conciliation, repeatedly reaching out to hug Mayweather -- and was still doing so when the ref called time in, at which point Mayweather took advantage of Ortiz's open arms to clock him twice, knocking him out.
Who done it? Presumably Doug Rubin, political consultant for both Steve Pagliuca (in '09) and Elizabeth Warren (now). An eagle-eyed sleuth claims to have solved the case -- watch the evidence yourself:
Here she goes: consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will announce tomorrow her candidacy for US Senate, her campaign says.
She will appear in Boston tomorrow morning, followed by appearances across the state; more details to come.
I have learned, and confirmed, that campaign advisors filmed Elizabeth Warren on Friday. I cannot confirm what they filmed her for, but unless she's sending in an audition to Survivor, I'm guessing it's an announcement video.
Mitt Romney and Rick Perry have something in common as campaigners: they are both much better on offense than defense. Perry, as both New Guy and Frontrunner, is naturally getting targeted these days, not just by Mitt but also by the various candidates striving for relevance. I thought Perry was so-so handling that in last night's debate; not good, but not bad enough to send people fleeing for the exits.
As I always say, to judge a candidate's performance you need to consider what they were trying to accomplish. Tonight was the start of what will surely be a series of engagements in which Mitt Romney and Rick Perry battle for the Republican Presidential nomination. As I see it: Republican voters probably like Perry better, but may think that Romney is the better bet against Obama.
As we turn the corner from Labor Day to the two-month home stretch of the Boston City Council campaign, John "JC Penny" Connolly remains way ahead of the at-large pack when it comes to banking coin. But he did not top the field for August -- young Felix Arroyo beat him, with help from a roughly $11,000 fundraiser in Puerto Rico.
It appears that Boston suffered its 11th homicide of August yesterday. This follows a 10-homicide July, making this only the second time Boston has had back-to-back double-digit murder counts since the 'Boston miracle' of the mid-1990s. It also happened in June-July 2006; that year, the city tallied 74 homicides for the year, after 75 in 2005, and everyone agreed the city was in a crisis.
You may have heard that President Obama wanted to give his jobs speech to Congress on Wednesday at 8:00pm, but has now agreed to Thursday, a little earlier in the evening to squeeze it in before NFL season kickoff. There was a lot of hoopla over the fact that the original time slot would have put the President directly up against the next Republican Presidential debate.