After all the recent speculation about Vicky or Joe here, and Caroline in New York, there's been very little buzz about a Kennedy who really might be the next in the clan for the US Senate: Chris.
Christopher Kennedy, son of Robert and Ethel, is reportedly very likely to enter the race in Illinois, to replace presumed no-chance-in-hell incumbent Roland Burris in 2010.
Everyone's dissecting last night's big House voteto add a sales tax increase to the state budget. Methuen Mayor William Manzi (hey Bill, you keeping the weight off since besting Sullivan in that diet contest?) calls the sales tax increase a "job killer" in the Eagle Tribune. Elsewhere:
--Has the swine flu invaded Lowell? The Sun asks you not to panic, but.
It's been so long since the last Ask Me Anything Day, you may have forgotten how it works. Here is the process:
1) You ask me anything, using the comments below or by sending an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org;
2) I do my best to answer, in separate posts throughout the day.
For example, let's say you asked: "What do you make of the House passing the sales tax increase last night, by a veto-proof margin, after Gov.
Andrew Kenneally, candidate for at-large Boston City Council, has announced that he's been endorsed by AFSCME Council 93. That's not one of the super-biggies, but it's a good one.
Because so many of the at-large candidates are essentially unknown to Bostonians, endorsements figure to be an important part of the process of breaking through -- especially endorsements that mean boots on the streets.
It's all about the swine flu in today's papers -- taking the fear-and-panic focus off the Craigslist killer where it belongs. I mean, are there any secret pantie stashes in the swine flu story? I think not. Plus, it seems we're better prepared than when I told you to be very afraid of avian flu back in '05. Elsewhere:
--Everyone's writing about taxes as the House budget goes into debate this week.
I'll be on Jim Braude's NECN show at 6:00 tonight, talking Menino, state budget, and whatever else.
Speaking of the Mayor, his campaign has released its first TV ad. Holy smokes that's an early jump into the game. When the Herald reported that Menino was spotted filming for a campaign ad recently, I assumed it was just for a web-site campaign-launch video.
It's official: Ayanna Pressley, state political director for US Senator John Kerry, is filing her application this morning to run for Boston City Council, and opening a campaign account.
Pressley informed other candidates of her decision yesterday, and a campaign spokesperson just confirmed for me that she is in the process of filing.
The Craigslist killer story isn't getting quite the wall-to-wall detail-poring coverage of, say, Neil Entwistle -- yet. But the Herald appears to have most of their staff working on it, and the addition of the phrase "secret stash of panties" certainly helps. (Prudish Globe calls it "underwear [investigators] alleged was taken from two victims."
In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a column looking at the field of candidates shaping up for the Boston City Council's four at-large seats. Specifically, I take note of two interesting, and opposite, developments:
1) South Boston, which has such a strong history of producing political contenders, does not appear to have a single candidate in the race.
Tom Menino is TOTALLY into the high-tech, 21st century campaign stuff for his re-election. His web site went live today. He's also got an official Facebook site (a little slow-starting, with just a few dozen supporters -- make some calls, Passafaro!). And an official YouTube channel, where you can watch Bostonians telling their personal Menino-encounter tales.
Tom Menino is in like Flynn! Actually, like two Flynns; Ray served a measly nine years. Menino announces his intent to five-peat today: Globe and Herald. Not much else going on:
--Western Mass has its own mini-Madoff, the Republican reports.
--I know some people who are not going to like this: budget cuts threaten Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, says the Telegram & Gazette.
I have confirmation that Tom Menino will announce his candidacy for re-election tomorrow, Wednesday, at a 5:00pm appearance at Digitas, on Arch Street.
It hasn't exactly been a mystery that he intended to run -- he's been in campaign mode for some time now -- but this puts to rest any lingering doubts that may be out there.
All the area papers report on some crazy group of people who apparently ran from somewhere in MetroWest all the way to downtown Boston yesterday. I dunno, sounds like an Internet hoax to me. Elsewhere on a slow news day:
--Lots of coverage of the "Craig's List killer." Quincy's Patriot-Ledger has the story of their home-town suspect
Mayors around the Commonwealth got a look at the new House budget, and their conclusion is unanimous: fiscal crisis sucks. Elsewhere on a light news day:
--The Herald News reports on Gov. Patrick talking budget, taxes, casinos, etc. with business leaders in Westport.
--Your feel-good story of the day: Milford Daily News on three chronically ill kids getting gifts from My One Wish.
Yesterday was the first day for "making application for nomination
papers," as the Boston Elections Department puts it. Candidates can
'make application' as late as May 12 -- but signatures are due by May 19,
so let's not be waiting until the last minute, Ayanna!
candidates need 1500 certified signatures, a figure that was raised
this year in what some -- not me! -- might call the Steve Murphy Incumbency
Protection Act II.