I rarely respond to criticisms made out in the blogosphere (or elsewhere) about me. And normally I wouldn't respond to the strange tirade I recently learned of in the comments at Universal Hub -- made about two weeks ago by Suffolk County DA press secretary Jake Wark, in which he insults, at remarkable length, my 2005 article "The Worst Homicide Squad In The Country."
Mel Martinez couldn't even be bothered to offer a half-baked excuse -- he's just done being the US Senator from Florida. He had already announced that he wouldn't run for re-election in 2010, which when you think about it is a pretty remarkable thing for a first-term Senator from one of the country's most populous states to do.
Detroit has a 9-person city council, all elected at-large. There is a movement to turn 7 of those into district seats, similar to what Boston did a coupl'a decades back.
Detroit just held its primary election Tuesday, to narrow the council field to 18. There are three openings, because two of the nine incumbents are not seeking re-election, and a third resigned after pleading guilty to bribery.
Yes, it's that time again -- the July second-half numbers are in, and I must overanalyze them because that's just how I am. And aren't you grateful for that!
I'll make some comments below, but first here's the data as I put it together, with apologies for any errors on my part. I'm listing them in order of total fundraising for the two-year cycle (which for most of them dates back only a few months, to when they launched their campaigns).
Tom Menino blew off MassVOTE pretty good recently, by agreeing to exactly none of the three candidate forums the organization and its coalition partners were planning. Perhaps the mayor thought the partnering groups would slink away, making the forums seem insignificant, and his absence unnewsworthy.
Not so fast. MassVOTE has announced that Univision and the Metro Newspaper are on board, along with some 50 community organizations -- many representing minority groups (see below for the full list).
Just a few quick notes and observations:
--Boston's at-large council candidates aren't exactly burning up the
Twitter wires. By my count (as of this morning) the 12 of them who have
accounts have posted a total of 135 updates since July 1 -- and
56 of those are from Tito Jackson. Ayanna Pressley is a distant second