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Entries Tagged as 'Joel Gonzalez'

The Battle For The North End

November 13th, 2017 · 45 Comments · City Council, City Politics

When did Facebook start reading like an OIB thread? When it comes to city politics, anyway. A number of OIB readers and posters got into a battle with former State Rep. Bob Keeley, a candidate for City Council in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Keeley and Anne Pappas Phillips are challenging party-endorsed Jeanette Herron and Mike DeFilippo […]

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State Budget Leaves $13 Million Gap In City Budget–Ganim: Voting Yes To Library Question Will Jack Taxes

November 3rd, 2017 · 73 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Library, News and Events, State Politics

Addressing the media Friday afternoon, Mayor Joe Ganim announced the recently passed state budget, four months late, leaves a gaping $13 million hole in the municipal budget year that began July 1. Ganim also stressed that if city voters approve Tuesday’s ballot question to fund city libraries it will further exacerbate municipal finances and lead […]

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Former Councilman Asserts Hennessey’s School Board Party Switch Not Straight Up

June 6th, 2016 · 25 Comments · City Politics, Education

The resignation of Dave Hennessey from the Board of Education has triggered a controversy about the political affiliation of his replacement. Elected as a Democrat in 2013, Hennessey switched his party affiliation in January to Republican. Lawyers advising the BOE say his replacement must be a Republican. Board members are in the process of selecting […]

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Charles Smith Visits High School Chum Pereira (Phew! No Jordan or Pippen)

May 26th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Harding High School basketball star Charles Smith stopped into the city Wednesday to visit his old classmate Maria Pereira at her East Main Street headquarters. They attended high school together in the mid 1980s.

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Happy Birthday Queenie! An AB-racadbra Cake, Love Speedy Gonzalez

May 4th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Talk about a twisted sense of humor. Former City Councilman Joel “Speedy” Gonzalez takes the cake. Actually, he presented a birthday cake at the office of City Clerk Lydia Martinez, in honor of her long and distinguished reputation as the city’s queen of absentee ballots.

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Campaign 2015–Who’ll Throw First Punch In Mayor’s Race?

April 28th, 2015 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Who’s gonna draw first blood in the mayoral race? The first punch? First attack? The quest to serve as the city’s chief executive is now taking shape. Mayor Bill Finch seeks a third four-year term, Joe Ganim wants his old job back and Mary-Jane Foster has entered presumably to frame herself as the viable alternative. […]

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Come On-A My House, Ayala House

November 30th, 2014 · 10 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

When it comes to bona fide residency, the Ayala family of political operatives could be a reality television series, be it State Senator Andres Ayala, his cousin outgoing State Rep. Christina or his uncle Tito, a former city councilman.

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State House Candidates Address Blight, Government Reform And Taxes

October 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A few weeks ago South End activist and demographics guru Andrew Martinez conducted an online survey that received more than 80 responses with approximately 35 being South End residents. Based on responses from South End residents, Martinez identified three priority areas: Blight, Governance (transparency, conflicts of interest) and Taxes. The candidates running for the 130th […]

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