Annual Tribute to Abigail Adams Named One of Boston's Top 100 Events
Heaven Is a Place Called Elizabeth Warren
By Rebecca Traister
On the campaign trail in Massachusetts last month with the Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, I bore witness to acts of extreme giddiness: a 20-year-old student jumping up and down, exclaiming, “Oh, my God, I am obsessed with her”; a third-year law student of Warren’s comparing her to a superhero (“Wonder Woman wishes she could be Professor Warren”); a man stopping Warren on the street and introducing himself as the guy who recently passed her a mash note on a plane (“I was hitting on you,” he said).
District 7 Race Focuses on Community
By Martine Powers
For Tito Jackson, District 7 city councilor, the campaign never seems to end.
Tomorrow’s City Council vote will be his fourth time on the ballot for a council election in 11 months, leaving him little opportunity to stop and, well, govern.
But in Jackson’s mind, the marathon of campaigning is a good thing. When done well, he said, governance and campaigning are the same thing.
“I think you should always be focused on staying in the job,’’ he said. “You do that by having an open door and being accessible to constituents.’’
Jackson’s challenger, Sheneal Parker, is working to keep him from getting that chance to stay in the job. A Boston public school teacher fresh out of Emerge Massachusetts, a political leadership training program, Parker, 41, is looking to snag the seat with her platform of economic development and violence reduction through building alliances in the community.
Letter to the Editor from MWPC
Peter Gelzinis’ column about Ayanna Pressley’s re-election represents a mischaracterization of her candidacy and her body of work as a city councilor (“Ayanna benefits from kind voters,” Nov. 9).
Gelzinis doesn’t reference Pressley’s devoted service on the City Council — from creating and chairing the first ever Committee on Women and Healthy Communities, to her efforts to keep public libraries open, to her advocacy on behalf of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She would not have won re-election, much less topped the at-large ticket with a 2,000-vote margin, if her work as a councilor had not proven satisfactory to the citizens.
It takes much more than luck and pleading for a woman, especially a woman of color, to top any ticket in this city. Rather, it takes what she delivered: a record of quality representation and a strategic, well-structured campaign.
— Priti Rao, Executive Director
Mass. Women’s Political Caucus
City Council Race Shows How Far Boston Has Come
By Joan Vennocchi
MESSAGE TO Michael Flaherty: People don’t like encores unless they start the clapping.
Flaherty’s failure to win back a seat on the Boston City Council changes the dynamic of Boston politics. And so does incumbent Ayanna Pressley’s surprise top-of-the-ticket victory...
Ayanna Tops At-Large City Council Race
By Yawu Miller
In a stunning upset, at-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley topped the ticket in Tuesday's election with 37,506 votes, closely followed by fellow incumbent Felix G. Arroyo, who garnered 35,465...
MWPC Announces New Executive Director
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) announced the appointment of Priti Rao as its new Executive Director. Rao previously served as the organization's Associate Director and most recently as Acting Executive Director.
MWPC Urges President Obama to replace retiring Justice Stevens by appointing a woman
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus calls Justice Stevens a true advocate for women’s rights and making the appointment of a woman to succeed him a continuation of a legacy for equal opportunity
Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus PAC Endorses Simmons, Harkins in State Senate Special Elections
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus PAC has endorsed State Representative Lida Harkins and Cambridge City Councilor Denise Simmons in the April 13th special primary elections for the Massachusetts State Senate.
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Names New Leadership Team and Committee Chairs
Harvard Pilgrim VP Lora M. Pellegrini named President of the State’s Oldest Women’s Political Action Organization
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus is proud to announce the group’s new leadership team, committee chairs, and new board members for 2009.
A message muddled
Democrats, discipline thyselves!
By Lauren Stiller Rikleen
Massachusetts Democrats should remember this cold winter for more than the loss of a Senate seat long held by their beloved liberal lion. Martha Coakley did not lose because she was a flawed candidate, and voters should not simply accept the weaving of that narrative. Nearly a century after Will Rogers said “I am not a member of any organized party - I am a Democrat,” it is time to make the words obsolete...
Brown’s views questioned on reproductive rights
By Matt Viser, Globe Staff
A group of women supporting Democrat Martha Coakley bitterly railed this morning against her Republican rival, Scott Brown, saying that his political positions were dangerous for women and that he was using “smoke and mirrors” to obscure his true beliefs and previous record.
Bay State women propel Coakley
Democrats, discipline thyselves!
By Alex Isenstadt
Just one week after announcing her candidacy, state Attorney General Martha Coakley is emerging as the clear front-runner in the Massachusetts Senate special election. And it’s in no small part because of her support from a broad, politically active network of women’s groups the same coalition that propelled Hillary Clinton to an overwhelming victory over Barack Obama in last year’s Massachusetts Democratic primary.
Young, black, and in the running
By Kenneth J. Cooper
The field of contenders for at-large Boston City Council seats is more diverse than ever this year. Can a new generation of talent -- that identifies with Obama’s message of collaboration and consensus -- have an impact in one of the few large Northern cities that has never had a black mayor?
A woman in the House?
By Scot Lehigh, Globe Columnist
SOMETIMES A trip to a strange and distant land can bring your own home into sharper focus. Certainly a Massachusetts Marco Polo attending a recent Democratic Party fund-raiser in New Hampshire could have been jolted into wondering why his own state suffers from such distaff deficit disorder.