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With Wu ahead in polls, Essaibi George gets more aggressive

Essaibi George’s sharpened line of attack is a strategy her good friend, former mayor Martin J. Walsh, also once used — to success in his own 2013 mayoral campaign. → Read More

Boston mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George square off tonight in first post-preliminary debate

The debate starts at 7 p.m. and will be televised on WBZ. It presents a potentially pivotal opportunity for Annissa Essaibi George to make up ground on the race's front-runner, Michelle Wu. → Read More

With three weeks left in race for Boston mayor, Wu hits airwaves with new ad in six-figure TV push

The 30-second spot, entitled the “The Wu Way,” features the candidate at campaign stops and also includes clips from her victory party the night of the Sept. 14 preliminary election. → Read More

Heading into final stretch of Boston mayoral race, Wu and Essaibi George shun outside attack ads

Political analysts say the pledge from City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu will pose a challenge as the candidates try to distinguish themselves and build a strong coalition of support across the city. → Read More

In Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, a tale of two neighborhoods

The failure of a Black candidate to advance to the final election was driven by a range of factors. But it is also a story of what transpired in two key Boston neighborhoods. → Read More

Wu expresses confidence she’s headed for final election; no results yet from city

The suspense was building Tuesday night when, nearly two hours after the polls closed, only a small fraction of results had been reported → Read More

Whatever happens Tuesday, Boston is on the brink of change

Boston is on the cusp of transforming into the city that many have long wanted but questioned whether they would ever see. → Read More

Sheriff Steve Tompkins endorses Boston mayoral candidate Michelle Wu

In an announcement made at a campaign event outside the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Suffolk County Sheriff Stephen Tompkins backed City Councilor Michelle Wu for mayor, citing her “commitment to the communities of Boston and economic justice for all,” according to a release announcing the endorsement. → Read More

Boston mayoral race intensifies, with hopes for excitement not seen in nearly 40 years

Whether Boston will see the level of excitement that drove the record-setting turnout in the 1983 race remains an open question amid an unusual campaign season that has been marked as much by extreme weather and a pandemic as it has been by politics and policy. → Read More

Boston mayoral candidate Michelle Wu is on an island alone with rent control

Though all major candidates in the Boston mayoral race have called attention to the city’s affordable housing crisis, Wu is the only one to publicly endorse rent control. → Read More

With a legal challenge, Dennis White case could drag on for years, stalk former mayor Martin J. Walsh

“It’s a game of chicken, and it’s very fluid,” said Chuck Rodman, a Newton-based lawyer who specializes in employment law. → Read More

Contradiction by Gross of Walsh exposes a frayed relationship between a former mayor and police commissioner

The allegation, first disclosed last week in a failed court motion by Gross' successor Dennis White to thwart White's firing as commissioner, raised new questions about what Walsh knew of White’s history of domestic violence allegations before he appointed him to lead the police force four months ago. → Read More

Acting police head, used to working under the radar, now thrust into public spotlight

After nearly two decades out of public view, a new report has thrust Gregory Long’s leadership into the spotlight amid allegations that potential witnesses in the investigation into Dennis White were discouraged from cooperating, what was seen as an extension of the “Blue Wall of Silence” culture in which police officers protect each other. → Read More

Officer behind ‘Back the Blue’ rallies under scrutiny for social media posts, alleged attendance at insurrection

Joe Abasciano is one of a handful of area residents under scrutiny following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. → Read More

White report triggers political fallout, criticism of past police scrutiny

Walsh had appointed White, a close confidant of former police commissioner William Gross, in February on the eve of his departure for a Cabinet post in President Biden’s administration. Gross, who said he was stepping down for health reasons, suggested White, a veteran of two decades who had served as his chief of staff. → Read More

Janey signs ban on police chemical, projectile weapons

Acting Mayor Kim Janey on Thursday signed an ordinance restricting police use of chemical agents and projectiles as crowd control measures, officially enacting a law that she supported last year as a city councilor but that has encountered strong resistance from police. → Read More

In Rachael Rollins, a potential reformist for US. But a loss for Suffolk?

A potential promotion to US attorney could provide a larger stage to push her reforms and broaden the footprint of the progressive movement. But some worry that joining the federal office would necessarily limit her freedom of action and mute her activism. → Read More

Northeastern’s plan for a 25-story dorm on the edge of Roxbury poses a test for Janey

When Northeastern filed plans in 2019 to build a massive dormitory at Columbus Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, Kim Janey was not a fan of the proposal. Now she runs the city as acting mayor, and the school’s plans for its dorm are about to land on her desk. → Read More

Acting Mayor Kim Janey snags her first big endorsement

Janey is being endorsed by UNITE HERE Local 26, but remains far behind her opponents in the all-important money race. → Read More

They say reimagine the police. What would that look like?

A potential sea change in law enforcement has gained support in Boston and across the country after the trial and conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. → Read More