Daily Archives: April 26, 2011

Democratic U.S. Senate Race Kicks Into Gear

Published April 26, 2011

Alan Khazei will again be a Democratic senatorial hopeful. Here, Khazei talks with the media after voting in the primary he lost in 2009. (AP)

Alan Khazei will again be a Democratic senatorial hopeful. Here, Khazei talks with the media after voting in the primary he lost in 2009. (AP)

Today we saw two big developments in the U.S. Senate race. Alan Khazei, co-founder of City Year, formally announced he would run for the Democratic nomination and Joe Trippi announced he is joining Bob Massie’s campaign.

WBUR’s Alyson Whitman caught up with Khazei and found out more about why he wanted the chance to run against Scott Brown, who is, according to a recent Suffolk University poll, the most popular politician in Massachusetts.

“We have to provide jobs for people. We have to restore the American dream. We have to make sure we’re ensuring opportunity for all of our children through a strong education system,” Khazei said. “We got to deal with energy. Gas prices are at $4 a gallon. We have to get off of Mideast fossil fuels and embrace clean and renewable alternatives.”

Khazei came in behind Rep. Michael Capuano and Attorney General Martha Coakley when he ran for the same nomination in the 2009 special election.

Trippi, who joined the Massie campaign, helped turn Howard Dean into an unlikely front-runner for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. That was until Dean lost the Iowa caucus and went down in a blaze during a concession speech in which he let out that now-famous primal screen.

Tuesday Morning: DiMasi Heads To Trial

Published April 26, 2011

Jury selection in the corruption trial of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi and two other co-defendants begins today. In the DiMasi trial — the third-consecutive corruption probe of a Massachusetts House Speaker — analysts are bracing for an explosive look into the inside workings of influence peddling on Beacon Hill.

Logan Airport isn’t immune to the recent turmoil of the aviation industry — headlines like sleeping air traffic controllers and minor runway crashes have splashed across front pages — according to the Metro.

Attorney General Martha Coakley subpoenaed records from the state Lottery Commission and the treasurer’s office as part of an investigation of former treasurer Tim Cahill’s lottery ad campaign that ran during his gubernatorial bid.

City Year co-founder Alan Khazei announced yesterday that he’s running to unseat Sen. Scott Brown in a 2012 senate bid. Khazei also ran for the seat in the January 2009 special election.

Surgeons at Brigham and Women’s performed the nation’s second full-face transplant yesterday. Doctors at the hospital performed the first full-face transplant last month.

In Boston, we remember former Sox slugger Manny Ramirez as a bit of a knucklehead, if a supremely-skilled knucklehead. A former New York Times reporter who followed Manny through his high school career in the Bronx says he’s always been that way.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on the budget debate on Beacon Hill and environmental authorities battling the Asian longhorn beetle.