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DeNucci not happy with Bump’s audit of his work

2011 May 5
by Greg Reibman

“It’s a lot of form over substance,”  former State Auditor DeNucci said after his predecessor Suzanne Bump announced Thursday that she has terminated 27 employees and reassigned 14 more after an independent review of the office DeNucci ran for 24 years.                     

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For kicking political butt?

2011 May 4
by Kat Powers
DixonBoots

Or dancing at a fancy Tea Party?

While sitting in an editorial board meeting with Wicked Local Politics staff, I was distracted by the gleam from Jim Dixon’s boots.

Literally, these fancy boots were polished to such a sheen they stood out under the table.

At least there was something notable about Dixon that was not obviously prepared by his aide.

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Setti Warren books venue where mayor campaign began: How many times do you think he will mention Scott Brown?

2011 May 4
by Greg Reibman

Setti Warren in 2008

NEW ON WICKED LOCAL NEWTON: Back in June 0f 2008 a relatively unknown Setti Warren booked the American Legion Post 440 hall to kick off his run for mayor of Newton.  Warren has booked the                     

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Supervisor of Public Records, Alan Cote, dead

2011 May 2
by State House News Service

Alan Cote, state supervisor of public records for nearly ten years, has died after a battle with cancer, according to Secretary of State William Galvin. In a statement issued Monday afternoon, Galvin said:

“It is with great regret that I announce the untimely death of First Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Alan N. Cote today after a courageous struggle with cancer. As First Deputy for the past six years, Alan played a key role in the management of the Office of Secretary. As Director and Supervisor of Public Records for almost a decade, Alan combined a zealous advocacy for the principle of open government records with a judicious application of the law as demonstrated in his rulings on appeals. He will be sorely missed.”

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Dixon and Lawn in contest for state rep, here’s a voters’ guide

2011 May 2
by Greg Reibman

Republican Jim Dixon of Waltham will face off against Watertown Democrat John Lawn on May 10 in a special election to replace Peter Koutoujian.

Lawn and Dixon stopped by Wicked Local last week. We have also published a guide from the League of Women Voters.

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Sen. Scott Brown asks to train in Afghanistan

2011 May 2
by State House News Service
Scott Brown

Sen. Scott Brown has asked that he be allowed to conduct his annual National Guard training in Afghanistan.

“As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, I have service obligations that I fulfill each year,” Brown said in a statement. “Following in the tradition of other lawmakers who have completed their military service requirements overseas, this year I have                     

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Contrasting approach from two mayors on muni insurance bill

2011 April 29
by Greg Reibman

Yes, I know Newton Alderman Lenny Gentile will wince when he sees this post but I thought Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s take on legislation that would allow municipalities to move employees to the state’s Group Insurance Commission provides an interesting contrast to                     

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Mass House passes $30.58 billion budget

2011 April 28
by State House News

After four days of deliberations, the House put the finishing touches on a budget for the next fiscal year that includes $30.5 billion in spending, no taxes or fees and deep cuts to programs across state government. The budget passed 157-1 with only Andover Republican James Lyons voting to reject it, and it now heads to the Senate, which will consider a version of the budget in May.

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Somerville mayor doesn’t see House muni health bill as assault on collective bargaining

2011 April 28
by Greg Reibman

While unions are painting a municipal health care bill that has just passed the House as  an assault on collective bargaining,  Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone is pushing back on those who are comparing the bill to union busting to efforts  Wisconsin.

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Was Warren Tweet a sign that he’s running for U.S. Senate?

2011 April 27
by Greg Reibman

Last night the Massachusetts House  approved controversial bill that according to opponents would slash the collective bargaining power of municipal workers and that according to supporters will save more than $100 million for cities and towns.

Among those who appeared to be opposed to it was Newton Mayor Setti                     

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