Entries in The Scrum by Peter Kadzis
I never realized that Frank was an active participant in the 10 historic, dramatic, and contentious weeks of 1964 that today are known as Freedom Summer. It makes sense. A dedicated champion of gay and transgendered rights, Frank was the first member of Congress to come out.
The other day at Harvard, Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory explained to a group of solons-in-training at the Kennedy School of Government that, despite cutbacks over the last decade, the Globe remains a vital source of “accountability journalism."
As if on cue, metro columnist Adrian Walker served up a splendid example of the accountability genre in the next day’s paper. Walker heralded the Reverends Bruce Wall and Eugene Rivers for presenting French transit firm Keolis, a subsidiary of the French-government-owned SNCF, an “invoice” for $105,000.
Politics and journalism are like gin and vermouth, inextricably bound together in the cocktail of public life.
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1. Marty Walsh’s campaign is confident; John Connolly’s organization is hopeful. Although Walsh is the frontrunner — and has been since the September primary — Connolly could still win. But that would depend on strong turnout.
2. Imagine a theoretical turnout of 125,000 voters, that’s 11,691 more than in the preliminary. The lower the turnout below that baseline, the greater Walsh’s margin of victory is likely to be. Above that baseline, Connolly’s chances of an upset increase proportionately.