Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The congressman said he plans to think about running for the governorship after Deval Patrick's term expires.
U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano told WBUR News that he will take the next several months to think about whether to run for the governor's seat next year, when Deval Patrick's term expires. "Part of me thinks that some of the more interesting, more important fights over the next several years might be conducted at statehouses around the country and not necessarily on Capitol Hill," Capuano, 61, told WBUR. Capuano represents the new Seventh Congressional District, which covers most of Boston, including Charlestown. He's held the seat since 1999. Prior to that he was the mayor of Somerville. Capuano's name was floated amongst those who might run for Sen. John Kerry's recently vacated seat but in January he ended speculation of such a run, posting …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
This letter was submitted by a group of Charlestown residents.
Sunday, January 13
A group of Charlestown residents shared this letter, which they submitted to Seventh District U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano on Jan. 9, 2013: Dear Congressman Capuano: In your letter dated July 18, 2011 you referred to the Rutherford Avenue Project as “...a once in a lifetime opportunity for Charlestown to improve a vast corridor which runs the length of the community.” We agree: it is indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity to enhance the quality of life for the present and future residents of Charlestown. A Charlestown Patch article, dated Nov. 30, 2010, referred to the goal of the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) to transform an automobile-oriented highway-like roadway to a neighborhood-friendly urban boulevard with adequate …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The bill eases portions of the so-called 'fiscal cliff.'
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal late Tuesday to ease portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to the Huffington Post. How did our local representatives in Congress vote? Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Somerville, who represents Charlestown and the rest of the Eighth Congressional District, supported the measure. The compromise was approved by the Senate at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and despite talk of rejecting it, the House ultimately passed the bill by a vote of 257 to 167. Senators Scott Brown and John Kerry both supported the measure in the Senate. "Just voted for the fiscal cliff bill," Brown said on his Facebook Page at 1:55 a.m on New Year's Day. "Not the full answer but a small step forward. A lot of work next session. …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Would it be Scott Brown? Congressmen Markey or Capuano? Tell us who you think should run.
The Washington Post is reporting that President Obama is considering appointing Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry as the Secretary of Defense. There was speculation Kerry would become the next Secretary of State. Either way Kerry's move to possibly become a member of Obama's cabinet will open up his current seat. Should he be appointed, a special election would be held to finish out Kerry's term, which expires in 2014. Conversation from the breakfast table this morning to the morning commute has everyone talking - who will run for Kerry's U.S. Senate seat if he's appointed? Could it be Scott Brown? Or maybe Congressmen Ed Markey or Michael Capuano? Only time will tell, but we know you're talking about it. So tell us, who do you think …
Friday, July 13, 2012
$26 million bridge funded by American Recover and Reinvestment Act.
Today’s official opening of the North Bank Bridge connects Charlestown to Cambridge, but Gov. Deval Patrick and other elected officials made a point to connect the project to Washington and President Obama. “We were able to do this because of a partnership between the state and federal government and, frankly, because of the stimulus funds made available by this administration,” Patrick told the crowd at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Cambridge side of the bridge. The $26 million pedestrian bridge, which connects Cambridge’s North Point Park to Charlestown’s Paul Revere Park, was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment act, supported in Washington by Charlestown's Congressman, Michael Capuano. “This is stimulus money,” Capuano…
Friday, June 15, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Charlestown, Massachusetts and beyond.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, South End Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. Senator Scott Brown: Fresh off an underdog special election victory and two years in the Senate, Brown faces his first, fierce challenge. Elizabeth Warren: The Senate hopeful has made her name as a financial watchdog with a serious bite. Now in her first political campaign, she's taking on a popular Republican incumbent and facing questions about her past. Massachusetts Ballot Initiatives: From car repair to medical marijuana, there are several questions supporters hope to put to the …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Cast your vote and share your opinion in the comments section.
Congressman Michael Capuano told a crowd at Sunday's Bunker Hill Associates Breakfast that he would be willing to sponsor a bill to make Bunker Hill Day a national event, but he would need to see a swell of local support first. The Boston Herald posted video from the breakfast, where Capuano told attendees that the Battle of Bunker Hill "says more about America... than almost anything since." In the Herald article, both City Councilor Sal LaMattina and U.S. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren supported Capuano's idea. What do you think?
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin and consultants from Tetra Tech presented the plan to the community last night.
Officials from the Boston Transportation Department and consultants from Tetra Tech presented what they billed as a third, “hybrid” option for the redesign and redevelopment of the Rutherford Avenue/Sullivan Square corridor to the Charlestown Neighborhood Council’s transportation committee and roughly 100 residents last night at the new Knights of Columbus hall on Medford St. Representatives from the offices of Rep. Mike Capuano and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina also attended the meeting, where residents heard a new proposal that melds elements of both the “surface” and “tunnel” options into a new, “hybrid” plan, featuring the removal of the underpass at Sullivan Square, while the Austin Street underpass would be rebuilt. The plan …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Speaking to the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Michael Capuano said "zealots" in Congress are not willing to compromise.
"I don't think there's much we'll be able to get accomplished this year," said Rep. Michael Capuano, speaking about the current state of Congress during a breakfast talk to the Somerville Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning. With both parties in election mode, "I don't expect much significant to happen," he said. Capuano, a former mayor of Somerville, and Charlestown's representative in Congress, spoke at Mount Vernon Restaurant in East Somerville. Government gridlock and the seemingly growing divide between political parties are occurring because "so many people have walked away from the party system," Capuano said. "When people walk away from the party system, they walk away from the primaries … [the] people who are a little more …
Friday, November 11, 2011
On a recent visit to Medford, Capuano told a Patch editor he's still exploring the Rutherford Avenue redesign project.
Rep. Mike Capuano, D-Somerville, was in Medford this week talking to local business leaders. But while he was in town, Jarret Bencks, the Patch editor in Medford, checked in with the congressman about his involvement in the Rutherford Avenue redesign project. Capuano's comment: "We're still working on it." The Patch editor told him some people in Charlestown thought the public wasn't going to have a chance to weigh in on the project at this stage. Capuano said: "I don’t know where they’re getting those impressions from, I know the facts and we’re still working on it." Earlier this year, Capuano stirred up debate about the city's plans to resurface Rutherford Avenue and transform it into more of a pedestrian-friendly boulevard. The …