Daily Archives: September 8, 2010

McGovern officially announces re-election bid

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

We were all shocked — shocked, I tell you — to hear that US Rep. Jim McGovern officially announced today that he’s running for re-election.

But in all seriousness, he’s formally announced with a brand new YouTube clip. (It looks like it’s just for the internet, as it’s too long to run in a TV spot.) It features an appearance by former state rep. Kevin O’Sullivan (who once ran for this same congressional seat) and Don Brown, the CEO of a Hopkinton company called Ateriocyte. Is this a subtle little jab at one of his Republican opponents, Brian Herr, who hails from there? I’m not saying…I’m just asking the question.

Video after the jump:

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Last night’s pit bull ordinance vote, summerized

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Last night the city council voted in a revised pit bull ordinance while holding another portion of it. It was a long, confusing, multi-vote process that ultimately pushed through a semi-less stringent ordinance than the previous incarnation, while leaving out the part of it that would make it less stringent. Confused? Let’s map this out:

In July, 2010 the original pit bull ordinance was unveiled, calling for the following laws:

1) Pit bulls would have to be specially licensed, along with a normal city-issued dog license (this includes another $50 fee)
2) Pit bulls would have to be leashed and muzzled (or confined) when off their owner’s property
3) Owners would need consent from their land lords to keep a pit on premises
4) Owners would have to place a sign on their property indicating a pit bull lives there
5) Owners would have to notify police/animal control whenever their pit bull threatens, injures or  menaces any person or animal
6) Animal control and police have the authority to impound pit bulls not in compliance with any of the above
7) Owners would have the right to a hearing regarding violations of these laws

After the marathon public comment portion at the beginning of an August 10 meeting and general civil outcry, certain councilors (specifically Eddy and Toomey) revised the ordinance and brought that before the council yesterday. Here were the proposed amendments:

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