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    Lessons from Larry DiCara, who wrote the book on Boston politics

    State Representative Nick Collins (at microphone) endorsed mayoral hopeful John Connolly  in South Boston Thursday.
    Wesley Lowery/Globe Staff
    State Representative Nick Collins (at microphone) endorsed mayoral hopeful John Connolly in South Boston Thursday.

    The dozen candidates hoping to be Boston’s next mayor have some reading to do.

    “Turmoil and Transition in Boston,” a memoir by former city councilor and astute political observer Larry DiCara, has hit the shelves of local bookstores and online retailers.

    DiCara served on the council from 1971-1981, and ran unsuccessfully run for mayor in 1983. The book focuses primarily on the 1970s and 1980s, decades during which the city underwent significant demographic change and upheaval.


    Undoubtedly one of the most-quoted observers of Boston politics, DiCara was momentarily thrust to the mayor’s race spotlight in July when, at a forum at The Palm restaurant, three of the current candidates named him as their favorite mayoral also-ran.

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    “Maybe you should have thrown your hat in the race,” a friend jested to DiCara after the forum, “since you’ve got all this support already lined up.”

    The forum prompted a comical, if shortlived, “Draft Larry DiCara” movement on social media.

    Even if DiCara will not be mounting a sticker campaign for mayor this fall, it is a safe bet that those who are in the running as well as the journalists covering the race (this reporter included) will be thumbing through his memoir.


    State legislators spread out mayoral endorsements


    This morning, state Representative Nick Collins endorsed city councilor John Connolly’s run to be the next mayor of Boston — removing Collins from the ever-thinning ranks of state legislators from the city who have not weighed in on contest.

    There are 16 state representatives (excluding the vacant 12th Suffolk seat) and five state senators whose districts include parts of Boston.

    Among those state reps, only three — Jeffrey Sanchez, Byron Rushing, and Russell Holmes — have yet to endorse one of the dozen mayoral candidates. (A fourth, Martin J. Walsh, is running for mayor and endorses himself every day on the campaign trail.)

    Here’s how the state rep endorsements break down:

     Connolly: 4 — Collins, Carlo Basile, Jay Livingstone, Edward Coppinger.


     Former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie: 3 — Aaron Michlewitz, Gloria Fox, Michael Moran.

     Walsh: 2 — Eugene O’Flaherty, Liz Malia.

     City Councilor Rob Consalvo: 2 — Kevin Honan, Angelo Scaccia.

     Former school committee member John Barros: 1 — Carlos Henriquez.

    It is unclear whether Sanchez, Rushing, or Holmes plan to make endorsements in the preliminary. We have reached out to each of them and will update if we hear back.

    The Collins endorsement, which was first reported Wednesday by the Dorchester Reporter, was formally announced Thursday morning in front of the Perry K-8 School in South Boston.

    Connolly’s camp no doubt hopes that Collins’s backing helps shore up support in Southie — an enclave of political power where Walsh’s red campaign signs are abundant.

    Meanwhile, the five state senators whose districts include the City of Boston have been much more reluctant to jump into the mayoral fray.

    The lone state senator endorsement thus far appears to have come from Anthony Petruccelli, who is backing Consalvo.

    Meanwhile, state senators Sonia Chang-Diaz, Will Brownsberger, Michael Rush, and Linda Dorcena Forry have yet to weigh in.

    It is worth noting that Sanchez and Chang-Diaz — two of Greater Boston’s best-known elected officials of color — both considered mounting their own mayoral campaigns when Thomas M. Menino announced he would not seek re-election, but ultimately decided against it.


    Politics and ping-pong: Ross opens Mission Hill office

    City Councilor Mike Ross has opened a campaign office in Mission Hill, which lies in the council district he has represented since 1999.

    “Mission Hill is my home, and I’m excited to provide a place for my neighbors and volunteers to come together to support my campaign,” Ross said in a statement.

    The new office, at 142 Smith St., is Ross’s second campaign office. His headquarters is in South Boston, in a spacious ground-floor suite with conference rooms, a Nerf basketball hoop, and ping-pong table, among other amenities.

    The campaign says it plans to use the Mission Hill office for phone banking and canvassing in the surrounding neighborhoods of Fenway and Jamaica Plain.

    “We’re in the final stretch, and officially moving into the get-out-the-vote stage of our campaign,” said Cayce McCabe, Ross’s campaign manager. “Turning out Mike’s district has always been a priority for us, and this office will serve as the base of operations to do just that.”


    Barros to mark 40th with fund-raiser, and actor Glover

    Mayoral candidate John Barros is throwing himself a birthday bash/fund-raising party to commemorate turning 40 and drum up some campaign cash.

    Oh, and legendary actor Danny Glover will be on hand to help celebrate, according to Barros’s campaign.

    The tickets are . . .? You guessed it, $40.

    If you have already donated to Barros the maximum that is allowed under Massachusetts campaign finance laws, $500, then, according to the invitation that was online: “We welcome you to join us at no cost. However, we urge you to bring new Barros supporters with you.”

    The three-hour party starts at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 in Jamaica Plain.


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