Political Headlines - April 4, 2013

  •   1,000 gun-rights advocates crowd Boston Common: Some 1,000 people turned out on Boston Common Wednesday in opposition to gun control, which speakers warned would subvert the Constitution and lead to a police state. Globe reporter Brian MacQuarrie covers.


  • Daniel Conley jumps into Boston mayoral contest: The Suffolk district attorney formally launched his bid with more than $866,000 in his campaign coffers and the muscle of almost 20 years in elected office. Globe state house reporter Andrew Ryan and political editor Jim O'Sullivan elaborate.


  • Mayoral race could reshape Boston City CouncilWith at least eight members considering a mayoral run, a slew of possible candidates are beginning to line up. Globe metro reporter Wesley Lowery outlines.
  • Republicans blast Sullivan for third-party ads: Michael J. Sullivan is facing criticism from his rivals for claiming ignorance about campaign ads made on his behalf by a conservative group whose leader campaigns with the Tea Party. Globe politics reporter Stephanie Ebbert covers.
  • Suffolk Downs casino is less of a sure betThe mayoral power vacuum, the loss of an investor, soft city-wide support, and competition in Everett and Milford are putting up head winds for East Boston's casino bid. Globe columnist Joan Vennochi explains.
  • Is it time to worry?: Dead pigs in a river, followed by a deadly new bird flu, may spell a pandemic. Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem writes.