Alan Khazei

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King Is In

In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online today -- I write about the state of the Massachusetts Senate primary...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 13, 2011

Q&A #4: Senate Debate Topics

"David" asks:  There's now a debate scheduled on 10/4 for the Democratic Senate candidates. As with most primaries, it seems like the candidates agree on...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011

Q&A #1: Time For Setti To Go?

Happy Ask Me Anything Friday!!! First up is "Rob," who goes straight to the big Massachusetts 2012 US Senate race: Have you heard any rumblings...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011

Crazy On Twitter

For those not up to speed... Over on Twitter, there's been a joke account for a while called "CrazyKhazei" that makes snide comments clearly intended...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 24, 2011

Warren Wows 'Em

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the much-rumored Elizabeth Warren US Senate candidacy; in it, I reported that my "conversations with...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 21, 2011

Senate Candidates Scrape For Dough

Setti Warren will report raising $122,000 for the just-ended 2nd quarter, in just under two months since he launched his campaign. A spokesperson tells me...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011

Q&A #2: Dem Senate Hopefuls

"DeepThinker" asks: Should Elizabeth Warren run for U.S. Senate?  The popularity of Bob Massie is greatly under-reported, Setti Warren is gaining ground, and Alan Khazei's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011

Q&A #3: Senate '12/Mayor '13

 Ask Me Anything Day rolls on! "RMC Strategies" asks: Could you handicap the top 4 folks in the US Senate dem primary (based on assumptions...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Driscoll Makes The Rounds

Kim Driscoll, Mayor of Salem, is using a convenient excuse -- a reception in Easthampton for the women-in-politics organization Emerge Massachusetts -- to do a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 28, 2011

Agents of change

The highly publicized turmoil at Central Falls High School is but the leading edge of a major crisis in urban education in this state.
City Year Rhode Island is engaged in an ambitious assault on the urban education crisis. But the push has required the group to engage in a transformation that raises unsettling questions about diversity and public service
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 04, 2011

Q&A #4: Who Will Take On Scotto?

"Robert" asks: What are you hearing concerning potential challengers to Scott Brown in 2012? If the Democrats lose the House this fall will Massachusetts Congressman...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 03, 2010

Alan Khazei at the Brookline Booksmith

Alan Khazei at the Brookline Booksmith

City Year co-founder and Be the Change, Inc. CEO Alan Khazei knows a thing or two about public service, and his inspirational new book, Big...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 31, 2010

Outrage overdue

Where is the outrage over the misuse of city funds?
Letters to the Boston editor, May 14, 2010

Q&A #2 -- Who Challenges Brown?

Lots of questions already piling up for Ask Me Anything Day! "DC Observer" asks: Who are the early Democratic frontrunners to challenge Brown in 2012?...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 22, 2010

Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2010

Q&A #7: Pags vs. Patrick?

"Joe" asks, via email: Any chance that Steve Pagliuca, despite his last place finish in the Senate primary, might be tempted to jump into the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 11, 2009

Voting Day: The early word on the Massachusetts Senate special election

I've got little or nothing useful to tell you at this stage of the game (so, if you're hoping to be the next AG, just...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 08, 2009

Capuano for Senate

After a telescoped campaign, Massachusetts Democrats go to the polls Tuesday to choose a successor to a legend, Ted Kennedy.
Plus, Obama's Afghanistan blunder
By EDITORIAL  |  December 04, 2009

The X factor

Martha Coakley should be plenty thankful for the holiday weekend. The polls suggest that, if nothing significant changes between now and the December 8 primary, she should handily claim the Democratic nomination for US Senate.
Come Monday, it's a one-week spring to the primary — and to capture the hearts of undecided voters.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 27, 2009

Ladies' man

Early last week, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government announced suddenly that Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, would speak at a forum that Friday afternoon.
In his race for US Senate, Michael Capuano is using well-known women to battle the race's female front-runner.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 20, 2009

Taking sides

The stakes are high in the battle for Massachusetts’s first new US senatorship in a quarter-century.
The US Senate election is forcing Massachusetts pols to choose their team. Plus, Pagliuca’s plan, and the state GOP tries to get serious.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 30, 2009


Khazei, Like a Fox?

If there is to be a candidate in the Massachusetts US Senate race who inspires the sort of grassroots, progressive following that propelled Governor Deval Patrick into office three years ago — an insurgent candidacy, if you will — it figures to be ideali
Insiders don’t think Alan Khazei has a chance in the US Senate race. But progressive activists could make him an underdog with bite.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 16, 2009

Q&A #2 -- Khazei's Chances

"K B" asks: How does Khazei's $1.1 million raised by 9/30 affect the Senate race?  And is there ANY way he can surmount the name-recognition...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 02, 2009

Six for the seat

Over the next few months, as candidates for the US Senate travel the state, you're likely to hear them say again and again that nobody can ever truly replace Ted Kennedy. That's the truth. But what does the state want next, after such a legendary, la
After a tumultuous week, these half dozen are still in the mix for Kennedy's seat.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 18, 2009