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Photos: Boston City Council Elections 2011

Boston held its City Council elections on November 8, 2011.
November 8, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 11, 2011

Oh, And A Warning To Scotto


In the course of an election like yesterday's, I end up tucking away a few takeaway items that don't end up fitting in anywhere. Here...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 09, 2011

Number Crunching


I've got a little analysis of yesterday's Boston City Council elections, running in this week's issue, that should be online later today. But meanwhile, here...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 09, 2011

Ayanna's Closing Video


You're seeing it here first -- Ayanna Pressley is releasing this video today as part of her final push toward Tuesday's city council election. (My...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 03, 2011
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For Boston City Council

Boston city councilors enjoy relatively high political profiles, but in reality they labor under the tight constraints of a strong-mayor system.
Re-elect Arroyo, Connolly, Murphy, and Pressley. Vote for Frank, Lee, and Jackson.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 28, 2011

At-Large And In Charge


John "JC Pennies" Connolly was the top fundraiser of the at-large Boston City Council field, leaving him with nearly a quarter-million on hand heading into...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 05, 2011


Linehan's Goose Fry-ed?


I just saw something -- a small something, a mere $100 line-item -- that should have Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan a little nervous. It's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 01, 2011

Q&A #7: At-Large Looms Large


"Anonymous" asks via stealthy, identity-masking email: What's your take on the at-large race? Clearly, Connolly has the money and Arroyo appears to be strong in that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011

Connolly & The Small Fry


As we turn the corner from Labor Day to the two-month home stretch of the Boston City Council campaign, John "JC Penny" Connolly remains way...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 06, 2011
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Letters to the Boston editors, August 26, 2011

The use of the term "minority" is outdated and now a bit offensive.
Minority report and empty capsules
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 26, 2011
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Ayanna Pressley is a rising political superstar — whose career might be over by year's end

Even as she faces the very real possibility of defeat this November, Pressley is receiving support and gushing praise from most of Boston's political figures.
Elvis is Queen
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 12, 2011


Connolly Keeps Rolling


Boston City Councilor John Connolly banks so much coin, I'm going to start calling him J.C. Pennies. Here is the reported cash-on-hand for the other...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 03, 2011

Jesse And Ayanna


Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley has a big fundraiser tomorrow, timed to coincide with the Urban League conference in Boston, and she already had some...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 27, 2011

Q&A #3: At-Large City Council


Bundling a few questions on the topic -- "Jim-C" asks: Predictions:  Order of finish in Boston City Council At-Large race in November? "BeantownBill" asks: What...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011

Boston At-Large Council Forum


Last night I was honored to moderate a Ward 5 Democrats forum for the candidates for the four at-large city council seats -- the first...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 22, 2011
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What happens if they hold a city election and nobody notices?

The past few years, Boston has been almost continuously wrapped up in big, attention-getting elections.
Quiet fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 10, 2011


New In The Phoenix -- Low-Profile Council Race


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the 2011 Boston City Council election, now...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 08, 2011
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The Third Annual Phoenix Memorial Day look at the laughable state of Massachusetts politics

Hey, thanks for having me back for the Third Annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Political Roast! Good to see so many of you here — the last time I saw this many Beacon Hill insiders in one place was on the prospective witness list for the Sal DiMasi t
Ready, Aim — Roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 27, 2011
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No more Mr. Nice Council

By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
Five-way Boston bloodbath
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 13, 2011

Flaherty Jumps In


Local political reporters rejoice: what could have been the sleepiest election season in ages will instead be a fun-filled bloodbath. That's right, Michael Flaherty has...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 08, 2011
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Sluts for justice

On Saturday, Boston joins the national SlutWalk movement, demonstrating solidarity to fight "slut shaming," a common response to sexual violence.
No means no
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 06, 2011


Murph Backs Ayanna


Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy will support Ayanna Pressley in her bid for re-election this year, even -- or especially -- if Michael Flaherty...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 21, 2011

Q&A #1: Michael Flaherty Returns?


"Jim C" asks: Will Michael Flaherty jump back in and run for Councilor at Large? If he does will he win? Who would lose assuming...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011
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The new black

When the Theater District's Cure Lounge ejected a group of black Harvard and Yale alums and grad students last month, many saw it as the latest confirmation of Boston's racist core.
Can a new group of leaders help Boston finally shed its reputation as hostile territory for the black professional middle class?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2010
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The velvet rope of prejudice?

RACE RELATIONS
Race relations
By G. VALENTINO BALL  |  December 10, 2010
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Viral justice?

The seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers, crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a face-down suspect.
The media might have moved on, but RCC students won't let a case of potential police brutality on campus fade without a fight
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2010


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Kids In The Hall

Boston City Hall politics, normally a year-round spectator sport, was largely overshadowed this year by state and national campaigns. With the attention off, a surprising amount of activity has been going on — not in the mayor's office, but down the cor
A growing batch of young, progressive City Councilors is making the much-derided body relevant again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 12, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- The New City Council


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the notoriously irrelevant Boston City Council, and...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 10, 2010
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Dead end in Dudley

September was a sexy month for the future of Boston's landscape.
Boston's other big hole
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 01, 2010

Q&A #3: Black Mayor Of Boston?


Things are heating up on Ask Me Anything Day! "George Williams" asks: When will the first black Mayor of Boston be elected?...and what current black...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 19, 2010