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New and improved Romney

Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters, who huddled eagerly before their TV screens to watch their hero du jour give his acceptance
He's more fiscal, less social. And he's got millions. But will GOP voters give a Mitt?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010

Mayor mistake

Stark’s argument falls flat and fails to explain the threat Bloomberg poses.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 24, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 22, 2007

Rudy's mayor problem

The biggest threat to Giuliani’s campaign can be summed up in two words: Michael Bloomberg.
Giuliani’s campaign-trail fortune could lay in the hands of New York City’s pesky other Hizzoner, Michael Bloomberg
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 08, 2007

The Mormonator

With the single-minded discipline and cold-blooded calculation of a cyborg, Mitt Romney is executing an aggressive campaign plan.
Mitt Romney has a steely-eyed mission to crush his opponents. Next battlefield: Ames, Iowa.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 23, 2007

Seven for seven

While coverage of the Red Sox is always excessive (except for the sweet deals they get from the politicians, but whatever), the arrival of Daisuke Matsuzaka will make things even worse than usual.
What’s news in the New Year? Plan on these stories dominating Boston’s media landscape.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 29, 2006

The Blowhard Bulletin

Last week’s Phoenix carried an intriguing article, by ace news editor Ian Donnis, about how Bruce “Captain Blowhard” Sundlun, our esteemed former governor and all-around giant raving character, was looking to have a local group of investors buy the Pro
 Sundlun’s desire to restore local ownership is on the money
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  December 13, 2006


Can Mitt win?

To understand why Mitt Romney’s dream of capturing the Republican presidential nomination is not far-fetched, you first have to understand what Rudy Giuliani is doing — or rather, not doing.
Romney’s chances of winning the GOP presidential nod hinge on conservatives’ hatred of John McCain
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 21, 2006

Will Harvard get presidential in ’08?

As the pool of presidential candidates starts to take shape, some people are looking for leadership, ideas, or experience.
Crimson pride
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 26, 2006

Laffey attacks from the center

When Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey announced last week that he didn’t even want the state Republican Party’s endorsement it marked a textbook move in the upstart’s stiff Republican primary challenge to US Senator Lincoln Chafee.
The Cranston conservative needs to broaden his support if he’s going to oust Chafee
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 11, 2006

Rally ’round the flag

The United States is on the verge of joining China, Cuba, and Iran as the only nations in the world where “desecrating” the flag is a national crime.
Why the Senate must defeat the constitutional amendment prohibiting ‘desecration’
By EDITORIAL  |  June 21, 2006

America by the numbers: Bushies 10, US 0

As we approached deadline, the US Debt Clock’s Web site says that the national debt is $8,357,484,356,949.69.
Add it up  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 31, 2006

Democrat bloggers tout a people-powered movement

Even with the mainstreaming of political blogs — which have become a campaign staple in this election year — Markos Zuniga believes they “never will reach anyone who’s not a hardcore political junkie.”
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 24, 2006

Advantage: Whitehouse

It was just one more in a steady stream of campaign stops, efforts that might land Sheldon Whitehouse six months from now in the most exclusive club in the nation.
The Democrat has the best shot in years to claim ‘the Chafee seat’ from the GOP
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 03, 2006

Trump at the Dump

How exciting that Johnston got a taste of the “Trump Magic” Monday night as the mighty capitalist icon with the ludicrous hairdo sent his management team into deepest Vo Dilun, trying to convince the folks there that what they need is a “major destinatio
The Donald’s minions talk smooth in Johnston
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 22, 2006

What democracy wrought

It was an eerie and unsettling reprise of George W. Bush’s embarrassing post–Hurricane Katrina interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer when he infamously declared, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”
Hamas’s “surprise” victory offers sobering lessons about grounding US foreign policy in democratic elections
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 02, 2006