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Remembering Kevin

Tuesday's Parkman House wake on Beacon Hill for former Boston Mayor Kevin H. White, who died last week at age 82 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, was more than a tribute to the colorful and resilient politician who led the city during hist
The paradox of the White years
By PETER KADZIS  |  February 03, 2012

The Dr. Phil Years

The pundits and politicos have had a tough time analyzing Elizabeth Warren as a candidate in the coming race for US Senate with Republican incumbent Scott Brown.
Before she became a political phenomenon, Elizabeth Warren grew beyond academia to take her message to the public
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 27, 2012

Barney's Big Surprise

Long before The Sopranos and Jersey Shore introduced the nation to the ripe effusions of the New Jersey personality, voters in and around greater Boston had accepted Barney Frank as one of the more unusual players in the political game.
A working-class hero goes down kvetching. Plus, new hope in the fight against AIDS.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 02, 2011

Shifting lines

Last week, the state legislature revealed the new redistricting proposal for Massachusetts's state-legislative districts.
Boston seems to be taking the state legislative redistricting proposal well — but that doesn’t mean everybody’s happy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 28, 2011

Dorchester hosts the city's most intensely fought council campaign

Prior to the September preliminary, I described the race to fill the only open seat on the Boston City Council — replacing Maureen Feeney of Dorchester, who has chosen not to seek another term — as something like a school election.
Dirty pool
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 21, 2011

A new labor day

The past couple of years have not been great ones for the labor movement in Massachusetts — even aside from the general economic strife that has seen workers struggle for jobs.  
Bay State unions make Steve Tolman their new public face. Will Boston lose his senate seat?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 09, 2011


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
Tom Menino outraged over skate-culture t-shirts on Newbury Street at Nike store

What other vaguely offensive things should Mayor Menino ban next?

Boston Mayor Tom Menino doesn't like anyone sending bad messages to the impressionable children of his city — you may recall his outrage over the sale of STOP SNITCHING T-shirts a couple of years ago. Last week, he discovered another sordid example: T-s
Dope smackdown
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  July 01, 2011

In a rundown office, two watchdogs struggle to keep an eye on $2.4 Billion

Steps inside the entrance of 152 North Street, exposed electrical boxes dangle out of a demolished drop ceiling. Dust fills the light beams bouncing through the hallways. There's a layer of gray soot fused into the tiles of the bathroom.  
City sticklers
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2011
Deval Patrick and Casinos in MA

Deval Patrick is on a second-term winning streak, and casinos might be the next payoff

Last summer, when Deval Patrick's veto killed a gaming bill in the final days of the legislative session, many thought he had badly damaged himself politically. He was, after all, the one who had pushed for casinos in Massachusetts almost from the day he
Gaming the system
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 17, 2011

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

Thomas Menino plans to run for mayor of Boston yet again

Tom Menino's final term as mayor? Don't bet on it.

Mark this down: Tom Menino, already the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, will run for re-election in 2013.  
Here He Goes Again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 29, 2011

Might as well jump

Last Thursday, Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island — the last of his legendary clan in Congress — announced that he will not run for re-election.
Recent retirements of key democrats paints a picture of a powerful Republican rogue wave forming. So why are a number of high-profile Republicans leaving office too?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 19, 2010

Donkeys kicking Timilty

As if Democrats don't have enough problems with attacks from tea-bagging circus clowns, now one local pol is being targeted by fellow donkeys.
Governor's Council
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

Menino's promise

Boston's political tribes checked their traditional hostilities at the door this week when they trooped into Faneuil Hall for the inauguration of Mayor Thomas Menino, who took the oath to serve an unprecedented fifth term.
Realizing his pledge of flexibility is the key to Boston's future success
By EDITORIAL  |  January 08, 2010

Can Flaherty woo Yoon?

Michael Flaherty, having earned a spot Tuesday on the November ballot, starts his six-week push to the Boston mayoral final with a big problem. He needs Sam Yoon's voters, and to get them he needs Sam Yoon.
Don't call it a victory just yet; Michael Flaherty's work has only begun. Will Sam Yoon come to his aid?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 25, 2009

Menino at 11--what to ask the mayor?

In a move tied to's new Metro Desk section, the Globe is sponsoring an online chat with Tom Menino at 11 a.m. today.Oddly, the...
By Adam Reilly  |  July 29, 2009
Menino's late-game debate: yes, he will

Menino's late-game debate: yes, he will

 I'd originally titled this post "Menino: No debate after preliminary?" But two things prompted...
By Adam Reilly  |  June 03, 2009

Generation Green

Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009

New in the Phoenix: The Real McCrea

In which I discuss mayoral longshot Kevin McCrea's transformation from 2005 to today, and examine wh...
By Adam Reilly  |  March 18, 2009
Sam Yoon's school-committee shimmy

Sam Yoon's school-committee shimmy

  Today's Globe includes a letter to the editor from city councilor/mayoral hopeful Sam Y...
By Adam Reilly  |  March 15, 2009

Idea of the day: Globe-sponsored mayoral debates

Idea of the day: Globe-sponsored mayoral debates

 Today's Globe editorial on the developing Boston mayor's race concludes thusly:The pattern [i...
By Adam Reilly  |  March 06, 2009

Money talks

To hear our state legislators talk lately, Beacon Hill is all about reforming the sketchy, poorly governed relationships between lawmakers and lobbyists.
Can Beacon Hill reform itself when the State Senate President and the new House Speaker rake in so much lobbyist cash?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 04, 2009

Obama Help the Computer-Illiterate Politicians!!!

  In an effort to catch up to the youngsters of the post-modern world, politicians are wor...
By webteam  |  January 29, 2009

Recommended reading: Kennedy on the BPD

If you're confused about whether Boston might lay off 200 police officers or not, I urge you to chec...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 02, 2009

Yoon caves to Saklad

OK, I admit it--that headline is misleading. But seriously: reading through the text of Boston City Councilor Sam Yoon's open-government proposal, I kept thinking: Don...
By Adam Reilly  |  December 10, 2008

New in the Phoenix: Gates's nondisclosure and Turner's media jujitsu

In which I discuss the conflict of interest in Henry Louis Gates's recent New Yorker piece and prais...
By Adam Reilly  |  December 04, 2008

Turner blames the media

Sarah Palin and Boston city councilor Chuck Turner probably don't agree on much, but they're definit...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 24, 2008

New in the Phoenix: Flynn, King, and the '83 mayor's race

In which the principles discuss sundry subjects, including that election's effect on race relations in Boston.
By Adam Reilly  |  November 06, 2008

Media Moses

Bruce Wall is blessed with a talent for publicity.
What's behind Pastor Bruce Wall's nose for news?
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 11, 2007