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Do the fight thing

Union flags were flown, loud music roared, and fleets of motorcycles rumbled, as several thousand people marched for civil rights and human dignity, and, in at least one case, to scold moguls for banking gross salaries at the expense of workers.
Bostonians rising in anger -- and action -- against ableism, racism, Verizon, and Fox News
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
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The crying game

If you are wondering why Democrats in Washington can't get anything done, even though they control both houses of Congress, take a look at the glacial pace we often see closer to home on Beacon Hill.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo tolerates dissent. Then why do some call him a bully?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 26, 2010
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Mass betrayal

Is the Massachusetts House of Representatives beyond all hope? Under Democratic leadership, the song has pretty much remained the same for the last decade and a half: an insular and out-of-touch legislature is lost in its own constricted and often petty
How House progressives have let you down — and why they'll do it again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 19, 2009
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Youth infusion

In DeLeo's restructuring, white, non-Hispanic men older than 45 fell from power in droves.  
The surprisingly diverse leaders of team DeLeo. Plus, do environmentalists have reason to worry?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 19, 2009
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A moral dilemma

We need serious action and strong leadership — and a public trust that is unlikely to be given.
State and local politics is paralyzed by fear
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2008
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FBI nabs Wilkerson

State senator Dianne Wilkerson was arrested this morning on charges of public corruption -- charges at a level far above and beyond any she has previously faced.  
Will the fallout involve other officials?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 28, 2008


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Looking out for the public interest

Lopes has steadily ramped up her efforts in the time since, focusing on such perennial Common Cause topics as open records, voting integrity, campaign-finance-reform and separation of powers.
Christine Lopes leads the charge at Common Cause of RI
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 16, 2008
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DiMasi’s sheep

DiMasi’s overwhelming victory in the recent casino vote — in which only 34 of 140 Democrats voted against his plan to banish the bill for further study — was actually, as meager as it was, an unusual show of dissent.
How Stepford politics rule Beacon Hill
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2008
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Moldy justice

A California law prohibits a woman from driving while wearing a house coat.
Archaic laws are often funny, but they’re no laughing matter
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAN WOLFE  |  October 12, 2007
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Power hungry?

It’s remarkable how dramatically the state’s political leadership has changed since the most recent Constitutional Convention.
The most powerful people on Beacon Hill want to stop the gay-marriage ban, but don’t have the votes
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 07, 2007
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Dusting off the books

Finally, commies, blasphemers, and fornicators can relax. Archaic laws to be repealed
Dept. of upgrades
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 24, 2007