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From the penitentiary to the presidential race, it’s our annual Memorial Day roast of Massachusetts pols

Welcome to the fourth annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Roast of Massachusetts politicians! I love looking around the room every year, seeing so many familiar faces of elected officials.
Surveying the Damage
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 25, 2012

Mitt's Charlie Card

Last week, Mitt Romney stood uncomfortably to the side as he accepted the endorsement of reality-show blowhard and occasional birther Donald Trump in Las Vegas.
It's no surprise that Barack Obama would copy from Deval Patrick's re-election playbook. But why is Mitt Romney making Charlie Baker's mistakes?  
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  February 10, 2012
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Boston's last congressman?

At the moment, neither the Senate president nor the Speaker of the House lives in the city. And in two years, the unthinkable could become reality: Boston might not have a single congressman residing in its borders.
Musical chairs dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011

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

Why Deval Patrick deserves your vote

When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2, we urge them to cast their votes for the re-election of Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray.
A more-solid-than-recognized record, plus a realistically humane view of the future
By EDITORIAL  |  October 22, 2010

Transcript: The Phoenix interviews Charlie Baker

The Phoenix 's David S. Bernstein interviewed the Republican nominee for governor, Charlie Baker, on Saturday, October 2, outside Needham High School after a campaign rally.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2010


Purple Mass Group

There's a message in how Governor Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker laugh off Tim Cahill's venom in the gubernatorial debates: neither Republicans nor Democrats are sweating their Independent rival in the 2010 election.
Massachusetts has more Independent voters — and candidates — than ever. Will they ever make a difference?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 08, 2010

Charles in charge?

Voters should already have a good idea what they think about the candidates — which is why an increasing number of observers, across the political spectrum, are expressing surprise at how few Bay Staters like Charlie Baker.
Republican Charlie Baker has been ready to be governor for years. But was he ready to be a candidate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2010

American jitters

You would have to be delusional not to be anxious, perhaps even fearful.
Between paralysis and nervous breakdown
By EDITORIAL  |  October 08, 2010

Can Patrick Hang On?

Massachusetts has a mixed record of re-electing governors.
What Deval needs to do now
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 01, 2010

The Deliberation Will Not Be Televised (Dispatch from Today's Lt. Governor Debate)

  The funniest thing about lieutenant governor races is that candidates don't have their own placards. Instead, their name is a footnote on lawn signs...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 22, 2010


GOP Know-Nothings: Hard-right Congressional candidates complicate Charlie Baker's run for governor

With a strong anti-incumbent mood at their backs, Massachusetts Republicans should be able to make significant gains this year, simply by keeping the focus on Beacon Hill Democrats.
Plus, replacing John Tobin on the Boston City Council.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 27, 2010

Baker's Learning Curve

In the first Massachusetts gubernatorial debate, this past June on WRKO radio, Republican Charlie Baker fared poorly, sounding defensive and petulant during testy exchanges with Governor Deval Patrick and Treasurer Tim Cahill.
A debate shows that the candidate is improving — but has a long way still to go
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 20, 2010

Rookies Go Bust

The end of the two-year Massachusetts legislative session frequently turns into a high-stakes poker game, with the governor, Senate president, and House speaker bluffing and bargaining down to the wire — along with lobbyists, interest groups, and, in ele
DeLeo and Baker were bested in Beacon Hill's gaming showdown, not so Cahill
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 06, 2010

Same Old Faces

If you're wondering who the geniuses are behind the political campaigns in Massachusetts this year — the strategists, media firms, ad teams, and fundraisers — well, it's a lot of the same folks who have been behind Massachusetts campaigns for a long time
It's an outsider's year for candidates, but the consultants are old Beacon Hill mainstays. Plus, who spent what at the conventions, and Baker goes on TV first.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2010

Mickey Mouse Multiculturalism

Massachusetts treasurer and independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill was off base when he accused incumbent governor Deval Patrick of "playing politics with terrorism" in the wake of Patrick's visit to the controversial Roxbury mosque maintained by
Governor Patrick's problematic Mosque visit. Plus, Bush — and the GOP — vote yes for torture
By EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2010

Howie Carr: When It Comes To Non-Sequiturs, No Washed Up Columnist Does It Better

Howie Carr: When It Comes To Non-Sequiturs, No Washed Up Columnist Does It Better

The more I get into Alex Zaitchik's excellent Glenn Beck expose, Common Nonsense, the more I've been thinking about Boston's pathetic second tier gasbag, Howie...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 09, 2010

Weenie Roast!

A year ago, with scandals and embarrassments swirling around Massachusetts state politics, the Phoenix tossed some well-deserving pols on the flames in our first annual Memorial Day political roast. I'm pleased that I've been invited back.
The Phoenix 's second annual Memorial Day political roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 04, 2010

Heck of a Guy

Scott Brown’s stunning victory in January’s special US Senate election continues to reverberate through Massachusetts politics.
Despite a history of illiberal views and a boorish reputation, Guy Glodis enters the Democratic state convention unscathed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 28, 2010

Cape Wind: It’s Complicated

Thousands of years ago, the terrain beneath what is now Nantucket Sound was dry, and populated by the ancestors of the Wampanoag people, who continue to revere it.
Obama gave the project a green light, but now the real fight begins.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010

GOP’s state convention delivers the bland brand

Massachusetts Republican candidates for office this November might be well-advised to legally change their names and appear on the ballot as “Someone Else,” “Another Option,” or “Available Alternative.”
Dull and Duller Dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 23, 2010


Brown-nosing and flip-flopping

Two months ago, when Senator Scott Brown crossed party lines to help pass a jobs bill, the Phoenix noted the political convenience of that supposed show of independence — since other Republican senators were also voting with Democrats, Brown’s vote was
Scott Brown heeds his boss’s orders; Charlie Baker sides with homophobic party base
By EDITORIAL  |  April 23, 2010


The Democrats won and the Republicans lost. That, in a nutshell, is the bottom line.
Health-care reform is a new high-water mark
By EDITORIAL  |  March 26, 2010

The Curse of the Big Dig

Call it the Curse of the Big Dig: virtually every politician with statewide significance who has over the years become intertwined with the Central Artery Project (as it is officially known) has seen his or her dreams of higher office dashed.
Tthe mere mention of the Central Artery Project can derail one's hopes for higher office. Charlie Baker is finding that out now.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2010

Taxi turmoil

Taxis are an under-appreciated and often little-considered component in urban mass-transit systems. They fill the gaps left by the MBTA and offer a sort of curb-to-curb, citywide Zipcar service.
Plus, controlling local health costs
By EDITORIAL  |  March 19, 2010

Patrick's paradox

Governor Deval Patrick may be the incumbent, but he enters the race for the most thankless statewide job in Massachusetts as an underdog.
No shakes as a political operator, Deval has scored with many policies
By EDITORIAL  |  March 12, 2010


Elephant in the Room

Platoons of state Republicans, energized by Scott Brown's stunning victory over Democrat Martha Coakley last week, are setting their sights on November.
Massachusetts Republicans suddenly think this is their year — but if they shoot too high, they might fall hard
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 29, 2010

Ready to rumble

Last summer, the upcoming race that got most Bay State politicos salivating was the run for governor.
As the Senate race comes to an end, the challengers for Deval Patrick's job are sharpening their knives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 15, 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

Brown Bagging

If you are finding it hard to get enthused about the seemingly preordained drubbing that Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley will give to the GOP nominee, State Senator Scott Brown, in the special election for US Senate, you are not alone.
Even GOP insiders don't expect Scott Brown to beat Martha Coakley. But they care how he loses.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 18, 2009