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Listening to Medical Marijuana

The Department of Public Health is moving forward with the development of Massachusetts's medical-marijuana regulations, despite efforts by state legislators to rewrite the law.

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 22, 2013

Wheels on the Bus: Mass Transit

Few parts of Massachusetts government need additional spending as badly as transportation — or have as publicly visible deficiencies.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 25, 2013

Some Frank Talk for Governor Patrick

Media tea leaves suggest the odds are long that you will act on former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank's suggestion to appoint him to fill the temporary vacancy that will result when Senator John Kerry's appointment as secretary of state is confi

By EDITORIAL  |  January 11, 2013

Budging Forward

The nation has just suffered through fiscal-cliff negotiations that left nobody, on either side of the aisle, happy with the results or the process.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 11, 2013

Mike Capuano — for governor?

The Phoenix would like to take this opportunity to say that we hope US Congressman Michael Capuano of Somerville thinks long and hard about running.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 22, 2012

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


Will Governor Patrick strike out?

Governor Deval Patrick used part of Monday's State of the Commonwealth address to break his public silence on pending law-enforcement legislation.
Full Count Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 27, 2012

Obama's Vision: ''An America Built to Last''

By any measure, President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech would have been considered a political winner, but coming just one day after the Republicans' constipated Florida-primary debate, Obama scored an undeniable triumph.
Plus, Deval Patrick
By EDITORIAL  |  January 27, 2012

Narrowing the Field

It may seem like the Democratic nomination of a challenger to US Senator Scott Brown has been wrapped up. That's not true — there are 11 months left before the primary, and a lot can still happen.
Elizabeth Warren hasn’t wrapped up the nomination for Senate; she's only determined who can beat her if she falters.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 14, 2011

A jolly good biomass mess

This is corporate pork on steroids, for energy we don't even need.
Letters to the Boston editors, September 23, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 23, 2011
deval face

Deval's Green Blues

The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the be
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011

the great depression and republican Bolsheviks

There is no mystery to the debt crisis. Plus: Scott Brown, and the Boston Foundation

Understanding the debate about raising the debt ceiling, and imagining the economic crisis that will follow if Congress fails to do so, is really very simple.
Republican Bolsheviks
By EDITORIAL  |  July 22, 2011
Muzzle Awards free speech offenders

The 14th Annual Muzzle Awards

To understand just how disappointing Barack Obama has been on civil liberties, you need only consider the case of David House, a founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network.  
Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 2011

Meanwhile, At The Dysfunctional Statehouse

Yes, I know, it's all Whitey all the time -- believe me, I'm enjoying the spectacle -- but let's remember that there's another sordid tale...
By David S. Bernstein  |  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
traniwreck at boston pride parade

Photos: 2011 Boston gay pride parade

Boston Pride hosted its 41st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2011
Boston Pride hosted its 41st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2011


Photos: President Obama speaks at the Cyclorama

Obama speaks at the Cyclorama inside Boston Center for The Arts on May 18, 2011. He was proceeded by speakers from The New England Steering Committee, Governor Deval Patrick, current Celtics player Ray Allen and former Celtics player Bill Russell.
Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts | May 18, 2011
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  May 27, 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

All dogs go to probate court

It's funny: while Massachusetts is considered a vanguard in the struggle for same-sex marriage and mellower pot laws, it has been way behind the pack in implementing pet trusts. But no longer.
In dog we trust
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  May 13, 2011

Republicans continue to wage war on women

The Republican Party's unrelenting war on women is now being waged with such frenzied fury that sane people might well wonder if there is a GOP-wide obsession with punishing an entire gender.
Plus, Beacon Hill follies, youth violence
By EDITORIAL  |  May 13, 2011

Obama With Deval's Playbook

"This debate over budgets and deficits is about more than just numbers on a page, more than just cutting and spending. It's about the kind...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 13, 2011


Scum along the Potomac

As of this writing, a shutdown of the federal government appears to be a serious possibility. Perhaps sensible heads will prevail, but either way the Republicans now leading the US House of Representatives have been exposed as destructive fools with no
The Republicans strike again, aiming to shut down government, but keeping Gitmo alive
By EDITORIAL  |  April 08, 2011

The DeLeo Dilemma

The Massachusetts House of Representatives does not seem to be in a great rush to work on Governor Deval Patrick's and Senate President Therese Murray's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 06, 2011

It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
Slow play
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 01, 2011
Governor Deval Patrick

The Governor in his Labyrinth

Governor Deval Patrick has always excelled at inciting political speculation. Through his first three years in office, most Beacon Hill insiders remained convinced — even as his re-election effort began — that Patrick would not serve out his full four-y
In year five of his administration, Patrick is keeping his options open
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 11, 2011

New In The Phoenix -- What's Deval Thinking?

In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the never-ending, and recently increasing, speculation about...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 09, 2011

RALLY DISPATCH: The Tea Party comes to Beacon Hill, gets treaded on...

RALLY DISPATCH: The Tea Party comes to Beacon Hill, gets treaded on...

When the Tea Party rabble-rousers began chanting “You Work For Us” at municipal employees, first responders, and state workers, I was hoping that some of...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 23, 2011

Hitting a nerve

David Bernstein's summary of Right on Crime's common-sense, holistic approach to criminal justice reform (see "Strange Bedfellows," Talking Politics, January 28) really hit a nerve.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 4, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 04, 2011

Build-Your-Own Deval Speculation

Back in the early days of the Barack Obama presidency, when speculation was rampant that Deval Patrick would head to Washington for a post, a well-informed insider...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 02, 2011

Obama’s State of the Union explained

President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech left many commentators scratching their heads. In their view, Obama was admirably long on uplift but mysteriously short on specifics.  
A Massachusetts moment?
By EDITORIAL  |  January 28, 2011