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Tormenting Teddy

After 32 years in the US Senate, Ted Kennedy remains a force to be reckoned with, both for his legendary family history and his considerable accomplishments.
Republicans threaten Kennedy reign
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 28, 2009
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Weakened watchdogs

If the Globe shrinks, will Beacon Hill run amok?
If the Globe shrinks, will Beacon Hill run amok?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 19, 2009
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All quiet on the Times Co. front

When I heard this past Friday that the New York Times Company had delivered a radical ultimatum to the Boston Globe 's 13 unions I called Globe spokesman Bob Powers to check it out. He wasn't talking.
The Globe crisis leaves New York speechless. Plus, Morrissey Boulevard's problematic political fan club
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 10, 2009
Finneran's folly

Finneran's folly


 No, Tom Finneran's not a journalist. But as a talk-radio host, he really needs to be able to ...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 09, 2009
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Open book?

On any given day, New England Cable News features more smart, substantive politics coverage than any other Boston television station.
Sal DiMasi is an embattled politician. His wife is an aspiring talk-show host. Welcome to New England Cable News’ ethics problem.
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 21, 2008
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Communication breakdown

You campaign in poetry, Mario Cuomo famously claimed, but you govern in prose. Don’t buy the dichotomy.

How did Deval Patrick's greatest strength become a dangerous weakness?


By ADAM REILLY  |  April 24, 2008


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Mitt’s pit bull

Flackdom rarely leads to fame. But Eric Fehrnstrom, the traveling press secretary for Mitt Romney, has already joined the pop-culture firmament.

Meet Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s teeth-baring press secretary


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 01, 2008
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When Rupert came to Boston

Just how badly will Rupert Murdoch screw up the Wall Street Journal ?
Revisiting the lessons of Murdoch’s Herald
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 08, 2007
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Too much information?

It’s not often that the Globe makes the Herald look restrained, but it happened earlier this month.
Revisiting the Globe ’s gang-truce scoop. Plus, Deval Patrick scolds the media, and the problem with Blue Mass Group’s success.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 07, 2006
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Pardon us

This year’s Massachusetts governor’s race was fraught with significance.
How the Mass media failed voters in 2006  
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 02, 2006
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Republican radio

If you’re a political liberal — or just someone who has a sense of fair play — listening to two straight days of talk on WRKO-AM isn’t easy.
Two days with WRKO-AM, the unofficial broadcast arm of Kerry Healey’s campaign for governor
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 30, 2006


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Debate and switch

By the end of last Thursday’s Democratic gubernatorial debate, it was Kaddish for Tom Reilly, at least according to everybody in the chin-strokerati (except the Boston Herald ’s Howie “Bleep Conventional Wisdom” Carr).
As The Globe Turns On Reilly
By JOHN CARROLL  |  September 13, 2006
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The incompetence candidate

When Martin Lomasney ruled Boston’s West End a century ago, dirty tricks were key to his political success — but so was discretion.
Tom Reilly stumbles again
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 17, 2006
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Ship without a rudder

It’s a simple question: other than the candidate — who has a day job, after all — who is running Attorney General Tom Reilly’s campaign for governor?
Tom Reilly’s chaotic campaign for governor
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 03, 2006