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Ranking and rating the possible successors as Senate president

State senators insist that nobody is thinking about succession when Therese Murray's tenure as Senate president ends.
Who's next
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 06, 2012

Q&A #6: Next Senate Prez


"Johnnie Mox" asks: Even though the Senate President announeced she was keepng her firm grip on the Senate Presidency for a few years, things always...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011
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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
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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
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Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009
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Swan song for Southie?

South Boston is famous for producing politicians the way Detroit is known for manufacturing automobiles.
As circumstances have changed for Irish Bostonians, the political talent pool in South Boston has dried up. Plus, voting a black slate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 24, 2009


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The Political virgins

At this incalculably critical time — with a fiscal nightmare threatening billions of dollars of state-government spending and momentous budget decisions to be made — everyone in Massachusetts wants to be represented on Beacon Hill by someone with clout.
With a crucial state-legislature session looming, Boston residents turn to untested newbies to fight for their share of the pie
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2009
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Senate shuffle

Don’t count Ted Kennedy out just yet, but the prognosis immediately set minds thinking about the inevitable departure of Kennedy from the US Senate, where he has served since 1962.
Massachusetts hasn’t had a Senate-seat vacancy in nearly 25 years. Now we may have two. Let the speculation begin.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 28, 2008

Read the runes

As a user of the special collections at the Boston Public Library, I have been appalled at the light coverage of key service desks necessitated by staff cuts over the past several years.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 7, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 05, 2008
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Menino’s hit list

At a recent political event, Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino asked Robert Crane, the former long-time state treasurer, how many years he had held that office.
40 potential candidates for the 2009 election who could take on the mayor — if they have the courage.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 28, 2007
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The rumor mill

The energy in this year’s at-large race for Boston City Council is not to be found on the campaign trail.
So far, the race for Boston City Council is all talk and no action
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 05, 2007


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The green governor?

Governor Deval Patrick promised to bring new faces and fresh perspectives to his administration, and he certainly has done that.
Few on Deval Patrick's ‘fresh blood’ staff have been seasoned in the State-house hallways
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 07, 2007