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Taking sides

The stakes are high in the battle for Massachusetts’s first new US senatorship in a quarter-century.
The US Senate election is forcing Massachusetts pols to choose their team. Plus, Pagliuca’s plan, and the state GOP tries to get serious.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 30, 2009
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The punch that took two lives

What started out as a lazy late-summer school day for Joe Donovan and Yngve Raustein ended in the murder of the latter. Below, we trace Donovan's steps, from the point he first hooked up with the duo who would end up his cohorts in crime to the spot wh
Nearly 17 years ago, Joe Donovan initiated a tragic chain of events with a brutish act of machismo. But should he be in jail for life?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2009

Grading the cabinet

As we watch President Barack Obama replace the federal government's old, unpopular, Republican department heads with fresh, bright talent, it's hard not to think back two years, to the start of Governor Deval Patrick's first term as governor of Massachus
At the midway point of Governor Deval Patrick's first term, we issua a report card for his cabinet
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 21, 2009

Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council

In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
Clown committee
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 14, 2009

The right stuff

Politics is often a matter of perspective.
Senator John Kerry has it; challenger Ed O’Reilly doesn’t. Plus, Sarah Palin’s Hannah Montana equation.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 10, 2008
Sarah Palin, intentional martyr?

Sarah Palin, intentional martyr?

    ST. PAUL--Like conspiracy theories? Try this one: John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin wasn’t the result of poor vetting or poor judgment. Instead,...
By Adam Reilly  |  September 03, 2008


Women on the verge

At next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, Hillary Clinton’s delegates will get just about everything they’ve wanted — aside from the nomination of their candidate, of course.
Clinton die-hards have created a new-girls’ network bent on remedying decades of sexism by putting women in elected office
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 20, 2008

The trolley Svengali

When the T works, we usually don’t notice. But when it doesn’t, our reaction is swift and severe.
Why Dan Grabauskas might actually fix the T — if he can keep his job
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 30, 2008

Time to break a sweat

Deval Patrick won the governor’s office by raising expectations that he could quickly make a difference on Beacon Hill.
Massachusetts may be beyond reform, but couldn’t Governor Patrick try a little harder?
By EDITORIAL  |  April 16, 2008

New Hampshire notebook

The day after the Iowa caucuses, more than a dozen reporters and a hundred or so citizens, trudged to New England College to watch Mike Huckabee get down with Chuck Norris.

By MARGARET DORIS  |  January 09, 2008

Old Mitt of the Mountain

Mitt Romney had a golden opportunity a week ago to do something about his inauthenticity problem, the one that even his most ardent supporters in New Hampshire recognize.
How the Romney campaign crumbled and fell in the Granite State primary
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 09, 2008


Dumb or dishonest?

For some reason, wisdom maintains that Republicans hold an edge over Democrats when it comes to commanding the military and conducting foreign policy.
Bush and Iran. Plus, disturbing news about AIDS, and Romney’s illegal problem
By EDITORIAL  |  December 05, 2007

Murphy’s big tent

In the past few years, Murphy has recast himself to reflect the changing city.
In his bid for re-election, city councilor Stephen Murphy has collected a combustible group of allies, from Dapper to Deval
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 17, 2007

Letting the DA skate

In Boston’s sharp-elbowed political world, when anything goes wrong assigning blame usually takes top priority.
Violence rises, prosecutions plummet, and nobody points a finger at Boston’s top law-enforcement officer
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 20, 2007

Martha’s quick start

Martha Coakley told opponents of same-sex marriage this past week she would use the full force of her new office to fight their efforts.
In her first four months as attorney general, Martha Coakley has shown political deftness — and a desire to play a major role in state policy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 16, 2007

Economy travel

Remember Jane Swift? She was the likeable-enough political-mediocrity chosen as Governor Paul Cellucci’s running mate in order to produce a gender-friendly ticket.
Why Governor Patrick’s helicopter ride was A-okay. Plus, war with Iran?
By EDITORIAL  |  February 14, 2007


Massachusetts pols with money in hand but no place to go

Had John Kerry decided to run for president again, the state’s political floodgates were ready to open.
Campaign finance
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 31, 2007

Good Deval, bad Deval

There are a few ways to interpret Deval Patrick’s weeklong million-dollar inaugural bash, which includes festivities throughout Massachusetts and concludes with Patrick’s swearing-in outside the State House on January 4.
How will Governor Patrick work the press?
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2007

Flashbacks: November 3, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 01, 2006

The Mormonator

Political dynasties are as American as apple pie.
Mitt Romney’s blinding ambition. Plus, the inexplicable opposition to an Armenian-genocide memorial.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 30, 2006


Trivia question: if Kerry Healey loses her gubernatorial bid in November, who will be the top Republican elected official in Massachusetts, based on voter constituency, after Mitt Romney leaves in January? Political stock report: Who’s got the best cha
Arguably at its lowest point ever, can the Massachusetts Republican Party rescue itself from its leaders?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 13, 2006


Political stock report

Charles Baker is the party establishment’s favorite, and with good reason. GOP RIP: Arguably at its lowest point ever, can the Massachusetts Republican Party rescue itself from its leaders? By David S. Bernstein
Who’s got the best chance of filling the Mass. GOP’s leadership void?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 11, 2006

Kicking and screaming

Every four years, right around Labor Day, the interests of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the Democratic candidates for governor become almost totally divergent.
How much Democratic bad blood is too much?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 15, 2006

Flashbacks: September 8, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  September 06, 2006

Battle of the second bananas

Being Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has its headaches.
Three Democrats want to be Lieutenant Governor. Who’s the party’s best bet?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 28, 2006

A Handy Guide to the Big Dig Screw-Up

As people try to sort out responsibility for the fiasco that led to the death of Milena Del Valle in the I-90 connector tunnel, you might have a hard time keeping the players straight.
Who was watching out for the integrity of the work on the Big Dig? Everyone and no one    
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 27, 2006


Daisy, Horton, ¡Peligro!

The Massachusetts governor’s election is just six short months away, but three candidates — Republican lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, Democratic attorney general Tom Reilly, and independent businessman Christy Mihos — still haven’t rolled out any vi
Three ads to spice up the guv race
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 04, 2006

Bush’s high crimes

President Bush’s penchant for authoritarianism — for executive power unchecked by either Congress or the courts — has been laid bare by his aggressive and unapologetic defense of the indefensible: the secret surveillance of Americans without warrants.
Plus, Romney’s whining and Menino’s grim job
By  |  January 04, 2006