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BOOK EXCERPT: Just Don't Clip Anyone: First days as an informant

Whitey had probably always intended to kill Tommy King, the brawler who had been his onetime counterpart and rival.
Excerpt from "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster."
By KEVIN CULLEN AND SHELLEY MURPHY  |  March 15, 2013

Number Crunching


I've got a little analysis of yesterday's Boston City Council elections, running in this week's issue, that should be online later today. But meanwhile, here...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 09, 2011
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For Boston City Council

Boston city councilors enjoy relatively high political profiles, but in reality they labor under the tight constraints of a strong-mayor system.
Re-elect Arroyo, Connolly, Murphy, and Pressley. Vote for Frank, Lee, and Jackson.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 28, 2011

At-Large And In Charge


John "JC Pennies" Connolly was the top fundraiser of the at-large Boston City Council field, leaving him with nearly a quarter-million on hand heading into...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 05, 2011

Q&A #7: At-Large Looms Large


"Anonymous" asks via stealthy, identity-masking email: What's your take on the at-large race? Clearly, Connolly has the money and Arroyo appears to be strong in that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011

Connolly & The Small Fry


As we turn the corner from Labor Day to the two-month home stretch of the Boston City Council campaign, John "JC Penny" Connolly remains way...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 06, 2011


Connolly Keeps Rolling


Boston City Councilor John Connolly banks so much coin, I'm going to start calling him J.C. Pennies. Here is the reported cash-on-hand for the other...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 03, 2011

Lobbyist $$$ In Boston City Council


Boston city government does not register lobbyists, and state-registered lobbyists may or may not have any business before the Boston City Council. Still, wouldn't you...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 20, 2011

Q&A #3: At-Large City Council


Bundling a few questions on the topic -- "Jim-C" asks: Predictions:  Order of finish in Boston City Council At-Large race in November? "BeantownBill" asks: What...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011

Boston At-Large Council Forum


Last night I was honored to moderate a Ward 5 Democrats forum for the candidates for the four at-large city council seats -- the first...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 22, 2011
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What happens if they hold a city election and nobody notices?

The past few years, Boston has been almost continuously wrapped up in big, attention-getting elections.
Quiet fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 10, 2011


New In The Phoenix -- Low-Profile Council Race


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the 2011 Boston City Council election, now...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 08, 2011

Flaherty Jumps In


Local political reporters rejoice: what could have been the sleepiest election season in ages will instead be a fun-filled bloodbath. That's right, Michael Flaherty has...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 08, 2011

Murph Backs Ayanna


Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy will support Ayanna Pressley in her bid for re-election this year, even -- or especially -- if Michael Flaherty...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 21, 2011

Q&A #3: Senate '12/Mayor '13


 Ask Me Anything Day rolls on! "RMC Strategies" asks: Could you handicap the top 4 folks in the US Senate dem primary (based on assumptions...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Q&A #1: Michael Flaherty Returns?


"Jim C" asks: Will Michael Flaherty jump back in and run for Councilor at Large? If he does will he win? Who would lose assuming...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011


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Kids In The Hall

Boston City Hall politics, normally a year-round spectator sport, was largely overshadowed this year by state and national campaigns. With the attention off, a surprising amount of activity has been going on — not in the mayor's office, but down the cor
A growing batch of young, progressive City Councilors is making the much-derided body relevant again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 12, 2010
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Green school. Red light?

Little girls and boys frolic on swing sets whittled from recycled beech wood.
At-large City Councilor John Connolly sets his sights on creating multi-million-dollar environmental academy.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 08, 2010
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Event puts the 'dates' in 'candidates'

In their quest to land one of Boston’s four at-large City Council seats, the eight remaining candidates have shaken more hands and kissed more behinds than anyone probably should in swine-flu season.
Kiss and Sell Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009
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For city council

When Boston City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon declared their candidacies for mayor many months ago, the duo opened up what is normally a very narrow field for at-large Council candidates.
Boston At-Large: Connolly, Murphy, Pressley, Arroyo
By EDITORIAL  |  October 23, 2009

Q&A #6 -- Favorite Staffs


Here's a great question, from "Sammy": Who are your favorite political staffs to deal with, whether it be mayor's office, city council, state, etc? Before...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 02, 2009


Q&A #5 -- City Election Predictions


"Ed" asks via email: Give us your predictions for the mayoral final (with percentages) and the order the At-Large candidates will finish. Menino 54% Flaherty...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 02, 2009
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Final four?

Some of Boston's savviest political insiders were confident of one thing going into last week's preliminary election: the top four finishers in the at-large City Council race would not be the same quartet to actually win those four seats in November.
The City Council preliminary is seldom a preview of the finish. But this time, it just might be.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 02, 2009

New In The Phoenix -- At-Large Final Four


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I analyze the at-large Boston City Council race coming out...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 30, 2009
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No side bets

Opponents of legalized gaming in Massachusetts are celebrating the death this past week of Governor Deval Patrick’s bill to license casinos, which was crushed by a seemingly decisive margin of more than two-to-one.
The governor’s gaming legislation crapped out, but are casinos still alive in a compromise? Plus, a school-budget crisis could start a political firestorm.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 26, 2008
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Malign neglect

If, as the Globe editorial page put it, Boston politics need CPR, why is the press idly standing by?

Are the media abetting the death of Boston politics?


By ADAM REILLY  |  November 14, 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