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Trail of jeers

As summer officially kicks off this weekend, thousands upon thousands of people will be descending on our fair metropolis to get a glimpse of America's most history-drenched city.
Forget Paul Revere. This summer, treat yourself to a tour of Boston's worst in political corruption.
By LAWRENCE ''HUGGY'' BERGMAN  |  June 18, 2010
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Murph’s Last Grasp?

The ever-restless Stephen Murphy is at it again, running anew for state treasurer — just a few months after voters re-elected him to the Boston City Council.
Can Stephen Murphy rally his troops one last time, or is this stab at higher office his last?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 26, 2010
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Aftershock

From the second that the Richter scale registered at 7.0 in Haiti, a desperate grief rippled through Hyde Park, Dorchester, and other corners of this region, which is home to the third-largest Haitian population in America.
More than 1500 miles from the epicenter of the Haitian quake, its effects rippled through Boston's teeming Haitian community
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010
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Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 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 Mayor: Vote Flaherty + Yoon

Boston’s mayoral candidates are running campaigns that are variations on a theme.
Boston District City Council: Henriquez, Ross, ciommo, LaMattina
By EDITORIAL  |  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
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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
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Can Flaherty woo Yoon?

Michael Flaherty, having earned a spot Tuesday on the November ballot, starts his six-week push to the Boston mayoral final with a big problem. He needs Sam Yoon's voters, and to get them he needs Sam Yoon.
Don't call it a victory just yet; Michael Flaherty's work has only begun. Will Sam Yoon come to his aid?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 25, 2009
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Giant shadow

One striking aspect of the Kennedy tributes was the focus on the help he and his office provided for ordinary individuals in Massachusetts — all those things that fall under the category of "constituent services."
Though he won't be on the ballot, Ted Kennedy's influence will be keenly felt in the special election to replace him. Plus, the lack of a GOP candidate, and the Kennedy effect on Boston's city elections.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 04, 2009


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Preliminary findings

Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009
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Campaign Trail of Tears

Mayoral candidates Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon have looked a little like ambulance chasers of late, seizing on two recent tragedies for political gain.
Menino's challengers look to capitalize on tragedy. Plus, council candidates try to meet the tougher new ballot requirements — set by an incumbent.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 22, 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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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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Cash carousel

Even though the dollar has taken an international whupping of late, there remains at least one place where the love of the greenback remains strong: Beacon Hill.
Many things changed this year on Beacon Hill, but not the power of the almighty dollar
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 30, 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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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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Deadbeat universities

No college should be allowed to cry poverty to get out of PILOT anymore.
It’s time for higher education to pay its fair share of city costs. Plus, how to improve the Boston City Council.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 14, 2007
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For Boston City Council

Boston’s 13 city councilors — especially the four members elected at-large — hold high-profile jobs.
Plus, a lesson from the Red Sox
By EDITORIAL  |  October 31, 2007


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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
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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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Seeking council

Several factors have some wondering whether progressive Felix Arroyo may be the most vulnerable at-large incumbent this coming November.
Could Felix be in trouble?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 04, 2007
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Go for the gelt

Much has been made of how Mitt Romney has been courting evangelical-Christian support for his presidential ambitions. But Romney is also seeking friends — and, more important, money — among Jews.
Romney woos the jews. Plus, The Mass GOP fails to anoint a leader; negative funding in ’06; and a slow start to the at-large city council field
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 10, 2007
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We found Whitey Bulger . . . and he’s still missing

I get a lot of calls about Bulger, but this one was different. Watch video footage of a possible Whitey sighting in California
Anniversary party: The FBI celebrates 12 years of failure
By DAVID BOERI  |  January 05, 2007


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Council contortions

For more than a generation, being president of the Boston City Council was a springboard to the mayor’s office.
Boston’s city councilors are jockeying to be the next mayor — but that’s yesterday’s playbook
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 06, 2006
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Incumbency

After state Senator Dianne Wilkerson’s bizarre failure, earlier this year, to collect enough signatures to get on September’s Democratic primary ballot, an obvious question loomed: did the senator still want her job?
How Wilkerson, Galvin, and Murphy are using it
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2006
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Howie Carr blows up

It’s Friday, and Howie Carr Incorporated is in full flog for his new book, The Brothers Bulger (Warner Books).
As Whitey makes him famous, the Bulger -scribe doesn’t have to worry about facts
By DAVID BOERI  |  March 16, 2006