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Gangs study killed

On February 9 the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee, which had already informally decided against LD 1707, the bill that would have created severe penalties for people associated with criminal street gangs, killed a substitute proposal for a study
Lawmaker Apology
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 17, 2012
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Review: Elemental's hit-and-miss 'Go.Go Plays'

Elemental Theatre Collective's "Go.Go Plays" have been an imaginative grab bag of one-acts since 2007, and the fifth annual event is no exception.
Finding the funny
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2011

Racing spikes in Back Cove

Try not to be alarmed by the large packs of scantily clad men and women striding along the Back Cove trail every Wednesday night starting at 6 pm.
Record breakers
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 25, 2010
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The crying game

If you are wondering why Democrats in Washington can't get anything done, even though they control both houses of Congress, take a look at the glacial pace we often see closer to home on Beacon Hill.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo tolerates dissent. Then why do some call him a bully?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 26, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- DeLeo & Dissent


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the level of intraparty dissent under the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 24, 2010
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State of flux

A few weeks ago, the state legislature headed into its winter break with what might be called a flurry of inactivity.
Inside the Massachusetts State House, a forecast of political chaos for 2010 promises extreme gridlock
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 11, 2009


Just to Get a Rep: DeLeo Takes the Throne

Just to Get a Rep: DeLeo Takes the Throne


 Whether your Beacon Hill representative is a Budweiser-shaped high school jock leftover with a bald spot bigger than his brain, or a do-good female activist...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 28, 2009

John Rogers' twisted logic


Would-be MA House Speaker John Rogers seems to be contradicting himself, big time, in a new State Ho...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 25, 2009
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A moral dilemma

We need serious action and strong leadership — and a public trust that is unlikely to be given.
State and local politics is paralyzed by fear
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2008
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Financial fallout

The current US financial disaster will roil Massachusetts residents in myriad ways.  
The devastating wall street crisis has a potential silver lining — if you’re a Massachusetts politician looking for a foothold
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2008
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She who controls the purse

The rumor mill has been buzzing with speculation that Massachusetts senate president Robert Travaglini might leave the legislature to take a position with the Massachusetts Hospital Association or the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Terry Murray gave away $11 million of state money. Will anyone call her on it?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 09, 2007


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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