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Tierney for Congress

The most closely watched congressional race in Massachusetts is being fought in the Sixth District, on Boston's North Shore, between Democratic incumbent John Tierney and his Republican challenger Richard Tisei.

By EDITORIAL  |  October 26, 2012

The Third Annual Phoenix Memorial Day look at the laughable state of Massachusetts politics

Hey, thanks for having me back for the Third Annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Political Roast! Good to see so many of you here — the last time I saw this many Beacon Hill insiders in one place was on the prospective witness list for the Sal DiMasi t
Ready, Aim — Roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 27, 2011

Q&A #6: Tisei-Tierney?

 "ChrisMath" asks: Do you see Richard Tisei challenging Rep. John Tierney in the 6th District in 2012? If so, do you think he has a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011

My Year In Tweets

It turns out, you can be pretty snarky in 140 characters. I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now (follow me at,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 28, 2010

Ten Little Congressmen . . .

Each of Massachusetts's 10 congressmen — soon to be nine, following next year's redistricting — are looking at the House shakeup from their own career perspectives.
The outlook for each of Mass.'s Representatives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010


Minority Blues

The historic national Republican wave, which saw the GOP gain at least 64 seats in the US House of Representatives, seemed to skip Massachusetts, which elected Democrats in all 10 congressional districts.
Massachusetts's Democratic Congressmen won their elections, but lost their power. What will they do in John Boehner's House?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010

Boston Phoenix 2010 Endorsements: Steve Grossman, Martha Coakley, and Barney Frank

Far too often, politics is the act of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This election, voters have the unique chance of choosing a candidate who is a perfect fit for the office he seeks. That is why we endorse Democrat STEVE GROSSMAN for tre
Plus, more endorsements and the ballot questions
By EDITORIAL  |  October 29, 2010

Elephant in the Room?

The upcoming national midterm elections are shaping up as a big Republican wave.
Republicans are expected to take dozens of US House seats this year — some may even be in Massachusetts
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 15, 2010

Zombie Justice

Two recent politically infused happenings illustrate Massachusetts's shocking indifference to civil liberty.
Ware's probation probe and the Tierney plea. Plus, social security silliness.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 15, 2010

MassGOP Time Bombs?

Let's face facts, my Bay State Republican friends -- including you, Charlie Baker: in the best election cycle you've had in years to topple the Democratic...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 11, 2010


Elephant in the Room

Platoons of state Republicans, energized by Scott Brown's stunning victory over Democrat Martha Coakley last week, are setting their sights on November.
Massachusetts Republicans suddenly think this is their year — but if they shoot too high, they might fall hard
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 29, 2010

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

Six for the seat

Over the next few months, as candidates for the US Senate travel the state, you're likely to hear them say again and again that nobody can ever truly replace Ted Kennedy. That's the truth. But what does the state want next, after such a legendary, la
After a tumultuous week, these half dozen are still in the mix for Kennedy's seat.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 18, 2009

Spanish Dancer fever

After debuting two years ago, Honeyhander made an immediate impact on the Providence rock scene with its dizzy brew of psychedelia and indie shoegazer.
Anthony Ferreira gets in touch with his inner disco
By BOB GULLA  |  March 21, 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


The Pah-ty's ovah

For the past six years, the Republican-run federal government has been free to waste money, reward friends, and act incompetently, knowing that their misdeeds would go unexposed by the legislative branch. Nailing the GOP: New England Congressmen are si
Congressional reps from New England are poised to lead the attack on Republican waste and fraud
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007

Obama, Osama, oh Mama!

The news story of the week, of the year, of the decade — the military taking out Osama bin Laden — will lead, I predict, to a classic example of what I like to call Moon Landing Syndrome.
Life after Bin Laden; Trump the Clown; under the big top; all we need is love
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  January 01, 1900