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Tea Party Progressives?

When Democrat Peter Smulowitz celebrated his victory in the special-election primary for State Senate earlier this month in the back room of Masala Art restaurant in Needham, no bigwigs from his party were in attendance.
Outsiders are trying to crash the gates of the state’s Democratic establishment — and are starting to succeed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 30, 2010

Edgewood Café

The Edgewood Café's slogan is "casual neighborhood dining with a gourmet touch," and every adjective is scout's honor true.
For neighborly gourmands
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2010
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Tone deaf

March has not been kind to Deval Patrick.
Can Deval hear the thunder of jeers?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 25, 2009
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Buyout implemented, life continues on Fountain Street

Whether by accident or by design, there was little evident fallout of the latest Providence Journal buyout in the days after 22 employees ended their time at the ProJo.
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 17, 2008
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Communication breakdown

You campaign in poetry, Mario Cuomo famously claimed, but you govern in prose. Don’t buy the dichotomy.

How did Deval Patrick's greatest strength become a dangerous weakness?


By ADAM REILLY  |  April 24, 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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The Left, left out?

In the wake of the recent local elections, more and more observers are concluding that the energy that put Patrick in the Corner Office has come and gone.
Deval Patrick’s famed grassroots progressives are losing steam and influence
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 03, 2007
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Deval’s dance with labor

One of the most revealing currents political observers will soon be watching is how Governor Deval Patrick deals with organized labor.
Unions spent more to help get Deval Patrick elected than he did. But does that mean he’s in their pocket?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 13, 2006
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Ground game

Forget Deval Patrick’s 5000-person rally on Boston Common last weekend. A humbler event that took place a few days earlier — an October 11 community meeting in Quincy — offers keener insight into the Patrick-campaign ethos.
Deval Patrick’s extreme grassroots approach
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 20, 2006
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Once again, Boston’s police flub for the cameras

Filmmakers always seem to catch the Boston Police Department (BPD) on its bad days.
When they come for you
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 04, 2006
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Ship without a rudder

It’s a simple question: other than the candidate — who has a day job, after all — who is running Attorney General Tom Reilly’s campaign for governor?
Tom Reilly’s chaotic campaign for governor
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 03, 2006