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Same Old Faces

If you're wondering who the geniuses are behind the political campaigns in Massachusetts this year — the strategists, media firms, ad teams, and fundraisers — well, it's a lot of the same folks who have been behind Massachusetts campaigns for a long time
It's an outsider's year for candidates, but the consultants are old Beacon Hill mainstays. Plus, who spent what at the conventions, and Baker goes on TV first.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2010
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Weenie Roast!

A year ago, with scandals and embarrassments swirling around Massachusetts state politics, the Phoenix tossed some well-deserving pols on the flames in our first annual Memorial Day political roast. I'm pleased that I've been invited back.
The Phoenix 's second annual Memorial Day political roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 04, 2010
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Ready to rumble

Last summer, the upcoming race that got most Bay State politicos salivating was the run for governor.
As the Senate race comes to an end, the challengers for Deval Patrick's job are sharpening their knives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 15, 2010
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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
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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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Patrick's opponents

Charlie Baker, former head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and onetime finance chief for governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, was scheduled to file papers this week to officially open his gubernatorial campaign. With that, he also unofficially kicks
A meaningful debate about Massachusetts will take intelligence and courage
By EDITORIAL  |  July 31, 2009


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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

A fitting tribute


Letters to the Boston editor: September 12, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 10, 2008

Grand new party?

There are a lot of great things happening in Massachusetts with the GOP.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 28, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 26, 2008
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Mitt’s pit bull

Flackdom rarely leads to fame. But Eric Fehrnstrom, the traveling press secretary for Mitt Romney, has already joined the pop-culture firmament.

Meet Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s teeth-baring press secretary


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 01, 2008
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That’s what he said

More than any other presidential candidate, Barack Obama owes his success to sheer rhetorical power.

Barack Obama sounds just like Deval Patrick. Is that good or bad?


By ADAM REILLY  |  January 17, 2008


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Clinton and Obama: Watch California

Round one to Barack Obama, round two to Hillary Clinton, and just like that the retail politics is over, and the national slugfest begins.
Golden state polls might shape the rest of the race
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 10, 2008
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Old Mitt of the Mountain

Mitt Romney had a golden opportunity a week ago to do something about his inauthenticity problem, the one that even his most ardent supporters in New Hampshire recognize.
How the Romney campaign crumbled and fell in the Granite State primary
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 09, 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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Voto para mi?

In East Boston, hopes have been high that Democratic candidate Gloribell Mota might draw the neighborhood’s Hispanic residents into the political process.
Why can’t a Latina candidate mobilize Eastie’s Hispanics?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007
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Fender bender

Recent signs on Beacon Hill indicate to some that Deval Patrick is not quite the progressive, populist lefty that many of his supporters — and detractors — think he is.
Last year, opponents thought they had killed auto-insurance reform for good. Its resurrection could be a headache for Deval Patrick.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 26, 2007


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Letting the DA skate

In Boston’s sharp-elbowed political world, when anything goes wrong assigning blame usually takes top priority.
Violence rises, prosecutions plummet, and nobody points a finger at Boston’s top law-enforcement officer
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 20, 2007
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Leftward ho!

The Daily Worker has nothing to fear — yet.
How liberal can the Herald’s editorial page get?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 06, 2007
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The believer

Ben LaGuer is one of three things: the victim of massive injustice, a con man of staggering persistence, or a delusional head case.
Eric Goldscheider’s lonely crusade
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 02, 2007
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Silent treatment

When next year’s Pulitzer finalists are announced, the Washington Post ’s coverage of dismal conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center will almost certainly make the list. But did the Post actually break the story? The deadliest sin: The Times'
Solving the press’s credit problem
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 14, 2007


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Healey quietly vetoes Bike Safety Bill

As everyone but the most oblivious knows, Boston has a reputation for being one of the most inhospitable American cities for cyclists.
Unhappy trails  
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 11, 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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Good Deval, bad Deval

There are a few ways to interpret Deval Patrick’s weeklong million-dollar inaugural bash, which includes festivities throughout Massachusetts and concludes with Patrick’s swearing-in outside the State House on January 4.
How will Governor Patrick work the press?
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2007
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Seven for seven

While coverage of the Red Sox is always excessive (except for the sweet deals they get from the politicians, but whatever), the arrival of Daisuke Matsuzaka will make things even worse than usual.
What’s news in the New Year? Plan on these stories dominating Boston’s media landscape.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 29, 2006
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The year women got beat up

You don’t have to play Grand Theft Auto to be blind to violence against women. Victims of perception: How violence against women permeated our consciousness in 2006
Over the past 12 months you have been bombarded with stories of brutalized women. Chances are, you didn’t notice.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 20, 2006


Victims of perception


 How violence against women permeated our consciousness in 2006
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 20, 2006
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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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After the election

When legislators buried the marriage amendment without a vote at the November 9 Constitutional Convention, it was a good sign that pols have nothing to fear politically from same-sex marriage opponents.
Gay-marriage opponents intervene — and fail
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 29, 2006
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Devils in the details

Arizona senator John McCain appears to be the nation’s most popular Republican.
John McCain or Mitt Romney: Hard to say who’s worse
By EDITORIAL  |  November 22, 2006