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No more Mr. Nice Council

By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
Five-way Boston bloodbath
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 13, 2011
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Moneybags Menino

Inside Boston’s political back rooms, there is a growing suspicion that Mayor Thomas Menino is sitting on millions of dollars — tens of millions, maybe as much as $400 million — that could be used to save vital city services, such as, among many examples
The mayor cuts services, but sits on a stash of cash.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2010
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Holding his punches

All year, Boston’s political observers have been watching for signs of an anti-Menino tipping point in the mayoral race.
The pundits think a desperate Michael Flaherty needs to be throwing haymakers at the mayor, but he insists that steady pressure will win the fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 23, 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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Menino's junked mail

Two years ago, when I wrote a column griping about the Boston media's apathy-inducing disinterest in city politics, Boston Globe metro editor Brian McGrory told me his paper had given the lackluster 2007 elections as much coverage as they deserved, b
The Globe ratchets up the intensity in Boston's mayoral race. Plus, the Times Co. gets some love from the Globe newsroom and BU books blowhard Bill O'Reilly.
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 18, 2009
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Vote Yoon

Barring supernatural intervention next Tuesday, incumbent Thomas Menino is expected to top the ticket in Boston's four-candidate mayoral preliminary. The final vote will take place November 3.
It is time for Boston to debate its future
By EDITORIAL  |  September 18, 2009


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Menino's 50-Percent Solution

For years, many in Boston (including here at the Phoenix ) have lamented the absence of a vigorous campaign that would force the long-time incumbent to defend his record and discuss the issues.
The incumbent mayor is going to cruise through the upcoming preliminary. So why does his campaign seem to be taking it so seriously?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 11, 2009
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Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009
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Who's next?

If Melvin B. Miller has his way, last week's shutdown of the Bay State Banner — the African-American-focused weekly paper Miller ran as editor and publisher for nearly half a century — won't be the end.
What the Banner 's closure means for Boston's African-Americans
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 17, 2009

System failure

In the “Talking Politics” column “Mass betrayal,” you attribute our state’s long, sad history of corrupt politicians to the culture of the State House. You’re probably right.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 3, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 03, 2009
Menino's late-game debate: yes, he will

Menino's late-game debate: yes, he will


 I'd originally titled this post "Menino: No debate after preliminary?" But two things prompted...
By Adam Reilly  |  June 03, 2009


Political sucker punches

David S. Bernstein’s story about Governor Deval Patrick  is an example of going for the easy political jab rather than providing thoughtful analysis.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 10, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 10, 2009

New in the Phoenix: The Real McCrea


In which I discuss mayoral longshot Kevin McCrea's transformation from 2005 to today, and examine wh...
By Adam Reilly  |  March 18, 2009
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He's number three

The conditions seem perfect for  Kevin McCrea's latest YouTube video : warm for February, reasonably sunny, no sonic competition from nearby construction.
How seriously should Boston take long-shot mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea?
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 18, 2009
Idea of the day: Globe-sponsored mayoral debates

Idea of the day: Globe-sponsored mayoral debates


 Today's Globe editorial on the developing Boston mayor's race concludes thusly:The pattern [i...
By Adam Reilly  |  March 06, 2009
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City Hall writes its own report card

For a guy who has resisted installing voicemail at City Hall, Mayor Menino has kind of been geeking out lately.
Seeing through transparency
By TED SIEFER  |  March 04, 2009


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Time for a big change

Boston's political culture is fossilized, resistant to new ideas.
End Boston's residency requirement
By EDITORIAL  |  February 18, 2009
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Can Sam Yoon win?

Recent elections, as you may have heard, have been about change.
An Obama loving city counselor aims to be mayor of Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 11, 2009