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DiMasi’s sheep

DiMasi’s overwhelming victory in the recent casino vote — in which only 34 of 140 Democrats voted against his plan to banish the bill for further study — was actually, as meager as it was, an unusual show of dissent.
How Stepford politics rule Beacon Hill
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2008
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No side bets

Opponents of legalized gaming in Massachusetts are celebrating the death this past week of Governor Deval Patrick’s bill to license casinos, which was crushed by a seemingly decisive margin of more than two-to-one.
The governor’s gaming legislation crapped out, but are casinos still alive in a compromise? Plus, a school-budget crisis could start a political firestorm.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 26, 2008

Read the runes

As a user of the special collections at the Boston Public Library, I have been appalled at the light coverage of key service desks necessitated by staff cuts over the past several years.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 7, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 05, 2008
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Menino’s hit list

At a recent political event, Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino asked Robert Crane, the former long-time state treasurer, how many years he had held that office.
40 potential candidates for the 2009 election who could take on the mayor — if they have the courage.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 28, 2007
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Marijuana reform

There is no sense to be found in the prosecution of individuals for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
A less-than-perfect but much-needed initiative. Plus, more evidence that Trent Lott is a weasel.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 28, 2007
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Rent-a-scab?

The employees have been complaining for more than a year about the exact kinds of wage and safety abuses that are supposedly so upsetting to the pols.
Hard labor
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 08, 2007


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Martha’s quick start

Martha Coakley told opponents of same-sex marriage this past week she would use the full force of her new office to fight their efforts.
In her first four months as attorney general, Martha Coakley has shown political deftness — and a desire to play a major role in state policy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 16, 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