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Mickey Mouse Multiculturalism

Massachusetts treasurer and independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill was off base when he accused incumbent governor Deval Patrick of "playing politics with terrorism" in the wake of Patrick's visit to the controversial Roxbury mosque maintained by
Governor Patrick's problematic Mosque visit. Plus, Bush — and the GOP — vote yes for torture
By EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2010
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The Curse of the Big Dig

Call it the Curse of the Big Dig: virtually every politician with statewide significance who has over the years become intertwined with the Central Artery Project (as it is officially known) has seen his or her dreams of higher office dashed.
Tthe mere mention of the Central Artery Project can derail one's hopes for higher office. Charlie Baker is finding that out now.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2010
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How Brown won

As the Massachusetts US Senate election unfolded yesterday, all that the pols and pundits wanted to talk about was how Martha Coakley managed to lose the race. And there is plenty there to dissect. But there is another part of the story, and that is how
While Massachusetts Democrats assess blame for who lost the Senate seat, the truth is that Scott Brown won it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 22, 2010
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Tea-bagger Brown triumphs

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley may be a good person and a dedicated public servant, but thanks to her gut-wrenching loss to tea-bagging Republican Scott Brown in the race for the US Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy, Coakley is now
Obama must rally independents
By EDITORIAL  |  January 22, 2010
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Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2010
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Khazei, Like a Fox?

If there is to be a candidate in the Massachusetts US Senate race who inspires the sort of grassroots, progressive following that propelled Governor Deval Patrick into office three years ago — an insurgent candidacy, if you will — it figures to be ideali
Insiders don’t think Alan Khazei has a chance in the US Senate race. But progressive activists could make him an underdog with bite.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 16, 2009


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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

Forward thinking


Letters to the Boston editor, November 14, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 12, 2008
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Women on the verge

At next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, Hillary Clinton’s delegates will get just about everything they’ve wanted — aside from the nomination of their candidate, of course.
Clinton die-hards have created a new-girls’ network bent on remedying decades of sexism by putting women in elected office
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 20, 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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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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Politico and its discontents

In less than four months, Politico has already achieved what few post-FDR presidents could in the same amount of time: it’s become a force in national politics.
Meet the Left’s newest ‘nonpartisan’ media bogeyman
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 18, 2007

Flashbacks: November 10, 2006


The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 08, 2006
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We love you, Dems!

Everybody loves you when you’re about to wield absolute, unfettered power.
Power = money  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 01, 2006
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Republican dirty tricks

Late last month, readers of the conservative web site NewsMax discovered this juicy tidbit in a column by Ronald Kessler: “In the past week, Karl Rove has been promising Republican insiders an ‘October surprise’ to help win the November congressional ele
What’s up Karl Rove’s sleeve?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 05, 2006
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Kicking and screaming

Every four years, right around Labor Day, the interests of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the Democratic candidates for governor become almost totally divergent.
How much Democratic bad blood is too much?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 15, 2006


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Battle of the second bananas

Being Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has its headaches.
Three Democrats want to be Lieutenant Governor. Who’s the party’s best bet?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 28, 2006
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Healey’s pork problem

Along with cuts to big, statewide programs, the governor pulled funding for smaller, local projects earmarked for towns from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.
With his budget vetoes, Romney may have handed his potential heir an army of small-town enemies
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 19, 2006
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Shadow of a doubt

Every Democrat running for governor can claim victory after last weekend’s party convention in Worcester.
Who will be the Democratic nominee for governor? It depends on the answers to these five burning questions.
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 07, 2006
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The Dems are coming

Here are three admittedly subjective, shoot-from-the-hip snapshots of the three Democratic candidates for governor.
Can any of these guys take back the Governor’s office?
By ADAM REILLY AND DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 02, 2006
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Survivor: Worcester

 It’s the question of the moment in state politics: when the Massachusetts Democratic Party wraps up its 2006 convention on June 3, will all three Democratic candidates for governor still be standing?
Who’s at risk in the Democratic race for governor?
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 30, 2006


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Tying one on with the Mass Dems

Are you ready for the 2006 Massachusetts Democratic Party convention?
Drinking games in Worcester  
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 25, 2006
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Slow ride

When the members of the Massachusetts Legislature run for re-election this fall, they’ll brag about the landmark health-care-reform legislation they passed earlier this month. What they won’t mention — if they’re smart — is all the other important busine
The Massachusetts legislature’s unfinished business
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 26, 2006

Bad sports

I agree with Mark Jurkowitz (“ Muckrakers in the Outfield ,” April 7) that there are mostly yes men reporting sports, but I’d focus my analysis differently.
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By EDITORIAL  |  April 12, 2006
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Enter the wonk

Chris Gabrieli’s decision to jump into the race for governor — which he’ll do this week, if all goes according to plan — has an almost Shakespearean quality.
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By ADAM REILLY  |  April 05, 2006
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Christy’s choice

The conventional wisdom is already fixed: if Christy Mihos — the convenience-store magnate and Big-Dig whistle blower who has pledged to run for governor — campaigns as an independent, he’ll be doing the Massachusetts Democratic Party a huge favor.
Mihos could be a contender — but only if he loses his Republican baggage
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 22, 2006


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As nasty as they wanna be

Anyone who thinks Massachusetts politics has gone soft should take note of the race to become Democratic nominee for secretary of the Commonwealth.
Galvin versus Bonifaz could set the standard for electoral acrimony
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 26, 2006