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Can't We Fight About The Policy?

As you know, I love everybody. And I usually don't like to complain about anything that causes a good political scuffle. But for cripes sakes,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 20, 2010

Mayors Go For Ballot Cudgel

Sean Murphy reports something in the Globe today that could be a big important thing for municipal government in Massachusetts: a plan by a group...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 10, 2010

Bay State's top lobbyists

Nearly everyone in Massachusetts felt the pinch of the recession in 2009 — even Beacon Hill lobbyists had to tighten their belts.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 05, 2010

Beacon Hill's Top Lobbyists

Later this week you'll see an item I have in the new issue of the Phoenix about Massachusetts lobbying in 2009. Overall, there seems to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 02, 2010

Boston public-school apartheid?

At the Edward W. Brooke School in Roslindale — a kindergarten-to-eighth-grade public charter school — the push to advance graduates to elite secondary programs begins in fifth grade.
Think busing was a problem in this town? Some are labeling charter schools as Boston's newest educational battleground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 09, 2009

The underdog

Sara Orozco and Scott Brown, total opposites, are perfect candidates for a State Senate district with political bipolar disorder.
Sara Orozco thinks she can beat all-American GOP superstar Scott Brown. Can she convince anyone else?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 13, 2008


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

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

Lobbyists will spend again next year

The Massachusetts legislature wrapped up its 2005–’06 session without taking action on auto-insurance reform — which is good news for the Massachusetts economy, because the lobbyists will be back spending more money on the issue next session.
Money for nothing
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 09, 2006