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Preliminary findings

Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Nine months ago, on the heels of the Obama-assisted deluge at the polls, political observers anticipated mayoral fever triggering huge voter turnout in the Hub this fall. Now, as the race has so far been a bust, they are downgrading their expectations.
Hopes of big Boston Election Day turnout fade. Good news for Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 31, 2009
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Campaign Trail of Tears

Mayoral candidates Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon have looked a little like ambulance chasers of late, seizing on two recent tragedies for political gain.
Menino's challengers look to capitalize on tragedy. Plus, council candidates try to meet the tougher new ballot requirements — set by an incumbent.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 22, 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

Mis-remembering the '05 mayor's race


Yesterday, in a nice recap of the debate between John Kerry and Ed O'Reilly, the Globe's Matt Viser wrote: In his reelection campaign in 2004...
By Adam Reilly  |  September 07, 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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Will race enter the race?

Two years ago, when Dianne Wilkerson inexplicably failed to submit the necessary signatures to get her name on the Democratic primary ballot for re-election as state senator, a 28-year-old upstart seized the opportunity.
Dianne Wilkerson and Sonia Chang-Díaz don’t talk about the racial split in their Senate showdown, but it’s likely to make its mark
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 30, 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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The rumor mill

The energy in this year’s at-large race for Boston City Council is not to be found on the campaign trail.
So far, the race for Boston City Council is all talk and no action
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 05, 2007
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Sweeping up

Whether by design or dumb luck, Governor Deval Patrick has managed to depoliticize the news coming from Beacon Hill.
Deval Patrick’s late appointments show a surer hand at the wheel
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 30, 2007
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Council contortions

For more than a generation, being president of the Boston City Council was a springboard to the mayor’s office.
Boston’s city councilors are jockeying to be the next mayor — but that’s yesterday’s playbook
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 06, 2006


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Pure politics

Why is this campaign — one of the most obscure being waged this year — also one of the most intriguing?
The weirdly fascinating Suffolk Clerk’s race
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 28, 2006
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The wrong stuff

You can’t blame Democrats for feeling optimistic. In 2005, George W. Bush staggered through as rough a stretch as any modern president has experienced.
These should be the best of times for Democrats. So how will they blow it in 2006? Let us count the ways
By DAN KENNEDY  |  December 29, 2005