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Measuring up; the GOP isn’t making friends; get some soup

Phillipe and Jorge would suggest that anyone in Vo Dilun's First Congressional District with a stock of empty milk cartons to stand on or telephone books to sit on get in contact with the campaign offices of David "Little Chi-Chi" Cicilline and Antknee
You must be this tall . . .
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 20, 2012
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Same Old Faces

If you're wondering who the geniuses are behind the political campaigns in Massachusetts this year — the strategists, media firms, ad teams, and fundraisers — well, it's a lot of the same folks who have been behind Massachusetts campaigns for a long time
It's an outsider's year for candidates, but the consultants are old Beacon Hill mainstays. Plus, who spent what at the conventions, and Baker goes on TV first.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2010
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Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010
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Elephant in the Room

Platoons of state Republicans, energized by Scott Brown's stunning victory over Democrat Martha Coakley last week, are setting their sights on November.
Massachusetts Republicans suddenly think this is their year — but if they shoot too high, they might fall hard
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 29, 2010
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Choosing Kennedy’s successor

Massachusetts should have a temporary US senator until voters elect a replacement to serve out the remaining three years of Ted Kennedy’s term.
The state needs to name a replacement — and soon
By EDITORIAL  |  September 04, 2009
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Jimmy C. and Teddy K.

When the Camelot Caucus convenes in Faneuil Hall this Wednesday, the American presidency will once again become the trophy of a personality joust. In 1968 and '72, there was at least the issue of Vietnam to veil the overweaning ambitions of competing pu
An incumbent's lessons and the politics of personality
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  August 28, 2009


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Jimmy C. and Teddy K.

When the Camelot Caucus convenes in Faneuil Hall this Wednesday, the American presidency will once again become the trophy of a personality joust. In 1968 and '72, there was at least the issue of Vietnam to veil the overweaning ambitions of competing pu
An incumbent's lessons and the politics of personality
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  August 28, 2009
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Tormenting Teddy

After 32 years in the US Senate, Ted Kennedy remains a force to be reckoned with, both for his legendary family history and his considerable accomplishments.
Republicans threaten Kennedy reign
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 28, 2009
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The Mouth Behind the Eye

Norma Nathan, who looks for all the world like a naïve and guileless suburban homemaker (and knows it), was down on Long Wharf a couple of weeks back, snooping around. She was checking out a rumor that Ed King, his Cabinet, a group of political supporte
Maybe Norma Nathan is just a nice little Jewish mother from the North Shore. After all, she says she only assaults people who assault her.  
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  August 21, 2009
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Bad times for the good earth

You could say that the plight of the Massachusetts farmer began during the Great Ice Age, when the Laurentide Ice Sheet scraped over New England leaving poor soil and, as one farmer put it, "rocks, rocks, rocks."
How are we going to keep them down on the farm?
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 14, 2009
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King, as in mayor

To begin with, I'd like to set down the political and ideological frame of reference under which I try to live.
Another page from an optimist's agenda
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  July 17, 2009


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Weakened watchdogs

If the Globe shrinks, will Beacon Hill run amok?
If the Globe shrinks, will Beacon Hill run amok?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 19, 2009
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You're Probably in a Drug-Free School Zone Right Now

Ever seen a crack dealer brandish a chrome tape measure and inch his way out of a "drug-free school zone" before slinging fat rocks to pregnant teenage mothers? No?
For all the good it does
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2009
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Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council

In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
Clown committee
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 14, 2009
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Wacko patrol: America's 25 scariest conservatives

Imagine what will happen once the relatively sane folks now running the White House and the Republican National Committee pack up and go home?  
The Phoenix ranks the individuals who will hold the most sway over the right-wing message machine in 2009, and beyond.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008
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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Barack Obama is darn lucky that Lee Atwater, who died in 1991, isn’t around to lead the Republican dirty-tricks department.  
An excellent and frightening documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 21, 2008


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Odium at the podium

In most presidential elections, the importance of the debates is over-rated.
This year, with such a close contest, the debates could have an impact like never before. Here’s what to watch for.
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 25, 2008
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Beating the press

If you’re a liberal, you quadrennially reconcile yourself to the fact that the GOP is going to win the White House. Again.
Why M c Cain’s Machiavellian war on the media could cost him the presidency
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 10, 2008
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Dawg days

Despite gains by blogs, podcasts, and social-networking Web sites, television is still our dominant mass medium.
The 2008 campaign is turning out to be our first-ever American Idol election
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 03, 2008
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It ain’t over yet

In the wake of Barack Obama’s triumphant European tour, the political press continues, by and large, to declare the election all but over.  
The press has already started inaugurating President Obama, but there are still quite a few hurdles left for the Democrat — including John McCain
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 30, 2008
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Eyes on the (yawn) prize

A remarkable thing has happened: neither John McCain nor Barack Obama has done virtually anything to bolster his candidacy.
The biggest story coming from the campaign trail lately seems to be: Which candidate is more lackluster?
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 23, 2008


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O's got a TV eye on you

With his decision to forgo public funding, Barack Obama can raise as much as he wants, giving him a huge financial advantage in the fall campaign.
The era of TV advertising in presidential general elections is over
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 25, 2008
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‘Sorry’ state

A leading theme among Democrats this year is how they won’t allow Barack Obama to be “Swift-boated,” as John Kerry was in 2004.  
How to eliminate a bad decision or policy misstep and win back voters
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 04, 2008

So to speak

The article attacking House Speaker Sal DiMasi by David S. Bernstein was offensive character assassination based on ethnic stereotyping and cute political correctness.
Letters to the Bostone editor, May 2, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 30, 2008
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Is the MBTA on track?

As targets for criticism go, it is hard to imagine one more inviting than the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, better known as the MBTA, best known as the T.
In the real world, funding is only an issue; politics is the most persistent problem
By EDITORIAL  |  April 30, 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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Clinton fatigue

This past week, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy urged Hillary Clinton  to quit the Democratic race in the interests of party unity.
What is driving the widespread movement pressuring Hillary to drop out, even though she is very much still in the race?
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 02, 2008
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Precedent-breaking president

With the news that Florida and Michigan are unlikely to redo their primaries, it’s become even more probable that Barack Obama will be the Democratic presidential nominee.
An Obama win in November would be historic for reasons beyond race
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 26, 2008
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Whither the GOP?

Ask people to name the leading voice of opposition on Beacon Hill these days, and you’re likely to be told House Speaker Sal DiMasi.
With Democrats in total control of state government, the Massachusetts GOP should be a rising voice of dissent. Instead, it seems more impotent than ever.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2008