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Photos: Boston City Council Elections 2011

Boston held its City Council elections on November 8, 2011.
November 8, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 11, 2011

At-Large And In Charge


John "JC Pennies" Connolly was the top fundraiser of the at-large Boston City Council field, leaving him with nearly a quarter-million on hand heading into...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 05, 2011

Q&A #7: At-Large Looms Large


"Anonymous" asks via stealthy, identity-masking email: What's your take on the at-large race? Clearly, Connolly has the money and Arroyo appears to be strong in that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011
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The fight for Dorchester's open city council seat is more like a school election than a modern political one

The Dorchester district that Maureen Feeney has represented since 1993 is now perhaps the most diverse in the city — and of all the council districts, its percentages of white, black, Asian, and Hispanic residents most closely reflects Boston as a whole
Old school
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 16, 2011

Connolly & The Small Fry


As we turn the corner from Labor Day to the two-month home stretch of the Boston City Council campaign, John "JC Penny" Connolly remains way...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 06, 2011

Connolly Keeps Rolling


Boston City Councilor John Connolly banks so much coin, I'm going to start calling him J.C. Pennies. Here is the reported cash-on-hand for the other...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 03, 2011


Q&A #3: At-Large City Council


Bundling a few questions on the topic -- "Jim-C" asks: Predictions:  Order of finish in Boston City Council At-Large race in November? "BeantownBill" asks: What...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011

Boston At-Large Council Forum


Last night I was honored to moderate a Ward 5 Democrats forum for the candidates for the four at-large city council seats -- the first...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 22, 2011
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What happens if they hold a city election and nobody notices?

The past few years, Boston has been almost continuously wrapped up in big, attention-getting elections.
Quiet fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 10, 2011

New In The Phoenix -- Low-Profile Council Race


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the 2011 Boston City Council election, now...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 08, 2011
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No more Mr. Nice Council

By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
Five-way Boston bloodbath
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 13, 2011


Flaherty Jumps In


Local political reporters rejoice: what could have been the sleepiest election season in ages will instead be a fun-filled bloodbath. That's right, Michael Flaherty has...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 08, 2011

Scotto Has The Love, And Other Items


--Several friends of Talking Politics said recently that they were phone-polled about Scott Brown and potential 2012 Senate match-ups. Looks like that was the work...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 31, 2011

Murph Backs Ayanna


Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy will support Ayanna Pressley in her bid for re-election this year, even -- or especially -- if Michael Flaherty...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 21, 2011

Q&A #3: Senate '12/Mayor '13


 Ask Me Anything Day rolls on! "RMC Strategies" asks: Could you handicap the top 4 folks in the US Senate dem primary (based on assumptions...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Q&A #1: Michael Flaherty Returns?


"Jim C" asks: Will Michael Flaherty jump back in and run for Councilor at Large? If he does will he win? Who would lose assuming...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011


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Mayor-Select Marie?

Tom Menino, just a few months into an unprecedented fifth term as Boston’s mayor, has raised eyebrows by hiring State Representative Marie St. Fleur of Dorchester to the newly created, $120,000-a-year position of chief of advocacy and strategic investmen
Some think that Tom Menino is anointing Marie St. Fleur as his successor, but he might just be serving himself
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 07, 2010

Unsexy Appeal

The annual “Unsexiest Men” survey (April 2) panders to and cultivates negative, cheap-shot male bashing.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 9, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 09, 2010
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Murph’s Last Grasp?

The ever-restless Stephen Murphy is at it again, running anew for state treasurer — just a few months after voters re-elected him to the Boston City Council.
Can Stephen Murphy rally his troops one last time, or is this stab at higher office his last?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 26, 2010

Q&A #1: Flaherty's Future


The excitement of Ask Me Anything Day begins! "JimC" asks: What does Michael Flaherty do next? Politically? I truly have no idea, and I suspect...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 11, 2009

Intentions gone south

Erica Corsano’s bigotry overrides some of the interesting things one might actually take away from reading her article about South Boston.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 6, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 06, 2009


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Boston rat rampage

Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar wou
Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009
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Difference of opinion

It’s been three months since Peter Canellos replaced Renée Loth as editor of the Boston Globe ’s editorial page.
Peter Canellos reinvents Globe ’s editorial page. Plus, Tom Menino’s campaign gets late-breaking help from the Banner and Herald .
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 06, 2009
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Menino, again

At a time when Americans are racked by anxiety about the uncertain future of a weak economy, Boston voters handily returned Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to an unprecedented fifth term.
Plus: Latino gains, same-sex defeat, and a buzz for pot
By EDITORIAL  |  November 06, 2009
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For Mayor: Vote Flaherty + Yoon

Boston’s mayoral candidates are running campaigns that are variations on a theme.
Boston District City Council: Henriquez, Ross, ciommo, LaMattina
By EDITORIAL  |  October 30, 2009
Thoughts on the Final Mayoral Debate and Field Guide for Undecided Voters

Thoughts on the Final Mayoral Debate and Field Guide for Undecided Voters


I’m not sure why my colleagues and I have been tirelessly hustling and sleeping as few hours as citywide candidates this election season, since the...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 28, 2009


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Knight of night life

The most feared man in Boston isn’t a crazy-eyed killer or a brutal street thug — he’s an elected official. Evidence? When was the last time you heard a disgruntled Boston businessperson publicly criticize Mayor Tom Menino?
Taking on Boston’s biggest bully
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 23, 2009
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Holding his punches

All year, Boston’s political observers have been watching for signs of an anti-Menino tipping point in the mayoral race.
The pundits think a desperate Michael Flaherty needs to be throwing haymakers at the mayor, but he insists that steady pressure will win the fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 23, 2009
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For city council

When Boston City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon declared their candidacies for mayor many months ago, the duo opened up what is normally a very narrow field for at-large Council candidates.
Boston At-Large: Connolly, Murphy, Pressley, Arroyo
By EDITORIAL  |  October 23, 2009
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The politics of baseball in Boston

You don’t need a fancy political-science degree to predict voter turnout in Boston city elections. All you need is a Red Sox postseason schedule (when applicable).
It's the Red Sox, stupid
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2009