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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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Poor reception

The right loves to rant against the "liberal-media elite," but there's one key media sector where the conservative id reigns supreme: talk radio.
Talk radio helped energize Scott Brown's Senate campaign. Will it doom the Democrats in 2010?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 05, 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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Raising Hill

Hillary Clinton took only two questions from the audience at the end of her 35-minute speech at the American Association of Retired Persons conference.
Hillary Clinton’s ‘aura of inevitability’ might hide her weaknesses — at least until the Republicans get their hands on her
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 12, 2007
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Wagering, or wavering?

With the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe quickly moving forward on its plans for a casino in Middleborough, how long can power players continue to hold their cards close to the vest?
When will Deval Patrick play his casino cards?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 15, 2007

The Carson Beach Battle

This article originally appeared in the August 9, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Clouded by other explanations, the conflict is plainly racial
By HOWARD HUSOCK  |  August 07, 2007


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Ground game

Forget Deval Patrick’s 5000-person rally on Boston Common last weekend. A humbler event that took place a few days earlier — an October 11 community meeting in Quincy — offers keener insight into the Patrick-campaign ethos.
Deval Patrick’s extreme grassroots approach
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 20, 2006
AND THE HORSE HE RODE IN ON

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