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Mrs. Warren goes to Washington

Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s credentials, support, and savvy make her almost untouchable — and she knows it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 22, 2013
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Ten Little Congressmen . . .

Each of Massachusetts's 10 congressmen — soon to be nine, following next year's redistricting — are looking at the House shakeup from their own career perspectives.
The outlook for each of Mass.'s Representatives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010
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Minority Blues

The historic national Republican wave, which saw the GOP gain at least 64 seats in the US House of Representatives, seemed to skip Massachusetts, which elected Democrats in all 10 congressional districts.
Massachusetts's Democratic Congressmen won their elections, but lost their power. What will they do in John Boehner's House?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010
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Boston Phoenix 2010 Endorsements: Steve Grossman, Martha Coakley, and Barney Frank

Far too often, politics is the act of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This election, voters have the unique chance of choosing a candidate who is a perfect fit for the office he seeks. That is why we endorse Democrat STEVE GROSSMAN for tre
Plus, more endorsements and the ballot questions
By EDITORIAL  |  October 29, 2010
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Sam who?

Sam Meas was hardly a household name, even when he was running for the United States Congress seat in Massachusetts's Fifth District — and he's even less of one now that he lost.
Six weeks on the campaign trail with a barely known Cambodian refugee who's running for Congress
By LAWRENCE BERGMAN  |  October 15, 2010
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Elephant in the Room?

The upcoming national midterm elections are shaping up as a big Republican wave.
Republicans are expected to take dozens of US House seats this year — some may even be in Massachusetts
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 15, 2010


MassGOP Time Bombs?


Let's face facts, my Bay State Republican friends -- including you, Charlie Baker: in the best election cycle you've had in years to topple the Democratic...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 11, 2010
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The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 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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The X factor

Martha Coakley should be plenty thankful for the holiday weekend. The polls suggest that, if nothing significant changes between now and the December 8 primary, she should handily claim the Democratic nomination for US Senate.
Come Monday, it's a one-week spring to the primary — and to capture the hearts of undecided voters.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 27, 2009
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Taking sides

The stakes are high in the battle for Massachusetts’s first new US senatorship in a quarter-century.
The US Senate election is forcing Massachusetts pols to choose their team. Plus, Pagliuca’s plan, and the state GOP tries to get serious.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 30, 2009


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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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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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Senate shuffle

Don’t count Ted Kennedy out just yet, but the prognosis immediately set minds thinking about the inevitable departure of Kennedy from the US Senate, where he has served since 1962.
Massachusetts hasn’t had a Senate-seat vacancy in nearly 25 years. Now we may have two. Let the speculation begin.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 28, 2008
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A force

Ted Kennedy has beaten the odds before.
Never in his long career has Ted Kennedy been more vital or central to political life
By EDITORIAL  |  May 21, 2008
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Can Obama lasso the Bay State?

Nobody around here forgets that Deval Patrick swiped the gubernatorial nomination from the establishment-backed Tom Reilly.
Once considered sure Clinton country, the Massachusetts primary is now a shootout
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 23, 2008


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D.C. wannabes

Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007
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Tsongas for Congress

On Tuesday, voters in the Fifth Congressional District will be faced with a clear and obvious choice of who should succeed former representative Marty Meehan in the US Congress.
Plus, those scary Republicans running for president
By EDITORIAL  |  October 10, 2007
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The Left, left out?

In the wake of the recent local elections, more and more observers are concluding that the energy that put Patrick in the Corner Office has come and gone.
Deval Patrick’s famed grassroots progressives are losing steam and influence
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 03, 2007
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In tragedy’s shadow

Jim Ogonowski, a 28-year military veteran and small-farm owner in Dracut, brings plenty of life story, personal accomplishments, and policy positions to his campaign for US Congress.
Politics encroached on 9/11 this year in Massachusetts, even if nobody wants to admit it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007
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Taking the Fifth

The September 4 Democratic primary has compelling interest beyond the borders of the Fifth Congressional District.
The race for Marty Meehan’s congressionalseat is running below the radar, but it could hold the answers to a couple of burning political questions
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 22, 2007


Tsongas tstrikes back

The Niki Tsongas campaign is feeling tremendous momentum going into the final 40 days.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 3, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 01, 2007
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The million-dollar widow

The powerhouses of Massachusetts’s Democratic Party have rallied behind Niki Tsongas’s bid to succeed Fifth District US Congressman Marty Meehan.
Why is the Niki Tsongas juggernaut heading backward? Plus, ignoring global warming close to home.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 26, 2007

Our lips are sealed

I loved your “ Muzzle Awards ” article.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 27, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 25, 2007