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Sad News About Gov. Cellucci


In the middle of a day overflowing with state news activity comes the unexpected and truly awful news that former Governor Paul Cellucci has Lou...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 06, 2011
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Charles in charge?

Voters should already have a good idea what they think about the candidates — which is why an increasing number of observers, across the political spectrum, are expressing surprise at how few Bay Staters like Charlie Baker.
Republican Charlie Baker has been ready to be governor for years. But was he ready to be a candidate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2010
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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

Romney & Cellucci -- Not So Much


I just thought this was kinda funny. Republican state rep. Karyn Polito's campaign for state treasurer sent out a "Press Advisory" yesterday morning touting this: Former...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 24, 2010
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The Curse of the Big Dig

Call it the Curse of the Big Dig: virtually every politician with statewide significance who has over the years become intertwined with the Central Artery Project (as it is officially known) has seen his or her dreams of higher office dashed.
Tthe mere mention of the Central Artery Project can derail one's hopes for higher office. Charlie Baker is finding that out now.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2010
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Brown Bagging

If you are finding it hard to get enthused about the seemingly preordained drubbing that Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley will give to the GOP nominee, State Senator Scott Brown, in the special election for US Senate, you are not alone.
Even GOP insiders don't expect Scott Brown to beat Martha Coakley. But they care how he loses.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 18, 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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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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Patrick's opponents

Charlie Baker, former head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and onetime finance chief for governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, was scheduled to file papers this week to officially open his gubernatorial campaign. With that, he also unofficially kicks
A meaningful debate about Massachusetts will take intelligence and courage
By EDITORIAL  |  July 31, 2009
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Grading the cabinet

As we watch President Barack Obama replace the federal government's old, unpopular, Republican department heads with fresh, bright talent, it's hard not to think back two years, to the start of Governor Deval Patrick's first term as governor of Massachus
At the midway point of Governor Deval Patrick's first term, we issua a report card for his cabinet
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 21, 2009
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Financial fallout

The current US financial disaster will roil Massachusetts residents in myriad ways.  
The devastating wall street crisis has a potential silver lining — if you’re a Massachusetts politician looking for a foothold
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2008


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The right stuff

Politics is often a matter of perspective.
Senator John Kerry has it; challenger Ed O’Reilly doesn’t. Plus, Sarah Palin’s Hannah Montana equation.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 10, 2008
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The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 2008
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The trolley Svengali

When the T works, we usually don’t notice. But when it doesn’t, our reaction is swift and severe.
Why Dan Grabauskas might actually fix the T — if he can keep his job
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 30, 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
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Old Mitt of the Mountain

Mitt Romney had a golden opportunity a week ago to do something about his inauthenticity problem, the one that even his most ardent supporters in New Hampshire recognize.
How the Romney campaign crumbled and fell in the Granite State primary
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 09, 2008


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The 10th Annual Muzzle Awards

Mitt Romney will say or do anything if he thinks it will help him become president.
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By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2007

Speech therapy

The Muzzle Awards have been chronicling the worst Free Speech violations for a decade. Here are some of the lowlights from the past 10 years.
The Muzzles through the ages: 10 years of First Ammendment deterioration
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 03, 2007
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Letting the DA skate

In Boston’s sharp-elbowed political world, when anything goes wrong assigning blame usually takes top priority.
Violence rises, prosecutions plummet, and nobody points a finger at Boston’s top law-enforcement officer
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 20, 2007
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The mess at UMass

Before he terminated his do-little term as governor to kick off his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney planted a ticking time bomb at the University of Massachusetts.
Picking up the pieces in the wake of a destructive power play. Plus, the immigration debate.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 13, 2007
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Economy travel

Remember Jane Swift? She was the likeable-enough political-mediocrity chosen as Governor Paul Cellucci’s running mate in order to produce a gender-friendly ticket.
Why Governor Patrick’s helicopter ride was A-okay. Plus, war with Iran?
By EDITORIAL  |  February 14, 2007


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She who controls the purse

The rumor mill has been buzzing with speculation that Massachusetts senate president Robert Travaglini might leave the legislature to take a position with the Massachusetts Hospital Association or the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Terry Murray gave away $11 million of state money. Will anyone call her on it?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 09, 2007
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Good Deval, bad Deval

There are a few ways to interpret Deval Patrick’s weeklong million-dollar inaugural bash, which includes festivities throughout Massachusetts and concludes with Patrick’s swearing-in outside the State House on January 4.
How will Governor Patrick work the press?
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2007
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The Iraq report

The Iraq Study Group Report, chaired by Republican James A. Baker, a former secretary of state, and Democrat Lee Hamilton, a former congressman, is — to put it mildly — an imperfect document.
Its real significance. Plus, Patrick’s disconcerting moves.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 13, 2006
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Pardon us

This year’s Massachusetts governor’s race was fraught with significance.
How the Mass media failed voters in 2006  
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 02, 2006
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GOP, RIP

Trivia question: if Kerry Healey loses her gubernatorial bid in November, who will be the top Republican elected official in Massachusetts, based on voter constituency, after Mitt Romney leaves in January? Political stock report: Who’s got the best cha
Arguably at its lowest point ever, can the Massachusetts Republican Party rescue itself from its leaders?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 13, 2006


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Kicking and screaming

Every four years, right around Labor Day, the interests of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the Democratic candidates for governor become almost totally divergent.
How much Democratic bad blood is too much?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 15, 2006
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Imagine all the Democrats

There are two big things worth knowing about the battle for the Democratic governor’s nomination. The race is a doozy and barely anyone cares.
How would the party’s three Corner-Office hopefuls run Massachusetts?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 01, 2006
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Battle of the second bananas

Being Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has its headaches.
Three Democrats want to be Lieutenant Governor. Who’s the party’s best bet?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 28, 2006
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A Handy Guide to the Big Dig Screw-Up

As people try to sort out responsibility for the fiasco that led to the death of Milena Del Valle in the I-90 connector tunnel, you might have a hard time keeping the players straight.
Who was watching out for the integrity of the work on the Big Dig? Everyone and no one    
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 27, 2006