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Peter Torkildsen

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Giant shadow

One striking aspect of the Kennedy tributes was the focus on the help he and his office provided for ordinary individuals in Massachusetts — all those things that fall under the category of "constituent services."
Though he won't be on the ballot, Ted Kennedy's influence will be keenly felt in the special election to replace him. Plus, the lack of a GOP candidate, and the Kennedy effect on Boston's city elections.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 04, 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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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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Cash carousel

Even though the dollar has taken an international whupping of late, there remains at least one place where the love of the greenback remains strong: Beacon Hill.
Many things changed this year on Beacon Hill, but not the power of the almighty dollar
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 30, 2008
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Power hungry?

It’s remarkable how dramatically the state’s political leadership has changed since the most recent Constitutional Convention.
The most powerful people on Beacon Hill want to stop the gay-marriage ban, but don’t have the votes
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 07, 2007
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Go for the gelt

Much has been made of how Mitt Romney has been courting evangelical-Christian support for his presidential ambitions. But Romney is also seeking friends — and, more important, money — among Jews.
Romney woos the jews. Plus, The Mass GOP fails to anoint a leader; negative funding in ’06; and a slow start to the at-large city council field
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 10, 2007


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After the election

When legislators buried the marriage amendment without a vote at the November 9 Constitutional Convention, it was a good sign that pols have nothing to fear politically from same-sex marriage opponents.
Gay-marriage opponents intervene — and fail
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 29, 2006