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Thrill and Agony

The vote totals that poured in through the state secretary's office November 6 provided one set of winners (Elizabeth Warren, John Tierney, Joe Kennedy III, medical marijuana) and losers (Scott Brown, Richard Tisei, medical suicide). But there were plen

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 16, 2012
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Tierney for Congress

The most closely watched congressional race in Massachusetts is being fought in the Sixth District, on Boston's North Shore, between Democratic incumbent John Tierney and his Republican challenger Richard Tisei.

By EDITORIAL  |  October 26, 2012
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Can Richard Tisei cure the GOP’s homophobia?

Two weekends ago, the elites of the Massachusetts LGBT community gathered at the Marriott Copley for the 31st annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) New England Dinner Gala.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 05, 2012

Q&A #6: Tisei-Tierney?


 "ChrisMath" asks: Do you see Richard Tisei challenging Rep. John Tierney in the 6th District in 2012? If so, do you think he has a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011

Whore-Mongering, Clarke-Repudiating


So alleged comedian Lenny Clarke, who last I saw ranting as MC at a Charlie Baker rally, got caught the other day joking to a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 21, 2010

The Deliberation Will Not Be Televised (Dispatch from Today's Lt. Governor Debate)


  The funniest thing about lieutenant governor races is that candidates don't have their own placards. Instead, their name is a footnote on lawn signs...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 22, 2010


Can't We Fight About The Policy?


As you know, I love everybody. And I usually don't like to complain about anything that causes a good political scuffle. But for cripes sakes,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 20, 2010

"Bathroom Baker," Meet "Bathroom Bill"


It used to be, when media reports referred to transgender equality legislation as the "bathroom bill," I could rant about the journalistic irresponsibility. And we all...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 14, 2010
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GOP’s state convention delivers the bland brand

Massachusetts Republican candidates for office this November might be well-advised to legally change their names and appear on the ballot as “Someone Else,” “Another Option,” or “Available Alternative.”
Dull and Duller Dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 23, 2010
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Brown-nosing and flip-flopping

Two months ago, when Senator Scott Brown crossed party lines to help pass a jobs bill, the Phoenix noted the political convenience of that supposed show of independence — since other Republican senators were also voting with Democrats, Brown’s vote was
Scott Brown heeds his boss’s orders; Charlie Baker sides with homophobic party base
By EDITORIAL  |  April 23, 2010

Q&A #5: Tisei Challenger?


"Tom" asks: Will a Republican primary opponent emerge to take on Richard Tisei for Lt. Governor? If so, what are the odds he will be...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 19, 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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Ready to rumble

Last summer, the upcoming race that got most Bay State politicos salivating was the run for governor.
As the Senate race comes to an end, the challengers for Deval Patrick's job are sharpening their knives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 15, 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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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

Tisei's sexuality: news or not?


Interesting, this: the Herald's story on GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker's new running mate, State Sen. Richard Tisei, doesn't mention Tisei's sexuality once.  The Globe,...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 23, 2009


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The Quiet Storm

In recent weeks, Governor Deval Patrick has been receiving some of his best press in a long time — which is to say, he’s gotten very little coverage at all.
In this desperate downtime, is Deval Patrick regrouping, or cluelessly steering a sinking ship?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 06, 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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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