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From the penitentiary to the presidential race, it’s our annual Memorial Day roast of Massachusetts pols

Welcome to the fourth annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Roast of Massachusetts politicians! I love looking around the room every year, seeing so many familiar faces of elected officials.
Surveying the Damage
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 25, 2012

Catching Up On Mass. Stories


Let's see....--I can't say I'm all that worked up about Michael McLaughlin. I've met him a couple of times, but I'll defer to Scot Lehigh's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 22, 2011

Horseshit In The Legislature


The Globe beat me to it, but I'm just now getting the chance to blast the state legislature for trying to increase the amount of...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 16, 2011
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Transgendered rights

A bill to extend basic legal protections to transgendered people in Massachusetts has languished for years on Beacon Hill. It is time to stop stalling.
The time to act is now
By EDITORIAL  |  September 30, 2011
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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011
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There is no mystery to the debt crisis. Plus: Scott Brown, and the Boston Foundation

Understanding the debate about raising the debt ceiling, and imagining the economic crisis that will follow if Congress fails to do so, is really very simple.
Republican Bolsheviks
By EDITORIAL  |  July 22, 2011


To The Speaker And President, The Spoils


This is the first non-election year in which Massachusetts state legislators must report campaign finances in mid-year, under new reporting rules passed in 2009. That...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 21, 2011

Gaming Pushed Until Fall


A joint statement just came from senate president Therese Murray and house speaker Bob DeLeo, saying that expanded gaming legislation will not be debated in...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 13, 2011
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In the wake of the latest corruption scandal, let's just torch the offending chamber

Burning Down the House
Burning Down the House
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 24, 2011

How Do You Solve A Problem Like DiMasi?


People don't usually get caught the first time they send crotch shots to women over the Internet; when they do get caught, the odds are...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 17, 2011
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The Third Annual Phoenix Memorial Day look at the laughable state of Massachusetts politics

Hey, thanks for having me back for the Third Annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Political Roast! Good to see so many of you here — the last time I saw this many Beacon Hill insiders in one place was on the prospective witness list for the Sal DiMasi t
Ready, Aim — Roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 27, 2011


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Don't shortchange the arts

Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
By EDITORIAL  |  April 29, 2011

The DeLeo Dilemma


The Massachusetts House of Representatives does not seem to be in a great rush to work on Governor Deval Patrick's and Senate President Therese Murray's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 06, 2011
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It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
Slow play
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 01, 2011

DeLeo Pops The Patronage Bubble


It would be easy to jab at Bob DeLeo for his blatantly political 180 on patronage, but I'm with Lehigh on this one -- the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 16, 2011

A DeLeo Shake-Up Coming?


Massachusetts Senate leadership, announced late last week, included a number of changes by necessity -- top people had gone, leaving vacancies at assistant majority leader...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 26, 2011


Swearing-In Week


Oh, what an exciting week this is for those who enjoy the arcane rituals and traditions of the peaceful transfer of power in the world's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 05, 2011
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Careful carving: Keep politics out of redistricting

The news last week from the US Census Bureau was as expected: Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 congressional districts.
Plus, Scott Brown and 'DADT.'
By EDITORIAL  |  December 31, 2010
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Careful carving: Keep politics out of redistricting

The news last week from the US Census Bureau was as expected: Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 congressional districts.
Plus, Scott Brown and 'DADT.'
By EDITORIAL  |  December 31, 2010
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Double-Secret Probation: 2010's biggest Boston political scandal

In a year that started with a former House Speaker under indictment, an open US Senate seat, and a governor seemingly headed to electoral defeat, the biggest political story of 2010 turned out to be the Beacon Hill probation patronage scandal. And, if pa
As the previous Beacon Hill scandals wind down, another — a potentially bigger one — emerged this year: political patronage
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 24, 2010
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Wiki paradoxes

Trust us: It is only a matter of time before Hollywood brings the saga of WikiLeaks impresario Julian Assange to the big screen.
Plus, kudos to Council and DeLeo
By EDITORIAL  |  December 10, 2010


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What DeLeo and Murray should do

WHY LEGISLATIVE LEADERS SHOULD ACT NOW TO MAKE THE PATRONAGE SCANDAL HISTORY
Why legislative leaders should act now to make the patronage scandal history
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2010

Patronage Politics


I've been struck by something in the news recently: hazing. There have been a couple of incidents, in Needham and now Agawam, making the news....
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 24, 2010

DeLeo Takes A Hit? Not So Fast


You can't blame state Republican officials for touting their party's gains in the state house of representatives, where their numbers will rise from 15 to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2010
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Lobbyists line up to line House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s pockets

This has been a brutally difficult year for Massachusetts candidates to raise money. But there is a clear exception to that drought: House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who appears to have smashed recent records for fundraising to this point in the year.
Good to be king
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 17, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- DeLeo's Haul


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I look at House speaker Robert DeLeo's striking $400,000 fundraising...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 16, 2010


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DeLeo's the one

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo won. So what? Or perhaps more to the point, now what?
Don't blame Patrick or the legislature for the failure of casino gambling
By EDITORIAL  |  August 06, 2010
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DeLeo's the one

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo won. So what? Or perhaps more to the point, now what?
Don't blame Patrick or the legislature for the failure of casino gambling
By EDITORIAL  |  August 06, 2010
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Rookies Go Bust

The end of the two-year Massachusetts legislative session frequently turns into a high-stakes poker game, with the governor, Senate president, and House speaker bluffing and bargaining down to the wire — along with lobbyists, interest groups, and, in ele
DeLeo and Baker were bested in Beacon Hill's gaming showdown, not so Cahill
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 06, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Casino Winners And Losers


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- online and in print now -- I write about the end of the Massachusetts legislative session...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 05, 2010