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Beacon Hill's Most Beautiful: 25 power players who keep the Golden Dome in style

Politics in Massachusetts can be an ugly business. Let's look at another side of life under the Golden Dome — the beautiful side.
25 power players who keep the Golden Dome in style
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN AND MIKE DEEHAN  |  November 09, 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
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Republicans continue to wage war on women

The Republican Party's unrelenting war on women is now being waged with such frenzied fury that sane people might well wonder if there is a GOP-wide obsession with punishing an entire gender.
Plus, Beacon Hill follies, youth violence
By EDITORIAL  |  May 13, 2011

Auditing Versus The Auditor


Governmental auditing and oversight is extremely important -- as sage political scientist Seth Masket explains today, when this function is lax you end up with...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 28, 2011

Q&A #6: New Officeholders


"Josh D" asks: In your opinion, which MA pol(s) has/have hit the ground running since being elected/reelected last fall in terms of fulfilling campaign promises...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Q&A #1: Mass. Guv '14


"Elias Nugator" is awake and alert enough post-Evacuation Day to start us off with a good one: Granted we've only just exited a gubernatorial race...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011


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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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Grossman for Treasurer

There are two impressive candidates running for state treasurer in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
Plus, Bump for auditor, D’Alessandro for Congress, and more
By EDITORIAL  |  September 10, 2010

Boston Phoenix Primary Endorsements


The Boston Phoenix has made the following endorsements in upcoming primaries:--Steve Grossman for state treasurer;--Suzanne Bump for state auditor;--Mac D'Alessandro for US Congress;--Sonia Chang-Diaz for...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 08, 2010

Inside The Insider Question


Over the course of the year I have occasionally remarked that it's typical of Massachusetts Democrats that, in a year where voters are clearly angry...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 01, 2010

Q&A #4: MassDemCon Surprise?


"Brian" asks: What was the biggest surprise of the Democratic Convention last weekend? Brownies for media!  (If Dems get more favorable coverage in this year's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 09, 2010


Q&A #1: Glodis At The MassDemCon


"Boston Bertie" asks: What happened to Guy Glodis at the Democratic State Convention. He seemed to spend a lot of resources to win the party's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 09, 2010
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Weenie Roast!

A year ago, with scandals and embarrassments swirling around Massachusetts state politics, the Phoenix tossed some well-deserving pols on the flames in our first annual Memorial Day political roast. I'm pleased that I've been invited back.
The Phoenix 's second annual Memorial Day political roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 04, 2010

Q&A #2 -- Who Gets 15%?


"Boston Bertie" asks:Looking forward to the Democratic Convention in June - couple of questions:1. Will Grace Ross get the 15% to get on the ballot?...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 27, 2010

Anything Fishy In Lake's Bio?


Mike Lake is running for state Auditor at just 31 years old, which has prompted questions about his experience -- and whether he may be...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 24, 2010

Q&A #1: Mass Dems Convention


 "Bill" asks: What will happen at the State Democratic convention in June? Will all the candidates (i.e: Grace Ross and Mike Lake) get the 15%...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 19, 2010


Among The Somerville Dems


Somerville's seven Ward Democratic Party Committees held their caucuses last night, to elect delegates to the state convention. All other committees aren't allowed to start...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 09, 2010
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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