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What happens if they hold a city election and nobody notices?

The past few years, Boston has been almost continuously wrapped up in big, attention-getting elections.
Quiet fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 10, 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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No more Mr. Nice Council

By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
Five-way Boston bloodbath
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 13, 2011

Exclusive: Sam Yoon Leaving Boston


Sam Yoon, former Boston City Councilor and 2009 mayoral candidate, is moving to the Washington, DC area -- a move, he tells the Phoenix, that comes...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 27, 2010
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Mayor-Select Marie?

Tom Menino, just a few months into an unprecedented fifth term as Boston’s mayor, has raised eyebrows by hiring State Representative Marie St. Fleur of Dorchester to the newly created, $120,000-a-year position of chief of advocacy and strategic investmen
Some think that Tom Menino is anointing Marie St. Fleur as his successor, but he might just be serving himself
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 07, 2010

Unsexy Appeal

The annual “Unsexiest Men” survey (April 2) panders to and cultivates negative, cheap-shot male bashing.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 9, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 09, 2010


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Murph’s Last Grasp?

The ever-restless Stephen Murphy is at it again, running anew for state treasurer — just a few months after voters re-elected him to the Boston City Council.
Can Stephen Murphy rally his troops one last time, or is this stab at higher office his last?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 26, 2010
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Tapped out

The freedom to vacation before wrapping up vital work is just one perk of holding statewide office.
H-2 Woes Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2009

Intentions gone south

Erica Corsano’s bigotry overrides some of the interesting things one might actually take away from reading her article about South Boston.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 6, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 06, 2009
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Difference of opinion

It’s been three months since Peter Canellos replaced Renée Loth as editor of the Boston Globe ’s editorial page.
Peter Canellos reinvents Globe ’s editorial page. Plus, Tom Menino’s campaign gets late-breaking help from the Banner and Herald .
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 06, 2009
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Menino, again

At a time when Americans are racked by anxiety about the uncertain future of a weak economy, Boston voters handily returned Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to an unprecedented fifth term.
Plus: Latino gains, same-sex defeat, and a buzz for pot
By EDITORIAL  |  November 06, 2009


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For Mayor: Vote Flaherty + Yoon

Boston’s mayoral candidates are running campaigns that are variations on a theme.
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By EDITORIAL  |  October 30, 2009
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Holding his punches

All year, Boston’s political observers have been watching for signs of an anti-Menino tipping point in the mayoral race.
The pundits think a desperate Michael Flaherty needs to be throwing haymakers at the mayor, but he insists that steady pressure will win the fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 23, 2009
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For city council

When Boston City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon declared their candidacies for mayor many months ago, the duo opened up what is normally a very narrow field for at-large Council candidates.
Boston At-Large: Connolly, Murphy, Pressley, Arroyo
By EDITORIAL  |  October 23, 2009

Art dodgers

David S. Bernstein points out some key facts about who voted for Michael Flaherty in “Can Flaherty Woo Yoon?”, but he neglects to mention that, if Sam Yoon had won, he would need the base that voted for Flaherty, and he would also need to woo Flaherty’s
Letters to the Boston editor, October 9, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 09, 2009

Q&A #9 -- Social Media For GOTV


"NathanSpencer" asks, via Twitter appropriately: "Are tools like Twitter and Facebook really helping candidates GOTV? Who is using it best?" I've seen no evidence of...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 02, 2009


Q&A #1 -- 2013 Mayoral


Here we go, off and running with Ask Me Anything Day! First up, "Rob" asks: If Menino defeats Flaherty in November's election, does Flaherty become...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 02, 2009
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Final four?

Some of Boston's savviest political insiders were confident of one thing going into last week's preliminary election: the top four finishers in the at-large City Council race would not be the same quartet to actually win those four seats in November.
The City Council preliminary is seldom a preview of the finish. But this time, it just might be.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 02, 2009

Debating Mano-a-Mayor


We got our first one-on-one mayoral debate tonight. I thought Michael Flaherty was very good, but Tom Menino was quite good, and as far as...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 01, 2009

The Flaherty/Yoon show: first impressions--updated!


So I swung by Government Center this morning to check out the kick-off of Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon's joint campaign.  I missed the start,...
By Adam Reilly  |  September 29, 2009
Flaherty + Yoon = Yoonity

Flaherty + Yoon = Yoonity


 As recently suggested by Boston Phoenix political reporter David S. Bernstein, mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty "needs Sam Yoon's voters (to beat century-long incumbent Mayor Tom...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 29, 2009


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Can Flaherty woo Yoon?

Michael Flaherty, having earned a spot Tuesday on the November ballot, starts his six-week push to the Boston mayoral final with a big problem. He needs Sam Yoon's voters, and to get them he needs Sam Yoon.
Don't call it a victory just yet; Michael Flaherty's work has only begun. Will Sam Yoon come to his aid?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 25, 2009
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Menino's junked mail

Two years ago, when I wrote a column griping about the Boston media's apathy-inducing disinterest in city politics, Boston Globe metro editor Brian McGrory told me his paper had given the lackluster 2007 elections as much coverage as they deserved, b
The Globe ratchets up the intensity in Boston's mayoral race. Plus, the Times Co. gets some love from the Globe newsroom and BU books blowhard Bill O'Reilly.
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 18, 2009
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Vote Yoon

Barring supernatural intervention next Tuesday, incumbent Thomas Menino is expected to top the ticket in Boston's four-candidate mayoral preliminary. The final vote will take place November 3.
It is time for Boston to debate its future
By EDITORIAL  |  September 18, 2009
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Menino's 50-Percent Solution

For years, many in Boston (including here at the Phoenix ) have lamented the absence of a vigorous campaign that would force the long-time incumbent to defend his record and discuss the issues.
The incumbent mayor is going to cruise through the upcoming preliminary. So why does his campaign seem to be taking it so seriously?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 11, 2009

Burrito, McDonald, MRTPQ, Yoon vs. Flaherty and WTF


  Another busy Thursday. The Info Burrito, Michael McDonald, the MRTPQ, Mayoral candidates Sam Yoon and Michael Flaherty face off in My Song is Better...
By Charlie  |  August 20, 2009


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Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Nine months ago, on the heels of the Obama-assisted deluge at the polls, political observers anticipated mayoral fever triggering huge voter turnout in the Hub this fall. Now, as the race has so far been a bust, they are downgrading their expectations.
Hopes of big Boston Election Day turnout fade. Good news for Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 31, 2009

Burrito, Bob Marley, MRTPQ, Special Ed, Sam Yoon and WTF


  The Info Burrito, comedian Bob Marley, the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Query, Ed whistling, Boston mayoral candidate Sam Yoon and the WTF Line all...
By Charlie  |  July 30, 2009

Free speechifying

How can Dan Kennedy pick a list of people who trample freedom of expression without listing the mayor of Boston?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 17, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 17, 2009