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Red Blues: Scott Brown exposes the empty Massachusetts GOP bench

It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2013
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Him Again?

This was supposed to be the calm after the storm.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 23, 2012
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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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Electoral literacy

“Let me tell you about the very rich,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a short story. “They are different from you and me.”
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By PETER KADZIS  |  November 02, 2012
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Warren for Senate

When voters go to the polls on November 6 to choose between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, they will be doing more than casting a ballot for one of Massachusetts's two US senators.

By EDITORIAL  |  October 19, 2012
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Scott Brown's Beef

Incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown is hell-bent on branding his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor of bankruptcy law, with a scarlet letter: H — for hypocrisy.
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By PETER KADZIS  |  October 12, 2012


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Interview: The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz's writer's block is almost as legendary as her wit.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012
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Scott Brown vs. the GOP

This Thursday brings the first debate of Massachusetts's blockbuster US Senate campaign.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 21, 2012
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How does Doherty measure up?

After Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown pulled off his stunning victory in the January 2010 special election to fill Senator Ted Kennedy's seat, every political reporter and strategist in New England was eager to anoint the next truck-driving, populi
Can Rhode Island's GOP hopeful win over voters like golden boy Scott Brown?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 24, 2012
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Just Say No

The key to understanding American politics these days is recognizing that it's easier to oppose a candidate or policy than it is to promote one of your own.
Lefty activists at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention and Netroots Nation are finding it easier to fight the right wing than to champion their own
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 15, 2012
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What are they protesting? Whaddya got?

There are at least 99 reasons to grab a bullhorn this summer.
Once more, with feeling
By CHRIS FARAONE AND LIZ PELLY  |  June 08, 2012


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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
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The future -- for some

I think Amanda Palmer missed the reason she has such a broad, wide, and fervent fan base is because she was on Roadrunner in the first place.
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By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 11, 2012
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Great Scott

After months without new polling on the high-profile Massachusetts Senate race, four firms took the pulse of the race in February — all finding incumbent Republican Scott Brown ahead of presumed Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren.
New polls show Scott Brown winning re-election to the Senate. That’s no accident; he’s been out earning it.
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  March 09, 2012
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Scott Brown, Crazy Person

When Massachusetts junior senator Scott Brown last week signed on to support a Republican initiative to nullify President Barack Obama's birth-control compromise, Brown joined the vast and growing right-wing war on women.
The senator joins the Republican cult against birth control
By EDITORIAL  |  February 24, 2012

Brown, Warren And Outside Groups


[Opening image: Massachusetts State House]Voiceover: Massachusetts is a liberal, Democrat state. It deserves a liberal, Democrat Senator.[fade to black]Voiceover: But two years ago, voters made...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 19, 2012


Elizabeth Warren's New Chapter: Showing Her Professorial Side


A book about middle-class bankruptcy, being published next week, includes a chapter co-authored by US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Her contribution, interpreting newly available data,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 06, 2012
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Mass Takes Back the Capitol

Social activists haven't reached Scott Brown by picketing his Boston office on New Sudbury Street.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 09, 2011
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It's Mitt & Scott's Party Now

A longstanding rift between the high and low tiers of the Massachusetts Republican Party has widened in the past few years — and it's about to grow into a chasm over two views of the 2012 elections.  
Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, preparing for the 2012 microscope, are installing a faithful friend at the State GOP
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 18, 2011

Oh, And A Warning To Scotto


In the course of an election like yesterday's, I end up tucking away a few takeaway items that don't end up fitting in anywhere. Here...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 09, 2011
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Narrowing the Field

It may seem like the Democratic nomination of a challenger to US Senator Scott Brown has been wrapped up. That's not true — there are 11 months left before the primary, and a lot can still happen.
Elizabeth Warren hasn’t wrapped up the nomination for Senate; she's only determined who can beat her if she falters.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 14, 2011


Scotto's Hard-Knock Life?


On the Scott Brown - Elizabeth Warren dust-up, I'll point you to Glen Johnson's take over at the little paper/web site across town; I pretty...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 07, 2011
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A Statesman Too Late?

The congressional debt "super committee" has begun its work, and already there are signs that its task is hopeless.
John Kerry heads to work on the debt ‘super committee’ with his usual earnestness and high hopes — despite the circus that surrounds him
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 23, 2011

OK, So About This Crazy Twitter Thing


Eric Fehrnstrom has now emailed a confession to the Globe, admitting to being the man behind the @CrazyKhazei Twitter account. Fehrnstrom does not apologize in...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 24, 2011

Crazy On Twitter


For those not up to speed... Over on Twitter, there's been a joke account for a while called "CrazyKhazei" that makes snide comments clearly intended...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 24, 2011

Warren's Wall Street Problem? Says Who?


This morning the Ballot Box blog of DC's The Hill ran a piece that made the rounds (and was repeated tonight practically verbatim by Melissa Harris-Perry on...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 23, 2011


Mass Uniting's Super-Secret Origins?


OK, look, you all know a few things about me: I love everybody; I like 1990s hip-hop more than is reasonable; and I'm all for...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 22, 2011

Video premiere: MassUniting takes on Bobblehead Brown


Last summer, I questioned the legality and ethics of Senator Scott Brown raising money by, in effect, scalping tickets to a Lowell Spinners game, at which...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 22, 2011

Warren Wows 'Em


A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the much-rumored Elizabeth Warren US Senate candidacy; in it, I reported that my "conversations with...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 21, 2011

Keohan Joins King


James Coyne King has not received much attention in the Massachusetts Democratic primary for US Senate, to take on Scott Brown in 2012, and perhaps...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 26, 2011