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Q&A #3: Redistricting


Who's having a great Ask Me Anything Friday? "North Shore Junkie" asks: What will the final result of Congressional redistricting be, and where do Republicans...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011

Boston's Last Congressman?


Boston may be the epicenter of Massachusetts politics, but the effects of suburbanization are undeniable. At the moment, neither the senate president nor the speaker...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 26, 2011

Hillary Says No 2nd Term -- And Helps Scotto?


Hillary Clinton tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she is not interested in continuing to serve as Secretary of State in a 2nd Obama term, should...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 16, 2011
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Ten Little Congressmen . . .

Each of Massachusetts's 10 congressmen — soon to be nine, following next year's redistricting — are looking at the House shakeup from their own career perspectives.
The outlook for each of Mass.'s Representatives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010
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Minority Blues

The historic national Republican wave, which saw the GOP gain at least 64 seats in the US House of Representatives, seemed to skip Massachusetts, which elected Democrats in all 10 congressional districts.
Massachusetts's Democratic Congressmen won their elections, but lost their power. What will they do in John Boehner's House?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010

Q&A #4: Who Will Take On Scotto?


"Robert" asks: What are you hearing concerning potential challengers to Scott Brown in 2012? If the Democrats lose the House this fall will Massachusetts Congressman...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 03, 2010


Poll: Lynch Vulnerable?


Barely a third of likely Democratic primary voters in his district say that Steve Lynch deserves re-election, according to April poll numbers obtained by the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 03, 2010

Elections Today: Massachusetts state senators, plus the national primary scene


Here in Massachusetts, we'll elect two new state senators today. One will be Sal DiDomenico, to replace Anthony Galluccio; the other will be either Republican...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 11, 2010
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Tea Party Progressives?

When Democrat Peter Smulowitz celebrated his victory in the special-election primary for State Senate earlier this month in the back room of Masala Art restaurant in Needham, no bigwigs from his party were in attendance.
Outsiders are trying to crash the gates of the state’s Democratic establishment — and are starting to succeed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 30, 2010
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Lynch’s left flank

US Representative Stephen Lynch has held Massachusetts’s ninth congressional district since 2001 — a fact that has irritated the state’s liberals ever since.
The Southie Congressman may have pushed progressives too far this time.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 02, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Lynch's Left Flank


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write a two-item column on local politics.First, I look...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 31, 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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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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How gay is Southie?

Welcome to the gayborhood.
Once unthinkable, Boston’s most notorious neighborhood now sports a welcoming face. How the hell did that happen?
By ERICA CORSANO  |  October 16, 2009
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Six for the seat

Over the next few months, as candidates for the US Senate travel the state, you're likely to hear them say again and again that nobody can ever truly replace Ted Kennedy. That's the truth. But what does the state want next, after such a legendary, la
After a tumultuous week, these half dozen are still in the mix for Kennedy's seat.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 18, 2009

Lunch-bucket elite

Your description of senatorial hopeful Stephen Lynch as a “lunch-bucket pol” is certainly a departure from the accuracy in political portrayal and substance I have grown accustomed to in the Phoenix.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 4, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 04, 2009


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After a half-century, a theatre crumbles

The spotlight has dimmed, sadly, on Providence's Looking Glass Theatre. The company, a small crew of three to four actors and a musician, entertained elementary school students across the state for nearly 50 years, at one time performing hundreds of in
Looking Glass Theatre closes
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  June 26, 2009
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Is John McCain crazy?

There is something not quite right about John McCain.  
Or is he merely disturbed? Plus, local congressmen who screwed up the bailout.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 02, 2008

Muzzle mania

Giving a Muzzle Award to the Boston Police Department for its handling of Veterans Day protesters is in keeping with widespread media complicity that allows lower ranks to be court-martialed while war criminals in the White House escape accountability fo
Letters to the Boston editor, July 11, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 09, 2008
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Can Obama lasso the Bay State?

Nobody around here forgets that Deval Patrick swiped the gubernatorial nomination from the establishment-backed Tom Reilly.
Once considered sure Clinton country, the Massachusetts primary is now a shootout
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 23, 2008
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In tragedy’s shadow

Jim Ogonowski, a 28-year military veteran and small-farm owner in Dracut, brings plenty of life story, personal accomplishments, and policy positions to his campaign for US Congress.
Politics encroached on 9/11 this year in Massachusetts, even if nobody wants to admit it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007


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Massachusetts pols with money in hand but no place to go

Had John Kerry decided to run for president again, the state’s political floodgates were ready to open.
Campaign finance
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 31, 2007
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The Pah-ty's ovah

For the past six years, the Republican-run federal government has been free to waste money, reward friends, and act incompetently, knowing that their misdeeds would go unexposed by the legislative branch. Nailing the GOP: New England Congressmen are si
Congressional reps from New England are poised to lead the attack on Republican waste and fraud
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007
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Fantasizing Congress

With football in playoff mode and spring training two months away, participants in any of the Web’s innumerable fantasy sports leagues may see this winter as a fallow period, a time when they could get rusty. Lucky for them, the 110th Congress convenes o
Democracy in action
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 03, 2007
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The First Annual Spotty Awards

Say, those Emmy Awards last week were something else, eh?
Our prestigious award for standout achievement in political something or other
By JOHN CARROLL  |  September 06, 2006

Dem-ing down Lynch


Letters to the Boston editor, July 28, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  July 26, 2006


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Who’s the real Dem?

Here in Massachusetts, Congressman Stephen Lynch has a primary challenge from a guy named Phil Dunkelbarger.
Phil Dunkelbarger’s challenge to Steve Lynch could be a referendum on Democratic values — if anyone pays attention
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 06, 2006
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Keep the Internet free and open to all

The Internet may not be free for much longer. The Broadband, "God Save the Internet" (mp3) "The Death of the Internet." Commentary by COANews.org Support the Internet Freedom Preservation Act? Email your senator.  
Plus: Bush’s war, Kerry’s call to get out, and Clinton’s silence
By EDITORIAL  |  June 15, 2006
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Still crooning

It’s the morning of Ted Kennedy’s 74th birthday, and as the senator enters NECN’s Newton headquarters, he warmly greets Chet Curtis — who is tan and rested after a stint in his Fort Lauderdale condo — as an old friend.
How Chet Curtis became the Larry King of New England Cable
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 03, 2006
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Republicans, large and small

Going into the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito Jr., prevailing wisdom held that the acid test would be abortion rights.
Bush, Alito, Abramoff ... and Healey
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL  |  February 27, 2006