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As Democratic bigwigs hope for a surprise candidate for governor, tried-and-true names jockey for position

Talking to Democrats recently, at the party's state convention and elsewhere, reveals a widespread hope that an independent Beacon Hill outsider will emerge out of the mist in the 2014 governor's race to challenge the expected Republican nominee, Charlie
Inside game
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 16, 2012

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

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
Better Late than Never, Bill: Clinton stumps for Frank and Grossman

Better Late than Never, Bill: Clinton stumps for Frank and Grossman

Is there any scenario in which a co-sign from a former President can do more to hurt a candidate than help? Unless his last name...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  September 28, 2010

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

Same Old Faces

If you're wondering who the geniuses are behind the political campaigns in Massachusetts this year — the strategists, media firms, ad teams, and fundraisers — well, it's a lot of the same folks who have been behind Massachusetts campaigns for a long time
It's an outsider's year for candidates, but the consultants are old Beacon Hill mainstays. Plus, who spent what at the conventions, and Baker goes on TV first.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 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

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


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

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

Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2010

Q&A #8: Statewide Candidates

"Reuben" asks" Predict the field, and rank from most progressive to most conservative (from your own perspective) for the statewide races for 2010: Attorney General;...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 11, 2009


Women on the verge

At next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, Hillary Clinton’s delegates will get just about everything they’ve wanted — aside from the nomination of their candidate, of course.
Clinton die-hards have created a new-girls’ network bent on remedying decades of sexism by putting women in elected office
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 20, 2008

The million-dollar widow

The powerhouses of Massachusetts’s Democratic Party have rallied behind Niki Tsongas’s bid to succeed Fifth District US Congressman Marty Meehan.
Why is the Niki Tsongas juggernaut heading backward? Plus, ignoring global warming close to home.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 26, 2007

The tenorist

The scene is typical for a Boston jazz date.
Jerry Bergonzi sets the standard — as player and teacher
By JON GARELICK  |  June 19, 2007

Politico and its discontents

In less than four months, Politico has already achieved what few post-FDR presidents could in the same amount of time: it’s become a force in national politics.
Meet the Left’s newest ‘nonpartisan’ media bogeyman
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 18, 2007

Who’s with whom

For Democratic presidential candidates, Boston is the ATM kiosk on the way to New Hampshire.
When John Kerry bowed out of the presidential sweepstakes, it freed Boston’s big Democratic brokers to find a favorite.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 29, 2007


The Iraq report

The Iraq Study Group Report, chaired by Republican James A. Baker, a former secretary of state, and Democrat Lee Hamilton, a former congressman, is — to put it mildly — an imperfect document.
Its real significance. Plus, Patrick’s disconcerting moves.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 13, 2006

Flashbacks: November 3, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 01, 2006

Republican dirty tricks

Late last month, readers of the conservative web site NewsMax discovered this juicy tidbit in a column by Ronald Kessler: “In the past week, Karl Rove has been promising Republican insiders an ‘October surprise’ to help win the November congressional ele
What’s up Karl Rove’s sleeve?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 05, 2006

Imagine all the Democrats

There are two big things worth knowing about the battle for the Democratic governor’s nomination. The race is a doozy and barely anyone cares.
How would the party’s three Corner-Office hopefuls run Massachusetts?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 01, 2006

Hunting the wild Deaniac

Former Virginia governor Mark Warner was in New Hampshire last weekend trying very badly to capture the insurgent-outsider mantle that Howard Dean almost rode to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.
Mark Warner switches from right-winger to insurgent outsider. Will the grassroots buy it?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 29, 2006


The Dems are coming

Here are three admittedly subjective, shoot-from-the-hip snapshots of the three Democratic candidates for governor.
Can any of these guys take back the Governor’s office?

Ship without a rudder

It’s a simple question: other than the candidate — who has a day job, after all — who is running Attorney General Tom Reilly’s campaign for governor?
Tom Reilly’s chaotic campaign for governor
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 03, 2006

Reversal of fortune

On January 30, Tom Reilly — the Democratic attorney general and would-be governor of Massachusetts — was supposed to formally announce that Chris Gabrieli, the wealthy Democratic activist from Boston, was joining his campaign as a candidate for lieutenan
Tom Reilly quiets the skeptics — but at what cost?  
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 02, 2006