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Terry's Last Run: The only state senator in danger this November is the one who holds the place together

Therese Murray took over as Senate president in March 2007, which means — under the eight-year limit adopted after William Bulger's two-decade reign — that she would have to step down just two months into the 2015-2016 session.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012

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

Transgendered rights

A bill to extend basic legal protections to transgendered people in Massachusetts has languished for years on Beacon Hill. It is time to stop stalling.
The time to act is now
By EDITORIAL  |  September 30, 2011

Q&A #6: Next Senate Prez

"Johnnie Mox" asks: Even though the Senate President announeced she was keepng her firm grip on the Senate Presidency for a few years, things always...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011
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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011

To The Speaker And President, The Spoils

This is the first non-election year in which Massachusetts state legislators must report campaign finances in mid-year, under new reporting rules passed in 2009. That...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 21, 2011

Gaming Pushed Until Fall

A joint statement just came from senate president Therese Murray and house speaker Bob DeLeo, saying that expanded gaming legislation will not be debated in...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 13, 2011
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In the wake of the latest corruption scandal, let's just torch the offending chamber

Burning Down the House
Burning Down the House
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 24, 2011
Deval Patrick and Casinos in MA

Deval Patrick is on a second-term winning streak, and casinos might be the next payoff

Last summer, when Deval Patrick's veto killed a gaming bill in the final days of the legislative session, many thought he had badly damaged himself politically. He was, after all, the one who had pushed for casinos in Massachusetts almost from the day he
Gaming the system
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 17, 2011

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

Don't shortchange the arts

Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
By EDITORIAL  |  April 29, 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

The DeLeo Dilemma

The Massachusetts House of Representatives does not seem to be in a great rush to work on Governor Deval Patrick's and Senate President Therese Murray's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 06, 2011

It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
Slow play
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 01, 2011

DeLeo Pops The Patronage Bubble

It would be easy to jab at Bob DeLeo for his blatantly political 180 on patronage, but I'm with Lehigh on this one -- the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 16, 2011

Brewer Gets The (W&M) Chair

After much speculation and rumor, word today is that the open Massachusetts state senate Ways & Means chair (left by the legendary Pangy) is going to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 20, 2011

Swearing-In Week

Oh, what an exciting week this is for those who enjoy the arcane rituals and traditions of the peaceful transfer of power in the world's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 05, 2011

Careful carving: Keep politics out of redistricting

The news last week from the US Census Bureau was as expected: Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 congressional districts.
Plus, Scott Brown and 'DADT.'
By EDITORIAL  |  December 31, 2010

Careful carving: Keep politics out of redistricting

The news last week from the US Census Bureau was as expected: Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 congressional districts.
Plus, Scott Brown and 'DADT.'
By EDITORIAL  |  December 31, 2010

Double-Secret Probation: 2010's biggest Boston political scandal

In a year that started with a former House Speaker under indictment, an open US Senate seat, and a governor seemingly headed to electoral defeat, the biggest political story of 2010 turned out to be the Beacon Hill probation patronage scandal. And, if pa
As the previous Beacon Hill scandals wind down, another — a potentially bigger one — emerged this year: political patronage
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 24, 2010

What DeLeo and Murray should do

Why legislative leaders should act now to make the patronage scandal history
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2010

Patronage Politics

I've been struck by something in the news recently: hazing. There have been a couple of incidents, in Needham and now Agawam, making the news....
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 24, 2010

Q&A #3 -- If Not Terry, Who?

"Jim" asks: If Therese Murray were to lose her re-election bid who do you think would emerge to be the next Senate President? It's a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 15, 2010

Lobbyists line up to line House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s pockets

This has been a brutally difficult year for Massachusetts candidates to raise money. But there is a clear exception to that drought: House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who appears to have smashed recent records for fundraising to this point in the year.
Good to be king
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 17, 2010

Rookies Go Bust

The end of the two-year Massachusetts legislative session frequently turns into a high-stakes poker game, with the governor, Senate president, and House speaker bluffing and bargaining down to the wire — along with lobbyists, interest groups, and, in ele
DeLeo and Baker were bested in Beacon Hill's gaming showdown, not so Cahill
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 06, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Casino Winners And Losers

In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- online and in print now -- I write about the end of the Massachusetts legislative session...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 05, 2010

I Think Terri Wins

In the final hours, as often happens, the deals were made to reconcile the differences between the two chambers, and a whole bunch of legislation is...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 31, 2010

Deval Proactively Reacts

Word was strategically getting around earlier today that the Massachusetts House and Senate were "getting to yes," as senate president Therese Murray has put it,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 29, 2010

Pity The Dog Tracks? Really?

With the end of the 2009-'10 formal legislative session fast approaching, Beacon Hill is jammed up over the question of how to shove money into...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 29, 2010

Sen. Pres. Not Taking Gaming $$

Senate President Therese Murray is holding a big fundraiser tonight (at Joe Tecce's, natch) for the Committee for a Democratic Senate, the political action committee...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 13, 2010