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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

My Year In Tweets

It turns out, you can be pretty snarky in 140 characters. I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now (follow me at,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 28, 2010


Two weeks ago, after the last round of polls on the Massachusetts Governor race began, I wrote: ...pretty much nobody seriously thinks that anybody is...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 29, 2010

Baker's Last Legs

For a long time now, whenever I'm asked who I think will win the Massachusetts Governor's race, I've said the same thing: I think Deval...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 24, 2010

Why Deval Patrick deserves your vote

When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2, we urge them to cast their votes for the re-election of Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray.
A more-solid-than-recognized record, plus a realistically humane view of the future
By EDITORIAL  |  October 22, 2010

Q&A #6: Mass. Guv Predix

"KC" asks: Who do you think will win the governor's race? What do you think the final breakdown will be? For quite some time, I've...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 15, 2010

Q&A #4 -- Galvin And More Galvin

Two questions about Bill Galvin in a single Ask Me Anything Day!  "Kevin L." asks: Do you think Galvin will ever sit down and discuss the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 15, 2010

Q&A #2 -- Lottery Ad "Smoking Gun"?

"Stephen" asks: Why don't you think that the CEO of Hill Holliday sending the scripts of the Lottery ads to the Cahill campaign - months...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 15, 2010

Q&A #1 -- Yobgoblins' Future

To start out our fun-filled Ask Me Anything Day, "routsalainan" asks: Can Weaver et al ever work in national politics again? I'm anticipating a positive...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 15, 2010

The Accusations Fly

My rule of thumb for candidates accused of campaign shenanigans/illegalities would be this: Publicly say that you take this sort of thing very seriously, that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 14, 2010

Transcript: The Phoenix interviews Charlie Baker

The Phoenix 's David S. Bernstein interviewed the Republican nominee for governor, Charlie Baker, on Saturday, October 2, outside Needham High School after a campaign rally.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2010


Purple Mass Group

There's a message in how Governor Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker laugh off Tim Cahill's venom in the gubernatorial debates: neither Republicans nor Democrats are sweating their Independent rival in the 2010 election.
Massachusetts has more Independent voters — and candidates — than ever. Will they ever make a difference?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 08, 2010

Charles in charge?

Voters should already have a good idea what they think about the candidates — which is why an increasing number of observers, across the political spectrum, are expressing surprise at how few Bay Staters like Charlie Baker.
Republican Charlie Baker has been ready to be governor for years. But was he ready to be a candidate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2010

American jitters

You would have to be delusional not to be anxious, perhaps even fearful.
Between paralysis and nervous breakdown
By EDITORIAL  |  October 08, 2010

Cuckoo For Loscocco Puffs

Thank goodness Paul Loscocco finally did something interesting enough to write about, so I can have fun with his name. (Side note: If the Flaherty/Yoon "ticket"...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 01, 2010

Can Patrick Hang On?

Massachusetts has a mixed record of re-electing governors.
What Deval needs to do now
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 01, 2010

Globe Poll Calls It Even

The new Boston Globe/UNH poll has the Massachusetts governor race at a dead heat, with Deval Patrick at 35%, Charlie Baker 34%, Tim Cahill 11%,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 26, 2010

The Cahill Thing

Just a few thoughts about the Tim Cahill thing, while waiting for the Globe poll on the race expected in tomorrow's paper.... From my understanding,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 25, 2010

The Deliberation Will Not Be Televised (Dispatch from Today's Lt. Governor Debate)

  The funniest thing about lieutenant governor races is that candidates don't have their own placards. Instead, their name is a footnote on lawn signs...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 22, 2010

A Little Empathy, Please?

The new Suffolk/Ch.7 poll just out shows the Massachusetts governor's race pretty much where it was in May: Deval Patrick leads with 42%, Charlie Baker...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 21, 2010

Mass. Guv Race Thoughts

I'll be on WGBH-TV's Greater Boston tonight, previewing tomorrow's WGBH gubernatorial debate -- and tomorrow I'll be on WGBH radio doing analysis immediately after the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 20, 2010

First Debate, And Baker's Responsibility Problem

I thought Tim Cahill did very well in last night's debate -- partly for the very reason that the Globe and Herald gave as his...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 08, 2010

Where The Guv Race Stands

OK, all of us Bay State pundits and analysts got to take it easy since Memorial Day, by responding to every question about the governor's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 07, 2010

Q&A #8: Deval's Odds

I hope you're enjoying "Ask Me Anything Day" as much as I am! "CoCoBelle" asks: Do you think Deval Patrick will be re-elected in November?...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 03, 2010

Q&A #3: Does The Taxman Cometh?

Via Facebook, "Judy Meredith" asks: How will the tax evasion stuff play out among state wide candidates? For those unfamiliar with the story, the Boston...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 03, 2010

GOP Know-Nothings: Hard-right Congressional candidates complicate Charlie Baker's run for governor

With a strong anti-incumbent mood at their backs, Massachusetts Republicans should be able to make significant gains this year, simply by keeping the focus on Beacon Hill Democrats.
Plus, replacing John Tobin on the Boston City Council.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 27, 2010


Baker's Learning Curve

In the first Massachusetts gubernatorial debate, this past June on WRKO radio, Republican Charlie Baker fared poorly, sounding defensive and petulant during testy exchanges with Governor Deval Patrick and Treasurer Tim Cahill.
A debate shows that the candidate is improving — but has a long way still to go
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 20, 2010

New England Guv Sweep?

 Way, way, back last November, I blogged that......there is a realistic, if slim, possibility that Democrats could hold all six New England governorships come January...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 16, 2010

Catching Up On Mass. Politics

I've been on vacation for the past week, but I'm back and ready to offer my two cents on things swirling around the local political...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 16, 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