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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
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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

Timmy Falling Down The Well


So, this Tim Murray thing.I've been steering clear of this controversy, not least because I know I can't resist the inappropriate driving-related puns like the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 22, 2012

Catching Up On Mass. Stories


Let's see....--I can't say I'm all that worked up about Michael McLaughlin. I've met him a couple of times, but I'll defer to Scot Lehigh's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 22, 2011

Q&A #8: Guv '14


"John O'Neill" asks: Who do you think will be the Democratic Nominee for Governor in 2014? Lil' Timmy Murray. I think he might be beaten for...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011

Q&A #1 -- Worcester Power?


"James" starts off Ask Me Anything Day via email: What happened to the much celebrated "Worcester Power" of 2010?  Will it show up anywhere in 2012?...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 01, 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
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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

New In The Phoenix -- Obama, Reid & Pelosi


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the Big 3 of President Barack Obama,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 20, 2010
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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

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


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
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Worcester Rising

Massachusetts's second-largest city has always been Boston's ugly step-sister, ignored and marginalized by the state's political elites. Tell a Bay State political veteran that you're writing about Worcester's political power, and the first reaction, mor
Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Congressman Jim McGovern, and sheriff Guy Glodis have pushed the Bay State's political frontier westward
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 03, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Worcester Power


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the surprising emergence of Worcester as an...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 01, 2010
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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


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The Curse of the Big Dig

Call it the Curse of the Big Dig: virtually every politician with statewide significance who has over the years become intertwined with the Central Artery Project (as it is officially known) has seen his or her dreams of higher office dashed.
Tthe mere mention of the Central Artery Project can derail one's hopes for higher office. Charlie Baker is finding that out now.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2010
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Patrick's paradox

Governor Deval Patrick may be the incumbent, but he enters the race for the most thankless statewide job in Massachusetts as an underdog.
No shakes as a political operator, Deval has scored with many policies
By EDITORIAL  |  March 12, 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
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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
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All quiet on the Times Co. front

When I heard this past Friday that the New York Times Company had delivered a radical ultimatum to the Boston Globe 's 13 unions I called Globe spokesman Bob Powers to check it out. He wasn't talking.
The Globe crisis leaves New York speechless. Plus, Morrissey Boulevard's problematic political fan club
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 10, 2009


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Financial fallout

The current US financial disaster will roil Massachusetts residents in myriad ways.  
The devastating wall street crisis has a potential silver lining — if you’re a Massachusetts politician looking for a foothold
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2008
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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
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Communication breakdown

You campaign in poetry, Mario Cuomo famously claimed, but you govern in prose. Don’t buy the dichotomy.

How did Deval Patrick's greatest strength become a dangerous weakness?


By ADAM REILLY  |  April 24, 2008
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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
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Deval Patrick for governor

After 16 years of Republican rule, it is time to return a Democrat and a leader with a sense of humanity to the governor’s office. It is in that spirit — and for other reasons as well — that we urge voters next week to vote for Deval Patrick.
Plus, endorsements for attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, and the state ballot questions.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 02, 2006


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Ground game

Forget Deval Patrick’s 5000-person rally on Boston Common last weekend. A humbler event that took place a few days earlier — an October 11 community meeting in Quincy — offers keener insight into the Patrick-campaign ethos.
Deval Patrick’s extreme grassroots approach
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 20, 2006

Penny for your thoughts

I strongly support  getting rid of pennies.
Letters to the Boston editor: October 20, 2006
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 18, 2006
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These people deserve a drink!

Chris Gabrieli spent something like $12 million on his campaign, so you’d think he could have ponied up for an open bar at his election-night event at the Westin Copley Place on Tuesday night.
With the Gabrieli Campaign  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 20, 2006
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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