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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

Keating Veers Right On Cuba


You probably know that freshman Congressman Bill Keating voted yes on the debt-ceiling bill yesterday -- joining Steve Lynch and Niki Tsongas from the Massachusetts...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 02, 2011

That's My Alex P. Keaton Reference!!!


I briefly interrupt Ask Me Anything Day to point you to a nice feature about the new "Gen-X" Republicans in Congress, written by Kathleen Hennessey...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Q&A #6: Tisei-Tierney?


 "ChrisMath" asks: Do you see Richard Tisei challenging Rep. John Tierney in the 6th District in 2012? If so, do you think he has a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011

Q&A #5: GOP's Next Guv Hope


 "Certifiable Political Junkie" asks: One, thinking ahead to 2014, does anyone come to mind as a plausible GOP candidate for Governor? Second, do you foresee...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011
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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


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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

Slacker Republicans


It's long been my contention that, as in all matters, Baby Boomers will hold onto political offices until Millennials are ready to take them over,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 16, 2010

The People Speak, As They Are Supposed To


The large shifting of seats in the US House of Representatives from red to blue may need little more explanation than this: in arguably the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 03, 2010

Is The Wave Missing Mass.?


Just a little something to keep in mind as you watch returns tonight. There's a reason that Massachusetts's congressional seats are going to remain all,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 02, 2010

"Year Of The GOP Woman" Watch


The GOP needs to gain 39 net seats in the US House of Representatives to take majority control. That's in addition to the 20 open...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 01, 2010


Nat'l House Races To Watch


In my handy-dandy couch-potato's guide to the election, in the current issue of the Boston Phoenix, I gave you 20 key US House races to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 01, 2010

Perry, Perry, Why You Buggin'


A couple of days ago I wrote this about state rep Jeff Perry, who is running for Congress in the Massachusetts 10th District:...what has he...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 26, 2010
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Sam who?

Sam Meas was hardly a household name, even when he was running for the United States Congress seat in Massachusetts's Fifth District — and he's even less of one now that he lost.
Six weeks on the campaign trail with a barely known Cambodian refugee who's running for Congress
By LAWRENCE BERGMAN  |  October 15, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Can GOP Shake Up Mass. Delegation?


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about Republican hopes of winning US House seats...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 13, 2010

MassGOP Time Bombs?


Let's face facts, my Bay State Republican friends -- including you, Charlie Baker: in the best election cycle you've had in years to topple the Democratic...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 11, 2010


Congressional Turnout


Not that I want to support the return of former Speaker Tom DeLay to the public forum, but I'll note that he makes an interesting...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 18, 2010

Catching Up On GOP Women


Just before I went on vacation, Diane Black narrowly won the GOP primary in the Tennessee 6th congressional district, making her the very likely successor...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 16, 2010
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You call this winning?

President Barack Obama scored.
Afghanistan complications multiply. Plus, Congress is heading for a weak wrap-up.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 02, 2010

Perry Claims Lead Over Malone


Despite a barrage of tough stories questioning his role in strip-search incidents, state representative Jeff Perry holds a 16-point lead over former state treasurer Joe...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 25, 2010

Today's Primaries


White men are up against it today in the handful of primaries and runoffs around the country. Let's take a quick tour:--Mississippi. One Republican runoff...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 22, 2010


Another GOP Woman Passed Over


Just to follow up on my blog post from yesterday -- no, the special Republican caucus did not select Liz Brown today to replace Congressman...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 12, 2010

GOP Women Watch -- Indiana Tomorrow


I've been keeping you informed on Republican women running for office this year, so I want to make you aware of one whose fate will...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 11, 2010

Primaries Tomorrow


Lots and lots of primaries tomorrow -- then things will slow down for a while, with just a few here and there until they start...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 07, 2010
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Fighting back

Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security
Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 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


Another Primary Day


Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico hold their primaries today. The big offices up for grabs are governor in Alabama and New Mexico. In Alabama, Artur...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 01, 2010
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Heck of a Guy

Scott Brown’s stunning victory in January’s special US Senate election continues to reverberate through Massachusetts politics.
Despite a history of illiberal views and a boorish reputation, Guy Glodis enters the Democratic state convention unscathed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 28, 2010
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The high cost of free markets

Free markets are not free. They always carry a cost.
A lack of regulation invites oil spills and financial collapse
By EDITORIAL  |  May 21, 2010

Yesterday's Results: A farewell to Arlen, anti-incumbency, and how the GOP women fared


Well, we won't have Arlen Specter to kick around anymore. As you probably know, he was defeated in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary; Joe Sestak...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 19, 2010