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Money talks

To hear our state legislators talk lately, Beacon Hill is all about reforming the sketchy, poorly governed relationships between lawmakers and lobbyists.
Can Beacon Hill reform itself when the State Senate President and the new House Speaker rake in so much lobbyist cash?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 04, 2009

A moral dilemma

We need serious action and strong leadership — and a public trust that is unlikely to be given.
State and local politics is paralyzed by fear
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2008

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

DiMasi’s sheep

DiMasi’s overwhelming victory in the recent casino vote — in which only 34 of 140 Democrats voted against his plan to banish the bill for further study — was actually, as meager as it was, an unusual show of dissent.
How Stepford politics rule Beacon Hill
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2008

She who controls the purse

The rumor mill has been buzzing with speculation that Massachusetts senate president Robert Travaglini might leave the legislature to take a position with the Massachusetts Hospital Association or the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Terry Murray gave away $11 million of state money. Will anyone call her on it?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 09, 2007

Nailing the GOP

New England Congressmen are sitting on some key committees
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007


Pure politics

Why is this campaign — one of the most obscure being waged this year — also one of the most intriguing?
The weirdly fascinating Suffolk Clerk’s race
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 28, 2006

Healey’s pork problem

Along with cuts to big, statewide programs, the governor pulled funding for smaller, local projects earmarked for towns from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.
With his budget vetoes, Romney may have handed his potential heir an army of small-town enemies
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 19, 2006

Slow ride

When the members of the Massachusetts Legislature run for re-election this fall, they’ll brag about the landmark health-care-reform legislation they passed earlier this month. What they won’t mention — if they’re smart — is all the other important busine
The Massachusetts legislature’s unfinished business
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 26, 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