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The GOP's new Kommissar

The Washington establishment got all riled up last week at the news that South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint was leaving the US Senate to take charge of the Heritage Foundation, a once-respected conservative think tank that today is largely — but not y

By EDITORIAL  |  December 14, 2012
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The Outsiders: Also on the ballot, and making good points

Three candidates you haven't heard a lot about from the mainstream media are, nevertheless, running for US Senate.

By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 05, 2012

Not your kind of people

If you're an independent, you know that one of the advantages of not belonging to a political party is that you don't have to help choose the US Senate nominees for the Republicans and Democrats from a list of retreads, reactionaries, rejects, and rectu
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By AL DIAMON  |  June 01, 2012
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The Dr. Phil Years

The pundits and politicos have had a tough time analyzing Elizabeth Warren as a candidate in the coming race for US Senate with Republican incumbent Scott Brown.
Before she became a political phenomenon, Elizabeth Warren grew beyond academia to take her message to the public
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 27, 2012

Brown, Warren And Outside Groups


[Opening image: Massachusetts State House]Voiceover: Massachusetts is a liberal, Democrat state. It deserves a liberal, Democrat Senator.[fade to black]Voiceover: But two years ago, voters made...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 19, 2012

Elizabeth Warren's New Chapter: Showing Her Professorial Side


A book about middle-class bankruptcy, being published next week, includes a chapter co-authored by US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Her contribution, interpreting newly available data,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 06, 2012


Bill Requires Reporting of Inmate Deaths


Three years after the death of Chinese immigrant Hiu Lui Ng at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, a bill is making...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 23, 2011
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Narrowing the Field

It may seem like the Democratic nomination of a challenger to US Senator Scott Brown has been wrapped up. That's not true — there are 11 months left before the primary, and a lot can still happen.
Elizabeth Warren hasn’t wrapped up the nomination for Senate; she's only determined who can beat her if she falters.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 14, 2011

King Is In


In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online today -- I write about the state of the Massachusetts Senate primary...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 13, 2011

Scotto's Hard-Knock Life?


On the Scott Brown - Elizabeth Warren dust-up, I'll point you to Glen Johnson's take over at the little paper/web site across town; I pretty...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 07, 2011

Q&A #4: Senate Debate Topics


"David" asks:  There's now a debate scheduled on 10/4 for the Democratic Senate candidates. As with most primaries, it seems like the candidates agree on...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011


Q&A #1: Time For Setti To Go?


Happy Ask Me Anything Friday!!! First up is "Rob," who goes straight to the big Massachusetts 2012 US Senate race: Have you heard any rumblings...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011

Crazy On Twitter


For those not up to speed... Over on Twitter, there's been a joke account for a while called "CrazyKhazei" that makes snide comments clearly intended...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 24, 2011

Warren's Wall Street Problem? Says Who?


This morning the Ballot Box blog of DC's The Hill ran a piece that made the rounds (and was repeated tonight practically verbatim by Melissa Harris-Perry on...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 23, 2011

Mass Uniting's Super-Secret Origins?


OK, look, you all know a few things about me: I love everybody; I like 1990s hip-hop more than is reasonable; and I'm all for...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 22, 2011

Video premiere: MassUniting takes on Bobblehead Brown


Last summer, I questioned the legality and ethics of Senator Scott Brown raising money by, in effect, scalping tickets to a Lowell Spinners game, at which...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 22, 2011


Warren Wows 'Em


A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the much-rumored Elizabeth Warren US Senate candidacy; in it, I reported that my "conversations with...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 21, 2011

Keohan Joins King


James Coyne King has not received much attention in the Massachusetts Democratic primary for US Senate, to take on Scott Brown in 2012, and perhaps...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 26, 2011

Senate Candidates Scrape For Dough


Setti Warren will report raising $122,000 for the just-ended 2nd quarter, in just under two months since he launched his campaign. A spokesperson tells me...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011

Q&A #2: Dem Senate Hopefuls


"DeepThinker" asks: Should Elizabeth Warren run for U.S. Senate?  The popularity of Bob Massie is greatly under-reported, Setti Warren is gaining ground, and Alan Khazei's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011

Q&A #3: Senate Candidates


"Boston Tom" asks: Have we heard the last of the announced Democrats to challenge Scott Brown? If not, who is either (a) strongly considering a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 01, 2011


Looking For GOP Women


As my regular readers know, I believe that the 2010 "Year of the Republican Woman" was a bust, and a huge missed opportunity for the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 17, 2011

Candidate For US Senate: Marisa DeFranco


Salem immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco has filed to run for US Senator in 2012, seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott Brown. "I am running --...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 23, 2011

Brown Adopts Funding Method Once Derided By MassGOP


Senator Scott Brown has just opened a federal political action committee (PAC), called the Brown Victory Committee, to collect large-dollar contributions -- using the exact...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 23, 2011

Q&A #3: Senate '12/Mayor '13


 Ask Me Anything Day rolls on! "RMC Strategies" asks: Could you handicap the top 4 folks in the US Senate dem primary (based on assumptions...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Hillary Says No 2nd Term -- And Helps Scotto?


Hillary Clinton tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she is not interested in continuing to serve as Secretary of State in a 2nd Obama term, should...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 16, 2011


Driscoll Makes The Rounds


Kim Driscoll, Mayor of Salem, is using a convenient excuse -- a reception in Easthampton for the women-in-politics organization Emerge Massachusetts -- to do a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 28, 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

Year in Greenview

While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010