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Boston Phoenix 2010 Endorsements: Steve Grossman, Martha Coakley, and Barney Frank

Far too often, politics is the act of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This election, voters have the unique chance of choosing a candidate who is a perfect fit for the office he seeks. That is why we endorse Democrat STEVE GROSSMAN for tre
Plus, more endorsements and the ballot questions
By EDITORIAL  |  October 29, 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
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Weenie Roast!

A year ago, with scandals and embarrassments swirling around Massachusetts state politics, the Phoenix tossed some well-deserving pols on the flames in our first annual Memorial Day political roast. I'm pleased that I've been invited back.
The Phoenix 's second annual Memorial Day political roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 04, 2010

Menino's mosque II

Making sense of what went on; taking action for the future
Making sense of what went on; taking action for the future
By EDITORIAL  |  December 10, 2008
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Voting right

The Massachusetts Legislature is expected to vote in the next several days on two proposals that would make democracy, well, more democratic.
Why Beacon Hill should adopt same-day voting and join the national popular-vote movement. Plus, that Obama cover.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 16, 2008
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Cash carousel

Even though the dollar has taken an international whupping of late, there remains at least one place where the love of the greenback remains strong: Beacon Hill.
Many things changed this year on Beacon Hill, but not the power of the almighty dollar
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 30, 2008


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Menino’s hit list

At a recent political event, Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino asked Robert Crane, the former long-time state treasurer, how many years he had held that office.
40 potential candidates for the 2009 election who could take on the mayor — if they have the courage.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 28, 2007
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Beacon Hill flux

“Style,” according to Alfred North Whitehead, “is the ultimate morality of the mind.”
Travaglini exits, Murray ascends, Patrick innovates
By EDITORIAL  |  March 28, 2007
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Massachusetts pols with money in hand but no place to go

Had John Kerry decided to run for president again, the state’s political floodgates were ready to open.
Campaign finance
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 31, 2007

Flashbacks: November 3, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 01, 2006
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For governor: Deval Patrick

Progressive and reform-minded voters have two excellent choices in next week’s Democratic primary for governor: Chris Gabrieli and Deval Patrick.
Plus, endorsements for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, Ninth Congressional District, and Second Suffolk
By EDITORIAL  |  September 15, 2006


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As nasty as they wanna be

Anyone who thinks Massachusetts politics has gone soft should take note of the race to become Democratic nominee for secretary of the Commonwealth.
Galvin versus Bonifaz could set the standard for electoral acrimony
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 26, 2006