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Going once, going twice . . . mayor for sale

The bidding for Mayor Angel Taveras starts at $500.
Auction House
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 05, 2012

10 fun things in the OccupyMaine-Portland lawsuit

OccupyMaine sued Portland late last year, seeking a court's permission to stay in Lincoln Park, given that the City Council has refused to brook any possibility of anyone remaining overnight in a city park for any reason (including free speech, expressio
Legal ease
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 13, 2012

Oh, And A Warning To Scotto


In the course of an election like yesterday's, I end up tucking away a few takeaway items that don't end up fitting in anywhere. Here...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 09, 2011

Number Crunching


I've got a little analysis of yesterday's Boston City Council elections, running in this week's issue, that should be online later today. But meanwhile, here...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 09, 2011

Ayanna's Closing Video


You're seeing it here first -- Ayanna Pressley is releasing this video today as part of her final push toward Tuesday's city council election. (My...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 03, 2011
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Dorchester hosts the city's most intensely fought council campaign

Prior to the September preliminary, I described the race to fill the only open seat on the Boston City Council — replacing Maureen Feeney of Dorchester, who has chosen not to seek another term — as something like a school election.
Dirty pool
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 21, 2011


3 District Cou ncilors Endorsing O'Toole


Rob Consalvo, Sal LaMattina, and Mark Ciommo will endorse city council candidate John O'Toole today, I have learned.It is a little unusual, though certainly not...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 20, 2011

At-Large And In Charge


John "JC Pennies" Connolly was the top fundraiser of the at-large Boston City Council field, leaving him with nearly a quarter-million on hand heading into...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 05, 2011

Linehan's Goose Fry-ed?


I just saw something -- a small something, a mere $100 line-item -- that should have Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan a little nervous. It's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 01, 2011

Lee & Baker Shine In Prelims


Suzanne Lee didn't just make it to the November final, she finished first in yesterday's District 2 preliminary, 150 votes ahead of incumbent Bill Linehan....
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 28, 2011

Q&A #9: Preliminary Prelim Thoughts


"Jim C" asks: what did you have to say (on BNN) last night about the city election in Boston this year? "Kevin B. Gilnack" asks:...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011


Q&A #7: At-Large Looms Large


"Anonymous" asks via stealthy, identity-masking email: What's your take on the at-large race? Clearly, Connolly has the money and Arroyo appears to be strong in that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 23, 2011

Can Lee Take 2?


Turnout of New Bostonians is key in another district preliminary later this month: District 2, where Suzanne Lee is the latest progressive to try to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 21, 2011
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The fight for Dorchester's open city council seat is more like a school election than a modern political one

The Dorchester district that Maureen Feeney has represented since 1993 is now perhaps the most diverse in the city — and of all the council districts, its percentages of white, black, Asian, and Hispanic residents most closely reflects Boston as a whole
Old school
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 16, 2011

Connolly & The Small Fry


As we turn the corner from Labor Day to the two-month home stretch of the Boston City Council campaign, John "JC Penny" Connolly remains way...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 06, 2011

Connolly Keeps Rolling


Boston City Councilor John Connolly banks so much coin, I'm going to start calling him J.C. Pennies. Here is the reported cash-on-hand for the other...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 03, 2011


Jesse And Ayanna


Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley has a big fundraiser tomorrow, timed to coincide with the Urban League conference in Boston, and she already had some...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 27, 2011

Lobbyist $$$ In Boston City Council


Boston city government does not register lobbyists, and state-registered lobbyists may or may not have any business before the Boston City Council. Still, wouldn't you...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 20, 2011

Big boss man

"Government should be run like a business."
Talking politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 15, 2011

Q&A #3: At-Large City Council


Bundling a few questions on the topic -- "Jim-C" asks: Predictions:  Order of finish in Boston City Council At-Large race in November? "BeantownBill" asks: What...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011

Boston At-Large Council Forum


Last night I was honored to moderate a Ward 5 Democrats forum for the candidates for the four at-large city council seats -- the first...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 22, 2011


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What happens if they hold a city election and nobody notices?

The past few years, Boston has been almost continuously wrapped up in big, attention-getting elections.
Quiet fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 10, 2011

New In The Phoenix -- Low-Profile Council Race


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the 2011 Boston City Council election, now...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 08, 2011
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The Third Annual Phoenix Memorial Day look at the laughable state of Massachusetts politics

Hey, thanks for having me back for the Third Annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Political Roast! Good to see so many of you here — the last time I saw this many Beacon Hill insiders in one place was on the prospective witness list for the Sal DiMasi t
Ready, Aim — Roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 27, 2011
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No more Mr. Nice Council

By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
Five-way Boston bloodbath
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 13, 2011

Flaherty Jumps In


Local political reporters rejoice: what could have been the sleepiest election season in ages will instead be a fun-filled bloodbath. That's right, Michael Flaherty has...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 08, 2011


Farewell To Feeney


Maureen Feeney makes it official: she won't run for re-election to Boston City Council. This has been much-rumored, and a decision one way or another...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 20, 2011

Scotto Has The Love, And Other Items


--Several friends of Talking Politics said recently that they were phone-polled about Scott Brown and potential 2012 Senate match-ups. Looks like that was the work...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 31, 2011

Q&A #7: Voter Turnout


OK, back to the Ask Me Anything Day questions, after that little outburst. The great Tony Schinella of politizine asks: What are you thoughts on...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Q& A #4: City Council Challenges


  "Michael" seems to think it's Ask Me Everything Day (just kidding!): Which district city councilors will have legitimate challenges this year? Why did you...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011