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Red Blues: Scott Brown exposes the empty Massachusetts GOP bench

It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2013
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Southie's last stand

Twenty years since a Hyde Park Italian-American succeeded Ray Flynn, South Boston retains its public perception as the city's nexus of political power.
A huge year in politics could see the next generation of South Boston political legends emerge — or get swept aside.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2013
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Meet the Freshman class

Through much of 2012, the local political media — myself included — were a bit distracted by the big-name, big-money campaigns of Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, and Elizabeth Warren.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 30, 2012
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How black sheep could color the Sixth District’s race for Congress

The parents of Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei, in the course of their business dealings in the 1980s and '90s, prompted a lot of complaints and lost a string of legal judgments.
Tisei's family ties
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 03, 2012
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How 'three strikes' legislation fails

Despite evidence that "three strikes" mandatory sentencing laws don't work, are punishingly expensive for taxpayers, and make an already unfair criminal-justice system even more irrational and racist, the Massachusetts legislature seems hell-bent on ena
A bad pitch
By EDITORIAL  |  January 06, 2012
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It's Mitt & Scott's Party Now

A longstanding rift between the high and low tiers of the Massachusetts Republican Party has widened in the past few years — and it's about to grow into a chasm over two views of the 2012 elections.  
Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, preparing for the 2012 microscope, are installing a faithful friend at the State GOP
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 18, 2011