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March Madness

It's no surprise that the coming weekend's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have become politically charged, given the extraordinary convergence of electoral events visiting South Boston.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 15, 2013

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

Running Outside the Box

Congressman Ed Markey's announcement that he will run in the upcoming special election for US Senate was quickly followed by a choreographed show of institutional backing, from Vicki Kennedy, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and even John K

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 18, 2013

Resetting Boston's schools

Between now and the end of the year, Boston will wrestle with one of the most important policy decisions it has faced in years: reinventing the 23-year-old system used to assign 56,000 public-school students to 129 schools.

By EDITORIAL  |  October 12, 2012

The good, bad, and ugly in debate politics

Candidate debates feel simultaneously like a timeless honoring of American democratic practice, harkening to Lincoln-Douglas, and a vacuous example of the contemporary political circus, dominated by empty, rehearsed rhetoric and relentless spinning of t

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012

Terry's Last Run: The only state senator in danger this November is the one who holds the place together

Therese Murray took over as Senate president in March 2007, which means — under the eight-year limit adopted after William Bulger's two-decade reign — that she would have to step down just two months into the 2015-2016 session.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012


Game Change?

The bills, designed to choke off online piracy of movies, music, and pharmaceuticals, seemed greased for passage.
 A coalition of net natives crossed political lines to decapitate SOPA and PIPA. Is this the beginning of a new American politics?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 01, 2012