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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

Five years into Therese Murray’s tenure as president, the State Senate seems to have run out of steam

Therese Murray's fifth anniversary as State Senate president passed by with little fanfare last month.
Sleepy Senate
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 06, 2012

The State vs. the People, Pt. 1

On Monday, the most prominent headline on the front page of our daily paper or, as the Bud-I calls it with a unique mixture of glee and sadness, "The Pamphlet," was "Cesspools given notice."
A variety of cesspools; the right to know; taking aim
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 02, 2011

Double-Secret Probation: 2010's biggest Boston political scandal

In a year that started with a former House Speaker under indictment, an open US Senate seat, and a governor seemingly headed to electoral defeat, the biggest political story of 2010 turned out to be the Beacon Hill probation patronage scandal. And, if pa
As the previous Beacon Hill scandals wind down, another — a potentially bigger one — emerged this year: political patronage
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 24, 2010

What DeLeo and Murray should do

Why legislative leaders should act now to make the patronage scandal history
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2010

Lobbyists line up to line House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s pockets

This has been a brutally difficult year for Massachusetts candidates to raise money. But there is a clear exception to that drought: House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who appears to have smashed recent records for fundraising to this point in the year.
Good to be king
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 17, 2010


Tea Party Progressives?

When Democrat Peter Smulowitz celebrated his victory in the special-election primary for State Senate earlier this month in the back room of Masala Art restaurant in Needham, no bigwigs from his party were in attendance.
Outsiders are trying to crash the gates of the state’s Democratic establishment — and are starting to succeed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 30, 2010

The question of Iran

Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2010

Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council

In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
Clown committee
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 14, 2009

The Political virgins

At this incalculably critical time — with a fiscal nightmare threatening billions of dollars of state-government spending and momentous budget decisions to be made — everyone in Massachusetts wants to be represented on Beacon Hill by someone with clout.
With a crucial state-legislature session looming, Boston residents turn to untested newbies to fight for their share of the pie
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2009

Spare-Parts Department

The family of a two-and-a-half-year-old Gloucester boy hopes that a new bill, filed in the State Senate by North Shore state senator Bruce Tarr on Monday, December 15, will prompt increased participation in organ donation, especially pediatric organs.
Desperately seeking organ donors  
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 17, 2008


The underdog

Sara Orozco and Scott Brown, total opposites, are perfect candidates for a State Senate district with political bipolar disorder.
Sara Orozco thinks she can beat all-American GOP superstar Scott Brown. Can she convince anyone else?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 13, 2008

Cambridge vs. Anthony Galluccio

Cambridge city councilor Anthony Galluccio is still working to fulfill the promise he showed 10 years ago.
Will Brattle Street torpedo him again?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 29, 2007