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Kids In The Hall

A growing batch of young, progressive City Councilors is making the much-derided body relevant again
Boston City Hall politics, normally a year-round spectator sport, was largely overshadowed this year by state and national campaigns. With the attention off, a surprising amount of activity has been going on — not in the mayor's office, but down the corridor in the Boston City Council.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 10, 2010


CHART: The couch potato’s guide to tracking the national election results

Election 2010: What to watch for, from the comfort of your living room
Wherever you turn for information on election night, you'll get plenty of punditry. But without a guide to the evening, it might be hard to keep track of what matters to you. With that in mind, we've compiled the following viewer's guide.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 01, 2010



President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi have accomplished much — and are running for their political lives
In a less politically charged world, the triumvirate of Democratic political leaders in Washington — President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — might now be taking victory laps over one of the most productive two-year sessions in decades.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 20, 2010


Elephant in the Room?

Republicans are expected to take dozens of US House seats this year — some may even be in Massachusetts
The upcoming national midterm elections are shaping up as a big Republican wave.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 13, 2010


Transcript: The Phoenix interviews Charlie Baker

The Phoenix 's David S. Bernstein interviewed the Republican nominee for governor, Charlie Baker, on Saturday, October 2, outside Needham High School after a campaign rally.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 07, 2010


Charles in charge?

Republican Charlie Baker has been ready to be governor for years. But was he ready to be a candidate?
Voters should already have a good idea what they think about the candidates — which is why an increasing number of observers, across the political spectrum, are expressing surprise at how few Bay Staters like Charlie Baker.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 07, 2010


Can Patrick Hang On?

What Deval needs to do now
Massachusetts has a mixed record of re-electing governors.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 29, 2010


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

Good to be king
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.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 15, 2010


Review: Thy Will Be Done

Sara Herwig becomes woman, minister
There is a marvelous, understated juxtaposition here between Sara Herwig's journey to becoming a woman and her journey to becoming a minister.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 08, 2010


Worcester Rising

Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Congressman Jim McGovern, and sheriff Guy Glodis have pushed the Bay State's political frontier westward
Massachusetts's second-largest city has always been Boston's ugly step-sister, ignored and marginalized by the state's political elites. Tell a Bay State political veteran that you're writing about Worcester's political power, and the first reaction, more often than not, is a hearty laugh.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 03, 2010


GOP Know-Nothings: Hard-right Congressional candidates complicate Charlie Baker's run for governor

Plus, replacing John Tobin on the Boston City Council.
With a strong anti-incumbent mood at their backs, Massachusetts Republicans should be able to make significant gains this year, simply by keeping the focus on Beacon Hill Democrats.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 29, 2010


Baker's Learning Curve

A debate shows that the candidate is improving — but has a long way still to go
In the first Massachusetts gubernatorial debate, this past June on WRKO radio, Republican Charlie Baker fared poorly, sounding defensive and petulant during testy exchanges with Governor Deval Patrick and Treasurer Tim Cahill.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 18, 2010


Federal trans-formation

Frustrating on high-profile LGBT issues, Barack Obama has moved quickly, with little fanfare, on gender-identity issues.
The LGBT community has had its complaints about Barack Obama and his administration, particularly concerning the pace of eliminating the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, and passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 15, 2010


Rookies Go Bust

DeLeo and Baker were bested in Beacon Hill's gaming showdown, not so Cahill
The end of the two-year Massachusetts legislative session frequently turns into a high-stakes poker game, with the governor, Senate president, and House speaker bluffing and bargaining down to the wire — along with lobbyists, interest groups, and, in election years, candidates for state office kibitzing from the sidelines.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 04, 2010


Burn Baby Burn

John Kerry, Scott Brown, and the death of climate-change legislation
Last Thursday afternoon, moments after I posted on Facebook about the death of the climate-change bill, I got a message from a surprised and disappointed Laura Everett.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 28, 2010


Bad news for Mitt?

Presidential primary schedule might ruffle Romney's chances
If former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney runs for president again in 2012, he will start with some distinct advantages over his likely opponents for the GOP nomination.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 21, 2010


He'll be back?

Beacon Hill Democrats might be missing their last chance before a Republican gets the veto stamp. Plus, will ballot questions spell Deval’s doom?
Democratic legislators are so used to commanding supermajorities on Beacon Hill, and to slapping around Governor Deval Patrick whenever the spirit moves them, that they don't seem to be thinking about what politics and policy-making might look like should Republican Charlie Baker defeat Patrick this November.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 21, 2010


Rough Seas Ahead

Will the economy, the oil spill, and Afghanistan conspire to sink Obama's presidency?
Eighteen months after Barack Obama took office with the largest plateful of troubles of any president in recent memory, it would seem only fair for him to finally get a stretch of smooth sailing.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 14, 2010


Same Old Faces

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.
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. Candidates may win or lose, but consultants are forever.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 24, 2010


Dead Kids

Startling sociological findings about violence and Boston's inner-city youth
Boston's violence promotes more violence, and its murders beget even more murder.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 15, 2010


Weenie Roast!

The Phoenix 's second annual Memorial Day political 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.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 05, 2010

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