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The Boston Police investigation of Stephan Cowans led to a wrongful conviction. Was it incompetent — or corrupt?
The Boston Phoenix has uncovered substantial new information about the Cowans case.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 28, 2010


Cash carousel

Many things changed this year on Beacon Hill, but not the power of the almighty dollar
Even though the dollar has taken an international whupping of late, there remains at least one place where the love of the greenback remains strong: Beacon Hill.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 30, 2008


Can Obama lasso the Bay State?

Once considered sure Clinton country, the Massachusetts primary is now a shootout
Nobody around here forgets that Deval Patrick swiped the gubernatorial nomination from the establishment-backed Tom Reilly.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 23, 2008


EXCLUSIVE: California gleaming

Romney gains on McCain in crucial Golden State contest; Clinton's lead holds steady
According to a poll obtained exclusively by the Boston Phoenix , Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama by 11 percentage points in California.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 22, 2008


Madam Mayor Maureen?

While everyone was distracted by the New Hampshire primary, did City Council President Maureen Feeney step into the race for mayor?
This past week, with Bostonians’ attention focused on the presidential-primary drama north of the Massachusetts border, an opening salvo in the 2009 mayoral race may have been delivered.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 16, 2008


Clinton and Obama: Watch California

Golden state polls might shape the rest of the race
Round one to Barack Obama, round two to Hillary Clinton, and just like that the retail politics is over, and the national slugfest begins.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 10, 2008


Old Mitt of the Mountain

How the Romney campaign crumbled and fell in the Granite State primary
Mitt Romney had a golden opportunity a week ago to do something about his inauthenticity problem, the one that even his most ardent supporters in New Hampshire recognize.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 28, 2010


King said George Romney didn't march

But, as usual, the truth wasn't good enough for Mitt
Romney was not satisfied with what George Romney actually did. He inflated it, placing his father into the iconic position of marching alongside the civil rights leader.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 21, 2007


The amazing race

We break down the Presidential campaign to its six essential parts, and predict your next Commander-in-Chief.
For the past year, presidential politics has been building to the crescendo that is the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 26, 2007


Was it all a dream?

EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney claims that his father marched with MLK, but the record says otherwise
The Phoenix can find no evidence that the senior Romney actually marched with King, nor anything in the public record suggesting that he ever claimed to do so.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 21, 2007


The passion of the candidate

Romney’s religion speech was aimed at Christian conservatives, but his model wasn’t JFK — it was Mel Gibson
Pity Mitt Romney, the object of religious persecution, forced to make a public speech confronting the antagonistic forces that have kept his candidacy down by attacking his faith.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 12, 2007


Menino’s hit list

40 potential candidates for the 2009 election who could take on the mayor — if they have the courage.
At a recent political event, Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino asked Robert Crane, the former long-time state treasurer, how many years he had held that office.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 28, 2007


Mirth Day

The idea of a consumer-led environmental movement has pollution-belching multi-nationals rolling in the aisles — and the joke is on you
Eco-living is the new opiate of the masses.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 07, 2007


Guinea pigs

The future of the nation’s health-care reform rests on the tattooed shoulders of Massachusetts’s young adults
The stakes are clear: if the system works well in Massachusetts, odds are that the nation will follow. If it fails here, this approach dies.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 31, 2007


Murphy’s big tent

In his bid for re-election, city councilor Stephen Murphy has collected a combustible group of allies, from Dapper to Deval
In the past few years, Murphy has recast himself to reflect the changing city.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 17, 2007


The Left, left out?

Deval Patrick’s famed grassroots progressives are losing steam and influence
In the wake of the recent local elections, more and more observers are concluding that the energy that put Patrick in the Corner Office has come and gone.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 03, 2007


Voto para mi?

Why can’t a Latina candidate mobilize Eastie’s Hispanics?
In East Boston, hopes have been high that Democratic candidate Gloribell Mota might draw the neighborhood’s Hispanic residents into the political process.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007


In tragedy’s shadow

Politics encroached on 9/11 this year in Massachusetts, even if nobody wants to admit it
Jim Ogonowski, a 28-year military veteran and small-farm owner in Dracut, brings plenty of life story, personal accomplishments, and policy positions to his campaign for US Congress.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007


Raising Hill

Hillary Clinton’s ‘aura of inevitability’ might hide her weaknesses — at least until the Republicans get their hands on her
Hillary Clinton took only two questions from the audience at the end of her 35-minute speech at the American Association of Retired Persons conference.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 12, 2007


The rumor mill

So far, the race for Boston City Council is all talk and no action
The energy in this year’s at-large race for Boston City Council is not to be found on the campaign trail.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 05, 2007


Shattered illusions

No, not the window!
This past weekend in Boston, nine people were shot, 13 stabbed, and feuding gangs used families at Roxbury’s annual Caribbean Festival as duck-and-cover props.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 29, 2007

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