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  • April 12, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Odd timing on this one. Here's the press release the Patrick camp just issued:

    Byrd to Return to Business Interests

    BOSTON-Wednesday, April 12, 2006—The Deval Patrick campaign today announced that Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kahlil Byrd is leaving his full-time position to return to business and foreign policy interests he suspended when he joined the campaign.




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  • April 12, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    It's budget season!

    11:43 a.m.: Nine councilors present when the gavel bangs.

    11:47 a.m.: Rich Rogers, of the Greater Boston Labor Council brings two labor leaders from New Orleans to the podium, who tell us about workers'-rights abuses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "People over there are trying to get their lives back together, and it's very, very hard," says Robert Hammond, president of New Orleans' International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 130.

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  • April 12, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    The best thing I've read today: this post, by David at Blue Mass Group, arguing that any Democrat who takes part in Mitt Romney's healthcare photo-op at Faneuil Hall is a masochistic bonehead (my words, not his). Great stuff.

  • April 11, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Want a preview of what anti-Romney Republicans will say in '08? Check out this item from the conservative Republican blog RedState.com. Interesting stuff--and a welcome change of pace from the Romney lovefest that's been going on the last few days.

    p.s.--Seems I posted a bum link earlier, but it should be working now. Mea culpa.
  • April 11, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    So, the Deval Patrick campaign unveiled its first web ad (and the first video ad of the governor's race) a few minutes ago. My quick take: leading with the bio is a nice swipe at Tom Reilly; swelling synth music sounds too much like the theme from St. Elmo's Fire; the "Less focused on right and left...more focused on right and wrong" line should play well with independents who make it that far.

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  • April 10, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Not that that's his motivation, necessarily, but this new poll strongly suggests that Chris Gabrieli is sucking tons of support from Tom Reilly and barely any from Deval Patrick.

    Consider: five weeks ago, Reilly led Patrick, 47 percent to 37 percent, among likely Democratic primary voters. Now Patrick's at 36 percent and Reilly at 33, with Gabrieli at 19 and undecideds at 11.

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  • April 10, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter doesn't actually say that. But in "A Rising Star, Out of the Blue," he comes close.

    Therein, our governor is favorably compared to Bill Frist, John McCain, George W. Bush, and his father, George Romney. For good measure, Alter also describes Mitt as "[s]mooth-faced," "supple," and "skillful," compliments his hair, and says his Mormonism won't be an issue for most voters.

    Damn.
  • April 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Because the people want to know: $158,248 in 2005,* with $35,280 paid in federal and state taxes.

    Quoth Reilly, in a press release his campaign sent out today: "It's pretty simple - this is a question of being open and honest with voters. People deserve to know where our money comes from, what our financial interests are, and what potential conflicts we may have as Governor."

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  • April 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Yesterday, Massachusetts Democratic Party chair Phil Johnston took issue with my suggestion--in an assessment of Chris Gabrieli that appears in this week's Phoenix--that there was something questionable about the ruling that allowed Gabrieli to gather signatures from add-on delegates, as well as those elected at February's Democratic caucuses.

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  • April 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    The Bonifaz campaign issued this statment on the topic earlier today. The particulars are new, but the basic point's the same one Bonifaz has been hammering home throughout his campaign: secretary of state Bill Galvin isn't doing nearly enough on voting-rights issues.

    Maybe he's right. Still, I wonder how prudent it is for Bonifaz to focus as closely on this issue as he has been.

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  • April 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    And it could be pretty slick. I'm especially taken with the rapid commentary feature, but I'm a technological Neanderthal, so what do I know?

    Here's the press release from the Patrick camp:

    BOSTON—Thursday, April 6, 2006—The Deval Patrick campaign today launched a new audio/video blog on its website. Called "The Source," the unique new blog (available at http://blog.





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  • April 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    I think I've captured Gabrieli's digressions from the prepared text, but I kept getting distracted by his mother-in-law Smoki Bacon's outrageously large glasses, so I may have missed a flourish or two.

    Thank you all so much for being here today.

    [Thanks his family. Smoki Bacon's specs are colossal.]

    But I especially want to thank those of you who spent weeks traveling across Massachusetts, going door to door to collect the 500 signatures we needed to get onto the ballot at the Democratic convention in June.



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  • April 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    If Scooter Libby keeps this up, the Democratic Party will owe him a big fat thank-you after this fall's midterm elections.
  • April 05, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    [Deirdre Fulton guest-blogging.]

    11:37 a.m.: Murphy is the first to arrive.

    11:48 a.m.: Roll call, meeting begins.

    11:59 a.m.: The first major item of business concerns the redevelopment of the Franklin Hill projects, where a private developer (Trinity Financial) is poised to partially take over a public-housing development in Dorchester.

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  • April 05, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    That's just one of the gems from this week's Weekly Dig crossword, featuring guest crosslord Kerry "Muffy" Healey. An absolute must-read.
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