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  • January 10, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    According to reports tonight, Gerry Leone will not run for re-election as Middlesex County District Attorney in 2014. Leone has been DA since 2006, and I've always gotten the feeling from people that he might be the first person in a while to not use that office as a springboard to statewide office. And so it seems to be, at least if the initial reports are correct that he intends to leave politics.

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  • January 10, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    This is interesting: some dude named Thomas Menino has written an op-ed decrying the lousy state of the Boston Public School system.

    Our school choice process can be confusing, unpredictable and unnecessarily complicated....

    Rather than building strong communities, today’s system begins by splitting up communities.

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  • January 09, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    We're still waiting for declarations of intent for the statewide Massachusetts race that's coming up immediately, but the new year has brought a flurry of public statements about the 2014 gubernatorial contest.

    First, state treasurer Steve Grossman spoke the obvious in saying that he is leaning strongly toward running for governor.

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  • January 07, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Rabbi Jonah Pesner of Newton is seriously exploring a potential campaign for US Senate, as a Democrat in the special election to succeed John Kerry. Kerry is expected to be confirmed as Secretary of State within a few weeks.

    Pesner, a married father of four, tells me that he began having "exploratory conversations" about three weeks ago, and is moving forward with the process.

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  • January 04, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Mayor Tom Menino ended 2012 with roughly $650,000 in his campaign account. (That's from the unofficial twice-monthly bank statement; the official campaign year-end report comes later but should not be substantially different, because --unless I'm mistaken -- he does not have any additional savings accounts at this time.

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  • January 02, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Speaker Bob DeLeo, in his speech opening the 2013-'14 legislative session, focused primarily on transportation funding. Here, from his prepared remarks, is the section where he discusses the issue:

    As we await MassDOT’s plan, I want to lay out some of the principles that will inform our approach to transportation:

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Statement from Senator John Kerry -- he's not going to use the term "endorse" for reasons suggested in the first line (remember, he'll be Secretary of State while the primary is being fought) but he's clearly backing Markey, and by doing so this quickly clearly wants others to think twice about forcing a primary. Also noteworthy that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee blasted out Kerry's statement, which is not an official backing but again suggests that DC Dems have settled on Markey.

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Stephen" asks:

    Probation scandal- will we have closure? If so, what kind of changes in leadership are we looking at
    in the Legislature? If not, does your binky Carmen Ortiz take a hit?

    I'm not sure what that means about the US Attorney being my "binky," but there is a sense that if you keep a grand jury going for this long -- the Ware Commission report came out right after the November 2010 elections -- you'd better put some players in the dock at the end of it.


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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I interrupt this Ask Me Anything Day to bring you 17 completely gratuitous jokes I made on Twitter this year about Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray's late-2011 car crash. (If you aren't familiar with Twitter conventions and hashtags... well, it's not really worth getting into it for this.)

    Expect other collections from the year's Twitter archives in coming days.

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Two sides of the Cap-for-Senate possibility. First, "Anonymous" asks:

    What happens to Mike Capuano if he loses his second Dem primary despite being in Congress for over 10 years in the most heavily Dem district in the state? Could he run statewide a third time and win? Does he risk a primary challenge in the state's minority majority district?

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Okay, we have some lege-watchers; "24 Beacon" asks:

    Who does the Senate President name as her Majority Leader in January? How does that affect other leadership positions and positioning members for the Senate President race in 2014?

    "Jason GWB" asks:

    Is there any word on new committee assignments on Beacon Hill?

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Turning, inevitably, to the upcoming special election, "M-Wood" asks:

    Do you think it is possible that Bill Keating would run for the Kerry seat?

    No.

    Not that it would matter if he did.

    More broadly, "Megan" asks:

    What names haven't we thought of for the U.S. Senate race? I still feel like there are a few 'dark horses' that will run.

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "North Shore Dem" poses an interesting one:

    Now that Massachusetts has successfully elected a woman Senator, does that lessen the urgency to elect more women to prominent positions or increase the likelihood that more women will be elected? Who are the women poised to run and win Congressional or statewide office?

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Rob" asks:

    Will you ever run for office?

    Let's hope not.

    Although I can almost picture myself in a Buckley-for-NYC-mayor type escapade. Almost.

    But no thanks.

  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Happy Ask Me Anything Day! "Notorious RJS" starts us off with a Boston City Council question:

    If you could assign a 'next job' label to every current City Council member, which specific job do you believe will be their next one?

    Ugh. Well, these won't all quite be 'next job,' but more like 'in their future.'

    Arroyo: run for Congress

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