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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hooray! It's a special year-end Ask Me Anthing Day!

    (You can still ask me anything; it's just special because it's the end of the year.)

    Send your questions as comments to this post, or by email to dbernstein@phx.com (let me know if you want to remain anonymous), and I'll do my best to answer in posts throughout the day.

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  • December 27, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Globe's Mark Arsenault reports that Congressman Ed Markey is all-in for the US Senate special election.

    Probably Markey was feeling confident because of my new column in this week's Phoenix.

  • December 27, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Not surprisingly, nine of the 10 posts that generated the most views on my blog this year were about Mitt Romney -- who was of considerable interest locally and across the country.

    Interestingly, the exception was not a post about the Scott Brown/Elizabeth Warren race, Joe Kennedy III, John Tierney vs. Richard Tisei, or even the Great Menino Gay Chicken Wars, but one introducing an obscure 2013 city council challenger.

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  • December 21, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    According to reports, President Obama will announce at 1:30pm today his selection of Senator John Kerry as his nominee for Secretary of State.

    So, here we go again!

    I am genuinely unsure of what's going to happen in the special election -- although I offer my full predictions in a column coming in next week's issue -- but here's my very very quick thumbnail sketch of the terrain as we get started:

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  • December 18, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here's a shocker: if/when John Kerry becomes Secretary of State, Jack Reed will be 2nd in seniority among New England Senators. Number one, of course, is Pat Leahy -- now the longest-serving of all current Senators, following the death yesterday of Daniel Inouye.

    Third will be Susan Collins, who like Reed entered the Senate in 1997.

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  • December 18, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Conor Yunits has proposed a very reasonable set of criteria for Deval Patrick to use in selecting an interim US Senator, after the expected appointment of John Kerry to Secretary of State.

    So, if you're looking for reasonable criteria, go there. If, on the other hand, you want someone to baselessly throw out a specific name who Patrick should pick, I'm your guy.

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  • December 17, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but... if John Kerry becomes Secretary of State, and if Congressman Ed Markey runs in the special election, and if he wins, who might be in position to win a special election to be the next member of Congress from the 6th District?

    The district wraps around from Winthrop through Revere, Malden, Melrose, Soneham, Medford, Woburn, Winchester, Lexington, Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge (split), Waltham, Lincoln, Weston, Wayland, Sudbury (most), Framingham, Natick, Southborough, Ashland, Sherborn, and Holliston.

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  • December 15, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    After the Aurora shooting I blogged about a little-known positive development toward long-term public safety and public health: a funding stream tucked quietly into the Affordable Care Act, that will allow programs like the Nurse-Family Partnership to expand across the country.

    There is a movement among public officials, administrators, and researchers toward evidence-based public safety solutions.

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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Kathleen" brings us back to the potential Senate special:

    Do you see any women running for an open US Senate seat? Martha Coakley has said no, and Niki Tsongas seems content in Congress. Anyone else on your radar?

    First of all, Coakley is still a very real possibility. Tsongas won't run if Marty Meehan does, but if he doesn't it's possible she could get talked into it.

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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Turning to the local, "Noah" asks via email:

    A) Are you ready to say that Menino won't run again? B) Assuming he doesn't, who do you think will run/win?

    I am certainly NOT ready to say that. I think Menino wants to run again, and perhaps intends to run again; the question is whether he and Angela ultimately feel he is physically up to the challenge of campaigning -- which might depend on whether he gets serious challengers.

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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Another Senate Special Q, this one from "Steve" via email:

    Curious if you think there could be a Republican Primary if there is a Senate special election?

    Depends if you mean serious or token. Remember: Scotto had a primary in the 2010 special, against Jack E. Robinson. I would fully expect almost any Republican, Scotto included, to get a primary.

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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "John" asks on another angle of the potential US Senate special election:

    Do you think Governor Patrick backtracks on his previous move and lets his Senate appointment run for the seat? (assuming of course Kerry is SoS)

    My sense is no -- he will again appoint someone as a placeholder, who is not running in the special election.

    But I wouldn't say that it's set in concrete.

  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Mike" asks:

    Rank the Congressional delegation on likelihood of running for an open US Senate seat in a special to replace Kerry.

    Aha! A political Q. I'll include current and incoming.

    1. Steve Lynch

    2. Michael Capuano

    3. Ed Markey

    4. Niki Tsongas

    5. Joe Kennedy

    6. Bill Keating

    7. Barney Frank

    8. Jim McGovern

    9. Joe Olver

    10. Richard Neal

    11. John Tierney

  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "RMC" asks:

    When are you going to leave and work as a press secretary for someone important or on a campaign?

    Putting aside how monumentally bad I'd probably be at working the other side of the fence, I'm perfectly happy on this side as long as someone is willing to give me space to write about things that interest me.

  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Jose" starts off Ask Me Anything Day by eschewing all the political shenanigans and asking:

    Which do you prefer: Hot Toddies or Narragansett Porter?

    The answer is the 'Gansetts. Mmmmmm....

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