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  • December 19, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein
    In 2000, you could be dubbed a "Pioneer" if you raised $100,000 for George W. Bush, usually by getting 100 close friends to each give $1000. In 2004, you could again be a Pioneer, or shoot higher for "Ranger" status by raising $200,000.

    John Kerry did the same thing in '04, as did Howard Dean -- but they didn't have good names for their big donor levels.

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  • December 19, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein
    Several annoucements on staff just now from Deval Patrick:

    --Nancy Fernandez Mills, Deputy Chief of Staff/Communications Director. Mills has a media background and no readily apparent governmental experience, so chalk up one outsider.

    --Richard Chacon, Director of Policy and Cabinet Affairs. Chacon was communications director on the Patrick campaign, and was a fine journalist at one time.



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  • December 17, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein

    Adding to my previous post, we can now say that Patrick's team seems to be unleashing a flurry of appointments over the weekend, so that no individual will get any great public scrutiny.

    The latest, announced this afternoon, are Harvard/Brigham & Women's JudyAnn Bigby as secretary of health and human services, state rep.

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  • December 16, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein

    Statehouse News reports today that Deval Patrick will name former state representative Suzanne Bump secretary of labor and workforce development. Yesterday, of course, he announced Ian Bowles as secretary of energy and environment, and Dan O'Connell as secretary of housing and economic development.

    Statehouse News says that more personnel announcements are expected this afternoon.

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  • December 15, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein

    As you may know, some bloggers have been annoyed with a recent New York Times article about bloggers who take money from political campaigns. Earlier this year there was a similar dust-up over aspersions about Markos Moulitsas, of Daily Kos, and his association with Jerome Armstrong, who left his MyDD site to work for Mark Warner, and about the disclosure of information about a regular Kos diarist.

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  • December 15, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein
    Here are a few Romney items that passed by while I was not posting yesterday:

    --The horserace numbers from the new Washington Post/ABC News political poll aren't that interesting, but it is striking that Mitt Romney has a net negative favorable/unfavorable figure: 22 percent have an favorable opinion of him, 24 unfavorable, and 54 no opinion.

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  • December 13, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein

    In tomorrow's issue of the Phoenix (but online now!) I have an article looking at Deval Patrick's relationship with the state's labor unions. Did the money they spent getting him elected put him in their pocket, or did they come too late to the table?

    Also an item on Mitt Romney's PAC contributors. He may be courting the social conservatives, but the checks are coming from financial-industry folks in the blue states.

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  • December 13, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein

    Over the past couple of days a mini-tempest has whipped up. The gist of it is: a few leaders of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans (MACR) -- but not the group itself -- endorsed John McCain for President, in an obvious attempt to embarrass Mitt Romney.

    This appears to be the doing mainly of MACR chairman Michael Miltenberger, a Harvard junior.

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  • December 12, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein

    What do the five words in this post's title mean? You tell me -- they're on the side margin on every page (except home) of Deval Patrick's new Inauguration Web site.

    But wait, there are more vaguely inspiring words all over that blue background of the site. Lifted away, the words are "Gather Talk Respect Collaborate Share Debate Challenge Listen Learn Explore Join Understand Work Hard Celebrate Feel Trust Compromise Collaborate."

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  • December 12, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein

    From the Caucus Cooler, here's an excerpt from a memo that Mitt Romney's people in Iowa have apparently been sending out, in response to McCain's people faxing around the NY Times article about Romney's 1994 gay-lovin' campaign:

    As you may know, an article is being circulated today by supporters of Sen. John McCain as an attempt to mislead voters about Governor Mitt Romney's unwavering support for traditional marriage.

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  • December 12, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein

    Fans of the legendary Granny D will want to know that she has endorsed former Senator Mike Gravel for President. Sure, it's early in the campaign, but when you're 96 you don't put things off, you know?

    Gravel, who was Senator from Alaska many years ago, has pretty much camped out in New Hampshire since declaring his long-shot candidacy in April.

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  • December 12, 2006
    By David S. Bernstein
    For those tired of the convenience of having city hall located in the heart of downtown, a stone's throw from three of the four T lines, Mayor Menino now wishes to relocate it to a spot accessible only via the Waterfront Silver Line.

    But think of the view from the Mayor's office!

    [David S. Bernstein]

  • December 11, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich will announce his candidacy for President tomorrow morning. His previous Quixotian quest was well-covered by my colleague Adam Reilly, most notably in these two features from early in the campaign in October 2003 and near its end in June 2004

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  • December 11, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    I realize that everyone's lathered up about Romney's 1994 "I Heart Gays" letter, but there's another little thing he missed while touring Asia: the release of the Iraq Study Group report.

    This has quickly become extremely divisive among Republicans, who almost all seem to reject the ISG report, but in different ways. McCain, of course, has staked out the "send in more troops" position, so Romney can't go there now.

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  • December 11, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    In my recent article about Deval Patrick's potential New Hampshire dilemma, I wondered how he would negotiate the New Hampshire vs. Nevada controversy -- that is, how to support NH's desire to hold its primary before Nevada's caucus, while endorsing the Democratic Party's desire to give racial minorities a greater say in the nomination process.

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