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  • March 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Steven Baddour of Methuen announced today that he won't run for the congressional seat, if Marty Meehan leaves for the UMass-Lowell job. That appears to make it official that we won't have a single state senator in the race.

    Susan Tucker of Andover has already decided she won't run. So have Steve Panagiotakos of Lowell and Pam Resor of Acton, if I'm not mistaken.

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  • March 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    An Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue will begin on March 16 in Northampton and work its way to Boston over the course of a week. You can check out the plans if you're interested in participating.

    It culminates on Saturday the 24th, which apparently is Climate Rescue Day, with a rally at Copley Square.

    That's a bit if a scheduling issue, because on the 24th there's also a march and Peace and Justice Festival on the Common to protest the Iraq War.



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  • March 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    I really have little to say at this point, other than to wish Mrs. Patrick and the entire family well.

    It's important to seperate the two stories here. One is the health of Diane Patrick, which is a private matter, albeit one that we are all, understandably, extremely interested in. She's a public figure (in the celebrity, not official sense of the term), so naturally our empathy drives our curiosity to know everything about what she's going through.

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  • March 09, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Let me first give kudos to Deval Patrick for going to the mat for those families in New Bedford. I don't want to dive into the whole illegal-immigrant debate at the moment, but clearly these folks don't deserve to have their families ripped apart summarily like that -- and others in the area don't need to live in terror that it will happen to them.

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  • March 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    20th Century Fox is holding a competition among 16 American cities named Springfield, with the winner to host the premiere screening of "The Simpsons Movie" this summer.

    I'm guessing it doesn't help a city's chances to be going through a US District Court voting-rights trial, where witnesses "continue to paint a dismal picture of racial equality in Springfield today."

  • March 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    If you care about the Darfur crisis, or want to see how top-notch journalism outlets are taking advantage of the internet, or if you are just interested in what exactly Massachusetts's own Andrew Natsios is dealing with as special envoy to Sudan... check out Travis Fox's "interactive report" (I'd call it multimedia, but whatever) for the Washington Post, on the Darfur crisis spilling into Chad.



  • March 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The NH Union-Leader's top political reporter, John DiStaso, makes this observation today:

    A week ago, in response to a question during an interview with New Hampshire Union Leader editors and a reporter, Mitt Romney said, "English needs to be the language that is spoken in America. We cannot be a bilingual nation like Canada."


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  • March 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Last night, the AFL-CIO leadership voted unanimously to recommend that its 54 member unions refrain from endorsing Presidential candidates until the full organization picks one in the fall. Some unions might very well do so anyway, but most will probably comply. (This obviously doesn't affect the unions not affiliated with AFL-CIO, most notably the SEIU locals.

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  • March 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    ...because, as I've mentioned before on this blog, I love everybody.

    First of all, let me tip my hat to Scot Lehigh -- or should I say Saint Scot, chronicler of Mitt -- who absolutely eviscerates our former Governor and leaves the well-coiffed head on a stake, in a Boston.com web-only column.

    Meanwhile, in the dead-tree version of the Globe, Joan Vennochi reports what I've known on the QT for a week or so, that the great Democratic consultant Michael Goldman is leaving Bloomberg radio and returning to consulting.



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  • March 07, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Today the state GOP asked the state Ethics Commission to look into Deval's Citigroup call. (Have I mentioned that so far I like the new Mass GOP under Torky? The way they're handling the Patrick miscues, including this one, is SO much better than they ever would have.) Meanwhile Patrick spoke to reporters this morning to ask his supporters to please "don't give up on me."

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  • March 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    A peace rally is scheduled for Copley Square on March 10, at which hundreds of protesters will form a 100-foot-wide peace symbol. There's a website if you want to take part.

    This is meant as a warm-up of sorts for the big March 24 march and rally -- which also has a web site.



  • March 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Back in January, legislators began asking Tim Cahill to explain why lottery revenues for the current fiscal year were so far below projections. On January 19th, he testified at a Beacon Hill hearing that the problem was, in part, due to the unfortunate fact that no big jackpots had built up, meaning no huge rush of people spending their paychecks on lottery tickets.

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  • March 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Oh, Deval. I don't know what the proper ethics are regarding his phone call to Citigroup to vouch for his old friends at Ameriquest, as reported in today's Globe. But it doesn't help to suggest that it's OK because he wasn't acting in his capacity as governor.

    Sure, and Tom Reilly was acting as a friend, not in his capacity as AG when he called the Worcester DA about that driving fatality a year ago.

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  • March 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    My only question here is what took so long. Over here we had John Auerbach, longtime executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission... and over there was this open position for Deval Patrick to fill as Public Health Commissioner. No-brainer, I'd say. Several others have speculated to me that Auerbach would be a great appointment.

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  • March 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    A new LA Times poll of Republican National Committee members and state Republican chairs has good news for Mitt Romney -- and perhaps a more meaningful glimpse into his standing within the party base than recent straw polls. These are the top insiders in the party structure. (Each state has one RNC committeeman and one committeewoman, as well as the state party chair.

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