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  • April 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The State House News Service says that its new poll shows "Patrick Damaged but Not Badly." Blogger Granby01033 says it shows "People Haven't Given Up On Patrick." At Blue Mass Group, David thinks it's "Pretty Good News For Patrick."

    Me, I think it says "State Mightily Disappointed In Patrick."

    40% say Patrick has done less than they expected so far (compared with 2% saying 'more than'); 45% rate his performance below average or poor (30% above average/excellent); 49% think the state is on the wrong track (39% right track).



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  • April 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Sometimes, to appreciate your own local politics, it helps to take a look at what's happening in other cities. For your edification as we head to the weekend, here are a few examples I came across today:

    Houston -- State senator boycotts invocation given in the chamber by a Muslim cleric, then takes to the floor in praise of religious tolerance.

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  • April 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Regarding my article in this week's issue, Felix Arroyo's office informs me that the councilor's trip to Venezuela was less than six weeks, and did not extend into January; also, that he is not living with his fiance.

    It also turns out that I was overly optimistic when I wrote that Arroyo's campaign fund is "barely in the black."

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  • April 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    During Rudy Giuliani's first campaign trip to Iowa, a member of his staff made the mistake yesterday of stating the obvious: that the legendary Ames Republican Presidential straw poll, to be held this year on August 11, is a circus.

    To which Romney commented, later in the day, "If there is a circus, we are going to be the ring leader," according to news reports.



  • April 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    A week ago, George W. withdrew the nomination of Republican funder extraordinaire Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium, when it became clear that Senate Democrats were going to use his Swift Boat funding past to reject him. I posted at the time that this could allow Fox to start fundraising for Mitt Romney.

    Alas for Romney, it is not to be.

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  • April 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    A couple of weeks ago I posted the Club for Growth ratings of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. Well, now the American Conservative Union's ratings are out. ACU uses a wider range of votes, including building a border fence, stem-cell research, gay marriage, and of course taxes and business regulation.



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  • April 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    New Hampshire Senator John Sununu and Maine Senator Susan Collins -- both Republicans, both up for re-election in 2008 -- are under attack from a liberal organization, which has launched TV ads criticizing their positions on the Iraq War. You can see the ads at the Americans United for Change (AUC) web site.

    This is just the beginning of an onslaught against both Senators, coming from both the left and the right, we can expect to see from now through November '08.

  • April 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    In tomorrow's issue of the Phoenix, I tell three stories related to the recent focus on the Presidential candidates' fundraising. First, I look at the connections of Romney's fundraisers to various shady scandals -- expanding on a topic I've blogged on here. Then I explain why Hillary Clinton's numbers expose her vulnerability, despite what her campaign claims.

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  • April 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    All the talk on Beacon Hill has been about the budget, but today some other matters get their day, as three committees hold hearings on new bills.

    First up is Public Health, at 10:00. Initial steps on regionalization of public health services will be discussed, among other things.

    At 10:30 Children and Families looks at a slate of proposals, mostly concerning the beleaguered Department of Social Services.



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  • April 02, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Mayor Menino is somewhat correct in his reaction to the past few days' media focus on the city's violence. This news cycle seems to kick in about every five months or so, lasts a week or so, and bears little correlation to what's actually happening on the streets. Menino is also correct that nobody pays much attention to the city's black neighborhoods except to bemoan the violence, which we claim is intolerable but then forget about.

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  • April 01, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    Following in a long, unsuccessful line that includes Bill Weld, Pete Wilson, and Christie Todd Whitman, Rhode Island's own ex-Senator Lincoln Chafee is trying to reclaim conservatism for the Republican Party's moderates. Good luck.

    Linc is launching a new Web site from which to launch this effort, at a url he bought (for an unspecified but quite generous sum, according to a note left by the seller on the site) from an ultra-conservative blogger -- who Chafee sweetly refers to as a "huckster," one of the many like Rush Limbaugh who have "filled your heads with lies about conservatism."

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