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  • April 09, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, out tomorrow, I take a look at the House Democrats under the leadership of Speaker Sal DiMasi. I suggest that there is a remarkable absence of dissent and debate, which I blame on several factors, including the leadership style of DiMasi and his core team; the willing acquiescence of most members; and the timidity of other members.

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  • April 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    Every so often, to remind the local citizenry of their existence, Boston City Councilors will think up an Idea. Usually it has something to do with spanking or loud ice-cream trucks, and becomes the object of much humor and eye-rolling. But sometimes, it's a Good Idea, and threatens to bring some small amount of admiration and appreciation to the councilor behind it.

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  • April 01, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    Last June, after eight-year-old Liquarry Jefferson was shot to death -- reportedly by a cousin who picked up Liquarry's older brother's gun -- the Phoenix wrote this in an editorial:
    It is not too extreme to suggest that, if we are going to be serious about protecting people from death by bullets, then District Attorney Dan Conley should seriously consider bringing charges of negligent manslaughter — or at least child endangerment — against those who allowed this to happen.

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