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  • May 15, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix, out today, I have an item about Boston police officers who were alleged to have defrauded the paid-detail system. Last year, Commissioner Ed Davis moved to fire them, amid considerable media attention. But last month, he quietly agreed to have them serve mere four-month suspensions, without demotions in rank.

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  • May 15, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, out today, I have an item about Boston police lieutenants who allegedly defrauded the paid-detail system. Commissioner Ed Davis moved to fire them last year, but this past month he quietly agreed to let them serve four-month suspensions, without demotions. Read it here:

    You're Fired! Or Not.

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  • May 12, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    --$35 million? Not worth recuperating, when you're the Mittster. "Governor Romney has no plans either now or in the future to raise money so that he can retire his debt," says spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.

    --The fulfillment today of the hotly anticipated (well, if you listened to me, anyway) announcement that former congressman Bob Barr is running for the Libertarian Party Presidential nomination is potentially a big deal -- especially if Ron Paul ultimately endorses him, which seems likely if Barr gets the nod at the party convention.

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  • May 09, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    As you may have read, the feds recently raided the man I once dubbed "Bush's House Homophobe," Office of Special Counsel (OSC) head Scott Bloch. I'll have more to write about this journalistic gift who keeps on giving, but one item for now.

    Back in August 2005, Bloch's then-#2 guy authored a lengthy opinion memo of OSC "findings" supporting allegations brought by Richard von Sternberg, a research associate at the Smithsonian.

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  • May 09, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The proposal to tax the largest university endowments is -- let's see, how can I put this tactfully -- one of the stupidest ideas to recently emerge from the statehouse, as the Globe rightly editorializes today.

    But it does bring to mind an intriguing proposal put forward by Chris Gabrieli during his recent unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign.

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  • May 08, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    --Here's my take. Barack Obama was able to rack up a huge number of delegates, and become the presumptive nominee, by February 12th (the 'Chesapeake' or 'Potomac' primaries, a week after Super Tuesday), without ever really being properly vetted as a candidate at this level. That was because A) he came in remarkably un-vetted compared to most Presidential candidates; B) the GOP nomination race took up so much media attention that Obama didn't really get the typical level of national scrutiny; and C) by the time Obama emerged as the frontrunner, the tremendous front-loading of the primaries meant that the race was essentially over.

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  • May 01, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    You think that these days, when Sal DiMasi staffers step onto their front porch to retrieve the morning newspapers, they pause to savor a few extra moments of believing that they will spend the day talking about budget and legislation issues? (And do you think Deval Patrick aides are finding renewed appreciation for the local press corps?)

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  • May 01, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, out today, I have two pieces in our special MBTA package. First, I look at the union negotiations that are finally nearing completion on a contract to succeed the one that ended two years ago -- and why this may only be the start of an even uglier cycle over the next contract. Then I examine the T's new effort to replace the groundwater it is leaking out from under Boston's buildings -- and why the laudable effort is still not enough.

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