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  • August 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Malign Neglect" asks:

    Is there a media blackout on the District 7 race again this year?

    Clearly, there has not been a flood of attention paid to the race, which pits (indicted) incumbent Chuck Turner against second-time challenger Carlos "Tony" Henriquez and two others. But it hasn't been a total blackout. The Banner has written about it, as have the JP Gazette and others.

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  • August 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    What a great Ask Me Anything Day we're having! "Suffolk Dem," looking beyond Suffolk, asks:

    Are you following the Newton Mayoral race at all? Thoughts?

    I am, although not super closely. I am definitely intrigued by Setti Warren. (Although I wonder, is John Kerry plotting some evil conspiracy to get his aides elected in Massachusetts municipalities, and then use them as stepping stones to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!?!?!?!?!) I think Warren has a good shot at getting through the 9/15 prelim to face Ruth Balser in the final.

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  • August 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Ask Me Anything Day keeps rolling along! "Jake P." asks":

    It is pretty clear that Flaherty will have to break his non-aggression pact with Yoon at the debate. What will be his angle of attack? and how will Yoon counter?

    What will Menino do during all this? Since expectations are low for his debate performance, could we be impressed?

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  • August 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Dot Rat" asks:

    Rumor has it Flaherty's most recent Poll Numbers are horrendous...... He is afraid that he might not make the finals..... Flaherty's campaign has failed to ignite and Yoon is starting to look more viable...thoughts???

    I don't know where you're getting that rumor, so it's hard for me to know what to make of it.

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  • August 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Michelle" asks:

    Is Tim Cahill REALLY going to run for Governor now that Charley Baker is in the race? If he decides to stay as Treasurer, can Steve Grossman win??

    Yes, he really is. If, however, he decides to run for re-election -- presumably as an independent -- I suspect he would lose to the Democratic primary winner.

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  • August 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Happy AskMe Anything Day! Our first question comes from "First," who asks:

    Four months ago, you predicted the following four people would win the at-large race:

    1) John Connolly; 2) Ayanna Pressley; 3) Steve Murphy; 4) Ego Ezedi.

    How are you feeling about that prediction going into Labor Day? Feel like offering an amendment?

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  • August 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Can Ask Me Anything Day work on a Tuesday? In late August? Let's find out!

    The rules are simple: leave your questions in the comments to this post, or email them to me at dbernstein@phx.com.

    I will reply with my best information, analysis, guess, speculation, and opinion in later posts throughout the day.

    I'm looking forward to your queries!

  • August 24, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    There are several reasons that Sunday's Globe story about development under Tom Menino is important -- first and foremost, because now you know the answer the next time an out-of-town visitor asks why there's a monumental erect uncircumcised penis in the middle of Boston's skyline.

    For folks who carp about Menino's heavy hand in the planning and development process -- and that would include me -- this article is a perfect encapsulation of the problem.

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  • August 21, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    --This afternoon at 1:00, I will be David Boeri's guest on WBUR's "Radio Boston," to talk about Boston politics. Please listen, and call in if you'd like!

    --Do you realize how much money you could have made by investing in the stock market on March 3, when President Obama infamously said he thought it was a good time to buy? That day the markets closed at DJIA: 6726; NASDAQ: 1321; S&P 500: 696.

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  • August 20, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Scot Lehigh is one of the best. And I think he may have hit the nail precisely on the head in the scenario he has just outlined, in his column for the Friday Globe. Except that by writing it in the Globe, he may have ensured that it will never come to pass.

    The scenario makes Vicki Kennedy the next Senator from Massachusetts -- first temporarily, then by election.

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  • August 20, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    In my cover story last week about the upcoming Boston mayoral preliminary election, I noted that Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon, by not attacking one another, have made it difficult for voters to decide which one to pick as their choice to take on Mayor Menino in the final.

    Well, now it's gotten ridiculous: this morning, as if to prove my point, Flaherty and Yoon went head to head on Phoenix sister-station WFNX's "My Song Versus Your Song" -- and the two of them USED THE SAME GODDAM SONG!!!!!!

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  • August 20, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Finally, Ted Kennedy gives us all permission to talk openly about the thing everybody has been talking about privately: succession.

    (Well, OK, maybe some of us were writing openly about it from the get-go, but I mean for the people who aren't asshole journalists.)

    As you may know, the state legislature changed the law on this back when they thought John Kerry was going to be President.

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  • August 19, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    [Update: I didn't even realize that yesterday, WaPo's Steven Pearlstein wrote that liberals fighting for the public option are like the French defending the Maginot Line. Man, these Third Reich analogies are infectious! (Although in Pearlstein's case, I'm a bit unclear about who the Nazis are -- Blue Dog Democrats?]

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  • August 12, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a cover story about the September 22 preliminary election for Boston mayor. That prelim is, for all practical purposes, a primary between Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon for the "not Menino" party nomination, and that's how I analyze it.

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  • August 11, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    --I'm not going to be able to add much to the testimonials about Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away early this morning; others far more capable than I are doing the job very well.

    --A couple months back I dubbed Mass. Transportation Secretary James Aloisi "the Don Rickles of intergovernmental relations... alienat[ing] everyone in his path."

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