Sometimes, the pathetic dysfunction of politics unfolds on such a masterful arc, it seems the work of a playwrite, or short-story author. I'm not sure whether this one is comedy or tragedy, but consider:
--Organized labor in Massachusetts had a true-blue, loyal, lunch-bucket union guy ready to go in the special Senate election in congressman Stephen Lynch.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a small item about lobbying expenditures on Beacon Hill in 2009 (to which I referred earlier this week).
The article is here: Bay State's Top Lobbyists.
Also, you should check out my colleague Chris Faraone's story on efforts to curb violence in Boston: The War Over Peace
I recently suggested that you keep an eye on the GOP primary in Illinois's 10th congressional district, for an early sign about the prospects of actual Republican women getting elected this year. (BTW, Hotline chimed in on that topic today.)
Well, the woman in question, Elizabeth Coulson, has just conceded defeat to businessman Robert Dold.
Later this week you'll see an item I have in the new issue of the Phoenix about Massachusetts lobbying in 2009. Overall, there seems to have been a slight drop in spending from 2008, when big issues like the energy bill and auto-insurance reform were on the table -- but there were also increases around issues that got hot on Beacon Hill last year.
According to reports, Scott Brown has $4 million left over in his Senate campaign account. That would give him the second-biggest war chest in the Bay State -- behind only former congressman Marty Meehan, who just may be Brown's opponent when he faces re-election in 2012.
Brown's flood of donations came after the new year, and is not represented in the 2009 campaign-finance reports that I have been poring through.