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  • November 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the course of an election like yesterday's, I end up tucking away a few takeaway items that don't end up fitting in anywhere. Here are two from yesterday:

    1) Beware armies of the faithful. The two big winners yesterday, Ayanna Pressley and Frank Baker, relied on large quantities of unreasonably enthusaistic supporters spreading word one by one all over the place.

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  • November 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    I've got a little analysis of yesterday's Boston City Council elections, running in this week's issue, that should be online later today. But meanwhile, here are a few notes as I scan the precinct-by-precinct results this morning.

    Bear in mind that the city breaks down results by percentage of votes cast, counting each vote -- up to four on each ballot -- as if it's a separate ballot.

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  • November 03, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    You're seeing it here first -- Ayanna Pressley is releasing this video today as part of her final push toward Tuesday's city council election. (My thoughts on the state of the race are coming in a post later today. Also, I'll be talking about it on BNN's All About Boston tonight.)

    It's Pressley talking to the camera, mixed with violiny background music and images of her with various everyday-looking citizen types (mostly older folks, AKA likely voters) -- and one older photo with her mother, in which Pressley is lookin' pretty Chicago stylish if you ask me.

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  • October 20, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Rob Consalvo, Sal LaMattina, and Mark Ciommo will endorse city council candidate John O'Toole today, I have learned.

    It is a little unusual, though certainly not unheard of, for district councilors to stick their nose into another district's primary, and is certainly of interest given the tensions over the influence of "outsiders" in the race.

  • October 05, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    John "JC Pennies" Connolly was the top fundraiser of the at-large Boston City Council field, leaving him with nearly a quarter-million on hand heading into the final 5+ weeks of the campaign. But young Felix G. Arroyo continues to build up a serious stake. Ayanna Pressley dropped to fifth in cash-on-hand, after spending some dough on signs, pamphlets, and other snazzy material.

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  • October 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    I just saw something -- a small something, a mere $100 line-item -- that should have Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan a little nervous.

    It's a contribution, reported yesterday by Linehan challenger Suzanne Lee, from Shanti Fry of Cambridge. It's Fry's first donation to Lee, and comes just days after Lee finished first in the District 2 preliminary election.

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  • September 28, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Suzanne Lee didn't just make it to the November final, she finished first in yesterday's District 2 preliminary, 150 votes ahead of incumbent Bill Linehan. This defied my erroneous Ask Me Anything Day prediction of a Linehan-Ferrara finish, but maybe it was all because I swayed the voters with last week's blog post about her.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Jim C" asks:

    what did you have to say (on BNN) last night about the city election in Boston this year?

    "Kevin B. Gilnack" asks:

    Do who you expect to make it through the D2 and D3 -- and heck, D7 -- preliminary elections next Tuesday?

    I was indeed on BNN last night, yapping for a full half hour with the great Seth McCoy about the upcoming city elections, particularly the three district preliminaries.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Anonymous" asks via stealthy, identity-masking email:

    What's your take on the at-large race? Clearly, Connolly has the money and Arroyo appears to be strong in that department as well. Flaherty is finally in full campaign mode...who tops the ticket? Who's the one left out? And do you think topping the ticket is really that important for Connolly or any of the other mayoral hopefuls?

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  • September 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Turnout of New Bostonians is key in another district preliminary later this month: District 2, where Suzanne Lee is the latest progressive to try to win the council seat that includes South Boston. The seat has been held by Bill Linehan since 2007.

    It’s a tough assignment – Southie tends to show up to vote. But Lee, an educator, long-time community activist, and co-founder of the Chinese Progressive Association, would seem to have the right ingredients to improve upon attempts like those of South Ender Susan Passoni.

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  • September 06, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    As we turn the corner from Labor Day to the two-month home stretch of the Boston City Council campaign, John "JC Penny" Connolly remains way ahead of the at-large pack when it comes to banking coin. But he did not top the field for August -- young Felix Arroyo beat him, with help from a roughly $11,000 fundraiser in Puerto Rico.

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  • August 03, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston City Councilor John Connolly banks so much coin, I'm going to start calling him J.C. Pennies. Here is the reported cash-on-hand for the other six at-large candidates, at the end of July:

    Felix Arroyo: $76,408

    Stephen Murphy: $41,590

    Ayanna Pressley: $39,838

    Michael Flaherty: $18,851

    Will Dorcena: $2697

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  • July 27, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley has a big fundraiser tomorrow, timed to coincide with the Urban League conference in Boston, and she already had some pretty good local names scheduled to appear including Mayor Tom Menino and Sheriff Andrea Cabral.

    But they ain't nothin' compared to Jesse Jackson.

    I have learned that Jackson is confirmed to appear and speak at 5:30 at the fundraiser, after a conference panel he is on.

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  • July 20, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston city government does not register lobbyists, and state-registered lobbyists may or may not have any business before the Boston City Council. Still, wouldn't you like to know which councilors take money from lobbyists?

    I would! And fortunately, state lobbyists include contributions to municipal candidates in their disclosures, which are posted and searchable on the Secretary of State's web site.

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Bundling a few questions on the topic -- "Jim-C" asks:

    Predictions: Order of finish in Boston City Council At-Large race in November?

    "BeantownBill" asks:

    What impact will the 2011 Boston Elections have on the 2013 Mayor's Race? And when would you expect candidates to announce their intensions for Boston's Elections in 2013 including Mayor Menino?

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