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  • May 22, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    It's Richard Chacon, the Globe's soon-to-be-former ombudsman. Kudos to my Phoenix colleague Mark Jurkowitz for breaking the story.

    I don't know Chacon at all, and he may perform admirably. That said, why would Patrick hire a total greenhorn for this key role--especially this late in the campaign?
  • May 19, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    There's already a ton of good commentary on last night's gov debate at the Kennedy School--I recommend the postings at Blue Mass Group and .08 Acres, as well as this write-up by the Globe's Lisa Wangsness, who nails the weirdness of Christy Mihos's presentation.

    That said, in the spirit of Dan Payne and Wayne Woodlief, I'd like to offer everyone but Kerry Healey some unsolicited suggestions for the next time they rumble, heavy on the superficial but with an occasional bit of substance.

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  • May 17, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Mark your calendars--unlike tomorrow night's scrum, WB-56's May 25 debate will be a strictly Democratic affair.

    Here's the full press release. Got to love the concept, and the potshots at other media outlets add some welcome zest:

    BOSTON'S WB ANNOUNCES THE PEOPLE'S DEBATE: DEMOCRATIC DEBATE FOR GOVERNOR
    THURSDAY, MAY 25 AT 10:30 P.




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  • May 17, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Would I be pissed off if I paid $90 to park by Fenway and the game got canceled? Absolutely. Does this mean city council president Michael Flaherty's plan to have parking lots give vouchers for canceled games is a good idea? Not a chance.

    Think about it: parking rates are obscenely high for Sox games, and traffic in the Fenway is nightmarish.

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  • May 15, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    You knew it was coming, folks...Here's Tom Reilly's take on Deval Patrick's Ameriquest exit.

    A question to ponder: if you were Patrick's campaign manager, would you tell him to follow through on his recent promise to disclose his board compensation? Discuss! (I say yes, but I'm no political operative.)

    STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM REILLY ON DEVAL PATRICK'S RESIGNATION FROM BOARD OF AMERIQUEST





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  • May 15, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    I mean Tom, obviously.

    Andy at Mass Revolution says Deval Patrick's resignation from the board of directors of Ameriquest's parent company is a testimony to Patrick's leadership. But I've got to respectfully disagree. This is a victory for Tom Reilly, plain and simple. The AG made Patrick uncomfortable by hammering away at this issue, and now he gets to spin Patrick's exit as proof he was right--i.

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  • May 12, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    "This shows that Romney probably doesn't have what it takes to run the country if he can't even make a decision about this." --Anti-gay activist Brian Camenker, discussing Mitt Romney's flip-flop on abolishing the state's advisory commission on gay and lesbian youth, in today's Globe. Camenker also termed Romney's quick switch "pure cowardice on the governor's part."

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  • May 11, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    In this week's Phoenix, I argue that emulating JFK won't do the trick for the governor.

    For the sake of comparison, here's a write-up of Mitt's recent appearance at an Iowa Christian Alliance house party that suggests I might be wrong.
  • May 09, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    It's official--Kathleen O'Toole is off to Ireland.

    Nice timing, what with those homicide-friendly summer months just around the corner. Then again, O'Toole's tenure hasn't exactly been dazzling. So maybe her successor will be an upgrade.

    As O'Toole rides off into the sunset, it's worth pondering these truly bizarre lines from the Globe's February 2006 profile of the commish:





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  • May 09, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    This just in, courtesy of Bay Windows: House majority leader John Rogers--a former anti-same sex marriage stalwart--will oppose the latest push to ban gay marriage at this year's Constitutional Convention.

    As Laura Kiritsy notes, Rogers' shift follows similar moves by Democrat Gene O'Flaherty and Republican Brad Hill.

    Signs of the times.


  • May 09, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    He's not Boston's favorite local politician for nothing, folks. At-large city councilor Felix Arroyo just announced that he'll donate half* of his proposed $12,500 pay raise to charity if it goes through.

    Personally, I wish he'd just given away the whole thing. Still, this is a commendable and politically savvy move by Arroyo, who was one of just two councilors (Chuck Turner was the other) to oppose the pay-raise package that breezed through City Hall with no public input.

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  • May 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly


    You can read the latest State House News Poll here.

    SPOILER ALERT: Expect to be intrigued--fascinated, even!--by several things in particular. Christy Mihos looks horrible. Both Tom Reilly and Deval Patrick have lost six percentage points in the Democratic primary contest to Mr. Television himself, Chris Gabrieli; given Reilly's early lead, this is especially bad news for DP.


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  • May 05, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Here's what the Deval Patrick camp has to say about yesterday's CBS4 poll, which shows a dead heat in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and suggests that support for Patrick is ebbing among likely voters.

    I'd say they're reaching a bit--even if, as Jon Keller notes, Chris Gabrieli's recent wave of TV ads has something to do with the uptick in his numbers.

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  • May 05, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    A few weeks back, I suggested that Kennedy Hatred was a dying cultural phenomenon. Unfortunately, I didn't fully grapple with the ability of the younger members of the Kennedy clan to keep hate alive.

    Even if you're not a Howie Carr fan, the contrast he draws between Patrick Kennedy's kid-gloves treatment at the hands of the Capitol Hill cops and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's somewhat harsher handling makes today's column a must-read.

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  • May 04, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Voters of Boston: come the 2007 city elections, remember your city councilors' decision to give themselves a big fat pay raise without soliciting your input.

    Even if you think the councilors deserve to make $87,500 a year--$12,500 more than they made last year, and nearly $32,000 more than state legislators!--signing off on the raise without holding a public hearing is disgusting.

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