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  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Kenn" asks an interesting question:

    Governor Patrick has been receiving a lot of flack for his appointment of Steve Tompkins to the the Suffolk County Sheriff post. He appears to have the experience of being Andrea Cabral's number 2 for most of her tenure there. Some are saying that he lacks the law enforcement credentials and that the selection is political.

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  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Jack Mitchell asks:

    ...If Lynch wins the primary, he will have the sharper pivot. How will Lynch split the baby?

    ...and "dcsln" asks:

    What makes Lynch think he has a shot in a 2-way primary? Does he think it will get crowded enough for a socially conservative Dem to win the primary?

    As you may have heard, Congressman Steve Lynch just essentially leaked out that he's decided to run, in the time since posted my call for Qs this morning.

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  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    "RoxburyKid" asks a two-parter:

    Capuano denounced his candidacy for the US Senate special election. What's next for him (Governor's seat?) and should we expect Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley to run for congress anytime in the near future?

    I think Capuano would love to be governor, and there's certainly a chance he will run in 2014, but my gut right now is he won't.

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  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Carl" asks:

    If he enters, and if he wins, who are the favorites to try an replace Steve Lynch?

    I'm gonna need to crowdsource this one, so everybody chime in with your thoughts.

    Obviously you've got the eastern half of Boston in play, which could give you a st sen Jack Hart, rep Linda Forry, maybe Michael Flaherty; not sure but rep Marty Walsh is probably in the district.

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  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    "William" asks:

    If Markey wins the Senate election and there becomes an open seat for congress does Will Brownsberger run? If he does and wins who runs for his seat?

    I think he would definitely look at it, yes. In the unlikely event that he wins, look for state rep John Lawn to take his place.

  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Tomorrow I head off for a week's vacation, in which I expect to be mostly out of pocket and out of touch. Way back when I planned this, it seemed like the last week of January would be a good time to be away -- what happens the last week of January? Little did I know -- Tom Menino will give his delayed State of the City address; John Kerry will be confirmed Secretary of State; Deval Patrick will likely name an interim Senator; Steve Lynch, Scott Brown or others might give indications of their Senate special-election intentions; the Massachusetts GOP will choose a new chairman; and who knows what else.

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  • January 23, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Ed Markey just sent out a press release with a big scoop o' US Senate endorsements from elected officials in his congressional district (never mind that he is currently the only candidate to choose from). This can also serve as a handy list of potential candidates in a special congressional election later this year if Markey wins the promotion.

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  • January 23, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Nobody else seems willing to discuss this, perhaps because it is too gruesome to contemplate. But something must be done.

    It's like one of those Prisoners' Dilemma or other awful scenarios, where each person's rational best decision ultimately leads to a result that nobody wants.

    And no matter how much everybody may want to avoid that unwanted outcome, the logical decisions they make along the way still lead them to the exact choices that bring it about.

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  • January 18, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Jonah Pesner has decided not to run in the US Senate special election; he is sending the following statement to supporters:

    Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues,

    The past few weeks have been among the most exhilarating of my life. As many of you know, I was encouraged to explore the opportunity to represent the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States Senate.

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  • January 18, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Tim Murray will not run for governor, his hometown Telegram & Gazette reports.

    While I wouldn't call this a total shock, it certainly does answer perhaps the biggest looming question about the potential field. Not only does it remove a major contender for the Democratic nomination, it also frees up a lot of his supporters -- who include many important organizational and fundraising names in the state -- to be courted by others.

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  • January 16, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Tonight's State of the Commonwealth speech (which I watched on livestream) struck me as very tight, focused, and sharply-delivered. Governor Deval Patrick worked to build up interest in the speech, and then tried to feed that audience a strong pitch on the big tax/transportation/education plan. Didn't do a whole lot to distract from that goal.

    What did you think?



  • January 16, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    You understand, we're in uncharted territory here: since the Civil War, the only Massachusetts governors who have entered a seventh consecutive year in office have done so only after spectacularly losing a bid to get the hell out of that office.

    Put another way: nobody in living memory has ever chosen to run this Commonwealth more than six years.

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  • January 15, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Congressman Michael Capuano announced in a statement this afternoon that he will not run in the (presumed) upcoming special election for US Senate.

    Ed Markey is the only declared candidate at this point. Congressman Steve Lynch is seriously considering it, and has said he will likely announce his plans after John Kerry's (presumed) confirmation as Secretary of State, expected later this month.

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  • January 14, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    If casinos don't make financial sense in Massachusetts, somebody's got the casino builders snookered, because there's turning out to be competition for the licenses.

    The deadline is tomorrow for the non-refundable $400,000 fee, and already there are seven checks in hand with more expected.

    Four of the developers are competing for one license in the western Massachusetts zone: MGM Resorts, Penn National Gaming, Mohegan Sun, and Hard Rock International.

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  • January 14, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Patrick Administration unveiled its much-anticipated transportation plan today, and made sure there were some mayors on hand to provide local/regional support. The plan seems to be to sell the idea of the need for spending lots of money -- and make sure there are plenty of benefits for everyone to find something to like -- and then follow up with the unpopular discussion of how to pay for it.

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