When Scott Brown was elected to the Mass. Senate back in '04, a number of political observers--including me--thought his win suggested that then-Governor Mitt Romney might suceed in his quest to put Republicans in the state legislature. In fact, Romney's "Reform Team" turned out to be a gargantuan disappointment.
The magazine, that is, which is a finalist in eight separate categories in the '09 National City and Regional Magazine Awards. By way of comparison, Boston's finalist tally last year was one.
In the running: former staffer Joe Keohane in the column category; Paul Kix for writer of the year; the entire publication for "Excellence in Writing" (specifically, the November issue); the whole magazine again for best cover (for the December issue); best "special issue" (for August); best ancillary issue (both Boston's travel and weddings publications are finalists); online excellence (for bostonmagazine.