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  • January 28, 2013
    By Carly Carioli

    Let's be honest: it wasn't really a fair fight.

    Anyone who follows #mapoli knows that the dean of the Massachusetts political twitterati is the Phoenix's own David S. Bernstein -- the man responsible for such runaway hits as #mapoliwithanimals (now a popular Tumblr, as well), #ScottoSawIt (after Scott Brown was fooled by fake Bin Laden death photos), #HowCambridgeShouldPickAMayor, #FakeMATown, #ReplaceItWithMitt, and #FakeMAPoliExitPolls.

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  • November 06, 2012
    By Chris Faraone

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    Location: Boston Public Library

    Time: 5:30pm

    It's a good thing that there are millions of books for voters to read while they wait on line at the Boston Public Library. Of course, not everybody has to queue; while there's a quick skate for Ward 5 Precinct 8, the line for Precinct 9 was more than an hour long at 5:45pm, and is probably much worse than that by now.

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  • November 06, 2012
    By Chris Faraone

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    Location: Ben Franklin Institute

    Time: 6pm

    I'm not exactly old – this is just the third presidential election that I've covered. But out of all the municipal races and everything else that I've seen in my short time, the current scene off Berkeley Street – of people waiting to vote at the Ben Franklin Institute – is the worst electoral nightmare that I've ever witnessed.

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  • November 06, 2012
    By Chris Faraone

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    Location: The Massachusetts State House

    Time: 3pm

    How sweet it is to vote on Beacon Hill. Sure – the State House is the only polling place I know of (and please correct me if I'm wrong) where you have to pass through a metal detector, but I have to say, it's kind of worth it. First of all, there's plenty of green space for chilling outside beforehand, and for contemplating your choices with a breathtaking view of Boston Harbor.

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  • November 06, 2012
    By Chris Faraone

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    Location: Nazzaro Community Center

    Time: 2:45pm

    When it comes to voting, this is the place to be seen, with long lines but efficient workers who appear to be getting the job done. At its worst – before, during, and right after rush hour – there was a two-hour wait here. But even then the queue was mostly indoors, kept cuddly by a carpeted hallway with bathroom facilities and other amenities not seen elsewhere.

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  • November 06, 2012
    By Chris Faraone

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    Location: Davis Square

    Time: 12:30pm

    This is the infamous precinct that everyone is talking about – on Twitter and Facebook, at least, and in coffee shops around Davis Square. As reported in short by the likes of Globe writer Maria Sacchetti, who wrote that she waited in line for two hours, it is indeed a mess, and was still that way when I showed up this afternoon.

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  • November 06, 2012
    By Chris Faraone

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    Location: Cambridge City Hall

    Time: Noon

    A reporter walks into a virtually empty poll and says, “Hey – has it been this calm all morning?” Six poll workers look at him and collectively sigh, then one goes, “You're kidding honey – right?” I actually wasn't joking, but out of respect for the women there I pretended that I was, and thanked them for their civic commitment.

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  • November 06, 2012
    By Chris Faraone

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    Location: Trinity Academy

    Time: 7:45am

    This is my polling place, even though I don't live in Hyde Park anymore. And because I don't live in Hyde Park anymore, I had to fill out a mess of forms, show proof of my new address, and get bounced around to a few people before I could vote. It's no big deal; even though the first few people helping me were unfamiliar with the exact process for “inactive” voters, we eventually got it done, and I'm satisfactorily sure that my ballot will count.

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  • November 05, 2012
    By Anonymous

    Don't hate me because they want me. You, they could take or leave, but me, they are totally hot for. My name is Scott Cardwell and I live in a swing state. Okay, it's not Ohio, but it is Virginia. And as I write this, with two days remaining until the election, we are considered a "coin toss" state. So, me and my fellow Virginians are being hard-sell, heavy petting, under the shirt, over the bra, wooed to within an inch of our lives.

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  • November 04, 2012
    By Chris Faraone

    In the good old days of earlier this year, sometime back in January, the United States Senate race in Massachusetts took a demonstrably positive turn, when Scott Brown and Liz Warren mutually pledged to keep Super PAC slime out of the picture (plus off the radio and web). The agreed upon remedy was that either candidate would have to donate half the value of the outside ad buy to charity, as the Brown campaign did twice in March.

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  • October 02, 2012
    By Peter Kadzis

    If NBC talking head David Gregory, the moderator of last night's US Senate debate between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, did not watch a recording of the first debate, then shame on him for being lazy. WBZ's Jon Keller, the first time around, admirably covered what Gregory wasted a good 20 minutes of valuable air time probing.

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  • December 21, 2010
    By Carly Carioli

    Phoenix mascott Peter Kadzis makes his weekly appearance on FOX 25's "Heavy Hitters." This week: our liberal lion goes head to head on Scott Brown, the START treaty, and more.
  • July 20, 2010
    By Steve Miller


    Amanda Palmer = Stephen King?

    Behold the Internet's latest triumph of cultural appropriation: I Write Like. The website, founded by a 27-year-old Russian software programmer named Dmitry Chestnykh, is basically every wanna-be literati's morning-mirror-self-pep-talk session: Plug in a couple paragraphs of your best wordsmithery, and I Write Like will tell you which esteemed author your writing most resembles.


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  • April 29, 2010
    By Carly Carioli

    BALDWIN AT HARVARD: On sleeping with JFK

    The email didn't go out of its way to explain itself. ALEC BALDWIN, appearing at the fabled JFK Forum at Harvard University's storied Kennedy School of Government, as a guest of the Institute of Politics. In conversation with no less an interlocutor than New York Times National Editor RICK BERKE (who admitted to staying up late the night before to watch It's Complicated on DVD).


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  • February 24, 2010
    By Carly Carioli

    If you can't wait for the long-awaited FRANK BRUNI profile of #masen SCOTT BROWN in next Sunday's New York Times Magazine, it's now online. Spoiler alert: SCOTT BROWN WORE PINK LEATHER SHORTS. On a first date! Sexy stuff, Grey Lady!

    [Brown's daughter] Arianna told me that he showed up for his first real date with her mother, Gail Huff, a TV newscaster to whom he has been married for more than 23 years, in pink leather shorts.

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