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  • October 22, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein


    A memorial to Marine Lance Corporal Nickolas Schiavoni, made for his mother Stephany Kern by a casualty officer, at her home in Westerly, Rhode Island.

    [Updated: See below for Romney response to Huffington Post]

    Appearing on ABC’s The View this past Thursday, Ann Romney claimed that her husband, as governor of Massachusetts, “went to every funeral” of fallen soldiers from the Commonwealth.


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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Returning to Boston mayoral politics, "cityguy617" asks:

    Who makes it to the final 2 in a Mayor's race without Menino?

    Well, I'm sticking with my longstanding rankings with Rob "Shot-Spotter" Consalvo at #1, so I guess he's got to be one of the two. If Consalvo wins one spot, the other figures to go to a minority and/or woman and/or progressive hotshot, right?

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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Ben" asks:

    Assuming Tisei wins over Tierney, what D's are well positioned to challenge him in 2014?

    This is a GREAT question. I hope some North Shore readers chime in with thoughts. (Although the answer is probably "none.")

    Looking at state senators: two of those seats will have first-term senators; another has a Republican.

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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Aidan" asks:

    Do you see the Democratic Party (national or state) forgiving Martha Coakley and lining up behind her if she decides to run for governor or the Senate, or is there still going to be bitterness?

    Bitterness. Much, much bitterness.

    Huge, steaming piles of bitterness.

    I'm actually a little surprised how much, but yeah I ask about this a lot and I get a lot of very unfavorable comments, from party insider/activist types, about the prospects of a Martha Coakley gubernatorial run.

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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Andrew" asks:

    What do you foresee Bill Weld's future in Mass. politics being (if any) now that he is moving back to Massachusetts?

    It's true; Weld is moving back, to work at a Boston law firm, and of course there is instant speculation that he is planning to run for his old job back. Personally, I find it more likely that he could run for US Senate if Kerry leaves (it's too much to ask for a re-match, much as I'd love it), but honestly my guess is that we're not going to see his name on a ballot again.

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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Bundling questions again. "Nate" asks:

    Win or lose this time around, who replaces Senate President Murray?

    "James" asks:

    We have several Senators getting up there in years (what else is new). Off the top of my head, Jehlen, R. Moore sem to no longer be long for their seats. Thoughts on replacements for these two legislators?

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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David" asks:

    After Election Day, who will be the first MA politico to announce their intentions for the next cycle? Will they wait a decent interval?

    I don't get the sense that anybody's ready with a 2014 campaign waiting under a tarp in the garage, ready to take out immediately.

    I do hear that a couple of lesser-known gubernatorial prospects are poking around; if they decide to pull the trigger on a run, we'd probably see some open moves shortly after the new year.

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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I'll take a coupla Scotto Qs together; "Elias Nugator" asks:

    If Scott Brown tanks next month, will his wife Gail Huff perhaps consider a political career or her own?

    "Dan" asks:

    What candidate was hurt more by the Peoples Pledge that Brown/Warren took?

    Second question first. I think it's clear that Brown ended up getting hurt more; he needed to do far more to break down Warren's credibility as a candidate, and was forced to do it himself -- and it's not so easy to beat up on your female opponent while simultaneously trying to battle the impression that you (and your party) are insensitive to women's issues.

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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Happy Ask Me Anything Day! We start with local politics, and a question from "MichaelK":

    How do you imagine a John Connolly run for mayor would differ from Michael Flaherty's? More importantly, why do you think he's chosen this moment to put himself out there?

    Let's start with the second question first. Connolly wants to differentiate himself on education issues, not just from Tom Menino but from all the non-Meninos who he'll be battling when the time comes to pick Menino's successor.

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  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I know, I just did one last Friday -- but I figure with so much going on people must have plenty of burning questions they want answered!

    One caveat today, however. I know that many of you are working on your entry for my Spectacular Massachusetts Politics Election Prediction Contest -- you are going to enter, right? -- so, while you may ask for my predictions in those races, I might choose not to answer specifically.

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  • October 16, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hey, I know about that binder! And guess what -- Mitt Romney was lying about it.

    From the rush transcript:

    CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women?

    ROMNEY: Thank you. An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.

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  • October 16, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here is your chance to prove that you are the wisest of the wise -- or at least as sharp as Chris Condon, who won my Fabulous Primary Prediction Contest.

    I have selected 20 contests. All you have to do is go through and pick who you think will win each one.

    As a tie-breaker, guess what percent of the vote former Governor Mitt Romney will receive IN MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • October 12, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    Enough dancing around. Who's gonna win on Nov 6th in MA Senate? Brown or Warren?
    Such slander! I do not "dance around." Why look -- I was directly asked this question during a May 18, 2012 Ask Me Anything Day, and I answered directly:

    Brown by 3 percentage points. But the confidence level on that is low, and the margin of error is high.

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  • October 12, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "William" asks:

    What do you think is going to happen in the Devaney Sheff race for Governor's Council, does Sheff break 40%?

    William is refering to District 3, where Independent candidate Thomas Sheff is challenging long-time Governor's Councilor Marilyn Devaney. Devaney survived a primary challenge from two Democrats, who failed to oust her despite her somewhat colorful and controversial career, which occasionally includes hurling small appliances at people.

    The answer is no.

  • October 12, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Via email, "Conor" asks:

    1. David Gregory asked Elizabeth Warren why a woman has never been elected governor or senator in Massachusetts. In your opinion, what is the reason? 2. The great majority of political reporters/commentators covering the race seem to be men (yourself, Gin Dumcius, Glen Johnson, Noah Bierman, Michael Levenson, Adam Reilly, Keller, Battenfeld, Braude, etc.

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