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  • June 14, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    New in this week's Phoenix. Therein, the Evil GOP Genius embarrasses John Kerry, and seems more menacing than you'd expect, and makes me think Democrats won't be too happy come November.

  • June 14, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    "For a Western Mormon, that really sounds like a preppy nickname, doesn't it? Like Biff and Skip and Pudge and Muff. Boof. Mitt Romney."--Calvin Trillin*, quoted in today's Weekly Dig.

    *or, as I like to call him, "Calvin Trilling."
  • June 13, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    There's another NECN/Globe/WBUR/MassInc debate later this month--this one's focused on healthcare and education--but unlike the first debate put on by those civic-minded organizations, Christy Mihos wasn't invited. (Neither was Kerry Healey, but we all know she wouldn't have come anyway.)

    What's the scoop, you ask? According to NECN's Doreen Vigue, nothing nefarious is afoot.

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  • June 13, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Breaking news. And congrats to former Herald reporter Andy Miga for getting it first.

    So... In light of this development, anybody out there think Edmund Leather has a ghost of a chance? The unfinished web site doesn't bode well, obviously. (By the way, is that a great porn name, or what?)

  • June 09, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    There's some kind of campaign-finance joke in there, but I'll leave it alone.

    Anyway, on this day of big fat spending caps, here's what secretary of state candidate John Bonifaz, who's challenging incumbent Bill Galvin, had to say. (Incidentally, Galvin capped himself at $2.9 million earlier today.)

    Bonifaz Criticizes 3Gs





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  • June 09, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    So, the Wonkish One says he'll spend no more than $15.36 million dollars during the Democratic primary campaign for governor. (Kudos to Jon Keller for getting this first.) Here's the fun part--that's the percentage of the vote he got in Worcester!!!

    Yes, that's a whole bunch of cash. But Gabrieli probably won't end up shelling out that much.

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  • June 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    In this week's Phoenix, I suggest five burning questions that'll decide who gets the Democratic nomination for governor. Anyone care to suggest an addition or two?
  • June 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    In an item posted earlier today, a pro-Deval Patrick blogger argues that it's not fair to call Patrick's supporters a "cult," as Joan Vennochi does in today's Globe. She prefers the term "movement." "A cult is centered around a particular, charismatic, powerful individual," she explains. "[A] movement grows out of ideas, debate, and discussion."

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  • June 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Ladies and gentlemen, Christy Mihos's multifacted running mate is...

    John J. Sullivan, town moderator of Winchester, chairman of the Winchester Cooperative Bank, and former Navy officer.

    Yeah, I'd never heard of him either.

    But Christy is excited about the pick. In fact, he's excited about his campaign in general, even though--to most outside observers--it doesn't really seem to be catching fire.





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  • June 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    The decision's been made, but we won't know until 1 p.m. tomorrow.

    Earlier this afternoon, though, Mihos was kind enough to give me a hint as to who s/he is:

    "It is someone who has earned it. Earned it in the sense that they've had a multifaceted career, and if anything ever happened to me, I would feel absolutely confident that that person could step in and.



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  • June 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Intriguing tidbit from Out of Context, the Salt Lake Tribune's political blog: "Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was spotted [Monday] leaving the White House West Wing. We're not sure of the purpose of the visit, but there is apparently no truth to the rumors he was packing a tape measure and some curtain samples."




  • June 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    My spookily insightful colleague David Bernstein just made a great point: as Gabrieli plugs this proposed "deal" in the coming months, he can appropriate the catchphrase "Deal or no deal?" from the hit TV series of the same name.

    But would he have the chutzpah to actually do it?
  • June 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Good move, this--kind of a local Democratic version of the Contract with America. Gabrieli is obviously trying to offer his own version of the GOP's Let's-clean-up-the-mess-on-Beacon-Hill script.

    Here's the full press release the Gabrieli camp put out a moment ago. (My only issue is that the quote marks around the word Deal make it sound like something sketchy is afoot, but that's a minor criticism.

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  • June 05, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    I love this crazy Second Suffolk action! Samiyah Diaz may not be the best extemporaneous speaker, but she's ready to do her damndest to keep Dianne Wilkerson off the Democratic primary ballot:

    SOUTH END- - State Senate candidate Samiyah Diaz has filed a formal objection at the State Ballot Commission to block Senator Wilkerson’s attempt to be listed in the September Democratic Primary ballot.


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  • June 05, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    There are stories you shouldn't write ahead of time, and then there's this:

    In response to repeated media inquiries regarding public financing, Chris Gabrieli issued the following statement:

    “I will not take any taxpayer money to finance my campaign. While I support public financing, these laws were not designed for any of the current candidates for governor, all who have either vast personal wealth or huge campaign war chests.



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