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  • January 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    So says this article in today's UK Observer, which says George W. will make climate change "one of the keynotes of the State of the Union address" later this month, according to Prime Minister Blair officials (and a Greenpeace spokesperson).

    Talking Politics readers will recall that the Bush administration implicitly conceded on global warming two weeks ago, when it decided to recommend listing the polar bear as endangered due to the melting ice caps.

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  • January 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Taegan Goddard says that Obama Barack [Correction: Barack Obama. D'oh!] might announce his Presidential candidacy this coming week on Oprah. Expect a blitz of online fundraising in the first 24 hours of that, I would think.

    So, where does the field stand? New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, just back from negotiating a truce in Darfur (and, less attention-getting, finally declaring himself opposed to legal cockfighting in his state), is expected to announce before the end of the month.

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  • January 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Mayor Menino was in a good mood at the Massachusetts Municipal Association's conference at the Hynes, and with good reason -- Deval Patrick announced his support for several of Tommy's pet initiatives. One is local option taxes, better known to you and me as an extra couple of bucks on a dinner out or a hotel room. Patrick said he plans to introduce legislation allowing cities and towns to do that.

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  • January 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The estimable Rothenberg Political Report -- generally very cautious in its predictions, as is the case here -- lists just two Senators (both Republicans) as "vulnerable" in 2008, in its first ratings of the 33 races, released today. One of those two is Maine's Susan Collins.

    Five more Senators (3 R, 2 D) make the "Watch List," one being New Hampshire's John Sununu.

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  • January 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Astute readers of this blog have known about Brian Camenker's Romney take-down attempt since late November, but the Associated Press just took it national with a story this morning about the Camenker screed.

    Romney's rapid-response team wasted no time putting out a press release on Camenker, calling him A "Conservative Gadfly" who "Pushes An Extreme Ideology" and is "Not A Credible Voice."

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  • January 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called yesterday for increasing the size of the standing Army by nearly 100,000 troops -- something that Mitt Romney has suggested he was planning to call for. It's amazing, Romney first started pointing to mistakes in the conduct of the war in December, just before Bush started publicly acknowledging mistakes; and now he's right in line with Bush's every policy announcement.

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  • January 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The big political speech of the weekend, totally un-MLK-related, is Deval Patrick's address to the Mass. Municipal Association Saturday morning. But here are a few others more directly tied to the holiday, that you might want to check out:

    --Tonight, Patrick speaks at Temple Beth Israel in Brookline. I am told he'll also eat at the reception afterward, although his participation in the Israeli dancing is unconfirmed.

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  • January 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    After much delay, the Democratic National Committee has finally decided, and they're going to Denver, not New York, for the 2008 national convention. Howard Dean has sent out a release, and will make it official later this afternoon.

    Colorado is a red state rapidly turning blue. Its 9 electoral votes went to Bush by a mere 100,000 votes in '04, and at the same time elected a Democratic Senator (Ken Salazar, a short-list VP possibility).

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  • January 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The T Riders Union does not entirely agree with the official line that the Charlie Card transition has been smooth as silk. They get to explain their concerns in testimony to the MBTA's board at today's 1:00 board meeting -- which will be chaired by the new Secretary of Transportation, Bernard Cohen.

    They'll also be talking about the legislative proposal to shift some of the T's debt burden back to the state -- a move vigorously opposed by state Treasurer Tim Cahill.

  • January 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Democratic Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd became the first New Englander to officially declare himself a candidate for President 2008, making the announcement on Don Imus's radio show this morning. Dodd has been putting his plans in place for some time, but isn't getting taken very seriously -- yet. The timing of his announcement, the morning after Bush's escalation speech, won't change that, which he surely knew when he made that decision.

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  • January 10, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    John McCain started the week out so well, getting to do the coin toss for the BCS Championship Game being held in his home state -- and conveniently pitting the two most important general-election swing states against each other.

    It's been all downhill from there. President Bush is actually going to follow McCain's advice to send in more troops, forcing McCain to pen an op-ed today predicting that the troop increase will bring security and order to Iraq

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  • January 10, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    Romney released the following statement today:

    Governor Mitt Romney, in direct consideration of the proposed increase in troop deployments in Iraq, issued the following statement today putting an emphasis on the need for clear and measurable strategic objectives.

    "I agree with the President: Our strategy in Iraq must change.

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  • January 09, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Today the Patrick folks announced the details of the "Development Cabinet," which had been mentioned along the way during personnel announcements. It will consist of five secretaries: Ian Bowles, Dan O'Connell, Leslie Kirwan, Suzanne Bump, and Bernard Cohen (whose title seems to have been mysteriously renamed Secretary of Transportation & Construction since last Thursday).

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  • January 09, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    With the state scheduled to hold the second Democratic Party Presidential caucus next year, the The Nevada Outdoor Democratic Caucus -- which doesn't care much for federal firearm regulation -- has established a page on its web site and invited all Democratic candidates for President to "submit a brief statement of their position on issues related to the Nevada Outdoors, including rights in firearms ownership, rights in access to public lands, and states rights to manage wildlife resources."

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  • January 09, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The Associated Press is confirming the rumor of the past couple of days, that South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint is endorsing Romney for President.

    That's a huge get for Romney in the crucial early primary state. It also probably means that SC Governor Mark Sanford -- who I think would have been a formidable candidate -- is not going to change his mind about not running for President.

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