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  • March 22, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The Urban League invited all the major Presidential candidates -- Democrat or Republican -- to speak at its July conference (George W. has spoken at it several times). Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani have declined. Urban League leaders are not pleased. So reports Politico, which adds that Romney's spokesperson claimed a scheduling conflict but "declined to specify what it was."

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  • March 22, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Yesterday, an appeals court tossed out the conviction of James Tobin, the RNC operative convicted in the New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal of 2002, sending it back for retrial.

    Today, New Hampshire Democrats decided to throw the scandal into the volatile cauldron of Washington politics.

    Outgoing state party chair Kathy Sullivan and attorney Paul Twomey have sent a letter to congressman Paul Hodes and Senator Patrick Leahy, requesting that they investigate alleged political interference in the investigation and prosecution of the case.



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  • March 22, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    It's a low blow, I know, but I figure once a guy makes that decision to dump his cancer-stricken wife, he's fair game.

    Anyway, as you may have heard, John Edwards is expected to make a major announcement about his campaign today, related to his wife's health. As my astute colleague Adam Reilly observed last August in a feature on Edwards, Elizabeth is a "major asset" on the campaign trail.

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  • March 21, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Astute readers of the Phoenix will recall me telling you back in November that Bob Perry, the multimillion-dollar backer of the Swift Boat group that torpedoed John Kerry, donated to Mitt Romney's self-promotional political committee. As I wrote then:
    That’s why the most noteworthy contribution Mitt Romney’s Commonwealth PAC has received so far may be the relatively modest $5750 given by Bob Perry on November 3.

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  • March 21, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    What are we to make of the supposedly apolitical office of the state Inspector General, releasing a selectively exonerating statement about Therese Murray yesterday, the day before she is to be elected president of the state senate?

    As first reported by Statehouse News Service, and included in Herald and Globe articles today, the IG released a statement saying that, while the investigation into the international tourism marketing earmarks is ongoing, the IG has thus far uncovered “no evidence to suggest that any state officials (elected or appointed) were provided trips or airplane tickets by MIMP or any related parties.

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  • March 20, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    Anything happen the last few days?

    --Deval Patrick told the Washington Post he's the victim of hazing, apparently unaware that some people in Boston read the WaPo. Patrick also told the Post that he needs to do more governing by photo op, apparently unaware that this is the sort of thing that sounds really bad when you say it out loud.

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  • March 15, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The ultra-conservative Club for Growth released its 2006 Congressional Scorecard yesterday, based on votes for (or against) such things as tax cuts, repeal of the estate tax, cutting government spending, privatizing Social Security, and business deregulation.

    On a scale of 0 to 100, where 100 merits a Club for Growth "Defender of Economic Freedom" award and zero is, well, Ted Kennedy, here is your Massachusetts delegation:



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  • March 15, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Big doings at the Deval Patrick office. David Morales is coming on to serve as Senior Advisor, and Joe Landolfi scoots from A&F spokesperson to be the Governor's Senior Communications Advisor.

    Morales is a long-time (and highly respected) senior Travaglini aide. Trav's staff has been jumping to new jobs, leading most on Beacon Hill to give credence to the rumor that the senate president is really leaving.

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  • March 15, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Ann Romney likes to deflect questions on Mormonism by saying that Mitt is the only Republican in the Presidential race who has only had one wife. Will she use the line tonight, when Mitt and Ann are interviewed by seven-times-married Larry King?

    In other Romney news, AP reports that Romney is buying $800,000 in TV ads this month. Wow.

  • March 15, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    In the aftermath of General Pace's recent offensive comments, the leading Democratic Presidential candidates aren't exactly leaping to don any rainbow shawls. First Hillary flubbed it. Now this, from Newsday's Glenn Thrush, guest posting on the Chicago Tribune's political blog:

    Newsday caught Obama as he was leaving the firefighters convention and asked him three times if he thought homosexuality is immoral.


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  • March 15, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    New Franklin Pierce College/WBZ-TV Republican Presidential preference poll in New Hampshire, out this morning:

    John McCain 29%
    Rudy Giuliani 28%
    Mitt Romney 22%



  • March 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Hot on the heels of Boston's new contract with AFSCME, the city has finalized a contract with SEIU. It includes the 10-year "rolling residency" requirement that AFSCME got, according to a release from Mayor Menino's office. AFSCME has about 1200 city workers, and SEIU has about 700, so that's a huge chunk of the city government's civilian workforce now operating under the new residency rules that will allow some city workers to live in less-expensive suburbs.

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  • March 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Joe Biden's Presidential campaign has launched a seperate web site touting the Senate resolution he is co-sponsoring, to "revise United States policy on Iraq." The site, EndingtheWar.com (gee, you think that was chosen to appeal to Democratic Party activists?), appears to be an online petition to show support for the resolution, but I would imagine that signing on will put you on the Biden for Prez mailing list.

  • March 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Well, this was inevitable. Viacom wants $1b from Google, which now owns YouTube, for allowing its copyrighted material to be posted for the world.


  • March 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    --Mitchell Adams, head of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative -- and certified Friend of Bill (Weld, that is) -- negotiated a half-million-dollar severance deal if the new governor fires him, Frank Phillips reports in the Globe. That's two years' worth of his whopping quarter-mil salary. Adams made a brief but critical cameo appearance in my recent article about state senator Therese Murray and the Massachusetts Tourism scandal, which is now the subject of an Inspector General inquiry.

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