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  • May 16, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    As has been made clear to me, my speculation about Chinatown being key to Linehan's victory yesterday was, shall we say, not entirely consistent with the facts as we now know them to be. (That's how to say "I was wrong" if you're testifying at a congressional hearing.)

    Props to the Passoni folks for winning in Chinatown, and for putting up an impressive fight against tough odds.

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  • May 16, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Hillary Clinton wants you to vote for her official campaign theme song. Well, maybe not you, because you're a sarcastic wiseacre -- so you should submit your suggestions to this blog.

    Here are Clinton's actual nominees, but I know you can do better:
    • City of Blinding Lights - U2
    • Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
    • I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth



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  • May 16, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    I had heard that Timmy Murray had adopted a second child, and here's the confirmation press statement:

    BOSTON – Wednesday, May 16, 2007 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and his wife Tammy recently returned from Guatemala where they completed the adoption of their second daughter. The following is a statement from Lieutenant Governor Murray and Mrs.



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  • May 16, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Here's the meat of a press release sent out today by the Gov about his new much-anticipated enviro-friendly development policies. As always, the devil will be in the details, but the seriousness of the effort -- making clean energy a development goal -- is clear.

    BOSTON—Wednesday, May 16, 2007—After meeting with his Development Cabinet, Governor Deval Patrick today announced a series of changes to the state’s development policies, incorporating clean energy as a key development goal and restructuring certain grant programs to better serve environmental and housing purposes.



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  • May 16, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Globe says that Linehan's victory yesterday shows the power of Southie, but I'd say, without having seen the precinct breakdown, that it really shows the power of Frank Chin. District 2's Chinatown precincts loved Susan Passoni two years ago -- 71/29 over Jim Kelly -- but were Linehan territory for the April prelim and, I assume, in yesterday's vote.

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  • May 16, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    I was on NECN's NewsNight with Jim Braude tonight to talk about Mitt Romney, and then they had me stay on to talk a little about Jerry Falwell. So I thought I'd pop on here to explain what I was trying to say about him -- and why I say his legacy is the death of the libertarian strain of the Republican Party.

    Evangelical Christians have traditionally concerned themselves with their own behavior -- making sure they live their lives by God's rules.

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  • May 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Statehouse News Service says that Deval Patrick's communications director, Nancy Fernandez Mills, is "returning to the private sector," also known as losing her job.

    Mills and former chief-of-staff Joan Benjamin-Wallace were the most conspicuously inexperienced people hired for top positions on Patrick's staff, and both are now gone after four months.

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  • May 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The AP is reporting that Mitt Romney's financial assets -- which he's supposed to file next week but has been granted an extension for -- will be between $190 million and $250 million. In addition, the AP says, the kids' trust funds have another $70m - $100m. The AP doesn't mention the family charitable foundation, where they've put some more millions.

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  • May 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    So AG Martha Coakley says that Lite-Brite scofflaws Peter Berdovsky and Sean Stevens are off the hook after doing community service at Spaulding Hospital.

    "As part of their service, the two men designed a mural in the hospital," the AG's press release says.

    Is it just me, or does anyone else suspect that this mural might, just maybe, contain some subtle reference to a forthcoming Cartoon Network character???

  • May 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    With the Globe reporting that Jerry McDermott will not run for re-election as the District 9 (Allston/Brighton) city councillor, can an announcement of Dan "The Bagel Man" Kontoff be far behind?

    Kontoff failed to make the finals in '05, gaining just seven percent of the vote against McDermott and Paul Creighton Jr. Imagine how his numbers could climb with the incumbent out of the picture!

  • May 07, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Romney gets a nice boost from a new Survey USA poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters, conducted for WBZ-TV. For the first time that I know of, he's shown in first place: Romney 32%, Giuliani 23%, McCain 22%, F. Thompson 11%.

    I guess Tagg was right -- he did win the debate.

    I couldn't help noticing one of the break-outs. Romney is in a statistical three-way tie among those who think Global Warming is real -- which is just over half of the Republicans surveyed.



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  • May 07, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The Republicans have another Presidential debate coming up May 15th, in South Carolina, and Romney is asking supporters to hold debate parties. But it's more than just partying, it is, according to a campaign email, "Sign Up America! – a mega-grassroots effort to sign up 24,000 new supporters in 24 hours beginning on the evening of May 15th

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  • May 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    I know you've all been reading the Five Brothers blog of Romney's sons I told you about -- guess what? Tagg thinks Dad won last night's debate -- but perhaps you missed the invitation to suggest names for the Winnebago that the campaign is using to drive around Iowa.

  • May 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The 2007 at-large race should in theory be less expensive that in 2005; without a mayoral election, turnout should be low, and with no open seat, there are fewer challengers.

    Michael Flaherty is rolling in money as usual, with $426,585 on hand at the end of April, according to campaign-finance reports. That's about where he was this time two years ago.

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  • May 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    ...to get Mayor Tom Menino to publicly express outrage at the behavior of a Boston Police officer?

    Extorting money from drug dealers while in uniform apparently doesn't rise to that level. Neither does providing protection for drug runners. Extorting sexual favors from prostitutes while on duty? Nope. Being convicted of perjury? Uh-uh.

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