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  • June 20, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    I'm stunned by the news, broken today at Time.com, that the Vatican has revoked the annullment of Joe Kennedy's first marriage. This is going to be a hot, hot topic at a lot of Massachusetts dinner tables tonight.

    I'm not sure how, but I suspect that this all connects to Joe's relationship with Hugo Chavez....

  • June 20, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The Hill reports today on a little secret I've been tracking down among Mitt Romney's fundraising minions: Robert Lichfield, a co-chair of Romney's Utah finance team, is at the center of a scandal involving the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS). WWASPS operates or funds a bunch of "tough love" academies that have been accused of all manner of nastiness -- a Google search will get you to the anti-WWASPS sites.

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  • June 20, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Aside from the fact that Boston already has a Carol R. Johnson (a landscape architect involved with the Rose Kennedy Greenway design), there's not much to complain about with the new Boston school superintendent selection. Time will tell how she navigates the city's incredibly tricky intersections of politicians, unions, community activists, administrators, city departments, state agencies (esp.

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  • June 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled today, in Boothroyd et al vs. Zoning Board of Appeals et al, that a municipal zoning board of appeals may consider regional needs as a reason to override local zoning laws -- something that Amherst's ZBA did, and which a group of Amherst residents argued is impermissible under applicable state statutes.

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  • June 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    After all the stories about Brian Wallace being given a job or otherwise bribed to switch sides or not vote on the gay-marriage amendment, it's more likely that his No vote today simply means that he sees where his bread is now buttered.

    Southie is not what it used to be. There are an awful lot of young people there -- Irish and not -- who are for equality.

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  • June 14, 2007
    By Carly Carioli
    Some initial thoughts:

    --This will be a big piece of Deval Patrick's first-term legacy, and it's worth appreciating how much he put himself out there on this issue. And I honestly believe, from all that I've heard, that he was working it through oratorical persuasion and not dealing favors.

    --Speaking of which, this was a remarkable display of how much things have changed on Beacon Hill, just from a leadership and process standpoint.



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  • June 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    No debate; they had the votes and went straight to it, and got it done. Sen. Morrissey was one of the flippers; I'll have more word on others later.

    And where was Mitt???

  • June 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Former Governor Bill Weld was on Beacon Hill yesterday, and says he opposes the amendment banning gay marriage that's heading to a legislative vote here, according to the State House News Service. He may even make some calls to legislators to help defeat it.

    Welcome back, Bill, you stand-up guy. The gays sure have a good friend in you.

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  • June 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Sorry for the light blogging lately. Haven't really had too much to comment on. Here's a few quick hits:

    --Scott Harshbarger endorsed John Edwards. Don't know if that swings many votes, but it adds some cred.

    --The Patrick administration reverted to bad form in this commission report on corporate taxes, reportedly put together without the input of commission members like Michael Widmer.



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  • June 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    No big surprise, but Tom Menino will make it official by endorsing Hillary Clinton for President today, according to a Clinton press release.

    Menino was at a big Clinton fundraiser in Boston back in March, but the early endorsement should mean a good flow of volunteer help for HRC in New Hampshire.

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