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  • September 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    One of the best blogs in town, Brighton Centered, has pulled off one of the better bits of public-service blogging I've seen -- one that almost makes me think there might be something to this whole Web thing that my wise friend Dan Kennedy is so optimistic about.

    The site solicited questions to be put to all the candidates; selected 14 from the submissions; cleaned them up a little, and put them to a vote.

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  • September 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Anthony Galluccio breezed to victory in the election to replace state senator Jarrett Barrios -- although you might not know it from some of the local coverage, but more on that another time.

    According to unofficial results I got from the seven individual cities and towns, the tally was Galluccio 42%, Nowicki 27%, Flaherty 21%, and Ross 10%.

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  • September 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    WBZ's new poll of the 5th Congressional District shows Niki Tsongas leading Jim Ogonowski 51%-41% -- a surprisingly narrow margin, given her high name-recognition and the paucity of Republicans in the district. The poll has Ogonowski leading among unenrolled (ie, Independent) voters, 46%-39%.

    By suggesting a close race, the poll should increase the desire for national Republican and Democrat leaders to pump money into this race.

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  • September 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    A week ago, I joked that Eileen Donoghue did everything she needed to do except make it rain across the southern part of the 5th District.

    Well, it's raining today, so how does that affect the special election for state senate today, in parts of Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Saugus, Revere, and Somerville?

    My guess is that Anthony Galluccio prevails today; my guess has been that whoever wins Everett wins the race, and I expect Galluccio to win there.



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  • September 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    A new Rasmussen poll of Massachusetts likely voters finds that in a Presidential match-up, Hillary Clinton would beat Mitt Romney 60%-34%. Ouch! (To be fair, she clobbers Giuliani and Fred Thompson by similar margins.) Romney's favorable/unfavorable is 43/55.

    Other responses:

    Deval Patrick job approval 10% excellent, 32% good, 37% fair, 19% poor, for an unimpressive 42%/56% breakdown.



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  • September 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    I thought tonight's GOP Presidential debate was a good one, a lively affair with plenty of hashing out of genuine differences among the candidates. Interesting crowd, too, up at UNH in Durham. The biggest applause line, by my ears, was for the suggestion that the Virginia Tech massacre would have been less deadly had the students on campus been armed.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    John Connolly's attempt to win an at-large Boston City Council seat threatens to oust one incumbent -- but which one is at risk? Well, when it looks like somebody might get thrown off the bus, it's time to start pushing other people toward the door. I delve into that and other City Council buzz in this week's issue of the Phoenix, out tomorrow but online now.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Jim Ogonowski very pointedly wanted to contrast his morning-after -- a regular guy thanking his volunteers -- with Niki Tsongas's -- an establishment insider toasting with her fellow Washington elites. I couldn't be at either event, but here are some excerpts from Jim's remarks, provided to me by his staff.
    Niki is a nice person, I like her and I know she means well, but let's face it; she represents more of the same tired Washington that continues to fail us.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    A Weekly Dig blogger -- and then in turn Jon Keller, Dan Kennedy, and Charley at Blue Mass group -- have jumped all over a Boston Globe reference to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's estimate that its casino "could generate up to $100 million a year in additional state revenue." $100 million? Chump change, these bloggers say.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    Congratulations to Niki Tsongas, who ran a very effective, well-organized, mistake-free campaign -- and she worked hard for it; she didn't just sit back, attend some fundraisers, shoot some ads, and wait for the votes to come in. Kudos also to Eileen Donoghue, who gave it a darn good ride. Jamie Eldridge and Barry Finegold ran good races too, but they were up against it in this one from the beginning, in addition to the obstacle of expanding from a state rep district to a congressional one.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Boston.com's listing of early vote returns has Eileen Donoghue's name misspelled "Donohue."



  • September 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Here's what I was looking for, to point to a victory by Donoghue over Tsongas today: Relatively high turnout in Lowell, coupled with overall very low turnout.

    Why? Donoghue figured to beat Tsongas handily in Lowell, so the more voting there, the merrier for Eileen. Tsongas would need to make up that difference elsewhere. In those other towns, a certain number would come out for their favorites -- ie, for Finegold in the Andover area, for Eldridge in the southern 'burbs -- and Tsongas would do well only with the additional voters over and above those baselines.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    I'm not drawing any conclusions, but all the tidbits I've been hearing about turnout points to a good result for Eileen Donoghue today. More shortly.

  • September 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    "I had not heard that phrase before."

    --John McCain, after needing to be told what a question about LGBT issues meant.

    From Washington Post's The Trail blog.

  • September 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Chelsea city councilor Paul Nowicki is the first of the state senate candidates for Jarret Barrios's seat to file his pre-primary report, which is due today and reports activity through August 24. Nowicki reports raising $42,067, on top of $2368 already in the account.

    Both Anthony Galluccio and Tim Flaherty recently told me they would be at or above $100,000, and Nowicki had said he would not be close to that level; ditto Jeff Ross.

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