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  • December 20, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Tom Menino's political just posted $163,691 of receipts for the first half of December, raising his 2006 total contributions to right around $975,000. He's also posted a series of deposits dated after 12/15 that total some $67,000. That puts him over the million mark for the calendar year.

    That's an intimidating figure to potential 2009 challengers.

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  • December 20, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Huckabee 28, McCain 20, Romney 17, Giuliani 13

    And in New Hampshire: Romney 26, McCain 26, Giuliani 16, Huckabee 11, Thompson 4, Paul 4

  • December 20, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    From Todd Spangler of the Detroit Free Press:

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he watched his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, in a 1960s civil rights march in Michigan with Martin Luther King Jr.

    On Wednesday, Romney's campaign said his recollections of watching his father, an ardent civil rights supporter, march with King were meant to be figurative.

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  • December 19, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    UPDATE: ROMNEY CAMPAIGN SAYS “TOGETHER” MAY MEAN DIFFERENT CITIES, DIFFERENT DAYS


    A spokesperson for Mitt Romney now tells the Boston Phoenix that George W. Romney and Martin Luther King Jr. marched together in June, 1963 -- although possibly not on the same day or in the same city.

    Romney, according to one piece of written source material provided by the campaign, made a “surprise” appearance at a small march in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in late June -- several days after King led a much larger march in Detroit


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  • December 19, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    (Peter Kadzis, executive editor of the Phoenix Media/Commuications Group, makes a guest appearance in Talking Politics):

    Former Boston City Councilor Albert "Dapper" O'Neil began his career as a political joke, and he ended it as a municipal embarrassment. But along the way, he won the affections of legions of blue-collar Bostonians by tirelessly defending their interests.

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  • December 19, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    As John McCain grabs Kissinger's endorsement in Boston today, he gets good news of a new Rasmussen poll, which has him within the margin of error of Mitt Romney in New Hampshire: Romney 31%, McCain 27%, Giuliani 13%, Huckabee 11%, Paul 7% and Thompson 3%.

    Rasmussen also has McCain suddenly in a solid, if distant, third in Iowa: Huckabee 28%, Romney 27%, McCain 14%, Giuliani 8%, Thompson 8%, Paul 4%.



  • December 19, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Please see this newly posted story questioning the veracity of Mitt Romney's claim that his father marched with Martin Luther King Jr.

  • December 18, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    One of the most interesting things, to my mind, about the current state of the Republican Presidential nomination campaign is what Mike Huckabee's opponents are not using against him, even as they become more and more desperate to slow his momentum.

    Huckabee has long been a true believer in the religious culture wars, and even though he won't release his sermons, there's no shortage of evidence in the public record.

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  • December 17, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Mike Huckabee's new "apolitical" ad has him channeling Linus, to the soft strains of "Silent Night":
    ...sometimes it's nice to pull aside from all of that and just remember that what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ...
    Romney's new ad, however, says that Huckabee paroled and commuted sentences on hundreds of criminals, including murderers, and lowered penalties on manufcaturing methamphetamines.

  • December 17, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    680 kids left stranded when BPS bus drivers failed to find their way to work this morning; Mayor angry, points finger of blame. Debacle continues.

  • December 16, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    Today was, incredibly, the first time Mitt Romney has ever gone on Meet the Press, and it was for the full-hour candidate treatment. I think he survived it.

    Russert focused almost exclusively on Romney's flip-flopping (after an initial query on religion), perhaps with the thought that an hour of it would accumulate into something that might throw Romney off his game -- fat chance, Tim.

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  • December 15, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    I wonder what Mitt Romney wants to emphasize about today's endorsement from Judge Robert Bork? Here's Mitt's quote from the press release:

    "For decades, Judge Bork has been a leader in moving the conservative legal movement forward. As one of our nation's premier conservative jurists, he has been an important voice for our conservative values in Washington."

    Emphasis mine... although I think really it's Romney's, too.

  • December 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    Unless I'm mistaken, the Mittster does radio today with ardent Romneyphile Hugh Hewitt, whose show airs at 6:00pm on WTTT 1150. Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken.

    Rudy Giuliani has a new ad up in which he swears that he holds unreasonable views on illegal immigration; so Romney is distributing video evidence that Giuliani used to hold reasonable views on illegal immigration.

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  • December 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    Michael Flaherty -- perhaps trying to justify his #1 ranking on my list of mayoral contenders? -- just issued a press release about the city's woeful response to yesterday's snowstorm. Without calling Mayor Tommy out specifically, Flaherty is clearly pointing fingers at the man in charge.

    Those with long memories may recall that Maura Hennigan briefly tried to make this an issue in '05, when Hurrican Katrina led to the realization that Boston's emergency evacuation plan was somewhat non-existent.

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  • December 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Rudy Giuliani campaign has long called Florida its "firewall," meaning that even if he does poorly in the early states, Giuliani is so popular in Florida (and the state is so expensive for others to advertise in) that he will win the January 29 primary there, propelling him to the February 5 super-primary day.

    On Sunday's Meet The Press, when Russert asked Giuliani about his poor poll numbers in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Giuliani joked "I wish you had shown Florida."

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