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  • March 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    Given the thrashing the paper received over its "Lover McCain" article, I'm going to guess the NY Times has got this "Spitzer's Pretty Woman" story nailed down. I've been waiting for the supposed 2:15 announcement, which still hasn't come; perhaps they're having a little trouble convincing his wife to stand by him?

    If Spitzer resigns, Lt.

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  • March 09, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Benny" writes:

    Any insight on the Walsh senate seat race? Who's going to run, and who's got the best shot?

    This all assumes that Marian Walsh gets her judgeship, which certainly seems like a done deal from what I've been told by insiders for some time now. Most people I've talked to agree that there's room for one Boston pol and one Dedham or Norwood pol in the race; city councilor John Tobin's pulling papers to prepare for a run may be a signal to Rep.

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  • March 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    In response to my call for questions, "Hoss" writes:

    Some Boston politics questions:

    - Does Sonia Chang-Diaz have a chance to beat Dianne Wilkerson?
    - Will Ralph Martin run for Mayor?
    - Will Mayor Menino run for reelection in 2009?

    Basic questions, but probably complicated answers.
    My short, best-guess answers are: No, No, and Yes.





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  • March 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    For a little Friday fun, I'd like to invite you all to ask me any questions you might have on your mind. Any topic you'd like: local or national politics, something I've recently written, current issues and events, gossip and rumor, whatever. Ask away using the comments for this entry, and I will try to answer in posts later today. I look forward to your Qs!

  • March 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    It is a sure sign of the idiocy of today's 24/7 media whirlygig that a casual catty remark made by an unpaid campaign advisor to a Scottish newspaper during a book-promotion tour becomes the center of the political universe. Alas, 'tis all too true. Our own local academic celeb Samantha Power, of Harvard's Kennedy School, blurted out some ill-chosen verbiage about Hillary Clinton during an interview with the Scotsman about her latest book.

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  • March 06, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has released its much-anticipated report on the expected costs and benefits of Deval Patrick's casino proposal. I've gone through it, albeit not yet with the proverbial fine-toothed comb, and on balance it should boost the pro-casino side, while not dampening the enthusiasm of the antis.

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  • March 06, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    With our local stake, Belmont's Own, out of the race, I've been a little lax about blogging on the Presidential race. (I hope you've been keeping up via Steven Stark.) Herewith a few quick takes:

    --I keep hearing how this ongoing battle for the nomination is bad for the Dems and the eventual candidate. Really? I can't help but notice that the latest head-to-head national polling (taken just before Tuesday's voting) has Obama at his best numbers yet against McCain: Washington Post has Obama +12; Cook has Obama +9.

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  • March 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    In this week's issue of the Phoenix, I report that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has ordered a review of the evidence in the wrongful conviction of Stephan Cowans.

    This is in response to my recent article about the Cowans case.

  • March 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, I have an essay about Barack Obama -- the first potential President of my generation. I suggest that he has built his campaign on themes and rhetoric that are foreign to people born, as both he and I were, between the Baby Boomers and the Boomers' children, the Millennials. Hope and idealism are not in our vocabulary.

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  • March 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    In state party politics, people always talk about "developing the bench," which in large part means getting people to run for relatively small-potatoes local offices, from which they will eventually become candidates for higher office. Small offices like, say, school committee.

    Guess what? It works.

    Sean Garballey, at the tender age of 23, just jumped from Arlington School Committee to state representative.



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