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  • December 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I columnize on a coupla city-politics items. First, I spread the speculation that 2009 could end up playing out like 1983. That year, long-time Mayor Kevin White looked like he was heading for re-election. But then a troublesome federal investigation -- headed by some upstart Republican named William Weld -- hounded White's administration to the point that White dropped out of the race.

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  • December 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    So you heard yesterday about Tom Menino's big new plan to spur development with federal loan guarantees, and you're reading Casey Ross's story in the Globe about it, and you see that the Mayor cited as one of the likely recipients something called Kensington Place in Chinatown, which Ross notes "has failed to move forward since receiving initial city approvals in 2003."

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  • December 09, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Jeremy P. Jacobs of PolitickerMA, working hard to redeem himself from the harshness this blog laid down on him yesterday, reports that John Kerry aide Ayanna Pressley is considering a run at a Boston City Council at-large seat. Pressley could be a serious contender, depending on the dynamics of the field. She is considered well-networked, and in particular is in good within Democratic women's circles -- she is on the board of emergeMassachusetts, and a couple of years ago won a "Wonder Woman" recognition from the Mass. Women's Political Caucus.

  • December 09, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Lots of juicy things going on today, but I've been too bizz to pay enough attention to give the blog posts they deserve. (Other than my quick slap at the MassGOP's web ad. That didn't require much time and attention.)

    --Mayor Menino made an important speech at the Chamber of Commerce this morning. Michael Flaherty has already attacked him on part of it -- the part about improving PILOT collections.

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  • December 09, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Many of you may have noticed that there's a serious economic crisis going on, which is threatening a massive decrease in state revenues. That's going to mean massive spending cuts, almost certainly including local aid, which will almost certainly lead to property-tax increases in many cities and towns across the commonwealth.

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  • December 08, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    I don't particularly want to take cheap shots at Jeremy Jacobs at PolitickerMA, but I picked on Dave Wedge for this error at the Herald, so it wouldn't be fair to let Jacobs get away easy.

    Jacobs, reporting on the latest campaign finance reports from Tom Menino, Michael Flaherty, and Sam Yoon, says that the Mayor has around $366,000 in his campaign account.

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  • December 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Continuing my fascination with women in high-powered positions in the Obama White House who were educated at Massachusetts all-women colleges....

    Christina Tchen of Chicago will reportedly head the White House Office of Public Liaison. That's Tchen, Radcliffe class of '78.

    I don't care if Harvard's all co-ed and stuff now; Radcliffe's an original seven-sisters college, and didn't formally merge with Harvard until 1977 -- and until I meet a woman who went there in the 70s and says that it was a co-ed experience, Tchen's on my list.

  • December 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    ABC News's Jonathan Karl writes that the "crazy speculation" about Caroline Kennedy replacing Hillary Clinton as US Senator might not be so crazy.

    I don't think it's crazy at all. In fact, back in August, considering the possibility of US Senate races in Massachusetts (which remain, for now, purely theoretical), I threw her right into the mix:

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  • December 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Rob" asks:

    Who do you think, if anyone, benefits politically from the Wilkerson and Turner scandal, especially if it helps or hurts any mayoral candidates?

    That will depend a lot on what more comes out from the investigation. As it stands right now, it potentially helps potential mayoral challengers, like Michael Flaherty, who can point to Menino's avid support of Wilkerson as an example of very bad judgment.

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  • December 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Eager to participate in "Ask Me Anything Friday," "LorenzoJennifer" asks, via email:

    [Barack Obama] has thus far been far more moderate than his more progressive and idealistic followers had expected. In your opinion, will there be a backlash of some kind from what may be legions of disappointed and disenchanted Obama followers?

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  • December 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    OK, wiseacres (you know who you are, adamg!), it's time for another stab at taking your questions. Fire away, and ask me anything you'd like, and I will try my best to answer -- with fact, opinion, analysis, speculation, rumor, wild guess, or whatever I've got.

    Leave your queries as comments to this post (or email directly to me at dbernstein@phx.com), and I will post my answers.



  • December 03, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    New campaign-finance report from the Mighty Mayor shows $30,000 paid to Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates of Santa Monica, California for "consulting." That, my friends, looks like a poll to me -- and, you know, folks who are planning to not run for re-election do not need to poll. Chalk it up as one more big sign that Menino wants another four years!

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  • December 03, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here's the thing.

    Saxby Chambliss -- Republican Senator from Georgia, who yesterday won the runoff for his re-election -- is a pretty big guy. Nothing unusual, just kind of tall, broad-shouldered, etc. Jim Martin, the Democratic nebbish who challenged him, is a little guy. Again, nothing striking, just kind of short, thin-framed.

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  • December 03, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Celtics have put up a billboard near the Phoenix offices, showing the championship trophy being held up by several hands, and a message along the lines of "RESPECT -- It's the way champions play the game."

    The thing is, all the hands are white. Pretty much the whole team was black, as was its head coach.

    No biggie, just one of those things that I'm now going to notice every day.

  • December 02, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The midterm elections of 2010 will be unusually high-profile for a number of reasons (term-limited governors, impending redistricting, test of Obama's popularity, attempt to revive the GOP, etc.), and that's not even knowing what we're in for with the economy, Iraq, and God knows what else in the next two years.

    In particular, many of the most populous states are headed for multiple big-titan clashes in the statewide, multimillion-dollar-budget races for governor and US senator.

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