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  • September 17, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Steve Pagliuca, who officially announced his candidacy for US Senate today, also launched a web site to help introduce himself to the voters of the Commonwealth, who have little idea who he is. The site seems heavy on Celtics green (he is co-owner of the team), and includes a 30-second introductory ad, which I suspect we'll be seeing a lot of on the airwaves in the next 48 hours or so.

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  • September 16, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Martha Coakley for Senate campaign announced the other day that state senate president Therese Murray will serve as Honorary Finance Chair. That means that she's the lead fundraiser -- in name, if not in day-to-day activity -- for an operation trying to raise several million dollars in a couple of months. Much of that funding will be solicited from people, companies, and organizations with direct interests that come before the state legislature, where Murray is arguably the single most powerful elected official.

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  • September 16, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have an article taking stock of the field of candidates shaping up for the special US Senate election to succeed Ted Kennedy. Talk about a moving target; damn candidates kept moving in and out every time I thought I had wrapped the piece up.

    You'll notice that I include Vicki Kennedy among the six potential next Senators.

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  • September 16, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The latest MCAS results, released by the state this morning, have a lot of data in them so it is a little unfair to draw conclusions on a quick scan. That said, it looks on quick scan that the numbers may not be helpful to Mayor Tom Menino.

    Here's a useful compilation of year-to-year data for the Boston Public School District, with the new numbers (from tests administered in the Spring of 2009) with the previous three years.

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  • September 16, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    --The Boston Herald has endorsed five at-large council candidates, which is kind of odd considering voters can select four, but I have no problem with it. Along with incumbents Steve Murphy and John Connolly, they chose Ayanna Pressley, Ego Ezedi, and Robert Fortes. The two white Irish guys make perfect sense, although I think Connolly's a little progressive for them if you look close enough.

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  • September 15, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    I'll have an overview of the US Senate race in this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- and I wish the damn players would stand still long enough for me to get a snapshot.

    Stephen Lynch unexpectedly announced this morning that he will not run (must have been a bad, bad poll I'm guessing), which leaves Somerville's own Michael Capuano as the only Congressman in the hunt.

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  • September 14, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    I haven't commented much about the vanishing City Hall email story, because frankly I've been busy with too many things. Seriously, could there be any more major political offices up for grabs in the area? (Speaking of which, can we get a little bit of love and attention for tomorrow's mayoral primary in Newton?)

    Anyway, I'm still not ready to say much yet, but I thought for fun I would dredge up a little something that Colman M.

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  • September 14, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Tonight I am moderating a mayoral candidates forum for the Ward 5 and Ward 4 Democratic Committee. All are welcome to attend -- 7:30pm at the Boston Architectural College on Newbury Street. It is my understanding that all four candidates will be there.

  • September 09, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Man, I do love me some political theater. I went looking for some at an at-large Boston City Council forum earlier this evening at Roxbury Community College, but the poorly-promoted event had more candidates on stage than voters in the audience (this may actually have been literally true, once you subtract the press and candidates' aides from the audience).

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  • September 09, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have an article looking at what's at stake for Tom Menino in the upcoming preliminary election. Sure, he's going to cruise to victory, and a spot on the final ballot. But what will it take for the city to decide that Menino is unbeatable, and let him coast to November; and what will it take for the city to decide that he's beatable, and give him a real fight? The answer may be a simple number: 50%.

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  • September 09, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Last week, in a "Who might run" Senate overview post, I suggested that we might see:

    A Chris Gabrieli type. Massachusetts has got civic-minded, policy-minded people outside the elected-office circuit, loaded with money. I don't see Gabrieli as a candidate for this one (although who knows?), but I've got a couple of other possible names in mind.

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  • September 08, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The at-large candidates for Boston City Council are heading into the final stretch to the preliminary election -- time to spend some of what little they've got. In past years, challengers have sometimes erred in spending too heavily on the prelim their first time out (Pat White and John Connolly, to name names), only to find that prelim positioning didn't mean all that much in the end.

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  • September 03, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Martha Coakley announced her candidacy for US Senate today, to nobody's surprise. Which, for political junkies like us, begs the question of what happens with the Attorney General office if she wins.

    First off, if Coakley wins the election, then her first assistant becomes acting AG. That's David Friedman, who is generally well-thought-of but is an unknown quantity as far as a potential statewide political figure.

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  • September 03, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    My impressions of last night's mayoral debate:

    --I thought Yoon had the best showing. He was on-message, respectfully aggressive in criticizing the mayor, and was the only one on stage showing any personality at all. That said, I thought he was frequently unclear about what he was specifically talking about (he tends to slip into bureaucratese shorthand, which we forget most people don't know).

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  • September 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Tonight is the first mayoral debate, on WBZ at 7:00. (Postponed from last week, due to the death of Ted Kennedy.) But the Phoenix has learned that all four candidates also intend to participate in tomorrow's MassVote mayoral forum at the Reggie Lewis Center.

    Mayor Tom Menino had not originally agreed to participate in any of the three MassVote forums.

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