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  • October 18, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Boston Globe has the results of a new poll in the Sunday paper, which shows Tom Menino cruising to re-election: "Menino holds a lead of 52 percent to 32 percent over Councilor at Large Michael F. Flaherty Jr.," it says.

    But a poll conducted at the same time (earlier this week) by Flaherty's campaign -- provided to me by their campaign just now, in response to my inquiry -- shows Menino leading by half that gap: 48% to 38%.

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  • October 16, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    House Minority Leader Brad Jones just sent out an email invite for his Mass. Republican House PAC's big upcoming fundraiser w/ Mitt Romney. (Tuesday at the Taj Boston; $100 for the general reception, $500 for a private reception.) The PAC helps fund Republican house candidates.

    The email subject header seems to have left out the word "join" after "Please," so it reads:

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  • October 15, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    --Is Jodi Rell going to retire rather than seek another term as governor of Connecticut? Nearly non-existent fundraising is re-fueling the longstanding rumors. If so, that would mean all three New England Republican governors are on their way out next year: Jim Douglas is not seeking re-election in Vermont, and Don Carcieri is term-limited in Rhode Island.

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  • October 15, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Chilly weather greets the Hub of the Universe today, bringing to mind the line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Winter changed into spring, spring changed into summer, summer changed back into winter, and winter gave spring and summer a miss and went straight on into autumn.

    It also brings to mind what I wrote about the change of seasons five months ago:

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  • October 14, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I take a look at the Senate candidacy of City Year co-founder Alan Khazei. If there's one candidate who might capture the progressive grassroots activists, it's Khazei; but political observers say he's got no chance at winning the Democratic nomination.

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  • October 07, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    While I was busy blogging earlier today about something stupid Martha Coakley said, her campaign sent out a press release touting an internal poll. The headline blares: "Martha Coakley Holds Sizable Primary Lead in Special Election for U.S. Senate."

    That headline has an important problematic grammatical issue, which I'll return to shortly.

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  • October 07, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    I happened to see today's Scot Lehigh column late last night, when the Globe posted it, and my initial reaction was, "What the hell is wrong with Martha Coakley's brain?" But I decided not to post right then, because sometimes things make more sense after a little sleep, some coffee, and a couple of phone conversations about the subject.

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  • October 06, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The second-half September campaign-finance reports are in and online for the 15 candidates for Boston City Council at-large. It's our first look at A) how much they each spent to get through the Sept. 22 preliminary election; B) how much they left in their accounts for the post-preliminary campaign; and C) how much quick dough they raised after their prelim showing.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "NathanSpencer" asks, via Twitter appropriately:

    "Are tools like Twitter and Facebook really helping candidates GOTV? Who is using it best?"

    I've seen no evidence of it helping in any significant way with GOTV in any local elections, and have heard few if any convincing tales from elsewhere. I'd love to hear from anyone who has experience to the contrary, though.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Ben" asks:

    "Let's imagine for a second that Capuano takes the senate seat. Besides Joe Kennedy's son and Mike Ross, have you heard rumblings of anyone else laying tentative plans for the MA-8th?"

    I haven't, but I have no doubt there are plenty of wheels spinning in people's heads. I've heard people say Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone could go for it.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Alice Mitchell" asks:

    "What do you think about the Newton race now that it's down to Ruth Balser and Setti Warren?"

    It's a very interesting race, that I haven't followed closely enough for anyone to trust my prediction. Warren (w/ campaign mastermind Deb Shaw) has been very impressive, but I think ultimately Balser's got too much built-up good will in the town. I say she wins -- but we haven't seen the last of Setti Warren.



  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here's a great question, from "Sammy":

    Who are your favorite political staffs to deal with, whether it be mayor's office, city council, state, etc?

    Before I answer, I want to say that I've just realized that our snazzy new blog format is not showing that I am indenting the questions in these answer posts, like the one above.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Ed" asks via email:

    Give us your predictions for the mayoral final (with percentages) and the order the At-Large candidates will finish.

    Menino 54% Flaherty 46%

    Connolly-Arroyo-Pressley-Murphy-Jackson-Kenneally-Bennett-Gonzalez

  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Qs keep coming! "Venkman" asks:

    Do you think emailgate will make its way into the Senate race? Could Coakley's dismissal of the issue become an issue?

    I think emailgate (the heavily reported issue surrounding missing emails within the Menino administration) has barely made its way into the mayoral race, beyond that core group of people who really, really care about that kind of thing -- who were voting against Menino anyway.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Joel" asks:

    How many seats (if any) will the Mass GOP pick up in the legislature in 2010?

    That is a great question. Quick wild-guess prediction: they gain one in the senate, and five in the house. In other words, not a huge comeback, but at least a step in the right direction.

    They should gain a lot more, of course. The state is overflowing with disgust for the politicians under the golden dome -- which I don't think is based much on party, but the fact is the incumbents are all Democrats, so anti-incumbent mood has the same effect.

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