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  • June 10, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    I've been getting poked and prodded by folks about my extreme lateness updating these rankings -- nice to know you care! Sorry for the lengthy delay. I've been a little busy, and these rankings require a huge investment of time and resources; there's a whole team that compiles research, and a devoted data center to run the complex algorithms.

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  • June 10, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online today -- I take a look at Boston's violence, via the insights in a new academic book about Boston's black youth.

    The topic, which I have written about often, is back in the news with the recent murders of a couple of 14-year-old boys. As it happens, I had just read the new book, "Living the Drama," by David J.

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Brian" asks:

    What was the biggest surprise of the Democratic Convention last weekend?

    Brownies for media! (If Dems get more favorable coverage in this year's Massachusetts campaigns than Republicans -- who gave reporters SQUAT at their convention -- now you know why!)

    Also, Suzanne Bump beating Guy Glodis. And, such solid attendance -- I thought for sure a fair number of delegates would end up elsewhere on a June weekend, given the relative lack of important votes, but it seems they cared enough to make the trek to Worcester.

  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "John" asks:

    Who do you think are the rising stars in the Mass Democratic Party?

    We'll know more after this year's elections, but here's a quickie list for starters (in alphabetical order, so they don't think I'm ranking them): Felix Arroyo, Sonia Chang-Diaz, John Connolly, Joe Curtatone, Benjamin Downing, Jennifer Flanagan, Linda Dorcena Forry, Joseph O'Brien, Ayanna Pressley, Michael Ross, Domenic Sarno, Steve Tolman, Setti Warren, and Lisa Wong.

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Deep Thinker" asks:

    What did you think of Vicki Kennedy's speech? If she runs for senate, do you think she can appeal to Scott Brown's base?

    The Vicki conspiracy theorists in the building (and I'm one of them) sure thought that the whole presentation -- including the effusive praise from Sens. Kerry & Kirk -- seemed like a Vicki '12 rollout.

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    What happened to Guy Glodis at the Democratic State Convention. He seemed to spend a lot of resources to win the party's nod - and was heavily favored. Yet he actually got less votes than Suzanne Bump. Do you buy his spin that he threw Mike Lake a load of votes to get him on the ballot? And on another note, how did you rank the videos/speeches/presentations at the Convention?

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Ask Me Anything Day on a Wednesday? Why not?

    Ask your questions in the comments, or email them to me at dbernstein@phx.com, and I will provide my best answers in separate posts throughout the day.

    Let's have some fun!

  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    There's a lot of commentary going around interpreting yesterday's primaries as a sign that it's a banner year for women candidates -- especially Republican women. Hmmph.

    Yes, there were impressive wins yesterday in a few high-profile contests. (Plus Elizabeth Mitchell in Maine's Democratic primary, who nobody is mentioning.

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  • June 07, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Lots and lots of primaries tomorrow -- then things will slow down for a while, with just a few here and there until they start picking up again in late August.

    There's also some primary run-offs, most notably the one in Arkansas between Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter. If Halter wins -- which I suspect he will, although polling shows it close -- Lincoln will be the third incumbent US Senator to be denied nomination this year, along with Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Bill Bennett of Utah.

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  • June 04, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    WBUR story: LA mayor challenges Menino to a bet.

    If I was mayor of Boston, here's my response:

    "There will be no traditional mayoral wager on the NBA Finals series, because after careful study I have concluded that there is nothing that Los Angeles has that anyone in Boston would want as a prize."

  • June 04, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    I don't usually comment on stupid things that Jonah Goldberg writes or says, because, you know, I worry about getting carpal tunnel syndrome. But I just really enjoyed this one he posted on NRO's The Corner last night, regarding some comments he caught from Derek Bok, talking about Bok's recent book (which I recently read, and recommend).

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  • June 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Barely a third of likely Democratic primary voters in his district say that Steve Lynch deserves re-election, according to April poll numbers obtained by the Boston Phoenix.

    Lynch, a relatively conservative Democrat, has been criticized by some liberals for voting against the final health care reform bill earlier this year.

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  • June 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Lots of news going around yesterday and today. Some thoughts:

    --No surprise that Dianne Wilkerson is pleading out, three weeks before her trial was set to begin. We probably won't know the sentence for a while yet, but it's sure to include prison time. To me, it's a sad, tragic personal story. I don't have much sympathy for her -- she's made her own bed -- but it's just sad that someone with so much potential failed so badly to live up to it.

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  • June 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    I frequently write about the decline of women Republicans in elected office, and with the certification of candidates for the 2010 ballot, it's time to turn that gaze to our own state of Massachusetts.

    The obvious news to note is that Karyn Polito and Mary Connaughton have legitimate chances to win statewide office, as treasurer and auditor respectively.

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  • June 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico hold their primaries today. The big offices up for grabs are governor in Alabama and New Mexico. In Alabama, Artur Davis seems likely to become the first black Democratic nominee for governor of that state since reconstruction, while three conservatives -- including the notorious former judge Roy Moore -- battle on the Republican side.

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