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  • July 14, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    It used to be, when media reports referred to transgender equality legislation as the "bathroom bill," I could rant about the journalistic irresponsibility. And we all feel good when we can feel morally superior to people in the news media.

    I suspect we'll be seeing that phrase a lot today -- here it is this morning, slapped into the headline of an AP story by bostonchannel.

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  • July 13, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Senate President Therese Murray is holding a big fundraiser tonight (at Joe Tecce's, natch) for the Committee for a Democratic Senate, the political action committee through which she supports her colleagues and would-be colleagues in the November elections. This fundraiser -- which traditionally brings in a lot of Beacon Hill's registered lobbyists -- comes as the two-year legislative session winds toward its July 31 end date, with several pieces of legislation still very much up in the air -- perhaps most notably, the gaming bill that is in conference committee.

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  • July 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hundreds of police officers from all over the state are gathered outside my window right now, but it turns out they're not after me -- it's Governor Deval Patrick they want. What do they want? To embarass him in front of his weekend guests: other governors from all over the country, in town for the National Governors Association (NGA) conference.

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  • July 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    We're in the midway summer doldrums of the 2010 primaries, so it's a good time to try to make premature analyses of the trends. This blog post is mine, and as my regular readers might have guessed, it will be on the topic of Republican women running for office.

    So here's my theory: I suggest that we may be seeing the development of a "glass floor" in the GOP, with women facing extinction at every level of elected office except the two big, high-profile, state-wide offices of US Senate and state Governor.

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  • July 08, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    We don't even officially have an open seat or an election date yet, but things have to move fast in a special election. I've told you that Matt O'Malley and Jim Hennigan are both all-in for the race to replace John Tobin as Boston City Councilor for District 6 (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain), and that Tobin chief-of-staff David Isberg is a maybe.

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  • July 07, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    West Roxbury insurance businessman Jim Hennigan tells the Boston Phoenix that he will run for the 6th District seat on the Boston City Council, being vacated by John Tobin. He is the second announced candidates; Matt O'Malley has already told the Phoenix he is running.

    Hennigan, 56, is the brother of former city councilor Maura Hennigan, who is now Suffolk County Criminal Clerk.

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  • July 07, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    We're in the midway summer doldrums of the 2010 primaries, so it's a good time to try to make premature analyses of the trends. Since, as you may have noticed, I've been obsessively following the fates of Republican women in this election cycle, I'll suggest that we may be seeing a new development: a glass floor in the GOP, with women facing extinction at every level of elected office except the two big, high-profile, state-wide offices of US Senate and state Governor.

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  • July 07, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    The ANSWER coalition for immigrant rights is holding a press conference in Boston today, announcing plans for a protest this Saturday at the National Governors Association annual meeting, which Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is expected to attend. The protest, at noon Saturday in Copley Square, is intended to show opposition to the Arizona law, signed by Brewer, that calls on police to check the status of suspected illegal aliens.

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  • July 06, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    John Tobin is leaving the Boston City Council, where he has represented District 6 (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) for nine years. Some quick thoughts and questions:

    --Tobin's been a pretty solid councilor, particularly when it comes to constituent services -- and that's a district that expects a lot from its district councilor.

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