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  • October 20, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    It's been the Big Question in the 10th District race to replace Bill Delahunt in Congress: would one of the strip-search victims come forward to talk about it? Today, the question was answered.

    In one sense, this doesn't change what has been clear for a very long time: very bad things were done right in front of Perry's nose; his behavior in response to that appears to have been reprehensible; and he has denied wrongdoing while seeming utterly incapable of telling a straight, consistent story to explain it all.

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  • October 20, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the Big 3 of President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    At the end of one of the most productive legislative sessions in years, all three are under fire, and all three have a lot at stake in the upcoming midterm elections.

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  • October 18, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    My question, which I've been asking people the past several days, is: Why did the Charlie Baker camp push out "evidence" that their candidate is leading?

    Let's first put this out there: pretty much nobody seriously thinks that anybody is ahead by a comfortable margin in the Massachusetts governor's race.

    Second: Every independent poll since Labor Day -- check that, since June -- has shown Deval Patrick leading with margins ranging from 1 percentage point (Globe/UNH) to 7, as in the Suffolk University poll that came out earlier this week.

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  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "KC" asks:

    Who do you think will win the governor's race? What do you think the final breakdown will be?

    For quite some time, I've been saying that it's about a 55% chance that Deval Patrick will win. I'll stick with that -- I still think it could easily go either way, and frankly the only reason I give the edge to Patrick is that I think it's more likely his team will do the right things in the final two weeks than Baker (who should by all rights be ahead by 15 points).

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  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Joe" asks:

    who would be the MA Democrats best hope of unseating Scott Brown in 2012 -- and would they actually run (giving up their seat if an office holder)?

    I'm going to just refer you back to what I wrote when I got this question in the last Ask Me Anything. I don't have any significant new intel or insight since then, I'm afraid.

  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Two questions about Bill Galvin in a single Ask Me Anything Day!

    "Kevin L." asks:

    Do you think Galvin will ever sit down and discuss the SOC issues in a Candidates Forum?

    "MPP" asks:

    Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Thursday that her office is investigating allegations that Tim Cahill used taxpayer resources to fund ads aimed at bolstering his candidacy.

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  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Jim" asks:

    If Therese Murray were to lose her re-election bid who do you think would emerge to be the next Senate President?

    It's a great question, because so much of the leadership is on the way out or not considered quite up to the task. It's possible that Stan Rosenberg could get the nod, as a one-session placekeeper.

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  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Stephen" asks:

    Why don't you think that the CEO of Hill Holliday sending the scripts of the Lottery ads to the Cahill campaign - months before they actually aired - is a "smoking gun"?

    A Cahill campaign staffer sending a script TO Hill Holiday would be a smoking gun. A Cahill campaign staffer replying to Hill Holiday giving approval of a suggested script, or suggesting changes to a suggested script, would be a smoking gun.

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  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    To start out our fun-filled Ask Me Anything Day, "routsalainan" asks:

    Can Weaver et al ever work in national politics again? I'm anticipating a positive response so I guess the companion question would be who would trust these guys besides McCain?

    The Yobgoblins, as I call them (the consultants who ditched Tim Cahill and are now being sued by him) will be fine -- they committed sabotage on behalf of Republican party interests, and that sort of behavior always gets rewarded.

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  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Just two and a half weeks before huge state and national elections, you must have plenty of questions -- and today, you can get your answers! It's Ask Me Anything Day!

    As always, you can leave your questions as comments to this post, or email them to me at dbernstein@phx.com; I'll also take questions on Twitter and Facebook (and please, follow me on Twitter @dbernstein and friend me on Facebook!).

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  • October 14, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    My rule of thumb for candidates accused of campaign shenanigans/illegalities would be this: Publicly say that you take this sort of thing very seriously, that you certainly hope and expect that nobody on your staff behaved badly, but you're going to take a few days to look into it to satisfy yourself, and the public, that nothing inappropriate took place.

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  • October 13, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    My rule of thumb for candidates accused of campaign shenanigans/illegalities would be this: say that you take this sort of thing very seriously, that you certainly hope and expect that nobody on your staff behaved badly, but you're going to take a few days to look into it to satisfy yourself, and the public, that nothing inappropriate took place.

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  • October 13, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about Republican hopes of winning US House seats here in Massachusetts. Despite being the home of the Scott Brown phenomenon that launched all the talk of a GOP tsunami, it's not clear that Massachusetts Dems will actually end up losing any of the 10 seats they've held for over a decade.

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  • October 07, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    To go along with my feature about Charlie Baker, the Boston Phoenix has posted the transcript of my roughly 10-minute interview with the candidate.

    At the end, as you'll see, I posed a key question to Baker: if you could choose any song to play on WFNX's "My Song/Your Song" challenge, what would it be?

    He chose Linkin Park's "In The End," which seems suprisingly nihilistic, no?

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  • October 06, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I take a look at Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor.

    Baker, I argue, should be much more liked by this point in the campaign than he is. And I suggest that the problem may lie within Baker himself -- that for all the time he has spent thinking about being governor, he has never really thought about the actual people who he would need to persuade to vote for him.

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