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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Via Facebook, "Judy Meredith" asks:

    How will the tax evasion stuff play out among state wide candidates?

    For those unfamiliar with the story, the Boston Globe has reported that Tim Cahill, Tim Murray, and Guy Glodis all failed to pay federal taxes on the interest earned by campaign funds held in CDs.

    I think the story hurts Cahill a little; it's just one more item that Baker can use against him.

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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David Banner" asks:

    Who are the new Democratic State reps filling the 4th, 5th, 6th and 10th after September 14th?

    Well, I just answered about the 10th, but let's just go ahead and do them all, shall we? With the caveat that these are all very good races, and that these are just my best guesses based on what I'm hearing and seeing.

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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Are you all excited for Ask Me Anything Day? Our first question is on one of our local battles; "Ward 20" asks:

    Curious to see what your thoughts are in the West Roxbury State Rep Race?

    Well, I think it's a terrific field first of all. Second, I don't like Pam Julian's round yard signs. Other than that, my sense from people I've talked to is that Ed Coppinger is most likely to win (although one has to wonder about a campaign that manages to miss out on the GateHouse candidate profiles).

  • September 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the surprising emergence of Worcester as an epicenter of political power in Massachusetts.

    I can hear you snickering out there.

    Worcester has never gotten much respect, but it might be time to readjust that thinking. Tim Murray, Jim McGovern, Guy Glodis and others could be wielding power in the state for years to come.

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  • September 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Over the course of the year I have occasionally remarked that it's typical of Massachusetts Democrats that, in a year where voters are clearly angry at insider Beacon Hill Democrats, the party is rallying around former party chairman Steve Grossman and former Deval Patrick campaign political director Suzanne Bump, for the open statewide offices of treasurer and auditor.

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  • September 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    It's time to play Choose The Punchline!

    The Guy Glodis campaign for state auditor has sent out a very nice mail piece with this very large banner headline:

    "Guy Glodis Will Reign In Wasteful Spending"

    Is the punchline:

    A) I hope he's better at auditing math than auditing spelling.

    B) Wasteful spending, like printing and mailing something with a huge misspelling?

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  • August 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I have a short take on Monday afternoon's gubernatorial debate. I suggest that Charlie Baker is showing improvement as a candidate, but still has a ways to go to catch up with Deval Patrick and his team.

    Read it here: Baker's Learning Curve

  • August 18, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Not that I want to support the return of former Speaker Tom DeLay to the public forum, but I'll note that he makes an interesting point about the Democratic Party's national grassroots organization efforts, which he says will mitigate some of the potential for Republican gains in the US House.

    He might be right -- although it remains to be seen how effective that operation proves to be in a year when Democrats seem less enthused than they did in the last two election cycles.

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  • August 18, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Oh, Charlie, Charlie, Charlie....

    Scot Lehigh followed up with Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker the other day about his appearance at a Bill Hudak event, figuring that he's now had enough time, since I wrote about it, and since Scot first asked him about it, to have forged a serious response.

    I can't say that his response strikes me as very serious:

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  • August 17, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Once upon a time, like back in February when Bill Delahunt announced his retirement, there was a lot of thinking that Republicans could win the race this November for his replacement in the 10th District. After all, it's one of the least-Democratic districts in the state, and in January its voters went gaga over Scotto Brown.

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  • August 16, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Way, way, back last November, I blogged that...

    ...there is a realistic, if slim, possibility that Democrats could hold all six New England governorships come January 2011. According to my extensive research -- OK, scrolling through Wikipedia, mostly -- I believe this would be the first time that has happened ever, in the 200+ years of the party (including when it was called the Democratic-Republican Party).

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  • August 16, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Just before I went on vacation, Diane Black narrowly won the GOP primary in the Tennessee 6th congressional district, making her the very likely successor to retiring Democrat Bart Gordon in that Republican-leaning district. Black thus becomes the first likely female member of the 2011 Republican freshman class. Not quite justifying the whole "Year of the Republican Woman" claims, but hey, it's a start.

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  • August 16, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    I've been on vacation for the past week, but I'm back and ready to offer my two cents on things swirling around the local political scene.

    --Charlie Baker's campaign put out an optimistic top-page pollster memo, from a two-week-old poll showing the same thing other polls from that time showed: Deval Patrick ahead by about 7 points, with Tim Cahill's support refusing to die.

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  • August 05, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Bill Hudak, Republican congressional candidate in John Tierney's district, has not been universally embraced by mainstream Massachusetts Republicans -- in fact, when Hudak announced that Scott Brown had endorsed him, Brown quickly denied it and forced a retraction.

    That cold shoulder is due to some rather disturbing and, some might say, nutty opinions Hudak has expressed, such as once suggesting to journalists that he had documentation proving that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

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  • August 04, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Yesterday's three state primaries were not so good for the whole "Year of the Republican Woman" thing. As I noted in my preview, the few women running for the elite positions had no chance. And Jean Shudorf, who had a real chance to win the primary to succeed Tiahrt, lost.

    Yesterday produced two women GOP congressional nominees -- in addition to the three incumbents up for re-election.

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