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  • May 11, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Richard Ross appears to have cleaned Peter Smulowitz's clock today, keeping Scott Brown's seat as GOP #5 in the state senate.Congrats to Ross, and a kudos to Smulowitz for his fine effort.

    Oh yeah, and Sal D. won the other special.

    Big result shaping up in WV, where that incumbent Dem Congressman I mentioned appears to have been knocked out in the primary.

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  • May 11, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here in Massachusetts, we'll elect two new state senators today. One will be Sal DiDomenico, to replace Anthony Galluccio; the other will be either Republican Richard Ross or Democrat Peter Smulowitz, to replace Scott Brown. Both winners can expect serious challenges in November for a full term.

    On the national scene, Nebraska and West Virginia hold primaries today, and Georgia has a special-election primary to replace congressman Nathan Deal, who is running for governor.

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  • May 04, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    As I've mentioned, there's been a whole thing out in the blogosphere over the question of conservative epistemic closure, or whether the right is constrained by beliefs reinforced by their own informational circles. Again, I don't want to get into the academic debate. But I think it does enter into a question that's been on my mind of late: How will the GOP respond to a strong economic recovery?

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  • April 28, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the rift between progressive outsiders and establishment insiders brewing in Massachusetts Democratic Party primaries this year. Exhibit A, of course, is the Peter Smulowitz victory over Lida Harkins in the special-election primary for state senate.

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  • April 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    The news had been whispered, but now is out: Charlie Baker has replaced campaign manager Lenny Alcivar with Tim O'Brien.

    O'Brien is a veteran (he managed the Kerry Healey campaign), and my take on this move is that the campaign felt Alcivar was a little out of his depth running a multi-million-dollar, statewide campaign.

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  • April 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Battle for Boston" asks:

    3 open seats in Boston for state rep. 4th, 5th and 6th suffolk. who do you see as front runners and eventual winners ?

    Actually, there are four open state representative seats in Boston -- you left out the 10th Suffolk, where Michael Rush is running for state senate.

    As to frontrunners and likely winners, I really would have a tough time saying right now.

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  • April 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    Looking forward to the Democratic Convention in June - couple of questions:

    1. Will Grace Ross get the 15% to get on the ballot? And if so, where do these delegates come from - Tim Cahill Supporters in Norfolk County, maybe?

    2. Will Mike Lake get his 15% and make the ballot in a tough three-way fight for delegates for Sate Auditor?

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  • April 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Martin" asks via email, to start off our Ask Me Anything Day:

    True or false: Cahill has no chance to become governor!

    I won't say no chance, but it's a very slim chance.

    His problem is that it's awfully unlikely that Charlie Baker will fade into also-ran status -- that just doesn't happen to a major-party candidate in a competitive race, unless the party ends up with a complete joke of a nominee.

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  • April 21, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In my ongoing obsessive documentation of the vanishing elected Republican woman, there's been a little promising news, but also some setbacks for the ladies of the GOP.

    --The National Republican Congressional Committee has added 40 more candidates to its "Young Guns" program, now that 1st quarter 2010 fundraising numbers are in.

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  • April 10, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Deval Patrick is doing a big re-elect campaign launch this weekend, with events around the state. I checked out the 'launch eve' event for young professionals (read: potential volunteers) at Game On last night. It was a good vibe; a diverse crowd of a couple hundred. Seeing Patrick political director Tito Jackson working the crowd, I was suddenly disappointed that the party wasn't featuring a new Patrick campaign groove, like the one Tito had for his city council campaign ("Vote for Tito Jackson/He's a man of action").

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  • March 31, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Stephen Buoniconti, as long suspected, announced his candidacy for Hampden DA, making him the 8th Massachusetts state senator -- out of 40 -- to opt out of running for re-election. Two other seats are currently vacant, soon to be filled via special election.

    In other words, at least a quarter of the senate is turning over this year -- and as of January at least 40% will be new since the start of 2009.

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  • March 31, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write a two-item column on local politics.

    First, I look at the potential for a primary challenge to Congressman Stephen Lynch. Lynch, never a favorite of the liberals, drove many over the edge with his vote against the health care reform bill.

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  • March 30, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    I've had a theory for oh, maybe six months, that I've talked about with a number of people (including a few members of Congress and staffers) but have not publicly pontificated on. So, I'm now going to lay it out (a bit below), under the pretext of commenting on Kevin Drum, who in turn is commenting on Ezra Klein. Both smart folks, but both missing some of the lay of the land that I -- a self-anointed leading national expert on what I've dubbed the "movement conservative marketplace" -- know better than they.

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  • March 24, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Yet another state legislator is not running for re-election this year, and it's a biggie: senate Ways & Means chair Steve Panagiotakos of Lowell. Here's the Globe and the Sun with the story.

    That makes three open senate Democratic leadership positions come January: Ways and Means chair; Assistant Majority Leader (currently Joan Menard); and Majority Whip (currently Maureen Walsh).

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  • March 24, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write a two-part column on Boston politics.

    In the first item, I ask whether Boston City Councilor Steve Murphy's campaign for state Treasurer is his last shot at higher office. Murph's quest for other jobs is a running joke -- and occasional campaign issue -- at City Hall.

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