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  • October 13, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online today -- I write about the state of the Massachusetts Senate primary race, which appears to be narrowing rapidly to Elizabeth Warren chase by Alan Khazei.

    But wait! I can now report that attorney James Coyne King will formally announce his entry into the race early next week.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David" asks:

    There's now a debate scheduled on 10/4 for the Democratic Senate candidates. As with most primaries, it seems like the candidates agree on most of the issues. What do you expect will be the major topics? Are there any statewide issues that we should be looking for them to talk about?

    I agree, there are unlikely to be many significant disagreements on the issues -- this early, it's more of a forum for candidates to express their "story" and demonstrate their ability to express liberal ideals in a way that resonates with the activist base.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Happy Ask Me Anything Friday!!! First up is "Rob," who goes straight to the big Massachusetts 2012 US Senate race:

    Have you heard any rumblings about any of the Democratic Senate candidates dropping out now that Elizabeth Warren is in the race? I'm wondering specifically about Setti Warren. Seems like this would be an opportune time for him to gracefully drop out, save face, and build up more experience for a run later on.

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  • August 24, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    For those not up to speed... Over on Twitter, there's been a joke account for a while called "CrazyKhazei" that makes snide comments clearly intended to poke fun at Alan Khazei and other Democratic candidates for US Senate. Local tweeter Chris Matthews caught something from the account of Eric Fehrnstrom -- longtime Mitt Romney aide and member of Scott Brown's campaign inner circle -- that he suspects reveals that Fehrnstrom is the CrazyKhazei tweeter.

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  • August 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the much-rumored Elizabeth Warren US Senate candidacy; in it, I reported that my "conversations with Bay State Democratic operatives... suggest a certain level of resistance, if not outright hostility, from the local political establishment." Those activists, organizers, campaign veterans, and fundraisers, I wrote, are generally open to persuasion -- mostly because they haven't given their hearts to any of the current candidates -- but do still need to be persuaded, directly.

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Setti Warren will report raising $122,000 for the just-ended 2nd quarter, in just under two months since he launched his campaign. A spokesperson tells me they think that's a "strong start," while Warren's been focusing mainly on meeting and speaking with Democratic committees, and trying to raise his name recognition, and so on.

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "DeepThinker" asks:

    Should Elizabeth Warren run for U.S. Senate? The popularity of Bob Massie is greatly under-reported, Setti Warren is gaining ground, and Alan Khazei's past supporters are back. Scott Brown is proving to be very thin-skinned (where did those baseball cards go, anyway?) and unprepared for the heat he's about to get.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Ask Me Anything Day rolls on! "RMC Strategies" asks:

    Could you handicap the top 4 folks in the US Senate dem primary (based on assumptions of who may be in) and the top 4 folks who would be NEXT mayor of Boston (outside of Menino)?

    Well, the four who are making noise about running I would put in the following order of likelihood to win the nomination: Setti Warren, Kim Driscoll, Alan Khazei, Bob Massie -- with the caveat that I don't think there's a huge difference in the odds among all four.

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  • February 28, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Kim Driscoll, Mayor of Salem, is using a convenient excuse -- a reception in Easthampton for the women-in-politics organization Emerge Massachusetts -- to do a little statewide meeting-and-greeting today as she continues to lay the groundwork for a possible US Senate campaign.

    "The Emerge event is a natural thing I'd be doing," Driscoll said.

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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Robert" asks:

    What are you hearing concerning potential challengers to Scott Brown in 2012? If the Democrats lose the House this fall will Massachusetts Congressman consider giving up their seats? And is Alan Khazei's book tour the beginning of a campaign rollout?

    Most people think that Vicky Kennedy wants to run, but only if the Dems clear the field for her, and they won't.

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  • January 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Lots of questions already piling up for Ask Me Anything Day! "DC Observer" asks:

    Who are the early Democratic frontrunners to challenge Brown in 2012? Do you see a member of the Cong. Delegation? A former member like Meehan? Someone from state politics? Private sector?

    I think that Meehan is very likely. A congressman would have to give up his seat to run, which seems unlikely unless the GOP really does take over the majority in the House (and looks likely to keep it after 2012), although a couple would be sorely tempted.

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  • December 11, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Joe" asks, via email:

    Any chance that Steve Pagliuca, despite his last place finish in the Senate primary, might be tempted to jump into the Democratic race for Governor. Deval looks vulnerable, to say the least, and money is clearly not an issue for Steve.
    No chance, according to people close to Pags I've spoken to about it.

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  • December 08, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    I've got little or nothing useful to tell you at this stage of the game (so, if you're hoping to be the next AG, just keep your britches cool for a while). Boston looks like it's going to have lower turnout than the Mayoral primary, probably a little under 20%. Somerville -- Capuano's home base -- looks a little higher. The rest of the state is low, low, low, from what I'm hearing.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "K B" asks:

    How does Khazei's $1.1 million raised by 9/30 affect the Senate race? And is there ANY way he can surmount the name-recognition barrier?

    The first question really answers the latter: if this fundraising pace continues, then he can rapidly raise his name recognition.

    It's not yet clear to me how impressive the $1.

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