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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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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boysenberry" asks:

    What are the chances of the sales tax reduction ballot question? It seems really reckless to me, but people are dissatisfied an that may make them more likely to say "what the hell" and vote yes to something like that. Would the legislature even honor it?

    And "Susana" asks from Facebook:

    What's your prediction on the ballot questions? Will any of them pass?

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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "North Shore Politico" asks:

    Any predictions on the 9th Essex House and Middlesex and Essex Senate primaries?

    Also, for fun, what do you think Bill Hudak's percentage will be in the 6th GOP House primary? Will Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei vote for him on September 14th?

    Boy oh boy, my crystal ball is getting a workout today.

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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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  • 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 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    It's Friday before a long holiday weekend, with a hurricane on the way, so I know you're not working -- except for those of you putting together the "news dump" press releases that should start hitting around 2:30 this afternoon.

    So why not take a moment and ask me a question, in the comments to this post? I'll do my best to respond with my best facts, analysis, conjecture, opinion, prediction, or rumor.

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Brian" asks:

    What was the biggest surprise of the Democratic Convention last weekend?

    Brownies for media! (If Dems get more favorable coverage in this year's Massachusetts campaigns than Republicans -- who gave reporters SQUAT at their convention -- now you know why!)

    Also, Suzanne Bump beating Guy Glodis. And, such solid attendance -- I thought for sure a fair number of delegates would end up elsewhere on a June weekend, given the relative lack of important votes, but it seems they cared enough to make the trek to Worcester.

  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "John" asks:

    Who do you think are the rising stars in the Mass Democratic Party?

    We'll know more after this year's elections, but here's a quickie list for starters (in alphabetical order, so they don't think I'm ranking them): Felix Arroyo, Sonia Chang-Diaz, John Connolly, Joe Curtatone, Benjamin Downing, Jennifer Flanagan, Linda Dorcena Forry, Joseph O'Brien, Ayanna Pressley, Michael Ross, Domenic Sarno, Steve Tolman, Setti Warren, and Lisa Wong.

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Deep Thinker" asks:

    What did you think of Vicki Kennedy's speech? If she runs for senate, do you think she can appeal to Scott Brown's base?

    The Vicki conspiracy theorists in the building (and I'm one of them) sure thought that the whole presentation -- including the effusive praise from Sens. Kerry & Kirk -- seemed like a Vicki '12 rollout.

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    What happened to Guy Glodis at the Democratic State Convention. He seemed to spend a lot of resources to win the party's nod - and was heavily favored. Yet he actually got less votes than Suzanne Bump. Do you buy his spin that he threw Mike Lake a load of votes to get him on the ballot? And on another note, how did you rank the videos/speeches/presentations at the Convention?

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Ask Me Anything Day on a Wednesday? Why not?

    Ask your questions in the comments, or email them to me at dbernstein@phx.com, and I will provide my best answers in separate posts throughout the day.

    Let's have some fun!

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