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  • April 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Frank" asks via email:

    If Peter Smulowitz fails to pick up the Scott Brown's state senate seat on May 11th, how much blame will go to state rep. Lida Harkins, who has all but endorsed the Republican in the race? Will there be any consequences for Harkins -- like losing her chair of the Needham Town Committee? Or will the Party just allow these local bosses to do what they like?

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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 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    That's right, Ask Me Anything Day on a Tuesday. Can it work? That's up to you -- please send me your questions as comments to this post, or email them to me at dbernstein@phx.com. I can keep you anonymous if you'd like.

    Feel free to ask me about local, state, or national politics, or whatever else is on your mind. I'll do my best to answer in separate posts throughout the day, with facts, opinions, rumors, predictions, or best guesses.

    I'm looking forward to it!

  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    Have you been following the race for Tisei's open seat in the state senate. Will Katherine Clark's association with Coakley hurt her? Her Democratic opponent - Mike Day - raised $70,000 in a couple of months and seems like he could run as an outsider? Any predictions?

    I was wondering that myself, but I think the answer is no, Clark will probably win that seat.

  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Bernie" asks:

    Can you rate the performance of the Democratic and Republican state party chairs?

    I can only give a partial rating -- we'll know much better after November. I think John Walsh has done a good job considering what a widely diverse set of interests are pulling at the state Democratic Party -- which can never truly be just a wing of the governor's operation the way the state GOP has been in the past.

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  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Rob" asks:

    Which State Rep and State Senator races should we keep an eye on for the fall?

    So far, it's the open ones. I'll be real interested in what shapes up in Joan Menard's southeastern district, where she just announced she won't run again, and in Bob Hedlund's south-fo-Boston seat, if he runs for Congress. For me, Willie Mae Allen's seat will be a must-watch, to see who emerges as a political leader from the community.

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  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Things are heating up on Ask Me Anything Day! "George Williams" asks:

    When will the first black Mayor of Boston be elected?...and what current black pols do you think have a chance at being the one to make history?

    As for the 'when,' that depends in large part on whether Tom Menino decides to run for a historic 9th term, or calls it quits in 2025.

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  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Mike S." asks:

    Is Bill Clinton the only president since the New Deal to actually decrease the number of federal government jobs in the US?

    My understanding is that the number fell by roughly 5% under Clinton, primarily from military reductions. I believe that's the only Presidency to decline since JFK, but I don't know whether post-war figures declined during Truman and/or Eisenhower. I'll get back to you.

  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Nearly as exciting as National Pancake Day (next Tuesday!), it's Ask Me Anything Day at the Talking Politics blog!

    Please leave your questions as comments to this post, or email them to me directly at dbernstein@phx.com. Your name can be withheld if you don't want it revealed. (Or, if you don't want to reveal which elected official or candidate who you work for directed you to ask the question about how great I think they are.

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  • January 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Mark" asks:

    Is Joe Malone serious about running for Congress and does he have a prayer?

    In a similar vein, "Southshore Pragmatist" asks via email:

    Are Republicans really dumb enough to try to capitalize on Brown's momentum by nominating a guy for Congress (Joe Malone) that essentially went into political exile for 10 years because four of his hand-picked staffers ransacked the Treasury of $9 million?

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  • January 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Mike D." asks:

    Have you been able to analyze Tuesday’s election returns for Boston? If so, is there anything worth noting (e.g., potential vulnerable candidates heading into this fall's elections)?

    I have only taken a limited look at the breakdown to this point, so this is a limited analysis, but I don't see a lot of evidence that there are areas with a surprisingly large Brown vote coupled with a potentially vulnerable incumbent state legislator.

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  • January 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Frank" asks via email:

    Do you think that Scott Brown's defeat will have any impact at all on the Beacon Hill hacks in the Legislature? Will these clowns get any serious opposition in either September or November? Do you think we will see not only GOP challengers to incumbents, but Democrats in the primary - tired of the nonsense going on in the State House?

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  • January 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Anonymous" asks:

    Is Ayanna really taken? Have you, or anybody you know, asked Ayanna or Ayla out since Tuesday night?

    First of all, Scott Brown's younger daughter is Arianna; Ayanna Pressley, Boston city councilor, is single and as far as I know, available.

    I don't know how taken Arianna Brown is. I have not asked out either daughter, both because A) my wife might disapprove, and B) I suspect that Scott keeps a rifle in that pickup truck.

  • January 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "2 Timer" asks:

    what Jay-z song best describes your persona? could be your personal theme song?

    Friend Or Foe. 'Cause I ride like that.

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