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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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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Let's start Ask Me Anything Day off with "Elias Nugator," who asks:

    The State House GOP caucus has proposed some splashy new ethics rules. Realistically, do these proposals have any change of being debated let alone becoming the rules of said chamber?

    It sure doesn't seem like it, but we'll see. Clearly, Speaker Bob DeLeo wants to be seen as a serious reformer, as shown in the aggressive patronage-ethics bill the house passed earlier this year (which the senate has shown no appetite for).

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    We're halfway through the year, heading into a red-white-and-blue patriotic three-day weekend, so what better time for the festivities of Ask Me Anything Day?

    Leave your questions in the comments to this post, and I will do my best to answer with posts throughout the day, with facts, estimates, guesses, rumors, predictions, and wildly irresponsible innuendo.

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  • June 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Joey" asks:

    On the InTrade exchange for the 2012 Republican Nomination for President, whose shares are currently undervalued/overvalued in your mind?

    Ecellent question. Rounding off, here are the current Intrade numbers:

    29% Mitt Romney

    19% Tim Pawlenty

    17% Jon Huntsman

    7% Sarah Palin

    6% Michele Bachmann

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  • June 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Tom" asks:

    Have we heard the last of the announced Democrats to challenge Scott Brown? If not, who is either (a) strongly considering a run or (b) definitely in for a run against Brown.

    & "CMassPolitics" asks:

    When Patty Murray and the DSCC say that they will have a front-line Senate candidate in a few weeks, do they mean Elizabeth Warren, one of the congressmen, someone else? It seems to me that Frank, Neal, Olver and Menino all publicly talking down the current candidates is an effort to keep the decks clear until Capuano makes a decision.

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  • June 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Elias Nugator" asks:

    Given the fact that the Commonwealth is about to lose a seat in Congress, are there any members of our delegation willing to "do the right thing" and decline to run in 2012 to prevent a ruinous intra-party fight? Or are they all gonna go down fighting no matter what?

    There appear to be none willing to walk away.

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  • June 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "James" starts off Ask Me Anything Day via email:

    What happened to the much celebrated "Worcester Power" of 2010? Will it show up anywhere in 2012? Can we get a senate candidate from outside 128?

    Well, it was much celebrated by me, anyway -- but maybe I was just wrong. As you suggest, the US Senate candidates and potential candidates all seem to come not only from east of 128, but within a stone's throw of Brighton.

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  • June 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    It's a bit of an odd day for Ask Me Anything -- mid-week after a Monday holiday -- but I have faith that folks will come through with some fabulous questions. Local, state, national, international, apocalyptic, whatever's on your mind. Leave your question in the comments to this post, or email them to me directly at dbernstein@phx.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Thanks to everybody who sent questions! I had a blast, and I hope maybe wrote one or two interesting things along the way.

    Just to quickly get to the last few -- "Dougie" asks:

    The herald reported some weeks ago that Deval would appoint a new registrar of probate. They mentioned Maureen Feeney was in the mix. Who do you think he will appoint and are there any other names in the mix?

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Oh great, right after my blatantly homophobia-laced Scott Brown comments, here's a question from the great gay-rights advocate and reporter Laura Kiritsy:

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein has filed a bill in the Senate to repeal the odious Defense of Marriage Act, better known as DOMA. Sen. Kerry is cosponsoring the bill and yesterday published an op-ed in Bay Windows calling for DOMA's repeal.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "DeepThinker" asks:

    Will Scott Brown hold onto his base? Can the Dems win without appealing to Scott Brown's base of guys who like guys who drive pick-up trucks? Is Bob Massie too intellectual to gain broad appeal? Is Setti Warren jumping in too soon? Can Mike Capuano recover from the stigma of having lost to Coakley? Is this too many questions?

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Venkman" asks:

    Will there be an open mayoral race in Boston in 2012? Will there be a race at all?

    "Alan B." asks:

    You have alluded to the Boston Mayor's Race in 2013 in a few posts, but would you be willing to put in percentages what you think the chances of Mayor Menino running for a sixth term are? And could you provide reasons and or evidence to support the percentage?

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    OK, back to the Ask Me Anything Day questions, after that little outburst. The great Tony Schinella of politizine asks:

    What are you thoughts on the upcoming Boston city council races? With it be yet another sleepy affair? With all that is going on with the budget, school cuts, will it be competitive? Will ward councilor like Mike Ross escape challenge once again? What, if anything, can be done to increase voter turnout and participation?

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Josh D" asks:

    In your opinion, which MA pol(s) has/have hit the ground running since being elected/reelected last fall in terms of fulfilling campaign promises and/or getting started on worth-while initiatives? Are they any that have been disappointing for the same reasons?

    It's a great question, but still too early to really say much.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Lots of questions today -- love it! I've got two on redistricting. First, via Twitter (follow me! twitter.com/dbernstein) from "Lance Harris" aka "CMassPolitics":

    Which comes first: redistricting map or Congressman announcing run for Senate? If map, who's out? I say Tsongas vs. Tierney.

    And from here on the blog, "Jim-C" asks":

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