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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Michael" seems to think it's Ask Me Everything Day (just kidding!):

    Which district city councilors will have legitimate challenges this year? Why did you get Mike Pence so totally wrong? Why are all the Republican candidates for president waiting, waiting, waiting to announce? Regarding legislation last year to keep govt offices open on the two hack holidays: Why don't our legislators know how to write legislation anymore?

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hey! It's the semi-occasional excitement of Ask Me Anything Day here at the Talking Politics blog!

    Please send me questions in the comments to this post, and I will answer as best as I can in posts throughout the day.

    Or, you may send your question via email to me at dbernstein@phx.com

    Fire away about politics, policy, issues, rumors, opinion, prognostication, Big Dig lighting fixtures, states where major American Revolution battles took place -- anything at all.

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Neal" asks:

    What do you think of Bob Massie's candidacy?

    Massie of Somerville, the 1994 Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, is running for US Senate. I think he's got a real chance of appealing to liberals in the primary, but the big question is whether he can build a serious organization (including fundraising) -- which may depend on who else enters the race (and how long it takes them to decide).

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Bart D" returns us to the arcanery of obscure Massachusetts politics, asking:

    What do you think Mike Lake's next move is? Is he done? 20% of the vote wasn't bad for a first timer running statewide.

    I definitely do not think he's done in politics -- his Quixotic run for state auditor impressed a lot of people, and demonstrated his organizational power.

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Mat Helman" asks a lengthy multiple-choice question; I will address each potential answer as they are presented:

    Among the GOP Presidential contenders, which personal life blemish would have the biggest negative impact on: A) GOP primary voters, and B) general election voters:

    1) Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney strapping his dog to the roof of his car for a drive to Canada.

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Josh D." asks:

    How could you leave Mos Def off your top ten list?!?!

    For those who aren't into the social networking thing (and if you are, please follow me on twitter.com/dbernstein), a few days ago, prompted by a mention of Yo Yo performing at the White House state dinner (it was actually Yo Yo Ma, unfortunately) I posted my Top 10 list of best all-time female rappers: #1 Lyte, #2 Missy, #3 Yo Yo, #4 Queen, #5 Lauryn, #6 Kim, #7 Eve, #8 Brat, #9 Grae, #10 Foxy.

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "ChrisMath" asks:

    Do you see Richard Tisei challenging Rep. John Tierney in the 6th District in 2012? If so, do you think he has a chance at a win? He's well liked and certainly less controversial than Hudak was.

    Tisei v. Tierney would be awfully confusing to write about - I'd prefer candidates with fewer similar letters in their names.

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Certifiable Political Junkie" asks:

    One, thinking ahead to 2014, does anyone come to mind as a plausible GOP candidate for Governor? Second, do you foresee any of the congressional incumbents retiring in order to avoid the redistricting bloodbath and a potential primary?

    On the first question: Sure -- Charlie Baker, for one.

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Johnny" hits me with three questions that I'm not going to be very helpful with:

    Which people at the Probation Department will be indicted? Any legal basis to the argument that the city council had no authority to expel Turner prior to sentencing? Who's the sitting city councilor with the worst reputation as a lech?

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "YoungMAGOP" asks:

    Do you see anyone currently in the state Legislature advancing to either Federal or State wide office in the next 4-8 years?

    Absolutely -- especially if redistricting, Democratic House minority status, age, and other factors leads some of the current US Reps to vacate. Bear in mind, though, that state campaign funds can't be used in federal races (although it can be made useful in a variety of ways, and is also an indicator of fundraising potential).

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Jim C" asks:

    Will Michael Flaherty jump back in and run for Councilor at Large? If he does will he win? Who would lose assuming all incumbents run? Political implications?

    The conventional wisdom around town is that Flaherty -- former Boston City Councilor, and 2009 mayoral candidate -- is not going to run for his old seat back.

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Neither rain nor snow -- especially snow -- can prevent me from having Ask Me Anything Day!

    Local, state, national politics? GOP Presidential politics? NH primary? Best female rapper of all time? (MC Lyte) You have questions, I have answers -- or at least opinions, theories, best guesses, rumors, and notions.

    So please leave your questions in the comments to this post, and I will do my best to answer in posts throughout the day.

  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Joe" asks:

    who would be the MA Democrats best hope of unseating Scott Brown in 2012 -- and would they actually run (giving up their seat if an office holder)?

    I'm going to just refer you back to what I wrote when I got this question in the last Ask Me Anything. I don't have any significant new intel or insight since then, I'm afraid.

  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Two questions about Bill Galvin in a single Ask Me Anything Day!

    "Kevin L." asks:

    Do you think Galvin will ever sit down and discuss the SOC issues in a Candidates Forum?

    "MPP" asks:

    Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Thursday that her office is investigating allegations that Tim Cahill used taxpayer resources to fund ads aimed at bolstering his candidacy.

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  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Jim" asks:

    If Therese Murray were to lose her re-election bid who do you think would emerge to be the next Senate President?

    It's a great question, because so much of the leadership is on the way out or not considered quite up to the task. It's possible that Stan Rosenberg could get the nod, as a one-session placekeeper.

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