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  • May 08, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Local political reporters rejoice: what could have been the sleepiest election season in ages will instead be a fun-filled bloodbath. That's right, Michael Flaherty has just announced that he is running for Boston City Council at-large.

    I have been saying all year and longer that he was serious about it, but I was never really sure he would pull the trigger.

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  • March 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy will support Ayanna Pressley in her bid for re-election this year, even -- or especially -- if Michael Flaherty runs for his seat back.

    Murphy and Pressley, two of the four incumbent at-large councilors, had a conversation over the weekend in which Murphy pledged his support.

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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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  • November 10, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the notoriously irrelevant Boston City Council, and note that it has been acting surprisingly relevant in the past year.

    The Council is in an interesting period of transition. New at-large councilors Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley got elected a year ago, a new member will be elected next week to replace John Tobin, and it's likely that Chuck Turner will be removed next month, triggering another special election.

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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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  • January 26, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Boston City Council's general irrelevance and futility -- and the mayor's unilateral power -- was a topic of much discussion during last year's city elections. The solid re-election of Tom Menino was, to some degree at least, a vote to maintain that balance, but the issue clearly resonated.

    Council president Mike Ross announced committee assignments today, and there is some glimmer that he may be trying to push the council toward a slightly more equitable balance with the executive branch.

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  • December 11, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Anonymous" asks:

    What's up with the new city councilors? What have they been up to since the election?

    I saw both Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley at the Coakley election-night party. (Neither endorsed her, but both stopped by.) I didn't get a chance to speak with Arroyo, but I did chat with Pressley. She's working on putting her staff together, and talking with council President Mike Ross about what role she might take, in terms of committees.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Ed" asks via email:

    Give us your predictions for the mayoral final (with percentages) and the order the At-Large candidates will finish.

    Menino 54% Flaherty 46%

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  • October 01, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston City Council president Mike Ross confirms for me that his chief-of-staff, Reuben Kantor, is leaving to join the Ayanna Pressley campaign for at-large city council.

    Kantor, who joined the political arena just a few years ago, has quickly become one of the city's top progressive operatives. "Ayanna will really benefit from Reuben's strength on both the political and the policy side," says Ross, who endorsed Pressley the night of the preliminary election.

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  • September 30, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I analyze the at-large Boston City Council race coming out ofthe preliminary election, which narrowed the field to eight. I find that local politicos believe that -- unlike other recent at-large races -- the top four in the preliminary will end up as the four winners in November.

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  • September 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hmmm... Seems like some commenters don't appreciate my expert analysis. Oh well.

    Anyway, let's back up and look at what I prognosticated and analyzed the last time I was asked, about a month ago -- and whether it still stands. First off:

    I think that the prelim top four will likely be Murphy-Connolly-Pressley-Arroyo.

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