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  • July 07, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    West Roxbury insurance businessman Jim Hennigan tells the Boston Phoenix that he will run for the 6th District seat on the Boston City Council, being vacated by John Tobin. He is the second announced candidates; Matt O'Malley has already told the Phoenix he is running.

    Hennigan, 56, is the brother of former city councilor Maura Hennigan, who is now Suffolk County Criminal Clerk.

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  • July 06, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    John Tobin is leaving the Boston City Council, where he has represented District 6 (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) for nine years. Some quick thoughts and questions:

    --Tobin's been a pretty solid councilor, particularly when it comes to constituent services -- and that's a district that expects a lot from its district councilor.

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  • June 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Sam Yoon, former Boston City Councilor and 2009 mayoral candidate, is moving to the Washington, DC area -- a move, he tells the Phoenix, that comes in part from the sense that he is "radioactive" for potential employers in Boston.

    Yoon, 40, has accepted a position as executive director of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Washington -- a return to the community-development work he was in prior to winning election in 2005.

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  • June 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Lots of news going around yesterday and today. Some thoughts:

    --No surprise that Dianne Wilkerson is pleading out, three weeks before her trial was set to begin. We probably won't know the sentence for a while yet, but it's sure to include prison time. To me, it's a sad, tragic personal story. I don't have much sympathy for her -- she's made her own bed -- but it's just sad that someone with so much potential failed so badly to live up to it.

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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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  • 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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