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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "John" asks on another angle of the potential US Senate special election:

    Do you think Governor Patrick backtracks on his previous move and lets his Senate appointment run for the seat? (assuming of course Kerry is SoS)

    My sense is no -- he will again appoint someone as a placeholder, who is not running in the special election.

    But I wouldn't say that it's set in concrete.

  • June 29, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David" asks:

    Any reason to expect that Deval would join a second Obama Administration in some fashion? If not, what's your prediction for him in 2015?

    I still think pretty much what I wrote in the paper a year ago -- Patrick's not thinking of running for anything else, and he'll most likely fashion a post-gubernatorial career combining some money-making (on corporate boards, special legal work, whatever), some non-profit activity (establishing a policy institute, chairing a foundation, whatever), some party statesmanship (both behind-the-scenes king-making and as a public spokesperson), and/or some public service.

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  • May 30, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "I am disappointed," Marisa DeFranco tells me, that Governor Deval Patrick chose to endorse Elizabeth Warren in the US Senate race, just two days before the Democratic State Convention at which DeFranco needs 15 percent of the delegate votes to qualify for the primary ballot.

    Asked whether she thinks Patrick's endorsement was timed to sway delegates from voting for her this weekend, DeFranco said "I'm going to let other people read the tea leaves on that."

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  • May 09, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I have created a tumblr of pictures of Massachusetts politicians, photographed with animals.

    It's at http://mapoliwithanimals.tumblr.com/

    Send yours to me at dbernstein@phx.com

    And yes, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

  • March 23, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Again taking two together; "Neal" asks:

    What's next for Gov. Patrick? An Obama appointment (if he wins) to SJC or AG? A run for president in '16?

    ...while "JohnIAT" asks:

    How badly does Scott Brown want to run for President?

    On Deval Patrick, I haven't changed my thinking since I wrote about this one year ago this month.

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  • June 24, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Yes, I know, it's all Whitey all the time -- believe me, I'm enjoying the spectacle -- but let's remember that there's another sordid tale going on: the inability of the Massachusetts state legislature to pass a budget.

    The fiscal year ends in six days, on Thursday June 30. So, to have money in the checkbook a week from today, a budget's got to be signed.

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  • April 13, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "This debate over budgets and deficits is about more than just numbers on a page, more than just cutting and spending. It's about the kind of future we want. It's about the kind of country we believe in."

    That's from the very first paragraph of Barack Obama's big deficit-cutting speech today. If you spent time watching last year's Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign, it probably struck you as rather familiar.

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  • April 06, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Massachusetts House of Representatives does not seem to be in a great rush to work on Governor Deval Patrick's and Senate President Therese Murray's top priority of the session, health care cost containment, Liz Kowalczyk writes in the Globe. So true. In fact, I've found that when you mention health care cost containment to people on the House side, they tend to assume you're talking just about moving municipalities to GIC for health insurance; the big reform Patrick and Murray are talking about doesn't seem to even be on their radar.

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  • March 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the never-ending, and recently increasing, speculation about Governor Deval Patrick's personal plans. As you may have heard, he's going to be DNC chairman, or US Senator, or Obama campaign chair, or Supreme Court justice, or who knows what else.

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  • February 02, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Back in the early days of the Barack Obama presidency, when speculation was rampant that Deval Patrick would head to Washington for a post, a well-informed insider type speculated to me that Patrick could be named US Ambassador to China. Didn't happen -- it went to (Republican) Jon Huntsman of Utah. Well, Huntsman just resigned, supposedly to launch a Presidential bid.

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  • January 26, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at a new movement that might, finally, make real criminal-justice reform politically feasible. That movement is coming from die-hard movement conservatives.

    Sure, Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist, and the Concerned Women for America are coming at the issue from a different perspective than the generally liberal long-time advocates.

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  • January 25, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Yellow pledge cards and door-knocking weren't the only things Obama picked up from the successful Deval Patrick re-elect.

    >>>OPTIMISM WORKS<<<

    More on this later.

  • January 05, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Oh, what an exciting week this is for those who enjoy the arcane rituals and traditions of the peaceful transfer of power in the world's greatest democracy!

    For starters, congratulations to Stephen Murphy, who got voted in as the new president of the Boston City Council. He (and his staff!) finally get the big office, and all the trappings and attention that come with it -- and, one imagines, a fundraising boost toward his re-election later this year.

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  • January 04, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    There is not a lot of big news coming out of the string of interviews Governor Deval Patrick is doing this week -- including one with me -- other than the fact that he's doing them at all. Patrick has not always made, shall we say, warm outreach to the fourth estate. Clearly, as he indicated in his one-on-one with me Tuesday afternoon, he hopes to get more positive press coverage in the second term, and I'd say he has realized the futility of his first-term strategy of sitting behind closed doors being bitter about the negative coverage.

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  • January 03, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    I have been invited to interview Governor Deval Patrick tomorrow, in a series of 15-minute "exclusives" he's giving to community papers in advance of his inauguration. He wants to talk about his goals for his second term, as well as lessons he's learned from the first.

    Well, I'm turning the floor over to you -- what would you like to ask the governor?

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