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  • July 31, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the final hours, as often happens, the deals were made to reconcile the differences between the two chambers, and a whole bunch of legislation is pouring through the Massachusetts state legislature.

    I haven't had a chance to find out how all those differences have been resolved in those bills, but my initial indicators are that an awful lot of them went in favor of the state senate.

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  • July 29, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Word was strategically getting around earlier today that the Massachusetts House and Senate were "getting to yes," as senate president Therese Murray has put it, on the gaming bill -- to include two licenses for slots-only facilities.

    That was not yet officially announced, but was pretty clearly meant to be the story for the evening news.

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  • July 29, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    With the end of the 2009-'10 formal legislative session fast approaching, Beacon Hill is jammed up over the question of how to shove money into the state's four existing race tracks -- including its two dog tracks, which are in particular financial trouble. Speaker Bob DeLeo wants the state to give the tracks licenses to install slot machines; Governor Deval Patrick wants instead to dedicate a portion of casino revenues to the tracks, a position that Senate President Therese Murray agrees with, if I'm not mistaken.

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  • July 26, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    A new Rasmussen poll for FOX25 has the race for governor essentially unchanged since a month ago. Patrick leads Baker 38% - 32%, compared to 41%-34% in June, while Cahill ticked up from 16% to 17%, and undecided rose from 9% to 12%. (The poll doesn't include Jill Stein.)

    That gibes with what I've heard about recent internal polling by a couple of the campaigns.

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  • July 20, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    As you know, I love everybody.

    And I usually don't like to complain about anything that causes a good political scuffle. But for cripes sakes, when you get handed a policy difference please understand that you can either have a policy debate, or you can accuse someone of corruption. When you do the latter -- when you ask the Attorney General to investigate, for example -- you kinda toss the policy debate out the window.

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    What happened to Guy Glodis at the Democratic State Convention. He seemed to spend a lot of resources to win the party's nod - and was heavily favored. Yet he actually got less votes than Suzanne Bump. Do you buy his spin that he threw Mike Lake a load of votes to get him on the ballot? And on another note, how did you rank the videos/speeches/presentations at the Convention?

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  • May 25, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Deval Patrick said something stupid yesterday, as you may have heard. In response to a question at a Suffolk Law forum, he replied that he has no problem with the level of oppositional political discourse here in state politics, adding: "It seems like child’s play compared to what’s going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels like to me."

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  • May 21, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    A couple of weeks ago I posted about the conundrum the national Republican party is in if, as increasingly seems likely, the strong economic recovery continues through the coming five or six months. Yesterday, that problem loudly manifested itself in Massachusetts, with very good economic growth news, which you can read about in your daily paper of choice.

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  • May 18, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Interesting couple of days on the political scene. Here in Massachusetts, we've got Democratic Governor Deval Patrick denouncing Charlie Baker for negative attack ads run by the Republican Governors Association -- mostly against independent candidate Tim Cahill. Patrick's critics naturally point out that he benefitted from third-party negative attack ads in 2006, which has forced him to parse the difference between the two -- or denounce both (he tried both approaches yesterday).

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  • April 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    Looking forward to the Democratic Convention in June - couple of questions:

    1. Will Grace Ross get the 15% to get on the ballot? And if so, where do these delegates come from - Tim Cahill Supporters in Norfolk County, maybe?

    2. Will Mike Lake get his 15% and make the ballot in a tough three-way fight for delegates for Sate Auditor?

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  • April 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Martin" asks via email, to start off our Ask Me Anything Day:

    True or false: Cahill has no chance to become governor!

    I won't say no chance, but it's a very slim chance.

    His problem is that it's awfully unlikely that Charlie Baker will fade into also-ran status -- that just doesn't happen to a major-party candidate in a competitive race, unless the party ends up with a complete joke of a nominee.

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  • April 10, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Deval Patrick is doing a big re-elect campaign launch this weekend, with events around the state. I checked out the 'launch eve' event for young professionals (read: potential volunteers) at Game On last night. It was a good vibe; a diverse crowd of a couple hundred. Seeing Patrick political director Tito Jackson working the crowd, I was suddenly disappointed that the party wasn't featuring a new Patrick campaign groove, like the one Tito had for his city council campaign ("Vote for Tito Jackson/He's a man of action").

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  • March 24, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Charlie Baker just held a conference-call press conference, in which he criticized Tim Cahill for accepting contributions from pension fund managers who get business from the Treasurer's office -- which was recently reported in the Boston Globe (by Walter Robinson's talented journo students).

    Baker is calling on Cahill to disclose and provide details about the placement agents that the Treasurer's office uses to select pension-fund managers, and to fully disclose all campaign contributors from those agents.

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  • March 17, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I consider how the Big Dig, aka Original Sin of Massachusetts Politics, is once again at issue in this year's state elections.

    Not only do we have Democrats pounding Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker for his alleged complicity in the project's financial shenanigans, but we have two former member of the Turnpike Authority running for statewide office.

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  • March 12, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Earlier today I taped a couple of weekend "Eye On Politics" segments with Jon Keller that will air on WBZ radio over the weekend. In the Saturday piece, Jon asked me about Governor Deval Patrick taking his first big public swing at challenger Charlie Baker this week -- saying Baker has been "missing in action" on the issue of health care costs

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