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  • March 07, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write that US Senator Scott Brown will be very difficult to beat this November.

    Recent polls have shown him lead Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, which seemed to come as a shock to a lot of Massachusetts Democrats and Washington pundits.

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  • March 07, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    In case you haven't seen, a group called Coalition of Americans for Political Equality (CAPE PAC) was running some online ads for Senator Scott Brown, which runs afoul of the agreement between Brown and Elizabeth Warren to discourage third-party advertising in the race. (I believe WCVB broke the story.) The Brown campaign communicated to the PAC their desire to have no third-party ads, and CAPE PAC agreed to stop.

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  • January 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    [Opening image: Massachusetts State House]

    Voiceover: Massachusetts is a liberal, Democrat state. It deserves a liberal, Democrat Senator.

    [fade to black]

    Voiceover: But two years ago, voters made a mistake....

    [Image appears on left half of screen: Scott Brown, in barn coat; preferably shaking hands outside Fenway Park in the cold]

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  • January 06, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    A book about middle-class bankruptcy, being published next week, includes a chapter co-authored by US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Her contribution, interpreting newly available data, argues that bankruptcy is primarily, and increasingly, a middle-class phenomenon in America -- and that the traditional steps to achieving middle-class status are the very same things contributing to the problem.

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  • November 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Let's see....

    --I can't say I'm all that worked up about Michael McLaughlin. I've met him a couple of times, but I'll defer to Scot Lehigh's assessment. We'll see what turns up now that the microscope is on him -- could be he was a decent administrator who found ways to legally, if grossly, pad his pocketbook, or it could be considerably worse.

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  • November 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the course of an election like yesterday's, I end up tucking away a few takeaway items that don't end up fitting in anywhere. Here are two from yesterday:

    1) Beware armies of the faithful. The two big winners yesterday, Ayanna Pressley and Frank Baker, relied on large quantities of unreasonably enthusaistic supporters spreading word one by one all over the place.

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  • October 13, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online today -- I write about the state of the Massachusetts Senate primary race, which appears to be narrowing rapidly to Elizabeth Warren chase by Alan Khazei.

    But wait! I can now report that attorney James Coyne King will formally announce his entry into the race early next week.

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  • October 07, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    On the Scott Brown - Elizabeth Warren dust-up, I'll point you to Glen Johnson's take over at the little paper/web site across town; I pretty much agree with what he says there.

    I do want to add the context of Scotto's story. I'm not trying to make much of this, but think it's worth noting in line with Johnson's thoughts about the apparent attempt to play hard-knock Brown vs.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David" asks:

    There's now a debate scheduled on 10/4 for the Democratic Senate candidates. As with most primaries, it seems like the candidates agree on most of the issues. What do you expect will be the major topics? Are there any statewide issues that we should be looking for them to talk about?

    I agree, there are unlikely to be many significant disagreements on the issues -- this early, it's more of a forum for candidates to express their "story" and demonstrate their ability to express liberal ideals in a way that resonates with the activist base.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Happy Ask Me Anything Friday!!! First up is "Rob," who goes straight to the big Massachusetts 2012 US Senate race:

    Have you heard any rumblings about any of the Democratic Senate candidates dropping out now that Elizabeth Warren is in the race? I'm wondering specifically about Setti Warren. Seems like this would be an opportune time for him to gracefully drop out, save face, and build up more experience for a run later on.

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  • September 14, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Who done it? Presumably Doug Rubin, political consultant for both Steve Pagliuca (in '09) and Elizabeth Warren (now). An eagle-eyed sleuth claims to have solved the case -- watch the evidence yourself:

    Pags.

    Liz.

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  • September 13, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here she goes: consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will announce tomorrow her candidacy for US Senate, her campaign says.

    She will appear in Boston tomorrow morning, followed by appearances across the state; more details to come.

  • August 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    This morning the Ballot Box blog of DC's The Hill ran a piece that made the rounds (and was repeated tonight practically verbatim by Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC's Last Word) about the tough dilemma facing Elizabeth Warren if she runs for US Senate: because of her tough, anti-Wall Street credentials -- most recently as the "mastermind of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau" -- Warren will likely be unable to raise money from "high-rolling donors" at hedge funds and financial firms, and will be forced to rely on small-dollar contributions from her "ardent grassroots following" to fund her uphill battle against the man dubbed by Forbes "Wall Street's favorite Senator," Scott Brown.

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  • August 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the much-rumored Elizabeth Warren US Senate candidacy; in it, I reported that my "conversations with Bay State Democratic operatives... suggest a certain level of resistance, if not outright hostility, from the local political establishment." Those activists, organizers, campaign veterans, and fundraisers, I wrote, are generally open to persuasion -- mostly because they haven't given their hearts to any of the current candidates -- but do still need to be persuaded, directly.

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "DeepThinker" asks:

    Should Elizabeth Warren run for U.S. Senate? The popularity of Bob Massie is greatly under-reported, Setti Warren is gaining ground, and Alan Khazei's past supporters are back. Scott Brown is proving to be very thin-skinned (where did those baseball cards go, anyway?) and unprepared for the heat he's about to get.

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