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  • November 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    I've got a little analysis of yesterday's Boston City Council elections, running in this week's issue, that should be online later today. But meanwhile, here are a few notes as I scan the precinct-by-precinct results this morning.

    Bear in mind that the city breaks down results by percentage of votes cast, counting each vote -- up to four on each ballot -- as if it's a separate ballot.

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  • October 05, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    John "JC Pennies" Connolly was the top fundraiser of the at-large Boston City Council field, leaving him with nearly a quarter-million on hand heading into the final 5+ weeks of the campaign. But young Felix G. Arroyo continues to build up a serious stake. Ayanna Pressley dropped to fifth in cash-on-hand, after spending some dough on signs, pamphlets, and other snazzy material.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Anonymous" asks via stealthy, identity-masking email:

    What's your take on the at-large race? Clearly, Connolly has the money and Arroyo appears to be strong in that department as well. Flaherty is finally in full campaign mode...who tops the ticket? Who's the one left out? And do you think topping the ticket is really that important for Connolly or any of the other mayoral hopefuls?

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  • September 06, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    As we turn the corner from Labor Day to the two-month home stretch of the Boston City Council campaign, John "JC Penny" Connolly remains way ahead of the at-large pack when it comes to banking coin. But he did not top the field for August -- young Felix Arroyo beat him, with help from a roughly $11,000 fundraiser in Puerto Rico.

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  • August 03, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston City Councilor John Connolly banks so much coin, I'm going to start calling him J.C. Pennies. Here is the reported cash-on-hand for the other six at-large candidates, at the end of July:

    Felix Arroyo: $76,408

    Stephen Murphy: $41,590

    Ayanna Pressley: $39,838

    Michael Flaherty: $18,851

    Will Dorcena: $2697

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Bundling a few questions on the topic -- "Jim-C" asks:

    Predictions: Order of finish in Boston City Council At-Large race in November?

    "BeantownBill" asks:

    What impact will the 2011 Boston Elections have on the 2013 Mayor's Race? And when would you expect candidates to announce their intensions for Boston's Elections in 2013 including Mayor Menino?

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  • June 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Last night I was honored to moderate a Ward 5 Democrats forum for the candidates for the four at-large city council seats -- the first such forum of the year. Incumbents Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, and Stephen Murphy were there, joined by challengers William Dorcena, Michael Flaherty, and Sean Ryan. The only candidate not in attendance was incumbent Ayanna Pressley, who had to cancel to tend to her ill mother.

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  • June 08, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the 2011 Boston City Council election, now that the field is pretty much set. What happens if they hold an election, and nobody notices?

    Four years ago, when Boston last voted for City Council but not mayor, less than 14% of the Boston electorate bothered to show up.

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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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  • 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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