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  • December 28, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    It turns out, you can be pretty snarky in 140 characters. I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now (follow me at twitter.com/dbernstein), and use it for a variety of purposes: breaking bits of political news; passing along news or commentary of interest; linking to my articles and blog posts; offering brief observations and commentary; interacting with readers and political junkies; and of course, cracking humorous one-liners.

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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Via Facebook, "Judy Meredith" asks:

    How will the tax evasion stuff play out among state wide candidates?

    For those unfamiliar with the story, the Boston Globe has reported that Tim Cahill, Tim Murray, and Guy Glodis all failed to pay federal taxes on the interest earned by campaign funds held in CDs.

    I think the story hurts Cahill a little; it's just one more item that Baker can use against him.

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  • September 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the surprising emergence of Worcester as an epicenter of political power in Massachusetts.

    I can hear you snickering out there.

    Worcester has never gotten much respect, but it might be time to readjust that thinking. Tim Murray, Jim McGovern, Guy Glodis and others could be wielding power in the state for years to come.

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  • September 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Over the course of the year I have occasionally remarked that it's typical of Massachusetts Democrats that, in a year where voters are clearly angry at insider Beacon Hill Democrats, the party is rallying around former party chairman Steve Grossman and former Deval Patrick campaign political director Suzanne Bump, for the open statewide offices of treasurer and auditor.

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  • September 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    It's time to play Choose The Punchline!

    The Guy Glodis campaign for state auditor has sent out a very nice mail piece with this very large banner headline:

    "Guy Glodis Will Reign In Wasteful Spending"

    Is the punchline:

    A) I hope he's better at auditing math than auditing spelling.

    B) Wasteful spending, like printing and mailing something with a huge misspelling?

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Brian" asks:

    What was the biggest surprise of the Democratic Convention last weekend?

    Brownies for media! (If Dems get more favorable coverage in this year's Massachusetts campaigns than Republicans -- who gave reporters SQUAT at their convention -- now you know why!)

    Also, Suzanne Bump beating Guy Glodis. And, such solid attendance -- I thought for sure a fair number of delegates would end up elsewhere on a June weekend, given the relative lack of important votes, but it seems they cared enough to make the trek to Worcester.

  • 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 26, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the discomfort many state Democratic insiders feel about Guy Glodis becoming, potentially, the party's candidate for state Auditor.

    Glodis has a history of being on the wrong side of a lot of core liberal issues, like gay marriage, and of making comments considered offensive by many of those same libs.

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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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  • March 24, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Mike Lake is running for state Auditor at just 31 years old, which has prompted questions about his experience -- and whether he may be inflating his bio to make himself appear more qualified than he is.

    After looking into it, and speaking with Lake, I would say that the answer may lie in the eye of the beholder -- or perhaps in the sometimes subtle distinction between implication and inference.

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  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Bill" asks:

    What will happen at the State Democratic convention in June? Will all the candidates (i.e: Grace Ross and Mike Lake) get the 15% needed to get on the primary ballot?

    I can't predict with any confidence, because frankly the inner workings of state Democratic convention politics is far beyond my level of comprehension.

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  • February 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Somerville's seven Ward Democratic Party Committees held their caucuses last night, to elect delegates to the state convention. All other committees aren't allowed to start holding caucuses until Wednesday, but apparently Somerville is special. (I'm told that it was the only time they could get home-town boy Congressman Michael Capuano to speak, so the state party gave them a waiver.

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