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  • July 13, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Senate President Therese Murray is holding a big fundraiser tonight (at Joe Tecce's, natch) for the Committee for a Democratic Senate, the political action committee through which she supports her colleagues and would-be colleagues in the November elections. This fundraiser -- which traditionally brings in a lot of Beacon Hill's registered lobbyists -- comes as the two-year legislative session winds toward its July 31 end date, with several pieces of legislation still very much up in the air -- perhaps most notably, the gaming bill that is in conference committee.

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  • June 24, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I have a two-part column on the general theme of how Massachusetts pols are spending their campaign money.

    First, I look at the political consultants. I couldn't help noticing that, even in this year in which candidates positioning themselves as outsiders, anti-establishment, and fresh voices, the consultants being paid to craft the message are mostly the same insiders who have been running the state's political campaigns for years.

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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

    "John" asks:

    Who do you think are the rising stars in the Mass Democratic Party?

    We'll know more after this year's elections, but here's a quickie list for starters (in alphabetical order, so they don't think I'm ranking them): Felix Arroyo, Sonia Chang-Diaz, John Connolly, Joe Curtatone, Benjamin Downing, Jennifer Flanagan, Linda Dorcena Forry, Joseph O'Brien, Ayanna Pressley, Michael Ross, Domenic Sarno, Steve Tolman, Setti Warren, and Lisa Wong.

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  • April 28, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the rift between progressive outsiders and establishment insiders brewing in Massachusetts Democratic Party primaries this year. Exhibit A, of course, is the Peter Smulowitz victory over Lida Harkins in the special-election primary for state senate.

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  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Bernie" asks:

    Can you rate the performance of the Democratic and Republican state party chairs?

    I can only give a partial rating -- we'll know much better after November. I think John Walsh has done a good job considering what a widely diverse set of interests are pulling at the state Democratic Party -- which can never truly be just a wing of the governor's operation the way the state GOP has been in the past.

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