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  • May 11, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Richard Ross appears to have cleaned Peter Smulowitz's clock today, keeping Scott Brown's seat as GOP #5 in the state senate.Congrats to Ross, and a kudos to Smulowitz for his fine effort.

    Oh yeah, and Sal D. won the other special.

    Big result shaping up in WV, where that incumbent Dem Congressman I mentioned appears to have been knocked out in the primary.

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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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  • January 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the emboldened Massachsetts Republican Party in the wake of Scott Brown's stunning Senate victory.

    In the heady aftermath of victory, state Republicans are suddenly optimistic that 2010 might be another 1990. That optimism is helping push potentially strong candidates toward running, which in turn increases the chances of gains in November.

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  • January 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Mark" asks:

    Is Joe Malone serious about running for Congress and does he have a prayer?

    In a similar vein, "Southshore Pragmatist" asks via email:

    Are Republicans really dumb enough to try to capitalize on Brown's momentum by nominating a guy for Congress (Joe Malone) that essentially went into political exile for 10 years because four of his hand-picked staffers ransacked the Treasury of $9 million?

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  • January 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Frank" asks via email:

    Do you think that Scott Brown's defeat will have any impact at all on the Beacon Hill hacks in the Legislature? Will these clowns get any serious opposition in either September or November? Do you think we will see not only GOP challengers to incumbents, but Democrats in the primary - tired of the nonsense going on in the State House?

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  • December 16, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I consider the US Senate candidacy of state senator Scott Brown. Even state GOP insiders don't believe that Brown can beat Martha Coakley. They do, however, think his candidacy could help define the state party in 2010 and beyond -- for good or ill.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Joel" asks:

    How many seats (if any) will the Mass GOP pick up in the legislature in 2010?

    That is a great question. Quick wild-guess prediction: they gain one in the senate, and five in the house. In other words, not a huge comeback, but at least a step in the right direction.

    They should gain a lot more, of course. The state is overflowing with disgust for the politicians under the golden dome -- which I don't think is based much on party, but the fact is the incumbents are all Democrats, so anti-incumbent mood has the same effect.

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