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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "North Shore Politico" asks:

    Any predictions on the 9th Essex House and Middlesex and Essex Senate primaries?

    Also, for fun, what do you think Bill Hudak's percentage will be in the 6th GOP House primary? Will Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei vote for him on September 14th?

    Boy oh boy, my crystal ball is getting a workout today.

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  • July 31, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the final hours, as often happens, the deals were made to reconcile the differences between the two chambers, and a whole bunch of legislation is pouring through the Massachusetts state legislature.

    I haven't had a chance to find out how all those differences have been resolved in those bills, but my initial indicators are that an awful lot of them went in favor of the state senate.

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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 22, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    So, here's the thing: I can't understand Charles Rudnick's point.

    Rudnick is running against state senator Cynthia Creem in the Newton/Brookline/Wellesley area Democratic primary -- which I'm all for, the more the merrier. And Rudnick seems like a legitimate candidate for public office.

    And I'm certainly expecting legislative challengers this year, in both parties, to hurl around accusation and innuendo about the incumbents' role in the DiMasi-Wilkerson-whatever culture of Beacon Hill corruption; that's politics, and as I've said about Lida Harkins, any incumbent who isn't prepared for that, or thinks they're exempt from it just because they didn't personally do anything wrong, is in fantasy land.

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  • June 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    I frequently write about the decline of women Republicans in elected office, and with the certification of candidates for the 2010 ballot, it's time to turn that gaze to our own state of Massachusetts.

    The obvious news to note is that Karyn Polito and Mary Connaughton have legitimate chances to win statewide office, as treasurer and auditor respectively.

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  • May 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Phoenix has learned that state senator Sal DiDomenico will announce later today that Congressman Michael Capuano, Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone, and Boston city councilors John Connolly and Sal LaMattina have endorsed him for re-election this fall.

    DiDomenico, who recently won the special election to succeed Anthony Galluccio, is facing an immediate rematch with attorney Tim Flaherty, who finished second in the special-election Democratic primary.

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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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  • May 11, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here in Massachusetts, we'll elect two new state senators today. One will be Sal DiDomenico, to replace Anthony Galluccio; the other will be either Republican Richard Ross or Democrat Peter Smulowitz, to replace Scott Brown. Both winners can expect serious challenges in November for a full term.

    On the national scene, Nebraska and West Virginia hold primaries today, and Georgia has a special-election primary to replace congressman Nathan Deal, who is running for governor.

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  • March 31, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Stephen Buoniconti, as long suspected, announced his candidacy for Hampden DA, making him the 8th Massachusetts state senator -- out of 40 -- to opt out of running for re-election. Two other seats are currently vacant, soon to be filled via special election.

    In other words, at least a quarter of the senate is turning over this year -- and as of January at least 40% will be new since the start of 2009.

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  • March 24, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Yet another state legislator is not running for re-election this year, and it's a biggie: senate Ways & Means chair Steve Panagiotakos of Lowell. Here's the Globe and the Sun with the story.

    That makes three open senate Democratic leadership positions come January: Ways and Means chair; Assistant Majority Leader (currently Joan Menard); and Majority Whip (currently Maureen Walsh).

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  • March 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the newly-formed Cultural Caucus in the Massachusetts state legislature, and its unexpected first big issue: gaming.

    The group of about a dozen legislators (so far) is co-chaired by senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and representative Smitty Pignatelli.

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  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    Have you been following the race for Tisei's open seat in the state senate. Will Katherine Clark's association with Coakley hurt her? Her Democratic opponent - Mike Day - raised $70,000 in a couple of months and seems like he could run as an outsider? Any predictions?

    I was wondering that myself, but I think the answer is no, Clark will probably win that seat.

  • 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 11, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Anonymous" asks:

    In 2010 elections, are all state senators up for reelection or just half of them?

    And "Shady_Milkman" asks, via Twitter:

    Will there be any competitive races against incumbents for Staterep/senate this year?

    All 40 Massachusetts state senators -- and all 160 state reps -- are up for re-election every two years.

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