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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 29, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Word was strategically getting around earlier today that the Massachusetts House and Senate were "getting to yes," as senate president Therese Murray has put it, on the gaming bill -- to include two licenses for slots-only facilities.

    That was not yet officially announced, but was pretty clearly meant to be the story for the evening news.

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  • July 29, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    With the end of the 2009-'10 formal legislative session fast approaching, Beacon Hill is jammed up over the question of how to shove money into the state's four existing race tracks -- including its two dog tracks, which are in particular financial trouble. Speaker Bob DeLeo wants the state to give the tracks licenses to install slot machines; Governor Deval Patrick wants instead to dedicate a portion of casino revenues to the tracks, a position that Senate President Therese Murray agrees with, if I'm not mistaken.

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  • June 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Lots of news going around yesterday and today. Some thoughts:

    --No surprise that Dianne Wilkerson is pleading out, three weeks before her trial was set to begin. We probably won't know the sentence for a while yet, but it's sure to include prison time. To me, it's a sad, tragic personal story. I don't have much sympathy for her -- she's made her own bed -- but it's just sad that someone with so much potential failed so badly to live up to it.

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  • February 24, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    For the real Golden Dome junkies among you, who read my new article on dissent under Speaker Robert DeLeo and find yourselves wanting more data, you're in luck!

    Here are the Democratic state reps with the most and fewest total "votes off" -- opposite DeLeo -- cast on 214 roll call votes since DeLeo became speaker, that were examined by the Phoenix

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  • February 24, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the level of intraparty dissent under the current Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Robert DeLeo.

    Two years ago, I wrote that "voting off" -- that is, casting roll-call votes contrary to then-Speaker Sal DiMasi -- had virtually ceased in the House.

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  • December 16, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    --Do you think the state house of representatives sits around and brainstorms ways to further lose the public's trust and confidence, or do you think it just comes to them naturally?

    --And, same question for the Boston Fire Department.

    --Meanwhile, this really begs the question: What would it take for the MBTA director of safety to lose her job?

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here's a great question, from "Sammy":

    Who are your favorite political staffs to deal with, whether it be mayor's office, city council, state, etc?

    Before I answer, I want to say that I've just realized that our snazzy new blog format is not showing that I am indenting the questions in these answer posts, like the one above.

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