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  • January 06, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    A book about middle-class bankruptcy, being published next week, includes a chapter co-authored by US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Her contribution, interpreting newly available data, argues that bankruptcy is primarily, and increasingly, a middle-class phenomenon in America -- and that the traditional steps to achieving middle-class status are the very same things contributing to the problem.

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  • November 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the course of an election like yesterday's, I end up tucking away a few takeaway items that don't end up fitting in anywhere. Here are two from yesterday:

    1) Beware armies of the faithful. The two big winners yesterday, Ayanna Pressley and Frank Baker, relied on large quantities of unreasonably enthusaistic supporters spreading word one by one all over the place.

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  • October 07, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    On the Scott Brown - Elizabeth Warren dust-up, I'll point you to Glen Johnson's take over at the little paper/web site across town; I pretty much agree with what he says there.

    I do want to add the context of Scotto's story. I'm not trying to make much of this, but think it's worth noting in line with Johnson's thoughts about the apparent attempt to play hard-knock Brown vs.

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  • August 24, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Eric Fehrnstrom has now emailed a confession to the Globe, admitting to being the man behind the @CrazyKhazei Twitter account. Fehrnstrom does not apologize in that statement, nor does he answer whether Scott Brown was aware of it, or whether he has other fun and fanciful Twitter accounts still barking insults about opposing candidates in the Massachusetts Senate race and/or any other race he's involved with, including his main meal ticket Mitt Romney.

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  • August 24, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    For those not up to speed... Over on Twitter, there's been a joke account for a while called "CrazyKhazei" that makes snide comments clearly intended to poke fun at Alan Khazei and other Democratic candidates for US Senate. Local tweeter Chris Matthews caught something from the account of Eric Fehrnstrom -- longtime Mitt Romney aide and member of Scott Brown's campaign inner circle -- that he suspects reveals that Fehrnstrom is the CrazyKhazei tweeter.

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  • August 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    This morning the Ballot Box blog of DC's The Hill ran a piece that made the rounds (and was repeated tonight practically verbatim by Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC's Last Word) about the tough dilemma facing Elizabeth Warren if she runs for US Senate: because of her tough, anti-Wall Street credentials -- most recently as the "mastermind of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau" -- Warren will likely be unable to raise money from "high-rolling donors" at hedge funds and financial firms, and will be forced to rely on small-dollar contributions from her "ardent grassroots following" to fund her uphill battle against the man dubbed by Forbes "Wall Street's favorite Senator," Scott Brown.

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  • August 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    OK, look, you all know a few things about me: I love everybody; I like 1990s hip-hop more than is reasonable; and I'm all for demanding disclosure and transparency concerning money in politics, regardless of party or ideology.

    So I'll be happy to complain, as time goes on, that Mass Uniting -- the organization running the "Bobblehead Brown" campaign I blogged about this morning -- is being too secretive about their backers and where their money is going and all that.

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  • August 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Last summer, I questioned the legality and ethics of Senator Scott Brown raising money by, in effect, scalping tickets to a Lowell Spinners game, at which Scotto's buddy at Zoll Medical handed out Scotto bobblehead dolls. (Side note: Brown's campaign spokespeople responded to that item by saying the scheme had been reviewed and approved by legal consultant -- and now state representative -- Dan Winslow.

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  • August 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the much-rumored Elizabeth Warren US Senate candidacy; in it, I reported that my "conversations with Bay State Democratic operatives... suggest a certain level of resistance, if not outright hostility, from the local political establishment." Those activists, organizers, campaign veterans, and fundraisers, I wrote, are generally open to persuasion -- mostly because they haven't given their hearts to any of the current candidates -- but do still need to be persuaded, directly.

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  • July 26, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    James Coyne King has not received much attention in the Massachusetts Democratic primary for US Senate, to take on Scott Brown in 2012, and perhaps rightly so -- "served in the Carter administration" is not a compelling top-line qualification these days. But I have learned something that may be worth taking note of: Chris Keohan has agreed to join the campaign.

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Setti Warren will report raising $122,000 for the just-ended 2nd quarter, in just under two months since he launched his campaign. A spokesperson tells me they think that's a "strong start," while Warren's been focusing mainly on meeting and speaking with Democratic committees, and trying to raise his name recognition, and so on.

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "DeepThinker" asks:

    Should Elizabeth Warren run for U.S. Senate? The popularity of Bob Massie is greatly under-reported, Setti Warren is gaining ground, and Alan Khazei's past supporters are back. Scott Brown is proving to be very thin-skinned (where did those baseball cards go, anyway?) and unprepared for the heat he's about to get.

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  • June 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Tom" asks:

    Have we heard the last of the announced Democrats to challenge Scott Brown? If not, who is either (a) strongly considering a run or (b) definitely in for a run against Brown.

    & "CMassPolitics" asks:

    When Patty Murray and the DSCC say that they will have a front-line Senate candidate in a few weeks, do they mean Elizabeth Warren, one of the congressmen, someone else? It seems to me that Frank, Neal, Olver and Menino all publicly talking down the current candidates is an effort to keep the decks clear until Capuano makes a decision.

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  • May 04, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    OK, I'm just flabbergasted by this -- it seems that US Senator Scott Brown, who sits on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee -- went around earlier suggesting that he had seen in briefings photographs proving Osama bin Laden's death, when in fact he had seen the hoax "dead Osama" photos you and I and everyone else saw on Facebook.

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  • March 31, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    --Several friends of Talking Politics said recently that they were phone-polled about Scott Brown and potential 2012 Senate match-ups. Looks like that was the work of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which, according to Salon, learned that Scotto is as popular as white chowder in the Bay State. His approval rate is at a stunning 73%, and he tops 50% in head-to-heads with top Democrats.

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