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  • March 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Salem immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco has filed to run for US Senator in 2012, seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott Brown.

    "I am running -- not thinking about it, not exploring, I'm running," DeFranco says. "This has been in the works for months."

    Admittedly little-known, DeFranco intends to build a grassroots campaign, raising money in small-dollar contributions through her networks of attorneys and Democratic activists.

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  • March 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Senator Scott Brown has just opened a federal political action committee (PAC), called the Brown Victory Committee, to collect large-dollar contributions -- using the exact same approach that Massachusetts Republicans derided Deval Patrick for, and which was barred by state law in 2009.

    The Brown Victory Committee, which operates under federal campaign laws, is not subject to the state ban.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Oh great, right after my blatantly homophobia-laced Scott Brown comments, here's a question from the great gay-rights advocate and reporter Laura Kiritsy:

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein has filed a bill in the Senate to repeal the odious Defense of Marriage Act, better known as DOMA. Sen. Kerry is cosponsoring the bill and yesterday published an op-ed in Bay Windows calling for DOMA's repeal.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "DeepThinker" asks:

    Will Scott Brown hold onto his base? Can the Dems win without appealing to Scott Brown's base of guys who like guys who drive pick-up trucks? Is Bob Massie too intellectual to gain broad appeal? Is Setti Warren jumping in too soon? Can Mike Capuano recover from the stigma of having lost to Coakley? Is this too many questions?

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  • March 16, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hillary Clinton tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she is not interested in continuing to serve as Secretary of State in a 2nd Obama term, should he win re-election.

    That will undoubtedly stoke the already rampant rumors that John Kerry will become Secretary of State after the re-elect.

    Already, some political insiders in Massachusetts tell me that this rumor is helping persuade some of the state's Democratic heavyweights -- the Congressional delegation, for instance -- to pass on the 2012 cycle.

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  • February 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Globe reports today what Scotto Brown writes in his memoir about the mysterious day back in September '09 when he showed up at a Republican State Committee meeting, where he was expected to announce his Senate candidacy, and instead this happened, as I blogged at that night:

    As is being reported, the news out of that GOP meeting is that Card is 50% likelyhood of running for Senate, and Scott Brown, who previously said he's 90% likely, now says he won't run if Card runs.

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  • February 16, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    60 Minutes has posted preview video of its profile of Sen. Scott Brown, [see below] which airs this Sunday. In it, he discusses the revelation in his forthcoming memoir that he was sexually abused as a child by a camp counselor. Powerful stuff.

    Brown will also talk about physical abuse he suffered at the hands of stepfathers.

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  • December 28, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    It turns out, you can be pretty snarky in 140 characters. I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now (follow me at twitter.com/dbernstein), and use it for a variety of purposes: breaking bits of political news; passing along news or commentary of interest; linking to my articles and blog posts; offering brief observations and commentary; interacting with readers and political junkies; and of course, cracking humorous one-liners.

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  • October 20, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    It's been the Big Question in the 10th District race to replace Bill Delahunt in Congress: would one of the strip-search victims come forward to talk about it? Today, the question was answered.

    In one sense, this doesn't change what has been clear for a very long time: very bad things were done right in front of Perry's nose; his behavior in response to that appears to have been reprehensible; and he has denied wrongdoing while seeming utterly incapable of telling a straight, consistent story to explain it all.

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  • October 15, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Joe" asks:

    who would be the MA Democrats best hope of unseating Scott Brown in 2012 -- and would they actually run (giving up their seat if an office holder)?

    I'm going to just refer you back to what I wrote when I got this question in the last Ask Me Anything. I don't have any significant new intel or insight since then, I'm afraid.

  • October 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Thank goodness Paul Loscocco finally did something interesting enough to write about, so I can have fun with his name. (Side note: If the Flaherty/Yoon "ticket" was called Floon, then the independent governor ticket was "Cacocco".)

    What he did, of course, was humiliate his running-mate Tim Cahill by bailing on him a month before election day to endorse another candidate -- specifically, the one he originally wanted to be running-mate for, but who turned him away: Charlie Baker.

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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Robert" asks:

    What are you hearing concerning potential challengers to Scott Brown in 2012? If the Democrats lose the House this fall will Massachusetts Congressman consider giving up their seats? And is Alan Khazei's book tour the beginning of a campaign rollout?

    Most people think that Vicky Kennedy wants to run, but only if the Dems clear the field for her, and they won't.

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  • July 28, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a notebook-style column about the collapse of hopes for carbon-capping legislation to combat global warming. The article makes several different points and observations -- most of which involve the two US Senators from Massachusetts, John Kerry and Scott Brown.

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  • June 25, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Senator Scott Brown, who I recently criticized for using July 4, patriotism, and the Red Sox for fundraising purposes, has launched another baseball-related fundraising effort -- and this one seems like it might be in violation of state laws against ticket reselling.

    I've been trying to get some clarification from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, and additional details from Brown's campaign and the Spinners, but am still waiting for responses -- and at this point on a sunny summer Friday afternoon, I am pessimistic about getting much before Monday, so I thought I'd share what I know for now.

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  • June 16, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Senator Scott Brown's campaign office sent out a fundraising email today, inviting donors to submit an essay on "what the Fourth of July means to you" -- with the best essay to be awarded a trip to Boston for a Red Sox game. (During his Presidential campaign, Mitt Romney did something very similar.)

    Apparently, Patriotism comes with a price:

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