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  • June 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    So today on Twitter I got goaded into writing Massachusetts-politics lyrics for the currently most-parodied song around, Call Me Maybe. My first quick attempt prompted Senator John Kerry to Tweet: "how did Weld and I get thru 96 without a song like this?"

    With that endorsement, here's what I came up with....

    I threw a vote in for Scott

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Happy Ask Me Anything Friday!!! First up is "Rob," who goes straight to the big Massachusetts 2012 US Senate race:

    Have you heard any rumblings about any of the Democratic Senate candidates dropping out now that Elizabeth Warren is in the race? I'm wondering specifically about Setti Warren. Seems like this would be an opportune time for him to gracefully drop out, save face, and build up more experience for a run later on.

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Ask Me Anything Day rolls on! "RMC Strategies" asks:

    Could you handicap the top 4 folks in the US Senate dem primary (based on assumptions of who may be in) and the top 4 folks who would be NEXT mayor of Boston (outside of Menino)?

    Well, the four who are making noise about running I would put in the following order of likelihood to win the nomination: Setti Warren, Kim Driscoll, Alan Khazei, Bob Massie -- with the caveat that I don't think there's a huge difference in the odds among all four.

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  • February 28, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Kim Driscoll, Mayor of Salem, is using a convenient excuse -- a reception in Easthampton for the women-in-politics organization Emerge Massachusetts -- to do a little statewide meeting-and-greeting today as she continues to lay the groundwork for a possible US Senate campaign.

    "The Emerge event is a natural thing I'd be doing," Driscoll said.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Alice Mitchell" asks:

    "What do you think about the Newton race now that it's down to Ruth Balser and Setti Warren?"

    It's a very interesting race, that I haven't followed closely enough for anyone to trust my prediction. Warren (w/ campaign mastermind Deb Shaw) has been very impressive, but I think ultimately Balser's got too much built-up good will in the town. I say she wins -- but we haven't seen the last of Setti Warren.

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