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  • November 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    I've got a little analysis of yesterday's Boston City Council elections, running in this week's issue, that should be online later today. But meanwhile, here are a few notes as I scan the precinct-by-precinct results this morning.

    Bear in mind that the city breaks down results by percentage of votes cast, counting each vote -- up to four on each ballot -- as if it's a separate ballot.

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  • October 05, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    John "JC Pennies" Connolly was the top fundraiser of the at-large Boston City Council field, leaving him with nearly a quarter-million on hand heading into the final 5+ weeks of the campaign. But young Felix G. Arroyo continues to build up a serious stake. Ayanna Pressley dropped to fifth in cash-on-hand, after spending some dough on signs, pamphlets, and other snazzy material.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Anonymous" asks via stealthy, identity-masking email:

    What's your take on the at-large race? Clearly, Connolly has the money and Arroyo appears to be strong in that department as well. Flaherty is finally in full campaign mode...who tops the ticket? Who's the one left out? And do you think topping the ticket is really that important for Connolly or any of the other mayoral hopefuls?

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  • September 06, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    As we turn the corner from Labor Day to the two-month home stretch of the Boston City Council campaign, John "JC Penny" Connolly remains way ahead of the at-large pack when it comes to banking coin. But he did not top the field for August -- young Felix Arroyo beat him, with help from a roughly $11,000 fundraiser in Puerto Rico.

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  • August 03, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston City Councilor John Connolly banks so much coin, I'm going to start calling him J.C. Pennies. Here is the reported cash-on-hand for the other six at-large candidates, at the end of July:

    Felix Arroyo: $76,408

    Stephen Murphy: $41,590

    Ayanna Pressley: $39,838

    Michael Flaherty: $18,851

    Will Dorcena: $2697

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  • July 20, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston city government does not register lobbyists, and state-registered lobbyists may or may not have any business before the Boston City Council. Still, wouldn't you like to know which councilors take money from lobbyists?

    I would! And fortunately, state lobbyists include contributions to municipal candidates in their disclosures, which are posted and searchable on the Secretary of State's web site.

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  • July 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Bundling a few questions on the topic -- "Jim-C" asks:

    Predictions: Order of finish in Boston City Council At-Large race in November?

    "BeantownBill" asks:

    What impact will the 2011 Boston Elections have on the 2013 Mayor's Race? And when would you expect candidates to announce their intensions for Boston's Elections in 2013 including Mayor Menino?

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  • June 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Last night I was honored to moderate a Ward 5 Democrats forum for the candidates for the four at-large city council seats -- the first such forum of the year. Incumbents Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, and Stephen Murphy were there, joined by challengers William Dorcena, Michael Flaherty, and Sean Ryan. The only candidate not in attendance was incumbent Ayanna Pressley, who had to cancel to tend to her ill mother.

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  • June 08, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the 2011 Boston City Council election, now that the field is pretty much set. What happens if they hold an election, and nobody notices?

    Four years ago, when Boston last voted for City Council but not mayor, less than 14% of the Boston electorate bothered to show up.

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  • May 08, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Local political reporters rejoice: what could have been the sleepiest election season in ages will instead be a fun-filled bloodbath. That's right, Michael Flaherty has just announced that he is running for Boston City Council at-large.

    I have been saying all year and longer that he was serious about it, but I was never really sure he would pull the trigger.

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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 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy will support Ayanna Pressley in her bid for re-election this year, even -- or especially -- if Michael Flaherty runs for his seat back.

    Murphy and Pressley, two of the four incumbent at-large councilors, had a conversation over the weekend in which Murphy pledged his support.

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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Jim C" asks:

    Will Michael Flaherty jump back in and run for Councilor at Large? If he does will he win? Who would lose assuming all incumbents run? Political implications?

    The conventional wisdom around town is that Flaherty -- former Boston City Councilor, and 2009 mayoral candidate -- is not going to run for his old seat back.

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  • January 05, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Oh, what an exciting week this is for those who enjoy the arcane rituals and traditions of the peaceful transfer of power in the world's greatest democracy!

    For starters, congratulations to Stephen Murphy, who got voted in as the new president of the Boston City Council. He (and his staff!) finally get the big office, and all the trappings and attention that come with it -- and, one imagines, a fundraising boost toward his re-election later this year.

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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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Boston Phoenix
Number Crunching
Published 11/9/2011 by David S. Bernstein
I've got a little analysis of yesterday's Boston City Council elections, running in this week's issue, that should be online later today. But meanwhile, here...

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Boston Phoenix
For Boston City Council
Published 10/28/2011 by EDITORIAL
Re-elect Arroyo, Connolly, Murphy, and Pressley. Vote for Frank, Lee, and Jackson.

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