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  • February 15, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David" (oops) "Matt" asks:

    Brown's new gig at Fox raises the question: If the governor's race comes down to Grossman vs. Baker, then who wins?

    Yeah, I'll agree with you that Brown doesn't look like he's planning to run for office in Massachusetts anytime soon.

    My instinct is that 2014 shapes up for Charlie Baker to beat a Beacon Hill insider figure like Steve Grossman, if that's the match-up.

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  • March 23, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Southpaw" asks:

    Who do you see as the most likely dem candidate(s) to run for governor when Patrick leaves?

    I'm going to do you even better. Prepare your email-forwarding fingers, because I'm going to give you my Initial 2014 Rankings!!!

    These are, in order of likelihood, the people I consider most likely to be elected in November 2014 as Governor of the great and blessed Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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  • February 03, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "RMC Strategies" asks via Twitter:

    Handicap a Tim Murray v. Steve Grossman primary?

    I'll assume we're talking about governor 2014, although I'd lay odds that they won't both be in that race. But let's assume that it's the two of them head-to-head. Let's also assume that nothing substantially worse comes out about Lil' Timmy's recent escapades and whatnot.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Josh D" asks:

    In your opinion, which MA pol(s) has/have hit the ground running since being elected/reelected last fall in terms of fulfilling campaign promises and/or getting started on worth-while initiatives? Are they any that have been disappointing for the same reasons?

    It's a great question, but still too early to really say much.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Elias Nugator" is awake and alert enough post-Evacuation Day to start us off with a good one:

    Granted we've only just exited a gubernatorial race and there is both a Presidential and a Senatorial race to beguile us next year... Nonetheless given that Deval Patrick has declined to run for a third term is there anyone out there making gubernatorial noises for 2014? I mean other than the annual no-shows like Ralph Martin or Andy Card.

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  • September 08, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Boston Phoenix has made the following endorsements in upcoming primaries:

    --Steve Grossman for state treasurer;

    --Suzanne Bump for state auditor;

    --Mac D'Alessandro for US Congress;

    --Sonia Chang-Diaz for state senator;

    --Tim Flaherty for state senator;

    --Nick Collins for state representative;

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  • September 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Over the course of the year I have occasionally remarked that it's typical of Massachusetts Democrats that, in a year where voters are clearly angry at insider Beacon Hill Democrats, the party is rallying around former party chairman Steve Grossman and former Deval Patrick campaign political director Suzanne Bump, for the open statewide offices of treasurer and auditor.

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  • June 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Boston Bertie" asks:

    What happened to Guy Glodis at the Democratic State Convention. He seemed to spend a lot of resources to win the party's nod - and was heavily favored. Yet he actually got less votes than Suzanne Bump. Do you buy his spin that he threw Mike Lake a load of votes to get him on the ballot? And on another note, how did you rank the videos/speeches/presentations at the Convention?

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  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Bill" asks:

    What will happen at the State Democratic convention in June? Will all the candidates (i.e: Grace Ross and Mike Lake) get the 15% needed to get on the primary ballot?

    I can't predict with any confidence, because frankly the inner workings of state Democratic convention politics is far beyond my level of comprehension.

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  • February 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Somerville's seven Ward Democratic Party Committees held their caucuses last night, to elect delegates to the state convention. All other committees aren't allowed to start holding caucuses until Wednesday, but apparently Somerville is special. (I'm told that it was the only time they could get home-town boy Congressman Michael Capuano to speak, so the state party gave them a waiver.

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  • December 11, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Reuben" asks"

    Predict the field, and rank from most progressive to most conservative (from your own perspective) for the statewide races for 2010: Attorney General; Treasurer; Auditor

    "Anon" asks:

    Can you give us a rundown of who you think will be running for the statewide open seats? In particular, I am interested if you think Andrea Cabral will run for AG or whether she will hold out for a different seat.

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