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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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  • March 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I dunno, I found it a little uncomfortable watching Lil' Timmy Murray joking up a storm about how he drove so recklessly and with such disregard for public safety that he left his car a crumpled mess in a ditch.

    But, hey, I've been known to apply humor to almost any political foibles, and everyone knows that the South Boston St.

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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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  • January 22, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    So, this Tim Murray thing.

    I've been steering clear of this controversy, not least because I know I can't resist the inappropriate driving-related puns like the one I just made, but mostly because I'm not really sure what to make of it.

    You see, a lieutenant governor scandal/controversy is an odd duck, because the LG job is an odd one.

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  • November 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Let's see....

    --I can't say I'm all that worked up about Michael McLaughlin. I've met him a couple of times, but I'll defer to Scot Lehigh's assessment. We'll see what turns up now that the microscope is on him -- could be he was a decent administrator who found ways to legally, if grossly, pad his pocketbook, or it could be considerably worse.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "John O'Neill" asks:

    Who do you think will be the Democratic Nominee for Governor in 2014?

    Lil' Timmy Murray. I think he might be beaten for the nomination, but I don't yet see the person who could do it.

    And yes, I realize that if I keep calling him that, one of these days I'm going to drive into Worcester and never return. Can't help myself.

  • June 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "James" starts off Ask Me Anything Day via email:

    What happened to the much celebrated "Worcester Power" of 2010? Will it show up anywhere in 2012? Can we get a senate candidate from outside 128?

    Well, it was much celebrated by me, anyway -- but maybe I was just wrong. As you suggest, the US Senate candidates and potential candidates all seem to come not only from east of 128, but within a stone's throw of Brighton.

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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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  • October 20, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the Big 3 of President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    At the end of one of the most productive legislative sessions in years, all three are under fire, and all three have a lot at stake in the upcoming midterm elections.

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  • September 03, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Via Facebook, "Judy Meredith" asks:

    How will the tax evasion stuff play out among state wide candidates?

    For those unfamiliar with the story, the Boston Globe has reported that Tim Cahill, Tim Murray, and Guy Glodis all failed to pay federal taxes on the interest earned by campaign funds held in CDs.

    I think the story hurts Cahill a little; it's just one more item that Baker can use against him.

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  • September 01, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the surprising emergence of Worcester as an epicenter of political power in Massachusetts.

    I can hear you snickering out there.

    Worcester has never gotten much respect, but it might be time to readjust that thinking. Tim Murray, Jim McGovern, Guy Glodis and others could be wielding power in the state for years to come.

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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 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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