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  • January 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Ask Me Anything Day is gaining momentum!!! "Joe Belino" asks:

    Because of Sal LaMattina being named Boston City Council Vice President do you think that the Mayor will run for re-election and at that time LaMattina will be President of the council?

    Joe, clearly a devious fellow, calculates that Menino will set it up to run and win re-election in 2013, and then resign soon after -- making the council president acting mayor, hence the notion of setting fellow Italian-American LaMattina up for that position.

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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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  • August 04, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    The big news in Boston, reported by the Globe's Donovan Slack (who I thought was going down to the DC bureau! I guess not quite yet) on Boston.com today, is that Lisa Signori, Mayor Tom Menino's highly-respected (even by me, despite what my recent reporting may make you think) budget chief is leaving the administration. This is not a shocker -- there's only so long anybody can do that job -- but is still a major transition for Menino, who relies heavily on Signori.

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  • June 27, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Sam Yoon, former Boston City Councilor and 2009 mayoral candidate, is moving to the Washington, DC area -- a move, he tells the Phoenix, that comes in part from the sense that he is "radioactive" for potential employers in Boston.

    Yoon, 40, has accepted a position as executive director of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Washington -- a return to the community-development work he was in prior to winning election in 2005.

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  • June 04, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    WBUR story: LA mayor challenges Menino to a bet.

    If I was mayor of Boston, here's my response:

    "There will be no traditional mayoral wager on the NBA Finals series, because after careful study I have concluded that there is nothing that Los Angeles has that anyone in Boston would want as a prize."

  • May 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a short piece about a little-known $126 million that the Commonwealth is about to send to the city. The money will go directly into a pension fund, without passing through the General Fund, leaving some to wonder whether at least a portion could have been used to bolster the budget that is about to de-fund branch libraries, community centers, and other staff and services.

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  • May 12, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I report on the increasing suspicion that Mayor Tom Menino is crying wolf about the city's dire financial straits.

    The article includes claims by Boston's firefighters that the city is stashing tens, or hundreds of millions of dollars, that could be used not only to pay the new contract its union was awarded in arbitration, but also to pay for the branch libraries, community-center staff, and other services heading for the chopping block.

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  • March 10, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Sean Murphy reports something in the Globe today that could be a big important thing for municipal government in Massachusetts: a plan by a group of mayors to file a ballot initiative to expand local government's power to reduce employee benefits without collective bargaining.

    Here's the immediate issue at stake, as the Phoenix described it in an editorial two weeks ago:

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  • February 19, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Things are heating up on Ask Me Anything Day! "George Williams" asks:

    When will the first black Mayor of Boston be elected?...and what current black pols do you think have a chance at being the one to make history?

    As for the 'when,' that depends in large part on whether Tom Menino decides to run for a historic 9th term, or calls it quits in 2025.

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  • January 26, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Boston City Council's general irrelevance and futility -- and the mayor's unilateral power -- was a topic of much discussion during last year's city elections. The solid re-election of Tom Menino was, to some degree at least, a vote to maintain that balance, but the issue clearly resonated.

    Council president Mike Ross announced committee assignments today, and there is some glimmer that he may be trying to push the council toward a slightly more equitable balance with the executive branch.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Ed" asks via email:

    Give us your predictions for the mayoral final (with percentages) and the order the At-Large candidates will finish.

    Menino 54% Flaherty 46%

    Connolly-Arroyo-Pressley-Murphy-Jackson-Kenneally-Bennett-Gonzalez

  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Qs keep coming! "Venkman" asks:

    Do you think emailgate will make its way into the Senate race? Could Coakley's dismissal of the issue become an issue?

    I think emailgate (the heavily reported issue surrounding missing emails within the Menino administration) has barely made its way into the mayoral race, beyond that core group of people who really, really care about that kind of thing -- who were voting against Menino anyway.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here we go, off and running with Ask Me Anything Day! First up, "Rob" asks:

    If Menino defeats Flaherty in November's election, does Flaherty become the immediate front-runner for the 2013 mayoral election? What are your thoughts on what Sam Yoon does? I'm also interested on which current candidates (Menino or Flaherty) other potential 2013 candidates are supporting/endorsing, and if you think that affects their future chances at all.

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  • October 01, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    We got our first one-on-one mayoral debate tonight. I thought Michael Flaherty was very good, but Tom Menino was quite good, and as far as I know he's holding the lead in the late innings, so I'd say the mayor came out fine.

    Speaking of innings, how psyched must Menino be that the Sox made the playoffs, so nobody in town could possibly find themselves accidentally taking interest in the mayoral race.

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