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  • March 07, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    In case you haven't seen, a group called Coalition of Americans for Political Equality (CAPE PAC) was running some online ads for Senator Scott Brown, which runs afoul of the agreement between Brown and Elizabeth Warren to discourage third-party advertising in the race. (I believe WCVB broke the story.) The Brown campaign communicated to the PAC their desire to have no third-party ads, and CAPE PAC agreed to stop.

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  • February 29, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Olympia Snowe's surprise retirement announcement yesterday gives me an obvious excuse to finally start serious blogging for this cycle about one of my great obsessions, women Republicans in elected office.

    As some of you might recall, and others can feel free to peruse, I devoted a considerable amount of energy and blog space to the topic in the 2010 cycle -- even more than usual.

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  • February 23, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    For the editorial in this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, our crack team of art directors photoshopped an image conveying the idea of US Senator Scott Brown posing as the GOP mascot, an elephant.

    The photoillustration they used was not, however, the only one they came up with, as they toiled within the dark, mysterious realms of the Phoenix art department.

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  • January 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    [Opening image: Massachusetts State House]

    Voiceover: Massachusetts is a liberal, Democrat state. It deserves a liberal, Democrat Senator.

    [fade to black]

    Voiceover: But two years ago, voters made a mistake....

    [Image appears on left half of screen: Scott Brown, in barn coat; preferably shaking hands outside Fenway Park in the cold]

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  • January 06, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    A book about middle-class bankruptcy, being published next week, includes a chapter co-authored by US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Her contribution, interpreting newly available data, argues that bankruptcy is primarily, and increasingly, a middle-class phenomenon in America -- and that the traditional steps to achieving middle-class status are the very same things contributing to the problem.

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  • October 13, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online today -- I write about the state of the Massachusetts Senate primary race, which appears to be narrowing rapidly to Elizabeth Warren chase by Alan Khazei.

    But wait! I can now report that attorney James Coyne King will formally announce his entry into the race early next week.

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  • October 07, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    On the Scott Brown - Elizabeth Warren dust-up, I'll point you to Glen Johnson's take over at the little paper/web site across town; I pretty much agree with what he says there.

    I do want to add the context of Scotto's story. I'm not trying to make much of this, but think it's worth noting in line with Johnson's thoughts about the apparent attempt to play hard-knock Brown vs.

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  • September 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David" asks:

    There's now a debate scheduled on 10/4 for the Democratic Senate candidates. As with most primaries, it seems like the candidates agree on most of the issues. What do you expect will be the major topics? Are there any statewide issues that we should be looking for them to talk about?

    I agree, there are unlikely to be many significant disagreements on the issues -- this early, it's more of a forum for candidates to express their "story" and demonstrate their ability to express liberal ideals in a way that resonates with the activist base.

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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 24, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    For those not up to speed... Over on Twitter, there's been a joke account for a while called "CrazyKhazei" that makes snide comments clearly intended to poke fun at Alan Khazei and other Democratic candidates for US Senate. Local tweeter Chris Matthews caught something from the account of Eric Fehrnstrom -- longtime Mitt Romney aide and member of Scott Brown's campaign inner circle -- that he suspects reveals that Fehrnstrom is the CrazyKhazei tweeter.

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  • August 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    This morning the Ballot Box blog of DC's The Hill ran a piece that made the rounds (and was repeated tonight practically verbatim by Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC's Last Word) about the tough dilemma facing Elizabeth Warren if she runs for US Senate: because of her tough, anti-Wall Street credentials -- most recently as the "mastermind of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau" -- Warren will likely be unable to raise money from "high-rolling donors" at hedge funds and financial firms, and will be forced to rely on small-dollar contributions from her "ardent grassroots following" to fund her uphill battle against the man dubbed by Forbes "Wall Street's favorite Senator," Scott Brown.

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  • August 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    OK, look, you all know a few things about me: I love everybody; I like 1990s hip-hop more than is reasonable; and I'm all for demanding disclosure and transparency concerning money in politics, regardless of party or ideology.

    So I'll be happy to complain, as time goes on, that Mass Uniting -- the organization running the "Bobblehead Brown" campaign I blogged about this morning -- is being too secretive about their backers and where their money is going and all that.

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  • August 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Last summer, I questioned the legality and ethics of Senator Scott Brown raising money by, in effect, scalping tickets to a Lowell Spinners game, at which Scotto's buddy at Zoll Medical handed out Scotto bobblehead dolls. (Side note: Brown's campaign spokespeople responded to that item by saying the scheme had been reviewed and approved by legal consultant -- and now state representative -- Dan Winslow.

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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 26, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    James Coyne King has not received much attention in the Massachusetts Democratic primary for US Senate, to take on Scott Brown in 2012, and perhaps rightly so -- "served in the Carter administration" is not a compelling top-line qualification these days. But I have learned something that may be worth taking note of: Chris Keohan has agreed to join the campaign.

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