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  • February 15, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    OMG, it's AMA Day! Leave your questions in the comments to this post, or email them to dbernstein@phx.com (let me know if you wish to remain anonymous). I'll do my best to answer in posts throughout the day.

    Looking forward to it!

  • February 14, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    The GOP count of declared candidates scouring the Commonwealth for signatures entered the day at three: the obscure Jon Fetherston, the unseen Gabriel Gomez, and the earnest Dan Winslow.

    We also entered the day with rumors that former US Attorney Michael Sullivan was poised to enter the race. A "draft Michael Sullivan" movement has been gathering signatures, but it was unclear whether they were doing so on his behalf.

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  • February 14, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    In (Big) Deal Or No (Big) Deal, we assess current controversies in Massachusetts political campaigns, weighing in on whether they strike us as worthy of consideration in weighing one's voting decision -- as opposed to assessing the likely actual political effect, worthy or not.

    Today the Boston Globe goes deep on a longstanding criticism of Ed Markey: that he has essentially moved to Maryland, and spends relatively little time in Massachusetts.

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  • February 13, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    I realize that the Republican candidates for US Senate are just beginning to ramp up operations, and I don't expect them to be ready with policy declarations on every issue under the sun. But yesterday offered up what I consider a tap-in putt for them, and it's a little disappointing that the top two contenders chose not to swing.

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  • February 12, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Some people have asked me of late: Why does it appear that the entire Romney-Baker-Brown Massachusetts GOP establishment is backing an unknown guy with little history of helping the party, over Dan Winslow, who was Governor Mitt Romney's chief counsel and campaign attorney for Scott Brown?

    Well, I don't have the full answer for you.

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  • February 12, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here it is folks -- Republican Gabriel Gomez's YouTube video announcing his entry into the special election for US Senate. Themes: he's a Navy SEAL and a businessman in Boston; Washington sucks; and habla espanol.

    PS: Here's his web site.



  • February 11, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Gabriel Gomez, a Cohasset private equity manager and former Navy SEAL, is running for US Senate -- he took out papers today to begin gathering signatures. Gomez has several Mitt Romney people on his side, including Ron Kaufmann, Darrell Crate, and Gail Gitchco from what I'm told. So he's quite likely your GOP nominee.

    You would think.

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  • February 06, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Today I called Republican state senator Bruce Tarr's office to ask whether the senator could respond to widespread speculation in the LGBT community that he is a closeted homosexual.

    After checking with the senator, the spokesperson tells me that "no, he is not a closeted homosexual."

    Normally, I don't care whether a politician is a closeted homosexual or not.

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  • February 06, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    As some of you may know, especially if you're among my Facebook friends, I'm a big fan of politicians posing with giant novelty ribbon-cutting scissors.

    But I'm a little concerned about this photo I've found of Congressman/US Senate candidate Stephen Lynch. Looks to me like he's risking a thumb.

    What's your verdict: is he showing bold leadership by guiding the shears, or setting a bad example for the kids?

  • February 05, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Well I didn't quite nail it, but in retrospect my argument for Jay Gonzalez way back in mid-December turns out to fit Mo Cowans even better than it fit Gonzalez, so I give myself partial credit.

    So, I missed that whole announcement. And, I missed the opportunity to use "Mo" in fun headlines.

    Most importantly, I never got around to doing this list of "Top 10 Franks With More Of A Chance At Being Named Interim Senator Than Barney":

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  • February 04, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    My predictions from December about how this whole Kerry-seat thing would play out have so far been pretty damn good. That includes my guess that Scott Brown would not run.

    However, I was wrong about Bill Weld running. It also sounds like Kerry Healey isn't going to do it. Definitely not Charlie Baker. Not Richard Tisei either.

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  • February 04, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    I'm back from vacation and seem to have missed a few thing while I was away. Let's start with the state senate.

    Jack Hart announced that the rumor I alluded to a month ago was true; he is leaving the state senate to make more money in law practice (more, that is, than he was making before with the time and conflict restrictions of also being a state senator).

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  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David S. Bernstein," who can't believe none of you jerks asked about the one thing he was looking forward to answering, asks himself:

    Who do you think Deval Patrick should appoint interim US Senator?

    Great question!

    Let's accept certain parameters:

    1) He wants to name a woman and/or racial minority, and having said so can't very well go back on that;

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  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    "MAPoliSpeculator" asks:

    I would love to see your speculation on LG - as well as Treasurer and other open seats. For LG - I have a few thoughts: Kim Driscoll (looked at the Senate in 2010, successful mayor), Thatcher Keyzer (seems ambitious) and Rick Sullivan (successful multi term mayor, agency head and cabinet secretary).

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  • January 25, 2013
    By David S. Bernstein

    Via email, "Noah" asks:

    Is Steve Grossman the "presumptive nominee" now that Coakley looks like she's out and Murray is out? Who else could get in on the Democratic side? And the Republican side: Does Scott Brown go for it? Does Charlie Baker? Richard Tisei?

    Grossman is strong, probably the "presumptive frontrunner," but not strong enough to be "presumptive nominee" in the sense that, say, Tom Reilly was at this stage of the 2006 cycle.

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