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    Murphy’s big tentMurphy’s big tent:  In his bid for re-election, city councilor Stephen Murphy has collected a combustible group of allies, from Dapper to Deval
    In the past few years, Murphy has recast himself to reflect the changing city.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    The Left, left out?The Left, left out?:  Deval Patrick’s famed grassroots progressives are losing steam and influence
    In the wake of the recent local elections, more and more observers are concluding that the energy that put Patrick in the Corner Office has come and gone.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    In tragedy’s shadowIn tragedy’s shadow:  Politics encroached on 9/11 this year in Massachusetts, even if nobody wants to admit it
    Jim Ogonowski, a 28-year military veteran and small-farm owner in Dracut, brings plenty of life story, personal accomplishments, and policy positions to his campaign for US Congress.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Raising HillRaising Hill:  Hillary Clinton’s ‘aura of inevitability’ might hide her weaknesses — at least until the Republicans get their hands on her
    Hillary Clinton took only two questions from the audience at the end of her 35-minute speech at the American Association of Retired Persons conference.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    The rumor millThe rumor mill:  So far, the race for Boston City Council is all talk and no action
    The energy in this year’s at-large race for Boston City Council is not to be found on the campaign trail.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Cambridge vs. Anthony GalluccioCambridge vs. Anthony Galluccio:  Will Brattle Street torpedo him again?
    Cambridge city councilor Anthony Galluccio is still working to fulfill the promise he showed 10 years ago.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Taking the FifthTaking the Fifth:  The race for Marty Meehan’s congressionalseat is running below the radar, but it could hold the answers to a couple of burning political questions
    The September 4 Democratic primary has compelling interest beyond the borders of the Fifth Congressional District.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Wagering, or wavering?Wagering, or wavering?:  When will Deval Patrick play his casino cards?
    With the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe quickly moving forward on its plans for a casino in Middleborough, how long can power players continue to hold their cards close to the vest?
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Mitt's equity armyMitt's equity army:  Romney’s war chest is overflowing with the contributions of his financial-world pals. But what is the price of their loyalty?

    The predictions coming out of Ames, Iowa, hold that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is expected to win this weekend’s closely watched straw poll.


    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Fender benderFender bender:  Last year, opponents thought they had killed auto-insurance reform for good. Its resurrection could be a headache for Deval Patrick.
    Recent signs on Beacon Hill indicate to some that Deval Patrick is not quite the progressive, populist lefty that many of his supporters — and detractors — think he is.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    The million-dollar widowThe million-dollar widow:  Why is the Niki Tsongas juggernaut heading backward? Plus, ignoring global warming close to home.
    The powerhouses of Massachusetts’s Democratic Party have rallied behind Niki Tsongas’s bid to succeed Fifth District US Congressman Marty Meehan.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Ménage-à-trashed?Ménage-à-trashed?:  Deval Patrick has been lounging in bed cozily with Therese Murray and Sal DiMasi but with budget questions looming, the party’s probably over
    In the hothouse of this past month’s same-sex-marriage battle, the State House’s top three leaders emerged as surprisingly cozy bedfellows.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    School for scandalSchool for scandal:  An Emerson College dean becomes the first Boston casualty of the national student-loan fiasco
    Lending institutions have been buying the favor of sticky-fingered college administrators for some time now.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Letting the DA skateLetting the DA skate:  Violence rises, prosecutions plummet, and nobody points a finger at Boston’s top law-enforcement officer
    In Boston’s sharp-elbowed political world, when anything goes wrong assigning blame usually takes top priority.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Power hungry?Power hungry?:  The most powerful people on Beacon Hill want to stop the gay-marriage ban, but don’t have the votes
    It’s remarkable how dramatically the state’s political leadership has changed since the most recent Constitutional Convention.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Sweeping upSweeping up:  Deval Patrick’s late appointments show a surer hand at the wheel
    Whether by design or dumb luck, Governor Deval Patrick has managed to depoliticize the news coming from Beacon Hill.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    The MormonatorThe Mormonator:  Mitt Romney has a steely-eyed mission to crush his opponents. Next battlefield: Ames, Iowa.
    With the single-minded discipline and cold-blooded calculation of a cyborg, Mitt Romney is executing an aggressive campaign plan.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Martha’s quick startMartha’s quick start:  In her first four months as attorney general, Martha Coakley has shown political deftness — and a desire to play a major role in state policy
    Martha Coakley told opponents of same-sex marriage this past week she would use the full force of her new office to fight their efforts.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Romney's chicksRomney's chicks:  Mitt's kind of women
    In raising more than $20 million over the first three months of this year, Mitt Romney showed a special touch with the fairer sex.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Notes on a tragedyNotes on a tragedy:  More than a week after the Virginia Tech massacre, we still have more questions than answers
    Seung-Hui Cho got what he wanted: a whole nation is talking about him and his horrific killing spree on the Virginia Tech campus last week.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Who’s with whom — and why?Who’s with whom — and why?:  Talking politics
    Now that first-quarter campaign-finance reports have been filed, we can see which presidential candidates scooped up money from which Bay Staters.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    That dirty waterThat dirty water:  Why doesn’t the Patrick administration think that’s an environmental issue?
    Much of the heart and soul of historic Boston is in danger of sinking into the marshy ooze on which it was built over the centuries.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Seeking councilSeeking council:  Could Felix be in trouble?
    Several factors have some wondering whether progressive Felix Arroyo may be the most vulnerable at-large incumbent this coming November.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    The rats in Romney’s cornerThe rats in Romney’s corner:  The dirty tricksters behind Romney’s money
    Mitt Romney’s powerhouse first-quarter fundraising numbers — he reports to have taken in more than $20 million — got him all kinds of press attention.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Who’s with whomWho’s with whom:  When John Kerry bowed out of the presidential sweepstakes, it freed Boston’s big Democratic brokers to find a favorite.
    For Democratic presidential candidates, Boston is the ATM kiosk on the way to New Hampshire.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    The green governor?The green governor?:  Few on Deval Patrick's ‘fresh blood’ staff have been seasoned in the State-house hallways
    Governor Deval Patrick promised to bring new faces and fresh perspectives to his administration, and he certainly has done that.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


    Feeding the rabid rightFeeding the rabid right:  If Mitt Romney can’t persuade conservatives that he’s one of them, his hopes are dead. But convincing them could be fatal too.
    Mitt Romney’s attempt to follow George W. Bush’s formula to the Republican presidential nomination has hit a snag.
    By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN


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BLOGS
  New in the Phoenix: Sun Belt media battles
posted at 11:31 AM / 10.25.2007
  Barnicle returns, strains credulity
posted at 10:57 AM / 10.24.2007
  Globe: Romney's "slip" just that
posted at 10:30 AM / 10.24.2007
  Marketing Mitt
posted at 11:49 AM / 10.25.2007
  Romneys At Fenway
posted at 3:06 PM / 10.24.2007
  Keller, Kennedy, and "Crashing"
posted at 6:35 PM / 10.22.2007


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