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Talking Politics
It's no surprise that the coming weekend's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have become politically charged, given the extraordinary convergence of electoral events visiting South Boston.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 12, 2013
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Wheels on the Bus: Mass Transit


Few parts of Massachusetts government need additional spending as badly as transportation — or have as publicly visible deficiencies.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 25, 2013
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Running Outside the Box


Congressman Ed Markey's announcement that he will run in the upcoming special election for US Senate was quickly followed by a choreographed show of institutional backing, from Vicki Kennedy, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and even John Kerry, holder of the soon-to-be-vacated seat Markey desires.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 18, 2013
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Death knell for the local GOP?


Obituaries for the Massachusetts Republican Party have been written many times — I've contributed several items to that genre myself.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 18, 2012

Parsing the political process; Buddy in the Times; ready for their close-up

Heated debates
On debate nights at Casa Diablo, Jorge perches on the couch in the Boom Boom Room, providing a running commentary on the action while taking copious notes such that he can provide a nuanced and informed review of the proceedings in this space.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 18, 2012
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DePetro gets served; Akin, the legitimate idiot; Brenda returns

Disgraceland
Your superior correspondents have always found it interesting that whenever a none-too-complimentary news story appears about local talk radio host John DePetro, he claims complete innocence.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 22, 2012

Olympic fever; Mittpicking; farewell, Johnny Connell

The Sporting Life
The 72-inch widescreen TV has been on 24/7 in the Boom Boom Room as Phillipe and Jorge — clad in togas, with laurel crowns on our heads, and faux medals made from the tops of yogurt containers around our necks — have paid rapt attention to the London Olympics, with occasional naps when the USA basketball team games are shown.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 01, 2012
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Five years into Therese Murray’s tenure as president, the State Senate seems to have run out of steam

Sleepy Senate
Therese Murray's fifth anniversary as State Senate president passed by with little fanfare last month.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 05, 2012

Vinny’s way with words; a couple of Bruces; kids’ stuff; a miracle in Newport

Love letters from Paz
Quite a few were surprised when it was recently announced that P&J's old pal, legendary Vo Dilun boxing champeen Vinny Paz, is going to play a starring role as a WASPy US Senator in the Stage Door Theater Company's production of A.R. Gurney's play, Love Letters , in Westerly.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 07, 2012
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Back in the saddle again

Phillipe returns! Plus, road rage and the hell of war
Phillipe, who gave up his decades-long co-authorship of this column several months back, made a shocking and unannounced return last week ...
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 11, 2011
Thomas Menino plans to run for mayor of Boston yet again

Tom Menino's final term as mayor? Don't bet on it.

Here He Goes Again
Mark this down: Tom Menino, already the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, will run for re-election in 2013.  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 27, 2011
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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 05, 2010
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Homophobe to headline Boston's GospelFest

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Donnie McClurkin is one of gospel music's biggest stars. But McClurkin has also drawn fire for his homophobic sermons. Which makes him a curious choice to headline a City of Boston–produced event here later this summer, the annual GospelFest on City Hall Plaza.
By NOAH SCHAFFER  |  June 29, 2010
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Just hold it

Portland loves its tourists, so why won't we give them relief?
To Portlanders, they're a familiar sight: out-of-town victims potty-dancing around town, pained expressions on their faces, one sip away from having polished off an iced coffee the size of a small child.
By ANGELIQUE CARSON  |  June 16, 2010

Menino's money problems

Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010
David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 16, 2010
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The Battle of Mission Hill

Town-versus-gown tempers are boiling over near the Northeastern campus, as residents charge the giant school with 'death by incrementalism'
Oftentimes, inner-city dwellers who have to routinely phone police about disorderly neighbors fear retribution from gangbangers or drug dealers.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 15, 2010
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Boston pols bail on Bank of America

Locovore Banking Dept.
In this time of political stridency, where everything is either red or blue, Boston City Councilors have found a potential purple issue that everyone can stand behind, be they radical lefties or Fox News worshippers.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 14, 2010
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Oil, oil, everywhere

BP’s latest eco-crime; City Council Pres. Mike Ross does the right thing; Scott Brown disappoints
It is not enough that British Petroleum’s wounded oil well in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico continues to bleed millions of gallons of viscous crude oil, killing marshes that could offer protection from future hurricanes, destroying habitats for migrating birds, fouling coastal commercial-fishing grounds.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 26, 2010
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Bragdon vs. Trevorrow, Greens, District 120

Primary 2010
Charles Bragdon and Anna Trevorrow vie in the East End legislative race
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 19, 2010
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Boston tucks away a $125 million windfall

More for Moneybags?
As debate continues over the city’s finances — and whether the city of Boston can afford firefighters’ raises, branch libraries, community-center staffing, and other costs in tight times — the city is planning to quietly tuck away a one-time windfall of more than $125 million.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 24, 2010
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‘There are no rules’

The 11th-hour change
On April 19, the Globe first reported that arbitrators had awarded the Boston firefighters union a 19-percent raise. By the next morning, both the Globe and the Herald were citing Menino administration figures of a $74 million cost.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 12, 2010
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Mayor-Select Marie?

Some think that Tom Menino is anointing Marie St. Fleur as his successor, but he might just be serving himself
Tom Menino, just a few months into an unprecedented fifth term as Boston’s mayor, has raised eyebrows by hiring State Representative Marie St. Fleur of Dorchester to the newly created, $120,000-a-year position of chief of advocacy and strategic investment.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 05, 2010
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Shaking up the school system

The Reformer
Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 21, 2010

Election attracting urine stains

Drama queens and vampire squids
For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 21, 2010
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The first Latino mayor?

Angel Taveras’s moment suddenly arrives
Until recently, to talk about Angel Taveras was to talk about the future.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 15, 2010
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Joe Paolino weighs a different kind of mayoral run

The Independent
It had been rumored for some time.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 14, 2010

Unsexy Appeal

Letters to the Boston editor, April 9, 2010
The annual “Unsexiest Men” survey (April 2) panders to and cultivates negative, cheap-shot male bashing.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 07, 2010
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Lynch’s left flank

The Southie Congressman may have pushed progressives too far this time.
US Representative Stephen Lynch has held Massachusetts’s ninth congressional district since 2001 — a fact that has irritated the state’s liberals ever since.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 02, 2010
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Murph’s Last Grasp?

Can Stephen Murphy rally his troops one last time, or is this stab at higher office his last?
The ever-restless Stephen Murphy is at it again, running anew for state treasurer — just a few months after voters re-elected him to the Boston City Council.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 24, 2010
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Donkeys kicking Timilty

Governor's Council
As if Democrats don't have enough problems with attacks from tea-bagging circus clowns, now one local pol is being targeted by fellow donkeys.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 17, 2010

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