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Khazei, Like a Fox?

Insiders don’t think Alan Khazei has a chance in the US Senate race. But progressive activists could make him an underdog with bite.
If there is to be a candidate in the Massachusetts US Senate race who inspires the sort of grassroots, progressive following that propelled Governor Deval Patrick into office three years ago — an insurgent candidacy, if you will — it figures to be idealistic public-service advocate Alan Khazei, co-founder of City Year and founder of Be the Change, Inc.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 16, 2009
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Burn, baby, burn

The Olympics, zipper-gate, stimulus money, and why Coakley must investigate City Hall
The Phoenix opposed President Barack Obama's efforts to help Chicago win the 2016 Summer Olympics on the grounds that doing business with the International Olympic Committee is always bad news for the host community.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 07, 2009

Snowe: A party of one

Party politics
US Senator Olympia Snowe has maneuvered herself into a position where she is the only hope Democrats have of getting a "bipartisan" agreement on healthcare reform.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 16, 2009
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Blowhard, interrupted

If Curt Schilling runs for Senate, will he keep his sports-media perch?
Former Red Sox great Curt Schilling isn't the only prospective US Senate candidate agonizing over whether to run for Ted Kennedy's old seat. But unlike some of his potential rivals the Bloody Socked One seems determined to share his Hamlet act with the biggest possible audience.
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 11, 2009
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Choosing Kennedy’s successor

The state needs to name a replacement — and soon
Massachusetts should have a temporary US senator until voters elect a replacement to serve out the remaining three years of Ted Kennedy’s term.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2009
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Giant shadow

Though he won't be on the ballot, Ted Kennedy's influence will be keenly felt in the special election to replace him.
One striking aspect of the Kennedy tributes was the focus on the help he and his office provided for ordinary individuals in Massachusetts — all those things that fall under the category of "constituent services."
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2009

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

Politics and other mistakes
The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 02, 2009
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Ted's turn

Clinton caves on crime bill, but Kennedy can still salvage it
A little-known provision in the crime bill now being negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee would greatly expand the number of prison cells available to house violent criminals, and it wouldn't be cost a dime. But it may be doomed unless Senator Ted Kennedy is willing to spend some political capital.
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 26, 2009
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Ted Kennedy's real record

A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, little has been said of what Ted Kennedy has or hasn't accomplished.
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 26, 2009
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After Ted

Kennedy’s death came amid renewed speculation about his succession, his family, and potential candidates for his job
The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy early Wednesday morning brings to a close the life and legendary career of one of Massachusetts's greatest political figures.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 26, 2009
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How's Obama doing?

Better than you think, but his health-care plans are a problem
Politics, an old cliché holds, is the art of the possible. Achieving the possible is a matter of power. And in a media-saturated democracy, power flows to those with good poll numbers.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 14, 2009
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Jews and Latinos get cozy

ADL + LPN 4EVA
While US Senate Republicans dropped politically prudent bombshells on Sonia Sotomayor during her Supreme Court–nomination hearings this week, watchdogs from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Latino Professional Network (LPN) kept extra close ears on rage speech bubbling through conservative media channels.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2009
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Artful dodger

Keep the RISD Museum open in August! Plus, the weirdness on C Street.
Phillipe and Jorge are quite disappointed to see that the Rhode Island School of Design Museum will be closing for the month of August, largely due to its endowment being down due to the economic recession.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 15, 2009
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Avoiding the problem

Snowe misses the point of healthcare reform
Over the course of Olympia Snowe's career in the US Senate, companies and workers in the healthcare and insurance industries have been her top donors (except for retirees and retiree political-action committees, which are obviously also concerned with healthcare issues).
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 08, 2009

Human rights watch

Acknowledging, and punishing, torture
Last week, on the heels of anti-torture panels and protests in Portland, Washington DC, and elsewhere, the Justice Department told the nation that it would have to wait a few more days before information about American torture policies and practices is made public.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 24, 2009
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Female Trouble

A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 03, 2009
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Time to wake up

The State Legislature and Boston's big municipal unions are hurting the public
The news that Massachusetts's finances are in even worse shape than previously thought was not exactly a surprise.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 15, 2009

71. John McCain

SILVER MEDALIST
Now that John McCain has proven that he’s as effective a campaigner as he is a power forward, it’s time he shuts his yap once and for all. Watching this shipwreck sound off on the Senate floor is like watching a bag lady scream at ducklings.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

5. Rod Blagojevich

PAY-ROD
An Illinois governor is alleged to have put a vacant US Senate seat up for sale? We’re shocked, shocked . In his defense, could his mind have been controlled by that brown-furred, Tribble-looking mammal that’s been sucking on his scalp for the past 20 years? Seriously, what the hell is that thing on his head? And why aren’t they both in jail yet?
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 24, 2009

Light that failed

How is Maine's term-limits law working?
How has Maine's term-limit law, restricting legislators to eight consecutive years in office, been working since it was approved by voters in 1993?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 25, 2009
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Cleaning up Maine's sleaze

Politicians have left it to the people
When tourists admire Maine's picturesque waterfronts, they aren't close enough to smell the barrels reeking with rotting lobster bait.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009

Make no mistake

Letters to the Boston editor, March 6, 2009
Please note that David S. Bernstein's February 27 story "Capuano Cornered?" contains some inaccuracies.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 04, 2009
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Blackballed

If Chuck Turner is innocent, why is he aligning himself with a coterie of disreputable African-American leaders?
Turner might want to avoid hitching his fortunes to those of such utterly disreputable pols as former DC mayor Marion Barry, ex-Newark mayor Sharpe James, and Dianne Wilkerson.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 10, 2009
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Capuano cornered?

Could a developing Washington probe hurt the Somerville congressman, and derail his Senate hopes?
Republican lobbying-ethics scandals helped convince voters to toss out the GOP and put Democrats back in control of the US House of Representatives.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 03, 2009
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Youth infusion

The surprisingly diverse leaders of team DeLeo. Plus, do environmentalists have reason to worry?
In DeLeo's restructuring, white, non-Hispanic men older than 45 fell from power in droves.  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 19, 2009
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Money talks

Can Beacon Hill reform itself when the State Senate President and the new House Speaker rake in so much lobbyist cash?
To hear our state legislators talk lately, Beacon Hill is all about reforming the sketchy, poorly governed relationships between lawmakers and lobbyists.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 06, 2009

One of a kind

Rest in peace, Claiborne Pell, former senator and all-around class act
Phillipe + Jorge took time to attend the funeral of Claiborne Pell, in deference to all that he did for both Rhode Island and civility everywhere he went.
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  January 07, 2009
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00-Panetta

Why Leon might be right for the CIA. Plus: Al Franken, Roland Burris, and Caroline Kennedy.
President-elect Barack Obama's pick of Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency caught Washington by surprise.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 12, 2009

Sweet Caroline for Senate?

Thoughtful leadership could dispel the stench of celebrity
Just like everyone else, P+J have been following the saga of Caroline Kennedy and the New York senate seat.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 29, 2008

Ridiculous and sublime

Maine got stranger in 2008
 Certainly what will stick out most in our minds are those wonderful hours late on November 4, when we hugged and cheered and attempted to get from one side of Empire to the other without spilling our beer.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

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