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The Three Types of Fringe Candidate Who Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Debate

Generally speaking, there are three types of fringe independent/third party candidates, all of which happen to be represented in the current Massachusetts governor race: 1. […]

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A Rule of Thumb for the Governor’s Race, Three Weeks Out

Four years ago today, Suffolk University released a poll of the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, showing Deval Patrick leading by a healthy 7 percentage points over […]

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The Bill Linehan and Steve Murphy Pension-Padding Act of 2014

Surprisingly, City Council president Bill Linehan and councilor Steve Murphy have not provided me an answer to my question of how their proposed self-raises would […]

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Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley Heat It Up

The WBZ gubernatorial debate Tuesday evening started to reveal the friction heating up between Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley, but the tension really rose Wednesday […]

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A Newton Woman Had Dinner with President Obama

Hannah Banks, a 60-year-old former architect in Newton, had dinner with the President on Wednesday. And I don’t mean in some cheesy sense, like dining […]

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Massachusetts Gubernatorial Politics: One Theory

Over the past quarter-century (at least), Massachusetts voters have weighed two major factors in choosing a governor in the general election: 1. Which candidate do […]

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The Tightening Race for Massachusetts Governor

It’s not terribly surprising that the Massachusetts gubernatorial race appeared to tighten in the first few weeks after the primary. To a considerable extent, Martha […]

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Our Politicians Suck at Predicting Sports

To be fair: Back in late March, as the MLB season got underway, few of us would have predicted that the defending World Series champion […]

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Charlie Baker 2.0

Seated in front of me is Charlie Baker, the warmest, nicest, friendliest, most amicable gubernatorial candidate you’ll ever meet. And he will not give a straight answer to a single question that I ask him.

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A Conversation with Charlie Baker

David S. Bernstein: There’s this whole narrative surrounding your campaign this year, that it’s a new Charlie. That it’s this new Charlie, it’s this nicer […]

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Charlie Baker’s ‘Sweetheart’ Apology Turns Sour

As you might have heard, Charlie Baker called FOX25 reporter Sharman Sacchetti “sweetheart” the other day, which may or may not reveal something disturbing about […]

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Will the Massachusetts Ballot Questions Be Close?

Voters will decide four ballot questions in November, all fairly contentious but not necessarily close. Of course, it might only look that way before the […]

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What Is Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance’s Problem?

In mailings, newspaper ads, and other materials, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has been claiming, with the weakest of justifications, that certain targeted state legislators voted to […]

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Ann Wofford Won’t Let Niki Tsongas Get a Free Pass

You probably know about Richard Tisei, the Republican North Shore congressional candidate who is facing Democrat Seth Moulton, after Moulton upended incumbent John Tierney in […]

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Meet the Genius Who Won the Primary Prediction Contest

We received 270 entries for our primary prediction contest, in which people tried to match the correct order, in votes received, of all 11 Democratic […]