Jon Keller

Bubble Trouble

It's post time for the mayoral election, and Tom Menino is off to the races, greeting East Boston seniors at a Suffolk Downs luncheon sponsored by City Hall's office of elder affairs. Some 350 elderly voters are enjoying rigatoni, meatballs,…

The Muckraker: Tunnel Vision

It's standard operating procedure for a savvy salesman — especially one who wants his next job to be U.S. senator from Massachusetts — to end a meeting with a firm handshake, an expression of sincere desire to get together again…

Northern Exposure

Ah, winter in New Hampshire: bitter-cold weather, SUVs hurtling up I-93 to the ski slopes, and White House wannabes wooing voters in the nation's first presidential primary with money and promises. And poetry. Poetry? That's how the folks gathered in…

Sex in the State House

Beacon Hill prostitution isn't what it used to be. The hookers who work the Hill took a tough hit when the legislature quit holding all-night budget sessions. That put the brakes on a long-running State House tradition, traced back at…

Bulger's Last Stand

At the conclusion of the House Government Reform Committee hearing that marked the beginning of the end of his public career, William M. Bulger rose from the table with a strange look on his face. It was a look so…

Hack Attack

Logan bigwig Craig Coy stands atop the global map carved in the floor of the airport's international terminal, fidgeting like an expectant birth- day boy whose cake is about to be served. In a moment, the Massachusetts Port Authority CEO…

Should This Man Be President?

“Everybody ready?” asks Senator John Forbes Kerry as cameras encircle him outside Roxbury's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Actually, the reporters who have been cooling their heels this morning awaiting Kerry's typically belated arrival have been ready for more…

My Dinner With Mitt

You arrive for Saturday night supper at the home of our new governor at 6 sharp with a thirst — for a before-dinner cocktail and for answers to some pressing questions. You're wondering what, by rejecting Democrat Shannon O'Brien and…

Return of the Mommy

Acting Governor Jane Swift has barely finished serving up her first State of the State address when the 2002 race for governor breaks out into some brisk early-season eye-gouging and groin-kicking. Swift's address is seasoned with legislature-bashing and pro-tax-cut rhetoric…

Running on Empty

“I said to my wife, 'Honey, why do people seem to take such an instant dislike to me?' And she shrugged and said: 'Saves time.'” — Robert Reich campaign stump-speech joke Here comes Robert Reich, marching into Malden's Irish-American Club…