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Let’s Agree to Call the First Mayoral Debate a Dress Rehearsal

This was a good idea, in hindsight, to have a dress rehearsal, warm-up, spring training debate of sorts. Neither John Connolly nor Marty Walsh has […]

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Maps: The Mayoral Preliminary Election Results

You’ve probably read everything you need to know about the Boston mayoral preliminary last week, right? Wrong. Here, we present a guest post featuring maps created by […]

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Q&A #1: What’s Next For The Mayoral Also-Rans?

Two quick similar questions to start off Ask Me Anything Day. “Grant” asks: What happens to the failed mayoral candidates? Does losing a wide-open mayoral […]

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Which Mayoral Candidates Got the Most Bang for Their Buck?

Here’s an interesting measure of mayoral campaign performance: Who got the most votes for every dollar raised? As the chart below shows, the African-American candidates, […]

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The Mayoral Race Has Been Anticlimactic So Far

As the returns came in last night at John Connolly’s election party, there was not much reaction. The crowd in Dudley Square’s Hibernian Hall milled […]

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The Newish Boston

Demographics is not destiny. For many in Boston—including Tom Menino, when I asked him the question some years ago—it was something of a matter of […]

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Watching Turnout

Back in July I made some observations about voting among black Bostonians. In particular I looked at the city’s 62 majority-black precincts (where roughly half […]

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Will the Same Old Vote Dominate the Preliminary?

If you live in the area and are not old, you’re familiar with all the usual complaints about Boston: the T stops running too early, […]

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The Mayoral Standings Become Clearer, Thanks to Three Polls

Three polls released in three days, with strikingly similar results, suggest that we have a pretty good snapshot of where the Boston mayoral race stands—or, […]

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The Boston Mayoral/City Council Preliminary Prediction Contest!

How It’s Gonna Work: You pick the order in which the 12 mayoral candidates will finish in Tuesday’s preliminary. List them in order, 1 through […]

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The Herald and NECN Agree To Move Mayoral Debate Time

Well, it took a little more than 24 hours for the Boston Herald/Suffolk University/NECN consortium to fold. As I wrote yesterday, that group announced yesterday […]

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Mayoral Power Rankings: It’s John vs. Marty

With eight weeks until Boston’s preliminary election, I have gone back to my anonymous political insiders for an update on how they see the mayoral […]

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City Limits: Meet Boston’s 2013 Mayoral Candidates

As candidates scramble for votes in the first wide-open mayoral election in decades, a transformed Boston begins to emerge.

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There’s No Carlos Danger In Boston’s Race for Mayor

New York City, last seen handing its top office to the highest-bidding billionaire, on Tuesday offered up the spectacle of a leading mayoral candidate with […]

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Mayoral Polling (And Questionable Interpretation) Has Arrived

New Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll:  John Connolly 12%; Marty Walsh 11%; Dan Conley 9%; Rob Consalvo 8%; Mike Ross 5%; Charlotte Golar Richie 5%; Felix […]