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Middlesex DA; Anti-Establishment Republicans; Marty Challengers

“Jennifer” asks via email: Do you have some updated thoughts to the DA’s race in Middlesex and is it still in your opinion..”…perhaps the single […]

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Chart of the Week: Breaking Down the Lobbyist Money in Boston’s Elections

Lobbyists registered with the state of Massachusetts give a lot of money to politicians, but usually focus their funds on the statehouse lawmakers who they […]

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Q&A #6: Oh, All Those 2013 Boston Election Votes

Via email, “Kim” asks: My head is still spinning from all of the elections in 2013.  How many did we have (in Mass., but especially […]

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Six Listicles About the Less-Important Things That Happened Last Year

Last year was ridiculously jam-packed for those of us in the greater Boston area, and others have done the tough job of compiling year-end wrap-ups […]

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Here Are The Winners of the 2013 Boston Political Awards

Last week, I asked you to vote for the 2013 Massachusetts political award winners. Now it’s time for the results—and my thoughts. I am in […]

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The More The City Council Changes, The More It Stays The Same

Boston doesn’t do change very well (as I mentioned in my post on the mayoral election). That showed in Tuesday’s City Council elections, which were […]

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Live Boston Election Results: Marty Walsh Is The Next Mayor

Welcome to election night in Boston! where we find out whether Marty Walsh or John Connolly will succeed Tom Menino as Boston’s next mayor. Voters […]

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Q&A #5: A Few Questions About the City Council

Let’s take a few quick questions about the Boston City Council races. First, “jeffreyjames” asks: District 8 City Council. I am sick of seeing that […]

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Boston Voters Think All The Candidates Are Great

I love everybody—and so do Boston voters, apparently. The new Suffolk/Herald poll finds that no more than 16 percent view any of the citywide candidates […]

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Insiders Poll: Marty Walsh Will Be Boston’s Next Mayor

You’ve got to hand it to my anonymous Boston political insiders—they’ve been uncannily accurate in predicting this year’s results (at least, in the aggregate). When […]

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Q&A #4: Predictions on the City Council Races

“Kevin” asks: Other than D5, are there going to be any competitive City Council races in the general election? It seems like there is such […]

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Update: Boston’s City Council Candidates

All eyes are on Boston’s mayoral race, but voters will also elect 13 city councilors—four citywide, and one in each of nine districts. To help […]

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The Changing Face of the City Council

Michael Flaherty erased any question about his second act in Boston politics with a convincing second-place finish in the at-large City Council race—even topping Stephen […]

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Menino’s Associates

Who Got Rich Under Menino? A few favored developers and contractors were granted a steady stream of lucrative projects and tax deals. —By Rachel Slade Because […]

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City Council At-Large Candidates Struggle For Attention

A confession: I am always disappointed with the caliber of Boston’s city council candidates. It always seems that in a city so teeming with the […]