Election 2014 – is consensus as remote as ever?

Tip O'Neill famously said all politics is local.  Yesterday, Republicans won big by turning that adage on its head. They nationalized state races and turned President Obama's unpopularity and his administration's failures into anvils around the necks of Democratic candidates.  Even states that Obama carried turned against him. A happy exception to that trend was …

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Getting a grip on ebola

New York City likes to see itself as informed and sophisticated, but the city's response to its first case of ebola was anything but.  The headlines screamed "Ebola in NYC." News stories on television and on the electrified sides of skyscrapers flashed danger. Photos of the doctor diagnosed, who had ridden the subway, eaten at a …

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Observations on state primary 2014

The Y chromosome was in short supply among top winners in yesterday's primary.  The result is that party candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, attorney general and, in my home county, district attorney and governor's council, are all women.  (So, too, with unopposed candidates for state auditor, state senator and state representatives.) The women's vote may …

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St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast: more love-in, less roast

Southie's traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast was anything but traditional yesterday.  A testament to the new Boston, a majority-minority city, the breakfast was hosted for the first time ever by a woman, a person of color, a Haitian-American, and a resident of Dorchester...all wrapped up in the energetic and charismatic persona of State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. …

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Markey needs to step it up

Senator John McCain is in Boston today to support Republican Gabriel Gomez' bid for the U.S. Senate race.  Gomez, a former Navy SEAL,  is expected to step up his attacks on Democratic Congressman Ed Markey for being soft on homeland security.  The "soft" votes can be explained, but to so-called independents parachuting late into this …

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Brown decision could be good for state GOP

A Senate run by Scott Brown would have been a little like Ground Hog Day, and I'm sure his decision not to run for John Kerry's Senate seat was a relief for his ever cheerful, ever campaigning family. If he wants to cash in on his past success, the time to do it is now, not …

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Scott Brown v. Bill Weld not even close

A WBUR poll this morning about who might run to fill John Kerry's Senate seat if/when Kerry becomes Secretary of State showed an overwhelming preference for Scott Brown over former Governor Bill Weld for the GOP nomination.  A valedictory op ed by Senator Scott Brown in a recent Boston Globe shows why the decision shouldn't …

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Kerry’s the man, at least for State

I don't doubt it. Senator John Kerry could be a close to perfect  Secretary of State.  All aspects of his life have prepared him for the job, save for running a large bureaucracy.  UN Ambassador Susan Rice has been touted as the President's first choice.  They have been close allies since she started advising him on foreign policy …

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Warren victory a high point

Massachusetts finally did it!  It elected a woman to the U.S. Senate.  And what a woman she is!  After a miserable campaign start, in which she turned off even her supporters by appearing too prim, preachy, professorial and sometimes suffocatingly earnest, Elizabeth Warren finally got it. As the campaign moved away from her disappointing handling of the nettlesome …

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Warren, Brown face-off best debate yet

Elizabeth Warren turned in her best performance yet in last night's debate against Senator Scott Brown, and he, in turn, also largely focused on the issues, with just half the snarky "professor" labels as in the last debate and, thankfully, no return to the tired Cherokee attacks of past encounters.  The result was a distillation …

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