from January 31, 2002
State of the Union: Split dynamic
from January 30, 2002
from January 28, 2002
Tom Birmingham: The new image versus the old pol
Can the Senate president follow Nixon, Dukakis, and Clinton in crafting a new look, or will his office drag him down?
from January 24, 2002
G.W. Bush = Ken Lay
from January 24, 2002
from January 22, 2002
Tom Menino has something Larry Summers wants: control over development in Allston. And Summers has something Menino wants: the money to develop Crosstown.
from January 17, 2002
This Just In
Swift’s speech; Weld’s legacy
from January 16, 2002
This Just In
Birmingham will be tough to beat
from January 14, 2002
Grossman vs. Reich
Can either ‘outsider’ woo the Democratic
faithful in the race for governor?
from January 14, 2002
Let the games begin
A political roadmap to the Democratic Party’s run-up to the 2002 gubernatorial race
from January 3, 2002
Playing the Numbers
Is the Big Dig headed for another billion-dollar
overrun? Turnpike authorities say yes. The governor says no. Who’s right?
from December 6, 2001
A candidate with a conscience
Gubernatorial hopeful Warren Tolman bets
on the Clean Elections Law
from November 29, 2001
The new New Boston?
Under the new Senate redistricting plan,
the seat from South Boston will become minority-majority. Is an ugly racial campaign
in Boston’s not-too-distant future?
from November 22, 2001
Beacon Hill’s failure to fully fund the
Clean Elections Law may torpedo the Democrats’ best chance of ending 12 years
of GOP gubernatorial rule
from November 8, 2001
Who Will Take the Fall?
The state budget deficit is $1 billion
and counting. The last time this happened, voters brought in a new administration
and sent state legislators packing.
from November 1, 2001
For Richer or for Poorer?
Will Boston still love Menino in hard times?
from October 13, 2001
Gary Condit’s affair with missing intern
Chandra Levy is big news everywhere in the country except Boston. What gives?
from September 6, 2001
It’s the guessing game of the summer:
Who’s Mayor Menino supporting in the Ninth Congressional District race? Why
is ironworker-turned-senator Stephen Lynch the Ninth District candidate of the
downtown power crowd?
from August 31, 2001
Pushing his issues
from August 23, 2001
Why is ironworker-turned-senator Stephen
Lynch the Ninth District candidate of the downtown power crowd?
from August 17, 2001
It’s a race many Democrats don’t want
to think about, let alone talk about. A contest between two incumbents for the
proposed Sixth Congressional District would be a mess.
from August 9, 2001
you want to be the governor?
The Democrats planning to run in 2002
better start to look lively, or Jane will make Swift work of them
from August 2, 2001
and be conquered
Ninth Congressional District candidates
Brian Joyce and Cheryl Jacques have a lot in common — perhaps too much. Will
either one have the sense to get out of the race before splitting the progressive
from July 26, 2001
emperor has no clothes
Tom Finneran’s new congressional lines
are just as gerrymandered as before, and don’t even create a minority-majority
from July 19, 2001
the turnout, stupid
Who will win the Ninth? Signs are pointing
toward Stephen Lynch, who has a core base of support in South Boston.
from July 12, 2001
How to run for president when the election’s
three years away
from July 5, 2001
From left to right
from June 28, 2001
versus the suburbs
For all the fuss made about South Boston
in the Ninth Congressional District, the neighborhood is losing its clout. The
heart of the district now lies in West Roxbury
from June 21, 2001
With Max Kennedy out of the race for
the Ninth, socially liberal voters aren’t sure where to turn
from June 14, 2001
The Democrats got some old-time religion
at their state issues convention. But will their prayers for the governor’s
office be answered?
from June 7, 2001
of the world
Joe Moakley cared as much about justice
in San Salvador as about jobs in South Boston
from May 31, 2001
Max Kennedy’s press problem
from May 24, 2001
Just five weeks into her administration,
Swift has made decisive moves on voter-friendly issues. How did her inexperienced
team turn her from the butt of jokes into a bona fide governor?
from May 17, 2001
Max Kennedy is untested and inexperienced,
yet he’s considered the leading candidate to replace Congressman Joe Moakley
— the second-most-powerful Bay Stater in Washington, after Max’s uncle Ted
from May 10, 2001
A crop of Kennedys are running for office
this year. Plus, Bush’s foreign-policy gaffe and Mayor Menino’s outreach.
from May 3, 2001
John Kerry’s chances for the White House
from April 26, 2001
The recent China crisis should teach
us what we failed to learn from Tiananmen Square: You can’t negotiate with people
who violate human rights
from April 12, 2001
Budget overruns, design cuts, questionable
viability — should Mayor Menino scrap the South Boston convention center?
from April 5, 2001
On Clean Elections, Senate president
Tom Birmingham is caught between a rock and a hard place
from March 22, 2001
kids on the block
Will Moakley’s retirement, Lynch’s quest
for higher office, and a shifting population bring a new era in Southie politics?
from March 15, 2001
Harvard Law professor Mary Ann Glendon,
author of a new book about Eleanor Roosevelt, is on George W. Bush’s short list
to be named to the UN Commission on Human Rights — a position first held by
from March 8, 2001
Joe Kennedy looks like a candidate, walks
like a candidate, and sounds like a candidate. So is he a candidate?
from February 16, 2001
Who knows what philosophy will drive
Bush's foreign policy?
from February 2, 2001
blue collar and the blue blood
Ray Flynn and Robin Moore seem worlds
apart, but they've formed a fruitful writing partnership. Their success has
as much to do with a changing political climate as it does with the stories
they have to tell.
from January 18, 2001
House Speaker Tom Finneran is probably
the only pol in the city who could give Mayor Tom Menino a good fight. Finneran
says he won't run -- but city politicos would like nothing better.
from January 11, 2001
Next year will bring a rarity in Massachusetts
politics: lots of job openings
from January 4, 2001
In 2000, everyone discovered that the
legal system is politics as usual
from December 28,
If George W. Bush thinks getting elected
was hard, just wait until
he has to resolve clashes between his powerful advisers
from December 21, 2000
Bob Durand is the state's point man on
waterfront negotiations. But whose vision is he pushing? The governor's, or
from December 8, 2000
Signs are mounting that the long economic
expansion may be slowing -- or worse. That could spell trouble for local political
leaders. Is the public ready for tough choices? .
from November 30, 2000
With Congress split down the middle,
New England's block of moderate senators will be more influential than ever
from November 17, 2000
and its discontents
It's fitting that our long national whine
ends in Florida - the home state of Elián fanatics, suburban sprawl, rednecks,
self-obsessed geezers, and overseas military personnel who vote by absentee
from November 10, 2000
Neither Al nor George W. has staying
power. Here's who looks good for 2004 .
from October 27, 2000
ambition, Arafat's war
Clinton's zeal for a Nobel Peace Prize
has brought the Middle East to the brink of war. Neither presidential candidate
has what it takes to undo the damage.
from October 13, 2000
to the future
In their pursuit of votes, the candidates
have made more appearances than ever on the chat-show circuit. But this election
may hinge on something more old-fashioned: labor support.
from October 6, 2000
Tuesday's debate takes place in the shadow
of JFK's legacy. Al Gore, George W. Bush, and Kennedy have much in common, but
this year's candidates pale in comparison to the real thing.
from September 28, 2000
Critics charge that the would-be VP ran
a racist, oppressive company
from September 22, 2000
Some state representatives up for re-election
this fall are finding their relationship to the controversial House Speaker
a hot issue on the campaign trail.
from September 15, 2000
The key to Gore's success? John McCain.
Bush has failed to capitalize on McCain's blueprint for success with swing voters
-- so Gore co-opted the issues.
from September 8, 2000
The CIA's religious profiling comes under
scrutiny. Plus, the presidential candidates' bogus military debate, and Gore's
weak New Hampshire operation.
from August 31, 2000
the faith card
Al Gore's pick of Senator Joseph Lieberman
as his running mate has profound implications for American political life --
and for America's Jewish community
from August 11, 2000
to be the GOP
Despite the right-wing butt-kissing,
the Bush-Cheney ticket marks the party's return to its roots: Big money and
from August 4, 2000
The Democrats have a secret contingency
plan for convention protests
from July 29, 2000
not easy being Green
As the national Greens draw more attention
than ever, a radical wing threatens to split the movement.
from July 21, 2000
Party gets serious
Intent on becoming a viable third party,
the Greens are supplementing their grassroots efforts with a dose of political
from June 30, 2000
A new book questions public financing
of sports stadiums, and Menino's choice of lunch pals raises a question: Will
the Sox relocate to Suffolk Downs? Plus, more foreign-policy woes for Bush and
from June 16, 2000
President Clinton has made a mess of
international affairs. Is either candidate up to the job of forging a strong
from June 9, 2000
Bush is making inroads into California.
Plus, Rick Lazio's superficial appeal, and a plan by Central Massachusetts lawmakers
to foul up Fenway financing
from June 2, 2000
State Senator Mark Montigny could be
from April 27, 2000
local Republicans determined to fail?
Sure looks that way. Even slickster Bill
Weld won't talk about it.
from April 14, 2000
would Bush appoint to the Supreme Court?
George W.'s Texas track record suggests
that his appointees would be (what a surprise!) conservatives
from April 7, 2000
Tom Birmingham makes a pitch for education.
Plus, a money man from Medford travels overseas with President Clinton, Boston
indulges in St. Patrick's Day high jinks, and Pat Buchanan visits Harvard.
from March 24, 2000
Grossman our next governor?
The former DNC bigwig has been crisscrossing
the state to meet political activists. Some say he's laying the groundwork for
a gubernatorial run.
from March 17, 2000
George W. Bush has strong Latino support
in Texas. But he's not likely to extend it nationwide by November.
from March 10, 2000
Who'll be number two? The old game of
geographical diversity is out the window. Both parties are looking for a strong
from March 3, 2000
The California primary could reward Election
Day losers. Plus, George W.'s cash-flow problem, Big Dig money woes, and David
Frum's groovy new book
from February 18, 2000
father, like son
The Bush clan doesn't like to change
strategies -- or advisers. That spelled doom in '92, and it's doing the same
from February 11, 2000
now, the real world
The voters have spoken -- but not for
long. After New Hampshire, the establishment bosses kick into action.
from February 4, 2000
The Gore camp prepares to explain why
the VP stood up for his philandering boss. Plus, the politics of the Skakel
case, and the incredible shrinking governor.
from January 28, 2000
Jane Swift is a cabinet appointment away
from becoming governor. But a fresh look at our 34-year-old lieutenant governor
suggests she isn't yet ready for prime time.
from January 21, 2000
Is McCain a political cross-dresser?
Is Bush letting conservative hatchet men fight his battles? One reporter hits
the road in search of answers.
from January 14, 2000
Expect the mother of all negative campaigns
in the 2000 presidential election
from January 7, 2000
the economy, stupid
The vibrant, multinational economic climate
is making state politics less relevant to the future
from December 31, 1999
The alliance between Al Gore and big
labor exposes the Clinton administration's soft line on union corruption
from December 24, 1999
Al Gore is running out of money. Be afraid.
Be very afraid.
from December 17, 1999
Is Paul Cellucci Beltway bound? Some
seem to hope so.
from December 3, 1999
Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign
has lost much of its summer sizzle
from November 26, 1999
Al Gore touts the `new economy' and the
tech companiesthat fuel it. He also wants to end suburban sprawl. But you can't
have the first without the second.
from November 19, 1999
In Massachusetts Democratic circles,
the Bradley vs. Gore battle looks like a rematch of Tsongas vs. Clinton. Will
the outcome differ?
from November 12, 1999
and its discontents
Pat Buchanan has left the GOP, neocon
intellectuals can't get anyone to listen to them, and congressional Republicans
have never been weaker.
from October 29, 1999