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Politics as Unusual: After Election Day, 2 winners and a million questions

September 25, 2013
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The preliminary gauntlet we just pulled through was a fabulously bloodless municipal massacre, the kind of free-for-all preliminary that inspires thrilling political prose, and that makes, breaks and cremates careers. In the process—and certainly in the immediate aftermath—we’ve learned lots about our modern city, like that “labor” and “Irish” are still positive concepts around...

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Politics as Unusual: On election eve, a robust refresher on the race thus far

September 17, 2013
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As a master rhetorical chef at the baloney buffet that is our 2013 mayoral race, I’m officially lost in the kitchen. After writing two-dozen columns on the contest and attending more than that many forums—and in the process waxing on everything from real estate and transportation to petty ward minutiae—it seems ridiculous to forge...

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Politics as Unusual: In a dream city gov’t, most candidates would have key jobs

September 13, 2013
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I’ve already said this an embarrassing number of times in the past several months, but the pool of candidates pitching to be the next mayor of Boston is an extraordinarily gifted gaggle. Even as someone who takes pride in his significant disdain for anybody arrogant enough to seek such a mighty crown, I’ve found...

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Politics as Unusual: In a dream city gov’t, most candidates would have key jobs

September 10, 2013
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I’ve already said this an embarrassing number of times in the past several months, but the pool of candidates pitching to be the next mayor of Boston is an extraordinarily gifted gaggle. Even as someone who takes pride in his significant disdain for anybody arrogant enough to seek such a mighty crown, I’ve found...

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Politics as Unusual: Arroyo may be just what Boston needs

September 3, 2013
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There’s a remarkable candidate for mayor who I’ve largely and unfairly ignored in more than two dozen columns I have filed on the race. I’ve mentioned him a few times—heck, I’ve even noted long-shot pro-life nutter David James Wyatt on a number of occasions—but the hopeful I’m referring to deserves close attention, if not...

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Politics as Unusual: Dorchester is home to the race within the race

August 30, 2013
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In the kind of raucous and exhilarating election that we have on our hands, Dorchester is an intimidating gauntlet. Even residents and seasoned campaign operatives can get lost in the tribal abyss. Unless you’re a third generation ward captain who babysat for Tom Finneran when Mattapan was still part of Dorchester and the future...

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Politics as Unusual: Dorchester is home to the race within the race

August 27, 2013
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In the kind of raucous and exhilarating election that we have on our hands, Dorchester is an intimidating gauntlet. Even residents and seasoned campaign operatives can get lost in the tribal abyss. Unless you’re a third generation ward captain who babysat for Tom Finneran when Mattapan was still part of Dorchester and the future...

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Politics as Unusual: ‘Ed reform’ cash makes Connolly biggest threat to BPS

August 20, 2013
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I didn’t plan on writing about schools this week. I already had another column mostly finished when I woke up today and found a whopper in the Boston Globe titled, “$500,000 push for Connolly planned.” It’s a piece about how Stand for Children, an Oregon-based nonprofit that alleges to foster education reform, plans to...

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Politics as Unusual: In this blue city, conservative votes can still count big

August 16, 2013
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Unlike what we saw in Missouri this week, there’s no rodeo in Boston where a clown could please a crowd by sporting a caricature mask of President Barack Obama. Nor do we have gas stations with rebel flags flying in full view, or a Fox News fan store at our airport like they do...

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Politics as Unusual: In this blue city, conservative votes can still count big

August 13, 2013
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Unlike what we saw in Missouri this week, there’s no rodeo in Boston where a clown could please a crowd by sporting a caricature mask of President Barack Obama. Nor do we have gas stations with rebel flags flying in full view, or a Fox News fan store at our airport like they do...

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