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Politics as Unusual: At mayoral keg party, who would you drink with?

May 7, 2013
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During the 2000 presidential race, one prevalent and aggravating accolade bestowed upon George W. Bush was that of Candidate Who Voters Would Most Like To Drink Beer With. Whether survey-based or anecdotal, the trope was absurd; even if Al Gore is the most arrogant stiff on Earth, he’s beyond intelligent, and obviously a better...

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Politics as Unusual: Join in Boston’s fight of the century

April 30, 2013
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As a New York-bred carpetbagger on these Boston streets, I still don’t understand certain dynamics of local culture and politics. I’m stunned that despite all the brainpower in town, few people care much about elections. Historically, I’m clueless as to why more folks don’t acknowledge Louise Day Hicks and Dapper O’Neil as the ghoulish...

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Politics as Unusual: Boston liberals could use Norquist’s playbook

April 26, 2013
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Two days before the biggest mayoral race in Boston’s history was appropriately sidelined so the Hub could manage tragedy, our city got a visit from conservative stalwart and Harvard alum Grover Norquist. The small-government crusader was in town entertaining Tea Partiers on Boston Common, where a gaggle of conservatives—who presumably utilize no public resources,...

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Politics as Unusual: Boston liberals could use Norquist’s playbook

April 23, 2013
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Two days before the biggest mayoral race in Boston’s history was appropriately sidelined so the Hub could manage tragedy, our city got a visit from conservative stalwart and Harvard alum Grover Norquist. The small-government crusader was in town entertaining Tea Partiers on Boston Common, where a gaggle of conservatives—who presumably utilize no public resources,...

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Politics as Unusual: In post-bombing politics, we don’t need another Giuliani

April 17, 2013
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Politics as Unusual: In post-bombing politics, we don’t need another Giuliani

I’ve seen up-close the hideous face of political opportunism rear itself in the event of a horrific crisis. No, I’m not exactly talking about U.S. Congressman and Senate hopeful Stephen Lynch, who’s kept his stiff, no-nonsense mug prominently on-screen at a number of press conferences since Monday’s marathon bombings. Nor am I necessarily referring...

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Politics as Unusual: The tough path to electing a mayor of color

April 12, 2013
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Despite their notoriously low voter turnouts in municipal elections, local communities of color are already buzzing over the mayoral madness sweeping Boston. As expected, important conversations are under way about the viability of certain minority candidates. Even outside of black, Caribbean, Latino and Cape Verdean enclaves, a discussion about race has surfaced front-and-center. Since...

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Politics as Unusual: The tough path to electing a mayor of color

April 9, 2013
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Despite their notoriously low voter turnouts in municipal elections, local communities of color are already buzzing over the mayoral madness sweeping Boston. As expected, important conversations are under way about the viability of certain minority candidates. Even outside of black, Caribbean, Latino and Cape Verdean enclaves, a discussion about race has surfaced front-and-center. Since...

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Politics as Unusual: Boston shouldn’t hook big Fish for mayor

March 29, 2013
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When Boston Mayor Tom Menino gave his post-hospitalization “Heigh-Ho” and State of the City address at Faneuil Hall this January, you’d have needed a pair of those cartoon-sized shears that he cuts grand-opening ribbons with to slice through the tension and uncertainty. Those who wished that his ailments would permanently sideline Menino clenched their...

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