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Listening to Medical Marijuana

The Department of Public Health is moving forward with the development of Massachusetts's medical-marijuana regulations, despite efforts by state legislators to rewrite the law.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 20, 2013

Wheels on the Bus: Mass Transit

Few parts of Massachusetts government need additional spending as badly as transportation — or have as publicly visible deficiencies.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 25, 2013

Some Frank Talk for Governor Patrick

Media tea leaves suggest the odds are long that you will act on former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank's suggestion to appoint him to fill the temporary vacancy that will result when Senator John Kerry's appointment as secretary of state is confirmed, as it is expected to be.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 08, 2013

Budging Forward

Talking Politics
The nation has just suffered through fiscal-cliff negotiations that left nobody, on either side of the aisle, happy with the results or the process.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 11, 2013

Mike Capuano — for governor?

The Phoenix would like to take this opportunity to say that we hope US Congressman Michael Capuano of Somerville thinks long and hard about running.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 20, 2012

From the penitentiary to the presidential race, it’s our annual Memorial Day roast of Massachusetts pols

Surveying the Damage
Welcome to the fourth annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Roast of Massachusetts politicians! I love looking around the room every year, seeing so many familiar faces of elected officials.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 25, 2012

Will Governor Patrick strike out?

Full Count Dept.
Governor Deval Patrick used part of Monday's State of the Commonwealth address to break his public silence on pending law-enforcement legislation.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 25, 2012

Obama's Vision: ''An America Built to Last''

Plus, Deval Patrick
By any measure, President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech would have been considered a political winner, but coming just one day after the Republicans' constipated Florida-primary debate, Obama scored an undeniable triumph.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 25, 2012

Narrowing the Field

Elizabeth Warren hasn’t wrapped up the nomination for Senate; she's only determined who can beat her if she falters.
It may seem like the Democratic nomination of a challenger to US Senator Scott Brown has been wrapped up. That's not true — there are 11 months left before the primary, and a lot can still happen.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2011

A jolly good biomass mess

Letters to the Boston editors, September 23, 2011
This is corporate pork on steroids, for energy we don't even need.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 21, 2011
deval face

Deval's Green Blues

Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the benefit of a handful of developers who stand to make money off of burning trees for energy.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2011
the great depression and republican Bolsheviks

There is no mystery to the debt crisis. Plus: Scott Brown, and the Boston Foundation

Republican Bolsheviks
Understanding the debate about raising the debt ceiling, and imagining the economic crisis that will follow if Congress fails to do so, is really very simple.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 20, 2011
Muzzle Awards free speech offenders

The 14th Annual Muzzle Awards

Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
To understand just how disappointing Barack Obama has been on civil liberties, you need only consider the case of David House, a founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network.  
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 29, 2011

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Deval Patrick and Casinos in MA

Deval Patrick is on a second-term winning streak, and casinos might be the next payoff

Gaming the system
Last summer, when Deval Patrick's veto killed a gaming bill in the final days of the legislative session, many thought he had badly damaged himself politically. He was, after all, the one who had pushed for casinos in Massachusetts almost from the day he entered office.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 20, 2011
traniwreck at boston pride parade

Photos: 2011 Boston gay pride parade

Boston Pride hosted its 41st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2011
Boston Pride hosted its 41st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2011

Photos: President Obama speaks at the Cyclorama

Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts | May 18, 2011
Obama speaks at the Cyclorama inside Boston Center for The Arts on May 18, 2011. He was proceeded by speakers from The New England Steering Committee, Governor Deval Patrick, current Celtics player Ray Allen and former Celtics player Bill Russell.
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  May 23, 2011

The Third Annual Phoenix Memorial Day look at the laughable state of Massachusetts politics

Ready, Aim — Roast
Hey, thanks for having me back for the Third Annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Political Roast! Good to see so many of you here — the last time I saw this many Beacon Hill insiders in one place was on the prospective witness list for the Sal DiMasi trial!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 31, 2011

All dogs go to probate court

In dog we trust
It's funny: while Massachusetts is considered a vanguard in the struggle for same-sex marriage and mellower pot laws, it has been way behind the pack in implementing pet trusts. But no longer.
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  May 11, 2011

Republicans continue to wage war on women

Plus, Beacon Hill follies, youth violence
The Republican Party's unrelenting war on women is now being waged with such frenzied fury that sane people might well wonder if there is a GOP-wide obsession with punishing an entire gender.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 11, 2011

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Scum along the Potomac

The Republicans strike again, aiming to shut down government, but keeping Gitmo alive
As of this writing, a shutdown of the federal government appears to be a serious possibility. Perhaps sensible heads will prevail, but either way the Republicans now leading the US House of Representatives have been exposed as destructive fools with no interest in governing, or in the fates of real people.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 06, 2011

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It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Slow play
Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 04, 2011
Governor Deval Patrick

The Governor in his Labyrinth

In year five of his administration, Patrick is keeping his options open
Governor Deval Patrick has always excelled at inciting political speculation. Through his first three years in office, most Beacon Hill insiders remained convinced — even as his re-election effort began — that Patrick would not serve out his full four-year term.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 10, 2011

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Hitting a nerve

Letters to the Boston editor, February 4, 2011
David Bernstein's summary of Right on Crime's common-sense, holistic approach to criminal justice reform (see "Strange Bedfellows," Talking Politics, January 28) really hit a nerve.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 02, 2011

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Obama’s State of the Union explained

A Massachusetts moment?
President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech left many commentators scratching their heads. In their view, Obama was admirably long on uplift but mysteriously short on specifics.  
By EDITORIAL  |  January 27, 2011

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