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Getting Back To This Blog

I've left this blog pretty unattended for a while, which I didn't really intend and want to reverse. And I'd like to ask for your input about what I should post here.

One thing I definitely should be posting, I would think, is links to new stuff of mine over at my regular gigs. For instance, over at WGBH we've been doing "The Scrum" segments that I'd like you to check out — even though I think I look like a bloated eyebrow-wagging doofus in them, but what ... << MORE >>

How I Handle Polls

A little later today I will post results of an internal poll conducted by one of Boston's mayoral finalists. That gives me a perfect opportunity to do something I've been meaning to do for some time — muse about how I handle reporting on polls.

In a way, polls aren't really so different from any other campaign-related reporting — changes in campaign staff or strategy, for example, or fundraising, or endorsements. They're all potentially interesting, some more than others. Some of it gets pushed by a campaign, some of it from independent sources, ... << MORE >>

That CharGo Tweet

Let me start with a quick explanation and apology.

There was this big hit Oscar-winning movie recently called Argo about people making a fake movie, and in it there was a running joke where the Argo producer says, when people annoy him, “Argo fuck yourself.” Like a knock-knock joke: “Argo” “Argo who?” “Argo fuck yourself.”

On Twitter, throughout this campaign, I have referred to Charlotte Golar Richie as CharGo, because I like to make nicknames for pols and also she has a very long name for ...

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Conservatives Gone Mad, Benghazi Walkout Edition

I'm pretty sure, although someone would have to work out the timing precisely, that in this case the conservative outrage began before the actual thing they are outraged about happened.

Be that as it may, the movement-conservative marketplace nationally is up in arms over Democratic congressmen failing to attend a panel yesterday, at which two parents of Benghazi victims testified to the conspiracy-chasing Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, led by crazy Darrell Issa. When I say failed to attend, obviously what I mean is — as the Townhall article that spread the ... << MORE >>

Conservatives Gone Mad, Benghazi Walkout Edition

I'm pretty sure, although someone would have to work out the timing precisely, that in this case the conservative outrage began before the actual thing they are outraged about happened.

Be that as it may, the movement-conservative marketplace nationally is up in arms over Democratic congressmen failing to attend a panel yesterday, at which two parents of Benghazi victims testified to the conspiracy-chasing Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, led by crazy Darrell Issa. When I say failed to attend, obviously what I mean is — as the Townhall article that spread the ... << MORE >>

My City Council Candidate Chats

This is a quick plea for you to check out my Candidate Chats with the Boston City Council candidates, which have now been conveniently indexed on one page, and — if you think they're worthwhile — to tell others to read them as well.

I always enjoy covering the Boston City Council races, for a number of reasons. And this year, with four councilors leaving to run for mayor, those campaigns figured to be especially interesting and important.

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The Globe's Lazy Summer

This morning, if one clicked to boston.com and scanned closely for information about the city's mayoral race, one would have to scroll well down the page to the section of "Exclusive content only available on BostonGlobe.com" (and by the way, isn't that grammatically erroneous?), where the paper's coverage of Stand For Children's endorsement of John Connolly happened to be one of the four stories teased. That story itself, of course, does not exist on boston.com, and is unavailable to those who are not bostonglobe.com subscribers.

Clicking on the "News" menu header would only ... << MORE >>

The Race Conversation Divide

The great American national non-conversation about race has been sadly, predictably repeated again with the Trayvon Martin shooting and George Zimmerman trial, of which I have diligently avoided comment until now.

America during these high-profile events resembles a poorly-communicative couple sulking separately over an argument that is about entirely different things to each of them — and each thinks it's so obvious what the argument is really about (he hates my family; she never wants me to spend time with my friends; he's flirting with that woman; she spent my X money on Y; etc.) they ...

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Remembering WestRoom As Newsroom Returns

Season 2 of HBO's Newsroom begins tonight, so I thought you might enjoy reading my wildly popular (well, fairly popular) series of posts about the show's first season to get you in the proper frame of mind. Here are the links, in order:

Newsroom As Farce

Newsroom Ep 4

Don't Fail Me Now, Newsroom

WestRoom, Ep 6

WestRoom's Very ... << MORE >>

Prediction Contest: 2014 Ballot Qualifiers

So, we just wrapped up a fun-filled Democratic State Convention in lovely Lowell. You can read my wrap-up over at BoMag here.

Here's my challenge to you: Predict who will come out of the 2014 convention with spots on the primary ballot for state-wide office.

That includes: US Senator; Governor; Lieutenant Governor; Secretary; Attorney General; Treasurer; and Auditor. Candidates need to get 15% of delegate votes at the 2014 convention to get on the ballot. You are trying ... << MORE >>

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