Maurice Cunningham

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Stories by Maurice Cunningham

Debating the American Dream

Debating the American Dream

A substantive focus for a Brown-Warren forum

Massachusetts and the nation are no longer teetering on the abyss as we were in 2008, but a deep sense of discomfort has settled in among us. Again and again we hear anxiety about the American Dream and whether it is within reach of us and our children. So I suggest that a debate between(...)

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The dangerous (and dumb) Scott Brown

The dangerous (and dumb) Scott Brown

Democrats dismiss the Republican senator at their peril

Scott Brown is a dangerous man: dangerous to the world view of Massachusetts Democrats. The way things are supposed to work around here is we have a Democratic Party primary and then a short while later the swearing-in. During the primary season, a field of cookie-cutter liberals raises money and contends for the backing of(...)

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<i>The Real Romney</i>

The Real Romney

In new biography, Mitt’s anti-populist views shine through

The Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman have provided a genuine service with the publication of The Real Romney. After reading through the book I have only one question left for the authors: who is the real Mitt Romney? This is not a critique of Kranish and Helman’s reporting but a commentary on(...)

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Checking the elephant for a pulse

Checking the elephant for a pulse

Can the state GOP’s new chairman breathe life into the party?

Here in Massachusetts we have a sort-of democracy in which the Democratic Party wins most of the elections and the Republican Party contends only for the governorship or the rare open US Senate seat. But competitive elections are essential to democratic accountability, and we can’t have that without some life from the Massachusetts Republican Party.(...)

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It’s cozy inside

It’s cozy inside

In politics, insiders rule – almost always

In this world of harsh economic conditions and political divisiveness we all need some coziness. Fortunately, the worlds of politics and business provide us with many suitable examples of how, as Rodney King once implored us, we can all just get along. Let’s take, for example, the heart-warming tale of a young man with limited(...)

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Piling on

Piling on

Is the storyline on the string of fallen Massachusetts House speakers overblown?

Since the conviction of former House speaker Sal DiMasi almost no political story is complete without a solemn intonation about “the third speaker in a row guilty of federal charges.” I’ve fallen into it myself. But maybe we’ve been a little too hard on these men (well, two of them anyway) and not hard enough(...)

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The William Bulger I know

The William Bulger I know

One-dimensional coverage misses the essence of the man

The recent capture of James “Whitey” Bulger has brought forth a torrent of commentary, much of it involving former state Senate president and University of Massachusetts president William Bulger. A typical report by a respected journalist referred to Bulger’s “greatly diminished reputation.” So what has William Bulger done to deserve the supposed “greatly diminished reputation”? (...)

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The real “culture of corruption”

The real “culture of corruption”

Closed-door legislating can be more harmful than outright graft

There has been plenty of talk in the wake of the Sal DiMasi verdict about whether or not Massachusetts has a “culture of corruption.” The DiMasi situation is the standard pol-on-the-take scenario, a violation of public trust for private favor. But there may be a more corrosive form of corruption in Massachusetts, one we’ve nearly(...)

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Mitt’s “birth certificate” challenges

Mitt’s “birth certificate” challenges

Romney faces his own set of identity questions

Could Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have been separated at birth? I ask because they each face serious questions about their legitimate membership in American society – and from some of the same citizens.  Obama has had the “birthers” to contend with; Romney faces skeptics within his own party who question not only his Mormonism(...)

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