Robert David Sullivan

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A winning blueprint

A winning blueprint

After a January fright, Deval Patrick recoups South Coast votes to win second term

Fairhaven marked a point of no return for Charlie Baker early on election night.  The South Coast town, with a September unemployment rate of 10.2 percent, went narrowly for Republican Scott Brown in the special US Senate election that rocked the nation in January. But it was one of the first communities to report its(...)

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Backwater of the universe

Shining a light on the city’s intellectual Dark Age

Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil By Neil MillerBoston, Beacon Press, 209 pages It’s easy to be smug when you live in the state with the most educated population, some of the best schools and universities, and one of the most vibrant literary scenes in(...)

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Deval on the defense

Deval on the defense

An economic downturn and a GOP resurgence

complicate the electoral geography for 2010

Four years ago, the Democratic Party reached a new apex in Massa­chusetts with the landslide election of Deval Patrick as governor. And the demographics seemed to portend further happy days, with Demo­crats doing especially well among growing populations such as non-whites, urban residents, and college graduates. New voters were another source of encouragement, as exit(...)

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Party registration by town 2008

Party registration by town 2008

  As of fall 2008, the last time that the secretary of state’s office released town-level data, independent voters (technically, “unenrolled” voters), made up a slight majority of the Bay State electorate: 51 percent, versus 37 percent for Democrats and 12 percent for Republicans. The map above shows the level of Democratic registration by city(...)

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Political preview 2010

Political preview 2010

the surprise election of Republican Scott Brown as US Senator in January (get complete town-level results here) was only the beginning of what promises to be a tumultuous year of politics in Massachusetts. We’ve put together some stats on some of the major factors in statewide politics in the past and future. party down Democrats(...)

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Going it alone

Going it alone

According to data released late last year by the US Census Bureau, “nonemployer businesses”—mostly consisting of just one person, working full or part-time— have been on the rise, at least up until the economic crash of 2008. There were 21.7 million such businesses in 2007, and they were especially common in Florida, Texas, the Rocky(...)

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The wild, wild west

The wild, wild west

the Massachusetts GOP is gazing longingly at 1990, the last time that anti-incumbent fever put one of their own — Bill Weld — in the governor’s office. And Charles Baker, favored to win the right to challenge Gov. Deval Patrick and independent Tim Cahill, seems to be emulating Weld’s mix of fiscal conservatism and social(...)

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