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Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Republican Women Get The Short End Of The Stick

From left: Mia Love, Barbara Comstock and Joni Ernst.
Credit AP Photos

Over at The Scrum, David Bernstein makes his blogging debut crunching the numbers on GOP women's supposed gains in the midterms:

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THE SCRUM
5:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The Scrum Podcast: What Charlie Baker Learned From Deval Patrick

Gov. Patrick and Charlie Baker at a news conference earlier this week.
Credit AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

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THE SCRUM
12:01 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Good Luck, Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, the declared winner in his race against Attorney General Martha Coakley, gestures as he addresses supporters at his election night event early Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

People said the 2014 Massachusetts governor's race was boring, but what a finish!

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Local News
5:54 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Scrum ID's The Good, The Bad, And The Unfair In 2014 Campaign Ads

There's less than a week to go before the Massachusetts election on Nov. 4. Bring on the political ads.

Less than one week to go until the 2014 election. And that means that if you watch any TV over the next few days, you’ll see an avalanche of political ads.

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THE SCRUM
4:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

'I Get No Respect': Why Does The Media Ignore Some Candidates?

Do we write off some independent and Republican politicians in Massachusetts because they're not viable? Or are they not viable because we write them off?

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THE SCRUM
11:51 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Jane Swift On Romney 2016, The GOP's Shifting Ideology, Charlie Baker

Jane Swift stumping for John McCain in 2008.
Credit AP Photo/Steven Senne

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THE SCRUM PODCAST
2:11 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Barney Frank Talks Race, Republicans, And Foreign Policy

Barney Frank (left) sat down with The Scrum's David Bernstein, Peter Kadzis, and Adam Reilly.
Credit Abbie Ruzicka / WGBH

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Politics & Government
4:58 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Scrum Podcast: Attorney General Candidate Warren Tolman

Warren Tolman
Credit Facebook

The Scrum's Adam Reilly and David Bernstein rap with Democratic Attorney General candidate Warren Tolman about his bid to become the state's top law-enforcement officer.

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Politics & Government
2:45 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Scrum Podcast Goes To Market Basket

Peter Kadzis, David Bernstein, and Adam Reilly discuss the merits of Market Basket brand gummy bears.
Abbie Ruzicka WGBH

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THE SCRUM
10:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

The Scrum Podcast: 'Mud Is The Lubricant Of Mass. Politics'

At the top of the list for this week's Scrum podcast: Why the heck did Boston Mayor Marty Walsh go on a live radio show and defend John O’Brien?

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Local News
8:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

DeLeo On The Spot, Walsh's Casino Move, Pols Benefit From Women's Equality Rally

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes from deciding the casino game is rigged, to deciding he wants to be dealt in.

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Local News
12:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Scrum: What Does The Casino Ballot Question Mean For Mass. Politics?

A rendering of MGM Resorts' proposed casino complex in Springfield, released August 2012

The Massachusetts Governor's race and the Attorney General's race got a lot more interesting on Tuesday.

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THE SCRUM
3:28 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

How Will Ballot Measures Affect The Gubernatorial Race?

Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis talk about the fluid public opinion regarding casinos, and how that plays out for the upcoming elections.

THE SCRUM
7:38 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Scrum Podcast: Mass. Democratic Convention Fallout

Attorney General candidate Warren Tolman—described by WGBH's Peter Kadzis as a "consummate political insider" and "prince of labor"—won his party's endorsement at the recent Massachusetts Democratic State Convention, but only by the slimmest of margins. Somehow, newcomer Maura Healey managed to come within a whisker of winning. And in what's been a pretty boring election year thus far, the Attorney General race is becoming the thing to watch.

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Local News
5:09 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Gov. Patrick Vs. 'Gov.' DeLeo

This week, WGBH's political wonks David Bernstein, Adam Reilly, and Peter Kadzis talk about the differences between the economic development plans of Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Governor Deval Patrick (hint: noncompete clauses, liquor licenses). Will there be a compromise? Or will the 'loser' get a platform to campaign on? 

Local News
5:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor DeLeo?

Who: journalist David Bernstein, WGBH News reporter Adam Reilly, WGBHNews.org editor Peter Kadzis

What: House Speaker Robert DeLeo comes out with some gun control bill two months before the end of the legislative session. Why now? It puts Gov. Patrick under the gun, and will it make a difference? 

THE SCRUM
3:11 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Walsh And Diversity; Coakley's Missteps: Bonus Scrum

Adam Reilly and David Bernstein evaluate how Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has delivered on his campaign promise of diversity in his administration, and Reilly and Peter Kadzis talk about the "politically challenged" Martha Coakley's gubernatorial campaign missteps.

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THE SCRUM
3:59 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Goldwaterism Rampant

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein break down the results of Tuesday's midterm congressional elections.

THE SCRUM
4:03 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

What Is The Charlie Baker-Chris Christie Connection?

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein follow the money after a report detailing Charlie Baker's donation to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's state party, and New Jersey's pension fund's subsequent investing in General Catalyst, the venture capital firm where Baker is "executive-in-residence."

THE SCRUM
12:54 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Clinton, Benghazi, Lewinsky And Warren

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein ponder the "conservative marketplace" and the impact renewed talk about Benghazi and Monica Lewinsky could have on Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects.

THE SCRUM
2:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Scrum Breaks Down Gaming Commish Stephen Crosby's Recusal

Responding to breaking news of Massachusetts Gaming Commission head Stephen Crosby recusing himself from the Boston-area casino decision, Peter Kadzis and Adam Reilly sprung into action to ponder the development and its ramifications.

THE SCRUM
5:32 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Scrum on DCF, Marty Walsh's High Development Marks, And Charlie Baker's Scott Brown Problem

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein round up some political odds and ends on The Scrum.

Politics & Government
3:12 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Good Politics, Bad Finance: Marty Walsh And The Firefigher's New Contract

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein talk about Mayor Marty Walsh's contract negotiations with the firefighters' union.

THE SCRUM
7:43 am
Thu April 24, 2014

What's Wrong With Beacon Hill, And How To Fix It

Adam Reilly, Rupa Shenoy and David Bernstein talk about what's behind all the inactivity on the hill following Shenoy's WGBH News/New England Center for Investigative Reporting story.

THE SCRUM
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Scrum Evaluates Marty Walsh's First 100 Days

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and special guest Gintautas Dumcius — of The Dorchester Reporter and soon to be of State House News Service — evaluate Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's first 100 days in office.

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THE SCRUM
8:14 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Domestic Violence And The Mass. Governor's Race

Adam Reilly, Callie Crossley and Peter Kadzis discuss the impact of recent domestic violence bills, and the Jared Remy case, on the Massachusetts political landscape.

LOCAL NEWS
6:17 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

The Scrum Lays Odds In The Mass. Casino Sweepstakes

If you’ve been following the casino sweepstakes here in Eastern Massachusetts, you probably weren’t surprised Revere voters approved a gambling resort on the 43 acres of Suffolk Downs within their city’s limits.

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THE SCRUM
3:21 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Scrum: #MaGov Missteps And The Politics Of St. Patrick's Day

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein put on their crisis management hats to review recent missteps by gubernatorial candidates Juliette Kayyem and Jeff McCormick.

Meanwhile in the Lightning Rounds, Adam Reilly and David Bernstein delved into another gubernatorial candidate, Steve Grossman, calling his competition, Martha Coakley, "squishy" on crime, and Reilly and Peter Kadzis threw a pre-emptive wake for the Southie St. Patrick's Day political breakfast.

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