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Campaign 2012: Massachusetts Senate debate

The first debate of the Massachusetts Senate Democratic primary campaign will be held on Oct. 4 at UMass-Lowell. Boston University professors Fred Bayles, Tobe Berkovkitz, and John Carroll offer their insight on the debate. Contact Bayles at 617-353-3484; Contact Berkovitz at 617-353-7724;; Twitter: @tobetv Contact Carroll at 617-353-3493;; Twitter: @johncarroll_bu

OPINION: Elizabeth Warren’s Senate bid

The following opinion piece was written by Boston University journalism professor Fred Bayles. He is director of BU’s State House Program and a long-time observer of Massachusetts politics. A former AP Boston and USA Today national reporter, he is also the author of Field Guide to Covering Local News. The Senate candidacy of Elizabeth Warren […]

Campaign 2012: Perry, Christie, and Romney

Tom Whalen, associate professor of social science, offers his analysis on Rick Perry’s recent bad performances, and the potential for New Jersey governor Chris Christie entering the GOP race for president and what it means for Mitt Romney. Contact Whalen at 978-888-3131; or

Campaign 2012: Bad week for Rick Perry

After poor performances in recent GOP debates and losses in the Florida and Michigan straw polls, Rick Perry still appears to be the leader of the GOP field, but some question for how long. John Carroll, assistant professor of mass communication and an expert on media criticism and political advertising, offers the following observation of […]

Twitter to sell political ads

Executives at Twitter announced they would begin selling political advertising this week. The following Boston University experts are available to offer commentary, insight and analysis on this move: Tobe Berkovitz, associate professor of advertising and an expert on media strategy and political advertising. He can be reached at 617-353-7724;; Twitter: @tobetv John Carroll, assistant […]

Graham Wilson on President Obama’s deficit reduction plan

Graham Wilson, chair of the political science department and author of Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective, offers the following comment on President Obama’s deficit reduction plan: “There is no evidence that the U.S. is an over-spender on domestic programs. Its crumbling infrastructure, high child (and indeed overall) poverty rates testify to that […]

President Obama’s deficit reduction plan

President Obama is set to announce his deficit reduction plan which will include $1.5 trillion in new taxes. The plan will also look at the so-called “Buffett Rule,” named after billionaire Warren Buffett, which would set a new tax rate for those making more than $1 million a year. The following Boston University experts are […]

Campaign 2012: Elizabeth Warren enters Massachusetts Senate race

Fred Bayles, director of the State House Program, offers his analysis on Elizabeth Warren as a candidate in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race. Contact Bayles at 617-353-7736;

Jacqueline Kennedy recordings

Recently released audio recordings of Jacqueline Kennedy reveal candid comments by the former first lady about her husband, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other issues facing the country in the early 1960’s. Tom Whalen, a professor of social science, is an expert on American politics and the American presidency. He is also the […]