Daily Archives: January 3, 2011

Scott Brown, Bostonian Of 2012?

Published January 3, 2011

The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine named Sen. Scott Brown "Bostonian of the Year" for 2010.

The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine named Sen. Scott Brown

On Sunday, the Boston Globe Magazine looked back at the year that was and declared Sen. Scott Brown the 2010 Bostonian of the Year.

Reporter Neil Swidey opens the piece with a familiar description of the most junior senator:

When he entered the national consciousness, he was considered something of a lightweight. Sure, he was camera-ready – a handsome, fit guy surrounded by an attractive family. But as someone asking the people to send him to conduct the serious business of the United States Senate, he had little in the way of a legislative record.

He is describing Ted Kennedy, of course. Brown would be little different 47 years later.

Brown is a natural choice for the Globe’s annual distinction (that is, if you don’t mind he is actually from Wrentham), and we declared Brown’s Senate victory WBUR’s Story of the Year.

But the Boston Herald focused on the year ahead: 2012. Doug Rubin — a political strategist and Gov. Deval Patrick’s former chief of staff — says Brown will face a tough challenge in the next election, despite being wicked populah.

Gov. Deval Patrick (AP)

Gov. Deval Patrick (AP)

Remember, when Brown won a year ago, how everyone said a red tide would sweep over America in the mid-term elections? That happened, but it missed Massachusetts. Democrats vowed never to be caught off-guard again. Rubin writes:

The Democratic Party is energized, its grass-roots re-engaged, the groundwork laid for another successful statewide get-out-the-vote operation. Plus, the Democratic nominee will have the advantage of a popular incumbent Boston mayor, state governor and Sen. John F. Kerry campaigning on his or her behalf.

And then there are those who want Gov. Patrick to run for the Senate seat. Patrick has said his second term, which begins Thursday, will be his last.

Swidey joins Radio Boston at 3 p.m. to talk about the Bostonian of the Year. Was Brown the right choice? If not, who do you think deserves the distinction? Who will be the Bostonian of 2012?

Monday Morning: A New Year

Published January 3, 2011

Good Monday morning, and happy new year! Expect sunshine and highs in the 30s today.

The new year in politics starts this week on Beacon Hill. Gov. Deval Patrick opens his second term Thursday with what’s being called a low-key inauguration ceremony.

The number of Republicans in the House doubles — from 16 to 32 — but Democrats gain one seat in the state Senate, expanding their megamajority.

Scott Brown is the Globe’s Bostonian of the Year for 2010. Which has people asking, Scott Brown is a Bostonian?

The Patriots closed their regular season at the top of their game.

From the Herald:

No other team is 14-2. No other team is riding an eight-game winning streak.

No other team has scored 30 points or more in each of its last eight games. No other team has committed as few turnovers. No other team has beaten practically every potential AFC opponent.

No other team has Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Pats beat the Miami Dolphins 38-7.

Christmas tree recycling is available in the city of Boston today through Jan. 14.

Instructions from the city: “Remove all ornaments, decorations, and stands from trees and place trees at the curb by 7am on your recycling day. Do not put trees in plastic bags.”

You can look up your recycling day.

If you missed it: Relive the top stories of 2010 in our interactive timeline.