Paul McMorrow

Associate Editor, CommonWealth

About Paul McMorrow

Paul McMorrow comes to CommonWealth from Banker & Tradesman, where he covered commercial real estate and development. He previously worked as a contributing editor to Boston magazine, where he covered local politics in print and online. He got his start at the Weekly Dig, where he worked as a staff writer, and later news and features editor. Paul writes a frequent column about real estate for the Boston Globe’s Op-Ed page, and is a regular contributor to BeerAdvocate magazine. His work has been recognized by the City and Regional Magazine Association, the New England Press Association, and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. He is a Boston University graduate and a lifelong New Englander.

About Paul McMorrow

Paul McMorrow comes to CommonWealth from Banker & Tradesman, where he covered commercial real estate and development. He previously worked as a contributing editor to Boston magazine, where he covered local politics in print and online. He got his start at the Weekly Dig, where he worked as a staff writer, and later news and features editor. Paul writes a frequent column about real estate for the Boston Globe’s Op-Ed page, and is a regular contributor to BeerAdvocate magazine. His work has been recognized by the City and Regional Magazine Association, the New England Press Association, and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. He is a Boston University graduate and a lifelong New Englander.

Stories by Paul McMorrow

Not your typical congressman

Not your typical congressman

Seth Moulton doesn’t show deference to political etiquette

POLITICIANS DON’T TYPICALLY jump at the chance to mix it up in public with the chair of their state party. That should be doubly true for a young, no-name, first-time candidate making a run for Congress. But Seth Moulton didn’t hold back last year. He was locked in a primary fight against an entrenched Democratic(...)

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Battling for the urban vote

Suburbs are losing their clout as the road to the governor’s office now runs through the state’s cities

robert lewis jr. stood on a stage in Dorchester, gripping a podium and firing up the crowd in front of him, hollering, “Isn’t it so great to be with a winner?” There wasn’t anything unusual about the setting Lewis found himself in. He runs a foundation that uses baseball to mentor city kids. Before that,(...)

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Liberal Boston suburbs become key battleground

Newton lags for Coakley; Milton, Carlisle back Baker

Charlie Baker launched his gubernatorial campaign last year in Lowell, and he spent much of the campaign chasing votes in cities that are traditionally hostile to Republicans like himself. Baker made raiding Democratic votes in Massachusetts cities a cornerstone of his campaign strategy. He scored a narrow victory Tuesday evening over his Democratic opponent, Attorney(...)

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Warren slams PAC spending

Senator accuses RGA of trying to buy governor election

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday that heavy super PAC spending in the Massachusetts gubernatorial contest should prompt a federal crackdown on unfettered political spending by outside groups. Corporations and wealthy individuals, Warren argued, “are trying to drown democracy in their dollars. It’s up to us to fight them.” Warren spoke to reporters briefly Wednesday morning,(...)

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GOP super PAC money swamps governor’s race

Outside spending nearly double amount from four years ago

Outside super PAC spending in the Massachusetts governor’s race has nearly doubled the outside spending totals set four years ago, and the wave of outside money has been decidedly one-sided. Most of the increase in outside spending has come from a single source, the Republican Governors Association. The RGA has poured $12.4 million into the(...)

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Cities are Democratic turf

Yet Baker holding his own

Fewer than two weeks separate Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker from Election Day. The two major gubernatorial candidates are locked in a dead heat, and as they both scramble to cobble together a winning coalition, no subsection of the state looms larger than Massachusetts cities. Urban areas are a cornerstone of the Democratic base in(...)

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Outside spending bonanza for GOP

Baker benefitting from big edge in Republican super PAC spending

Super PACs and labor groups have combined to spend over $13 million in the Massachusetts governor’s race to date. Outside groups have outspent the gubernatorial field — the two major gubernatorial finalists, their running mates and political parties — by $1.5 million this year. The $13 million in outside PAC and labor money represents a(...)

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Massachusetts cities: Less white, more blue

Baker’s margin of error is very small

Charlie Baker is trying to become the first Republican to win the Massachusetts governor’s office since Mitt Romney. But Baker is wooing a far different electorate than the one Romney won over in 2002. In the dozen years since Romney took the Corner Office, Massachusetts voters have become significantly less white overall. This demographic shift(...)

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