Gubernatorial politics

A model for Baker in Maryland

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker continues his tightrope walk between owning the “R” after his name and trying to create distance with the R-occupant of the White House. The trouble is, distance and tightrope don’t always go hand-in-hand. On Sunday night, Baker was at a black tie dinner for the nation’s governors hosted by President Trump(...)

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Baker administration, union target DCF together

Baker administration, union target DCF together

No more patchwork attempts at reform, officials say

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER plans in the coming months to implement changes at the beleaguered Department of Children and Families, part of an “unprecedented collaboration” between his administration, child protection workers, and union leaders that he hopes will help improve the agency’s performance. The steps to improve procedures for tracking children and(...)

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Poll: Baker is state’s most popular pol

Poll: Baker is state’s most popular pol

Boston Olympics: 46% yes, 43% no

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER SPENDING THE WINTER managing state budget shortfalls and snow emergencies, Gov. Charlie Baker weathered his first 100 days in office remarkably well, according to a new poll that shows the governor riding sky-high approval ratings that make him the most popular politician in the state. Voters also narrowly oppose the(...)

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Earned income tax credit vs. film tax credit

Earned income tax credit vs. film tax credit

House leader says it doesn't have to be either-or

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER made the first move, calling early in March for an expansion of the politically popular earned income tax credit and proposing to pay for it with money saved by eliminating the state’s film tax credit. A top House leader responded on Tuesday, dismissing Department of Revenue studies suggesting the film tax credit(...)

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Charlie Baker’s compassionate conservativism

Somewhere between the classic Republican world view summed up by his new budget chief (in 140 characters or less), who said the state’s problem is that we’re “overregulated and not biz friendly,” and the spoonfuls of sweet potatoes he dropped onto plates yesterday at the Boston Rescue Mission, Charlie Baker will have to fashion actual(...)

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Baker and the RGA

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, who ran for office in Massachusetts as a bipartisan policy wonk, is taking a break from his post-election vacation to attend a Republican Governors Association conference in Florida where presidential politics is on the agenda. The Boston Globe suggests Baker wasn’t eager to publicize his attendance at the conference, but Baker spokesman(...)

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Patrick makes nice with journalists from away

Deval Patrick, the nation’s only African American governor, made a predictable trip down legacy lane during the National Association of Black Journalists’ recent convention in Boston. Patrick celebrated how his administration regained jobs lost in the Great Recession; made significant progress in student achievement; helped stimulate the state’s energy sector; and achieved the highest bond(...)

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Super PAC supporting Grossman is bankrolled by… his mother

Steve Grossman, call your mother. Wait, no, better not. It could be legally risky if the conversation veers toward a certain random topic, like, say, the fact that you are maniacally devoting every waking hour and every shred of your being to your dream of being elected Massachusetts governor.   It’s actually just as well(...)

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