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The Bay State Trump bump

Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away…                          “Antigonish” by William Hughes Mearns Gov. Charlie Baker consistently polls as one of the most popular governors in the country, some(...)

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Five keys to the primary election

Newcomers or incumbents? Several races feature contests between incumbents with seniority and power versus newcomers who represent change. In most of the cases, the change isn’t about ideology but simply about someone new, usually someone younger. The marquee matchup in this regard is between US Rep. Michael Capuano, 66, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley,(...)

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Are the parties over?

It’s a trend that’s been underway for years, and it may only accelerate. For all the talk of the enduring strength of the two-party system, voters unaligned with any party make up the largest — and a growing — share of the Massachusetts electorate. The Globe reports that the share of “unenrolled” or independent voters(...)

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Boston moves to the Herald?

Despite all the angst over Digital First’s $12 million takeover of the Boston Herald earlier this year, employees are about to see a $3,100 boost in their paychecks. The downside is it is coming by way of eliminating paid parking for the tabloid’s staff when the notoriously cost-conscious media chain moves the paper with a(...)

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Baker and Lyons — match made in need

Gov. Charlie Baker is taking heat for traveling to Andover Monday night to appear at a fundraiser for Rep. Jim Lyons, a Republican whose conservative politics and take-no-prisoners style on the House floor have made him something of a pariah on Beacon Hill. Baker and Lyons don’t agree on a lot. Both are fiscal conservatives,(...)

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The Codcast: Is change in the air?

Will this be a change election in Massachusetts? A lot of political energy has been unleashed in reaction to Donald Trump’s election two years ago. Nationally, Democrats are hoping it will translate into big gains in the midterm congressional elections, with possibility of taking back control of the House. In Massachusetts, where Democrats already hold(...)

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Gas pains

As the National Grid lockout of 1,200 gas workers nears two months, there is growing pressure on the company by local officials to end the impasse. But there doesn’t seem to be much awareness by the general public of what’s happening, mostly because warm weather means low demand for natural gas. Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch is(...)

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All the president’s mess

It’s absurd to think a president could ever be impeached for lying about sex. Or so was the prevailing wisdom until it happened in 1998 to Bill Clinton. Twenty years later the specter of another such chapter is suddenly not that far-fetched. It’s too soon to know where things are heading, but it’s hardly rushing(...)

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