Elections

Trahan wins recount by 145 votes

Trahan wins recount by 145 votes

Koh concedes, urges Democratic unity behind his rival

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THIRTEEN DAYS after an election that left her with a small advantage over Dan Koh, Lori Trahan of Westford emerged as the decisive winner Monday in the Third Congressional District Democratic primary, with Koh conceding as recount totals failed to alter the initial outcome. “My deep roots in the district will(...)

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Diehl says he could be asset to Baker

Diehl says he could be asset to Baker

Dems continue to try to link Baker to Trump

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE REPUBLICAN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP supporter Geoff Diehl said Thursday that he could be an “asset” to Gov. Charlie Baker in Washington despite their policy differences, countering the message from Democrats that the governor’s support of his candidacy against Elizabeth Warren is a liability. Diehl also pushed back against the notion that(...)

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Dems try to link Baker to Trump agenda

Dems try to link Baker to Trump agenda

Pressley describes governor as complicit with president

MOST OF THE STATE’S state’s congressional representatives, who in the past have had generally nice things to say about Gov. Charlie Baker, attacked him on Wednesday, linking him to President Trump and his policies through his support for the GOP’s US Senate candidate in Massachusetts. Baker says he didn’t vote for Trump and has often(...)

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Why climate groups deserted Sanchez

Why climate groups deserted Sanchez

We won’t suffer fair weather friends or faux leaders

A POLITICAL LIGHTNING BOLT hit the Massachusetts State House on September 4. Jeffrey Sanchez, the longtime incumbent and chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, was defeated by Nika Elugardo, a first-time candidate, community leader, and former staffer to Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz. Sanchez outspent Elugardo 3-1 and was backed by much of the establishment,(...)

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Speeches highlight big differences between Baker, Gonzalez

Speeches highlight big differences between Baker, Gonzalez

Very different visions on taxes, health care, the MBTA

IN THEIR PRIMARY NIGHT acceptance speeches, Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez laid out very different visions of the future. Baker talked of fiscal discipline, opposition to tax increases, an economy that is booming, and schools that are the best in the nation. He didn’t mention President Trump or announce any bold(...)

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Voters hand defeats to two key members of DeLeo leadership team

Voters hand defeats to two key members of DeLeo leadership team

Elugardo tops Sanchez; Santiago takes out Rushing

ON A PRIMARY NIGHT when Beacon Hill incumbents fared well overall, two members of House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s leadership team from Boston were defeated by newcomers to state politics. Nika Elugardo, a self-described member of the “super left,” defeated Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and a 15-year veteran(...)

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Berkshire County DA’s race: baggage, experience, politics

Berkshire County DA’s race: baggage, experience, politics

Caccaviello, Harrington, and Knight battle for Dem nomination

BY ALL INDICATIONS, the Democratic primary race for Berkshire County district attorney has been a bruiser. In public forums and interviews, the incumbent and his two challengers have challenged each other repeatedly, forcing the candidates to defend their commitment to reform, relevant experience, and fitness for office. “This is all good for democracy,” said Rahsaan(...)

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Why some establishment Dems are on the defensive

Why some establishment Dems are on the defensive

It’s not about ideology; voters want politicians they can trust

HEADING INTO THE SEPTEMBER 4 primary, there is an undercurrent of voter discontent with establishment Democrats, which activists and candidates propose to fix with more progressive ideology – or at least the appearance of progressivism.  But the real choice isn’t between progressives and centrists; it is between constitutional ideals and an autocratic approach to governing. There(...)

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International issues play key role in Lowell rep’s race

International issues play key role in Lowell rep’s race

Rady Mom, the country’s first and only Cambodian-American legislator, faces an insurrection from within his own community

RADY MOM IS NOT your typical pol, as anyone who has met the two-term state representative on Beacon Hill can probably attest. He exudes warmth and compassion and often displays a broad smile that seems to express some deeper understanding of the universe. It probably has something to do with the fact that Mom meditates(...)

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Sanchez pulling out all the stops

Sanchez pulling out all the stops

Powerful lawmaker spending heavily in race against Elugardo

REP. JEFFREY SANCHEZ appears to be pulling out all the stops in his primary fight against political newcomer Nika Elugardo, enlisting the help of other prominent state leaders and spending more than $200,000 in campaign money. Sanchez filed his preprimary campaign finance report Monday night at 11:04 p.m., which disclosed that he had gone on(...)

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