Elections

New Dem electeds talk race — and racism

New Dem electeds talk race — and racism

Elugardo describes her party as 'straight-up racist'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATS, who won race after race in Tuesday’s elections, appear to have a some racial tensions within their party. In a televised interview that aired Friday night on WGBH, Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins and state representatives-elect Nika Elugardo and Liz Miranda, all of Boston, pledged to be forceful(...)

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Baker shows a Republican can do well in cities

Baker shows a Republican can do well in cities

Courting urban leaders, voters was a strategy that paid off

ON HIS WAY to a landslide victory this week, Charlie Baker did something unusual for a Republican these days. He won urban areas, pulling 55 percent in the state’s 20 largest cities and towns, according to unofficial returns from the AP. This is not normal fare for our politics here in Massachusetts, or really anywhere(...)

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Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

Look who did and did not contribute to Nguyen

A correction has been made to this story. THE OVERALL OUTCOME of Tuesday’s legislative races wasn’t all that dramatic – Democrats, who already dominate on Beacon Hill, picked up three more seats – but there were some interesting trends and tidbits for political junkies. The cost of a campaign for a legislative seat typically runs(...)

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Dems pick up three seats on Beacon Hill

Dems pick up three seats on Beacon Hill

Nguyen defeats Rep. Lyons, Rausch upsets Sen. Ross

This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and the numbers stating the makeup of the House were corrected. REPUBLICAN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER won a landslide reelection victory on Tuesday, but he had few coattails on Beacon Hill as his party ended up losing a couple seats in the Legislature. Rep. James Lyons Jr., a(...)

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CommonWealth’s election cram sheet

CommonWealth’s election cram sheet

Find out what you need to know to make good choices

IF YOU’RE TRYING to cram for Tuesday’s election, check out CommonWealth’s election coverage — both news stories and opinion pieces — to get a handle on the issues. GOVERNOR’S RACE Charlie Baker and the incredible vanishing gender gap Gonzalez’s ‘secret’ MBTA document Opinion: For our environmental future, Gonzalez is clear choice by Mark Sandeen and Bob(...)

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Union ‘loophole’ isn’t a very big one

Union ‘loophole’ isn’t a very big one

Donations this year totaled about $1.4 million

MASSACHUSETTS IS ONE  of seven states to permit labor union political giving while entirely barring corporate contributions – both those from corporate treasuries and from associated political action committees (PACs). Unions are allowed to donate up to a combined $15,000 per election to state candidates, political parties, and PACs. Individuals, meanwhile, are capped at contributions(...)

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Researchers at odds on agency’s nurse staffing report

Researchers at odds on agency’s nurse staffing report

Those cited in HPC document disagree with some of the findings

THE HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION’S REPORT early last month on the potential effects of Question 1 was portrayed as an independent, objective analysis, but many of the researchers whose work was cited in the report disagree with at least some of the findings. The commission, an independent watchdog agency set up to monitor and find ways(...)

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Democrats seek to increase dominance in Legislature

Democrats seek to increase dominance in Legislature

Party’s candidates have financial edge in most contested races

DEMOCRATS, who already dominate the state Legislature, have a good chance of picking up more seats on Tuesday. The numbers are in their favor. Of the 200 seats in the Legislature, only 72, or 36 percent, are being contested. That means 115 Democrats and 13 Republicans are already assured of victory on Tuesday. In the(...)

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This election could see a millennial wave

This election could see a millennial wave

Was the Pressley victory the canary in the coal mine?

THE POLITICAL SPIN CYCLE moves at exponential speeds these days. Where once Republicans were unenthusiastic, now they are supposedly ready to charge to the polls.  And millennials, chronically disinterested in the mid-terms, are suddenly alive. According to a recent Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics poll, 40 percent of 18- to 29-year olds (a younger subset of(...)

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Globe and Herald throw endorsement curves

Globe and Herald throw endorsement curves

Globe backs Libertarian for auditor; Herald supports Healey

YES, IT’S A FAIR QUESTION to ask how much influence newspaper endorsements have in an era of declining circulation — or to wonder how much sway they have ever had for that matter. But they’re still an interesting measure of the thinking on important election contests, and Boston’s two daily newspapers offer up some surprises(...)

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