2014 elections

By - 9/30/14 - 9:52 am

David Bernstein profiles the newest incarnation of Charlie Baker, which this time features grins and handshakes.

Coakley, Baker frustrate techpreneurs at Cambridge confab.

Notes on last night's gubernatorial debate in Springfield, which featured all five candidates on the ballot. More on the debate.

A poll shows close races for governor, casino question. Another poll shows a dead heat in... Read more

By - 9/26/14 - 9:20 pm

A trade association of for-profit career schools in Massachusetts is suing Attorney General Martha Coakley, saying her attempts to regulate them violate their First Amendment rights and federal regulations and are a just a confusing mish-mash of nonsense they say does nothing to protect students, whom they say already enjoy bountiful legal protection by the Federal Trade Commission, among others.

In its lawsuit, filed this... Read more

By - 9/24/14 - 3:01 pm

Karyn Polito says at least Baker apologized for calling a female reporter "sweetheart."

Jerold Duquette writes that since Baker is not emphasizing his role as a Republican, he has to be extra careful about stuff like this:

Baker’s route to the corner office has always been a steep climb. Every time he loses his footing like this his chances diminish.

WBZ hosts... Read more

By - 9/23/14 - 12:13 pm

Ed. note: Through no fault of his own, Suldog's original poll didn't work. This one should. -- Ye. ed.

Given the interesting discussions on these boards concerning the upcoming gubernatorial contest, I think it's time for the first entirely unscientific poll of the U-Hub political season. If you had to vote for governor today, for whom would you vote? In case anyone is wondering, choices... Read more

By - 9/18/14 - 8:09 am

Dear friends, supporters, and loved ones,

I want to thank you for your hard work over these past 15 months in our effort to win the Sheriff’s race. Although we did not come out on top, we did finish 2nd in the election and I am proud to say that 1 out of every 4 Boston voters wants me to be their Sheriff, the... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 2:19 pm

Fresh from crushing a bunch of Democrats in the casino battle, here's Bill Weld introducing Charlie Baker's economic advisors, bipartisan, natch, who gave us this plan (which Weld himself probably wrote one afternoon before taking a refreshing dip in the Charles and then having a chat with Mo Cowan).

The mayor of Quincy denies he endorsed Baker just to... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 9:25 am

WBUR reports several Mass. supermarket chains are helping to fund ads against the proposal, which would require deposits on non-fizzy drinks.

Martha Coakley thinks the mayor of Quincy is backing Charlie Baker simply because he holds a grudge over her failed effort to convict Treasurer Tim of Quincy and a guy who is now an aide to the mayor on corruption charges.

Coakley... Read more

By - 9/15/14 - 10:33 am

The Globe talks to the four candidates for governor about tax policy; at least when it comes to Coakley and Baker: Not much to hear.

There's a reason they call him the Prince of Darkness.

MassLive.com talks to John Miller, the Republican candidate for attorney general, about how to fight crime.

Casinos may not be the sure bed they're made out to... Read more

By - 9/9/14 - 10:38 pm

WBUR reports. Can both candidates learn from their past losses?

By - 9/9/14 - 9:11 pm

Both get to run again for something next year - Owens succeeded in not winning the state Senate seat held by Sonia Chang-Diaz, while Garrison met expectations in not overtaking state Rep. Evandro Carvalho.

By - 9/9/14 - 8:24 am

UPDATE: The poll worker is now an ex-poll worker.

A Roslindale resident went to vote early at the Conley School today. As you might expect, it wasn't at all crowded. She reports she got into the back room (the school has two rooms for voting) just in time to hear one of the poll workers educating the room on his political beliefs:

Older gentlemen

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By - 9/4/14 - 3:59 pm

A non-existent endorsement from Elizabeth Warren wasn't the only thing that showed up on Patty Campatelli's campaign Facebook page over the weekend. Somebody who follows the page forwarded the following screen capture. Like the Warren endorsement, these are now scrubbed from the page:

Patty Campatelli doesn't like Sonia Chang-Diaz

The last time something like this happened,... Read more

By - 9/3/14 - 10:35 pm

The Globe reports the embattled Suffolk County Register of Probate posted a bogus endorsement from Elizabeth Warren on her Facebook page. Or maybe it's that hacker that seems to pop up every so often to post bogus stuff on her Facebook page.

Either way, tsk. She could still win, of course, given that roughly 6,000 other people are also running for the... Read more

By - 9/3/14 - 1:54 pm

Tonight's debate is scheduled for 7 PM and will be aired on channels 5 and 7, so set your DVRs or watch it live and stay informed.

The Boston Media Consortium has scheduled this debate for the Democratic candidates for governor (Berwick, Coakley, and Grossman). This will be the one debate before the primaries where the widest audience will have a chance to watch and... Read more

By - 8/22/14 - 9:12 am

WBUR reports on a gun-control debate between Democratic attorney-general candidates Warren Tolman and Maura Healey. Tolman would require fingerprint authentication for new guns, which he called the unsafest product for sale today; Healey says she's down with that, too, but wants to focus on broader crime issues.

By - 7/9/14 - 4:20 pm

So Leland Cheung, running for lieutenant governor, wants to get rid of the governor's council? Governor's Councilor Robert Jubinville wishes to have a word with him:

The Governor's Council is not an "antiquated vestige" but rather a constitutional body created at the same time as the Senate, which he seems so fond of. Mr. Adams would be very upset by such remarks made by

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By - 7/8/14 - 4:17 pm

Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung says it's time to eliminate the governor's council, a holdover from the days when the governor was appointed by the king of England.

Cheung says the council's most important role - confirming the appointment of judicial nominees - could be handed over to the state Senate.

Of course, Cheung doesn't just want to just twiddle his thumbs as lieutenant... Read more

By - 6/24/14 - 11:02 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Attorney General Martha Coakley goofed on blocking a referendum on casinos from appearing on this fall's ballot and ordered the question put to voters.

The state's highest court said the question, which would block casinos in the state would not be a "taking" of casino applicants' property, which the AG had said was the reason to keep it off... Read more

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