2014 elections

By - 10/30/14 - 8:06 am

Joan Vennochi says Charlie Baker should've gotten mad, not sad, when that fisherman told him he wouldn't let his kids go to college.

Tears: Good or bad?

Was the tears sincere? Tears were initally shed several years ago.

Enough with stupid debate questions.

Falchuk talks about health-care costs, housing.

Uncle Joe was back in town.... Read more

By - 10/28/14 - 8:10 am

If you missed last night's debate, the Herald has a recap. Also, you can catch the final debate tonight at 7 p.m. on WCVB - which also won't include the other three guys.

Coakley denies she was reluctant to investigate DiMasi.

Five key policy differences between Coakley and Baker.

Would-be AG Maura Healey discusses predatory lending and foreclosures.

Barney Frank's... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 8:18 am

The two main candidates for governor debate tonight, starting at 8 on NECN. Evan Falchuk, meanwhile, still hopes to crash the party through a court order - his hearing is today.

Coakley and Baker compared on health care. Baker and Coakley compared on Ebola.

The Globe endorsed Baker.

Secretary of State Galvin, two opponents to debate today at time... Read more

By - 10/26/14 - 1:26 pm

The Globe looks at the road to redemption for losers Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley.

Hillary Clinton was in town to rally the troops for Coakley amid bad poll results that Coakley dismisses as "an outlier. Anti-taxers don't like Coakley's thoughts on a graduated income tax.

Baker and Coakley and the other tree debated immigration.

The Herald looks... Read more

By - 10/23/14 - 11:26 pm

A Globe poll shows Baker with a 9-point lead, due mainly to independents settling on him as their candidate. It's the first poll to show such a wide gap between Baker and Coakley.

National media has glommed onto the Chokely meme, but ya know, one could make the case that Baker's a choker of a loser, too.

Speaking of losing, Coakley's AG's office... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 8:16 am

Report on last night's debate. Read more. Even more.

New Jersey won't release a report on Baker's controversial donation to pal Chris Christie until after the election. Oh, yeah, well what about Coakley's National Grid donations, Republicans ask.

Poll shows Baker with slight lead.

A chat with Jeff McCormick, one of the other candidates for governor.

Casinos ... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 8:44 am

Baker and Coakley debate tonight at 7 p.m. on WGBH. The three other candidates were not invited.

Baker is focusing on Boston, but he has little choice.

What can we glean from Baker's handling of mental-health services when he worked for Bill Weld back in '91?

Associated Press looks at the spending on the ballot questions this year.

Bill Galvin... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 11:15 am

Mike Heffernan, the Republican candidate for treasurer proves his tightness with the dollar with an ad that seems to be made by his family, although it was really produced by an ad agency in Virginia.

Coakley and Baker discussed the economy, education and transportation at a debate just for them.

A pollster type discusses why a tight race in the polls would... Read more

By - 10/16/14 - 9:58 am

WBUR explores why the governor's race is so sleepy:

Even in their affects, the candidates seem to be veering closer. Baker looks determined to ease back from the more combative posture that is his nature, while Coakley is struggling to dial things up beyond a just-the-fact mien that fits her prosecutor’s background, but isn't an asset in a candidate for governor. If the

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By - 10/7/14 - 7:59 pm

If you watched tonight's debate, what did you think?

By - 10/6/14 - 8:13 am

The five candidates for governor will debate tomorrow at 7 p.m. on WBZ.

Erin O'Brien considers the effectiveness of that Rovian ad attack on Coakley and children.

The group that sued the state over the state of foster care says Coakley should watch her mouth.

Charlie Baker wants a truth squad just in case Coaklistas try to do to him what... Read more

By - 10/3/14 - 7:59 am

Martha Coakley doesn't cotton to PAC ads attacking her on child protection. The PAC is funded by the Republican Governors Association.

The required-sick-leave question could hurt Baker.

Michelle Obama appears at Dorchester's Strand Theater tonight for a rally for Coakley, who trails Baker in fundraising. Adjust your travel plans accordingly. Mayor Walsh will endorse Coakley. Shocking, we know.

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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

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