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By adamg - 4/5/12 - 6:39 am

John Carroll rounds up the Globe and Herald coverage of the Cahill matter.

By adamg - 4/2/12 - 1:11 pm

The Globe reports a Suffolk County grand jury indicted him on charges he used $1.65 million in lottery ads to boost his campaign for governor in 2010.

By adamg - 2/12/11 - 6:42 pm

Mike Ball reports on an interesting wrap up of the 2010 political season in Massachusetts by John Walsh, state Democratic honcho and Jennifer Nassour, his counterpart at the Mass. GOP.

The cheery takeaway for us political sorts was ... from Walsh. He cited the enthusiasm of the Republicans, the drive of Dems to hold on to or expand their power, and the continued pressure of the anti-incumbent voter contingent. "For people who love politics, 2012 is going to be a great year."

By adamg - 11/16/10 - 10:01 pm

O'MalleyO'Malley's victory speech.

Matt O'Malley, 31, today became Boston's youngest city councilor with a 60-40 win over Jim Hennigan for the 6th District seat that covers West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and bits of Roslindale and Mission Hill.

O'Malley's win in the special election to replace John Tobin, who quit earlier this year, comes on his third try for a seat on the council - he lost two earlier bids for a citywide at-large seat.

In addition to being the youngest councilor, O'Malley will be the city's only red-headed councilor. He'll take office just in time for a Dec. 1 hearing on whether convicted Councilor Chuck Turner gets to stay in office or should be expelled.

By adamg - 11/16/10 - 7:41 am

And bits of Roslindale and Mission Hill: It's the special election to replace John Tobin as District 6 city councilor. O'Malley vs. Hennigan.

By adamg - 11/3/10 - 7:22 am

Barney Frank spent much of his victory speech last night complaining about Republicans, added: "Massachusetts has reaffirmed the complete political irrelevance of the Boston Herald." A Republican operative who writes a column for the Herald retorts: I'm irrelevant? You're irrelevant!

WBUR sums up the blue wave that swept Massachusetts. At Blue Mass. Group, David sees in the Massachusetts vote an answer to the Tea Party wave:

By adamg - 11/2/10 - 8:14 pm

Patrickboston.com reports all statewide Democrats winning. Voters are eliminating the sales tax on liquor but keeping the statewide sales tax at 6.25% and retaining an anti-snob-zoning law.

By adamg - 11/2/10 - 5:28 am

WhereDoIVote will not only tell you where you vote but will show you all the candidates and referendum questions on your specific ballot (some districts have some non-binding questions in addition to the three statewide questions).

Don't forget to turn over your ballot! In many places, it's a two-pager this time.

Via Steve Garfield.

By dwyer - 11/2/10 - 2:24 am

Braintree Police are investigating an alleged assault by a Charlie Baker campaigner on a lesbian who took a picture of him holding a Charlie Baker for governor sign taped to an anti-gay marriage sign.

Read full article by Andrew Castronovo

By adamg - 11/1/10 - 6:34 pm

Democrats held a get-out-the-vote rally in Adams Park in Roslindale Square this afternoon. All the party bigwigs were there, along with assorted union members and party activists. Gov. Deval Patrick told them he's had enough of 15 months of Charlie Baker:

Congressman Mike Capuano warned Republicans not to count Democrats out:

By adamg - 11/1/10 - 7:32 am

Democrats hold a get-out-the-vote rally in Roslindale Square at 4 p.m. The kidlet wants to go, but reports that, unlike the last time Deval Patrick came to the Square, she isn't planning to give him a piece of her mind.

Steve Lynch, facing only nominal opposition tomorrow, murmurs he's thinking of running for Senate, again, this time in 2012. And he says liberals better get out of his way.

By adamg - 10/31/10 - 10:16 am

But first, this musical interlude:

Republicans are dreaming big in Massachusetts this year.

Gubernatorial candidates offer their ideas on the economy. The Herald-Republican rides the bus with Scott Brown, is most impressed. Watch Baker at his Foxboro rally.

By dwyer - 10/30/10 - 9:39 pm

QUINCY — The race for the 10th Congressional District of Massachusetts is a close one in an election that many view as pivotal. Norfolk District Attorney William Keating is running to succeed retiring fellow Democrat Rep. William Delahunt. Hoping to tip the scales in Keating’s favor, Vice President Biden appeared today at a rally in Quincy alongside fellow prominent party members including John Kerry and Vicki Kennedy.

Read full article by John Stephen Dwyer.

By adamg - 10/29/10 - 9:30 am

Latest Suffolk poll shows Patrick 7 points ahead. Baker campaign bravely says their own polling shows a dead-even race, which a reporter with an attention span longer than 30 seconds reports really means the Baker campaign is now in free fall.

By adamg - 10/28/10 - 8:31 am

Mike Ball reports on Jim Henderson's press conference outside Suffolk Law School. Who he? He's the independent running against Bill Galvin, who didn't want to see his shadow and participate in a forum at the school. OK, OK, Galvin tells the Globe because he couldn't take 90 minutes out of his busy day for a debate.

By adamg - 10/27/10 - 9:06 am

Joe Chernov reports that after a Connaughton lawn sign came flying off a truck in front of him on Rte 2 in Lexington and impaled itself in his front bumper, he decided to experiment with using Facebook and Twitter to ask for damages, from a candidate who seems to post frequently to both. All that's happened is the Connaughton campaign deleted the picture of the damaged bumper from her fan page, he says.

Twitter users can follow the action at #VoteRepair.

By adamg - 10/27/10 - 8:17 am

That's one possible explanation for why the Prince of Darkness refuses to debate his opponents.

Speaking of debates, Frank and Bielat debate at 3 p.m. today on WBUR. You can submit questions.

By Anonymous - 10/26/10 - 5:10 pm

Jasiri X performs his anti Republican woman, pro Get Out the Vote Rap. 30,133 views in 1 day.

By adamg - 10/26/10 - 4:15 pm

The MBTA Advisory Board analyzes the potential impact of Question 3, which would cut the state sales tax from 6.25% to 3%, concludes passage and actual enactment would mean a big hit on the T, which now gets 57% of its revenue from state sales-tax revenue.

A portion of the sales tax is dedicated to the T; the board notes the T last year forestalled fare increases in part through additional revenue from the increase in the sales tax from 5% to 6.25%.

By adamg - 10/26/10 - 7:26 am

With one week left in the campaign, what have we learned? That every candidate for every office everywhere is a slavering, fanged troll who eats live babies and puppies as snacks, except for that nice Steve Grossman. He's such a mensch.

Speaking of slavering, fanged trolls, don't say mean things about un-birther Bill Hudak or he'll sue you.

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