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Lawmakers agree on deal to tighten Mass. gun laws

George N. Peterson Jr., a Grafton Republican, held up a firearms identification card application while testifying during a hearing on gun rights laws at the Statehouse in Boston, Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

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The gun bill, domestic violence legislation, and a sales tax holiday are headed for votes on the final day of the session.

Charlie Baker.

Baker sidesteps taking position on gun control provision

Republican Charlie Baker avoided wading into a fight between gun rights activists and police chiefs.


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Warren, Markey to help launch Revere tornado relief effort

The state’s two US senators will join local officials to announce a relief fund for people affected by Monday’s tornado.

Blow to House GOP leadership as border bill falters

House Republicans are now forced to head home for the five-week August recess with nothing to show for their efforts.

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The week in politics and issues
Supporters of proposed ballot initiatives to raise the state’s minimum wage and require more employers to allow workers to earn sick days rallied at the State House last July.

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Unions gaining power in Mass.

This year, unions are savoring a number of victories in the state, including a higher minimum wage and protections for housekeepers.

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The first day of drive-through tolls on the Tobin Bridge. More poll respondents favored an increase in fees and taxes if the proceeds would go to repairs of local roadways.

Weekly Poll

Voters would pay for road fixes — close to home

Mass. voters are sensitive to whether their taxes will go toward infrastructure upgrades nearby, a new Boston Globe poll finds.

// From candidates’ spouses, unusual campaign encounters

We asked the spouses of the candidates for governor to tell us something voters might not know about the candidates.

Rock stars they’re not, but candidates go on tour

Political tours help candidates garner media coverage for what could otherwise seem like just another event to hear from residents.

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// Quiz: Official Massachusetts symbols

The Legislature has designated a large collection of official state symbols over the years. See how many you know.

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller covers politics for the Globe. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Miller worked in Washington, D.C., before joining the paper in 2013.

Jim O'Sullivan

Jim O’Sullivan writes about politics for The Boston Globe. Previously, he was White House correspondent and chief analyst for National Journal in Washington, D.C.

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