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Coakley camp summons Democratic strategists

Martha Coakley.

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Consultants will gather to discuss the gubernatorial race with Martha Coakley’s campaign leadership.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker.


Charlie Baker is good at big business, but does he care about small?

Under Governor Baker, would small businesses receive the same helping hand extended to Harvard Pilgrim 15 years ago?

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Washington delegation asked to give to Coakley amid fund-raising woes

Members of the Mass. congressional delegation have been asked to pony up at least $25,000 each from their political funds.

Martha Hanes Ziegler, 84; child advocate

Mrs. Ziegler was inspired by her daughter’s autism diagnosis in 1966.

Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

Obama’s escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage the midterm election.

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Obama looms large in N.H. Senate race

The president is particularly unpopular in New Hampshire, and that’s useful to Scott Brown in his race against Senator Jeanne Shaheen.By Joshua Miller

Tracking the stories that the Massachusetts political community is talking about on Twitter.
Each week SocialSphere, in partnership with The Boston Globe, ranks the most influential political voices on Twitter.
Senator Styles Bridges (center) was a player in more than one questionable moment in New Hampshire politics. At right is Richard M. Nixon, another politician known for some tricky decisions.

Fighting words from Shaheen’s campaign in N.H.

Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign accused Scott Brown of “dirty Massachusetts-style politics.” Turns out, everything isn’t perfectly clean up north either.

Mass. Democrats face even less clout if GOP wins Senate

Gone is the clout of Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. The chamber’s current Massachusetts leaders scrape the bottom of the seniority ladder.

Good week, bad week

Mayor Walsh gets the star treatment in Ireland, while Charlie Baker apologizes for calling a reporter “sweetheart.”

Want to vote? Get registered

If the 2014 state elections have captured your attention but you’re not registered to vote, don’t put it off too much longer. Here’s what you need to know.

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Historical desks, a Baker power struggle, a fear of assassination

Kennedy Institute receives 101 Senate-style desks, Charlie Baker’s campaign ditches its media guru, and Scott Lively worries about assassination.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

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A plea from Pittsfield, advice from an abolitionist

From the Globe archives, some poignant (and funny) moments in political history.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Around the Nation

Appeals court upholds Ohio ruling on early voting

In politics, it is sometimes better to be lucky than good.

Barbara Lee leads a bipartisan group that funds research on women’s campaigns and a political one that backs liberal female candidates.

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Watch out, boys — Barbara Lee is building an Old Girls Club

For nearly 20 years, Barbara Lee has made it her job to ensure that others see women’s leadership potential.

Evan Horowitz

// Inside Baker’s economic plan, Coakley’s education offer

Charlie Baker’s proposal is far more expensive than he has admitted, and Martha Coakley’s plan is less ambitious than her rhetoric suggests.



Four stories behind the campaign press releases

They’re best read with a healthy dose of context.

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// Charlie Baker’s immigration policies could help him

The Republican gubernatorial candidate’s gentler rhetoric is bound to resonate with certain voters.

Four ballot questions, scant public awareness

Many honest answers ranged from “I’m a little ignorant. I can’t lie” to “There are ballot questions?”


// Scott Brown can’t live down the 1982 ‘Cosmo’ spread

It’s been a public relations bonanza for the women’s glossy, which has recently delved more deeply into politics.

The week’s best political cartoons

Two of the week’s best cartoons focus on the airstrikes against ISIS and the People’s Climate March.

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// Capital quiz: Roosevelt edition

Those who watched even a fraction of Ken Burns’s 14-hour extravaganza on the Roosevelts last week no doubt came away feeling full of trivia.

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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.

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