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Democratic candidates for governor spar in debate

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Donald Berwick, Martha Coakley, and Steven Grossman were at Stonehill College Tuesday.

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Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman and Donald Berwick talked about a range of topics ahead of the Sept. 9 primary.

On Sunday, Democratic rivals geared up for the gubernatorial primary in September. Don Berwick attended the August Moon Festival in Quincy, where he cuddled two rabbits with a sun conure parrot perched on his shoulder. Martha Coakley greeted voters in the community room of Inwood West Apartment Homes in Woburn. And Steve Grossman spoke at an ice cream meet-and-greet with seniors in Lynn.

Democrats vying for governor power up primary effort

After months of a quiescent gubernatorial race, a wide swath of voters are on the precipice of finally tuning in.

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At health care forum, Coakley defends Partners deal

Attorney General Martha Coakley defended her decision to allow Partners HealthCare to acquire South Shore Hospital and Hallmark Healthcare.


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Scott Lively qualifies for election ballot

Voters are likely to have five choices in November when they choose who will succeed Governor Deval Patrick.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh were seen following a meeting with President Obama and other newly-elected mayors.

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Two new mayors, two different paths

Mayors Bill De Blasio in New York and Marty Walsh in Boston both campaigned on a message of economic populism.

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US Senate candidate Brian Herr campaigns at the Bolton Fair in Lancaster.

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‘Economic development’ bill? Not exactly

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// Capital quiz: Honorary knights edition

Don Berwick is not the only American to be so honored by the queen. See how many others you know.

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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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