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Anthony Soto and Lisa Wong.

Anthony Soto and Lisa Wong.

Love, politics, and a tale of two struggling cities

A common dedication to public service and belief in their ability to make change led to romance between the mayor and the councilor. By Meghan E. Irons

When politicians fall in love ...

Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and her husband, Holyoke Councilor Anthony Soto, are not the only New England politicians married to politicians.

Joe Biden spoke during an October 2007 campaign appearance in Henniker, N.H. If Biden runs for president in 2016, he may skip the state’s first-in-the-nation primary.

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Ground Game

Why Joe Biden could skip N.H. if he runs for president

The rationale for Biden to skip Iowa and New Hampshire is this: He would enter in the race too late to compete in those states.

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Draft Biden supporters were pro-Joe before it was cool. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush’s “anchor babies” comment is weighing on him.

Overheard

Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics and beyond.

Capital Source

EMILY’s List backs another City Council candidate

Annissa Essaibi-Gorge has received an endorsement from EMILY’s list, the financial powerhouse that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.

Capital Source

GOP hopeful John Kasich a patron of Cape Cod theater

Ohio Governor John Kasich and his wife are frequent visitors to Cape Cod.

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City councilor featured in Elle magazine

Michelle Wu appeared in the fashion magazine’s tribute to 30-year-olds.

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Baker makes marijuana advocates’ list of 50 most influential consumers

Governor Charlie Baker made the Marijuana Policy Project’s annual list of the most influential pot consumers. Congrats, or something.

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Shaheen family praises diabetes alert dog for daughter in new book

The member of the Shaheen family getting all the attention this week isn’t Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill dismisses Scott Brown over-exposure

McCaskill was quoted as mocking Brown’s upcoming appearance on a celebrity cruise ship, saying he would do “anything to show his body.”

campaign notebook

Clinton likens the GOP field to a terrorist group

Hillary Clinton spoke at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Thursday.

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Hillary Clinton drew parallels between terrorist organizations and GOP candidates for president when it comes to views on women.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participated in the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland earlier this month.

Protest planned for Trump event at Boch’s house

Fed up with Donald Trump’s stance on abortion and his statements about women, advocates are planning to rally in Norwood.

President Obama held out the people of New Orleans as an example of renewal and resilience 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

Obama praises New Orleans for city’s resilience

President Obama held out the people of New Orleans as an example of renewal and resilience 10 years after Katrina.

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Even in college, Donald Trump was brash

The blunt and bombastic personality that has helped Trump upend the Republican primary was in full bloom during his years at Wharton business school.

Charlie Baker takes hands-off approach to Donald Trump

Baker wouldn’t say if he would endorse a Trump nomination, but he also took a pass on denouncing the GOP front-runner’s rhetoric.

Love, politics, and a tale of two struggling cities

A common dedication to public service and belief in their ability to make change led to romance between the mayor and the councilor.

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Fox News hosted the GOP’s first primary debate on Thursday. Here are the evening’s top moments.

LIVE Political Happy Hour

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Political reporter Joshua Miller interviewed Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker on a range of topics at Suffolk University.

Republican endorsement tracker

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Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul have picked up the most support from top party activists in the Granite State so far.

Democratic endorsement tracker

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Dozens of New Hampshire Democrats have rallied to support former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s second presidential bid.

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The Globe’s James Pindell sits down with presidential candidates and hopefuls to discuss the race.

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The conflict about the Jade Helm 15 exercise illustrates some of the most confounding political divisions in the country.

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Coverage of Thomas Menino

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Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

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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Recent work from Evan Horowitz, the Globe's policy writer.

 

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Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.