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The state Senate approved a key part of Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to overhaul the often-criticized MBTA.

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It’s a decisive turnaround for the Baker administration as it seeks to take control of the embattled agency.

Jeb Bush spoke at a restaurant Thursday in Concord, N.H.

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Jeb Bush: the good and the bad

Let’s look at some pluses and minuses from his Thursday event in New Hampshire’s capital.

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Political Happy Hour: May 22, 2015

Political Happy Hour, Getaway Day edition: Sunny | Tax fight! | Boston 2024 to IOC | Economist sour on Elizabeth Warren | JFK on Memorial Day

Clinton N.H. trip interrupted by Benghazi e-mail release

“I’m glad that the e-mails are starting to come out,” Clinton said. “It is something that I’ve asked to be done, as you know, for a long time.”

House wants top court to settle budget question

The move over taxes ratchets up tensions between the liberal-leaning Senate and the more conservative House.

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The week in politics and issues

Mark Allen Miller for the Boston Globe

A whole new world of campaign tech

Digital in 2016 will be faster, more intense, and more mobile than it was in 2008, and that has repercussions for how campaigns will unfold. By Meg Heckman

Lobbyist Jim Major.

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Special education advocate scores funding victory — for now

For four decades, Jim Major has been an advocate for Chapter 766 schools that provide private special education.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Lee_sendebate3_met.jpg Good week, bad week

Brian Herr was elected to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, while campaign finance questions caught up to Frank Guinta.

Political intelligence

Drug abuse could be sleeper issue in 2016

There is a drumbeat growing in both parties that could move the highly personal, painful matter of drug addiction to the national agenda.

Overheard

Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Capital Source

Jane Swift swings by State House

The former acting governor made a brief visit to her old stomping ground last week during her daughter’s field trip.

Capital Source

Presidential hopefuls back away from Frank Guinta

The GOP representative was in demand until last week, when he acknowledged he broke campaign finance laws.

Capital Source

Time capsule will return to State House in June

On June 17 a group of Masons and elected officials will participate in the placement of the time capsule beneath the cornerstone.

Capital Source

Pork-fighting senator wants perks for home district

Newly elected House member Ryan Fattman went charging up to Beacon Hill four years ago vowing to find “the pork in the budget.”

Capital Source

Stuffed ‘Bernie Bear’ sells for $80 with hair included

The Vermont Teddy Bear Company has created a teddy bear in US Senator Bernie Sanders’ likeness -- including his hair.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.

 

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/20/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/rathe_pindell_employee02.jpg--90x90.jpg Inside the presidential primaries with James Pindell

Globe reporter James Pindell brings you the latest news from New Hampshire and beyond as 2016 presidential politics take shape.

Endorsement tracker

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/tracker-089.jpg Tracking the endorsements of N.H. GOP activists

In the aggregate, endorsements can signal who has the best ground game in the Granite State.

Candidate interviews

Video

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/08/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/cruz-062--90x90.jpg Conversations with the 2016 presidential hopefuls

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

Candidate rankings

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bush2--90x90.jpg Ranking the top 10 Republican hopefuls in N.H.

The Globe has ranked the prospects of the top 10 Republican candidates in the Granite State, followed by the rest in alphabetical order.

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Power Lines

Special series

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/capital.jpg The Business of Influence

A series examining the ways industry, lobbyists, and academia influence government decision-making, from the Globe’s Washington bureau.

Coverage of Thomas Menino

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

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.

Akilah Johnson

Akilah Johnson

Akilah Johnson has been a reporter with the Globe since 2010, covering neighborhoods, Boston’s mayor’s race, and the crosscurrents of race and ethnicity in the city.

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.

Policy writer

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

 

Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.