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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito says she will focus on homelessness, domestic violence, and empowering women.

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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito says she will focus on homelessness, domestic violence, and empowering women.

Karyn Polito sees active role as lieutenant governor

Until Polito was sworn in this month, Massachusetts had been without a second-in-command for nearly two years. By Akilah Johnson

Capital source

New transportation chief was on the job, even before Day 1

As the Blizzard of 2015 bore down across Massachusetts, Stephanie Pollack was a calming voice of transportation wisdom.

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Ground game

For GOP candidates, a tricky balance on immigration

In the past, it was ethanol subsidies that proved the most challenging issue for Republican candidates. These days, immigration is even trickier.

Paraphernalia from the 2000 Bush campaign, including an envelope with the vote count from Dixville Notch.

Primary memories

A last-ditch effort for George W. Bush in 2000

By Christmas 1999, things were deteriorating fast for Bush in New Hampshire. One last-ditch plan: Send Charlie Bass to Dixville Notch.

Overheard

Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

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Governor Baker and Marty Walsh got good grades for their storm performances, while Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo did not.

National roundup

House panel easily advances veterans sick-leave bill

The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

Arnie Arnesen

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N.H. woman preserves house’s political history

New Hampshire’s list of political tourist stops has grown a little longer, thanks to a Democratic activist.

Opinion

 

opinion

The Blizzard of 2015: A score card

The year’s first major snowstorm was a test of politicians and the public.

opinion

Renaming Boston spots, for 2024 Olympics and beyond

The bid process for hosting the Games affords an opportunity to rethink what we call some neighborhoods and towns.

dante ramos

Obama’s community college plan marks a Democratic shift

President Obama’s embrace of this type of post-secondary education moves away from Bill Clinton’s gauzier vision.

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Roundup

Should Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress?

Reaction to House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation of the Israeli prime minister to speak on Iran has been fierce.

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Tom Toles focuses on the White House drone incident.

Mitt Romney outlines economic, foreign policy vision

Mitt Romney spoke at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday.

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Romney called for a war on poverty and tested attack lines directed at presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

editorial

Don’t shift gears on term limits, Robert DeLeo

Allowing one person to monopolize the speakership can have a corrupting influence on government.

Latest politics headlines

 

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation.

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday.

Senate passes Keystone oil pipeline bill

President Obama is certain to veto the bill in his first official clash with the new Republican-majority Congress.

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Among the many skills needed for a successful career in politics is the ability to craft the perfect zinger. See how many famous political insults you know.

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Full Boston Globe coverage, results, and analysis of the 2014 midterm elections.

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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 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.

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