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As she was four years ago, 46-year-old Kelly Ayotte is regularly included in the long list of potential vice presidential nominees.

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As she was four years ago, 46-year-old Kelly Ayotte is regularly included in the long list of potential vice presidential nominees.

In the right place at the right time

Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is everywhere, often in the right place at the right time to make a splash. By Sarah Schweitzer

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.

// Thirty years later, they’re still pushing the bottle bill

For two longtime advocates, the fight over the state’s bottle deposit law has spanned their careers.

Capital Source

Back stories on Bay State politics

Steve Grossman’s campaign is buying Kansas City-made signs, Barney Frank is returning to the classroom, and more.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

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Political intelligence

Patrick’s legacy on the bench

Perhaps more durable than anything on his résumé is the imprimatur that Deval Patrick has left on the state’s judicial system.

// A military honor, 150 years later

Civil War-era Corporal David White will be posthumously awarded the medal of honor.

In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand

Tea Party activists are running against a culture of Republican politics that has married conservative principles with pragmatic attitudes.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.


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Want to hear Clinton? It’ll cost you. Warren? Not so much.

Owing to Senate rules that bind Elizabeth Warren, and a biography that elevates Hillary Clinton, the differences in costs to hear from each is stark.




Impeachment calls a headache for moderate Republicans

It has also been a boon for Democratic fund-raisers, who are using the specter of a presidential impeachment to fill up the war chests.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.


Remy case stirs political woes for Middlesex DA

Marian Ryan’s stewardship of the Middlesex district attorney’s office deserves scrutiny as she faces off against a primary opponent.

Alan Wirzbicki

Uber fans tweet, but do they vote?

The dispute over Uber is shaping up as a strong barometer of how Boston’s political dynamics are shifting to accommodate new residents.

Peter S. Canellos

Four voices who could help Charlie Baker woo Democrats

Who in the state’s power structure might send the signal that Baker is, after all, an OK guy?

// The week’s best political cartoons

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons focus on Obamacare foes and the president’s summer fundraising.

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// Quiz: Republican women edition

Female Republican politicians in New England are few and far between. How many are you familiar with?

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.

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.

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