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The week in politics and issues
Supporters of proposed ballot initiatives to raise the state’s minimum wage and require more employers to allow workers to earn sick days rallied at the State House last July.

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Supporters of proposed ballot initiatives to raise the state’s minimum wage and require more employers to allow workers to earn sick days rallied at the State House last July.

Unions gaining power in Mass.

This year, unions are savoring a number of victories in the state, including a higher minimum wage and protections for housekeepers. By Michael Levenson

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.
Governor Deval Patrick presided over the 2012 wedding of Shawnda Rose and Ron Walker.

Capital source

Weddings by Patrick, kickboxing with Lauren Baker, and more

Governor Patrick has presided over at least seven weddings since 2008, and Charlie Baker’s wife helps lead a free “kickboot” exercise class.

Good week, bad week

Steven Grossman made some waves with a new TV ad, and John O’Brien was found guilty of mail fraud and racketeering.

Paying for politicians with pizza and postage

Political campaigns don’t just rely on cash contributions. They also receive tons of non-cash aid from supporters.


Finegold might want to shop again for hashtag

Andover Senator Barry Finegold might want to rethink the hashtag he created for protesting Market Basket workers.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

Representative Stephen Lynch defends hiring his sister for a campaign but would be open to altering the law.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

National Report

Relatives on campaign payrolls? New bill would ban it

Several legislators have used campaign funds to hire family members. A recently introduced bill, however, would prohibit it.

Around the nation

Senate foes slight others’ records

New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn target each other in Georgia Senate race.



Four ways the Partners deal affects the governor’s race

Martha Coakley’s gubernatorial rivals are turning a complicated policy debate into a sensitive political issue for her.

Scot Lehigh

Steve Grossman’s ad, and his political problems

Lagging far behind Martha Coakley, Grossman needs a big push to catch her by the Sept. 9 primary.

Quiz: The super PAC name game

Test your intuitive skills by matching the ambiguous super PAC name with its beneficiary.

The week’s best political cartoons

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons focus on the state of Obamaceare and the new cold war.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


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Globe political quiz

// Quiz: Official Massachusetts symbols

The Legislature has designated a large collection of official state symbols over the years. See how many you know.

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.

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.

Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.



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