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Then-governor-elect Deval Patrick listened while being introduced during a 2006 event.  At the end of his second term, a Globe poll found Patrick getting decidedly mixed reviews for his handling of a range of key issues.

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Then-governor-elect Deval Patrick listened while being introduced during a 2006 event. As his second term comes to a close, a Globe poll found Patrick getting decidedly mixed reviews for his handling of a range of key issues.

Patrick’s legacy shows dents

As the candidates running for governor try to match his electoral success, Deval Patrick gets mixed reviews from voters. 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.

Political intelligence

// Governor’s race an election of dread

With the governor’s race nearing a photo finish, political operatives in both parties fear a gaffe could be the deciding factor.

istockphoto/Globe staff illustration

Evan Horowitz

Lots of people won’t vote in November. What’s the best way to fix that?

Massachusetts will soon implement early voting, but there’s a strong consensus among researchers that it doesn’t work.

Capital source

// In Vt., gubernatorial candidates galore

If you are bored by this Mass. election season, a seven-way contest for governor is underway in Vermont.

Good week, bad week

Josh Wall was approved as a superior court judge, while New Hampshire television viewers were bombarded by ads.

Time machine

It’s all about the money

From the Globe archives, four tales of gubernatorial vetoes.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Representative Jim Moran, Democrat of Virginia, got early support from former speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill of Massachusetts.

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

Representing Virginia, but rooting for the Red Sox

Virginia’s delegation to Congress includes three members who are native to Massachusetts.



Jon Keller (left) won notice with the phrase “cocoon of horror.”

opinion | Marcela Garcia

Mass. politics: The etiquette issue

These are your campaign brouhahas.

Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, former mayor and current mayoral candidate of Providence, has been a slight front-runner in the polls.

dante ramos

Buddy Cianci plays the same old game in Providence

While some may be ready for the city’s next act, Cianci keeps chewing the scenery.


Question for Charlie Baker: Why pose for an ‘Outsourcing Award’?

The details of the deal aren’t especially damning, but Democrats will be flogging this photo until the end of time.

punch lines

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons

Two of the best editorial cartoons of the week focus on public panics and President Obama’s priorities.

opinion | noah guiney

Four signs of Campaign 2014 momentum (maybe)

Despite the quantitative data that campaigns amass, politics is as much art as science.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


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// Capital quiz: Deval Patrick edition

With the end of his term in sight, how well do you know the Massachusetts governor?

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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.

Policy writer

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


Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.



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