The week in politics and issues
The candidates for Boston mayor met for a forum last September.

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The candidates for Boston mayor met for a forum last September.

What happened to those who ran for Boston’s mayor

Marty Walsh has been in the news nearly nonstop, but the others have largely disappeared from the public stage. Where’d they go? By Akilah Johnson and Meghan E. Irons

Evan Horowitz

// What’s behind the state budget shortfall?

Whatever Governor Patrick does to fill the shortfall, it can’t change the fact that Charlie Baker will inherit a far more significant budget problem.

Good week, bad week

Elizabeth Warren was appointed to a specially created leadership position, while Marty Walsh took heat for recent layoffs.

From left: Vice Preseident Joe Biden sat with Governor Deval Patrick, his wife Diane, Mayor Marty Walsh and Secretary of State John Kerry during funeral services.


Capital Source

Who did — and didn’t — go to Mayor Menino’s funeral?

About 1,000 were invited — all by phone two days before the Nov. 3 funeral.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Social Security advocates fear budget cuts will take a toll

Social Security advocates gathered on Capitol Hill to ward off more hits to a basic federal program that serves nearly all American families.

Time Machine

Goings-ons in the Granite State primary

For presidential hopefuls, powerful judgments await in nation’s first primary.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

“We need to construct a balance between police requests for information and legitimate privacy concerns and the need for American companies to innovate,” Ed Markey says

David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Privacy and security concerns at stake in iPhone debate

Edward Markey has been a fervent supporter of privacy rights in Congress. But he reacted to Apple’s new technology with some caution.



Mayor Martin Walsh.

Lawrence Harmon

Mayor Walsh fired some award-winning employees

Politics was certainly a factor into some of the dismissals.

Governor-elect Charlie Baker.

Advice for Charlie Baker: Transportation

Improvements are costly, and the governor-elect will need to prioritize.

Former senator Scott Brown and former governor Mitt Romney, along with other Massachusetts politicians, surely wouldn’t mind the prospect of state landmarks renamed in their honor.

The name game

How many Boston landmarks need to be renamed for politicians?

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons

Two of the best editorial cartoons of the week focus on how we use the Internet and holiday spending.

the decoder

Bristol County GOP tweets on the midterm election

The county Republican Committee helped House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, make her point.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


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Globe political quiz

// Capital quiz: Bush family edition

The Bush family is back in the news as speculation about 2016 approaches. Match the quote with the Bush family member who said it.

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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.

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.

Policy writer

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


Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.