The week in politics and issues

Newcomers on Beacon Hill

November’s election swept in a bevy of new Beacon Hill denizens, from freshly minted legislators to top aides. By Joshua Miller

Primary memories

// Jack Kemp takes the bait

When 1988 presidential candidate Jack Kemp agreed to go on a talk radio show, he got some tough questions — and lost his cool.


//[1].jpg Baker’s holiday obligations

December is full of holiday-related obligations for politicians. Here’s a look at what one elected official — Governor-elect Charlie Baker — was up to.

Capital Source

Markey’s Senate office space is on the move

Thanks to arcane Senate rules, Ed Markey must surrender his spacious office to a more senior member.

Evan Horowitz

// Judging a governor by economic policies

Common as it is to judge a governor by job growth, governors don’t really have that much control over the state economy.

Time machine

Bribes and punishment in the Globe archives

A look at what one politician thought when asked why no one in Mass. had recently been convicted of bribery.

// Good Week, bad week

James McGovern has advocated for the release of Alan Gross. Meanwhile, William Flanagan lost the Fall River mayoral race.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Air crews aboard the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, in the Persian Gulf earlier this month.

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Mass. delegation vexed by lack of debate over ISIS fight

The growing US military contingent has raised new concerns that the commitment in the war against the Islamic State will steadily grow.



Mitt Romney and Elizabeth Warren.

The Romney-Warren presidential denial quiz

Can you tell who said which quote?

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons

Two of the best editorial cartoons of the week focus on the CIA’s torture tactics and Elizabeth Warren.

Matthew Malone’s next post will be an unpaid stint at Tony’s Market in Roslindale.


Education chief heads to the butcher shop

Matthew Malone will serve as an unpaid trainee at Tony’s Market in Roslindale Square.

Suzanne Bump

opinion | Marcela García

Suzanne Bump’s MassHealth report full of questionable judgments

It appears the state auditor is trumping up an accounting technicality along with some questionable judgments of her own.

Advice for Charlie Baker: Economic development

Globe Opinion writers offer their input into how the governor-elect can make Mass. more prosperous.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


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Globe political quiz

//[1].jpg Capital quiz: Female presidential candidate edition

Hillary Clinton isn’t the first woman to have run for president — not by a long shot. See how many women who have run for president you remember.

Watch the OpDebates


Watch this season’s full debates held by Boston Globe Opinion.

The 2014 election


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

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.


Evan Horowitz

Evan Horowitz digs through data to find information that illuminates the policy issues facing Massachusetts and the US.

Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.