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Massachusetts may be familiar with the gubernatorial candidates, but they will be running in an increasingly transforming political landscape.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff (left) and Stephan Savoia/Associated Press

Massachusetts may be familiar with the gubernatorial candidates, but they will be running in an increasingly transforming political landscape.

What Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley need to do to win

With the primaries behind them, the major party candidates for governor have a big challenge ahead. By Frank Phillips

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.

Evan Horowitz

// One-party rule comes with risks and rewards

For the past 56 years, Democrats have not only maintained their majority in Massachusetts but also expanded it.

//[1].jpg Good week, bad week

Women will appear all over the November ballot, while Warren Tolman found himself on the losing side of Tuesday’s results.

Capital Source

// An unexpected party locale for Baker, more from election night

Baker’s unexpected locale, Grossman’s TV on the fritz, campaign analysis, from Patrick and more


The candidates are set

When Massachusetts voters head back to the polls for the general election, these will be their choices.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

The primary in 140 characters

Herre are some highlights from the Globe staff’s tweets from campaign parties up and down the ballot.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

Jim Wallace, head of the gun rights group GOAL.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

A gun rights advocate willing to compromise

Jim Wallace worked with lawmakers who favor stricter gun controls to shape a new state law lauded by both sides of the issue.



Seth Moulton (left) and Maura Healey.

Dante Ramos

Wait your turn? Moulton and Healey didn’t

The victories of Seth Moulton and Maura Healey sent a message to Democratic leadership: Enough with “wait your turn.”

Martha Coakley, left, shook hands with Charlie Baker.

Coakley and Baker: What do you know?

What broke through the public consciousness in these months of relentless campaigning?

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// The week’s best political cartoons

One of this week’s best political cartoons focuses on racial divides.

What’s worse? Dilemmas for the general election

Just days into the general election campaign, the game of “What’s worse?” has already begun.

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// Capital quiz: Independent candidate edition

Now that the party primaries are over, it’s time to learn about the independent and third-party candidates.

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

The 2014 race for 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.

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.

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


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