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Ground game

How Donald Trump could come back

There’s still a plausible way for Trump to win in November. It is not likely, but it is plausible.

State lawmaker wants to go after conservative Dems

Senator Jamie Eldridge wants to unseat sitting legislators, a break in State House decorum that deepens the rift in the party.

No City Council support for Allston marijuana dispensary

Legislators did approve a letter of non-opposition for a different medical marijuana dispensary in East Boston.

Political Happy Hour: August 24, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Cashachusetts | Dog yawns at bill signing | ‘This story has been corrected to show the parrot can do a wolf whistle, not that it whistles at pretty girls’

Capital Source

Donald Trump hires Paul LePage’s daughter

Lauren LePage will serve as the Trump campaign’s coalitions director in Maine.

Trump behind Clinton, past GOP nominees, in Mass. fund-raising

Trump raised just $674,122 from the Bay State so far, only 6 percent of Clinton’s $10.8 million.

A second marijuana dispensary in Allston-Brighton?

The City Council is set to vote later today on the possibility of bringing a new, locally run medical marijuana dispensary to the neighborhood.

Surviving a possible Trump loss could be challenge for some GOP senators

GOP Senate candidates are maneuvering now to put as big a margin as they can between themselves and the top of the ticket.

Political Happy Hour: August 23, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Scott Brown named in lawsuit | Scrap sub suit seeks swift sinking solution | Waffles

Scott Brown denies accusations made in Fox News lawsuit

A former host at the network says Brown made sexually inappropriate comments and put his hands on her lower waist.

Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump’s claims about her health ‘wacky’

The Democratic candidate pushed back against theories about her health on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

Unusual campaign draws scrutiny from election officials

A disgraced former state representative is trying to get his old seat back, but are his tactics ethical or legal?

Obama vows support for flood-ravaged Louisiana

“This is not a photo-op issue,” the president said. “I need all Americans to stay focused on this. . . I know you will rebuild again.”

Thousands of new Clinton e-mails to be analyzed

Her opponent in the presidential race, Donald Trump, called for a special prosecutor to be appointed “immediately.”

Voting rights restored again for 13,000 felons in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe approved the action after his previous attempt was thwarted by the state Supreme Court.

Trump vows to be ‘fair, but firm’ on illegal immigration

The Republican’s shift in tone raised questions on whether he’s backtracking from previous pledges to push for mass deportations.

Capital Source

For Baker adviser, a union of work and play

Governor’s fundraiser takes place at Conroy’s home course.

Kirk says Obama ‘acting like drug dealer in chief’ in Iran deal

The Republican senator was referring to $400 million the US repaid to Iran when American prisoners were released.

 Political Happy Hour: August 22, 2016

Political Happy Hour: The house always Wynns | Big day for Baker reelect | Why is rotisserie chicken so cheap?

Libertarians plan rallies around New England

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the former Mass. governor, will hold rallies in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Boston.

Ever untraditional, Donald Trump elects to pass on vacations

Trump is not known for taking time off — let alone a long break.

President Obama has left Martha’s Vineyard. Now what?

President Obama is returning from vacation rested and ready for a busy fall.

Is Donald Trump alienating young Republicans?

Trump is losing millennials in droves, recent polls show. What does it mean for the party’s future?

Trump’s empire: a maze of debts and opaque ties

Companies Trump owns have at least $650 million in debt — twice the amount than can be gleaned from public filings he has made.

N.H. candidate’s antidrug plan: Post National Guard on Mass. border

Aiming to fight the scourge of opioid abuse and stanch the flow of heroin, a New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate has a novel tactic.

Political Happy Hour: August 19, 2016

Political Happy Hour: No problems in the Trump campaign. Nothing to see here. Just a TOTALLY on-track presidential effort. | Inside the group pushing the Mass. millionaires’ tax | Hunter Thompson’s return

Raise Up seeks more from millionaires

A coalition of community, faith, and organized labor groups is at the vanguard of the fight against economic inequality.

Pence pledges to restore ‘law and order’ to cities

Mike Pence vouched for Trump in the same hotel ballroom where Donald Trump celebrated his first Republican primary night victory in February.

Political Happy Hour: August 18, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Mass. political tug of war | Wynn Boston Harbor to open June 2019 | ‘For now, the foreign substance is politics’

In 2016 race, women experts still cited less often than men

Women are less likely to be quoted in media outlets for commentary on the 2016 presidential race.

Trump turns to Breitbart executive in staff shake-up

Donald Trump has also promoted a senior adviser in an effort to right his faltering campaign.

Political Happy Hour: August 17, 2016

Political Happy Hour: SJC ruling a blow to Charlie Baker | ‘The enemy’ | Best sound system evah!

History’s message for Trump: ‘Beware the Ides of August’

Late summer is when unflattering narratives about presidential candidates often set in and can’t be shaken.

State Democratic Party opposes charter school expansion

At a committee meeting, the party voted overwhelmingly for a resolution that is harshly critical of the charter-school movement.

ground game

In an unusual election, even Utah could be up for grabs

Utah is the best state to demonstrate the problems besetting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

At last, Hubway arrives in some underserved communities

Hubway has opened the first of 20 new stations in Roxbury, Dorchester, and East Boston: what took it so long?

House unlikely to shift from Republican control

Democrats need a 30-seat gain to snatch the speaker’s gavel.

City Hall is always above average — if you ask City Hall

CityScore’s creators say it is helping Boston become more efficient. But some residents and urban policy specialists have expressed skepticism about its utility and effectiveness.

Biden offers condolences for 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia

The vice president’s visit underscores Washington’s desire to maintain influence in the Balkans.

Ailes is advising Trump ahead of presidential debates

Roger Ailes is aiding Trump’s team as it turns its attention to the first debate with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, on Sept. 26

Political Happy Hour: August 16, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Curt Schilling says he’s mulling run against Elizabeth Warren | Kelly Ayotte chased by Trump, literally | One million watch parade in Boston, 112 years ago today

Curt Schilling blasts Elizabeth Warren, hints at political aspirations

The former Red Sox pitcher wants to be “one of the people responsible for getting Elizabeth Warren out of politics.”

Clinton team questions Trump aide’s ties to Ukraine

The Hillary Clinton campaign said ties a Donald Trump aide had to Ukraine are evidence of Trump’s relationship with Russia.

At Martha’s Vineyard fundraiser, Obama urges Democrats to campaign aggressively for Clinton

Adding a touch of politics to his vacation, President Obama urged Democrats to campaign aggressively for the next 80 days.

Groups urging Obama to create new national monuments

Conservation groups, American Indian tribes, and federal lawmakers want the administration to preserve millions of acres, both on land and at sea.

Biden calls Trump ‘thoroughly unqualified’ for presidency

In his first campaign appearance with Hillary Clinton, Biden said Trump is indifferent to the needs of Americans.


This Never Trump donor is never giving up

A former Mitt Romney donation bundler from Winchester put down $1 million for a third party effort in June and still hopes it will pay off.

Donald Trump lays out plan to fight ISIS

Trump vowed to aggressively fight terrorism and called for the “extreme vetting” of immigrants.

Obama interrupting vacation to campaign for Hillary Clinton

President Obama will headline a fund-raiser for the Democratic nominee later today on Martha’s Vineyard.

Donald Trump speech will focus on ‘foreign policy realism’

The Republican candidate is expected to say Monday that he’d also reject the nation-building strategy.