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Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker don’t connect with tech audience

Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker spoke at a forum in Microsoft’s Cambridge office.

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“They said nothing. Just empty suits going, ‘blah, blah, blah,’ ” said one attendee of a gubernatorial forum with the tech community.

US Senate candidate Scott Brown (right) talked with Harris Hill Senior Center administrator Lynn Carpenter in Concord, N.H., during a recent visit to patients. In photo at right, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (left) greeted supporters during a campaign stop at the Firefly American Bistro in Manchester.

Shaheen, Brown use issues as weapons

Senator Jeanne Shaheen attacked Scott Brown Monday as untrustworthy on women’s issues, while Brown said Shaheen is hurting small businesses.

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Baker backs program on jobs for public housing residents

Charlie Baker promoted a program Tuesday that limits how long residents can remain in public housing if they are not working.

Lawmakers blast Secret Service director at hearing

Julia Pierson’s promised review of the agency and a recent security breach left lawmakers from both parties cold.

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Obama looms large in N.H. Senate race

The president is particularly unpopular in New Hampshire, and that’s useful to Scott Brown in his race against Senator Jeanne Shaheen.By Joshua Miller

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.
Senator Styles Bridges (center) was a player in more than one questionable moment in New Hampshire politics. At right is Richard M. Nixon, another politician known for some tricky decisions.

Fighting words from Shaheen’s campaign in N.H.

Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign accused Scott Brown of “dirty Massachusetts-style politics.” Turns out, everything isn’t perfectly clean up north either.

Mass. Democrats face even less clout if GOP wins Senate

Gone is the clout of Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. The chamber’s current Massachusetts leaders scrape the bottom of the seniority ladder.

Good week, bad week

Mayor Walsh gets the star treatment in Ireland, while Charlie Baker apologizes for calling a reporter “sweetheart.”

Want to vote? Get registered

If the 2014 state elections have captured your attention but you’re not registered to vote, don’t put it off too much longer. Here’s what you need to know.

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Historical desks, a Baker power struggle, a fear of assassination

Kennedy Institute receives 101 Senate-style desks, Charlie Baker’s campaign ditches its media guru, and Scott Lively worries about assassination.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

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A plea from Pittsfield, advice from an abolitionist

From the Globe archives, some poignant (and funny) moments in political history.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

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Appeals court upholds Ohio ruling on early voting

In politics, it is sometimes better to be lucky than good.

Barbara Lee leads a bipartisan group that funds research on women’s campaigns and a political one that backs liberal female candidates.

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Watch out, boys — Barbara Lee is building an Old Girls Club

For nearly 20 years, Barbara Lee has made it her job to ensure that others see women’s leadership potential.

Evan Horowitz

// Inside Baker’s economic plan, Coakley’s education offer

Charlie Baker’s proposal is far more expensive than he has admitted, and Martha Coakley’s plan is less ambitious than her rhetoric suggests.



Four stories behind the campaign press releases

They’re best read with a healthy dose of context.

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// Charlie Baker’s immigration policies could help him

The Republican gubernatorial candidate’s gentler rhetoric is bound to resonate with certain voters.

Four ballot questions, scant public awareness

Many honest answers ranged from “I’m a little ignorant. I can’t lie” to “There are ballot questions?”


// Scott Brown can’t live down the 1982 ‘Cosmo’ spread

It’s been a public relations bonanza for the women’s glossy, which has recently delved more deeply into politics.

The week’s best political cartoons

Two of the week’s best cartoons focus on the airstrikes against ISIS and the People’s Climate March.

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// Capital quiz: Roosevelt edition

Those who watched even a fraction of Ken Burns’s 14-hour extravaganza on the Roosevelts last week no doubt came away feeling full of trivia.

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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.

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