Gov. Patrick taps 150 for state boards

Governor Deval Patrick is making up for lost time in his final weeks in office, naming 150 to panels that oversee everything from auto emissions to gambling policy.

Elise Amendola/AP/File

The avalanche of appointments will in many cases extend the governor’s influence for years after he leaves office next month.

Cindy Steinberg advocates for patients with pain.

Groups unite against curbing painkillers

As lawmakers aim to crack down on prescription drugs, the move is opposed by patients, doctors, and the industry.

Latest politics headlines

 

Groups unite against curbing painkillers

As lawmakers aim to crack down on prescription drugs, the move is opposed by patients, doctors, and the industry.

Gerald Gilmore, at 100; Episcopal minister and social justice advocate

Rev. Gilmore would often weave together the lessons of Scripture and current events as he preached often about social justice.

Gov. Patrick taps 150 for state boards

The avalanche of appointments will in many cases extend the governor’s influence for years after he leaves office next month.

More headlines

The week in politics and issues

Gluekit for the Boston Globe

Fourteen political moments of 2014

A mysterious fisherman. A geography blunder. A change of the guard at City Hall. Here’s a look at some of the top political moments of 2014. By Michael Levenson

Robert L. Caret (left) was inaugurated as the 26th president of UMass during a ceremony at the JFK Library and Museum.

John Tlumacki

Capital Source

Robert Caret’s sweet deal with UMass

Outgoing UMass president Robert Caret negotiated a very lucrative contract with the board of trustees this fall.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/cmet0906a-669406.jpg Good week, bad week

Top law enforcement officials helped plead True-See Allah’s case to Beacon Hill. Meanwhile, Western Mass. residents are crying foul.

Overheard

Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

Senator Elizabeth Warren.

REUTERS/Gary Cameron

A 2014 year in review for Bay Staters in Washington

In a year of ups and downs for members of the Massachusetts contingent in Washington, there is no one as up as Elizabeth Warren.

Opinion

 

opinion | Heather Hopp-Bruce

New Year’s resolutions for Charlie Baker

Here are some suggestions for the incoming governor for 2015.

joanna weiss

Is paid sick leave a winning issue?

The victory in Massachusetts could be the sign of a nationwide shift.

Seth Moulton.

The Internet loves Seth Moulton

The representative-elect has inspired some gushing language in the press and blogosphere.

Advice for Charlie Baker: Patrick programs worth keeping

Some of the outgoing governor’s policies should stay.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.

 

Get the latest news by email

Select all you would like to receive:

Globe political quiz

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/1226_quiz.jpg Capital Quiz: Veep edition

See how many veeps and potential veeps with New England ties you can identify.

Election 2014

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/10/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/05mainbarcrop-182--90x90.jpg

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

Power Lines

Special series

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/capital.jpg The Business of Influence

A series examining the ways industry, lobbyists, and academia influence government decision-making, from the Globe’s Washington bureau.

Coverage of Thomas Menino

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/10/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/12312009_31vennochi-7466065--90x90.jpg

Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

Michael Levenson

Levenson is a State House reporter. He has previously covered presidential, mayoral, and gubernatorial campaigns for the Globe.

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.

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.