Politics

Baker, Coakley Debate Issues At UMass Dartmouth

October 18, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican nominee Charlie Baker are both pledging support for the extension of commuter rail to the state’s south coast region, but differ on what it would take to pay for the project.

State House Roundup: Won’t You Please Vote

October 17, 2014

Whether you like to count down by weeks, days or hours, the window for a game-changing moment or an “October surprise” is rapidly closing for candidates across Massachusetts.

Plurality Of Mass. Voters Would Sacrifice Some Economic Growth For More Equality

October 17, 2014

This idea cuts across more demographics groups than a vision focused on growth without regard to equity.

WBUR Political Analysts Discuss Impact Of High Profile Visits In Governor’s Race

October 17, 2014

The governor’s race kicked into high gear this week with two national political heavyweights hitting the campaign trail.

Finding An Edge: Mass. Gubernatorial Candidates Scramble To Boost Campaigns

October 17, 2014

Nearly every political poll shows the race for governor of Massachusetts is essentially tied, which means Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to find an edge as election day creeps closer.

Commentary: The Dubious Power Of Big Foot

October 17, 2014
Former President Bill Clinton rallied supporters for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Thursday. (Courtesy of Coakley campaign via Facebook)

On Thursday, two national political Big Feet jumped into the campaign for governor — former President Bill Clinton for Democrat Martha Coakley, and former Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP’s Charlie Baker. Yet neither will affect the outcome.

Clinton Stumps For Coakley; Baker Cites Lawsuit

October 16, 2014

Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor Martha Coakley is hoping her campaign will get a boost from a visit by former President Bill Clinton.

Kerrigan Vs. Polito: How The Lt. Governor Candidates View Their Running Mate Roles

October 16, 2014
Republican lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito, left, and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Steve Kerrigan (Asma Khalid, Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Democrat Steve Kerrigan and Republican Karyn Polito are on a curious mission to electrify “traditional” Democrats and Republicans.

Mush In The Middle: Baker And Coakley Balk At Drawing Sharp Distinctions

October 16, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley participate in a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce debate. WBUR's Bob Oakes, right, moderates. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The major party candidates have been tame when it comes to setting out forceful positions, argues Michael Jonas.

Ballot Question 3: Voters Decide Casino Fate

October 16, 2014
Slot machines (AP)

If passed, Question 3 would repeal the state’s 2011 gambling law.

Poll Vault: WBUR Tracking Poll Election Dashboard

October 15, 2014

Our interactive of our latest WBUR poll, by The MassINC Polling Group.

Coakley Proposes Council To Study Safety Threats

October 15, 2014

Attorney General Martha Coakley says if elected governor she’ll tap two former Democratic rivals — Don Berwick and Juliette Kayyem — to head a new council to study emergency preparedness in Massachusetts.

It’s The Last Day To Register To Vote In Mass.

October 15, 2014
(Toby Brusseau/AP)

Massachusetts residents who need to register to vote should act quickly. Today is the final day to register before the Nov. 4 election.

A Question Of Redemption: Voters To Decide Bottle Bill Expansion With Ballot Question 2

October 15, 2014
(Jeff Barnard/AP)

The ballot question would expand the bottle bill to include plastic bottles of non-carbonated beverages.

WBUR Poll: Coakley Keeps Slim Lead

October 15, 2014

Democrat Martha Coakley leads Republican Charlie Baker 42-39 in the Massachusetts governor’s race, according to a new WBUR weekly tracking poll.

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