Politics

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.

Mass. Public Health Chief Stepping Down In December

October 14, 2014

Cheryl Bartlett will head up a new substance abuse prevention and treatment program at Cape Cod Healthcare.

Coakley, Baker Criticize Charter School Decision

October 14, 2014

Both Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker called on the state Board of Education to reverse a ruling that all but eliminated Commonwealth charter school applicants in Brockton and Fitchburg.

Church Members Hold Services At Scott Brown-Owned N.H. Property

October 14, 2014

Scott Brown is, for now, the landlord of a nascent Evangelical church in Portsmouth.

Martha Coakley's Problems With The Base

October 14, 2014
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is the front-runner in the Democratic gubernatorial race, and maintains a lead in hypothetical general election matchups. She's seen here in a June file photo. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Three weeks before Election Day, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is still struggling to close the sale with the state’s Democratic base.

Sen. Markey Seeking First Full 6-Year Term

October 11, 2014

The Democrat is seeking a full six-year term in November after winning a special election last year to complete John Kerry’s Senate term. Unlike the special election – which featured a contested primary, a well-funded Republican opponent and three prime-time televised debates – this year’s contest is generating little buzz. Markey had no primary opponents and is facing Republican Brian Herr, a businessman and former Hopkinton selectman.

New Hong Kong Protests As Officials Cancel Negotiations

October 10, 2014
Pro-democracy protesters listen to speeches during a rally at what has now been called " Umbrella Square" at Admiralty on October 10, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The rally comes after government officials called off talks with student leaders yesterday. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Protests in Hong Kong continue after government officials cancel negotiations with student leaders.

State Supreme Court: Candidate Has Right To Meet Voters At Store

October 10, 2014

The Supreme Judicial Court has expanded the rights of candidates for public office to conduct political activity on private commercial property.

From ‘The Girl Who Was Shot’ To Nobel Laureate

October 10, 2014
From left: Ziauddin Yousafzai, Jackie Jenkins- Scott, President of Wheelock College, Malala Yousafzai,
Nicholas Negroponte, founder of “One Laptop per Child” Association,  Robin Young, host of Here & Now, and Tom McNaught, executive director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. (Tom Fitzsimmons)

Malala Yousafzai today became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. We revisit our conversation with her last year.

Mass. Transportation Secretary Richard Davey Stepping Down

October 10, 2014
Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey will step down after three years on the job. (AP)

Davey was the longest serving of the governor’s the four transportation chiefs.

Report: Mass. Transportation Secretary Will Step Down

October 10, 2014
Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey will step down after three years on the job. (AP)

Massachusetts’ Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, who oversees the state’s highways and public transit as well as other agencies, has announced that he is stepping down after three years on the job.

Commentary: Debates Could Determine A Close Gov’s Race, But Are Voters Watching?

October 10, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley, shake hands before a debate. (Elise Amendola/AP)

So far, the debates have raised more questions than answers.

Commentary: Super PAC Ad A Turning Point For Whom?

October 10, 2014
Martha Coakley greets supporters as she arrives at the WBZ studios in Boston for a debate Tuesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

It’s no surprise that the Coakley campaign decided to seize on a pro-Baker super PAC ad as a way to rekindle her cooling campaign.

In Boston, Kerry Urges Immediate Action On Climate Change

October 9, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, right, tour the Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston Thursday. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston Thursday.

Rep. Lynch Expresses Doubts About Funding Syrian Rebels, But Stands By Yes Vote

October 9, 2014

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch recently traveled to Iraq and Turkey and says he still doesn’t have a good sense of whether the rebels are “reliable partners.”

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