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Congress 2nd slackest in history

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — The 113th Congress will just have to settle for being bad instead of the worst — at least as far as productivity is concerned. President Barack Obama signed a whopping 51 bills Thursday, the White House announced, bringing the most recent tally of laws enacted in the past Congress to 286, according to a Los Angeles Times review. That would be just three more than the 283 public …

Governor gets high-level call on air

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “I’ve got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I’ve moved down South since that time.” The …

Warren backers set up shop in Iowa

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton. MoveOn.org held a meeting Wednesday evening in Des Moines as part of its …

Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers. The two …

Jeb Bush gets set to run

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, …

Patrick says future wide open after Jan. 8

Monday, December 15, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday he has no intention of being a “pundit” when he steps down in January, but he is leaving his professional and political future wide open. During an interview with The …

GOP says Cruz gave Democrats special gift

Monday, December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has given President Barack Obama a present this holiday season — a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments, not long after the voters had delivered the Democrats a lump of coal in midterm elections. Cruz, …

Labor board issues rule to speed up union organizing

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is …

Activists seek to sustain protests about policing

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Who, if anyone, is leading the emerging movement around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — younger activists or legacy civil rights groups? Established civil rights organizations — the National Action Network, the NAACP, …

Weld registers as lobbyist at Statehouse

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BOSTON — Former Gov. William Weld, now an attorney with an influential Boston law firm, has registered to be a lobbyist at the Massachusetts Statehouse. The Boston Globe reported Thursday that Weld, a Republican, would be the first ex-governor in modern times to be registered as a Beacon …

United Independent Party gains official status

Monday, December 8, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The United Independent Party has gained official status alongside Democrats and Republicans in Massachusetts. Returns certified by the Secretary of State’s office confirm that the party’s candidate for governor in November, Evan Falchuk, won more than the 3 percent threshold for the United Independents to …

GOP’s Cassidy ousts Landrieu in La. Senate vote

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy’s defeat of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu completes the GOP’s takeover of Deep South politics and its national domination of the 2014 midterm elections. But Cassidy, a three-term congressman and physician from Baton Rouge, remains …

Baker faces broad range of challenges

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BOSTON — With a month to go before he’s sworn in as Massachusetts’ 72nd governor, Republican Charlie Baker is facing an array of challenges — from narrowing a stubborn racial achievement gap in the schools to assuming oversight …