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Okla. transgender candidate misses history by 22 votes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oklahoma’s 88th legislative district is a bright blue dot in a deep red state, a district that has sent liberal and openly gay lawmakers to the state Capitol. And last week, it came within 22 votes of electing the state’s first openly transgender candidate. Paula Sophia, 48 — Democrat, author, retired Oklahoma City cop and Army veteran — lost 990 to 968 in a primary runoff for a state House … 0

GOP’s Baker stockpiling money in race for governor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOSTON — While the three Democratic candidates for governor have been spending down their campaign accounts as they battle for their party’s primary nod, Republican candidate Charlie Baker has been busy stockpiling money for the November general election. As of mid-August, Baker had nearly $1.2 million left in his campaign account — more than twice as much as the nearest Democrat, Martha Coakley, … 2

Four big-money brothers, four paths

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from … 0

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton … 0

Democrats lose vote, seek wider gains on birth control

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November. Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick has became the first candidate for that office to come out in opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project for Massachusetts. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician, announced in a statement last week, “We should not commit to new natural gas infrastructure until we … 8

Warren hits road for Democrats

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraising and campaigning powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate … 0

Group forms to oppose casino ballot question

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BOSTON — A new political committee has formed to oppose a ballot question that would repeal Massachusetts’ 2011 casino law. The Committee to Preserve Jobs Associated with Casino Gaming Law filed papers Wednesday with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. The committee’s stated goal is to … 0

Supreme Court rulings highlight differences among state Republicans

Thursday, July 3, 2014

BOSTON — Two recent Supreme Court rulings — including the decision invalidating Massachusetts’ 35-foot “buffer zone” around abortion clinic entrances — are highlighting differences between the Republican candidates for governor. Charlie Baker, the party’s endorsed gubernatorial candidate, said through a spokesman that he “cares deeply about both ensuring … 0

Mitt Romney insists he will not be candidate for president in 2016

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

STRATHAM, N.H. — Returning to the same New Hampshire farm where he launched his last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney on Wednesday insisted he would not pursue a third White House bid but called on voters to punish President … 0

Twin court defeats highlight AG’s election challenges

Sunday, June 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley had a tough week. On Tuesday, the state’s highest court said Coakley was wrong to try to block a casino repeal ballot question, unanimously rejecting her argument that the question amounted … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman lauds Community Arts Trust in Northampton

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State Treasurer Steve Grossman said Friday the Community Arts Trust’s new Hawley Street building is an example of how arts can be economic drivers for cities and towns. “It may be that this kind of a … 0