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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

State Democrats trim governor field to 3

Sunday, June 15, 2014

WORCESTER — Massachusetts Democrats have narrowed their choice for governor to three, with state Treasurer Steven Grossman topping the balloting among delegates Saturday and Attorney General Martha Coakley narrowly edging out former federal health care administrator Don Berwick. … 0

2 candidates, Juliette Kayyem and Joseph Avellone, miss cut for governor at Democratic convention

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORCESTER — Massachusetts Democrats have narrowed their choice for governor to three, with state Treasurer Steven Grossman topping the balloting among delegates Saturday and Attorney General Martha Coakley narrowly edging out former federal health care administrator Don Berwick. … 0

Candidates for governor offer their pitches at Democratic nominating convention

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORCESTER — The five Democrats running for governor made their pitches to thousands of activists from across the state gathered Saturday for the party’s nominating convention. At stake is the official endorsement of the party and, for those … 0

State Democrats begin party’s nominating convention

Friday, June 13, 2014

WORCESTER — Thousands of Democratic activists from across the state gathered Friday for the start of the party’s nominating convention. Gov. Deval Patrick, in his final convention speech as governor, ticked off his administration’s achievements while taking a swipe at state Republicans. “Massachusetts is back in the leadership … 0

Right-wingers irked at GOP succession process

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — California Republican Kevin McCarthy secured a clear shot to becoming House majority leader on Thursday as his sole rival dropped his bid in a leadership fight that exposed deep fissures within the GOP. Barring an unforeseen … 0

Cantor loss means changes in GOP leadership

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Wednesday that he will resign his leadership post at the end of next month, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm … 0

Democrats hold final debate before convention

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BOSTON — The five Democrats running for governor met Tuesday for a final debate before their party’s state convention, with all agreeing that Massachusetts was on the right track while acknowledging major problems in state government. Attorney General … 0

GOP’s Cantor loses primary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried to victory on a … 0

Clinton: We were ‘dead broke’ in 2001

Monday, June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview Monday that she feels emboldened to run for president because of Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. In an interview with … 0

Baker backs minimum wage hike, tax credits

Monday, June 9, 2014

BOSTON — Republican candidate for governor Charles Baker is backing an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, and said Monday it should be coupled with tax breaks for low-income individuals and small businesses. The … 0