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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 …

Gov.-elect prepared to work with Democratic Legislature

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — When Gov.-elect Charlie Baker takes his oath of office in January, he’ll assume a historically familiar role in Massachusetts — that of a Republican chief executive facing off against a state Legislature with a veto-proof Democratic majority. Navigating through that scenario will likely require political savvy …

Republican Charlie Baker elected Massachusetts governor by slim margin, Martha Coakley yet to concede

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has captured the Massachusetts governor’s office after a bruising election fight — but agreed to wait until later Wednesday before formally declaring victory to give Democrat Martha Coakley time to review the returns. …

Baker prevails in governor's race; Valley voters stay tuned for cliffhanger

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The race for governor turned into a cliffhanger on election night, with Republican Charlie Baker edging out Democrat Martha Coakley shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday. Succeeding Coakley as attorney general will be Maura Healey, a former …

GOP takes control of US Senate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. …

Baker prevails in close contest

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has won the governor’s race in a nail-biter of an election that seesawed throughout the night and extended into early Wednesday. Democrat Martha Coakley said she wouldn’t make any immediate statement and asked …

Voters decide to keep casinos, require sick time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters cleared the way on Tuesday for several casino projects to proceed, rejecting a ballot question that sought to overturn the legalization of casino gambling in the state. Unofficial returns showed “no” votes winning out, meaning the 2011 law that allows for up to three …

Ore., DC vote to legalize pot

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik easily wins re-election in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, easily won re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, his …

Ukrainian separatist vote backed by Russia

Monday, November 3, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Moscow offered warm support Monday for rebel-organized elections in eastern Ukraine — an endorsement that could only serve to keep the West’s sanctions against Russia in place. Pro-Russian separatist authorities said Sunday’s vote, which saw …

Costly Senate campaign winds down

Monday, November 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — On a final, furious day of campaigning, Republicans strained to capture control of the Senate while Democrats struggled to limit their congressional losses in elections midway through an unpopular President Barack Obama’s second term. “The spending, …