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Rosenberg’s partner’s job moves to Fla.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg’s domestic partner has been reassigned to his public relations company’s Florida office after weeks of scrutiny about his relationship with the presumptive state Senate president. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1CoBYk5) that Bryon Hefner will be relocating to Florida and working with clients for Regan Communications Group in that region. Hefner, who joined the firm in May, had allegedly mocked outgoing Senate President Therese Murray on Twitter and boasted about his influence in the Legislature. Regan markets itself as being able to help clients build relationships with lawmakers across local, state and federal levels through lobbying, according to its …

Patrick sees much to cheer in tenure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — “I am an optimist,” Gov. Deval Patrick said in his first inauguration speech, “but not a foolish one.” Spoken amid the celebratory atmosphere of that January 2007 day in which Massachusetts welcomed Patrick, the state’s first black governor and first Democratic governor in 16 years, those words seem prescient now as …

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 …

Obama, GOP see hope for compromise

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Barack Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try and turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock on Wednesday, yet warned …

Baker, Patrick expect ‘seamless’ transition

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — The state’s current and future political leaders moved quickly Wednesday to close — publicly at least — any lasting wounds from a bruising race for governor that ended with Republican Charlie Baker narrowly defeating Democrat Martha …

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 …