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Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, addresses supporters at his newly opened Roxbury campaign office Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Boston. Baker briefly spoke about some of his urban policy initiatives. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Baker’s donation to NJ GOP a talking point for opponent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture capital firm with ties to Baker. Coakley, the state attorney general, said the case raised “public integrity” questions. Baker has repeatedly said …

Candidates spar on taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of a graduated tax …

Baker, Coakley face off in gubernatorial debate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker sparred on jobs, schools and services for families and children during a televised gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Massachusetts. Coakley said if elected she would focus on building a sustainable economy from the ground up while Baker said he would work to strengthen local economies …

Low turnout projected for primary

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Low voter turnout is expected for the primary election despite contested races for governor and other statewide offices, the state’s top elections official said Monday. “I think there hasn’t been a great deal of enthusiasm so …

Polls show independence vote in Scotland tightening

Monday, September 8, 2014

LONDON — Britain’s main political leaders scrambled Monday to offer Scotland greater autonomy in a last-minute bid to stave off independence, as the pound sank on opinion polls suggesting separatists are gaining ground — and may even be …

Marine, Iraq vet aims to oust House Democrat

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — Seth Moulton’s opposition to another ground war in Iraq is rooted in firsthand experience acquired from four tours. As a young Marine, he saw how quickly a militant threat could transform U.S. military advisers into a …

Afghanistan presidential hopeful: I won

Monday, September 8, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said Monday that he will not accept the expected official results of the election, breaking a pledge he made to the U.S. secretary of state and injecting new tension …

Iraq OKs new Cabinet

Monday, September 8, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi the country’s new prime minister late Monday and approved most of his proposed Cabinet amid calls by the Arab League for its members to combat the Sunni militant group violently …

Analysis: Obama allows politics to trump promises on immigration

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — For years, President Barack Obama berated Republicans for putting their own political interests ahead of good policy on immigration. In two successive presidential campaigns, he held up Washington’s failure to act on immigration as a prime …

Governor candidates outline education stands

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Education is always a critical issue in campaigns for governor in a state that prides itself on a knowledge-based economy. This year is no different. Each of the five Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have outlined plans ahead of the Sept. 9 primaries that they …

On the issues: Governor hopefuls on gun control

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Stemming gun violence and illegal gun trafficking has been a major topic of discussion in Massachusetts in recent months despite the state’s reputation for having some of the nation’s most stringent laws already in place. Differences in approach to gun safety issues have emerged between the …

Patrick backs Tolman in attorney general race

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick endorsed Warren Tolman in the race for Massachusetts attorney general Thursday, a move that came as a surprise in light of the governor’s previous policy of staying neutral in contested statewide Democratic primaries. Tolman, a former state senator, faces former assistant attorney …

Karen Anderson, Susannah Whipps Lee seek Republican nomination in 2nd Franklin House District

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Two North Quabbin women are seeking the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary election to challenge two-term incumbent Democrat state Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in November. Both Karen Anderson of Orange and Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol have 100 ratings from the Gun Owner’s Action League — which …