Silly season in the Governor’s race

Forget the gaffes, and get to the issues.  Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker reportedly referred to Fox TV reporter Sharman Sachetti as "sweetheart," and she and other women have taken umbrage.  Massachusetts' National Organization for Women (NOW) has blasted his "sexist treatment of a female reporter."  Baker said he "was kidding" and later apologized.  Sounds …

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Observations on state primary 2014

The Y chromosome was in short supply among top winners in yesterday's primary.  The result is that party candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, attorney general and, in my home county, district attorney and governor's council, are all women.  (So, too, with unopposed candidates for state auditor, state senator and state representatives.) The women's vote may …

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Healey a worthy addition to Dems’ AG race

Former state rep and state senator Warren Tolman, whose bid for state attorney general has the backing of four former AG's, has always said he was taking candidate Maura Healey seriously, and well he should. While Tolman, who previously ran for lieutenant governor (on the ticket with Scott Harshbarger) and for governor, has been working as a consultant, …

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Pol ties to gambling have implications for state races

On May 5, the state's Supreme Judicial Court will take up the question of Attorney General Martha Coakley's rejection of a ballot referendum to repeal the Massachusetts casino law. She concluded in December, 2011 that the referendum should be a no-go. The repeal, it seems, would break the implied contract between the gaming (the industry's preferred synonym for …

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St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast: more love-in, less roast

Southie's traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast was anything but traditional yesterday.  A testament to the new Boston, a majority-minority city, the breakfast was hosted for the first time ever by a woman, a person of color, a Haitian-American, and a resident of Dorchester...all wrapped up in the energetic and charismatic persona of State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. …

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