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Recent articles by Matt:

Wrentham Republican said to be mulling race for governor

Chris Doughty, a businessman and investor, is seriously considering a run for Massachusetts governor, according to three people who’ve spoken with him → Read More

Baker spent $100,000 of campaign cash on MassGOP legal fight

Governor Charlie Baker is leaving office next year. His exit from Massachusetts Republican politics may not be so swift. → Read More

What kind of prosecutors do Massachusetts voters want? DA races raise profound questions about a powerful position

Residents in at least three counties will elect new prosecutors this year. The contests — amidst the wave of calls for criminal justice reform — have the potential to push district attorney’s races long considered down-ballot afterthoughts to the political forefront. → Read More

Baker approves commutation requests for convicted murderers

The governor's decision to grant the clemency petitions of Thomas Koonce and William Allen could clear the way for both men to be released after nearly three decades apiece in prison. → Read More

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll running for lieutenant governor

She called herself a pragmatic executive who can provide a voice for cities and towns within a new Democratic administration. → Read More

Baker suggests he’s open to clemency, but does not say if he’ll commute murderer’s life sentence

The governor must decide by week’s end whether he agrees with the state Advisory Board of Pardons’ recommendation to commute the life sentence of a Brockton native who has spent nearly three decades in prison for the 1987 slaying of a New Bedford man. → Read More

Mass. state Senator Eric Lesser running for lieutenant governor

A four-term state senator and Obama White House alum, Lesser's entrance expands a crowded field Democratic field bidding to be the No. 2 official in state government. → Read More

Massachusetts’ minimum wage will go up again. The fate of other laws is less certain in 2022

For the fourth time in as many years, the minimum wage in Massachusetts will increase on Jan. 1, this time from $13.50 per hour to $14.25. → Read More

Maura Healey has prosecuted dozens for public wrongdoing. The results have been mixed

"When you look at the AG’s office’s priorities, you don’t see public corruption," one former state and federal prosecutor said. → Read More

Mass. Senate president suffered ‘mild stroke’ last month, will seek reelection

Karen E. Spilka, an Ashland Democrat, said in a television interview Monday that she’s now “feeling great” and, in a separate statement, that she intends to seek reelection to her seat in 2022 and to the Senate president’s post in the next two-year session. → Read More

Geoff Diehl, Republican candidate for governor, was among protesters at Mayor Wu’s announcement of new COVID rules

Diehl has repeatedly criticized Governor Charlie Baker’s decision to require tens of thousands of state employees to be vaccinated. → Read More

Lawmakers reach deal to set new standards for egg industry in Mass., seeking to avert supply shortage next year

State legislative leaders on Sunday reached an 11th-hour deal that would set new standards for the egg industry in Massachusetts, potentially averting what industry experts warn will be a catastrophic supply shortage come Jan. 1. → Read More

Nurses union, St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester reach agreement to end 9-month strike

After an intervention by US Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh, striking nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester reached a tentative agreement Friday with parent Tenet Healthcare, more than nine months after they began walking the picket lines, officials said. → Read More

Baker signs $4 billion COVID relief bill, but wrests control of how, and when, to distribute worker bonuses

“We could send out $500 checks to almost 1 million Massachusetts residents as soon as possible," Baker wrote to lawmakers. → Read More

Eric Lesser, a state senator and Obama alum, is considering campaign for lieutenant governor

“He’s had eight good years in the state Senate, and I think he’s eager to look for, or at least consider, leveraging more influence on the issues he cares about,” said David Axelrod, a former senior adviser and strategist for Barack Obama. → Read More

Here’s who is running for Massachusetts governor in 2022

Massachusetts will elect a new governor in 2022. Here is a list of everyone running so far. → Read More

Governor Charlie Baker will not seek reelection

The Republican, who maintained the enduring support of his blue-state constituents through boom times, the Trump presidency, and the COVID-19 pandemic, will not seek a third term in 2022, he said Wednesday. → Read More

Under pressure, Massachusetts lawmakers say they have deal on $4 billion spending bill

Despite the declared progress, state Representative Aaron Michlewitz and state Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, who have served as their chambers’ lead negotiators, did not release details of the sweeping legislation Tuesday. → Read More

Charlie Baker is ‘pretty close’ to decision on 2022 reelection bid, he says

Supporters last week circulated invitations for a fundraiser for the governor and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in Springfield, with one of its hosts declaring in the email (and in bold, italicized and underlined letters) “FOUR MORE YEARS IS THE MANTRA.” → Read More

Nearly a year later, panel rethinking Massachusetts’ state seal is behind schedule and still shorthanded

The product of decades of advocacy, the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth has been bogged down by Beacon Hill’s familiar morass of bureaucratic hurdles, all while its members wrestle with lingering questions over its mission. → Read More