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Recent articles by Matt:

By appointing more than half the state’s judges, Baker has reshaped the judiciary from the top down

In nearly eight years, Governor Charlie Baker has appointed 60 percent of the 418 justices in Massachusetts, installing judges who will oversee murder trials, reshape constitutional law, and unknot thorny civil litigation for years, if not decades, to come. → Read More

Galvin orders recounts in two Massachusetts House races

Secretary of State William F. Galvin issued the order to local clerks in the Nashoba Valley and North Shore districts shortly after the Governor’s Council formally certified the 2022 election results Wednesday. The leading candidates are separated by 17 and 10 votes, respectively. → Read More

As Baker seeks pardons in Fells Acres abuse case, those who testified as children see ‘betrayal’

Governor Charlie Baker’s push to pardon Gerald Amirault and his sister, Cheryl Amirault LeFave, has incensed those who maintain that they or their child were sexually abused at the Fells Acres Day School nearly 40 years ago. → Read More

About 2.5 million people voted in midterms in Massachusetts, far surpassing projections

Precisely 2,508,298 people voted in this month’s general election, and their numbers accounted for slightly more than 51 percent of the state’s registered voters, which still was one of the lowest shares for a state election in Massachusetts history. → Read More

In all, 27 votes separate two Mass. House races, further endangering the state’s shrinking GOP

Candidates for state representative in the Nashoba Valley and on the North Shore have filed for district-wide recounts in their races, where a handful of votes separate each of them them in districts that have long been held by Republicans. → Read More

With term drawing to close, Baker reappointed chief medical examiner, his administration’s highest-paid employee

Dr. Mindy J. Hull’s new term is slated to stretch into October 2027, according to a brief reappointment letter Baker sent Hull on Oct. 21 and provided by his administration. State officials confirmed Hull’s reappointment in response to Globe questions. → Read More

Baker asks Legislature for $130 million for emergency migrant housing

Baker asks Legislature for $130 million for emergency migrant housing → Read More

With political and policy differences, relationship between Wu and Healey may be more complicated than it seems

From the outside, it looks like the perfect partnership. But the relationship between governor-elect Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu may prove much more complicated. → Read More

Charlie Baker, once isolated in criticizing Donald Trump, believes many Republicans are ‘looking at a different 2024’

“There are a lot of people in the Republican Party who are anxious to move on," Governor Charlie Baker said of Donald Trump's third bid for the White House. "There’s a lot of folks out there in our party who are looking at a different 2024.” → Read More

State official projects 2.2 million will cast ballots in election, the lowest share of voters in decades

The state’s top elections official said Monday that he expects 2.2 million Massachusetts voters to cast ballots in the midterm elections, which would mark the lowest turnout by percentage in at least seven decades. → Read More

Legislature sends $3.8 billion spending bill to Baker. Here’s what is — and isn’t — included.

With little debate and almost no fanfare, Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday pushed a nearly $3.8 billion spending bill through a lightly attended informal session, landing it on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk. → Read More

Maura Healey wants to be governor. She bristles at the suggestion that she always did.

The situation is, in many ways, exactly what many Democrats envisioned for her, but Healey insists running for governor was not on her radar until fairly recently. → Read More

Mass. legislative leaders agree on $3.8b spending bill that omits tax relief measures

With $3 billion tax refunds going out to taxpayers under a separate law, legislators chose to include only “one-time investments” in the agreement that emerged Wednesday. → Read More

Billions in state tax refunds to start flowing to taxpayers on Tuesday, officials say

State officials said they intend to begin sending taxpayers their share of a $3 billion refund on Tuesday when the calendar flips to November, kicking off a roughly six-week process of doling out checks and direct deposits to millions of taxpayers. → Read More

A political ad cries foul about ‘books with sex acts.’ The TV station running it added a disclaimer.

The decision by WCVB to issue a warning about potentially “offensive” content ahead of a 30-second spot from Republican Rayla Campbell is unusual, according to advertising and media analysts, who said they have never heard of a station taking such a step. → Read More

Baker offers to reinstate some state workers fired under COVID-19 vaccine mandate

More than 1,000 employees were fired or quit after declining to get vaccinated against COVID-19. → Read More

In election lacking ‘intensity,’ older, mostly white towns dominate ballot requests in Massachusetts

In three Cape Cod communities — Orleans, Eastham, and Brewster — anywhere from 38 to 39 percent of voters had asked for ballots as of Thursday. In Acton, 40 percent of the town’s voters had sought one, the highest share of any town or city. → Read More

Maura Healey and Geoff Diehl spar in final gubernatorial debate

Well behind in the polls, Republican Geoff Diehl repeatedly attacked Democrat Maura Healey’s record on energy issues in their second and final televised debate. → Read More

Women are poised to decide key races in Massachusetts, and potentially break centuries-old glass ceilings

Women look poised to decide contests up and down the ballot this November, where there is potential, if not a likelihood, for history-making elections and sweeping change to state tax law on the strength of their vote. → Read More

As economic worry grows, Healey solidifies large lead in governor’s race, new poll finds

Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey leads Republican Geoff Diehl 56 percent to 33 percent among likely voters in the Suffolk University/Boston Globe/NBC10 Boston/Telemundo poll. → Read More