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Recent articles by Emma:

Mass. Republican Party elects new leader, rejecting chairman Jim Lyons’s bid for third term

The Republican State Committee voted 37-34 to make Amy Carnevale its new chair, turning to a longtime state committee member and Trump supporter from Marblehead who has worked in the White House and on Capitol Hill. → Read More

Troubled Massachusetts GOP to hold election for chair, with party’s future on the line

Contending with internal chaos, legal and financial challenges, and dwindling political influence, the Republican State Committee is set to convene in Marlborough on Tuesday to decide on its leadership. → Read More

In first State of the City address, Michelle Wu pledges to overhaul Boston’s planning process

Mayor Wu’s address, delivered Wednesday evening at the MGM Music Hall in Fenway to an audience of several thousand, signaled that her second year as mayor will be focused largely on housing, development, and climate goals. → Read More

What to watch for in Michelle Wu’s first State of the City speech Wednesday night

Expect to hear the mayor talk about her signature issues: transportation, the municipal Green New Deal, education, and housing and development in the city. → Read More

Struggling Mass. GOP had just $35,000 in its coffers, on net, treasurer says

The struggling Massachusetts Republican Party had just over $35,000 in its campaign accounts as of the end of December, far less than it reported to state campaign finance officials, according to a balance sheet circulated Tuesday by Party Treasurer Pat Crowley and obtained by the Globe. → Read More

Embattled Mass. GOP chairman spent $1,800 to investigate fellow Republicans, documents show

Jim Lyons spent $1,800 — including $800 in party funds — to investigate two political rivals who serve with him on the Republican State Committee, documents and invoices obtained by the Globe show. → Read More

Michelle Wu rolls out legislative package, gearing up to lobby Beacon Hill

Boston is pushing for approval to levy a new tax on high-value real estate transactions, as well as a seat on the board that oversees the MBTA, both policies that failed on Beacon Hill last year. → Read More

E-mails appear to show coordination between Mass. GOP chairman and outside PAC, in alleged violation of state law

Embattled Mass. Republican Party chairman Jim Lyons appears to have communicated directly with an outside political action committee about digging up dirt on Governor Maura Healey during last year’s election, according to e-mails obtained by the Globe. → Read More

Michelle Wu promised ‘significant reform’ to police union contracts. Now comes the hard part.

The city’s largest police union is already trying to push contract talks off the bargaining table and into the hands of outside arbitrators, a move that has historically favored the unions. → Read More

The latest challenge for the beleaguered Massachusetts state GOP: Tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills

The Massachusetts Republican Party now appears to have mounting financial and legal problems, including a pile of overdue bills. → Read More

‘Massachusetts can, and will, lead the world’: Maura Healey sworn in as Massachusetts’ 73rd governor

Maura Healey makes history as the first woman ever elected to the post here and one of the nation’s first openly lesbian governors. → Read More

Big tests ahead for Healey administration

The new governor will have to deal with issues of transportation, climate, COVID-19, and the economy. → Read More

Elected as a fixer, Charlie Baker leaves a legacy marked by crises and an enduring trust in him to navigate them

“Massachusetts viewed Charlie Baker as the dad who was always on time for pickup,” one political observer said. “People trusted that he was trying to do the right thing. And that goes a long way in politics.” → Read More

After disastrous election, the state GOP faces a choice: Fresh leadership or more of the same?

Beaten down by catastrophic election losses and looking ahead to a chairman’s race in January, the Massachusetts Republican Party finds itself at a crossroads. → Read More

Boston welcomes Prince and Princess of Wales for Earthshot awards, in a showcase for Michelle Wu’s climate agenda

It was the first royal visit to the city since Queen Elizabeth II came in 1976. → 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

In a nation bitterly divided, the transfer of power from Baker to Healey in Massachusetts gets off to a warm start

For just the second time in 30 years, Democrats are seizing back control of the governor’s office. The transition from Charlie Baker's administration to that Maura Healey could hardly be more friendly. → Read More

Mayor Michelle Wu signs new political map after contentious City Council process

Following a bitter, monthslong dispute over the once-in-a-decade redistricting process, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has signed into law a new political map for the city. → Read More

Everyone thought this Republican would be easier to beat. He may win anyway.

Democrats find themselves in trouble, in a race that will test both New Hampshire’s appetite for hard-right candidates and the nation’s disappointment with the party in power. → Read More

After contentious process, Boston City Council approves new political maps

The vote caps a chaotic months-long process that saw dramatic shifts in leadership. → Read More