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Substantial crowd for State House protest

Geraldine Vittini, Journal Contributor

December 11, 2015

Hundreds of protesters banded together in front of the looming State House on Friday to decry Gov. Charlie Baker’s recent comments against the Syrian refugee program. Their chants and handmade signs signaled a deep dissatisfaction with the governor’s statements, which he made a few days after the ...

Governor Baker to speak at commencement

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Dani Marrero

March 5, 2015

Governor Charlie Baker will be the College of Arts and Sciences' commencement speaker, the university announced Thursday evening. Baker will be given an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree for his contributions to Massachusetts during the ceremony on May 17 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavillion.  He...

Jeb Bush announces plan to explore 2016 bid

Alexa Gagosz

December 16, 2014

Jeb Bush has weighed in and the Republican party has a potential first candidate for the 2016 election. According to USA Today, Bush made a surprise announcement Tuesday, saying he is going to “actively explore” a 2016 bid. This move was foreseen by the Miami Herald, who reported information fro...

Baker’s remaining secretary picks should match his abilities

Sam Humphrey

December 3, 2014

Governor-elect Charlie Baker has filled half of his cabinet positions so far to join his transition team. With five left, he should seek candidates who match his seasoned ability as a manager. On Nov. 10, Baker named Chelsea’s city manager Jay Ash, a Democrat, as his secretary of housing and economic...

Post-election commentary: Baker has skills, ideas to move state forward (Part 1)

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Charlie Baker (left) meets with Deval Patrick the day after he won the gubernatorial election. Patrick defeated Baker in the same race in 2010. Baker will succeed Patrick in January.

Sam Humphrey

November 12, 2014

When Massachusetts voters elected Republican Charlie Baker as governor last week, they voted for his fiscally responsible approach to leadership that his opponent Martha Coakley just could not offer. Baker beat the odds as a Republican candidate in a deeply progressive state. His win proves Massachusetts...

Baker surpasses Coakley to become governor

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Connie Lai and Thalia Yunen

November 5, 2014

After a tight gubernatorial race, Charlie Baker emerged as Massachusetts' 72nd governor when Martha Coakley conceded Wednesday morning, according to The Associated Press. As of 1:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, The AP said Baker was in the lead with 48.36 percent of votes, while Democrat Martha Coakley...

Massachusetts voters should back Democrats to get results

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley.
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Ian Kea

September 17, 2014

  On the night of the primary elections, Tuesday Sept. 9, I was pleased to see scandal-ridden Suffolk Law grad John Tierney, the incumbent, fall to progressive Democrat Seth Moulton. Moulton gives Democrats a better chance of retaining a congressional seat as well as giving his party a fresh image to work with. A Harvard graduate, Moulton gains an edge as an outsider of the political game. Democrats picked...

Juliette Kayyem closes off gubernatorial debates at Rappaport Center

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Sam Humphrey

March 27, 2014

“I believe government can do good ... but it can always do better too,” said Juliette Kayyem, a Democrat and the final candidate in the 2014 race for Massachusetts Governor to speak at the Rappaport Center’s roundtable series. Kayyem has had a long career, notably as a homeland security expert...

Charlie Baker for Governor

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Sam Humphrey

March 26, 2014

Over the past few months, I have covered the Rappaport Center’s Governor roundtable series and watched six of the nine candidates introduce themselves and outline their principles. The only one who truly impressed me was Republican Charlie Baker, who unfortunately lost to Deval Patrick four years...

Gubernatorial roundtables continue, Baker and Grossman discuss healthcare, education

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Sam Humphrey

February 5, 2014

Charlie Baker and Steve Grossman outlined their plans if elected governor to dozens of attendees at the Suffolk University Law School Rappaport Center last Tuesday and Thursday, highlighting issues from healthcare to casino construction. Baker was the first Republican candidate to speak at the roundtable...

Gubernatorial hopefuls share ideas at Rappaport Center

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Sam Humphrey

January 23, 2014

Suffolk Law School’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service will host nine candidates for Massachusetts’ 2014 election for governor to replace Deval Patrick. The events are set up in roundtable style where candidates introduce themselves and their agendas, but spend the majority of the event r...

A progressive response to the Governor’s tax proposal

Megan Dutra

January 23, 2013

Last Wednesday, Jan. 15, Governor Deval Patrick delivered his seventh state address with an ambitious proposal to raise income tax rates by 1 percent and reduce the sales tax rate by 2 percent in order to compete with surrounding states. This would raise the income tax from the current 5.25 percent to...

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