BOSTON — Labor unions poured millions of dollars into the campaign coffers of Democratic candidates ahead of the midterm elections, according to newly released data.

BOSTON – In a campaign cycle where record numbers of female candidates sought elected office, women picked up a handful of seats on Beacon Hill to boost their representation in the Legislature to new high of 28.5 percent.

BOSTON – Early voting earned positive reviews during its inaugural run in Massachusetts, but lawmakers have so far been hesitant about implementing the voter convenience for this year’s primary elections -- historically low-turnout affairs in which some incumbents face challengers.

 BOSTON — With several lawmakers jockeying for the Senate presidency, Democrat Harriette Chandler said Wednesday she will remain in the top post until the end of the legislative session.

BOSTON — Riding the coattails of Gov. Charlie Baker's approval ratings, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is drawing few challengers in her re-election bid.

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Amesbury, MA - Henry G. Totzke II, of Amesbury, passed away on Monday, Oct 28, after a lengthy illness. Hank was born in Detroit, MI, in 1934. He was the only child of Henry and Jane Totzke of Detroit. A stint in the service brought him to California, where he settled down and, with a couple…

Newburyport - Constance Ann (Hanewich) McGlew, 70 a resident of Newburyport, MA died Thursday evening November 7, 2019 at Mass General Hospital in Boston. She was born in Newburyport, MA on February 15, 1949. Constance is survived by her children, Nicholas, Melissa, Michael, Jennifer and Dav…

Roy, Utah - John A. Downs passed away on October 2nd, 2019. He was born on December 14th, 1947 in Exeter, NH to John Downs and Dorothy Bodwell Downs. John Served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife Lorrie Lynn (Sanborn) Downs and sons John R. Downs of Atlanta, Ga., Brandon Downs and…

Secretary of State William Galvin is inviting the public and candidates for elected office to submit comments on a topic that is usually quietly settled by Beacon Hill leaders. Galvin's office on Friday morning announced he'll hold a Jan. 2 public hearing and accept written comments through …

BOSTON — After swearing in Fitchburg Republican Dean Tran on Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker celebrated the expanded ranks of the Senate’s minority caucus with Minority Leader Bruce Tarr.

BOSTON – A loophole in state election law allows unions to give up to $15,000 to candidates each election cycle, which Republicans say gives Democratic candidates an unfair advantage.

BOSTON – House Speaker Robert DeLeo was challenged this week by a prominent progressive considering a run for governor who suggested the Winthrop Democrat should face a primary opponent next year if he does not support the party platform.

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Legislature has opened a new two-year session on Beacon Hill by re-electing Winthrop Democrat Robert DeLeo as House speaker and Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg as Senate president.

BOSTON – More than 1 million people cast their ballots during Massachusetts' first early voting period, according to Secretary of State William Galvin, who predicted that over 3 million people will vote in this year's presidential and state election.