John Barros joins cabinet; Mayor Marty Walsh defends record on hiring

Mayor Marty Walsh tapped former mayoral candidate John Barros to serve as Boston’s first Chief of Economic Development, a cabinet-level position with supervision over the Boston Redevelopment Authority and six city departments.

Mass shootings do little to change state gun laws

Following the mass shooting in Connecticut, the Obama administration and lawmakers around the country have promised to re-examine gun control in America. Here is a look at some of the legislation action that has resulted.

House votes to expel state Rep. Carlos Henriquez

The Massachusetts House voted 146-5 today to expel state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, despite his spirited defense delivered from the floor of the House. Henriquez, who was convicted in January on two counts of assault on a woman, maintained his innocence.

Diversity lacking in Mayor Marty Walsh cabinet picks

When Mayor Marty Walsh meets with cabinet members to plan for a snow storm, the whiteout conditions aren’t just on the city’s streets. Despite campaign trail promises to build an administration that is reflective of the diversity of the city ...

Obama puts spotlight on growing income inequality

President Obama called on the country’s leaders to make 2014 "a year of action" to address the growing wage gap in the United States during his State of the Union address last week.His call to action mirrors moves in Massachusetts ...

House GOP may advance immigration reform plan

Recent remarks by House Republican leaders indicate the GOP is preparing to move forward with immigration reform legislation that includes a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget prioritizes education, human services

Gov. Deval Patrick is calling for increased support for education, human services and health care in his fiscal year 2015 budget.

Mass. political campaigns slow to hire blacks

While the Democratic primary is still nearly nine months away, the Massachusetts gubernatorial race is going full throttle for Democratic Party activists, with campaigns phoning potential delegates on a race to secure the party nomination during the June convention.

Lawmakers shoring up voter rights laws

Civil rights advocates — including the NAACP — have been scrambling since last June when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and delivered a serious blow to protections for black voters ...

Mass. Senate legislation a victory for electoral reform coalition

The Massachusetts Senate approved electoral reform measures aimed at making it easier to vote, register to vote and monitor the accuracy of towns’ voting systems.

Mass. State Rep. Carlos Henriquez gets six month jail time in assault case

The details of what happened on the night of July 8, 2012 remain sketchy, but the end result is not: convicted of assault, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez has been sentenced to six months in prison and will likely lose his ...

Year in review: 2013 politics in Boston marked by multitude of campaigns

Mayor Thomas Menino’s March announcement that he would not seek office opened a floodgate of political ambition, as five city councilors, one state rep., three nonprofit leaders, a businessman, a district attorney and several perennial candidates joined a pool that ...

Year in Review: Politics of polarization dominated U.S. news

On the national stage, the politics of polarization were on display with Democrats and Republicans locking horns over the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, voting rights laws and myriad other issues.

Wu Train derailing with progressives. Vote for Bill Linehan angers her base

Michelle Wu continues to take heat from her progressive supporters over her support of Bill Linehan for City Council president.

Michelle Wu voting for Bill Linehan over Matt O'Malley as City Council President

Michelle Wu upsets her progressive base with her vote for Bill Linehan over Matt O'Malley.