A former commissioner and two deputies pleaded not guilty to charges of seeking favors in exchange for hiring job applicants sponsored by state lawmakers. (AP photo)
Thousands of callers contacted the state's Office of Consumer Affairs last year to lodge complaints. See which five top the list.
State lawmakers are weighing a bill that would make it illegal for pet owners to leave their dogs tied up outside for more than eight hours or overnight.
Kevin White's tenure as mayor was a time of tumultuous race relations in Boston. These exclusive WGBH videos show key moments when White, who died Friday, tried to negotiate those tensions.
Among the highlights from the governor's interview on "Greater Boston": why he doesn't like the idea of people seeing his itemized cell phone records and what he wants in a "three-strikes" law.
The former governor talks about how he's feeling three years after being diagnosed with ALS. Watch the full interview online now.
On Tuesday, the JFK Library and Museum released the final 45 hours of Kennedy's secret White House recordings for anyone to hear and download.
State of the Commonwealth
We have full text and audio of this year's State of the State, in which Gov. Deval Patrick called for stronger community colleges, lower health care costs and passage of the three-strikes bill.
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said that hiring veterans isn't a question of charity: It's good for business.
Wayland State Rep. Tom Conroy called Elizabeth Warren "a very strong candidate" in the race for Senate — a race he left on Dec. 12.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
With the N.H. primary just around the corner, how much of a threat does Newt Gingrich’s recent surge in the polls pose to Mitt Romney’s presidential hopes? Adam Reilly of WGBH's "Greater Boston" went north to find out.
One observer said Barney Frank set an example for young LGBT politicians because he was open about his sexual orientation but it didn't define him.
WGBH News takes a critical look at the changing political landscape with former Mass. Gov. and past presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.
An MIT economist who helped craft President Barack Obama’s affordable care act told WGBH News that like it or not, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is the “hero of national health care reform.”
Republicans voiced their opposition, but a bill designed to protect the rights of transgender people in the workplace passed the Mass. House Tuesday.
A crowd of 3000 took center stage at the Wang Theatre to rally against the Congressional supercommittee’s proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Incumbent Ayanna Pressley countered all predictions by topping the ticket for the Boston City Council At Large race. It's a sign, some political observers said, that the city's minorities have real power.
The preliminary Mass. State Police report on Lt. Gov. Tim Murray's Wednesday-morning crash backed up Murray's claim that ice caused him to lose control of the car.
The state's redistricting plan will likely combine the western Mass. and Worcester Congressional regions — and experts think that made long-time Rep. John Olver choose retirement over running for re-election.
A former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate is seeking the Green Party's nomination for president, vowing to challenge President Barack Obama from the left on jobs, foreclosures and health care.
CALLIE CROSSLEY SHOW: BOSTON COUNCIL DISTRICT 3, PART 2
Schools and community activism topped the list for three Boston City Council At-Large candidates in a radio roundtable at WGBH.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick unveiled a lean budget Wednesday. The $30.5 billion spending plan includes deep cuts in human services and other state programs.
You'd expect the closure of two state prisons to be big news, but the possibility leaked in Wednesday in remarkably low-key fashion. After the governor's press conference on his 2012 budget, Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez mentioned two coming prison shut-downs.
Ex.-City Councilor Chuck Turner has been sentenced to serve three years in prison after his conviction on corruption charges in October.
A bipartisan group of Massachusetts senators is calling for reform of the state's parole system following the fatal shooting of a Woburn police officer, allegedly by a violent career criminal out on parole.
Jeffrey Perry has a new job. The former state representative ran unsuccessfully on the GOP ticket for the 10th Congressional District -- and now he'll be the Special Sheriff for Barnstable county, months after his law enforcement record was scrutinized during the campaign.
When Rep. Niki Tsongas learned Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been shot while meeting with constituents in Tuscon, she was holding a similar meeting of her own. Now she's worried about what happens when people don't feel safe meeting with their representatives.
The Massachusetts colleagues of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are expressing shock and sadness after she and nineteen others were shot in Tuscon this weekend.
The governor is awaiting the formal start of his second term with his inauguration Thursday afternoon — but for Massachusetts' legislators, the year has already begun.
It's official: With the completion of his inauguration ceremony, Gov. Deval Patrick's second term has begun. Patrick's inaugural speech touted the successes of his first administration and called on the state to approach its economic challenges with a mixture of optimism and a willingness to make difficult choices.
Wednesday begins a new legislative session on Beacon Hill. As Gov. Patrick swears in the members of the 187th Massachusetts Legislature, the chamber will look a little less blue than in recent years.
There is little opposition to Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to shrink the paychecks of the state's legislators -- except for some lawmakers and watchdogs who say the cuts aren't big enough.
During what was meant to be sentencing day for former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, a U.S. district judge heard testimony from a developer who said she solicited bribes from him. The prosecution hoped this would increase Wilkerson's sentence -- but the judge didn't seem convinced.
Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday nominated appeals court judge Nan Duffly to be the next associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Duffly is Asian-American.
Members of Massachusetts' 10-person congressional delegation are staking claims to their seats after the news that the state will only have nine seats when this term is over.
The state of Massachusetts will lose one congressional seat as the seats in the 435-member House are reapportioned to reflect population changes shown by the 2010 Census.
City Council Roundup
The race for Chuck Turner's empty seat on the Boston City Council begins as the body's president ends his term and a new member settles in.
WGBH's senior reporter Phillip Martin took a look at some of the highlights of the 2010 gubernatorial contest that produced last night’s results.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has a new chief justice. Rodrick L. Ireland, previously the court's senior associate justice, was unanimously confirmed for the position early Wednesday afternoon
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Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown -- the lone Republican in the state's Congressional delegation -- supports the repeal of military's so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
The Governor's Council is making its final considerations on State Supreme Court Chief Justice Nominee Roderick Ireland after Ireland fielded questions during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.
Patrick is defending the right of elected officials to recommend people for jobs in state government -- even though that practice is at the center of the Probation Department controversy.
Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts' lone Republican Congressional delegate, advocated for pro-business policies and job creation at a Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Monday.
CRITICAL MASS: ADAM REILLY ON POLITICS
One of the biggest surprises of this year's MA elections was that--despite Scott Brown's win over Martha Coakley in that hugely hyped US Senate election earlier this year--the state GOP couldn't get anyone to run against Coakley for the AG's job this fall. Until now.
CRITICAL MASS: ADAM REILLY ON POLITICS
One of the biggest surprises of this year's MA elections was that--despite Scott Brown's win over Martha Coakley in that hugely hyped US Senate election earlier this year--the state GOP couldn't get anyone to run against Coakley for the AG's job this fall.
CRITICAL MASS: ADAM REILLY ON POLITICS
Massachusetts didn't provide much electoral drama on primary night, but we did offer a test case in whether anti-Washington sentiment can fuel Democrats as well as Republicans. And the answer seems to be: not really.
Rachel Gotbaum profiles the historic fishing village of Port Clyde Maine--one of only three commercial groundfishing ports left in the state and where a group of fishermen are determined to save their fishery by trying some unorthodox ways of doing business.