It’s been a busy stretch for Gov. Charlie Baker.

In the span of just a few days, he offered jobs back to dozens of state workers who previously lost their jobs over vaccine mandates; aggressively defended his administration’s response to the humanitarian crisis at Mass. and Cass after Boston Mayor Michelle Wu questioned the state's commitment; and talked up the reelection campaign of Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who Baker is backing despite what seems like a profound political disconnect. Among other things.

In this episode of Talking Politics, Adam Reilly is joined by Politico’s Lisa Kashinsky and Axios’ Mike Deehan to discuss Baker’s muscular approach to his lame-duck months and what it might tell us about Baker’s political future. (Spoiler: Deehan says not to expect Baker’s name to appear on the ballot any time soon.)

After that, Evan Horowitz of Tufts University’s Center for the Study of State Policy Analysis offers a nonpartisan look at Ballot Questions 3 and 4, which could shake up the state's alcohol industry and determine whether a law that will give unauthorized immigrants access to Massachusetts driver's licenses will remain on the books. (Catch up on last week’s breakdown of Ballot Questions 1 and 2.)

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