High-profile speeches in which politicians size up the place they govern tend to follow the same general formula. The speaker recaps what they've gotten done, solo or working in tandem with colleagues. They talk about areas where progress is being made. They describe big new ideas they'd like to see implemented. And they downplay — or avoid entirely — topics that, for whatever reason, are a bit too delicate to discuss.
Adam Reilly is joined by GBH News State House reporter Katie Lannan to unpack how this formula played out in Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey's first-ever State of the Commonwealth speech.
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