Baker administration hires four ex-employees of Mass. GOP

State officials have recently hired four of the state GOP’s operatives, including two directly within the governor’s office.

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In City Council debate over rent control, the old guard faces the new class

The line was drawn Wednesday when Councilor Althea Garrison proposed an ordinance that would allow Boston to cap yearly rent increases in residential homes.

Tom Steyer says he will continue to push Neal on Trump’s tax returns

The billionaire political activist says he will encourage Representative Richard Neal to make the information public.

Wynn attorneys sent thousands of dollars to Baker’s inaugural committee ahead of hearing

A spokesman for Brown Rudnick LLP said the nearly $8,000 its attorneys gave Governor Charlie Baker’s inaugural committee is “unrelated to any engagement by any client.”

Democrats are asking regulators to investigate MassFiscal and its nonprofit funding

The party’s complaints come days after a Globe story detailed the unusual relationship between MassFiscal and nonprofit Fiscal Partners, which its leaders created in 2016.

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Where are they now? Once primary opponents, Third District hopefuls are landing new gigs

Scattered to the political winds six months ago, many of the Third Congressional District’s onetime hopefuls are still making news.

A Brookline labor attorney is considering challenging Ed Markey

Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney who has sued Amazon and Uber, said she is “talking with people I love and trust before making a decision.”

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A ballot initiative campaign last fall broke the state record for spending

The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety dropped $24.7 million into efforts opposing Question 1 on the November ballot, topping the previous record by more than $3 million.

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A Weld protégé, Baker says it’s too ‘early’ to talk 2020 support

Ever cautious in the national political arena, the governor Tuesday would not say whether he’d back Bill Weld’s GOP primary challenge to President Trump.

Healey gets boost from health insurers, hospitals for inauguration fête

The contributions make up a portion of the $72,500 Healey raised from 20 different donors to celebrate the official start of her second term on Jan. 16.