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Baker administration, union target DCF together

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER plans in the coming months to implement changes at the beleaguered Department of Children and Families, part of an “unprecedented collaboration” between his administration, child protection workers, and union leaders that he hopes will help improve the agency’s performance. The steps to improve procedures for tracking children and […]

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Poll: Baker is state’s most popular pol

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER SPENDING THE WINTER managing state budget shortfalls and snow emergencies, Gov. Charlie Baker weathered his first 100 days in office remarkably well, according to a new poll that shows the governor riding sky-high approval ratings that make him the most popular politician in the state. Voters also narrowly oppose the […]

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Baker and the RGA

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, who ran for office in Massachusetts as a bipartisan policy wonk, is taking a break from his post-election vacation to attend a Republican Governors Association conference in Florida where presidential politics is on the agenda. The Boston Globe suggests Baker wasn’t eager to publicize his attendance at the conference, but Baker spokesman […]

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Patrick makes nice with journalists from away

Deval Patrick, the nation’s only African American governor, made a predictable trip down legacy lane during the National Association of Black Journalists’ recent convention in Boston. Patrick celebrated how his administration regained jobs lost in the Great Recession; made significant progress in student achievement; helped stimulate the state’s energy sector; and achieved the highest bond […]

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Baker’s McCormick problem

Gov. Deval Patrick’s bid to shelter immigrant children in Massachusetts is creating some interesting plot lines in the race to succeed him. The Democratic candidates for governor — Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steve Grossman, and Don Berwick — all support Patrick’s plan. So does Republican Charlie Baker. But independent Jeff McCormick has come out […]