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Mail-in ballot applications on their way to voters

SECRETARY OF STATE William Galvin has started mailing out applications for absentee ballots to all registered voters in Massachusetts, and all the applications should be sent out by Tuesday.  If that happens, voting rights groups say they will dismiss a lawsuit they filed earlier this week accusing Galvin of ignoring a state-mandated deadline for sending out the applications.  […]

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Old friends now in Beacon Hill face-off

A SHOWDOWN BETWEEN Beacon Hill veterans is unfolding as Secretary of State William Galvin seeks to bar former House speaker Sal DiMasi from registering as a State House lobbyist because of his 2011 conviction on federal corruption charges. But DiMasi and Galvin aren’t just both longtime fixtures on Beacon Hill; they are old friends. They […]

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Anatomy of a smear

SECRETARY OF STATE William Galvin has not survived 43 years in the rough and tumble arena of Massachusetts politics by being meek. So when there’s a threat to his fiefdom, he does what most successful politicians do: He goes on the attack. Galvin, facing a credible primary challenge for the first time in a dozen […]

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Walsh touts his support for Zakim

MAYOR MARTY WALSH acknowledged on Tuesday that he encouraged Boston delegates to last weekend’s Democratic state convention to support challenger Josh Zakim, who scored an upset victory and won the convention endorsement over incumbent Secretary of State William Galvin. Walsh was out of the state and didn’t attend Saturday’s gathering in Worcester, but he sent […]

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Five theories on why Zakim topped Galvin

Secretary of State William Galvin lost to Boston City Council challenger Josh Zakim at the Democratic state convention over the weekend by a margin of 55-45 percent, and no one is quite sure what to make of it. According to the Berkshire Eagle, Zakim’s victory is the first time in 36 years that an incumbent […]

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Galvin to Rivera: ‘I made you mayor’

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SECRETARY OF STATE William Galvin hasn’t had a primary opponent in over a decade, and it appears that Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim’s challenge this year isn’t sitting well with the six-term incumbent. Hours after Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera endorsed Zakim two weeks ago, Galvin called the mayor to voice his […]