Attorney General candidate Warren Tolman—described by WGBH's Peter Kadzis as a "consummate political insider" and "prince of labor"—won his party's endorsement at the recent Massachusetts Democratic State Convention, but only by the slimmest of margins. Somehow, newcomer Maura Healey managed to come within a whisker of winning. And in what's been a pretty boring election year thus far, the Attorney General race is becoming the thing to watch.
This week, WGBH's political wonks David Bernstein, Adam Reilly, and Peter Kadzis talk about the differences between the economic development plans of Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Governor Deval Patrick (hint: noncompete clauses, liquor licenses). Will there be a compromise? Or will the 'loser' get a platform to campaign on?
Adam Reilly and David Bernstein evaluate how Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has delivered on his campaign promise of diversity in his administration, and Reilly and Peter Kadzis talk about the "politically challenged" Martha Coakley's gubernatorial campaign missteps.
Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein follow the money after a report detailing Charlie Baker's donation to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's state party, and New Jersey's pension fund's subsequent investing in General Catalyst, the venture capital firm where Baker is "executive-in-residence."
Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein ponder the "conservative marketplace" and the impact renewed talk about Benghazi and Monica Lewinsky could have on Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects.
Responding to breaking news of Massachusetts Gaming Commission head Stephen Crosby recusing himself from the Boston-area casino decision, Peter Kadzis and Adam Reilly sprung into action to ponder the development and its ramifications.
If you’ve been following the casino sweepstakes here in Eastern Massachusetts, you probably weren’t surprised Revere voters approved a gambling resort on the 43 acres of Suffolk Downs within their city’s limits.
Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein put on their crisis management hats to review recent missteps by gubernatorial candidates Juliette Kayyem and Jeff McCormick.
Meanwhile in the Lightning Rounds, Adam Reilly and David Bernstein delved into another gubernatorial candidate, Steve Grossman, calling his competition, Martha Coakley, "squishy" on crime, and Reilly and Peter Kadzis threw a pre-emptive wake for the Southie St. Patrick's Day political breakfast.
Everyone's eyes will be on the Boston mayoral race come November 5, but what about the Boston city council races? District 2, which includes the neighborhoods South Boston and Chinatown, is shaping up to be a particularly interesting race between incumbent City Councilor Bill Linehan and Suzanne Lee. WGBH News reporter Adam Reilly spoke about it with WGBH political analysts Peter Kadzis on The Scrum, WGBH's ongoing conversation about politics in Boston and across Massachusetts.