State Politics


More Than 500 Local Restaurants Sign Letter to Governor Baker for Emergency Relief

More than 500 Greater Boston area restaurateurs have signed onto a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 requesting emergency relief for restaurants whose profits are suffering amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


‘There’s No Playbook’: Massachusetts Political Campaigns Navigate a New Coronavirus Reality

As the coronavirus has upended daily life in the United States — sending college students packing, shuttering businesses, and overwhelming medical facilities — politics has largely been put on pause, while campaigning moves to the back of the minds of voters and candidates alike.


‘The Great Unknown’: Cambridge Non-Essential Businesses Forced to Close

As restaurants, grocery stores, and other essential establishments continue to operate around Harvard Square, salons and other non-essential businesses have shuttered, provoking deep uncertainty for store owners who face the possibility of months without revenue.


Massachusetts Orders Non-Essential Businesses to Close, Issues Stay-at-Home Advisory

Massachusetts Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down and advised residents to stay at home Monday in the most drastic step taken by the state yet to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.


City, State Officials Call for Shelter in Place to Control Coronavirus, Gov. Baker Rejects Proposal

32 municipal and state officials sent a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 Wednesday calling for a “shelter in place” to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Despite this, Baker said in a press conference Friday that there is currently no plan for a statewide shelter in place.


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Kennedy, Markey Debate for the First Time

In the first debate between incumbent United States Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.), few major substantive differences emerged between the two candidates.


‘More is More’: Joe Kennedy III and Elizabeth Warren's Parallel Paths From Harvard Law School to Congress

On February 9 last year, United States Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.) took the stage to carry out a coveted task in Massachusetts politics: introducing U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), his former Harvard Law School professor, as she officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign.


Joe Kennedy at Senate Forum

At a Senate candidate forum, U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.) shared his vision for Massachusetts and the nation.


U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy Discusses Senate Candidacy at Harvard Forum

Kennedy — in conversation with Swathi R. Srinivasan ’21 and IOP Director of Student Programs Robert C. Watson Jr. ’09 — touched on a wide range of issues including political polarization, impeachment, structural reform, and the urgency of his campaign for Senate.


Harvard Students Take Time Off to Campaign Ahead of Midterms

A handful of Harvard undergraduates have taken leaves of absence to work on political campaigns ahead of the 2018 midterm elections next month. “I want to be wherever I can make the biggest impact in 2020,” one said.


Obama Endorses Democrat Jay Gonzalez for Governor

Former President Barack Obama endorsed Mass. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez Monday, as Gonzalez prepares to face popular Republican incumbent Charlie D. Baker ’79 at the polls in November.


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