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Governor's race: Back stories
After missteps and miscalculations early in his first term, Governor Patrick slowly found his footing, overcoming his squeamishness about the “culture of Beacon Hill’’ to embrace the aspects he needed to advance his ambitious agenda. (By Frank Phillips, 10/16/10)
An examination of Timothy Cahill's two terms as state treasurer reveals a complicated picture, one in which his desire for change has collided with his personal ambition. (Boston Globe, 10/5/10)
Republican Charles D. Baker was heavily criticized in Rhode Island after deciding to close Harvard Pilgrim operations there.
(By Kay Lazar, 9/28/10)
(By Kay Lazar, 9/28/10)
Divergent views of the governors agenda underscore a question voters are weighing: Has he delivered the changes to state government that he promotes? (By Noah Bierman, 9/18/10)
"The soul of the Weld administration, as Governor Bill Weld once put it, was Charles D. Baker, who took on some intractable problems in state government. (By Michael Rezendes, 9/11/10)
Patrick’s pledge to immigrants
The governor's approach to illegal immigration has undergone a marked shift, from populist to pragmatic. (By Maria Sacchetti and Marissa Lang, 7/22/10)
After nearly four tumultuous years in office, the governors relationship with the African-American community, close yet complicated, has matured. (By Michael Levenson, 7/17/10)
Throughout his campaign for governor, Republican Charles D. Baker has sought to minimize his involvement in the $15 billion Big Dig. (By Michael Rezendes and Noah Bierman, 6/13/10)
Charles D. Baker was a Harvard athlete from a prominent family, preparing for a life in leadership. John Newlon was a rudderless teenager, expelled from school, with a family surviving on welfare. (By Noah Bierman, 5/22/10)
Republican Charles D. Baker is campaigning for governor as a fiscal hard-liner, repeatedly attacking Governor Deval Patrick and Democrats in the Legislature for raising taxes and showing little discipline on spending. (By Frank Phillips, 4/27/10)
The governor's campaign promise of relief for homeowners has stalled amid the recession. (By Michael Levenson, 4/25/10)
At age 22, Timothy J. Cahill was fresh off a failed run for Quincy City Council and on the hunt for a new plan. Cahill struck upon an idea: a free-standing smoothie shop. (By Sarah Schweitzer, 4/22/10)
They were only a class apart at Harvard College. But Charles D. Baker and Deval Patrick did not forge a real relationship until three decades after they graduated. (By Michael Levenson, 3/29/10)
Of all the daunting challenges facing Deval Patrick this year, unrest in the ranks of organized labor, particularly among public employee unions, seems the most unexpected. (By Brian C. Mooney, 3/8/10)