Latest Massachusetts state government News

For Obama and Patrick, a long friendship and political bond

Nov. 15, 2019 12:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deval Patrick was in need of a pep talk. He was staring down reelection as Massachusetts governor in 2010, in the midst of a sluggish economic recovery that would ultimately contribute to sweeping Democratic defeats across the country. In stepped President Barack Obama, a close friend and...

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

Nov. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary...

Fresh into 2020 race, Patrick to speak in Vegas on Sunday

Nov. 14, 2019 4:44 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will make one of his first appearances as a presidential candidate in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Patrick, who jumped into the packed primary race on Thursday, is among more than a dozen 2020 candidates who will speak at a fundraiser for the Nevada...

The Latest: Deval Patrick files for New Hampshire primary

Nov. 14, 2019 11:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2020 presidential bid (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Deval (deh-VAL') Patrick has filed for the New Hampshire presidential primary as he officially begins a last-minute 2020 campaign. The former Massachusetts governor is hoping...

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

Nov. 14, 2019 11:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins. In an announcement video, Patrick highlighted his poverty-stricken childhood on Chicago’s South...

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announces late bid for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

Nov. 14, 2019 6:38 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announces late bid for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Massachusetts House passes flavored tobacco ban, vaping tax

Nov. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers have approved a bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products while also imposing a new 75% excise tax on nicotine vaping products. The ban would apply to menthol cigarettes — a decision that has rankled some convenience store owners. Under...

Governor names new head of Massachusetts State Police

Nov. 13, 2019 5:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday named a new head of the embattled Massachusetts State Police as the agency works to regain the public trust. Lt. Col. Christopher Mason will replace Col. Kerry Gilpin, who announced last week she is retiring as state police superintendent, Baker...

AP source: Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick telling allies he plans to run for Democratic presidential nomination

Nov. 13, 2019 3:22 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick telling allies he plans to run for Democratic presidential nomination.

Commission's order supports ban on marijuana vaping products

Nov. 12, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The state's four-month ban on marijuana oil vaping products will remain in place after the state's Cannabis Control Commission issued a quarantine order Tuesday. The order targets vape pens, vape cartridges, aerosol products, and inhalers that use oil-based vaping materials. It doesn't apply...