Caucuses signal political thaw as campaign season warms up

he consultant-to-staffer stage is observably where campaigns stood last weekend — a consultant or two about, staffers a-plenty for Elizabeth Warren and her $18 million operation, and a healthy contingent for the gubernatorial candidates, their campaigns getting rolling as they open offices and ramp up for the summer’s field work.

Mariano: Wishes for the New Year

“This past year has been exhausting. But, it is a new year and hope springs eternal. Maybe, just maybe, things will be better in 2018. Here are my wishes for the New Year.”

On Beacon Hill: Birds of a feather?

With the governor’s expected re-election bid up ahead and the persistent partisan roadblocks of the Trump era lurking, things are about to get interesting. Plus, Warren, Healey and the State Police scandal.

On Beacon Hill: Around the turn they come

The Legislature came down the homestretch last week with blinders on, looking to finish what it could before the holiday recess, while Gov. Charlie Baker had his eye on next year – which happens to be his re-election year – as he filed new legislation and took executive action to ramp up the fight against opioid addiction. Plus, McGovern, Baker, Moore, Warren and the State Police scandal.