Political Headlines - December 7, 2012

  • Barney Frank's congressional career nears end: With his political career winding to a close in a matter of weeks, the 72-year-old Newton Democrat says he's worn out and eager to begin a new chapter. Globe politics reporter Tracy Jan profiles.


  • No single cause in state's economic slowdown: Governor Patrick blamed the so-called fiscal cliff scare as a "direct cause" of the tamped-down tax collections, but other factors were apparent months before. Globe business reporter Megan Woolhouse outlines.



  • Reforms to help solve our fiscal problems: Time was, Massachusetts seemed to undergo alternating periods of fiscal famine and feast. No longer. That's why policymakers need to make more money-saving reforms. Globe columnist Scot Lehigh writes.