Political Headlines - April 9, 2013



  • Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey debate civilly: The representatives sought to showcase their blue-collar roots and argued over gay rights and outside spending in their race for the Democratic Senate nomination. Globe State House bureau reporter Michael Levenson covers.
  • House approves measure to fund transit system: Mass. House lawmakers passed a $500 million transportation bill, but failed to get the margin needed to protect it from Governor Patrick's threatened veto. Globe transportation reporter Martine Powers outlines. 
  • Winslow presses FEC on contributions from same-sex spouses: Senate hopeful Daniel B. Winslow filed a request with the Federal Election Commission on Friday seeking guidance on how to categorize contributions from legally married same-sex couples. Globe politics reporter Joshua Miller elaborates.
  • Three reasons for hope in Afghanistan: Afghan entrepreneurs who want to invest in their country, a generation of open-minded young people, and a Taliban that might be more moderate are reasons for optimism. Globe columnist Farah Stockman writes.
  • The Irish education of Margaret Thatcher: It was too late to save a generation of Irish political prisoners and rebels, but eventually the UK prime minister did the right thing. Globe metro columnist Kevin Cullen explains.