Local government boards feel the sting of incivility: Constituents and town officials alike in Massachusetts are voicing their displeasure in more aggressive, personal terms. Peter Schworm reports.
Labor lifts Martin Walsh's mayoral campaign: The state representative's clout as a labor leader has helped him forge a formidable campaign with six weeks left until voters head to the polls. Andrew Ryan details the campaign.
Women of color strive for firmer political foothold: Women make up only 25 percent of the state Legislature in Massachusetts, and women of color constitute just 3 percent of the Legislature. Akilah Johnson reports.
The Boston mayor's race hits its stride: Without warning, the race to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino has suddenly become interesting. Adrian Walker details the race.