Political Headlines - January 23, 2014

  • Patrick's $36.4 budget boosts DCF budget: Governor Deval Patrick's annual spending blueprint also seeks modest expansions in transportation and education funding, report Michael Levenson and politics editor Jim O'Sullivan.



  • The gaming commission's blind spots: Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the state gambling commission, has had dealings that put the panel under a small cloud of bias allegations, writes columnist Joan Vennochi.


  • Governing in recovery: Columnist Alex Beam says alcoholics in recovery deserve regard, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh merits better media treatment than that given to George W. Bush.