martha coakley

Jim Levulis

Maura Healey takes over for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday, marking the end an eight-year tenure that involved two failed bids for higher office.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Outgoing Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will be among five resident fellows at Harvard University's Institute of Politics in the spring.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Republican Charlie Baker will be the next governor of Massachusetts. He beat Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley. It was a close race down to the end.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Today’s neck-and-neck election for governor of Massachusetts marks a new political era for the Bay State: Governor Deval Patrick is not on the ballot. But he is invested in the outcome. The Democrat, who is not seeking a third term, has been a vocal supporter of Attorney General Martha Coakley, who faces Republican Charlie Baker in today’s race. Patrick spoke this afternoon with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

It’s the final hours of campaigning in Massachusetts, where polls show Republican Charlie Baker with a slight lead over Democrat Martha Coakley, the state attorney general, in the race for governor. Incumbent Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term. Both candidates are seeking a political comeback after high-profile defeats four years ago. Earlier today, WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with both candidates.

The two major party candidates for governor of Massachusetts, locked in a dead heat with just less than two weeks until Election Day, met for their first face-to-face broadcast debate last night.

Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican businessman Charlie Baker clashed over taxes and a mandate for earned sick time while defending their records on issues that have been the focus of campaign ads paid for by super PACs.

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate

Oct 22, 2014

Full audio from the gubernatorial debate on October 21st between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker.

Audio courtesy of WGBH.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley debates her Republican opponent for governor, businessman Charlie Baker, tonight. WAMC will carry the debate from WGBH in Boston live at 7pm. Both candidates are looking for a political comeback: Baker lost to Governor Deval Patrick in 2010, and Coakley lost a special election for U.S. Senate to Scott Brown in her last statewide race. Ahead of tonight’s debate, Coakley spoke with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Democrats need a big voter turnout on Election Day in Massachusetts if they hope to hold on to the governor’s office when Deval Patrick’s second term is up in January. That point was driven home to hundreds of party activists at a rally in Worcester Thursday headlined by one of the party’s most popular national figures.

Republican Charlie Baker has momentum as the race for governor in Massachusetts enters the final month.  It raises the question: Could Martha Coakley lose another big election?  

       Several recent polls have found the race for governor in Massachusetts is a dead heat between the major party candidates with three independents registering in the low single digits.  A double-digit lead Coakley once  had over Baker has now evaporated.

Dave Roback, Springfield Republican

The five candidates hoping to become the next governor of Massachusetts met in western Massachusetts last night for their first broadcast debate.  With five weeks to Election Day, and polls indicating a close race, the frontrunners played it safe and avoided gaffes.

Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley differed on the need for universal preschool and indexing the gasoline tax to inflation during a mostly cordial hour-long debate in Springfield Monday night that also included the three independent candidates for governor.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The candidates for governor of Massachusetts will meet in Springfield tonight in the only western Massachusetts debate before Election Day. Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, independents Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick and Scott Lively, and Republican Charlie Baker will take part in the hourlong debate. The latest polls show Coakley and Baker in a neck-and-neck race. Baker spoke today with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

    It’s Charlie Baker against Martha Coakley for the governorship of the Bay State.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that attorneys general have struggled in Massachusetts politics in the past.

    Massachusetts voters last week sent Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker to the general election for governor.

In a Congressional Corner interview recorded the day after the elections, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he thinks Coakley will make a strong candidate.


Governor Dem - Primary

13,658 of 13,899 precincts - 98 %

x-Andrew Cuomo (i) 327,150 - 62 %

Zephyr Teachout 180,336 - 34 %

Randy Credico 19,201 - 4 %

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts Martha Coakley about low voter turnout and today's primary.

  Who will be the next governor of Massachusetts?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Attorney General Martha Coakley is looking for redemption.


The former president of Westfield State University, Evan Dobelle, must now answer to allegations brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General that he misused public funds.  Dobelle’s attorney said he looks forward to having his day in court and to restoring his tarnished reputation.

A 27-page complaint filed in state court in Boston Thursday by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley accuses Dobelle of charging the university for personal items, trips, meals in fancy restaurants, and family vacations totaling nearly $100,000.

Mass. AG: Shell Agrees To Refund Some Cleanup Aid

Feb 28, 2014

Shell Oil has agreed to pay $4 million dollars to resolve allegations it got Massachusetts funds to help upgrade underground gasoline storage tanks while also collecting from its insurers.

Attorney General Martha Coakley said Thursday the claims by Shell and a joint venture company involved more than 100 Massachusetts gasoline stations.

Teens Press Mass. Lawmakers To Support Summer Jobs

Feb 20, 2014

Young people from across Massachusetts are planning to converge on the Statehouse to press for more funding for youth summer jobs programs.

The protesters plan to hold a rally at the Old South Church in Boston at 11:30 a.m. Thursday before marching to the Statehouse to press lawmakers to approve up to $24.5 million to support three youth jobs initiatives.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democratic candidate for governor, is scheduled to address the rally.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Democratic candidates vying to be the next governor of Massachusetts took part in a meet and greet in Pittsfield Sunday.

More than 250 people showed up to hear the views and ask questions of the five Democrats aiming to be the commonwealth’s next governor. Democratic Governor Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term. U.S. Senator Edward Markey kicked off the event by rallying the supporters.

Mass. AG: Countrywide To Pay $17.3M In Settlement

Dec 31, 2013

The Massachusetts state employees' pension fund is receiving more than $11 million dollars as part of a settlement with Countrywide Securities Corp.

Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the settlement Monday as part of her office's industry-wide review of residential mortgage securitization practices in Massachusetts.

The total settlement with Countrywide is $17.3 million. It includes a $6 million payment to the state.

Mass. AG Pushing For For-Profit School Regulations

Nov 22, 2013

Attorney General Martha Coakley is proposing new regulations she says will help students looking to attend for-profit and occupational schools operating in Massachusetts.

Coakley said the proposed changes would require the schools to "provide accurate information to the public, prohibit misleading advertising practices, and address unfair lending practices."

The regulations would require schools to disclose in advertisements and recruitment materials information about tuition and fees, placement statistics, graduation rates, and program completion time.

Advocates Rally For Minimum Wage, Sick Time

Oct 21, 2013

Backers of ballot questions that would raise the minimum wage and create a statewide earned sick time policy are pushing ahead to collect enough signatures to put the measures before Massachusetts voters next year.

The minimum wage question would increase the state wage from $8 to $10.50 per hour over two years. The sick time question would guarantee all Massachusetts workers can earn sick time to use if they or their family members become ill.

Coakley Continues Tour in Berkshires

Sep 18, 2013
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley continues her statewide tour after announcing a run for Governor in 2014.


Attorney General Martha Coakley brought her barnstorming campaign kickoff for governor to western Massachusetts today. 

Mayoral Preliminaries To Be Held In Mass. Cities

Sep 17, 2013
wikipedia commons

Voters in several Massachusetts cities are heading to the polls to whittle down the number of candidates running for mayor.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, the state's youngest mayor at age 24, has four challengers in his bid for a second term.

In Lawrence, Mayor William Lantigua faces five challengers in today’s preliminary election, with the two top-vote getters advancing to the general election in November.

Berkshire Democrats Mixed on Coakley's Run

Sep 16, 2013

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced she will run for governor in 2014, but Democrats in the western part of the state are ambivalent.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced a run for governor.  She joins an already crowded Democratic field for the 2014 election.

Stressing  job creation, economic development, and education the state’s  top prosecutor, Martha Coakley entered the 2014 fray for governor Monday morning.  She greeted people at a diner in her home town of Medford, the first stop in what her campaign said will be a three-day barnstorming swing that will take her to 18 cities across the state.  Her campaign tour was scheduled to hit western Massachusetts Tuesday.

Mass. Casino Foes Fight Ballot Question Ruling

Sep 12, 2013

Casino gambling foes have gone to court in an effort to keep alive a proposed statewide ballot question that would repeal the 2011 state law that allows up to three casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts.

Attorney General Martha Coakley disqualified the ballot initiative last week, ruling that it could violate the state constitution by resulting in the uncompensated taking of property from casino developers.

The group "Repeal the Casino Deal" said it was seeking an injunction in Suffolk Superior Court to overturn Coakley's decision.