Democratic candidates for Mass. lieutenant governor and governor gathered for a meet and greet Sunday in Pittsfield. The five democratic gubernatorial candidates from left to right include Joe Avellone, Don Berwick, Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman and Juliette Kayyem.
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.
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.
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.
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.