The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


MA 2011 Archives


Massachusetts Gubernatorial Headlines 2011 Archives


GOP chair concedes he gave money to Democrats (Boston Globe, 12/30/11)
Coakley: Charities receive little money from professional fundraisers (Patriot Ledger, 12/30/11)
Casino backers’ ‘next steps’ uncertain (Boston Herald, 12/29/11)
It’s just a bill on Beacon Hill (MetroWest Daily News, 12/29/11)
Sen. Brown accuses Dem leaders of targeting him (Worcester Telegram, 12/29/11)
Ameristar Casinos plans to close deal for Springfield land and compete for Western Mass casino license (Springfield Republican, 12/29/11)
Meetings aside, little support found for Foxboro casino plan (Boston Globe, 12/29/11)
After favorable court ruling, company chief says Cape Wind construction could begin within a year (Boston Globe, 12/28/11)
Casino plan near Patriots’ home divides Massachusetts town (Boston Globe, 12/28/11)
Legislature quality can be hard to quantify (MetroWest Daily News, 12/28/11)
On Beacon Hill, committees secretly do much of work (Milford Daily News, 12/28/11)
Experts urge caution in placing casinos (MetroWest Daily News, 12/28/11)
Martha Coakley: We’re watching (Boston Herald, 12/28/11)
Scott Brown is ready to drop the gloves against Elizabeth Warren (CBS Boston, 12/28/11)
Big bills, less view at Statehouse (Sun Chronicle, 12/27/11)
Mass. gambling threatens Connecticut casinos (Boston Globe, 12/27/11)
Beacon Hill bracing for another tight Mass. budget (Boston Globe, 12/27/11)
Video: Foxborough readies for casino showdown (WCVB-TV, 12/27/11)
Foxboro split with proposal on brink (Boston Herald, 12/27/11)
Health insurers slow rise in fees (Boston Globe, 12/26/11)
Murray asks state police to release ‘black box’ data from crash (Worcester Telegram, 12/23/11)
Patrick blasts GOP over payroll tax stalemate (WHDH, 12/23/11)
Brown’s efforts add to moderate credentials (Boston Globe, 12/23/11)
Video: Gaming Commission takes shape (MASSterList, 12/23/11)
Massachusetts will receive additional $21 million in home heating aid (AP, 12/22/11)
Gov. Patrick: ‘Commonwealth’s airports create jobs’ (Taunton Daily Gazette, 12/22/11)
Wanted: Chiefs to build casino industry (WWLP, 12/22/11)
Lt. Gov. Murray asks for ‘black box’ car date to be released (Boston Globe, 12/22/11)
Gov. Patrick lauded in Chile as ‘future president of the United States’ (AP, 12/22/11)
Massachusetts must vie with Asia for casino investors (Boston Globe, 12/21/11)
Newt Gingrich takes aim at Mitt Romney — and Massachusetts (Boston Globe, 12/21/11)
Wynn Resorts asked to dial down casino push (Boston Herald, 12/21/11)

Former probation chief arrested in hiring scandal probe (Boston Globe, 12/21/12)
Health agency names 5 ‘Pioneer’ accountable care organizations in Mass. (Boston Globe, 12/20/11)
Mass., feds agree to $26.7B health care extension (Boston Globe, 12/20/11)
Brown asks House GOP to bend on tax proposal (Boston Globe, 12/20/11)
Jobs stack deck for Hub casino (Boston Herald, 12/20/11)
Deval Patrick joins Michelle Obama in targeting obesity epidemic (Boston Globe, 12/20/11)
Probation faulted on use of free legal help (Boston Globe, 12/20/11)
Auditor finds Mass spent $47.9 M on court-appointed lawyers without confirming if defendants qualify for aid (Springfield Republican, 12/19/11)
Casino rivals gauge support (Boston Globe, 12/17/11)
Mass. wind energy siting bill dies (Cape Cod Times, 12/16/11)
Ads put out by Wynn consultants (Sun Chronicle, 12/16/11)
Advocates: It pays to have a casino (Sun Chronicle, 12/16/11)
Mass. taxpayers to gain bit of relief starting Jan. 1 (Boston Globe, 12/16/11)
Mass. lawmakers weigh universal health care bill (Boston Globe, 12/15/11)
Romney’s jobs record as governor is up for debate (WBUR, 12/15/11)
Mass. to begin talks over tribal casino compact (Boston Globe, 12/15/11)
Democrats’ assaults taking toll on Mitt Romney (Boston Globe, 12/15/11)
Suburban Occupy sees opportunity to reenergize (Boston Globe, 12/15/11)
Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren calls for full LGBT equality (Springfield Republican, 12/15/11)
Casino pitch: Tax revenue of $10 million (Boston Globe, 12/15/11)
Foxboro selectmen reject effort to kill casino bill (Boston Globe, 12/14/11)
The Crosby appointment and regulating casinos (MassPoliticsProfs, 12/14/11)
Economic study calls 200-10 the state’s ‘lost decade’ (MetroWest Daily News, 12/14/11)
Pols demand welfare overhaul after EBT bust (Boston Herald, 12/14/11)
Gov. Patrick heading to DC for Medicaid plea (Boston Globe, 12/13/11)
Urbans and suburbans in state government (MassPoliticsProfs, 12/13/11)
Frank’s seat draws interest from several prominent Democrats (Sun Chronicle, 12/13/11)
Gov. Patrick hosting DC fundraiser for Obama (Boston Globe, 12/13/11)
Political veteran to head casino panel (Boston Globe, 12/13/11)
Casino builder courts town (Boston Globe, 12/13/11)
Video: Foxboro’s casino proposal (WGBH, 12/13/11)
Over 1,000 question state education boss (Eagle-Tribune, 12/13/11)
Gov. Patrick: Occupy Boston tapped economic fears (Boston Globe, 12/12/11)
Top Mass legislator says state govt is facing $1B shortfall for next fiscal year (Springfield Republican, 12/12/11)
Video: Former House majority whip Rep. Charles Murphy explains his resignation (WGBH, 12/12/11)
For Occupy saga, an orderly close (Boston Globe, 12/11/11)
Driven out, but still driven by their message (Boston Globe, 12/9/11)
In camp, loss and confusion meet resolve (Boston Globe, 12/9/11)
Poll: Elizabeth Warren soars 7 up over Scott Brown (Boston Herald, 12/8/11)
Bay Staters start to quit on Mitt Romney (Boston Herald, 12/8/11)
Tax limit puts strain on town budgets (MetroWest Daily News, 12/8/11)
DeLeo, Murphy, and the next Speaker (MassPoliticsProfs, 12/8/11)
Living the dream in Massachusetts: Is the Occupy movement bringing us closer? (MassINC, 12/8/11)
Poll shows Warren surging ahead of Brown (Boston Globe, 12/8/11)
Elizabeth Warren campaign strikes back at latest Crossroads GPS TV ad (Springfield Republican, 12/8/11)
System purged trove of Romney-era emails (Boston Globe, 12/7/11)
New casino law exempt from ballot repeal, MA AG Martha Coakley says (Springfield Republican, 12/7/11)
Protesters lose in court; mayor says it’s time to go (Boston Globe, 12/7/11)
New UMass/Herald poll has lots of bad news for Scott Brown (Blue Mass Group, 12/7/11)
Report: Mass. communities still facing fiscal woes (Boston Globe, 12/7/11)
Municipal budgets most stressed since ’80, report says (Boston Globe, 12/7/11)
Ex-whip Charles Murphy slams Robert DeLeo on way out the door (Boston Herald, 12/7/11)
Massachusetts opens long-hidden Romney archives (Boston Globe, 12/6/11)
Murphy resigns House majority whip post (Boston Globe, 12/6/11)
Casino next to stadium unlikely to corrupt game, analysts say (Boston Globe, 12/6/11)
Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records (Reuters, 12/6/11)
Eyes on future gambling locations (Worcester Telegram, 12/5/11)
Murphy likely out as Majority Whip (Boston Globe, 12/5/11)
Boston to bar new Occupy tent (Boston Globe, 12/5/11)
Occupy’s support divided, poll says (Boston Globe, 12/5/11)
MA tax collections down in November, but still above estimate (MassLive, 12/5/11)
DeLeo calls caucus to oust Dem Whip Murphy (Boston Globe, 12/5/11)
Dueling over dual tax rates (Worcester Business Journal, 12/5/11)
Poll finds deepening economic pessimism (Boston Globe, 12/4/11)
Massachusetts middle class fears it’s on the brink, according to a MassInc study (Springfield Republican, 12/4/11)
Massachusetts casinos will be monitored by new policing units (MassLive, 12/4/11)
The many faces of Mitt (Massachusetts Liberal, 12/4/11)
A closer look at Mitt Romney’s job creation record (LA Times, 12/3/11)
Gov. Deval Patrick signs jobs pact with Chilean president (MassLive, 12/2/11)
State sues big US lenders (Boston Globe, 12/2/11)
GOP blasts Elizabeth Warren attack vs. Scott Brown (Boston Herald, 12/2/11)
Incoming Mass. GOP chair vows to get Scott Brown re-elected, boost GOP presence across state (Springfield Republican, 12/1/11)
Investment skeletons hiding inside Mitt’s closets (Boston Herald, 12/1/11)
State Senate president will not support windmill delay (North Adams Transcript, 12/1/11)
As Deval Patrick travels to Chile, Brazil, his power shifts to William Galvin (Boston Globe, 12/1/11)
State works on gambling oversight (Boston Globe, 12/1/11)
Mass. attorney general sues big banks over foreclosure practices (Washington Post, 12/1/11)
Mass. delegation aims to drum up business in Brazil (Boston Globe, 12/1/11)


Patrick leading trade mission to Chile, Brazil (Boston Globe, 11/30/11)
State to take over Lawrence schools (Eagle-Tribune, 11/30/11)
Legislators avoid rancorous redistricting of years past (Cape Cod Times, 11/30/11)
Mitt Romney’s biggest enemy: Mitt Romney (Boston Globe, 11/30/11)
A Kennedy considers run for Frank’s seat (Boston Globe, 11/30/11)
DiMasi still says he is not guilty (Boston Globe, 11/30/11)
Barney Frank says new voting map edged him out (Boston Globe, 11/30/11)
Romney’s Bain years: Turnaround specialist-in-chief (WBUR, 11/30/11)
New England economy growing, but hiring lags (Boston Globe, 11/30/11)
Mass. Gaming Commission appointees to be nominated with help of search firm, top state politicians say (Springfield Republican, 11/30/11)
Barney Frank won’t seek reelection in 2012 (Boston Globe, 11/29/11)
Activists begin effort for ballot question to repeal new casino law in Massachusetts (Springfield Republican, 11/29/11)
With high number of Mass. homeless families still living in hotels, Gov. Patrick confident about new HomeBASE program (Springfield Republican, 11/29/11)
Audio: Frank’s departure the latest high-profile Mass. political shift (WBUR, 11/29/11)
After Frank, who’s next? (Massachusetts Liberal, 11/29/11)
Mitt Romney once advocated softened immigration stance (Boston Globe, 11/29/11)
For 31 years, a liberal voice impossible to ignore (Boston Globe, 11/29/11)
Benefits debate has jobless on edge (Boston Globe, 11/29/11)
Frank retirement sets stage for a showdown (Boston Globe, 11/29/11)
Barney Frank’s exit sets off scramble on Hill (Boston Herald, 11/29/11)
Love him or hate him, Barney Frank was an outspoken trailblazer in House (Sun Chronicle, 11/29/11)
Citing changing district, Frank announces retirement from Congress (Newton Tab, 11/28/11)
Right laments, revels in loss of Barney Frank as foil (Boston Globe, 11/28/11)
Fishing industry losing Frank from US House (Gloucester Times, 11/28/11)
GOP jockeying for Frank’s seat begins (Boston Herald, 11/28/11)
Elizabeth Warren: Obama’s natural heir? (Washington Post, 11/21/11)
Housing market still in recovery (Boston Globe, 11/20/11)
House Speaker DeLeo to oust a top lieutenant (Boston Globe, 11/20/11)
Casino bill has $50M for health overhaul (Boston Globe, 11/19/11)
Patrick defends Murray on calls to ousted Chelsea Housing Authority chief (Boston Globe, 11/19/11)
Lt. Gov Murray tied to ex-Chelsea official (Boston Globe, 11/18/11)
Developers start to jockey for casino sites (Boston Globe, 11/18/11)
Patrick requests Chelsea receiver (Boston Globe, 11/17/11)
Lt. Gov Timothy Murray depicts car rolling over twice in crash report (Boston Globe, 11/17/11)
Report: Romney-era emails wiped from Mass. records (Boston Herald, 11/17/11)
Deval Patrick: Let the gaming begin! (Boston Herald, 11/16/11)

The MA GOP: It’s Mitt & Scott’s party now (Boston Phoenix, 11/16/11)
Casino approval spurs neighborhood fears (WCVB-TV, 11/16/11)
Governor calls for ‘disaster’ fishing aid (Gloucester Times, 11/16/11)
Legislature rolls the dice on casino gambling (The Patriot Ledger, 11/16/11)
Casino bill almost a done deal (Worcester Telegram, 11/16/11)
Occupy Boston files court motion to block ouster from downtown square (Boston Globe, 11/16/11)
Final approval on casinos may come today (Boston Globe, 11/16/11)
Mass. Senate OKs congressional redistricting map (Boston Herald, 11/16/11)
Deval Patrick acting like contender for 2016 (Boston Herald, 11/15/11)
Mass. House approves transgender rights bill (Boston Herald, 11/15/11)
Senate Republicans offer alternative congressional districts map (Red Mass Group, 11/15/11)
Ex-Mass. speaker loses bid to stay out of prison (WHDH, 11/15/11)
Massachusetts approves casino gambling; Mohegan Sun pushing for license (Hartford Courant, 11/15/11)
House-Senate panel reaches compromise on casino bill (Boston Globe, 11/15/11)
Opponents criticize transgender rights bill (Boston Globe, 11/15/11)
Mass Governor asks again for emergency fishing aid (Boston Globe, 11/15/11)
Senator Scott Brown seeks to impose insider-trading rules on Congress (Boston Globe, 11/15/11)
Deval Patrick: Mass. casinos bill means ‘opportunity to create some additional middle-skill jobs … is here’ (Springfield Republican, 11/15/11)
MA House votes for congressional redistrict plan, but bill stalls in Senate (Springfield Republican, 11/15/11)
Transgender rights bill timing attacked (Boston Herald, 11/15/11)
MA lawmakers plan to OK new congressional map (Boston Herald, 11/15/11)
State lawmaker: Cambridge ‘getting dissed’ with Congressional redistricting (Cambridge Chronicle, 11/14/11)
Mass House deciding habitual offenders bill (WWLP, 11/14/11)
Elizabeth Warren readies to air first TV ad of her Senate campaign (Boston Globe, 11/14/11)
Elizabeth Warren takes to the airwaves (Blue Mass Group, 11/14/11)
MA lawmaker says House to act on parole measure (Boston Globe, 11/14/11)
Lawmakers release final version of casino bill, House and Senate votes expected tomorrow (Boston Globe, 11/14/11)
House leader pledges vote on ‘three-strikes’ bill in final week of session (Boston Globe, 11/14/11)
Gov. Deval Patrick seeks more federal dollars for heating aid (Springfield Republican, 11/14/11)
Congressional hopefuls eye newly redrawn districts (Boston Herald, 11/13/11)
Redistricting forces William Keating to move family to Cape home (Boston Herald, 11/8/11)

HUD examines Chelsea housing agency (Boston Globe, 11/4/11)

High-pay housing director resigns (Boston Globe, 11/3/11)


Opinion: Democracy missing in Bay State (Boston Herald, 10/31/11)