Robert Travaglini

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Bay State's top lobbyists

Nearly everyone in Massachusetts felt the pinch of the recession in 2009 — even Beacon Hill lobbyists had to tighten their belts.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 05, 2010

The Quiet Storm

In recent weeks, Governor Deval Patrick has been receiving some of his best press in a long time — which is to say, he’s gotten very little coverage at all.
In this desperate downtime, is Deval Patrick regrouping, or cluelessly steering a sinking ship?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 06, 2009

Roast pork

Back in January, Governor Deval Patrick declared a "season of significant government reform" on Beacon Hill.
As our state's bumbling, craven, and inept elected officials stumble toward summer, we get a few good laughs out of their promises for reform
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 29, 2009

Money talks

To hear our state legislators talk lately, Beacon Hill is all about reforming the sketchy, poorly governed relationships between lawmakers and lobbyists.
Can Beacon Hill reform itself when the State Senate President and the new House Speaker rake in so much lobbyist cash?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 04, 2009

Grading the cabinet

As we watch President Barack Obama replace the federal government's old, unpopular, Republican department heads with fresh, bright talent, it's hard not to think back two years, to the start of Governor Deval Patrick's first term as governor of Massachus
At the midway point of Governor Deval Patrick's first term, we issua a report card for his cabinet
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 21, 2009

Cash carousel

Even though the dollar has taken an international whupping of late, there remains at least one place where the love of the greenback remains strong: Beacon Hill.
Many things changed this year on Beacon Hill, but not the power of the almighty dollar
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 30, 2008


Murder in the streets

The sad news, the truly disturbing and troubling news, is that Boston is a long, long way from curbing street violence, gun play, and murder on its troubled streets.
It is more than just a political problem. Plus, former State Senate President Robert Travaglini strikes a classy chord.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 23, 2008

Cambridge vs. Anthony Galluccio

Cambridge city councilor Anthony Galluccio is still working to fulfill the promise he showed 10 years ago.
Will Brattle Street torpedo him again?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 29, 2007

Power hungry?

It’s remarkable how dramatically the state’s political leadership has changed since the most recent Constitutional Convention.
The most powerful people on Beacon Hill want to stop the gay-marriage ban, but don’t have the votes
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 07, 2007

Martha’s quick start

Martha Coakley told opponents of same-sex marriage this past week she would use the full force of her new office to fight their efforts.
In her first four months as attorney general, Martha Coakley has shown political deftness — and a desire to play a major role in state policy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 16, 2007

Beacon Hill flux

“Style,” according to Alfred North Whitehead, “is the ultimate morality of the mind.”
Travaglini exits, Murray ascends, Patrick innovates
By EDITORIAL  |  March 28, 2007


The green governor?

Governor Deval Patrick promised to bring new faces and fresh perspectives to his administration, and he certainly has done that.
Few on Deval Patrick's ‘fresh blood’ staff have been seasoned in the State-house hallways
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 07, 2007

She who controls the purse

The rumor mill has been buzzing with speculation that Massachusetts senate president Robert Travaglini might leave the legislature to take a position with the Massachusetts Hospital Association or the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Terry Murray gave away $11 million of state money. Will anyone call her on it?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 09, 2007

Massachusetts pols with money in hand but no place to go

Had John Kerry decided to run for president again, the state’s political floodgates were ready to open.
Campaign finance
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 31, 2007

A deadly move against same-sex marriage

Senate president Travaglini has been clear for some time that he opposes same-sex marriage-rights. List of shame: Those who voted to allow a referendum of the right of gays and lesbians to marry
The politics may be even more complicated than you think, but the issue is easy to understand
By EDITORIAL  |  January 03, 2007

List of shame

Those who voted to allow a referendum of the right of gays and lesbians to marry
By EDITORIAL  |  January 03, 2007


Seven for seven

While coverage of the Red Sox is always excessive (except for the sweet deals they get from the politicians, but whatever), the arrival of Daisuke Matsuzaka will make things even worse than usual.
What’s news in the New Year? Plan on these stories dominating Boston’s media landscape.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 29, 2006

What now?

The national political news is good for a change.
Republican defeats are just the first step in turning the nation around. Plus, the constitutional imperative of gay marriage.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 09, 2006

Primary choler

David Eichenbaum has no regrets about the ad campaign his Washington, DC, political media firm Struble Eichenbaum created for local entrepreneur Chris Gabrieli.
Gabrieli ad man whacks Globe
By JOHN CARROLL  |  October 04, 2006

Imagine all the Democrats

There are two big things worth knowing about the battle for the Democratic governor’s nomination. The race is a doozy and barely anyone cares.
How would the party’s three Corner-Office hopefuls run Massachusetts?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 01, 2006


After state Senator Dianne Wilkerson’s bizarre failure, earlier this year, to collect enough signatures to get on September’s Democratic primary ballot, an obvious question loomed: did the senator still want her job?
How Wilkerson, Galvin, and Murphy are using it
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2006


Take me out to the ballpork

It seems Romney subscribes to the argument that’s been coming out of Fenway over the past several months — that the Red Sox are just one of many parties who stand to gain when all that cash gets spent.
Another sweetheart deal for the Sox  
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 28, 2006

Gabrieli’s promise

If the Democrats are serious about recapturing the governor’s office, they should make sure their statewide convention this weekend puts Chris Gabrieli’s name on the ballot.
Why Democrats should make a place for Chris Gabrieli. Plus, ?xing the broken immigration system.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 02, 2006

Slow ride

When the members of the Massachusetts Legislature run for re-election this fall, they’ll brag about the landmark health-care-reform legislation they passed earlier this month. What they won’t mention — if they’re smart — is all the other important busine
The Massachusetts legislature’s unfinished business
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 26, 2006

Justice DeLayed

The worm turns. Former Republican House Majority leader Tom DeLay is resigning his seat in Congress.
A leading political gangster is forced from office amid a widening criminal scandal
By EDITORIAL  |  April 05, 2006

Who are they talking to?

The most important legislators involved in reforming health care are, naturally, Senate president Robert E. Travaglini and Speaker of the House Salvatore F. DiMasi, both of Boston.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 15, 2006


99 and 44/100 percent pure

Forget about whether Attorney General Tom Reilly did the right thing. The question now is whether his candidacy for governor is damaged goods.
Tom Reilly’s squeaky-clean image loses some luster
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 24, 2006

The new consensus

Can’t the Massachusetts House and Senate just get along?
Don’t be fooled by the friction. By and large, the Massachusetts House and Senate are on the same ideological page.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 14, 2006