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Governor, Attorney General Win Massachusetts Primary
September 16, 1998
Voters put Democratic Attorney General Scott Harshbarger up against acting Gov. Paul Cellucci, one of the Republican governors that national Democrats consider vulnerable.

With Gloves Off, GOP Hopefuls for Mass. Governor Point Fingers
September 11, 1998
For generations, Republicans in this famously liberal state have behaved like gentlemen as they marched toward ritual slaughter in November at the hands of Democrats. Massachusetts voters, though, have shifted this decade toward the moderate center. With real power up for grabs, the Republican primary for governor is no longer ruled by good manners. It's mud-wrestling time.

Cellucci's 'Secret'
November 30, 1997
Last July, on his first day as governor, he proposed the largest tax cut in Massachusetts history. Debate about this will dominate next year, a gubernatorial election year. And the legislature will deliberate while a citizens' group attempts to make the deliberations irrelevant by enacting the tax cut by initiative.

DNC Chairman Takes a Pass on Mass. Governor's Race
September 13, 1997
For one hot minute, Democratic National Committee Chairman Steven Grossman flirted with the idea of seeking his party's Massachusetts gubernatorial nomination. It was a short romance. "After careful consideration, I have decided not to run in 1998 for governor of Massachusetts," he said in a written statement. He added that the best way to serve his party would be to "support the values and priorities of the president and vice president and work to elect Democrats at all levels of government."

Joseph Kennedy Ends Gubernatorial Bid
August 29, 1997
Conceding that personal and family problems have crippled his candidacy, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-Mass.) announced that he is abandoning his long-planned run for governor of Massachusetts.

Weld Quits Statehouse to Tackle 'Washington Rules'
July 29, 1997
Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld quit his job, saying that he wants to focus national attention on "Washington rules" that allow one man – Sen. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms – to block his confirmation as President Clinton's nominee to be ambassador to Mexico.

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