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President Barack Obama, left, is greeted by gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, during a campaign rally on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama rallies Maine voters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied for a Democrat to become Maine’s next governor while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and a nurse who has defied them. In a final-week burst of campaigning, Obama headlined a boisterous rally for Mike Michaud and other Maine Democrats on Tuesday’s ballot. The six-term …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that the gaming industry will bring more trouble than cash to the commonwealth. The issue is …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values are at the heart of every decision that I make.” Kulik, 64, served for 11 …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of …

Biden campaigns for US House hopeful Moulton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LYNN — Vice President Joe Biden visited the state on Wednesday to rally Democrats in the 6th Congressional District, where political newcomer Seth Moulton is locked in a hotly contested race with Republican Richard Tisei. Biden spoke to …

Baker: Emotional story from 2010 campaign

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker acknowledged Wednesday that an emotional story he told about a struggling fisherman during a debate Tuesday night dates back to his 2010 campaign for governor. During the Tuesday night debate, Baker …

Linking state gasoline tax to Consumer Price Index at stake in ballot Question 1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One of four statewide ballot questions facing voters Tuesday is whether to eliminate annual adjustments to the gasoline and diesel fuel tax that are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. If Question 1 is approved, it …

Ballot Question 4 asks voters to decide whether nearly all employees should earn sick time

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Proponents of a ballot question that would guarantee sick time for nearly all workers in the state say the measure would benefit as many as 1 million people who currently face tough decisions about whether to give up …

Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol tries again to unseat state Rep. Denise Andrews

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Athol Select Board member Susannah Whipps Lee says she is challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews in Tuesdays’s election because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic …

State Rep. Denise Andrews faces Republican challenger as she seeks third term from 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seeking her third term representing the 2nd Franklin House District in Tuesday’s election, Denise Andrews maintains that she has been working to bring jobs back to the district and improve the economy “We have modest job growth and …

Baker, Coakley wrangle over issues in final debate

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEEDHAM — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley made their final pitches to voters in the governor’s race on Tuesday in a televised debate that pointed out sharp differences in policy but included some lighter exchanges and …

House Republicans make liberal use of Obama in ads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states. One …