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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, speaks during a news conference which was held to announce her retirement after her current term, in the Fells Point section of Baltimore, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Longtime Md. senator won’t seek re-election

Monday, March 2, 2015

BALTIMORE — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a tough and dogged daughter of working class Baltimore who rose to become the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, said she had one question as she weighed seeking a sixth term: “Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?” The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat, who led the …

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We could have that vote very quickly,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said as his party …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and one available seat on the School Committee for which there are no declared candidates. Finance …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent …

Speak-out at Pulaski Park in Northampton to take stand against anti-Semitic incidents

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local members of the Jewish community and a network of diverse organizations will gather in Pulaski Park at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to speak out against hate and bigotry in response to recent anti-Semitic acts in the area, according to Jennifer Levi, a Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue …

Southampton overhauls election procedures after state review

Monday, February 23, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Town election procedures have been overhauled after the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office found “inconsistences” between state law and the town’s previous election practices. Southampton Town Clerk Janine Domina asked the office earlier this year to review the town’s election procedures, according to Michelle Tassinari, director …

Poll finds most back Obama plan to raise investment taxes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found …

Amherst Board of Registrars delays decision on complaint over School Committee candidate’s nomination signatures

Saturday, February 21, 2015

AMHERST — Ballots for Amherst’s March 31 election need to be printed soon, but how many names for townwide office will appear remains unknown after the Board of Registrars took no action Friday on a complaint that one School Committee candidate did not collect enough valid signatures. Despite …

Warren asks people’s support for more just education policies

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Speaking Thursday at Greenfield Community College, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked for people’s support to help make college more affordable, to support early childhood education and to make education a priority and an opportunity for everyone. …

Amherst Board of Registrars expected to dismiss complaint about signatures gathered by School Committee candidate

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AMHERST — A complaint by two Town Meeting members that a School Committee candidate did not gather enough signatures to be on the March 31 election ballot is expected to be dismissed by the Board of Registrars at its meeting Friday. The four-member board is scheduled to meet …

Statewide candidates raised, spent about $33M in 2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts candidates spent about $33 million during last year’s elections for statewide officers, a jump of about 9 percent from the 2010 total of $30.4 million. A report by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, released Wednesday, also found candidates for governor in …

Just Biden being Biden? VP’s odd moves give pause

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Here’s the thing about impromptu moments in politics: Often they work, sometimes they fall flat, but occasionally they turn out downright awkward. Vice President Joe Biden learned that the hard way Tuesday — twice. Hosting a …

Mass. delegation leery of war powers request

Monday, February 16, 2015

BOSTON — Members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are casting a skeptical eye on President Barack Obama’s legislation to authorize military force against Islamic State fighters. Obama is seeking a three-year authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State militants or any successor groups without regard …