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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses the crowd during her appearance at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Friday, July 18, 2014. Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton could help them hang onto the White House. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton could help them hang onto the White House. Warren, whose tough-on-Wall-Street message makes progressives swoon, received a rousing reception at the annual … 0

Democrats lose vote, seek wider gains on birth control

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November. Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick has became the first candidate for that office to come out in opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project for Massachusetts. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician, announced in a statement last week, “We should not commit to new natural gas infrastructure until we … 7

Warren hits road for Democrats

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraising and campaigning powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate … 0

Group forms to oppose casino ballot question

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BOSTON — A new political committee has formed to oppose a ballot question that would repeal Massachusetts’ 2011 casino law. The Committee to Preserve Jobs Associated with Casino Gaming Law filed papers Wednesday with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. The committee’s stated goal is to … 0

Supreme Court rulings highlight differences among state Republicans

Thursday, July 3, 2014

BOSTON — Two recent Supreme Court rulings — including the decision invalidating Massachusetts’ 35-foot “buffer zone” around abortion clinic entrances — are highlighting differences between the Republican candidates for governor. Charlie Baker, the party’s endorsed gubernatorial candidate, said through a spokesman that he “cares deeply about both ensuring … 0

Mitt Romney insists he will not be candidate for president in 2016

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

STRATHAM, N.H. — Returning to the same New Hampshire farm where he launched his last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney on Wednesday insisted he would not pursue a third White House bid but called on voters to punish President … 0

Twin court defeats highlight AG’s election challenges

Sunday, June 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley had a tough week. On Tuesday, the state’s highest court said Coakley was wrong to try to block a casino repeal ballot question, unanimously rejecting her argument that the question amounted … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman lauds Community Arts Trust in Northampton

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State Treasurer Steve Grossman said Friday the Community Arts Trust’s new Hawley Street building is an example of how arts can be economic drivers for cities and towns. “It may be that this kind of a … 0

Natural allies pressure Iraqi PM to step down

Friday, June 27, 2014

BAGHDAD — Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a … 0

Potential tax impact of $1 million override in Southampton

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OVERRIDE’S IMPACT SOUTHAMPTON — The proposed $1 million override would raise the town’s property tax rate from $15.20 per thousand dollars of value to $16.76, an increase of $1.56 per thousand. Below are the estimated annual increases depending on the current value of the property. value increase $150,000 $234 $180,000 $280.80 … 0

Westhampton voters to decide Saturday $38,474 override question for school jobs

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Voters will head to Town Hall Saturday to vote on a proposed override that would save two jobs at Westhampton Elementary School. The Proposition 2½ override question, which would raise an additional $38,474 in property taxes over the annual 2½ percent limit set by the state, … 0