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From left, Randy Ross, husband Ernie Brill and Ross's daughter from her second marriage, Tara Ganguly sit at Evolution Cafe in Florence on Friday for Ross's 71st birthday. Ross says the Bernie Sanders campaign is using a 1960s photo that is really of her first husband, Bruce Rappaport.

Local University of Chicago alumna believes 1960s Bernie Sanders archival photo is actually her ex-husband

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A local woman is asking that the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign stop using a 1960s photo she claims was mistakenly captioned as being the candidate when it is actually her ex-husband. Randy Ross, of Florence, who turned 71 on Friday, said she was married to Bruce Rappaport from 1964 to 1970. Rappaport and Sanders were both activists at …

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC

Friday, February 12, 2016

DENMARK, S.C. — The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama’s legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump’s long shadow. Hillary Clinton stepped up her hammering of rival …

Clinton, Sanders hold low-key, pointed debate

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Clinton, who has cast herself as the rightful heir to Obama’s …

Amherst Town Clerk rules that Select Board challenger Helen Berg fails to submit enough certified signatures

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Select Board challenger Helen Berg said Thursday that she will dispute the town clerk’s ruling blocking her name from being on the March 29 ballot. Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said Berg, of 273 Montague Road, Apt. 4, submitted her nomination papers by the 5 p.m. Tuesday …

Political analyst Mary Anne Marsh reflects on ‘craziest’ election after New Hampshire primaries

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following Tuesday’s New …

Christie, Fiorina drop out of GOP field as campaigns head to SC

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party’s nomination. Not me, …

Warren raises more than $2.7 million in 2015

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won’t face re-election until 2018, but she’s raising campaign cash at a strong clip. Federal Election Commission records show the Massachusetts Democrat collected more than $2.7 million in contributions in 2015, ending the year with over $3.1 million in her campaign account. …

Local political activists assess wins by Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump in NH

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Patty Healey, a member of National Nurses United, was up in New Hampshire all day Tuesday, but she did not get to stick around to see the results. “All I did was work,” she said. That …

Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Bernie Sanders win NH primaries in scrambled presidential campaign

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies. Sanders swept majorities of …

NH finish in sight as hopefuls eye long campaign

Monday, February 8, 2016

SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP …

Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation’s first primary

Monday, February 8, 2016

BC-NH--Campaign 2016-New Hampshire Primary, 2nd Ld-Writethru,822 Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation’s first primary AP Photo WX104 Eds: Updates turnout section with secretary of state’s predictions, updated voter registration figures. With AP Photos. By HOLLY …

New Hampshire primary energizes Valley political activists

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Ellie Scott isn’t old enough to vote in this year’s presidential election, but that has not kept the 16-year-old from Westhampton from getting involved in New Hampshire’s primary campaigns. Scott has joined the ranks of Valley residents who have traveled to New Hampshire in recent months …

Candidates take varied tacks in NH

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they …