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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Sanders raises $15M to Clinton’s $45M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. About 250,000 donors have given money, giving the senator a solid foundation from which to build an insurgent campaign against Clinton and establishment Democrats. Sanders has …

Webb enters Democratic field

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential contest, acknowledging in his announcement Thursday that he would be a long shot against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money,” he wrote on his …

Walker set to join GOP campaign

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher’s son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said on Thursday. Having spent the past several months traveling the country, speaking to conservatives, courting voters and scoring well in some …

Students seek refuge at US embassy in Burundi

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — About 100 university students in Burundi are in the U.S. embassy’s parking lot seeking refuge amid the country’s political turmoil, an embassy statement confirmed Thursday. The students had been camping at a construction site adjacent …

Christie set to enter 2016 race

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press. The Republican …

La. governor Jindal joins Republican field

Thursday, June 25, 2015

KENNER, La. — Pitching himself as a “doer” in a field of talkers, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday and set about trying to distinguish himself from better known rivals. …

Massachusetts launches online voting registration system

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is now the 21st state to offer online voter registration. Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday that residents can use the new system to register to vote, change their address for voting purposes and change party affiliation. He says the system will make it …

Hadley voters will decide Tuesday on $107,000 debt exclusion override to buy school bus, police cruiser

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HADLEY — Polls opened at noon Tuesday to decide whether voters approve a $107,000 debt exclusion override to buy two vehicles, a school bus and a police cruiser. The polls at Hopkins Academy will be open until 8 p.m. The $65,000 bus would increase the average tax bill …

Jeb Bush launches White House bid

Monday, June 15, 2015

MIAMI — Vowing to win the Republican presidential nomination on his own merits, Jeb Bush launched a White House bid months in the making Monday with a promise to stay true to his beliefs — easier said than …

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux announces bid for re-election, campaign kick-off event June 25

Friday, June 12, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux announced this week that she is seeking a second term as mayor and will kick off her campaign with a fundraiser on June 25. “I’m extremely honored and proud to be the …

Hillary Clinton schedules fundraiser in Holyoke for July 2

Thursday, June 11, 2015

HOLYOKE — Local supporters of Hillary Clinton prepared to pony up the cash will have a chance to meet the presidential hopeful when she comes to Holyoke on July 2. A “Conversation with Hillary” will be held at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, at a cost of …

DeLeo calls for review of Patrick’s use of ‘trusts’

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Robert DeLeo says Massachusetts lawmakers should take a look at reports that former Gov. Deval Patrick used funds from quasi-public state agencies to help pay for trade missions he led as governor. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the former Democratic governor funneled …

As court ruling looms, Obama hails health law

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared his health care law a firmly established “reality” of American life even as the legality of one of its key elements awaits a decision by the Supreme Court. “This is …