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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 …

Three candidates seek to succeed Gale Candaras as state senator in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There are three candidates vying in Tuesday’s election to succeed Gale D. Candaras as state senator from the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District. They are Republican Debra Boronski, independent Michael Franco and Democrat Eric Lesser. The winner will …

Scott Brown hopes to unseat US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire by linking her to President Obama

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — If there’s one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Barack Obama, it’s Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in …

Republicans seek to win first Massachusetts US House seat in 20 years

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Republicans trying to crack the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation are pinning their hopes on a pair of competitive House races: one in the 6th District north of Boston and the other in the 9th District that includes parts of southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. By far …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …

In bid for Hispanic votes, Democrats run Latina candidates for lieutenant governor in key states

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

APOPKA, Fla. — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at the umpteenth “How does it feel …

Political briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Democrats hope to win more business support WASHINGTON — Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego had a major disadvantage in seeking the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for November’s midterm election: He’s a Democrat. The views of the nation’s largest business group are closely aligned with …

Libertarian Kenneth Roberts Jr. of Granby challenges 11-term state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tax policy and the role of government provide sharp contrasts for voters in the 3rd Hampshire District, who Tuesday will choose between incumbent Democrat Ellen Story of Amherst and challenger Kenneth J. Roberts Jr., a Libertarian from Granby, …

CHART: Supporters of expanded bottle bill face well-funded opponents of Question 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As she discussed the merits of a ballot question that would expand the state’s bottle bill for the first time in 31 years, Susan Waite reached into a container at the city’s Locust Street recycling center …

Coakley, Baker hold next-to-last TV debate

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley sharpened their attacks on each other during their next-to-last televised debate for Massachusetts governor. Coakley defended herself against a Boston Globe report in which former inspector general Gregory Sullivan …

Democrats go on attack in Senate campaign

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Their majority in jeopardy, Senate Democrats unleashed a late-campaign round of attack ads Monday accusing Republicans in key races of harboring plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. The commercials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Louisiana and …