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Tax Day rally in Northampton focuses attention on impact of money on politics

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “It’s April 15 — Tax Day — but we’re turning it into representation day,” said the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian to a crowd of about 50 people gathered in front of City Hall on Wednesday evening. Ayvazian, senior pastor at the Haydenville Congregational Church, participated in the rally organized by the Florence-based national activist organization represent.us. The rally was …

Tom Baird of Florence announces candidacy for Ward 6 School Committee seat

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Educator Tom Baird, of 37 Drewsen Drive in Florence, has announced his candidacy for the Ward 6 School Committee seat. Baird, 34, is a school curriculum director in Windsor, Connecticut, and has also worked as a teacher. His daughter Eva, 5, is a kindergarten student at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School in Florence, where he serves on the School Council. …

Rosenberg urges change in way bills are handled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Beacon Hill’s two most powerful Democrats are locked in an increasingly bitter tug-of-war over how bills live or die at the Statehouse. Senate President Stan Rosenberg has launched a public battle to try to change the system, which he said gives the Massachusetts House too much power to kill bills — including those that begin in the Senate. Rosenberg is pushing …

Some Democrats want Pelosi to go

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two Democratic stalwarts from Massachusetts say Rep. Nancy Pelosi should change her leadership style— or even step down — after big electoral losses last year and in 2010. Reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch made the …

Warren applauds progressive pledge

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Keeping her imprint on the 2016 Democratic primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is heralding a commitment from thousands of party officials to push Hillary Rodham Clinton to adopt her populist economic policies. “Anyone who runs for president should talk about big economic ideas that will help …

Tea party favorite Rand Paul launches presidential bid

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sen. Rand Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative challenge both to Washington and his fellow Republicans, cataloguing a lengthy list of what ails America and pledging to “take our country back.” …

Four candidates for two Select Board seats in Belchertown

Saturday, April 4, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Four candidates, including five-term incumbent Ronald Aponte, are seeking two seats on the Select Board in the May 18 election. Kenneth Elstein, who has served on the board for two terms, is not seeking re-election. The three candidates joining Aponte on the ballot are newcomers to …

Utah is 49th state for Obama. South Dakota still waits

Friday, April 3, 2015

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Utah, check. One more state to go for President Barack Obama: South Dakota. Utah was the 49th state visited by Obama and the latest stop on his recent tour of Republican “red” …

Town clerk sends election day campaign flier to Office of Campaign & Political Finance for review

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — An election day flier left Tuesday at homes in a North Amherst precinct may have violated state campaign laws, although likely only if those who printed it spent more than $250, according to a spokesman for the state’s Office of Campaign & Political Finance. Town Clerk …

Liberals, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: Both are trying to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Warren isn’t playing along, making the rounds this week to — …

Buhari ousts Jonathan in Nigeria

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator Tuesday in a historic transfer of power following the nation’s most …

No contested races in Granby town election May 18

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GRANBY — There are no contested races now that the deadline has passed for candidates to file papers to have their name placed on the May 18 ballot. And with last-minute filings for vacant spots on the Planning …

How many state bugs, beans are necessary?

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire …