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Group asks Baker to act on mental health policies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker should move quickly after taking office to address issues surrounding mental health treatment, including disparities between insurance payment rates for behavioral health and other medical services, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness unveiled several recommendations for the first 100 days of Baker’s administration. His inauguration is Jan. 8. The advocates cited federal statistics that show …

Moderates may wield clout in new Senate

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Soft-spoken Republican Sen. Susan Collins is quite popular these days, fielding calls from President Barack Obama, members of the GOP leadership and top Democrats Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. The outreach was more than just congratulations for winning a fourth term. Both parties have an incentive for courting Collins. Come January, …

In party’s loss, Obama may see opportunity

Monday, November 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — With his party soon to be out of power on Capitol Hill, White House officials say President Barack Obama feels liberated by the prospect of detaching himself from Democrats who saw little role for him in the midterm elections and of exploring the opportunities, however limited, to strike deals with congressional …

GOP takes control of US Senate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. …

Baker prevails in close contest

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has won the governor’s race in a nail-biter of an election that seesawed throughout the night and extended into early Wednesday. Democrat Martha Coakley said she wouldn’t make any immediate statement and asked …

Voters decide to keep casinos, require sick time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters cleared the way on Tuesday for several casino projects to proceed, rejecting a ballot question that sought to overturn the legalization of casino gambling in the state. Unofficial returns showed “no” votes winning out, meaning the 2011 law that allows for up to three …

Ore., DC vote to legalize pot

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik easily wins re-election in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, easily won re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, his …

Ukrainian separatist vote backed by Russia

Monday, November 3, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Moscow offered warm support Monday for rebel-organized elections in eastern Ukraine — an endorsement that could only serve to keep the West’s sanctions against Russia in place. Pro-Russian separatist authorities said Sunday’s vote, which saw …

Costly Senate campaign winds down

Monday, November 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — On a final, furious day of campaigning, Republicans strained to capture control of the Senate while Democrats struggled to limit their congressional losses in elections midway through an unpopular President Barack Obama’s second term. “The spending, …

Governor hopefuls court voters

Monday, November 3, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — The candidates seeking to succeed Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick made their final pitches to voters in the closing hours of the campaign Monday, while also taking time to attend the funeral for longtime Boston Mayor Thomas …

Hillary Clinton campaigns in NH

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton came to this small but politically pivotal state Sunday to reintroduce herself after a six-year absence. But no introduction was necessary. Enthusiastic supporters gathered in the gym at Nashua Community College, undaunted …

Party leaders assail, defend Obama’s record

Sunday, November 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Claiming new momentum 48 hours before polls open across America, Republicans on Sunday assailed President Barack Obama in a final weekend push to motivate voters as Democrats deployed their biggest stars to help preserve an endangered …