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Republican presidential candidate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

In NH, GOP’s presidential hopefuls take on illegal immigration

Monday, August 3, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican Party’s presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season’s first full-fledged debate. All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates for president participated in what was essentially …

Evidence of Trump’s charity hard to find

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, widely believed to the be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country’s most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings. Trump has said he donated $102 million worth of cash and …

GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate. While candidates and their teams have spent hours privately strategizing how best to tackle the billionaire businessman in Thursday’s debate, they publicly discounted the idea of Trump’s rise even …

Trump unapologetic over McCain furor

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans’ swift condemnation of Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service marks a turning point in the party’s cautious approach to the billionaire-turned-presidential candidate. But Trump simply may not care; indeed he seemed …

Marc Warner, who served on city charter drafting committee, announces candidacy for at-large Northampton City Council seat

Friday, July 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former city charter drafting committee member Marc Warner announced Friday his candidacy for one of two at-large City Council seats, and criticized the council for not giving up health insurance benefits for its members and for spending too much time on extraneous issues such as the …

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker wins major legal victory

Thursday, July 16, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — Presidential candidate Scott Walker won a major legal victory Thursday when Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ended a secret investigation into whether the Republican’s gubernatorial campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups during the 2012 recall election. No …

New poll shows drop in favorability rating for Hillary Rodham Clinton among Democrats

Thursday, July 16, 2015

PHOENIX — Three months into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president, there are fresh warning signs she may be falling short with some Democratic voters whose enthusiasm will be essential to her success in 2016. While Clinton remains …

Bush, Clinton dominate early 2016 fundraising

Thursday, July 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The two presidential candidates whose immediate families include former presidents loom large in early fundraising for 2016. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush account for almost half the roughly $390 million that presidential groups for all the expected 22 candidates say they’ve raised. Most campaigns, including …

Walker joins crowd of GOP presidential hopefuls

Monday, July 13, 2015

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Scott Walker vowed Monday to fight for America’s interests abroad and for his conservative policies in Washington, launching a 2016 Republican presidential bid by highlighting his clashes with labor unions as his campaign taunted his …

Pro-Bush group with almost $100 million to echo candidate

Saturday, July 11, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — Flush with almost $100 million, a group supporting Republican Jeb Bush’s presidential ambitions is plowing ahead on a parallel campaign, promising to use its immense resources in a way that is untested but could …

CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg criticized for flying Confederate flag in wake of AME Church shooting; owner says flag is not racist

Friday, July 10, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The owner of CRD Metalworks is not surprised that his decision to install two Confederate flags on his Hyde Hill Road property is being criticized by some residents who see it as a racist symbol. But …

Easthampton School Committee member Daniel Carey takes out nomination papers for at-large City Council seat

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — School Committee member Daniel R. Carey took out nomination papers for an at-large City Council seat Tuesday, making him one of five potential candidates vying for the four seats. Current at-large councilors Tamara L. Smith, James “JP” Kwiecinski and Joseph P. McCoy and former mayoral candidate …

S.C. Senate OKs removal of rebel flag

Monday, July 6, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate moved forward with plans Monday to lower the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds and retire it to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. The 37-3 vote gave a bill removing the flag the second of three readings. …