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Rosenberg’s partner’s job moves to Fla.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg’s domestic partner has been reassigned to his public relations company’s Florida office after weeks of scrutiny about his relationship with the presumptive state Senate president. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1CoBYk5) that Bryon Hefner will be relocating to Florida and working with clients for Regan Communications Group in that region. Hefner, who joined the firm in May, had allegedly mocked outgoing Senate President Therese Murray on Twitter and boasted about his influence in the Legislature. Regan markets itself as being able to help clients build relationships with lawmakers across local, state and federal levels through lobbying, according to its …

Patrick sees much to cheer in tenure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — “I am an optimist,” Gov. Deval Patrick said in his first inauguration speech, “but not a foolish one.” Spoken amid the celebratory atmosphere of that January 2007 day in which Massachusetts welcomed Patrick, the state’s first black governor and first Democratic governor in 16 years, those words seem prescient now as …

Congress 2nd slackest in history

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — The 113th Congress will just have to settle for being bad instead of the worst — at least as far as productivity is concerned. President Barack Obama signed a whopping 51 bills Thursday, the White House announced, bringing the most recent tally of laws enacted in the past Congress to 286, according to a Los Angeles Times review. That would be …

GOP’s Cassidy ousts Landrieu in La. Senate vote

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy’s defeat of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu completes the GOP’s takeover of Deep South politics and its national domination of the 2014 midterm elections. But Cassidy, a three-term congressman and physician from Baton Rouge, remains …

Baker faces broad range of challenges

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BOSTON — With a month to go before he’s sworn in as Massachusetts’ 72nd governor, Republican Charlie Baker is facing an array of challenges — from narrowing a stubborn racial achievement gap in the schools to assuming oversight …

Area briefs

Friday, December 5, 2014

South Hadley CANDIDATES WANTED: Nomination papers for the town election April 7 will be available starting Monday. The following offices will appear on the ballot: moderator, one year; Select Board, two seats for three-year terms; School Committee, two seats for three-year terms; Board of Assessors, one seat for …

Clinton, in Boston, supports probes of police-involved deaths in Mo., NY

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the nation’s criminal justice system is “out of balance” and she supports federal reviews of police-involved deaths of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Clinton said the two …

Baker to meet with Obama

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker is gearing up for a daylong trip to the White House on Friday where he’s scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama. Baker told The Associated Press on Thursday that at first …

Putin offers little relief for Russia’s fiscal woes

Thursday, December 4, 2014

MOSCOW — Russia will defend its geopolitical interests, President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday as he promised economic reforms to pull his country back from the brink of recession. But Putin’s patriotic bluster and vague promises did little to …

Netanyahu fires 2 ministers

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

JERUSALEM — After months of acrimony within his government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two centrist ministers Tuesday, accusing them of plotting to topple him. The prime minister offered a blistering attack on Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, saying they had repeatedly criticized …

Warren draws praise, ire as freshman senator

Sunday, November 30, 2014

BOSTON — In her first two years in the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren has drawn praise and ire among her Capitol Hill colleagues as well as the ardent support of liberal loyalists. The Massachusetts Democrat has locked horns …

Congress’ final days crammed

Sunday, November 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Like a student who waited until the night before a deadline, lawmakers resuming work Monday will try to cram two years of leftover business into two weeks, while also seeking to avoid a government shutdown. Their …

Warren meets Mideast leaders

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a tour of the Middle East, her first official congressional trip overseas. Warren’s office confirmed the Massachusetts Democrat met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel …