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A snowman built by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands outside the Verizon Wireless Center, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, but Sanders foresees staying competitive by drawing …

Massachusetts Gov. Baker endorses Christie in GOP primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican presidential primary on Friday, arguing that Christie is best suited to govern in Washington’s highly partisan environment. Baker, a fellow Republican, said that while he and Christie don’t see eye to eye on every issue, Christie has shown an ability to work across the political aisle. “We’re big …

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among millions of conservative white voters — mostly evangelical Christians and the white working class — …

Candidates campaign to bitter end in Iowa

Sunday, January 31, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa — From sounding duck calls to predicting the weather, presidential contenders are blanketing Iowa in a final frenzy to close the deal before Monday’s Iowa caucuses begin the formal process of choosing President Barack Obama’s …

America and its politics in flux as 2016 voting begins

Saturday, January 30, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama’s historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington’s ways after the 2010 tea party wave. But for some Americans, the change and …

State Department declares 22 emails on Hillary Clinton’s home server ‘top secret’

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has confirmed for the first time that Hillary Clinton’s home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails that contained material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation came …

Cruz and Clinton feel pressure in final stretch

Friday, January 29, 2016

RINGSTED, Iowa — Lagging Republicans struggled to climb higher in their crowded field, while Hillary Clinton faced more email troubles on Friday as the presidential contenders barreled toward a final weekend of campaigning before Iowa’s crucial caucuses. Most …

Extravaganja may move to Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton for 25th anniversary rally in April

Friday, January 29, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Extravaganja’s 25th anniversary day-long event in April rallying for legalization of marijuana may be held at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. With Amherst interim Town Manager David Ziomek this week announcing that he will not …

Stage set for chaos as New Hampshire primary looms

Friday, January 29, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. — Uncertainties are mounting in New Hampshire as Republican presidential candidates fail to sway the state’s many fence-sitters one way or the other, despite months of outreach by the various campaigns. More than 40 percent are …

Pittsfield state representative will not seek open Senate seat

Friday, January 29, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvoir of Pittsfield said Thursday she plans to forgo a bid to replace Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, and instead seek re-election to her House seat. That leaves state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, as the key hopeful considering a run for the Senate seat representing …

GOP rivals mock Trump, try to make most of his absence

Thursday, January 28, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Absent Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidates strained to take advantage of a rare opportunity to step out of the front-runner’s shadow in Thursday night’s debate — a staid, policy-heavy contest that offered a …

Two House members in Berkshire County may seek Senate seat now held by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Two Berkshire County Democrats say that the announcement by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing that he will not seek a sixth term this year not only is a tremendous loss for his western Massachusetts constituents but also a possible opportunity for their own careers. “I’m very sad to …

Obama, Sanders have chat at White House

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his aides have said a lot of nice things about Bernie Sanders, but not this one: He’s ready to be president. The key omission was particularly noticeable Wednesday as Obama and Sanders …