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Whately voters will be asked to buy Western Massachusetts Regional Library building for municipal offices

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WHATELY — After a last-minute petition effort, residents will be asked to approve buying the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the Whately Industrial Park for $815,000 during the town’s April 28 Town Meeting. The building has been at the center of the debate over what to do about municipal office space needs, and town officials have been discussing a possible purchase with the building’s current owners, the Massachusetts …

Clinton dismisses attacks on foundation

Monday, April 20, 2015

KEENE, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton dismissed swirling questions about her family foundation Monday as little more than political attacks from Republicans eager to gain an early advantage in the 2016 presidential contest. Clinton, campaigning for the Democratic nomination in the liberal bastion of Keene, pushed back against accusations that foreign governments that …

Clinton courts liberals at campaign’s outset

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals’ good side. As a presidential candidate in 2008, she opposed gay marriage, equivocated on granting driver’s licenses to people who were living in the U.S. illegally and endured heavy criticism from rival Barack Obama over her stance on campaign finance. During …

Contests for two seats on South Hadley Electric Light Department commission highlight town election Tuesday

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Two separate contests for seats on the South Hadley Electric Light Department commission highlight Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at South Hadley High School, 153 Newton St. Energy activist Anne Awad of 4 Jewett Lane is challenging incumbent …

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign to focus on economic security, opportunity

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign will center on boosting economic security for the middle class and expanding opportunities for working families, while casting the former senator and secretary of state as a “tenacious fighter” able to …

Hilltown Voices: Robert Aeschback challenges incumbent Dennis Mimitz for seat on Plainfield Select Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At this year’s annual town election, Plainfield voters will have two choices on the ballot for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Robert Aeschback is challenging incumbent Dennis Mimitz who has served on the Select Board for six years and works as the maintenance supervisor for the …

Clinton expects to make run for president official Sunday

Friday, April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans. The first official word that Clinton will seek …

Linda Sanderson and Shannon Schwall seek election as town treasurer in Hadley

Friday, April 10, 2015

HADLEY — Two candidates hope to succeed longtime town treasurer Constance “Connie” Mieczkowski. Voters will decide Tuesday between four-term Hadley Finance Committee member Linda Sanderson and Shannon Schwall, bookkeeper for Faces in Northampton. The polls are open from …

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” …