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Ex-Marine Victor Nunez Ortiz runs write-in campaign for seat on Amherst School Committee

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — A former Marine who served in Iraq and now assists veterans who are at risk of losing their benefits and becoming homeless is running a write-in campaign for a seat on the Amherst School Committee at the March 31 town election. Victor A. Nunez Ortiz, of 5 Blackberry Lane, said he is interested in bringing new viewpoints to the committee and serving the community, where he bought a …

Ben Carson enters GOP presidential sweepstakes

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose to national prominence after criticizing President Barack Obama’s health care law at the 2013 National …

Clinton faces criticism in private email flap

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency — the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton used a personal email account while serving as secretary of state, comes on the cusp of her likely second bid …

Amherst Board of Registrars expected to dismiss complaint about signatures gathered by School Committee candidate

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AMHERST — A complaint by two Town Meeting members that a School Committee candidate did not gather enough signatures to be on the March 31 election ballot is expected to be dismissed by the Board of Registrars at its meeting Friday. The four-member board is scheduled to meet …

Statewide candidates raised, spent about $33M in 2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts candidates spent about $33 million during last year’s elections for statewide officers, a jump of about 9 percent from the 2010 total of $30.4 million. A report by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, released Wednesday, also found candidates for governor in …

Just Biden being Biden? VP’s odd moves give pause

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Here’s the thing about impromptu moments in politics: Often they work, sometimes they fall flat, but occasionally they turn out downright awkward. Vice President Joe Biden learned that the hard way Tuesday — twice. Hosting a …

Mass. delegation leery of war powers request

Monday, February 16, 2015

BOSTON — Members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are casting a skeptical eye on President Barack Obama’s legislation to authorize military force against Islamic State fighters. Obama is seeking a three-year authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State militants or any successor groups without regard …

Oregon governor quits amid scandal

Friday, February 13, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. In a lengthy statement released Friday, Kitzhaber said he broke no laws …

Alabama’s stand against gay marriage withers

Friday, February 13, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s stand against gay marriage crumbled Friday as judges in most counties sided with federal courts rather than their own chief justice, a Republican who once called homosexuality an inherent evil. Many counties in the Bible Belt state reversed course and began issuing the licenses …

Top Democrats urge Ore. governor to resign

Friday, February 13, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant suspected of using their relationship to land …

Lawrence O’Brien will not seek reelection to seat on Amherst School Committee

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST — School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien is not seeking reelection to the seat he has held for three years. O’Brien said in an email Thursday that he formally withdrew from the race Wednesday so that he can spend time attending to a family member facing medical …

Nomination papers available for 19 positions on ballot in Hatfield town election

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

HATFIELD — Nomination papers and information about elected positions are now available in the town clerk’s office at Memorial Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are 19 positions available at the annual town election on May 19 when polls will be …

Contests for School Committee and Housing Authority in Amherst town election

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — Three candidates will compete for two available seats on the Amherst School Committee in the March 31 town election. Incumbent committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien, 22 Harris St., Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., all submitted 50 signatures …