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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, spars with Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson  listen during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College  Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Candidates take varied tacks in NH

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn’t need to win New Hampshire — but he’d like to. From their movements and …

Sanders tops ‘honest’ category among NH voters in UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found the Vermont senator either “somewhat” or “very” honest (with 94 percent saying so on the …

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, …

Campaigns turn to NH; Clinton ekes out victory in Iowa

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican …

Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders neck and neck

Monday, February 1, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and a stronger-than-expected showing by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. …

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 …