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State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values are at the heart of every decision that I make.” Kulik, 64, served for 11 years as a Select Board member in Worthington and was president of the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Association before being elected to the House in 1993 to represent what is a 19-town district including Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Worthington, Deerfield, Leverett, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Whately. As …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader for Morgan Stanley in New York, moved back to his hometown in Franklin County last …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of the Massachusetts Senate next year, voters in the 24 communities that make up his Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District will consider a non-binding public policy …

Republicans seek to win first Massachusetts US House seat in 20 years

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Republicans trying to crack the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation are pinning their hopes on a pair of competitive House races: one in the 6th District north of Boston and the other in the 9th District that includes parts of southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. By far …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …

In bid for Hispanic votes, Democrats run Latina candidates for lieutenant governor in key states

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

APOPKA, Fla. — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at the umpteenth “How does it feel …

Political briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Democrats hope to win more business support WASHINGTON — Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego had a major disadvantage in seeking the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for November’s midterm election: He’s a Democrat. The views of the nation’s largest business group are closely aligned with …

Libertarian Kenneth Roberts Jr. of Granby challenges 11-term state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tax policy and the role of government provide sharp contrasts for voters in the 3rd Hampshire District, who Tuesday will choose between incumbent Democrat Ellen Story of Amherst and challenger Kenneth J. Roberts Jr., a Libertarian from Granby, …

CHART: Supporters of expanded bottle bill face well-funded opponents of Question 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As she discussed the merits of a ballot question that would expand the state’s bottle bill for the first time in 31 years, Susan Waite reached into a container at the city’s Locust Street recycling center …

Coakley, Baker hold next-to-last TV debate

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley sharpened their attacks on each other during their next-to-last televised debate for Massachusetts governor. Coakley defended herself against a Boston Globe report in which former inspector general Gregory Sullivan …

Democrats go on attack in Senate campaign

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Their majority in jeopardy, Senate Democrats unleashed a late-campaign round of attack ads Monday accusing Republicans in key races of harboring plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. The commercials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Louisiana and …

Polls indicate GOP continues to lead in quest for Senate control

Sunday, October 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Republicans hold a narrow but steady lead in the contest for control of the Senate, according to polls released Sunday. Enough races remain extremely close that Democrats could still keep control of the chamber, but only if all the breaks go their way. So far, that’s …

In governor’s election, Coakley, Baker both seek political redemption

Sunday, October 26, 2014

BOSTON — For Democrat Martha Coakley, the governor’s race in Massachusetts is more than just a contest for the state’s top political office. It’s also a quest for political redemption. Four years ago, Coakley, the state’s attorney general, …