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FILE - In this March 7, 2014 file photo Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. Perry has spent a record 14 years in office, but with eight months left he is now the focus of a grand jury investigation over a veto last summer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Grand jury probe could complicate Rick Perry’s prospects

Sunday, April 20, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the … 0

Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work to earn the same amount as their male counterparts during the previous calendar year. About … 1

Shoe thrown as Clinton gives speech

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LAS VEGAS — A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage before an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort. … 0

Northampton rally participants decry Supreme Court ruling removing caps on campaign contributions

Saturday, April 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — People in western Massachusetts working to reduce the influence of money in American politics gathered Saturday to decry a Supreme Court ruling that lifts the cap on how much individual donors can give to candidates. With … 0

Three-way race for Chesterfield Select Board brings excitement to town election

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CHESTERFIELD — For the first time in decades, three candidates are vying for a seat on the Select Board. “I have been here for 31 years, and I can’t remember this ever happening before,” Select Board member Robert Recos said. Three people — Patricia Colson-Montgomery, 61, of Smith … 0

Democrats sweep special elections

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Democrats made a clean sweep in a series of special elections across Massachusetts held to fill vacant legislative seats. John Velis on Tuesday won the election to fill the 4th Hampden House District, which opened up when former Rep. Don Humason took over the state … 0

Scandal-mired incumbent out in DC mayoral primary

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Muriel Bowser’s decisive victory in the District of Columbia’s Democratic mayoral primary makes her the presumptive favorite to become the city’s eighth mayor, but she can’t expect to breeze through the general election like Democratic nominees … 0

Contests for School Committee, town clerk in Belchertown election

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — There will be contests for School Committee and town clerk in the town election on May 19. Four candidates will compete for two seats on the school board and two people hope to succeed William Barnett who is stepping down with a year left in his … 0

GOP has a built-in advantage in fight for US House

Sunday, March 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year’s congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in … 0

Peaceful transfer of power may be Afghan president’s chief legacy

Sunday, March 30, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans go to the polls next weekend to choose a new president, and that in itself may one day be considered Hamid Karzai’s greatest achievement. There has been no shortage of criticism of Karzai in … 0

Affordable housing is NY mayor’s next big push

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Now that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items on his sweeping liberal agenda: massively expanding … 0

Warren stumps for Al Franken

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts whipped up the crowds at a campaign event for Sen. Al Franken and helped Minnesota Democrats raise money for the upcoming campaign season at two events over the weekend. Franken’s re-election campaign was making a pitch for … 0

Christie cleared in own probe

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Lawyers hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration said Thursday that the governor was not involved in the plot to create a traffic jam last fall, a conclusion that left the lead lawyer defending … 0