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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.  talks to a reporter following a speech in Goose Creek, S.C. The vote could put Senate Republicans in the uncomfortable position of saying no to a politically powerful constituency during an election year. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill’s author and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has gained the endorsement of myriad veterans groups to generate momentum for his bill, which the panel says would cost $21 billion over 10 years. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

S.C.’s Graham rejects GOP Benghazi report as ‘garbage’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — A top Republican took aim at his GOP colleagues on Sunday for issuing a report that largely absolved the Obama administration for its handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, dismissing the accounting by the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee as “full of crap.” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said that in compiling …

New parties struggle for toehold in Mass.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two top political parties. By the time polls closed, the number of parties with official status …

Group asks Baker to act on mental health policies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker should move quickly after taking office to address issues surrounding mental health treatment, including disparities between insurance payment rates for behavioral health and other medical services, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness unveiled several recommendations for the first 100 days of Baker’s administration. His inauguration is Jan. 8. …

Republican Charlie Baker elected Massachusetts governor by slim margin, Martha Coakley yet to concede

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has captured the Massachusetts governor’s office after a bruising election fight — but agreed to wait until later Wednesday before formally declaring victory to give Democrat Martha Coakley time to review the returns. …

Baker prevails in governor's race; Valley voters stay tuned for cliffhanger

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The race for governor turned into a cliffhanger on election night, with Republican Charlie Baker edging out Democrat Martha Coakley shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday. Succeeding Coakley as attorney general will be Maura Healey, a former …

GOP takes control of US Senate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. …

Baker prevails in close contest

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has won the governor’s race in a nail-biter of an election that seesawed throughout the night and extended into early Wednesday. Democrat Martha Coakley said she wouldn’t make any immediate statement and asked …

Voters decide to keep casinos, require sick time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters cleared the way on Tuesday for several casino projects to proceed, rejecting a ballot question that sought to overturn the legalization of casino gambling in the state. Unofficial returns showed “no” votes winning out, meaning the 2011 law that allows for up to three …

Ore., DC vote to legalize pot

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik easily wins re-election in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, easily won re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, his …

Ukrainian separatist vote backed by Russia

Monday, November 3, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Moscow offered warm support Monday for rebel-organized elections in eastern Ukraine — an endorsement that could only serve to keep the West’s sanctions against Russia in place. Pro-Russian separatist authorities said Sunday’s vote, which saw …

Costly Senate campaign winds down

Monday, November 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — On a final, furious day of campaigning, Republicans strained to capture control of the Senate while Democrats struggled to limit their congressional losses in elections midway through an unpopular President Barack Obama’s second term. “The spending, …

Governor hopefuls court voters

Monday, November 3, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — The candidates seeking to succeed Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick made their final pitches to voters in the closing hours of the campaign Monday, while also taking time to attend the funeral for longtime Boston Mayor Thomas …