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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., right, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to talk about his move to disentangle one of two contested immigration measures from the Homeland Security budget and debate the issues separately, as the Senate faces an impasse over provisions attached to the spending bill aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We could have that vote very quickly,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said as his party struggled to escape a political predicament of …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and one available seat on the School Committee for which there are no declared candidates. Finance …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent O’Connor of Precinct 1 that sought to have Phoebe Hazzard, of 208 Snell St., removed …

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 …

Oregon official faces call to quit in fiancee scandal

Friday, February 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s not a question an elected official wants to hear at a widely broadcast news conference about his official conduct, but it was one of the gentler ones thrown at Oregon’s embattled Gov. John Kitzhaber last week: “Have you been blinded by love?” His answer …

Benghazi panel aims to query Obama officials

Friday, February 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — A special House committee looking into the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attacks in 2012 will interview a host of current and former high-ranking Obama administration officials as it speeds the pace of the investigation. The panel’s chairman, …

GOP votes again to repeal Obamacare; Senate bill blocked

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Newly empowered congressional Republicans challenged President Barack Obama at both ends of the Capitol on Tuesday, voting in the House to repeal the health care program he signed into law but faltering in an initial Senate …

William Sayre elected to fill Williamsburg Select Board vacancy with 18 percent voter turnout in Monday’s storm

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — William Sayre of Conway Road is the newest member of the Select Board after winning election Monday to fill the remaining few months of former selectman Paul Dunphy’s three-year term. There was an 18 percent voter turnout, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Dunphy resigned his …

Christie: Parents deserve measure of choice on vaccinations

Monday, February 2, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, England — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he’s taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. …