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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus, center, speaks with people in the audience after addressing the crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

GOP chairman says party competing for black votes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race. Priebus also said he’s confident the party will take back the U.S. Senate from Democrat control and add more seats to its … 0

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, clarified his position Wednesday on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct project in a statement, as three area legislators prepared to attend a rally across from the Statehouse emphasizing their own positions opposing the nearly 300-mile pipeline. In an open letter to constituents in Franklin, Hampshire and Worcester counties, … 3

Ex-security czar under graft probe in China

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman lauds Community Arts Trust in Northampton

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State Treasurer Steve Grossman said Friday the Community Arts Trust’s new Hawley Street building is an example of how arts can be economic drivers for cities and towns. “It may be that this kind of a … 0

Natural allies pressure Iraqi PM to step down

Friday, June 27, 2014

BAGHDAD — Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a … 0

Potential tax impact of $1 million override in Southampton

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OVERRIDE’S IMPACT SOUTHAMPTON — The proposed $1 million override would raise the town’s property tax rate from $15.20 per thousand dollars of value to $16.76, an increase of $1.56 per thousand. Below are the estimated annual increases depending on the current value of the property. value increase $150,000 $234 $180,000 $280.80 … 0

Westhampton voters to decide Saturday $38,474 override question for school jobs

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Voters will head to Town Hall Saturday to vote on a proposed override that would save two jobs at Westhampton Elementary School. The Proposition 2½ override question, which would raise an additional $38,474 in property taxes over the annual 2½ percent limit set by the state, … 0

Cochran wins Miss. runoff

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity. With … 0

Group withdraws minimum wage ballot question

Monday, June 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A group that supports a higher state minimum wage has ended its bid for a November ballot question, saying Monday it was no longer necessary now that lawmakers had approved a bill that would give Massachusetts the highest minimum wage among states by 2017. Raise … 0

Jindal: ‘Rebellion brewing’ in US

Sunday, June 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready … 0

Paul defends ‘unborn’ in courting evangelicals

Friday, June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Describing a nation “in a full-blown spiritual crisis,” leading Republicans on Friday vowed to fight against abortion rights and protect the role of faith in public life as they courted religious conservatives with an eye on … 0

House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat … 0

Governor hopefuls talk health care, guns

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BOSTON — The three Democrats whose names will appear on the primary ballot for governor disagreed on several issues Wednesday during their first debate since the state party convention, including single-payer health care and gun purchases. State Treasurer … 0