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Unions push question to create new tax for millionaires

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BOSTON — A coalition of unions and community groups said Tuesday that they’ve submitted a proposed ballot question aimed at funneling more money into education and transportation by creating an additional tax on those who earn more than a million dollars a year. The constitutional amendment would create an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above $1 million. The extra revenue could only be spent on public …

Fox News sets debate field; Perry, Fiorina, Santorum don’t make cut

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CLEVELAND — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be front and center in the Republican Party’s leadoff presidential debate, scoring the top spot in Thursday’s prime-time faceoff where he’ll be joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and seven other White House hopefuls who made the campaign’s first cut. But …

In NH, GOP’s presidential hopefuls take on illegal immigration

Monday, August 3, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican Party’s presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season’s first full-fledged debate. All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates …

Trump not about to run out of money for 2016 bid

Monday, July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump faced an avalanche of fresh criticism Monday for questioning Sen. John McCain’s heroism. But he’s getting no pressure at all from the one community that could push a candidate out of the 2016 presidential …

Planned Parenthood says video is harassment

Monday, July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood told Congress Monday that a secretly recorded video released last week by an anti-abortion group is fraudulent and part of a years-long pattern of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion. In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Planned Parenthood said it …

Trump unapologetic over McCain furor

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans’ swift condemnation of Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service marks a turning point in the party’s cautious approach to the billionaire-turned-presidential candidate. But Trump simply may not care; indeed he seemed …

Marc Warner, who served on city charter drafting committee, announces candidacy for at-large Northampton City Council seat

Friday, July 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former city charter drafting committee member Marc Warner announced Friday his candidacy for one of two at-large City Council seats, and criticized the council for not giving up health insurance benefits for its members and for spending too much time on extraneous issues such as the …

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker wins major legal victory

Thursday, July 16, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — Presidential candidate Scott Walker won a major legal victory Thursday when Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ended a secret investigation into whether the Republican’s gubernatorial campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups during the 2012 recall election. No …

New poll shows drop in favorability rating for Hillary Rodham Clinton among Democrats

Thursday, July 16, 2015

PHOENIX — Three months into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president, there are fresh warning signs she may be falling short with some Democratic voters whose enthusiasm will be essential to her success in 2016. While Clinton remains …

Bush, Clinton dominate early 2016 fundraising

Thursday, July 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The two presidential candidates whose immediate families include former presidents loom large in early fundraising for 2016. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush account for almost half the roughly $390 million that presidential groups for all the expected 22 candidates say they’ve raised. Most campaigns, including …

Walker joins crowd of GOP presidential hopefuls

Monday, July 13, 2015

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Scott Walker vowed Monday to fight for America’s interests abroad and for his conservative policies in Washington, launching a 2016 Republican presidential bid by highlighting his clashes with labor unions as his campaign taunted his …

Pro-Bush group with almost $100 million to echo candidate

Saturday, July 11, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — Flush with almost $100 million, a group supporting Republican Jeb Bush’s presidential ambitions is plowing ahead on a parallel campaign, promising to use its immense resources in a way that is untested but could …

CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg criticized for flying Confederate flag in wake of AME Church shooting; owner says flag is not racist

Friday, July 10, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The owner of CRD Metalworks is not surprised that his decision to install two Confederate flags on his Hyde Hill Road property is being criticized by some residents who see it as a racist symbol. But …