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From left, Randy Ross, husband Ernie Brill and Ross's daughter from her second marriage, Tara Ganguly sit at Evolution Cafe in Florence on Friday for Ross's 71st birthday. Ross says the Bernie Sanders campaign is using a 1960s photo that is really of her first husband, Bruce Rappaport.

Local University of Chicago alumna believes 1960s Bernie Sanders archival photo is actually her ex-husband

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A local woman is asking that the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign stop using a 1960s photo she claims was mistakenly captioned as being the candidate when it is actually her ex-husband. Randy Ross, of Florence, who turned 71 on Friday, said she was married to Bruce Rappaport from 1964 to 1970. Rappaport and Sanders were both activists at …

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC

Friday, February 12, 2016

DENMARK, S.C. — The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama’s legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump’s long shadow. Hillary Clinton stepped up her hammering of rival …

Clinton, Sanders hold low-key, pointed debate

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Clinton, who has cast herself as the rightful heir to Obama’s …

Even NH Republicans find Sanders ‘honest’ in recent UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found …

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and …

Massachusetts Gov. Baker endorses Christie in GOP primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican presidential primary on Friday, arguing that Christie is best suited to govern in Washington’s highly partisan environment. Baker, a fellow Republican, said that while he and Christie don’t see eye to eye on …

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among …

Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders

Friday, February 5, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming …

Clinton, Sanders hold contentious debate in lead-up to NH primary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America’s political …

Hispanic supporter of Donald Trump in Sunderland says he was ‘persecuted’ because of his political signs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SUNDERLAND — Calling himself a “lonely soldier,” George Vazquez says he is one of the few vocal supporters of Donald Trump in the region, but he knows many more will vote for the presidential candidate across the country. …

Adam Hinds to seek state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said that he would not seek the Senate post …

Trump decries Cruz win, wants Iowa do-over; Santorum, Paul drop out

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Once a bromance, now a brawl. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz cast aside any veneer of kindness on Wednesday to trade insults and accusations in a show of hardball politics that demonstrated the stakes for …

Area political activists visit New Hampshire to support presidential candidates

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — With the first votes cast in the 2016 presidential election, area activists are doing their best to make sense of the results of the Iowa caucuses while also preparing for the next contest in nearby New …