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Easthampton Matters to host informational forum on ballot questions

Saturday, October 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A community group is hosting an informational forum Wednesday for voters who want to learn more about the four state ballot questions in the Nov. 4 election. The free forum takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 50 Payson Ave. It will also be broadcast live on local cable channel 5 by Easthampton Community Access Television, according to Easthampton Matters, the grassroots …

Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law, and No on Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits, …

First Churches of Northampton sponsors pro-repeal forum on casino ballot question

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There will be a forum at 7 p.m. Monday in Northampton on the Nov. 4 ballot question that would repeal casinos in Massachusetts, although nobody in favor of casinos will be on the panel. David Entin, chairman of the peace and justice committee at the First Churches of Northampton, said members had discussions in late summer about how to educate voters …

Gun foes to match NRA spending in fall elections

Thursday, October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Gun control groups say this is the year they finally go toe-to-toe with the National Rifle Association and match their foe’s imposing campaign spending for congressional candidates. Their long-awaited financial parity with the gun lobby, however, …

Baker maintains edge in fundraising stakes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker maintains a hefty fundraising lead over Democrat Martha Coakley as the governor’s race heads into its final full month of campaigning. By the end of September, aides to Baker and running mate Karyn …

Afghan president sworn in; US pact next

Monday, September 29, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with …

Chelsea Clinton has baby daughter

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say they are “blessed, grateful, and so happy” to become grandparents. Their daughter, Chelsea, gave birth Friday night to her first child, Charlotte. Chelsea …

Candidates air human service views

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — Candidates for Massachusetts governor are each trying to position themselves as the best human services leader for the state, promising to better support those programs and the workers who help care for the neediest residents. The …

Deal eases Afghan political crisis

Sunday, September 21, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country …

Republican Senate candidate Brian Herr campaigns at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg

Friday, September 19, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Brian J. Herr brought his campaign to Williamsburg on Friday where he visited CRD Metalworks at 17 Hyde Hill Road. Herr, who is challenging Sen. Edward J. Markey, responded to a request …

Stock market drifts amid debut

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW YORK — With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed. Investors watched as the Chinese e-commerce giant surged 38 percent Friday, in …

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish independence campaign

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday’s referendum on independence. With opinion …

Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Monday, September 15, 2014

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance …