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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.  talks to a reporter following a speech in Goose Creek, S.C. The vote could put Senate Republicans in the uncomfortable position of saying no to a politically powerful constituency during an election year. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill’s author and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has gained the endorsement of myriad veterans groups to generate momentum for his bill, which the panel says would cost $21 billion over 10 years. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

S.C.’s Graham rejects GOP Benghazi report as ‘garbage’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — A top Republican took aim at his GOP colleagues on Sunday for issuing a report that largely absolved the Obama administration for its handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, dismissing the accounting by the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee as “full of crap.” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said that in compiling …

New parties struggle for toehold in Mass.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two top political parties. By the time polls closed, the number of parties with official status …

Group asks Baker to act on mental health policies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker should move quickly after taking office to address issues surrounding mental health treatment, including disparities between insurance payment rates for behavioral health and other medical services, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness unveiled several recommendations for the first 100 days of Baker’s administration. His inauguration is Jan. 8. …

Hillary Clinton campaigns in NH

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton came to this small but politically pivotal state Sunday to reintroduce herself after a six-year absence. But no introduction was necessary. Enthusiastic supporters gathered in the gym at Nashua Community College, undaunted …

Party leaders assail, defend Obama’s record

Sunday, November 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Claiming new momentum 48 hours before polls open across America, Republicans on Sunday assailed President Barack Obama in a final weekend push to motivate voters as Democrats deployed their biggest stars to help preserve an endangered …

Candidates, ballot question advocates make final weekend push in region

Friday, October 31, 2014

Three days before the Nov. 4 election, the two leading candidates for governor, Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, are expected to make stops within 20 miles of each other Saturday as they make their final push …

Obama rallies Maine voters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied for a Democrat to become Maine’s next governor while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and a nurse who has defied them. In …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of …

Biden campaigns for US House hopeful Moulton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LYNN — Vice President Joe Biden visited the state on Wednesday to rally Democrats in the 6th Congressional District, where political newcomer Seth Moulton is locked in a hotly contested race with Republican Richard Tisei. Biden spoke to …

Baker: Emotional story from 2010 campaign

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker acknowledged Wednesday that an emotional story he told about a struggling fisherman during a debate Tuesday night dates back to his 2010 campaign for governor. During the Tuesday night debate, Baker …