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Amherst to mark Armenian genocide with ceremony, book signing to follow

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Residents are invited to a remembrance ceremony for the centennial of the Armenian genocide that will be held on the steps of Town Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday. Town Meeting member Adrienne Terrizzi said Monday that the ceremony, which will last about 30 minutes, will include a proclamation by the Select Board urging residents to mark the occasion and honor the memories of the more than 1.5 million …

Supporters of Senate Iran bill look to avoid amendments

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. “Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw,” Republican Sen. …

Sunderland Town Meeting adopts lower Frontier Regional budget, backs anti-pipeline resolution

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School District towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The vote at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have been cut under the original budget. That would have increased …

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign to focus on economic security, opportunity

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign will center on boosting economic security for the middle class and expanding opportunities for working families, while casting the former senator and secretary of state as a “tenacious fighter” able to …

Hilltown Voices: Robert Aeschback challenges incumbent Dennis Mimitz for seat on Plainfield Select Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At this year’s annual town election, Plainfield voters will have two choices on the ballot for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Robert Aeschback is challenging incumbent Dennis Mimitz who has served on the Select Board for six years and works as the maintenance supervisor for the …

Clinton expects to make run for president official Sunday

Friday, April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans. The first official word that Clinton will seek …

Linda Sanderson and Shannon Schwall seek election as town treasurer in Hadley

Friday, April 10, 2015

HADLEY — Two candidates hope to succeed longtime town treasurer Constance “Connie” Mieczkowski. Voters will decide Tuesday between four-term Hadley Finance Committee member Linda Sanderson and Shannon Schwall, bookkeeper for Faces in Northampton. The polls are open from …

Some Democrats want Pelosi to go

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two Democratic stalwarts from Massachusetts say Rep. Nancy Pelosi should change her leadership style— or even step down — after big electoral losses last year and in 2010. Reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch made the …

Warren applauds progressive pledge

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Keeping her imprint on the 2016 Democratic primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is heralding a commitment from thousands of party officials to push Hillary Rodham Clinton to adopt her populist economic policies. “Anyone who runs for president should talk about big economic ideas that will help …

Tea party favorite Rand Paul launches presidential bid

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sen. Rand Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative challenge both to Washington and his fellow Republicans, cataloguing a lengthy list of what ails America and pledging to “take our country back.” …

Four candidates for two Select Board seats in Belchertown

Saturday, April 4, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Four candidates, including five-term incumbent Ronald Aponte, are seeking two seats on the Select Board in the May 18 election. Kenneth Elstein, who has served on the board for two terms, is not seeking re-election. The three candidates joining Aponte on the ballot are newcomers to …

Utah is 49th state for Obama. South Dakota still waits

Friday, April 3, 2015

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Utah, check. One more state to go for President Barack Obama: South Dakota. Utah was the 49th state visited by Obama and the latest stop on his recent tour of Republican “red” …

Town clerk sends election day campaign flier to Office of Campaign & Political Finance for review

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — An election day flier left Tuesday at homes in a North Amherst precinct may have violated state campaign laws, although likely only if those who printed it spent more than $250, according to a spokesman for the state’s Office of Campaign & Political Finance. Town Clerk …