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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., right, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to talk about his move to disentangle one of two contested immigration measures from the Homeland Security budget and debate the issues separately, as the Senate faces an impasse over provisions attached to the spending bill aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We could have that vote very quickly,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said as his party struggled to escape a political predicament of …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and one available seat on the School Committee for which there are no declared candidates. Finance …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent O’Connor of Precinct 1 that sought to have Phoebe Hazzard, of 208 Snell St., removed …

Wisconsin governor Walker ramping up a national political operation

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address …

Kerry fined $50 for failing to shovel snow at Boston home

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON — On a to-do list that includes world peace, one chore U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry missed is going to cost him personally — to the tune of $50. After this week’s blizzard dumped 2 feet of snow on Boston, Kerry failed to have the snow …

Three candidates seek remainder of term vacated by Paul Dunphy on Williamsburg Select Board

Friday, January 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Three candidates are on the ballot in Monday’s special election to fill the remaining four months of a seat on the Select Board left open with the November resignation of Paul Dunphy. The candidates are Richard Kisloski, of Cole Hill Road; Robert Parker, of Lawton Hill …

Mass. reps to serve on key committees

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have been named to serve as the top Democrats on key U.S. House committees. Rep. Jim McGovern of Worcester has been appointed the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, which oversees in part the …

House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the powerful post. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring …

As Romney weighs ’16 bid, past donors commit to Jeb Bush

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. …

House to mull lifting term limits for speaker

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House lawmakers are being asked to consider lifting the rule that limits House speakers to four two-year terms. A copy of proposed rules to be debated by lawmakers on Thursday would eliminate an existing rule stating “no member shall hold, for more than eight consecutive …

Christie launches PAC for 2016

Monday, January 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Opening the political action committee allows …

Leftists win Greek election

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, …

Bid to win presidential library splits Chicagoans

Friday, January 23, 2015

CHICAGO — Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics …