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Pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Cheuk Yan, center, is taken away by security guards after a protest against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong looks to defy Beijing over vote reform

Monday, September 1, 2014

HONG KONG — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official’s speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China’s central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some … 0

Most Massachusetts voters register as independent

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The most recent party enrollment numbers show that despite Massachusetts’ reputation as a Democratic state, the majority of voters have opted against either major party. According to numbers released by the state secretary’s office, more than 53 percent of voters in Massachusetts have registered as independent. A little more than 35 percent of voters are registered as Democrats while fewer … 0

Okla. transgender candidate misses history by 22 votes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oklahoma’s 88th legislative district is a bright blue dot in a deep red state, a district that has sent liberal and openly gay lawmakers to the state Capitol. And last week, it came within 22 votes of electing the state’s first openly transgender candidate. Paula Sophia, 48 — Democrat, author, retired Oklahoma City cop and Army veteran — lost 990 to 968 in … 0

Twin court defeats highlight AG’s election challenges

Sunday, June 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley had a tough week. On Tuesday, the state’s highest court said Coakley was wrong to try to block a casino repeal ballot question, unanimously rejecting her argument that the question amounted … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman lauds Community Arts Trust in Northampton

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State Treasurer Steve Grossman said Friday the Community Arts Trust’s new Hawley Street building is an example of how arts can be economic drivers for cities and towns. “It may be that this kind of a … 0

Natural allies pressure Iraqi PM to step down

Friday, June 27, 2014

BAGHDAD — Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a … 0

Potential tax impact of $1 million override in Southampton

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OVERRIDE’S IMPACT SOUTHAMPTON — The proposed $1 million override would raise the town’s property tax rate from $15.20 per thousand dollars of value to $16.76, an increase of $1.56 per thousand. Below are the estimated annual increases depending on the current value of the property. value increase $150,000 $234 $180,000 $280.80 … 0

Westhampton voters to decide Saturday $38,474 override question for school jobs

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Voters will head to Town Hall Saturday to vote on a proposed override that would save two jobs at Westhampton Elementary School. The Proposition 2½ override question, which would raise an additional $38,474 in property taxes over the annual 2½ percent limit set by the state, … 0

Cochran wins Miss. runoff

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity. With … 0

Group withdraws minimum wage ballot question

Monday, June 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A group that supports a higher state minimum wage has ended its bid for a November ballot question, saying Monday it was no longer necessary now that lawmakers had approved a bill that would give Massachusetts the highest minimum wage among states by 2017. Raise … 0

Jindal: ‘Rebellion brewing’ in US

Sunday, June 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready … 0

Paul defends ‘unborn’ in courting evangelicals

Friday, June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Describing a nation “in a full-blown spiritual crisis,” leading Republicans on Friday vowed to fight against abortion rights and protect the role of faith in public life as they courted religious conservatives with an eye on … 0

House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat … 0