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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 years, the office of Speaker of the House.” The proposed rules were sent to lawmakers Wednesday. Under the existing rule, Robert DeLeo, …

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 Christie to begin to hire staffers, build the foundations of a campaign operation and travel …

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, leader of the communist-rooted Syriza party, immediately promised to end the “five years of humiliation …

Calif.’s Boxer won’t seek re-election to Senate

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to …

Charlie Baker takes oath as Massachusetts governor: ‘Some of our toughest challenges have been ignored’

Thursday, January 8, 2015

BOSTON — Placing his hand on the family Bible, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker took his oath of office Thursday and said in his inaugural speech that some of the state’s toughest challenges have been pushed aside or ignored. …

Moulton becomes state’s newest member of Congress

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BOSTON — Democrat Seth Moulton was sworn in Tuesday as Massachusetts’ newest member of Congress, saying he hopes to focus on the needs of his district while bringing his experience as a former U.S. Marine to a fractious …

GOP runs into veto threat on pipeline

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a blend of pageantry and politics, Republicans took complete control of Congress for the first time in eight years Tuesday, then ran straight into a White House veto threat against their top-priority legislation to build …

Gov. Cuomo eulogizes father as crusader, poet

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s legacy as a liberal champion and powerful orator was remembered at his funeral Tuesday by one who knew him best — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his son. “At his core, he was …

Baker names child welfare chief

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — A child welfare specialist who led an outside examination of the embattled state Department of Children and Families was named Monday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to run the agency in his new administration. Linda Spears, vice president for policy, programs and public affairs for the Child …

Congress’ freshman class ready to govern

Sunday, January 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming …

‘People’s Congress’ to offer ‘countervoice’ in Northampton to 114th U.S. Congress

Saturday, January 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Unhappy with the new U.S. Congress that begins its term Tuesday, a group of senior women and members of liked-minded local organizations have put together their own “people’s congress.” The Western Mass Raging Grannies, the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts and First Churches are …

U.S. Rep. Kennedy reflects on his first term

Thursday, January 1, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is wrapping up his first term in Congress, saying he remains committed to the bread and butter of local constituent services while batting down talk of future higher office. In an interview …

Donations roll in for Baker’s inauguration

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has collected more than $781,000 in donations from supporters to help pay for his inaugural celebrations. At least 16 companies and individuals have given $25,000, the self-imposed cap that Baker set for donations to his inaugural committee, according to a list of …