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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's 2013 federal income tax form is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Bush released a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates. The returns Bush posted online included the eight years since he left office as Florida governor, a period during which he served on numerous corporate boards and saw his income rise sharply. (AP Photo)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s tax returns show income of nearly $28 million since leaving office as Florida governor

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday. In an effort designed to show a commitment to transparency, Bush posted the tax returns …

Christie pledges blunt talk in presidential campaign

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe. The Republican governor, a one-time GOP favorite who faded and now tries to climb back, lashed out at “bickering leaders” from both …

Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham announces candidacy for at-large Northampton School Committee seat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham, of 18 New Street in Florence, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. She is at least the fourth candidate for the two at-large seats in the Nov. 3 election. Burnham, 48, is author of “Teddy Mars Almost a World Record Breaker,” which was published in March. She worked …

Graham launches 2016 bid

Monday, June 1, 2015

CENTRAL, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Monday with a grim accounting of radical Islam “running wild” in a world imperiled also by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He dedicated …

Educator Lauren Rollins of Florence announces candidacy for Northampton School Committee

Monday, June 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctoral candidate and college instructor Lauren Rollins, of 185B North Main St. in Florence, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. Rollins, 35, is in her last year of obtaining a doctorate in English literature at the University of Massachusetts …

Rosenberg weighs pot question for 2016 ballot

Monday, June 1, 2015

BOSTON — State Senate President Stan Rosenberg says lawmakers should consider putting a nonbinding question on the 2016 ballot asking voters if they would support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. The Amherst Democrat said he’s trying to avoid the possibility voters might approve another, perhaps poorly written, …

Former Md. governor joins 2016 fray

Sunday, May 31, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the …

House a tougher sell for Obama’s trade plan

Sunday, May 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — After several near death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House. Anti-trade forces have struggled …

AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on …

Paul seeks ‘spying showdown’ in Sunday Senate meeting on NSA

Saturday, May 30, 2015

WASHINGTON ­— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he’s ready for a “spying showdown” when the Senate holds a rare Sunday session, a sign he isn’t relenting in his fight against renewing anti-terrorism programs set to expire Monday. Paul, of Kentucky, asked supporters in an e-mail Friday to …

Former NY governor Pataki joins GOP presidential pack

Thursday, May 28, 2015

EXETER, N.H. — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a …

Santorum makes 2nd bid for White House

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CABOT, Pa. — Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues …

Frederick Orloski challenges incumbent Whately Select Board member Joyce Palmer Fortune who is running write-in campaign

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WHATELY — Assessor Frederick P. Orloski seeks to unseat Select Board Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune in the Whately election June 9. Though Fortune is a two-term incumbent, she faces an uphill battle of sorts because her name is not on the ballot. She is running a write-in campaign …