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A snowman built by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands outside the Verizon Wireless Center, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, but Sanders foresees staying competitive by drawing …

Massachusetts Gov. Baker endorses Christie in GOP primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican presidential primary on Friday, arguing that Christie is best suited to govern in Washington’s highly partisan environment. Baker, a fellow Republican, said that while he and Christie don’t see eye to eye on every issue, Christie has shown an ability to work across the political aisle. “We’re big …

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among millions of conservative white voters — mostly evangelical Christians and the white working class — …

Hatfield seeks to address $147,825 deficit at special Town Meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HATFIELD — Town officials must address a $147,825 deficit resulting from revenue shortfalls and accounting miscues during the past two fiscal years. They will ask for help from voters at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Smith Academy. Other articles on …

Tensions flare at Southampton Town Meeting over Fire Department staffing override

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON — Debate over adding a second Fire Department shift grew heated on the special Town Meeting floor Tuesday night, fueled by a former fire chief and an ex-firefighter who questioned Fire Chief John Workman’s ability to run …

Speaker to outline goals for 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo planned to urge fellow House members to wade into contentious fights over charter schools and ride-hailing services in the coming months. The Democrat, beginning his eighth year as House leader, was scheduled to outline his 2016 agenda during his annual …

Sarah la Cour, Lawrence O’Brien to seek 3rd Hampshire District House seat

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AMHERST — Less than a week after state Rep. Ellen Story said she would not seek reelection to the 3rd Hampshire District legislative seat, two more candidates have announced they will run for the position. Sarah la Cour, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District, and Lawrence …

Pittsfield senator Downing won’t seek re-election

Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD (AP) — State Sen. Benjamin Downing, who has represented the Berkshires since 2007, says he will not seek re-election to a sixth term in November. The 34-year-old Democrat from Pittsfield gave no specific reason for leaving the Legislature in his announcement Monday except to say he had …

Trump threatens to boycott debate because of Fox’s Megyn Kelly

Monday, January 25, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — With the next Republican presidential debate three days away, Donald Trump threatened Monday to boycott, saying moderator Megyn Kelly of Fox News was biased against him. Trump insisted in an interview with CNN that Kelly “doesn’t treat me fairly.” In the first GOP presidential …

Trump: ‘I try to pay as little tax as possible’

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, called Sunday for this year’s Republican candidates to release their income tax returns — an apparent jab at billionaire front-runner Donald Trump. Trump, whose wealth and business enterprises have come under increased scrutiny, said he’s “working on” making his …

Observers want resolution of Haiti’s election dispute

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The international community called on Haiti’s government and opposition over the weekend to quickly reach an agreement on the political impasse that forced postponement of Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections. The United Nations, European Union and the Organization of American States asked the two sides to resolve their …

Portugal’s president seeks fiscal restraint

Sunday, January 24, 2016

LISBON, Portugal — A center-right candidate scored a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election Sunday, warning he would use the largely ceremonial post to prevent the center-left anti-austerity government from worsening the debt-heavy country’s financial health. Marcelo Rebelo …

Billionaire donors aid Cruz's rise in primary campaign

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Four of America’s wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz’s now-surging Republican presidential campaign and have redefined the role of political donors. With just over a week until voters get their first say, the 45-year-old …