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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Sanders raises $15M to Clinton’s $45M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. About 250,000 donors have given money, giving the senator a solid foundation from which to build an insurgent campaign against Clinton and establishment Democrats. Sanders has …

Webb enters Democratic field

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential contest, acknowledging in his announcement Thursday that he would be a long shot against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money,” he wrote on his …

Walker set to join GOP campaign

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher’s son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said on Thursday. Having spent the past several months traveling the country, speaking to conservatives, courting voters and scoring well in some …

Turkey’s ruling party loses simple majority

Sunday, June 7, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — In a stunning rebuke of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to expand his powers, Turkish voters stripped his party of its simple majority in parliament, preliminary election results showed Sunday. With 99.9 percent of the …

Woman says her brother was sexually abused by Dennis Hastert

Friday, June 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school. Jolene Burdge of Billings, …

Clinton blasts GOP field on voting rights

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HOUSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton accused potential Republican presidential rivals such as Jeb Bush of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Thursday of trying to make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote, laying down …

Bush, Perry add names to crowded Republican field

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush stepped into the Republican race for president on Thursday, finally taking his place — after months of hints and relentless fundraising — amid an unwieldy field of GOP candidates unlike any in recent memory. …

Chafee joins 2016 race with quixotic platform

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee entered the race for president Wednesday by calling for the U.S. to switch to the metric system, take an “open-minded approach” to drug trafficking and consider negotiating with Islamic …

Westhampton voters to consider Proposition 2½ override at annual election Saturday

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Residents will consider approving the final step of a Proposition 2½ override necessary to balance next year’s budget at the annual town election Saturday. A majority vote is needed to finalize the measure, which gained initial approval at Town Meeting on April 9. The override would …

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 …