Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Cloudy
27°
Cloudy
Hi 29° | Lo -2°

Politics

Ex-Marine Victor Nunez Ortiz runs write-in campaign for seat on Amherst School Committee

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — A former Marine who served in Iraq and now assists veterans who are at risk of losing their benefits and becoming homeless is running a write-in campaign for a seat on the Amherst School Committee at the March 31 town election. Victor A. Nunez Ortiz, of 5 Blackberry Lane, said he is interested in bringing new viewpoints to the committee and serving the community, where he bought a …

Ben Carson enters GOP presidential sweepstakes

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose to national prominence after criticizing President Barack Obama’s health care law at the 2013 National …

Clinton faces criticism in private email flap

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency — the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton used a personal email account while serving as secretary of state, comes on the cusp of her likely second bid …

Oregon official faces call to quit in fiancee scandal

Friday, February 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s not a question an elected official wants to hear at a widely broadcast news conference about his official conduct, but it was one of the gentler ones thrown at Oregon’s embattled Gov. John Kitzhaber last week: “Have you been blinded by love?” His answer …

Benghazi panel aims to query Obama officials

Friday, February 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — A special House committee looking into the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attacks in 2012 will interview a host of current and former high-ranking Obama administration officials as it speeds the pace of the investigation. The panel’s chairman, …

GOP votes again to repeal Obamacare; Senate bill blocked

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Newly empowered congressional Republicans challenged President Barack Obama at both ends of the Capitol on Tuesday, voting in the House to repeal the health care program he signed into law but faltering in an initial Senate …

William Sayre elected to fill Williamsburg Select Board vacancy with 18 percent voter turnout in Monday’s storm

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — William Sayre of Conway Road is the newest member of the Select Board after winning election Monday to fill the remaining few months of former selectman Paul Dunphy’s three-year term. There was an 18 percent voter turnout, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Dunphy resigned his …

Christie: Parents deserve measure of choice on vaccinations

Monday, February 2, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, England — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he’s taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. …

Wisconsin governor Walker ramping up a national political operation

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address …

Kerry fined $50 for failing to shovel snow at Boston home

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON — On a to-do list that includes world peace, one chore U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry missed is going to cost him personally — to the tune of $50. After this week’s blizzard dumped 2 feet of snow on Boston, Kerry failed to have the snow …

Three candidates seek remainder of term vacated by Paul Dunphy on Williamsburg Select Board

Friday, January 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Three candidates are on the ballot in Monday’s special election to fill the remaining four months of a seat on the Select Board left open with the November resignation of Paul Dunphy. The candidates are Richard Kisloski, of Cole Hill Road; Robert Parker, of Lawton Hill …

Mass. reps to serve on key committees

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have been named to serve as the top Democrats on key U.S. House committees. Rep. Jim McGovern of Worcester has been appointed the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, which oversees in part the …

House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the powerful post. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring …