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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jim Nash, left, talks to Lisa Damon, right, about his supporting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley in Northampton, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Candidates, ballot question advocates make final weekend push in region

Friday, October 31, 2014

Three days before the Nov. 4 election, the two leading candidates for governor, Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, are expected to make stops within 20 miles of each other Saturday as they make their final push for votes. “There is a lot of excitement, a lot of energy out there,” said Maura Healey, a Democratic who is running …

Obama rallies Maine voters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied for a Democrat to become Maine’s next governor while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and a nurse who has defied them. In a final-week burst of campaigning, Obama headlined a boisterous rally for Mike Michaud and other …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that the gaming industry will bring more trouble than cash to the commonwealth. The issue is …

Democrats go on attack in Senate campaign

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Their majority in jeopardy, Senate Democrats unleashed a late-campaign round of attack ads Monday accusing Republicans in key races of harboring plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. The commercials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Louisiana and …

Polls indicate GOP continues to lead in quest for Senate control

Sunday, October 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Republicans hold a narrow but steady lead in the contest for control of the Senate, according to polls released Sunday. Enough races remain extremely close that Democrats could still keep control of the chamber, but only if all the breaks go their way. So far, that’s …

In governor’s election, Coakley, Baker both seek political redemption

Sunday, October 26, 2014

BOSTON — For Democrat Martha Coakley, the governor’s race in Massachusetts is more than just a contest for the state’s top political office. It’s also a quest for political redemption. Four years ago, Coakley, the state’s attorney general, …

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine vote

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia. Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro Poroshenko’s …

Brazilian president wins re-election narrowly

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday won a second term as the leader of the world’s fourth-largest democracy in the nation’s closest presidential election in more than two decades. Her triumph came despite a sluggish …

Easthampton Matters to host informational forum on ballot questions

Saturday, October 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A community group is hosting an informational forum Wednesday for voters who want to learn more about the four state ballot questions in the Nov. 4 election. The free forum takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 50 Payson Ave. …

Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question …

First Churches of Northampton sponsors pro-repeal forum on casino ballot question

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There will be a forum at 7 p.m. Monday in Northampton on the Nov. 4 ballot question that would repeal casinos in Massachusetts, although nobody in favor of casinos will be on the panel. David Entin, chairman of the peace and justice committee at the First …

Baker’s donation to NJ GOP a talking point for opponent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture …

Candidates spar on taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to …