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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. Shifting his focus to Washington, 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 a Washington audience for the first time this year on Friday afternoon, (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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 a Washington audience for the first time this year on Friday afternoon, his only speaking engagement in a day packed with private …

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 shoveled from a portion of the sidewalk at his red brick mansion in Beacon Hill. …

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 Road; and William Sayre, of Conway Road. “In small towns, it’s not often that we …

Area briefs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tuesday rally targets Keystone pipeline NORTHAMPTON — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline will rally in downtown Northampton Tuesday afternoon. Organizers say they will join a national day of action against the project and call on President Barack Obama to veto the pipeline bill that passed in …

UPDATED: Douglas Slaughter announces run for Amherst Select Board seat; Hayden won’t seek reelection

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — A Finance Committee member announced Monday that he is running for the lone seat on the Select Board that comes up for grabs in the March 31 town election. Douglas W. Slaughter, of 5 Dwight Circle, has taken out nomination papers to run for the three-year …

Sources say Romney considering third run for White House

Sunday, January 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he is seriously considering a third run for the White House. It’s a dramatic shift for the 2012 …

Chummy, they’re not: No charm offensive for Obama, party leaders

Sunday, January 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — He hardly ever calls. When he does, it’s all business. And that’s President Barack Obama’s vibe with top Democrats on Capitol Hill. With Republicans, there’s even less chemistry. But GOP congressional leaders don’t show much inclination …

Book tour deploys Rand Paul’s secret weapon

Friday, January 9, 2015

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. — Once described as her husband’s secret weapon, Kelley Paul won’t be a secret much longer. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s wife of 24 years is stepping onto the national stage as part of a book tour …

Sworn in: Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan

Friday, January 9, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS Sworn in Above, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan is sworn in for his second term by Hampshire County Clerk of Courts Harry Jekanowski, left, and First Assistant Clerk of Courts Nancy Foley Wednesday at the …

Calif.’s Boxer won’t seek re-election to Senate

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to …

Charlie Baker takes oath as Massachusetts governor: ‘Some of our toughest challenges have been ignored’

Thursday, January 8, 2015

BOSTON — Placing his hand on the family Bible, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker took his oath of office Thursday and said in his inaugural speech that some of the state’s toughest challenges have been pushed aside or ignored. …

Moulton becomes state’s newest member of Congress

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BOSTON — Democrat Seth Moulton was sworn in Tuesday as Massachusetts’ newest member of Congress, saying he hopes to focus on the needs of his district while bringing his experience as a former U.S. Marine to a fractious …

GOP runs into veto threat on pipeline

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a blend of pageantry and politics, Republicans took complete control of Congress for the first time in eight years Tuesday, then ran straight into a White House veto threat against their top-priority legislation to build …