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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton take the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Clinton, Sanders hold low-key, pointed debate

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Clinton, who has cast herself as the rightful heir to Obama’s legacy, accused Sanders of diminishing the president’s …

Amherst Town Clerk rules that Select Board challenger Helen Berg fails to submit enough certified signatures

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Select Board challenger Helen Berg said Thursday that she will dispute the town clerk’s ruling blocking her name from being on the March 29 ballot. Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said Berg, of 273 Montague Road, Apt. 4, submitted her nomination papers by the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline, but only 48 signatures were certified. The signatures of 50 registered voters are required …

Political analyst Mary Anne Marsh reflects on ‘craziest’ election after New Hampshire primaries

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries. Marsh, a 1975 Greenfield High School graduate, appears regularly as a Democratic political …

Campaigns turn to NH; Clinton ekes out victory in Iowa

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican …

Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders neck and neck

Monday, February 1, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and a stronger-than-expected showing by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. …

Candidates campaign to bitter end in Iowa

Sunday, January 31, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa — From sounding duck calls to predicting the weather, presidential contenders are blanketing Iowa in a final frenzy to close the deal before Monday’s Iowa caucuses begin the formal process of choosing President Barack Obama’s …

America and its politics in flux as 2016 voting begins

Saturday, January 30, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama’s historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington’s ways after the 2010 tea party wave. But for some Americans, the change and …

State Department declares 22 emails on Hillary Clinton’s home server ‘top secret’

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has confirmed for the first time that Hillary Clinton’s home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails that contained material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation came …

Cruz and Clinton feel pressure in final stretch

Friday, January 29, 2016

RINGSTED, Iowa — Lagging Republicans struggled to climb higher in their crowded field, while Hillary Clinton faced more email troubles on Friday as the presidential contenders barreled toward a final weekend of campaigning before Iowa’s crucial caucuses. Most …

Extravaganja may move to Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton for 25th anniversary rally in April

Friday, January 29, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Extravaganja’s 25th anniversary day-long event in April rallying for legalization of marijuana may be held at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. With Amherst interim Town Manager David Ziomek this week announcing that he will not …

Stage set for chaos as New Hampshire primary looms

Friday, January 29, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. — Uncertainties are mounting in New Hampshire as Republican presidential candidates fail to sway the state’s many fence-sitters one way or the other, despite months of outreach by the various campaigns. More than 40 percent are …

Pittsfield state representative will not seek open Senate seat

Friday, January 29, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvoir of Pittsfield said Thursday she plans to forgo a bid to replace Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, and instead seek re-election to her House seat. That leaves state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, as the key hopeful considering a run for the Senate seat representing …

GOP rivals mock Trump, try to make most of his absence

Thursday, January 28, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Absent Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidates strained to take advantage of a rare opportunity to step out of the front-runner’s shadow in Thursday night’s debate — a staid, policy-heavy contest that offered a …