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A view of cupcakes decorated with the Union and Scottish Saltire flags, and question marks, along with the results of sales, at Cuckoo's bakery, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The bakery has been monitoring the sales of its Union and Saltire flag and undecided cupcakes for 200 days to try and predict the outcome of the referendum. 43.5 percent of sales were Yes cakes, 47.7 percent No, and 8.8 percent undecided.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish independence campaign

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday’s referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are …

Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Monday, September 15, 2014

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive. “Hello Iowa. I’m back!” Clinton …

Sarah Palin’s family said to be involved in rowdy Alaska party

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sarah Palin’s supporters have long urged her to found her own party. Last week, she went out in Anchorage and did find a party, but the trouble may be different than the political kind. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008, has built a new life for herself as the political voice of many disenchanted conservatives, …

Patrick backs Tolman in attorney general race

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick endorsed Warren Tolman in the race for Massachusetts attorney general Thursday, a move that came as a surprise in light of the governor’s previous policy of staying neutral in contested statewide Democratic primaries. Tolman, a former state senator, faces former assistant attorney …

Karen Anderson, Susannah Whipps Lee seek Republican nomination in 2nd Franklin House District

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Two North Quabbin women are seeking the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary election to challenge two-term incumbent Democrat state Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in November. Both Karen Anderson of Orange and Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol have 100 ratings from the Gun Owner’s Action League — which …

Democratic AG contest looks tight in closing days

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Two Democrats seeking to be the state’s next attorney general are touting leadership and experience as they scramble for votes in the waning days of a spirited primary campaign that appears headed for a close result. Maura Healey, a former assistant attorney general, and former state …

Governor candidates work to sway voters week before primary

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — The three Democratic candidates for governor sparred on everything from casinos and health care to President Barack Obama’s legacy in a televised debate on Wednesday. During the hourlong face-off, sponsored by a consortium of media outlets, …

Crowded 6th District Democratic primary for US House seat held by John Tierney

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — In a reliably Democratic state like Massachusetts, Republicans typically see few opportunities for big congressional wins. This year, the GOP is eyeing the 6th District, where they hope to unseat Democratic Rep. John Tierney, who’s held the seat since 1997. Two years ago, Tierney narrowly beat …

Three Democrats run for lieutenant governor in primary

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The office of lieutenant governor has a limited budget, few prescribed responsibilities and has been vacant for the past 15 months without much notice or effect. The relatively unknown candidates who are trying to fill it all say they can carve out an important role for …

Where the candidates for governor stand on health care issues

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This is the first in a series of five glances exploring the positions of candidates for Massachusetts governor ahead of the Sept. 9 primary. BOSTON — Improving the well-being of the state’s health care system could be a …

What to watch during this political season in Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Here are five things to know about the political season in Massachusetts. Coakley comeback? Some Democrats have never forgiven Martha Coakley for her stunning loss to Republican Scott Brown in a 2010 special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. The defeat ended …

Where the candidates for governor stand on casinos

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The future of casino gambling in Massachusetts has become a major topic of debate among the three Democrats and two Republicans seeking the gubernatorial nominations of their parties in Tuesday’s primaries. A 2011 law opened the …

Political advertising cost expected to top $4 billion for midterm election

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s airwaves are already jammed with political ads, most of them negative, in one of the Senate races nationwide that will decide which party claims the majority. The ads come one after another in …