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Warren meets Mideast leaders

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a tour of the Middle East, her first official congressional trip overseas. Warren’s office confirmed the Massachusetts Democrat met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday. Her trip also includes a scheduled meeting with officials of the Jordanian government. Warren aides say she’ll also visit with …

S.C.’s Graham rejects GOP Benghazi report as ‘garbage’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — A top Republican took aim at his GOP colleagues on Sunday for issuing a report that largely absolved the Obama administration for its handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, dismissing the accounting by the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee as “full of crap.” Sen. Lindsey Graham …

New parties struggle for toehold in Mass.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two top political parties. By the time polls closed, the number of parties with official status …

Baker: Emotional story from 2010 campaign

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker acknowledged Wednesday that an emotional story he told about a struggling fisherman during a debate Tuesday night dates back to his 2010 campaign for governor. During the Tuesday night debate, Baker …

Linking state gasoline tax to Consumer Price Index at stake in ballot Question 1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One of four statewide ballot questions facing voters Tuesday is whether to eliminate annual adjustments to the gasoline and diesel fuel tax that are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. If Question 1 is approved, it …

Ballot Question 4 asks voters to decide whether nearly all employees should earn sick time

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Proponents of a ballot question that would guarantee sick time for nearly all workers in the state say the measure would benefit as many as 1 million people who currently face tough decisions about whether to give up …

Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol tries again to unseat state Rep. Denise Andrews

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Athol Select Board member Susannah Whipps Lee says she is challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews in Tuesdays’s election because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic …

State Rep. Denise Andrews faces Republican challenger as she seeks third term from 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seeking her third term representing the 2nd Franklin House District in Tuesday’s election, Denise Andrews maintains that she has been working to bring jobs back to the district and improve the economy “We have modest job growth and …

Baker, Coakley wrangle over issues in final debate

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEEDHAM — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley made their final pitches to voters in the governor’s race on Tuesday in a televised debate that pointed out sharp differences in policy but included some lighter exchanges and …

House Republicans make liberal use of Obama in ads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states. One …

Three candidates seek to succeed Gale Candaras as state senator in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There are three candidates vying in Tuesday’s election to succeed Gale D. Candaras as state senator from the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District. They are Republican Debra Boronski, independent Michael Franco and Democrat Eric Lesser. The winner will …

Scott Brown hopes to unseat US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire by linking her to President Obama

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — If there’s one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Barack Obama, it’s Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in …

Republicans seek to win first Massachusetts US House seat in 20 years

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Republicans trying to crack the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation are pinning their hopes on a pair of competitive House races: one in the 6th District north of Boston and the other in the 9th District that includes parts of southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. By far …