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In this photo taken May 20, 2015, Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., poses for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont, aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is laying out an agenda in step with the party's progressive wing and compatible with Warren's platform _ reining in Wall Street banks, tackling college debt and creating a government-financed infrastructure jobs program. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sanders may appeal to ‘Warren Democrats’

Monday, May 25, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont, aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is laying out an agenda …

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by stunning landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DUBLIN — Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters saying “yes” to changing the nation’s constitution to allow gay marriage. Outside Dublin …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress …

Fate of Center School, acquisition of vacant church for a new senior center highlight Hatfield Town Meeting

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HATFIELD — The fate of historic Center School and the potential acquisition of a vacant church for a new senior center are the hot-button topics facing voters at the annual Town Meeting next Tuesday. Voters also will be …

Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HOPE, Ark. — Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn’t build …

‘Clinton Cash’ casts shadow over campaign

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — As Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks to focus public attention on immigration during a swing through Nevada on Tuesday, her presidential campaign staff back at Brooklyn headquarters is scrambling to mitigate damage from release of a long-anticipated book that accuses her of compromised ethics. “Clinton Cash: The …

WMUA to post podcast of ‘Focus’ discussion about Amherst Town Meeting articles that was silenced Sunday

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AMHERST — Participants and hosts of a long-running public affairs program on the University of Massachusetts radio station say their First Amendment rights were denied when a broadcast was turned off Sunday afternoon over questions about the legality of using state property for potential financial gain. “At minimum, …

Write-in candidate William Marrapese wins Deerfield seat on Frontier Regional School Committee

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Voters Monday decided between two write-in candidates for a three-year term on the Frontier Regional School Committee, and gave William R. Marrapese a six-vote victory. He received 29 write-in votes, to 23 for Jan Flaska. Town Clerk Barbara Hancock said 171, or 4.87 percent, of the …

GOP field grows as longshots Fiorina, Carson launch bids

Monday, May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the rapidly expanding 2016 Republican presidential class on Monday, casting themselves as political outsiders in underdog campaigns, eager to challenge the elite of both parties. …

Northampton Democratic City Committee will elect delegates to state convention

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Democratic City Committee will hold its annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 16 in the community room at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road. Items on the agenda include updates from state Rep. Peter Kocot, Mayor David J. Narkewicz, and representatives …

Ex-congressman gets JFK award for climate stance

Sunday, May 3, 2015

BOSTON — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday for reversing his position on climate change despite the predictable political fallout that helped cost the South Carolina Republican his …

Cummington voters reduce regional school budget, approve borrowing for high-speed Internet service

Saturday, May 2, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Friday reduced the regional school budget request, and after lengthy discussion authorized the town to borrow $1.4 million that will allow the town to join the WiredWest Cooperative and bring high-speed Internet service to Cummington. A total of 89 …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described …