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Town clerk sends election day campaign flier to Office of Campaign & Political Finance for review

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — An election day flier left Tuesday at homes in a North Amherst precinct may have violated state campaign laws, although likely only if those who printed it spent more than $250, according to a spokesman for the state’s Office of Campaign & Political Finance. Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said Wednesday that the double-sided sheet of paper, which endorsed election of 10 Town Meeting members and three candidates for …

Liberals, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: Both are trying to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Warren isn’t playing along, making the rounds this week to — yet again — insist she’s not interested in the White House. People on both sides …

Buhari ousts Jonathan in Nigeria

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator Tuesday in a historic transfer of power following the nation’s most hotly contested election ever. President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, paving …

Ben Carson enters GOP presidential sweepstakes

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose …

Clinton faces criticism in private email flap

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency — the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton used a personal email account …

Homeland bill without strings goes to Obama

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. “Sanity is prevailing,” said Rep. …

Longtime Md. senator won’t seek re-election

Monday, March 2, 2015

BALTIMORE — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a tough and dogged daughter of working class Baltimore who rose to become the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, said she had one question as she weighed seeking a sixth term: …

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent …

Speak-out at Pulaski Park in Northampton to take stand against anti-Semitic incidents

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local members of the Jewish community and a network of diverse organizations will gather in Pulaski Park at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to speak out against hate and bigotry in response to recent anti-Semitic acts in the area, according to Jennifer Levi, a Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue …

Southampton overhauls election procedures after state review

Monday, February 23, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Town election procedures have been overhauled after the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office found “inconsistences” between state law and the town’s previous election practices. Southampton Town Clerk Janine Domina asked the office earlier this year to review the town’s election procedures, according to Michelle Tassinari, director …

Poll finds most back Obama plan to raise investment taxes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found …