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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. Shifting his focus to Washington, Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address a Washington audience for the first time this year on Friday afternoon, (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Wisconsin governor Walker ramping up a national political operation

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address a Washington audience for the first time this year on Friday afternoon, his only speaking engagement in a day packed with private …

Kerry fined $50 for failing to shovel snow at Boston home

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON — On a to-do list that includes world peace, one chore U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry missed is going to cost him personally — to the tune of $50. After this week’s blizzard dumped 2 feet of snow on Boston, Kerry failed to have the snow shoveled from a portion of the sidewalk at his red brick mansion in Beacon Hill. …

Three candidates seek remainder of term vacated by Paul Dunphy on Williamsburg Select Board

Friday, January 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Three candidates are on the ballot in Monday’s special election to fill the remaining four months of a seat on the Select Board left open with the November resignation of Paul Dunphy. The candidates are Richard Kisloski, of Cole Hill Road; Robert Parker, of Lawton Hill Road; and William Sayre, of Conway Road. “In small towns, it’s not often that we …

Gov. Cuomo eulogizes father as crusader, poet

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s legacy as a liberal champion and powerful orator was remembered at his funeral Tuesday by one who knew him best — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his son. “At his core, he was …

Baker names child welfare chief

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — A child welfare specialist who led an outside examination of the embattled state Department of Children and Families was named Monday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to run the agency in his new administration. Linda Spears, vice president for policy, programs and public affairs for the Child …

Congress’ freshman class ready to govern

Sunday, January 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming …

‘People’s Congress’ to offer ‘countervoice’ in Northampton to 114th U.S. Congress

Saturday, January 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Unhappy with the new U.S. Congress that begins its term Tuesday, a group of senior women and members of liked-minded local organizations have put together their own “people’s congress.” The Western Mass Raging Grannies, the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts and First Churches are …

U.S. Rep. Kennedy reflects on his first term

Thursday, January 1, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is wrapping up his first term in Congress, saying he remains committed to the bread and butter of local constituent services while batting down talk of future higher office. In an interview …

Donations roll in for Baker’s inauguration

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has collected more than $781,000 in donations from supporters to help pay for his inaugural celebrations. At least 16 companies and individuals have given $25,000, the self-imposed cap that Baker set for donations to his inaugural committee, according to a list of …

Wine shipments, minimum wage hike among state’s new laws

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BOSTON — Rita Diaz works two minimum-wage jobs, one at a restaurant and the other at a clothing store, to pay the bills and help support her parents and seven younger brothers. Starting Thursday, she’ll earn a bit of extra money in her paychecks. The new year brings …

Grimm to resign House seat

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential candidates eyed a New York congressional seat Tuesday as Republican Rep. Michael Grimm announced his resignation, following a guilty plea on tax evasion charges. Among the possible candidates is a Staten Island prosecutor who …

GOP leader regrets ’02 speech to white supremacists

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups. The …

Liberal wing of Democratic Party shows life

Sunday, December 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Democratic left is rising, and it’s unclear whether that will help the embattled party prosper or sink. Ideology-driven movements and candidates tend to seize the spotlight in party presidential nomination contests, and so far, the left has the momentum. Its anointed candidates, though, have a …