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From left, Randy Ross, husband Ernie Brill and Ross's daughter from her second marriage, Tara Ganguly sit at Evolution Cafe in Florence on Friday for Ross's 71st birthday. Ross says the Bernie Sanders campaign is using a 1960s photo that is really of her first husband, Bruce Rappaport.

Local University of Chicago alumna believes 1960s Bernie Sanders archival photo is actually her ex-husband

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A local woman is asking that the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign stop using a 1960s photo she claims was mistakenly captioned as being the candidate when it is actually her ex-husband. Randy Ross, of Florence, who turned 71 on Friday, said she was married to Bruce Rappaport from 1964 to 1970. Rappaport and Sanders were both activists at …

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC

Friday, February 12, 2016

DENMARK, S.C. — The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama’s legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump’s long shadow. Hillary Clinton stepped up her hammering of rival …

Clinton, Sanders hold low-key, pointed debate

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Clinton, who has cast herself as the rightful heir to Obama’s …

Pittsfield state representative will not seek open Senate seat

Friday, January 29, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvoir of Pittsfield said Thursday she plans to forgo a bid to replace Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, and instead seek re-election to her House seat. That leaves state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, as the key hopeful considering a run for the Senate seat representing …

GOP rivals mock Trump, try to make most of his absence

Thursday, January 28, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Absent Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidates strained to take advantage of a rare opportunity to step out of the front-runner’s shadow in Thursday night’s debate — a staid, policy-heavy contest that offered a …

Two House members in Berkshire County may seek Senate seat now held by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Two Berkshire County Democrats say that the announcement by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing that he will not seek a sixth term this year not only is a tremendous loss for his western Massachusetts constituents but also a possible opportunity for their own careers. “I’m very sad to …

Obama, Sanders have chat at White House

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his aides have said a lot of nice things about Bernie Sanders, but not this one: He’s ready to be president. The key omission was particularly noticeable Wednesday as Obama and Sanders …

Hatfield seeks to address $147,825 deficit at special Town Meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HATFIELD — Town officials must address a $147,825 deficit resulting from revenue shortfalls and accounting miscues during the past two fiscal years. They will ask for help from voters at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Smith Academy. Other articles on …

Tensions flare at Southampton Town Meeting over Fire Department staffing override

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON — Debate over adding a second Fire Department shift grew heated on the special Town Meeting floor Tuesday night, fueled by a former fire chief and an ex-firefighter who questioned Fire Chief John Workman’s ability to run …

Speaker to outline goals for 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo planned to urge fellow House members to wade into contentious fights over charter schools and ride-hailing services in the coming months. The Democrat, beginning his eighth year as House leader, was scheduled to outline his 2016 agenda during his annual …

Sarah la Cour, Lawrence O’Brien to seek 3rd Hampshire District House seat

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AMHERST — Less than a week after state Rep. Ellen Story said she would not seek reelection to the 3rd Hampshire District legislative seat, two more candidates have announced they will run for the position. Sarah la Cour, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District, and Lawrence …

Pittsfield senator Downing won’t seek re-election

Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD (AP) — State Sen. Benjamin Downing, who has represented the Berkshires since 2007, says he will not seek re-election to a sixth term in November. The 34-year-old Democrat from Pittsfield gave no specific reason for leaving the Legislature in his announcement Monday except to say he had …

Trump threatens to boycott debate because of Fox’s Megyn Kelly

Monday, January 25, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — With the next Republican presidential debate three days away, Donald Trump threatened Monday to boycott, saying moderator Megyn Kelly of Fox News was biased against him. Trump insisted in an interview with CNN that Kelly “doesn’t treat me fairly.” In the first GOP presidential …