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Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law, and No on Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits, which opposes a question that would expand …

First Churches of Northampton sponsors pro-repeal forum on casino ballot question

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There will be a forum at 7 p.m. Monday in Northampton on the Nov. 4 ballot question that would repeal casinos in Massachusetts, although nobody in favor of casinos will be on the panel. David Entin, chairman of the peace and justice committee at the First Churches of Northampton, said members had discussions in late summer about how to educate voters …

Baker’s donation to NJ GOP a talking point for opponent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture capital firm with ties to Baker. Coakley, the state attorney general, said the case raised …

Paisley, key figure in Northern Ireland peace process, dies at 88

Friday, September 12, 2014

LONDON — Ian Paisley, the former leader of the mainly-Protestant Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and a key figure in the Northern Irish peace process, has died at the age of 88, his wife said on Friday. “My beloved husband, Ian, entered his eternal rest this morning,” Eileen Paisley …

Defeat of incumbent leaves Republican Richard Tisei facing political newcomer Seth Moulton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BOSTON — For months, state and national Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically wounded and vulnerable to GOP challenger Richard Tisei in the November election. Republicans may …

After defeating nine-term congressman, Seth Moulton now faces Richard Tisei

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Political newcomer Seth Moulton is setting his sights on Republican Richard Tisei in the state’s 6th Congressional District, having pulled off the stunning defeat of nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in a bitter Democratic primary …

Party leaders plead for Scotland to stay in UK

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility …

Gubernatorial choices set sights on November

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — With primary election wins behind them, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley wasted no time Wednesday setting the stage for what could be a bruising campaign for governor that apparently will not include restrictions on …

Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker win nominations for governor

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are moving on to November after winning the nominations of their respective parties for governor on Tuesday. Coakley defeated state treasurer and former Democratic party chairman Steven …

Tierney defeated in US House primary

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state’s 6th Congressional District. Tierney is the first sitting Massachusetts …

Healey is Democrats’ pick for top prosecutor

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — Political newcomer Maura Healey, a former state assistant prosecutor seeking to become the first openly gay state attorney general in the nation, captured the Democratic nomination for the Massachusetts office on Tuesday, following a hard-fought primary against a veteran state lawmaker. The 43-year-old Charlestown resident …

Goldberg wins primary for state treasurer

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Deb Goldberg has won a three-way Democratic primary for Massachusetts state treasurer. The former Brookline selectwoman defeated state Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover and state Rep. Tom Conroy of Wayland in Tuesday’s voting. Goldberg will face off with Republican nominee Michael Heffernan of Wellesley in …

LOCAL VOTE TALLIES Hampshire County gives strong support to Donald Berwick, Maura Healey

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County voters threw strong support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Donald Berwick and Maura Healey for attorney general in Tuesday’s primary, though only Healey won the primary statewide and moved on to the Nov. 4 general …