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Former New York Gov. George Pataki  greets supporter at the historic town hall in Exeter, N.H.,Thursday, May 28, 2015, after announcing his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Former NY governor Pataki joins GOP presidential pack

Thursday, May 28, 2015

EXETER, N.H. — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation. Just as he was overshadowed after the 2001 terrorist attacks by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York City and President …

Santorum makes 2nd bid for White House

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CABOT, Pa. — Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues — in a changing Republican Party. The former Pennsylvania senator may have exceeded his own …

Frederick Orloski challenges incumbent Whately Select Board member Joyce Palmer Fortune who is running write-in campaign

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WHATELY — Assessor Frederick P. Orloski seeks to unseat Select Board Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune in the Whately election June 9. Though Fortune is a two-term incumbent, she faces an uphill battle of sorts because her name is not on the ballot. She is running a write-in campaign due to a mix-up that caused her to miss the deadline for filing nomination papers. …

State Dept.: Clinton email practices ‘not acceptable’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — A high-ranking State Department official said Wednesday it’s “not acceptable” for any agency employee to conduct government business on a private email server as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did. Joyce Barr, the agency’s …

South Hadley to consider nearly 3 percent budget increase, fines for exessively high grass and unshoveled snow

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Town Meeting members Saturday will be asked to approve a $43.5 million operating budget for the next fiscal year beginning July 1, which would be almost 3 percent higher than this year’s spending. The school budget would increase by 1.75 percent and account for $20,520,819 …

Westhampton Town Meeting voters to consider $5.49 million budget Saturday; override on June 6 ballot

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Town Meeting voters on Saturday will consider a $5.49 million budget that requires approval of a Proposition 2½ override in order to be balanced. The annual Town Meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Town Hall. The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 …

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 …