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Hilltown Voices: Large turnouts in Chesterfield and Goshen approve WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In two of the best-attended special Town Meetings in recent memory, Chesterfield and Goshen this week each overwhelmingly approved spending more than $1 million to help create a regional state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. The project will be built and operated by WiredWest, a cooperative seeking to provide broadband to 32 towns in western Massachusetts. On Monday, Goshen voters unanimously approved $1.4 million as the town’s share of the project, and …

Sanders raises $15M to Clinton’s $45M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. About 250,000 donors have given money, giving the senator a solid foundation from which to build an insurgent campaign …

Webb enters Democratic field

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential contest, acknowledging in his announcement Thursday that he would be a long shot against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money,” he wrote on his …

Former Md. governor joins 2016 fray

Sunday, May 31, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the …

House a tougher sell for Obama’s trade plan

Sunday, May 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — After several near death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House. Anti-trade forces have struggled …

AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on …

Paul seeks ‘spying showdown’ in Sunday Senate meeting on NSA

Saturday, May 30, 2015

WASHINGTON ­— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he’s ready for a “spying showdown” when the Senate holds a rare Sunday session, a sign he isn’t relenting in his fight against renewing anti-terrorism programs set to expire Monday. Paul, of Kentucky, asked supporters in an e-mail Friday to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Sanders may appeal to ‘Warren Democrats’

Monday, May 25, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in …

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by stunning landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DUBLIN — Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The …