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Pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Cheuk Yan, center, is taken away by security guards after a protest against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong looks to defy Beijing over vote reform

Monday, September 1, 2014

HONG KONG — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official’s speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China’s central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some … 0

Most Massachusetts voters register as independent

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The most recent party enrollment numbers show that despite Massachusetts’ reputation as a Democratic state, the majority of voters have opted against either major party. According to numbers released by the state secretary’s office, more than 53 percent of voters in Massachusetts have registered as independent. A little more than 35 percent of voters are registered as Democrats while fewer … 0

Okla. transgender candidate misses history by 22 votes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oklahoma’s 88th legislative district is a bright blue dot in a deep red state, a district that has sent liberal and openly gay lawmakers to the state Capitol. And last week, it came within 22 votes of electing the state’s first openly transgender candidate. Paula Sophia, 48 — Democrat, author, retired Oklahoma City cop and Army veteran — lost 990 to 968 in … 0

Governor hopefuls talk health care, guns

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BOSTON — The three Democrats whose names will appear on the primary ballot for governor disagreed on several issues Wednesday during their first debate since the state party convention, including single-payer health care and gun purchases. State Treasurer … 0

Post-convention, Democrats hit campaign trail

Monday, June 16, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick said Monday he was confident he would make himself better known to primary voters in the coming months and dismissed attempts to frame the race as one between Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steven Grossman. Berwick, a pediatrician and … 0

State Democrats trim governor field to 3

Sunday, June 15, 2014

WORCESTER — Massachusetts Democrats have narrowed their choice for governor to three, with state Treasurer Steven Grossman topping the balloting among delegates Saturday and Attorney General Martha Coakley narrowly edging out former federal health care administrator Don Berwick. … 0

2 candidates, Juliette Kayyem and Joseph Avellone, miss cut for governor at Democratic convention

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORCESTER — Massachusetts Democrats have narrowed their choice for governor to three, with state Treasurer Steven Grossman topping the balloting among delegates Saturday and Attorney General Martha Coakley narrowly edging out former federal health care administrator Don Berwick. … 0

Candidates for governor offer their pitches at Democratic nominating convention

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORCESTER — The five Democrats running for governor made their pitches to thousands of activists from across the state gathered Saturday for the party’s nominating convention. At stake is the official endorsement of the party and, for those … 0

State Democrats begin party’s nominating convention

Friday, June 13, 2014

WORCESTER — Thousands of Democratic activists from across the state gathered Friday for the start of the party’s nominating convention. Gov. Deval Patrick, in his final convention speech as governor, ticked off his administration’s achievements while taking a swipe at state Republicans. “Massachusetts is back in the leadership … 0

Right-wingers irked at GOP succession process

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — California Republican Kevin McCarthy secured a clear shot to becoming House majority leader on Thursday as his sole rival dropped his bid in a leadership fight that exposed deep fissures within the GOP. Barring an unforeseen … 0

Cantor loss means changes in GOP leadership

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Wednesday that he will resign his leadership post at the end of next month, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm … 0

Democrats hold final debate before convention

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BOSTON — The five Democrats running for governor met Tuesday for a final debate before their party’s state convention, with all agreeing that Massachusetts was on the right track while acknowledging major problems in state government. Attorney General … 0

GOP’s Cantor loses primary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried to victory on a … 0