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Group asks Baker to act on mental health policies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker should move quickly after taking office to address issues surrounding mental health treatment, including disparities between insurance payment rates for behavioral health and other medical services, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness unveiled several recommendations for the first 100 days of Baker’s administration. His inauguration is Jan. 8. The advocates cited federal statistics that show …

Moderates may wield clout in new Senate

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Soft-spoken Republican Sen. Susan Collins is quite popular these days, fielding calls from President Barack Obama, members of the GOP leadership and top Democrats Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. The outreach was more than just congratulations for winning a fourth term. Both parties have an incentive for courting Collins. Come January, …

In party’s loss, Obama may see opportunity

Monday, November 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — With his party soon to be out of power on Capitol Hill, White House officials say President Barack Obama feels liberated by the prospect of detaching himself from Democrats who saw little role for him in the midterm elections and of exploring the opportunities, however limited, to strike deals with congressional …

Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol tries again to unseat state Rep. Denise Andrews

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Athol Select Board member Susannah Whipps Lee says she is challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews in Tuesdays’s election because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic …

State Rep. Denise Andrews faces Republican challenger as she seeks third term from 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seeking her third term representing the 2nd Franklin House District in Tuesday’s election, Denise Andrews maintains that she has been working to bring jobs back to the district and improve the economy “We have modest job growth and …

Baker, Coakley wrangle over issues in final debate

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEEDHAM — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley made their final pitches to voters in the governor’s race on Tuesday in a televised debate that pointed out sharp differences in policy but included some lighter exchanges and …

House Republicans make liberal use of Obama in ads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states. One …

Three candidates seek to succeed Gale Candaras as state senator in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There are three candidates vying in Tuesday’s election to succeed Gale D. Candaras as state senator from the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District. They are Republican Debra Boronski, independent Michael Franco and Democrat Eric Lesser. The winner will …

Scott Brown hopes to unseat US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire by linking her to President Obama

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — If there’s one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Barack Obama, it’s Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in …

Republicans seek to win first Massachusetts US House seat in 20 years

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Republicans trying to crack the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation are pinning their hopes on a pair of competitive House races: one in the 6th District north of Boston and the other in the 9th District that includes parts of southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. By far …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …

In bid for Hispanic votes, Democrats run Latina candidates for lieutenant governor in key states

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

APOPKA, Fla. — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at the umpteenth “How does it feel …

Political briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Democrats hope to win more business support WASHINGTON — Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego had a major disadvantage in seeking the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for November’s midterm election: He’s a Democrat. The views of the nation’s largest business group are closely aligned with …