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Warren raises more than $2.7 million in 2015

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won’t face re-election until 2018, but she’s raising campaign cash at a strong clip. Federal Election Commission records show the Massachusetts Democrat collected more than $2.7 million in contributions in 2015, ending the year with over $3.1 million in her campaign account. The donors hail from nearly every state — evidence that Warren’s appeal goes far beyond Massachusetts. The smallest donation was $1 and …

Local political activists assess wins by Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump in NH

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Patty Healey, a member of National Nurses United, was up in New Hampshire all day Tuesday, but she did not get to stick around to see the results. “All I did was work,” she said. That work was knocking on doors, checking voter lists and taking people to the polls for …

Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Bernie Sanders win NH primaries in scrambled presidential campaign

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies. Sanders swept majorities of men, women, independents and young people in his win over Hillary Clinton, but faces challenges …

Speaker to outline goals for 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo planned to urge fellow House members to wade into contentious fights over charter schools and ride-hailing services in the coming months. The Democrat, beginning his eighth year as House leader, was scheduled to outline his 2016 agenda during his annual …

Sarah la Cour, Lawrence O’Brien to seek 3rd Hampshire District House seat

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AMHERST — Less than a week after state Rep. Ellen Story said she would not seek reelection to the 3rd Hampshire District legislative seat, two more candidates have announced they will run for the position. Sarah la Cour, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District, and Lawrence …

Pittsfield senator Downing won’t seek re-election

Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD (AP) — State Sen. Benjamin Downing, who has represented the Berkshires since 2007, says he will not seek re-election to a sixth term in November. The 34-year-old Democrat from Pittsfield gave no specific reason for leaving the Legislature in his announcement Monday except to say he had …

Trump threatens to boycott debate because of Fox’s Megyn Kelly

Monday, January 25, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — With the next Republican presidential debate three days away, Donald Trump threatened Monday to boycott, saying moderator Megyn Kelly of Fox News was biased against him. Trump insisted in an interview with CNN that Kelly “doesn’t treat me fairly.” In the first GOP presidential …

Trump: ‘I try to pay as little tax as possible’

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, called Sunday for this year’s Republican candidates to release their income tax returns — an apparent jab at billionaire front-runner Donald Trump. Trump, whose wealth and business enterprises have come under increased scrutiny, said he’s “working on” making his …

Observers want resolution of Haiti’s election dispute

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The international community called on Haiti’s government and opposition over the weekend to quickly reach an agreement on the political impasse that forced postponement of Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections. The United Nations, European Union and the Organization of American States asked the two sides to resolve their …

Portugal’s president seeks fiscal restraint

Sunday, January 24, 2016

LISBON, Portugal — A center-right candidate scored a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election Sunday, warning he would use the largely ceremonial post to prevent the center-left anti-austerity government from worsening the debt-heavy country’s financial health. Marcelo Rebelo …

Billionaire donors aid Cruz's rise in primary campaign

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Four of America’s wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz’s now-surging Republican presidential campaign and have redefined the role of political donors. With just over a week until voters get their first say, the 45-year-old …

Mary Cay Andrikidis of Northampton among western Massachusetts residents who brave storm to attend March for Life in Washington, DC

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — For some New England protesters, blizzards are not a good enough reason to stay home. Mary Cay Andrikidis of Florence was among those from western Massachusetts who braved the storm and traveled to Washington, D.C. to …

Clinton backers fear long campaign

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has questioned Bernie Sanders’ electability. She’s criticized his plans for health care, foreign policy and Wall Street. And she’s tagged him with flip-flopping on gun control. None of it appears to be sticking, say …