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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks in Washington. Liberal activists eager to draft Warren into a run for president are bringing their effort to Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where there’s already well-established organizing effort in place _ for Hillary Rodham Clinton. MoveOn.org will hold a meeting Wednesday evening in Des Moines as part of their new "Run Warren Run" campaign. The group is trying to persuade Warren to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, even though the Massachusetts senator has repeatedly said she is not running.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Warren backers set up shop in Iowa

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton. MoveOn.org held a meeting Wednesday evening in Des Moines as part of its new “Run Warren Run” campaign. The group …

Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers. The two Republicans served as directors at Tree.com, the Charlotte-based corporate parent of the website LendingTree. As …

Jeb Bush gets set to run

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, the son and brother of Republican presidents, is the first potential candidate to step this …

Baker prevails in governor's race; Valley voters stay tuned for cliffhanger

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The race for governor turned into a cliffhanger on election night, with Republican Charlie Baker edging out Democrat Martha Coakley shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday. Succeeding Coakley as attorney general will be Maura Healey, a former …

GOP takes control of US Senate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. …

Baker prevails in close contest

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has won the governor’s race in a nail-biter of an election that seesawed throughout the night and extended into early Wednesday. Democrat Martha Coakley said she wouldn’t make any immediate statement and asked …

Voters decide to keep casinos, require sick time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters cleared the way on Tuesday for several casino projects to proceed, rejecting a ballot question that sought to overturn the legalization of casino gambling in the state. Unofficial returns showed “no” votes winning out, meaning the 2011 law that allows for up to three …

Ore., DC vote to legalize pot

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik easily wins re-election in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, easily won re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, his …

Ukrainian separatist vote backed by Russia

Monday, November 3, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Moscow offered warm support Monday for rebel-organized elections in eastern Ukraine — an endorsement that could only serve to keep the West’s sanctions against Russia in place. Pro-Russian separatist authorities said Sunday’s vote, which saw …

Costly Senate campaign winds down

Monday, November 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — On a final, furious day of campaigning, Republicans strained to capture control of the Senate while Democrats struggled to limit their congressional losses in elections midway through an unpopular President Barack Obama’s second term. “The spending, …

Governor hopefuls court voters

Monday, November 3, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — The candidates seeking to succeed Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick made their final pitches to voters in the closing hours of the campaign Monday, while also taking time to attend the funeral for longtime Boston Mayor Thomas …

Hillary Clinton campaigns in NH

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton came to this small but politically pivotal state Sunday to reintroduce herself after a six-year absence. But no introduction was necessary. Enthusiastic supporters gathered in the gym at Nashua Community College, undaunted …