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Tax Day rally in Northampton focuses attention on impact of money on politics

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “It’s April 15 — Tax Day — but we’re turning it into representation day,” said the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian to a crowd of about 50 people gathered in front of City Hall on Wednesday evening. Ayvazian, senior pastor at the Haydenville Congregational Church, participated in the rally organized by the Florence-based national activist organization represent.us. The rally was …

Tom Baird of Florence announces candidacy for Ward 6 School Committee seat

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Educator Tom Baird, of 37 Drewsen Drive in Florence, has announced his candidacy for the Ward 6 School Committee seat. Baird, 34, is a school curriculum director in Windsor, Connecticut, and has also worked as a teacher. His daughter Eva, 5, is a kindergarten student at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School in Florence, where he serves on the School Council. …

Rosenberg urges change in way bills are handled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Beacon Hill’s two most powerful Democrats are locked in an increasingly bitter tug-of-war over how bills live or die at the Statehouse. Senate President Stan Rosenberg has launched a public battle to try to change the system, which he said gives the Massachusetts House too much power to kill bills — including those that begin in the Senate. Rosenberg is pushing …

Amherst Housing Authority candidate Emilie Hamilton drops out of race, citing inability to mediate differences on commission

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — One of two candidates for a five-year seat on the Amherst Housing Authority has dropped out of the race, saying that the atmosphere at commission meetings is too contentious. Despite collecting more than 50 signatures to get her name on the March 31 election ballot and …

Anne Awad challenges Jeffrey Labrecque for seat on South Hadley Electric Light Department commission

Monday, March 23, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Former Amherst Select Board member Anne Awad is challenging two-term incumbent Jeffrey Labrecque for a three-year seat as a commissioner for the South Hadley Electric Light Department. Awad said she is running to promote green …

Cruz courts Christian conservatives

Monday, March 23, 2015

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights — and to imagine they can …

Ted Cruz to become first major presidential candidate for 2016

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will become the first major candidate for president when he launches his campaign Monday, kicking off what’s expected to be a rush over the next few weeks of more than a …

Paredes, personal assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy, dies at 90

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The special assistant to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, believed to be one of the first persons of Latino descent to work in the White House as part of the president’s inner circle, has died. Providencia Paredes’ son, Gustavo, announced her death on his Facebook …

Patrick to forgo paid Boston 2024 job

Friday, March 20, 2015

BOSTON — Former Gov. Deval Patrick has decided to pass on a paid consulting job promoting the city’s Olympic bid overseas. Patrick said Thursday he’s planning to take a full-time position soon and will forgo all outside consulting pay, including the $7,500-per-day fee he was to earn for …

Phoebe Hazzard, Victor Nunez Ortiz, Viraphanh Douangmany make their case for election to School Committee

Friday, March 20, 2015

AMHERST — A former teacher, a former Marine and a refugee immigrant-turned-activist touted their differing life experiences and how those would help them if elected to the School Committee at a League of Women Voters candidates night at …

Netanyahu win further cools relations with US

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration signaled on Wednesday it could take a tougher stance toward Benjamin Netanyahu following his decisive Israeli election victory and campaign tack to the right, saying there will be consequences for his sudden reversal …

Netanyahu claims edge in tight race

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fend off a strong challenge from the country’s opposition leader in parliamentary elections Tuesday, emerging from an acrimonious campaign in a slightly better position to form Israel’s next government. …

League of Women Voters candidates night Thursday in Amherst

Monday, March 16, 2015

AMHERST — Candidates competing for contested seats on the School Committee and Amherst Housing Authority will be among those participating in a forum Thursday night. The League of Women Voters candidates night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Town Room at Town Hall. Candidates …