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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. …

Edward Lesko Jr. unseated from Select Board, Board of Health in Hatfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HATFIELD — Patrick J. Gaughan unseated incumbent Select Board Chairman Edward W. Lesko Jr. who finished last in a three-way race for the seat in Tuesday’s town election. Lesko also lost his seat on the Board of Health. Gaughan received 315 votes to 273 for Jan Joseph Adamski, a former Select Board member, and 195 for Lesko. A total of 806 votes were …

Clinton to State: ‘I want those emails out’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign. “I want those emails out,” …

‘Clinton Cash’ casts shadow over campaign

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — As Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks to focus public attention on immigration during a swing through Nevada on Tuesday, her presidential campaign staff back at Brooklyn headquarters is scrambling to mitigate damage from release of a long-anticipated book that accuses her of compromised ethics. “Clinton Cash: The …

WMUA to post podcast of ‘Focus’ discussion about Amherst Town Meeting articles that was silenced Sunday

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AMHERST — Participants and hosts of a long-running public affairs program on the University of Massachusetts radio station say their First Amendment rights were denied when a broadcast was turned off Sunday afternoon over questions about the legality of using state property for potential financial gain. “At minimum, …

Write-in candidate William Marrapese wins Deerfield seat on Frontier Regional School Committee

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Voters Monday decided between two write-in candidates for a three-year term on the Frontier Regional School Committee, and gave William R. Marrapese a six-vote victory. He received 29 write-in votes, to 23 for Jan Flaska. Town Clerk Barbara Hancock said 171, or 4.87 percent, of the …

GOP field grows as longshots Fiorina, Carson launch bids

Monday, May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the rapidly expanding 2016 Republican presidential class on Monday, casting themselves as political outsiders in underdog campaigns, eager to challenge the elite of both parties. …

Northampton Democratic City Committee will elect delegates to state convention

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Democratic City Committee will hold its annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 16 in the community room at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road. Items on the agenda include updates from state Rep. Peter Kocot, Mayor David J. Narkewicz, and representatives …

Ex-congressman gets JFK award for climate stance

Sunday, May 3, 2015

BOSTON — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday for reversing his position on climate change despite the predictable political fallout that helped cost the South Carolina Republican his …

Cummington voters reduce regional school budget, approve borrowing for high-speed Internet service

Saturday, May 2, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Friday reduced the regional school budget request, and after lengthy discussion authorized the town to borrow $1.4 million that will allow the town to join the WiredWest Cooperative and bring high-speed Internet service to Cummington. A total of 89 …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described …

No contested races in Sunderland, vacant seats on School Committee

Friday, May 1, 2015

SUNDERLAND — There are no contests in this year’s annual town election Saturday. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sunderland Elementary School. There are two vacant seats on the Sunderland Elementary School Committee. Candidates are incumbent Scott A. Bergeron, for a three-year …

No contests in Deerfield annual election; candidate needed for Frontier Regional School Committee

Friday, May 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — There are no contested races in the annual election Monday, and no candidates for a seat on the Frontier Regional School Committee. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the town offices. Carolyn Shores Ness, who has served four terms on the …