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Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush throws a snowball following a campaign event, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NH finish in sight as hopefuls eye long campaign

Monday, February 8, 2016

SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as both parties settled in for a drawn-out …

Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation’s first primary

Monday, February 8, 2016

BC-NH--Campaign 2016-New Hampshire Primary, 2nd Ld-Writethru,822 Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation’s first primary AP Photo WX104 Eds: Updates turnout section with secretary of state’s predictions, updated voter registration figures. With AP Photos. By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — It’s been 100 years since New Hampshire held its …

New Hampshire primary energizes Valley political activists

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Ellie Scott isn’t old enough to vote in this year’s presidential election, but that has not kept the 16-year-old from Westhampton from getting involved in New Hampshire’s primary campaigns. Scott has joined the ranks of Valley residents who have traveled to New Hampshire in recent months to get out the vote and support candidates in Tuesday’s first primary election in the …

Northampton, Amherst voters see a Sanders win in the Massachusetts primary

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Jason Silberstein has made up his mind. He stopped by the city clerk’s office Wednesday and cast an absentee ballot for Bernie Sanders in the Massachusetts Democratic primary, which will be held on March 1. He …

Refugee bill dies in Senate

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a bill Wednesday to enhance screening of refugees, after Republican and Democratic leaders failed to strike a deal on politically charged amendments. The procedural vote on the refugee legislation fell five votes short of the 60-vote margin needed to bring the bill to …

Senators spar with AG on Obama gun actions

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama’s executive actions curbing guns, telling lawmakers Wednesday that the president took lawful, common-sense steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly. …

Amherst officials admit error in setting 2015 deadline for challenging signatures on nomination forms

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AMHERST — Two Town Meeting members who attempted to challenge the legitimacy of some signatures on nomination forms for a School Committee member elected in March should have had additional time to file their appeal, according to town officials. Interim Town Manager David Ziomek said Tuesday that Town …

Palin endorses Trump, will help campaign in Iowa

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, giving the billionaire businessman a potential boost with some voters less than two weeks before voting begins with the Iowa …

Hadley voters approve debt exclusion overrides for school bus and dump truck, but backhoe fails

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

HADLEY — The town will be able to purchase a new school bus and dump truck, but will have to wait on getting a new backhoe. Voters at a special election Tuesday approved two of three Proposition 2½ debt exclusion overrides to borrow for the vehicles. All the …

Williamsburg voters approve Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override to spend $465,000 for new fire engine

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

WILLIAMSBURG — Voters at a special election Tuesday narrowly approved a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override to spend $465,000 for a new fire engine. The override passed 124-104. The 228 people who cast ballots represent about 12 percent of the 1,881 registered votes in Williamsburg. The town approved …

University of Massachusetts economist Gerald Friedman calculates savings resulting from ‘Medicare for All’

Monday, January 18, 2016

AMHERST — Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan, unveiled Sunday hours before the televised Democratic debate in South Carolina, got a seal of approval from University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Gerald Friedman, who has argued for …

Clinton embraces Obama in bid to undercut Sanders

Monday, January 18, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Facing fresh campaign anxieties, Hillary Clinton is attaching herself to President Barack Obama, hoping to overcome liberal enthusiasm for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with a full-throated embrace of her one-time rival and boss. Central to …

Clinton, Sanders clash on guns, health care

Sunday, January 17, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Turning up the temperature, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled repeatedly in Sunday’s presidential debate over who’s tougher on gun control and Wall Street and who’s got a better vision for the future of health …