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Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law, and No on Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits, which opposes a question that would expand …

First Churches of Northampton sponsors pro-repeal forum on casino ballot question

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There will be a forum at 7 p.m. Monday in Northampton on the Nov. 4 ballot question that would repeal casinos in Massachusetts, although nobody in favor of casinos will be on the panel. David Entin, chairman of the peace and justice committee at the First Churches of Northampton, said members had discussions in late summer about how to educate voters …

Baker’s donation to NJ GOP a talking point for opponent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture capital firm with ties to Baker. Coakley, the state attorney general, said the case raised …

Brown wins NH primary

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state. Brown faced nine primary opponents, though only …

Coakley to face Baker for Massachusetts governor

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has won the Democratic primary for governor. Coakley defeated state treasurer and former Democratic party chairman Steven Grossman and former federal health care administrator Don Berwick in Tuesday’s voting. Coakley will …

Low turnout projected for primary

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Low voter turnout is expected for the primary election despite contested races for governor and other statewide offices, the state’s top elections official said Monday. “I think there hasn’t been a great deal of enthusiasm so …

Polls show independence vote in Scotland tightening

Monday, September 8, 2014

LONDON — Britain’s main political leaders scrambled Monday to offer Scotland greater autonomy in a last-minute bid to stave off independence, as the pound sank on opinion polls suggesting separatists are gaining ground — and may even be …

Marine, Iraq vet aims to oust House Democrat

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — Seth Moulton’s opposition to another ground war in Iraq is rooted in firsthand experience acquired from four tours. As a young Marine, he saw how quickly a militant threat could transform U.S. military advisers into a …

Afghanistan presidential hopeful: I won

Monday, September 8, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said Monday that he will not accept the expected official results of the election, breaking a pledge he made to the U.S. secretary of state and injecting new tension …

Iraq OKs new Cabinet

Monday, September 8, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi the country’s new prime minister late Monday and approved most of his proposed Cabinet amid calls by the Arab League for its members to combat the Sunni militant group violently …

Analysis: Obama allows politics to trump promises on immigration

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — For years, President Barack Obama berated Republicans for putting their own political interests ahead of good policy on immigration. In two successive presidential campaigns, he held up Washington’s failure to act on immigration as a prime …

Governor candidates outline education stands

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Education is always a critical issue in campaigns for governor in a state that prides itself on a knowledge-based economy. This year is no different. Each of the five Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have outlined plans ahead of the Sept. 9 primaries that they …

On the issues: Governor hopefuls on gun control

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Stemming gun violence and illegal gun trafficking has been a major topic of discussion in Massachusetts in recent months despite the state’s reputation for having some of the nation’s most stringent laws already in place. Differences in approach to gun safety issues have emerged between the …