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Republican presidential candidate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

In NH, GOP’s presidential hopefuls take on illegal immigration

Monday, August 3, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican Party’s presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season’s first full-fledged debate. All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates for president participated in what was essentially …

Evidence of Trump’s charity hard to find

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, widely believed to the be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country’s most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings. Trump has said he donated $102 million worth of cash and …

GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate. While candidates and their teams have spent hours privately strategizing how best to tackle the billionaire businessman in Thursday’s debate, they publicly discounted the idea of Trump’s rise even …

Hadley voters will decide Tuesday on $107,000 debt exclusion override to buy school bus, police cruiser

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HADLEY — Polls opened at noon Tuesday to decide whether voters approve a $107,000 debt exclusion override to buy two vehicles, a school bus and a police cruiser. The polls at Hopkins Academy will be open until 8 p.m. The $65,000 bus would increase the average tax bill …

Jeb Bush launches White House bid

Monday, June 15, 2015

MIAMI — Vowing to win the Republican presidential nomination on his own merits, Jeb Bush launched a White House bid months in the making Monday with a promise to stay true to his beliefs — easier said than …

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux announces bid for re-election, campaign kick-off event June 25

Friday, June 12, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux announced this week that she is seeking a second term as mayor and will kick off her campaign with a fundraiser on June 25. “I’m extremely honored and proud to be the …

Hillary Clinton schedules fundraiser in Holyoke for July 2

Thursday, June 11, 2015

HOLYOKE — Local supporters of Hillary Clinton prepared to pony up the cash will have a chance to meet the presidential hopeful when she comes to Holyoke on July 2. A “Conversation with Hillary” will be held at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, at a cost of …

DeLeo calls for review of Patrick’s use of ‘trusts’

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Robert DeLeo says Massachusetts lawmakers should take a look at reports that former Gov. Deval Patrick used funds from quasi-public state agencies to help pay for trade missions he led as governor. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the former Democratic governor funneled …

As court ruling looms, Obama hails health law

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared his health care law a firmly established “reality” of American life even as the legality of one of its key elements awaits a decision by the Supreme Court. “This is …

Turkey’s ruling party loses simple majority

Sunday, June 7, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — In a stunning rebuke of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to expand his powers, Turkish voters stripped his party of its simple majority in parliament, preliminary election results showed Sunday. With 99.9 percent of the …

Woman says her brother was sexually abused by Dennis Hastert

Friday, June 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school. Jolene Burdge of Billings, …

Clinton blasts GOP field on voting rights

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HOUSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton accused potential Republican presidential rivals such as Jeb Bush of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Thursday of trying to make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote, laying down …

Bush, Perry add names to crowded Republican field

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush stepped into the Republican race for president on Thursday, finally taking his place — after months of hints and relentless fundraising — amid an unwieldy field of GOP candidates unlike any in recent memory. …