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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., right, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to talk about his move to disentangle one of two contested immigration measures from the Homeland Security budget and debate the issues separately, as the Senate faces an impasse over provisions attached to the spending bill aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We could have that vote very quickly,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said as his party struggled to escape a political predicament of …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and one available seat on the School Committee for which there are no declared candidates. Finance …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent O’Connor of Precinct 1 that sought to have Phoebe Hazzard, of 208 Snell St., removed …

Rally against Keystone XL pipeline draws 60 protesters in downtown Northampton

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Climate-minded protesters from throughout the Valley gathered in front of the old Hampshire County Courthouse Tuesday evening in solidarity with demonstrators across the country demanding that President Barack Obama reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Some …

Va. lawmaker wins election from jail

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker who resigned his seat following a sex scandal involving a teenager has won it back in a special election. Joe Morrissey defeated two opponents in the Richmond-area House of Delegates race …

Bid to draft Warren heads to NH

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Progressive activists hoping to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race will hold their first meeting in the key early-voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday. Members of MoveOn.org and Democracy for …

Area briefs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tuesday rally targets Keystone pipeline NORTHAMPTON — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline will rally in downtown Northampton Tuesday afternoon. Organizers say they will join a national day of action against the project and call on President Barack Obama to veto the pipeline bill that passed in …

UPDATED: Douglas Slaughter announces run for Amherst Select Board seat; Hayden won’t seek reelection

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — A Finance Committee member announced Monday that he is running for the lone seat on the Select Board that comes up for grabs in the March 31 town election. Douglas W. Slaughter, of 5 Dwight Circle, has taken out nomination papers to run for the three-year …

Sources say Romney considering third run for White House

Sunday, January 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he is seriously considering a third run for the White House. It’s a dramatic shift for the 2012 …

Chummy, they’re not: No charm offensive for Obama, party leaders

Sunday, January 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — He hardly ever calls. When he does, it’s all business. And that’s President Barack Obama’s vibe with top Democrats on Capitol Hill. With Republicans, there’s even less chemistry. But GOP congressional leaders don’t show much inclination …

Book tour deploys Rand Paul’s secret weapon

Friday, January 9, 2015

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. — Once described as her husband’s secret weapon, Kelley Paul won’t be a secret much longer. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s wife of 24 years is stepping onto the national stage as part of a book tour …

Sworn in: Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan

Friday, January 9, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS Sworn in Above, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan is sworn in for his second term by Hampshire County Clerk of Courts Harry Jekanowski, left, and First Assistant Clerk of Courts Nancy Foley Wednesday at the …

Calif.’s Boxer won’t seek re-election to Senate

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to …