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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, spars with Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson  listen during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College  Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Candidates take varied tacks in NH

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn’t need to win New Hampshire — but he’d like to. From their movements and …

Even NH Republicans find Sanders ‘honest’ in recent UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found the Vermont senator either “somewhat” or “very” honest (with 94 percent saying so on the …

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, …

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 …

Hadley to consider Proposition 2½ debt exclusion overrides to purchase three vehicles at special town election

Friday, January 15, 2016

HADLEY — Voters at a special town election Tuesday will decide on Proposition 2½ debt exclusion overrides to purchase three vehicles. Voters at a special Town Meeting in October gave initial approval to purchase a dump truck, backhoe and school bus. Voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve …

Heated exchanges between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz dominate year’s first GOP debate

Friday, January 15, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz clashed Thursday night over the Texas senator’s eligibility to serve as commander in chief and the businessman’s “New York values,” ending months of civility between fiery …

House Speaker Paul Ryan, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley offer messages of diversity as antidote to Donald Trump

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — Two fresh faces in the Republican Party — House Speaker Paul Ryan and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — are offering messages of diversity and openness to immigrants that could answer the GOP establishment’s increasingly desperate …