Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
P/cloudy
35°
P/cloudy
Hi 47° | Lo 25°

Politics

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 file photo shows boxes of Jell-O on a shelf at a store in Vauxhall, N.J. Utah's legislature has voted on favor of Jell-O as the state snack. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders' effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor, the pols got pasted as insensitive bullies. But in a state with an official tree, bird, dog, animal, insect, amphibian, butterfly, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, rock, mineral, gem and, yes, tartan, some say the legislators have a point. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File)

How many state bugs, beans are necessary?

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders’ effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor, the …

Buhari leads in Nigeria presidential vote as protests persist

Monday, March 30, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari took a wide lead in the presidential race with almost half of the 36 states reporting results from the March 28-29 general elections. Buhari led with 61.5 percent of the vote to 34.4 percent for President Goodluck Jonathan with tallies from 15 states and …

Amherst voters Tuesday will decide contested race for two School Commitee seats

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Voters will decide just one townwide race for two positions on the School Committee in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three candidates are running for School Committee, Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., will both have their names on the ballot, while Victor A. Nunez-Ortiz, 5 …

Just Biden being Biden? VP’s odd moves give pause

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Here’s the thing about impromptu moments in politics: Often they work, sometimes they fall flat, but occasionally they turn out downright awkward. Vice President Joe Biden learned that the hard way Tuesday — twice. Hosting a …

Mass. delegation leery of war powers request

Monday, February 16, 2015

BOSTON — Members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are casting a skeptical eye on President Barack Obama’s legislation to authorize military force against Islamic State fighters. Obama is seeking a three-year authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State militants or any successor groups without regard …

Oregon governor quits amid scandal

Friday, February 13, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. In a lengthy statement released Friday, Kitzhaber said he broke no laws …

Alabama’s stand against gay marriage withers

Friday, February 13, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s stand against gay marriage crumbled Friday as judges in most counties sided with federal courts rather than their own chief justice, a Republican who once called homosexuality an inherent evil. Many counties in the Bible Belt state reversed course and began issuing the licenses …

Top Democrats urge Ore. governor to resign

Friday, February 13, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant suspected of using their relationship to land …

Lawrence O’Brien will not seek reelection to seat on Amherst School Committee

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST — School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien is not seeking reelection to the seat he has held for three years. O’Brien said in an email Thursday that he formally withdrew from the race Wednesday so that he can spend time attending to a family member facing medical …

Nomination papers available for 19 positions on ballot in Hatfield town election

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

HATFIELD — Nomination papers and information about elected positions are now available in the town clerk’s office at Memorial Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are 19 positions available at the annual town election on May 19 when polls will be …

Contests for School Committee and Housing Authority in Amherst town election

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — Three candidates will compete for two available seats on the Amherst School Committee in the March 31 town election. Incumbent committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien, 22 Harris St., Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., all submitted 50 signatures …

Oregon official faces call to quit in fiancee scandal

Friday, February 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s not a question an elected official wants to hear at a widely broadcast news conference about his official conduct, but it was one of the gentler ones thrown at Oregon’s embattled Gov. John Kitzhaber last week: “Have you been blinded by love?” His answer …

Benghazi panel aims to query Obama officials

Friday, February 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — A special House committee looking into the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attacks in 2012 will interview a host of current and former high-ranking Obama administration officials as it speeds the pace of the investigation. The panel’s chairman, …