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Okla. transgender candidate misses history by 22 votes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oklahoma’s 88th legislative district is a bright blue dot in a deep red state, a district that has sent liberal and openly gay lawmakers to the state Capitol. And last week, it came within 22 votes of electing the state’s first openly transgender candidate. Paula Sophia, 48 — Democrat, author, retired Oklahoma City cop and Army veteran — lost 990 to 968 in a primary runoff for a state House … 0

GOP’s Baker stockpiling money in race for governor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOSTON — While the three Democratic candidates for governor have been spending down their campaign accounts as they battle for their party’s primary nod, Republican candidate Charlie Baker has been busy stockpiling money for the November general election. As of mid-August, Baker had nearly $1.2 million left in his campaign account — more than twice as much as the nearest Democrat, Martha Coakley, … 2

Four big-money brothers, four paths

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from … 0

Democratic convention will be test for Coakley

Sunday, June 8, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Democratic Convention looms as the biggest political test for gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley since an ill-fated U.S. Senate campaign against Republican Scott Brown more than four years ago. Analysts say anything less than a solid showing by the current attorney general at next weekend’s … 0

Egypt’s new president sworn in

Sunday, June 8, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, winner by a landslide in last month’s presidential election, was sworn into office Sunday nearly a year after he ousted the nation’s first freely elected leader. The retired field … 0

Opposition to proposed $3.9 million Town Hall expansion surfaces in Whately

Thursday, June 5, 2014

WHATELY — Last-minute opposition is surfacing against the proposed $3.9 million Town Hall expansion as residents prepare to go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a debt exclusion for the project. Two Finance Committee members, Joseph Zewinski and Robert Fydenkevez, and a town resident, John Wroblewski, have … 0

Ralph Nader calls for nonpartisan political alliances as key to change

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Political activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader had plenty to say Wednesday night about how Americans on both sides of the political aisle could work together to more swiftly bring government changes wanted by … 0

Recount leaves outcome unchanged in Belchertown School Committee election

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A recount in the three-way race for two seats on the School Committee yielded one additional vote for third-place finisher David Vacchi but did not change the outcome of the election. Dawn French, whose total of … 0

Spanish king abdicates in favor of more popular son

Monday, June 2, 2014

MADRID — King Juan Carlos, who led Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced damaging scandals amid the nation’s financial meltdown, announced Monday he will abdicate in favor of his more popular son so that fresh royal … 0

Palestinians form cabinet

Monday, June 2, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a national unity government Monday, formally ending a crippling seven-year split with his Islamic militant Hamas rivals but drawing Israeli threats of retaliation. The formation of the … 0

Ralph Nader to speak Wednesday in Shelburne Falls about latest book ‘Unstoppable’ which seeks to overcome partisan barriers

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — When consumer advocate and social critic Ralph Nader ran for president in the 1992 New Hampshire primary, the biggest surprise for Nader — who says he was “stereotyped as an ultra-liberal” — was that he received slightly more support from Republicans than from Democrats. He … 0

El-Sissi wins Egyptian election by landslide

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CAIRO — Nearly a year after he ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president, former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was elected president by a landslide of 92 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results released by his campaign … 0

Pro-military fervor in evidence as Egyptians go to polls

Monday, May 26, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s presidential election on Monday turned into a nationalist celebration at many polls with voters singing and dancing for the almost certain winner — former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who last year ousted the first … 0