Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
P/cloudy
64°
P/cloudy
Hi 82° | Lo 61°

Politics

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus, center, speaks with people in the audience after addressing the crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

GOP chairman says party competing for black votes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race. Priebus also said he’s confident the party will take back the U.S. Senate from Democrat control and add more seats to its … 0

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, clarified his position Wednesday on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct project in a statement, as three area legislators prepared to attend a rally across from the Statehouse emphasizing their own positions opposing the nearly 300-mile pipeline. In an open letter to constituents in Franklin, Hampshire and Worcester counties, … 3

Ex-security czar under graft probe in China

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the … 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

Modi becomes Indian PM

Monday, May 26, 2014

NEW DELHI — Narendra Modi took the oath of office as India’s new prime minister at the sprawling presidential palace on Monday, a moment made more historic by the presence of the leader of archrival Pakistan. Modi’s inauguration … 0

State GOP pushes back on indexed gasoline tax

Monday, May 26, 2014

BOSTON — Critics of a law that allows for automatic increases in the state’s gasoline tax have pounced on the issue with the hope of pushing it to the forefront of the election year debate. Republicans, currently shut out of statewide offices and heavily outnumbered in the Legislature, … 0

Far right, Euroskeptics make big gains in EU vote

Sunday, May 25, 2014

BRUSSELS — Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday — triggering what one prime minister called a political “earthquake” by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish … 0

Exit polls: Candy tycoon elected Ukraine president

Sunday, May 25, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Exit polls suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president Sunday in the first round of balloting in the bitterly divided country, and he vowed “to bring peace to the Ukrainian land.” The billionaire who … 0

Patrick adds staff, expands political reach

Thursday, May 22, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is adding staff to his political action committee and wading into campaigns in Texas and Georgia as he expands his national political reach. Patrick on Thursday said longtime aide and current chief of staff in the governor’s office — Brendan Ryan — … 0

David Vacchi will not seek recount in 16-vote Belchertown School Committee election loss

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — David Vacchi, the third-place finisher in a three-way race for School Committee, changed his mind about seeking a recount after learning of the procedure he would have to go through in order to have the results reconsidered. Michael Knapp and Dawn French, the two top vote-getters … 0

Iraq’s al-Maliki closes in on third term

Monday, May 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved closer to winning a third term Monday as his Shiite-dominated political bloc emerged firmly in first place in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011. … 0

Ralph Nader scheduled to discuss new book, political alliances in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, May 15, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ralph Nader, four-time presidential candidate, consumer advocate and author, is scheduled to appear in Shelburne Falls next month to talk about his new book and his ideas for getting conservatives and progressives to work together for common goals. Nader’s newest book is called “Unstoppable: The … 0

Granby seeks $363,000 override for trash collection in Monday’s election

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GRANBY — Voters Monday will be asked to approve a $363,041 Proposition 2½ property tax override to pay for the first year of a new waste-collection program approved at a special Town Meeting in April. In the town election that takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. … 0