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JERREY ROBERTS
Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school.

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s elections will find only one actively contested races for a town board. And in the one …

Amherst write-in campaign backs Lawrence O’Brien for school panel, but he says he will not accept seat

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Supporters of incumbent School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien are staging a write-in campaign on his behalf in advance of Tuesday’s town elections. Problem is, he’s not interested. O’Brien, who withdrew from the election despite collecting enough signatures to be on the ballot, said Thursday he will not serve another term …

Southampton voters to decide contested races for Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

southampton — Select Board and School Committee incumbents face challengers and two candidates are vying for an open Board of Health seat in contests that will be decided at the annual town election on May 4. Incumbent David McDougall, Shannon Cutler and Charles J. Kaniecki are seeking the two available three-year seats on the Select Board. One is currently held by Edward J. …

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, …

GOP votes again to repeal Obamacare; Senate bill blocked

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Newly empowered congressional Republicans challenged President Barack Obama at both ends of the Capitol on Tuesday, voting in the House to repeal the health care program he signed into law but faltering in an initial Senate …

William Sayre elected to fill Williamsburg Select Board vacancy with 18 percent voter turnout in Monday’s storm

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — William Sayre of Conway Road is the newest member of the Select Board after winning election Monday to fill the remaining few months of former selectman Paul Dunphy’s three-year term. There was an 18 percent voter turnout, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Dunphy resigned his …

Christie: Parents deserve measure of choice on vaccinations

Monday, February 2, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, England — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he’s taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. …

Wisconsin governor Walker ramping up a national political operation

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address …

Kerry fined $50 for failing to shovel snow at Boston home

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON — On a to-do list that includes world peace, one chore U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry missed is going to cost him personally — to the tune of $50. After this week’s blizzard dumped 2 feet of snow on Boston, Kerry failed to have the snow …

Three candidates seek remainder of term vacated by Paul Dunphy on Williamsburg Select Board

Friday, January 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Three candidates are on the ballot in Monday’s special election to fill the remaining four months of a seat on the Select Board left open with the November resignation of Paul Dunphy. The candidates are Richard Kisloski, of Cole Hill Road; Robert Parker, of Lawton Hill …

Mass. reps to serve on key committees

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have been named to serve as the top Democrats on key U.S. House committees. Rep. Jim McGovern of Worcester has been appointed the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, which oversees in part the …

House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the powerful post. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring …