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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.  talks to a reporter following a speech in Goose Creek, S.C. The vote could put Senate Republicans in the uncomfortable position of saying no to a politically powerful constituency during an election year. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill’s author and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has gained the endorsement of myriad veterans groups to generate momentum for his bill, which the panel says would cost $21 billion over 10 years. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

S.C.’s Graham rejects GOP Benghazi report as ‘garbage’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — A top Republican took aim at his GOP colleagues on Sunday for issuing a report that largely absolved the Obama administration for its handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, dismissing the accounting by the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee as “full of crap.” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said that in compiling …

New parties struggle for toehold in Mass.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two top political parties. By the time polls closed, the number of parties with official status …

Group asks Baker to act on mental health policies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker should move quickly after taking office to address issues surrounding mental health treatment, including disparities between insurance payment rates for behavioral health and other medical services, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness unveiled several recommendations for the first 100 days of Baker’s administration. His inauguration is Jan. 8. …

In bid for Hispanic votes, Democrats run Latina candidates for lieutenant governor in key states

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

APOPKA, Fla. — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at the umpteenth “How does it feel …

Political briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Democrats hope to win more business support WASHINGTON — Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego had a major disadvantage in seeking the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for November’s midterm election: He’s a Democrat. The views of the nation’s largest business group are closely aligned with …

Libertarian Kenneth Roberts Jr. of Granby challenges 11-term state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tax policy and the role of government provide sharp contrasts for voters in the 3rd Hampshire District, who Tuesday will choose between incumbent Democrat Ellen Story of Amherst and challenger Kenneth J. Roberts Jr., a Libertarian from Granby, …

CHART: Supporters of expanded bottle bill face well-funded opponents of Question 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As she discussed the merits of a ballot question that would expand the state’s bottle bill for the first time in 31 years, Susan Waite reached into a container at the city’s Locust Street recycling center …

Coakley, Baker hold next-to-last TV debate

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley sharpened their attacks on each other during their next-to-last televised debate for Massachusetts governor. Coakley defended herself against a Boston Globe report in which former inspector general Gregory Sullivan …

Democrats go on attack in Senate campaign

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Their majority in jeopardy, Senate Democrats unleashed a late-campaign round of attack ads Monday accusing Republicans in key races of harboring plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. The commercials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Louisiana and …

Polls indicate GOP continues to lead in quest for Senate control

Sunday, October 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Republicans hold a narrow but steady lead in the contest for control of the Senate, according to polls released Sunday. Enough races remain extremely close that Democrats could still keep control of the chamber, but only if all the breaks go their way. So far, that’s …

In governor’s election, Coakley, Baker both seek political redemption

Sunday, October 26, 2014

BOSTON — For Democrat Martha Coakley, the governor’s race in Massachusetts is more than just a contest for the state’s top political office. It’s also a quest for political redemption. Four years ago, Coakley, the state’s attorney general, …

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine vote

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia. Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro Poroshenko’s …

Brazilian president wins re-election narrowly

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday won a second term as the leader of the world’s fourth-largest democracy in the nation’s closest presidential election in more than two decades. Her triumph came despite a sluggish …