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Warren raises more than $2.7 million in 2015

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won’t face re-election until 2018, but she’s raising campaign cash at a strong clip. Federal Election Commission records show the Massachusetts Democrat collected more than $2.7 million in contributions in 2015, ending the year with over $3.1 million in her campaign account. The donors hail from nearly every state — evidence that Warren’s appeal goes far beyond Massachusetts. The smallest donation was $1 and …

Local political activists assess wins by Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump in NH

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Patty Healey, a member of National Nurses United, was up in New Hampshire all day Tuesday, but she did not get to stick around to see the results. “All I did was work,” she said. That work was knocking on doors, checking voter lists and taking people to the polls for …

Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Bernie Sanders win NH primaries in scrambled presidential campaign

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies. Sanders swept majorities of men, women, independents and young people in his win over Hillary Clinton, but faces challenges …

Special Town Meeting will consider paying half the cost of new roof at Deerfield Elementary School

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DEERFIELD — Voters at a special Town Meeting Monday night will be asked to approve paying for about half the cost of a new roof for Deerfield Elementary School. The school’s existing roof is nearing the end of its 20-year life span, and the town received a grant …

Southampton special Town Meeting to consider $135,000 override to pay for second shift at Fire Department

Thursday, January 21, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON — For the second time in eight months, voters will be asked Tuesday to approve an override of Proposition 2½ that would provide $135,000 for a second shift at the Fire Department. That is one of 16 articles at a special Town Meeting at 7 p.m. in …

Sanders taps youthful enthusiasm in unexpected campaign rise

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Bernie Sanders was halfway through his opening statement — a stern, 45-minute lecture on domestic policy leavened with a dash of political pep talk — when he realized the crowd had missed one of …

Northampton, Amherst voters see a Sanders win in the Massachusetts primary

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Jason Silberstein has made up his mind. He stopped by the city clerk’s office Wednesday and cast an absentee ballot for Bernie Sanders in the Massachusetts Democratic primary, which will be held on March 1. He …

Refugee bill dies in Senate

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a bill Wednesday to enhance screening of refugees, after Republican and Democratic leaders failed to strike a deal on politically charged amendments. The procedural vote on the refugee legislation fell five votes short of the 60-vote margin needed to bring the bill to …

Senators spar with AG on Obama gun actions

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama’s executive actions curbing guns, telling lawmakers Wednesday that the president took lawful, common-sense steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly. …

Amherst officials admit error in setting 2015 deadline for challenging signatures on nomination forms

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AMHERST — Two Town Meeting members who attempted to challenge the legitimacy of some signatures on nomination forms for a School Committee member elected in March should have had additional time to file their appeal, according to town officials. Interim Town Manager David Ziomek said Tuesday that Town …

Palin endorses Trump, will help campaign in Iowa

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, giving the billionaire businessman a potential boost with some voters less than two weeks before voting begins with the Iowa …

Hadley voters approve debt exclusion overrides for school bus and dump truck, but backhoe fails

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

HADLEY — The town will be able to purchase a new school bus and dump truck, but will have to wait on getting a new backhoe. Voters at a special election Tuesday approved two of three Proposition 2½ debt exclusion overrides to borrow for the vehicles. All the …

Williamsburg voters approve Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override to spend $465,000 for new fire engine

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

WILLIAMSBURG — Voters at a special election Tuesday narrowly approved a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override to spend $465,000 for a new fire engine. The override passed 124-104. The 228 people who cast ballots represent about 12 percent of the 1,881 registered votes in Williamsburg. The town approved …