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Mary Anne Marsh, the political pundit who was raised in Greenfield, predicts a "slugfest through the spring and possibily the early summer" in the presidential campaign.

Political analyst Mary Anne Marsh reflects on ‘craziest’ election after New Hampshire primaries

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries. Marsh, a 1975 Greenfield High School graduate, appears regularly as a Democratic political analyst for Fox News and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston. She also does occasional analysis for Politico, The New York Times and other outlets. Marsh predicted as far back as last August that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee because he has the advantage of being someone …

Christie, Fiorina drop out of GOP field as campaigns head to SC

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party’s nomination. Not me, Carly Fiorina announced, dropping out of the campaign. A Chris Christie spokeswoman said his race …

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 …

Mary Cay Andrikidis of Northampton among western Massachusetts residents who brave storm to attend March for Life in Washington, DC

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — For some New England protesters, blizzards are not a good enough reason to stay home. Mary Cay Andrikidis of Florence was among those from western Massachusetts who braved the storm and traveled to Washington, D.C. to …

Clinton backers fear long campaign

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has questioned Bernie Sanders’ electability. She’s criticized his plans for health care, foreign policy and Wall Street. And she’s tagged him with flip-flopping on gun control. None of it appears to be sticking, say …

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 …