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What is Super Tuesday? Why it matters and what to watch
03-02-2024 3:21 PM

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI

The biggest day of this year’s primary campaign is approaching as 16 states vote in contests known as Super Tuesday.The elections are a crucial moment for President Joe Biden and Donald Trump, who are the overwhelming front-runners for the Democratic...

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Only Human with Joan Axelrod-Contrada: Dating across the aisle: Can we see past politics in our relationships?
05-09-2024 12:57 PM

By JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA

Every time I hear “One Tribe” by the Black Eyed Peas my idealistic and dance-happy sides unite in sonic bliss.I picture everyone coming together in some magic club beaming the feel-good vibes of the boundary-busting band, washing away all our...


U.S. Rep. McGovern talks national issues, local effects at South County Senior Center
04-06-2024 11:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a visit to the South County Senior Center, much of U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s discussion with residents focused on national issues, such as immigration and the war in Gaza. Still, the longtime Worcester Democrat emphasized these...


Forum with legislators explores rural school aid, recreation tax and more
02-22-2024 4:16 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

CHARLEMONT — State Sen. Paul Mark and state Rep. Natalie Blais fielded questions on rural school aid, potential recreation taxes, affordable housing and more during a recent public forum attended by roughly 20 residents.The “ReMarks and Refreshments”...


Health care workers urge Neal to stand up for Gaza cease-fire
02-06-2024 5:34 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SPRINGFIELD — Dozens of area health care professionals rallied outside the federal courthouse Tuesday to demand that U.S. Rep. Richard Neal join their call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.Speakers representing the interfaith Healthcare Workers...


Ballot Law Commission tosses Trump challenge
01-22-2024 8:52 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON – A Massachusetts panel on Monday unanimously denied an effort to remove former President Donald Trump’s name from the Republican presidential primary ballot.The State Ballot Law Commission dismissed a challenge that alleged Trump is ineligible...


Trump wins Iowa’s leadoff caucuses
01-15-2024 10:11 PM

By The Associated Press

Donald Trump has won Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses.The former president’s victory on Monday night gives him a strong start in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination as the contest moves to New Hampshire.Former U.N. Ambassador...


State advocacy group with local ties seeks to remove Trump from ballot
01-08-2024 4:43 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

After filing legal challenges in several other states to bar Donald Trump from ballot eligibility in this year’s primaries, a Massachusetts-incorporated advocacy group with local ties has now done so in its home state.Free Speech for People, a...


Beacon Hill Roll Call, Dec. 25-29
01-07-2024 8:33 PM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the number of times in the 2023 session each senator sided with Democratic Gov. Maureen Healey and voted to sustain/support...


State school association honors Rep. Carey as Legislator of the Year
12-14-2023 3:55 PM

By Maddie Fabian

EASTHAMPTON — State Rep. Daniel Carey, D-Easthampton, is the 2023 Legislator of the Year for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC).Each year, MASC recognizes a state senator and a state representative for their contributions to...


Local residents recall JFK assassination 60 years on
11-22-2023 1:35 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Riding the commuter rail home to Haverhill from Boston in the early afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, David Lewis couldn’t help but notice all the American flags he passed had been lowered to half-staff. This was peculiar, he recalled, “because they weren’t...


Beacon Hill Roll Call, Nov. 6-10
11-17-2023 8:49 AM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes from the week of Nov. 6-10. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week.FREE PHONE CALLS FOR PRISONERS (H 4051): House 132-26, (Senate on a voice vote without a...


Senate will press for prescription drug cost relief
11-09-2023 5:06 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Patients would pay no more than $25 for certain name-brand medications to treat some chronic illnesses and face no costs whatsoever for similar generic options under the latest prescription drug legislation set to emerge in the Senate.Senate...


Two incumbents joined by three newcomers on Amherst School Committee
11-08-2023 4:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two incumbent School Committee members will be joined by three newcomers following Tuesday’s town election, according to unofficial results from the town clerk’s office.Incumbent member Irv Rhodes earned the most votes at the election,...


Sitting Easthampton School Committee members prevail, will be joined by 2 newcomers
11-08-2023 1:52 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — January brings a new era for the School Committee, whose six members elected Tuesday will seek to turn the page after a controversial spring in which two members quit over the handling of a failed superintendent hire. Voters on Election...


Most Amherst council returnees hold off challengers: Nine of 13 elected town councilors endorsed by PAC Amherst Forward
11-08-2023 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Five members of the Town Council who have served continuously since it was seated in fall 2018 fended off challenges at Tuesday’s town election, according to unofficial results from the town clerk’s office.Both Lynn Griesemer and Pat De...


Elkins, Perry win at-large seats on Northampton council; Agna, Davis to retain at-large positions on School Committee
11-08-2023 12:34 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A pair of current city councilors — Marissa Elkins and Garrick Perry — swept aside two challengers in Tuesday’s municipal election to capture the at-large positions on the City Council, based on unofficial results. Elkins, an at-large...


House plan may challenge Healey’s shelter cap
11-07-2023 4:06 PM

By Chris Lisinski and Sam Drysdale

BOSTON — With the state’s emergency shelters on the verge of hitting a new capacity limit, House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a new plan to create an “overflow” option that would support families for whom space is not immediately available.Venturing...


Tibetan leader offers students window into ‘roof of the world’
11-06-2023 4:41 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

AMHERST — Penpa Tsering, leader of the Tibetan “government in exile,” recently traveled to the University of Massachusetts to discuss how China is attempting to eradicate Tibet’s unique cultural identity, urging listeners to be wary of “the dragon” —...


Voters face key decisions in municipal elections on Tuesday
11-05-2023 10:59 AM

By Scott Merzbach, Maddie Fabian and Alexander MacDougall

Voters in three Hampshire County towns face key decisions for the future of their legislative branches on Tuesday, when Amherst, Northampton and Easthampton hold municipal elections to select new councilors, school committee members, library trustees...


Beacon Hill Roll Call, Oct. 23-27
11-05-2023 8:41 AM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes from the week of October 23-27. There were no roll calls in the House last week. MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS (S 2481): Senate 39-0, approved and sent to the House a bill that would...

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