STEVE LeBLANC

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke.

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT
Pressley calls upset House win 'surreal,' gets in Trump dig

BOSTON (AP) — The black Boston city councilor whose upset primary win over a 10-term congressman stunned Massachusetts' political establishment called her victory "surreal" Wednesday and said the wave of inclusiveness sweeping the nation is the best way to counter President Donald Trump.

Sep. 5, 2018 12:41 PM EDT
Pressley's upset another win for fresh Democratic voices

BOSTON (AP) — Ayanna Pressley is all but assured of becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, the latest example of the Democratic Party's embrace of diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.

Sep. 5, 2018 7:30 AM EDT
In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

BOSTON (AP) — In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano lost Tuesday's primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve Massachusetts in Congress.

Sep. 4, 2018 11:48 PM EDT
In Mass. House race, Pressley wins fight for 'soul' of party

BOSTON (AP) — Ayanna Pressley is all but assured of becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, the latest example of the Democratic Party's embrace of diversity and progressive politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.

Sep. 4, 2018 10:24 PM EDT
3 Republicans vie for chance to deny Sen. Warren second term

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren keeps popping up on short lists of possible 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, but three Republicans in her home state are hoping to short-circuit any White House dreams she might have.

Aug. 28, 2018 12:09 AM EDT
Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick weighing 2020 White House bid

BOSTON (AP) — Former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says a 2020 run for the White House is on his "radar screen" — the firmest indication yet that the political confidant of Barack Obama and nation's second elected black governor is seriously weighing a White House bid.

Mar. 11, 2018 9:51 AM EDT
Sen. Warren's challengers weigh Trump's use of 'Pocahontas'

BOSTON (AP) — Most candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in next year's election aren't shying away from President Donald Trump's criticism of her claims of Native American heritage, although all but one say they won't be adopting Trump's habit of deriding the Massachusetts Democrat as "Pocahontas.

Dec. 5, 2017 5:35 PM EST
Presidential tax return ballot question clears key hurdle

BOSTON (AP) — A proposed Massachusetts ballot question that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns from the prior six years to secure a spot on the state primary ballot cleared a key hurdle Wednesday.

Sep. 6, 2017 4:14 PM EDT
Should states make presidential candidates release taxes?

BOSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to publicly release his tax returns is fueling initiatives in Massachusetts and other states that would require presidential candidates to disclose their personal finances before they could appear on the ballot.

Sep. 4, 2017 9:22 AM EDT
Sen. Warren honing campaign pitch as GOP eyes 2018 campaign

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won't face voters for more than a year, but the broad outlines of the effort to unseat the Massachusetts Democrat, and her re-election pitch to voters, are taking shape.

Aug. 6, 2017 12:43 PM EDT
Writing in your vote for president? It might not get counted

BOSTON (AP) — Some disaffected voters, including a few public officials, have vowed to write in the name of their ideal candidate rather than pick among Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and other names printed on the ballot.

Oct. 31, 2016 3:53 PM EDT
Trump's 'Pocahontas' attack rooted in Warren heritage issue

BOSTON (AP) — Donald Trump derisively refers to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas," a taunt rooted in the Democrat's claims of Native American heritage that roiled her 2012 election win in Massachusetts.

Jul. 4, 2016 9:18 AM EDT