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Primary Looming, Bartley & Tautznik’s Positions/Styles on Display…

EASTHAMPTON—Crossing swords for the second time in the remarkably short primary campaign, Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik and Holyoke Ward 3 Councilor David Bartley displayed the choice Democrats will have in next week‘s special primary election.  Monday’s 90 minutes debate at the high school here, organized

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Analysis: Field to Replace Knapik Presages the Tenor of Campaign…

Day by day the race to replace Michael Knapik in the Agawam-Easthampton-Holyoke-Westfield aligned 2nd Hampden & Hampshire is taking shape.  Earlier this week, a few more candidates entered the race while at least one prominent would-be contender bowed out.  Rep. Aaron Vega’s decision to stay

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Vega Staying Put, Will not Run for Knapik’s Seat

BREAKING: This is a developing story. More details when we have them Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega has announced in a statement that he will not seek the seat of former Senator Michael Knapik. In his statement, Vega cited family & political obligations, including the

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Briefings: Knapik Successors’ Dates with Destiny…

Senator Michael Knapik’s resignation letter has not even gone into effect yet and the Senate appears to have written up its order to hold a special election to replace him. Today the office of Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin released the schedule for the

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To Win His Seat, Candidates May Need to Be Like Mike (Knapik)…

BREAKING: State House News has source that puts special senate election Oct 8 (primary) & Nov 5 (general). UPDATED 8/7/13 5:21PM: Maps from previous incarnations of 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District added; previous version of this story said Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto’s seat was

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Briefings: Fresh Indictment, Fresh Implications…

Proving that the Probation Scandal remains an onion with many layers, the Justice Department has issued a fresh indictment of John O’Brien, the former Probation Commissioner and two of his aides to include counts of bribing the leaders of the legislature.  Named by position, but

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The Sun Also Criticizes…

This post was originally published on 3/17/13 10:27. Its time stamp has been changed to promote it to the top of the site. UPDATED 3/19/13 2:56PM: For grammar. Last Monday, Sunshine Week took some Massachusetts legislators by surprise when they discovered Massachusetts had received a

Another Battle for the Senate…& Iowa…

We have some pretty big Massachusetts political news bubbling up from the streets of Springfield, but first a quick word on Iowa.  Willard Mitt Romney should have stayed away.  Yes, he won by eight votes, but unlike the polls that raised up and slapped down