Are the stakes low in Holyoke’s mayoral election? Not in the least. The city will be, for the first time, electing a mayor for four years. That person will have twice the time to imprint their agenda onto the city before facing voters again. At
It is arguably the most competitive election in the Pioneer Valley, but it has not been like the national election. Apocalyptic, dark ads are not carpet-bombing television. Debates are not soaked in tension and wrath and indeed, are a bit dry. The 1st Hampden &
Events rocked the Hampden Sheriff’s race once again Friday as Jack Griffin, a retired substance abuse specialist with Connecticut’s prison system, abruptly withdrew from the Democratic primary race and endorsed Springfield City Councilor Thomas Ashe. Councilor Ashe’s entry alone shook the race up creating a
CAMBRIDGE—Substantively little has been or could be done to contain the flood of money into American politics ushered in by Citizens United v. FEC, the 2010 US Supreme Court case that sanctioned unlimited third-party spending in elections. A few weeks ago, people “rolled their eyes”
UPDATED 5/4/14 11:07PM: For clarity, grammar and additional links. Three months after Senator Gale Candaras said she would retire from the 1st Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat, the Democratic primary has descended into a slugfest. The target: Eric Lesser, the former White House aide from Longmeadow.
Sen. Welch Meets Supporters in Springfield (Facebook) Last night at Samuel’s at the Basketball Hall of Fame a fairly common event for politicians took place, but there was, for Springfield, an uncommon element to it. Senator James Welch, who is in his freshman year as
**This post has been updated to reflect new information obtained from the governor’s office.** Councilor Rivera (Facebook) It is always hard to measure what impact scandals will have on a politician. Nobody seemed to care that Rick Perry received a $25,000 donation from Ken Lay