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Manic Monday Markup 3/2/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Russia, where thousands marched in memory of slain opposition leader Boris Nemstov. Although no longer the pivotal figure he once was among opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Nemstov’s brutal murder in the […]

A step toward more modern Holyoke government? (via Google image search & WMassP&I)

Analysis: Is Holyoke Government Coming out of the Cave?…

HOLYOKE—City Charters are complicated and it is easy to see why. The United States Constitution clocks in at just under 7600 words including amendments. City charters like Holyoke’s have more than 12,000 words—even before the appended special acts and adopted […]

Manic Monday Markup 2/23/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Greece, which has agreed to a four month extension of its bailout terms from European officials. The interim agreement, while essentially the same as the old one and against which the governing party Syriza […]

After 8 Month Trial, a Full Term and a Full Plate for Velis…

This is the third in a series of posts on the new 189th Massachusetts General Court sworn in January 7. WESTFIELD—When John Velis first became the 4th Hampden’s representative, it was too late to file items for the budget himself, let […]

Tardy Tuesday Takedown 2/17/15…

…And the Feds: We begin today in Ukraine, where an uneasy ceasefire between pro-Russian rebels and the government in Kiev has begun. However, fighting continues in a small town that serves as a major rail junction, testing the truce in its very infancy. […]