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Mary Gail Cokkinias (WMassP&I)

Longmeadow Daze: Around Town and among the 538…

Longmeadow Daze is an occasional series reporting on and analyzing Longmeadow government and politics. LONGMEADOW—It is an oddity among Western democracies, but one American students learn early on in social studies classes. Since the founding of the republic, the Electoral College, not voters, formally decide


Take My Council, Please: Better Legislate Than Never?…

SPRINGFIELD—The City Council inched closer toward another round of complex and fraught legislating as it signaled plans to reform the city’s beleaguered responsible employer ordinance. The law, intended to provide minimum standards of employment for workers employed by city contractors, has been buffeted by weak

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Manic Monday Markup 10/17/16…

…And the World: We begin today in Iraq, where government forces in concert with the United States have begun their assault on Daesh’s last stronghold in the country, Mosul. The fundamentalist terrorist group, also known as ISIS/ISIL, has drained away from Iraq amid onslaughts from

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Tardy Tuesday Takedown 10/11/16…

The Feds: We begin today in the United States, where the Republican party is in convulsions after a devastating video revealed its nominee, real estate tycoon and provocateur Donald Trump, bragging about sexually assaulting women and that he can do so because of his fame.


Take My Council, Please: Heading into Unchartered Waters…

SPRINGFIELD—The battle over charter schools dominated Monday City Council meeting, injecting the body into the fraught battle over the ballot question that would raise the charter cap in Massachusetts. But that issue did not monopolize councilors’ attention, as the body also spent a considerable amount