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The 3rd Hampshire includes all of Amherst and Pelham and Precinct 1 of Granby. (via mass.gov)

Briefings: Her Story in the Legislature Is Ending…

In a Facebook post this afternoon, Amherst Representative Ellen Story confirmed her retirement from the Massachusetts House of Representatives after 24 years. Story, a native Texan, took the seat over from current Senate President Stanley Rosenberg when he was elected to former US Congressman John

Still riding high.(WMassP&I)

From Westfield to Beacon Hill, Velis Knows How to Play Ball…

UPDATED 11/23/15 5:23PM: Gov. Baker has signed Velis’ bill into law. WESTFIELD—The dreary, rainy fall night enveloping a former auto dealership along Route 20 belied the party inside. Bright arc lights flooded the service bays, now filled with the Shortstop Bar & Grille’s batting cages.

Artist's rendition of a Holyoke councilor. (via memegenerator.net)

Editorial: Holyoke Councilors Can’t Always Get What They Want…

One major trouble in Holyoke these days is the water and sewer departments’ effect upon the budget. In comparison to Springfield, where the unitary Water & Sewer Commission essentially operates off-budget, the costs and revenues of Holyoke’s systems for delivering potable water and removing water directly

The factory floor of Cartamundi's plant, making Hasbro/Milton Bradley games.

Briefings: A New Valley Economy, Some Assembly Required…

EAST LONGMEADOW—The whir and hum of machines sorting, folding and packing markers, die and tokens hovered over every station. Different board games boxed for shipment, were packed together in bricks of Sorry, Monopoly, Connect Four and more, to be sent off to retailers or intermediary distributors

Downing will likely play a big role in major issues facing Beacon Hill in 2016. (WMassP&I)

Analysis: Mass. FY2016 Budget Winners & Losers (but of What?)…

On balance the budget passed by the legislature and under review by Governor Charlie Baker is not bad. Like many a budget, it includes goodies for members, some substantive, others less so. One non-politician political winner is the poor, who saw the Earned Income Tax

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A Political Career Revived, Mr. Tosado Goes to Boston…

This is the fourth in a series of posts on the new 189th Massachusetts General Court sworn on January 7. SPRINGFIELD—Three and a half years after Jose Tosado suffered a devastating loss in 2011’s mayoral election here, the reserved, former councilor’s decision to reenter the political

One of Velis' Friendly Confines. (WMassP&I)

Editorial: Senate Adds Progress and Progressivity to Its Budget…

This week the Massachusetts Senate made a long overdue move in a fiscally responsible way that reflects the needs of our commonwealth and its neediest citizens. By a 29-11 vote—sufficient to override a veto if the House concurs—the Senate voted to permanently freeze the income