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Is new hope for Springfield pols blossoming? (created via wikipedia, legislative photos and Facebook)

Something Budding from Springfield’s Fallow Political Soil?…

More than a hundred years later, Springfield City Hall remains a solid piece of construction. Even as maintenance of the large Municipal Group to which it belongs has waxed and waned, the strong stone construction remains a tribute to the city’s brighter past. However, 36

Nick Cocchi and wife Wendi take the stage at the Lusitano Club in Ludlow (via Twitter/@ericlesser)

Cocchi Charges to Victory on Busy Primary Day in the Valley…

LUDLOW—After a rollicking primary, Assistant Superintendent Nicholas Cocchi seized the Democratic nomination for Hampden County Sheriff, setting him on a path to succeed, Michael Ashe, the nationally recognized 42-year incumbent. Cocchi triumphed over Springfield City Councilor Thomas Ashe and Governor’s Councilor Michael Albano in a

Puppolo's 12th Hampden district in purple. Williams's 11th Hampden in brown. Tosdao's district in lime green. Gonazalez's district in tan. (via malegislature.gov)

Peering into the 11th Hampden Primary Race…

By the time the Massachusetts legislature is sworn in next January, three of Springfield’s members of the House of Representatives shall have been serving for less than three years. Two new reps from the city were elected two years ago and in January a third

Puppolo's 12th Hampden district in purple. Williams's 11th Hampden in brown. Tosdao's district in lime green. Gonazalez's district in tan. (via malegislature.gov)

Briefings: Swan Senior Set to Sail into the Sunset?…

On Tuesday, weeks of speculation about the race for the 11th Hampden House seat may come to an end. State Representative Benjamin Swan, the incumbent, has scheduled a press conference at his State Street office in Mason Square to make an undisclosed announcement. As Swan’s

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

Not the easiest place to get to from Springfield City Hall. (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