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In Amherst, the Wisdom or the Swan Song of Solomon…?

UPDATED 5/1/18 2:12PM: To issue a correction and  for accuracy. This article inaccurately stated non-Democrats could not join the House Dem caucus. It is, in fact, possible. AMHERST—Two years ago, Ellen Story uncorked 25 years of pent-up Democratic ambition. Hampshire County’s largest community and the

In the Shadow of Grief, the Path Forward for Noho Area District…

The death of 1st Hampshire Representative Peter Kocot has become the latest upheaval in the Upper Pioneer Valley’s legislative delegation. Kocot, 61, died last week of an undisclosed illness. His death has hit state and local pols to a degree that matches or exceeds the

Local Beacon Hill Exits Leave Big Races for Northern Valley…

UPDATED 8:21PM: For an update about the race for Kulik’s seat and to reflect a correction. A previous version of this post listed the wrong days Kulik and Scibak announced their plans. A pair of retirements in the northern Pioneer Valley are certain to enliven

Briefings: In 2nd Hampden, A Werder in Edgewise…

The Pioneer Valley’s first legislative contest formally began today with a Republican announcing her bid for a Democrat-held seat. Allison Werder, the former President of Masslive, launched her campaign for the 2nd Hampden House District Thursday. The move comes several weeks after opening a campaign

The 413 in Beacon Hill’s Committee Pecking Order…

Leadership in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate released their committee assignments for the session that began last month. With thousands of bills to consider, committees can begin parse now that they have leaders and membership. The Western Massachusetts delegation received some plum assignments.

Analysis: Williams’s Two Hats May Mean Many Quandaries…

SPRINGFIELD—To the surprise of few, State Representative Bud Williams announced Monday he would not relinquish his City Council seat after being sworn into the 190th General Court last Wednesday. Resigning mid-way through his eleventh term would have deeded it to 2015 rival, Jesse Lederman. Claiming

Millennials A-Masssing: A Generation Marches on Massachusetts…

UPDATED 2/1/2017 3:15PM: For a correction. Senator Joseph Boncore, Democrat of Winthrop, is also a Millennial was overlooked in prior versions of this post. BOSTON—Both chambers of the Massachusetts Legislature were sworn in Wednesday with the usual ceremony (and free lunch). Governor Charlie Baker did

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 larger 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 Court

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