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Analysis: A Broken Covenant & the Fall of Stan…

UPDATED 5/15/18 12:57PM: For grammar and clarity. As a winter chill whipped through the streets of Boston on January 7, 2015, a transition was underway on Beacon Hill. Beneath the State House’s 217 year-old golden dome, for the first time in decades, a Western Massachusetts

Amid Hefner-gate, Senate Report Leaves Bloom off the Rosenberg…

Further UPDATED 12:42PM: The Globe reports Rosenberg will resign. His last day is tomorrow. Our story has been changed to reflect this. UPDATED 12:22PM: To include new and additional media reports describing local & senators’ comments on Rosenberg. In a report issued Wednesday, the Massachusetts

A Race Gone Amaad? New Hampden Senate Bid Surfaces…

Former Springfield City Councilor Amaad Rivera has reentered the electoral arena, challenging West Springfield Senator James Welch. Rivera, who has mostly worked as a political aide since leaving office, is Welch’s second Democratic primary opponent. Springfield Ward 1 Councilor Adam Gomez announced in January. Taking

Briefings: A Lesser Candidacy Testing Senate Waters…

The jockeying to permanently succeed Stanley Rosenberg as Senate President began anew last weekend amid fresh reports about the widening scandal surrounding his husband. The new details about his spouse, Bryon Hefner, have all but bulldozed Rosenberg’s narrow, delicate path back to power. Acting Senate

Gomez Steps into Senate Race and toward Primary Battle with Welch…

On Friday, nomination papers for state offices became available, prompting an early salvo of pols’ intentions. For example, despite an investigation into his husband, Amherst Senator Stanley Rosenberg picked up nomination papers last week. However, that was not the only Senate news. Springfield Ward 1

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.

Briefings: Lesser Shakes up Senate Staff for Sophomore Term…

UPDATED 1/23/17 11:53AM: To reflect a correction. Samantha Kelly, Lesser’s Legislative Director, does not also carry the title of Legislative Aide. As Eric Lesser starts a new term in the Massachusetts Senate, some fresh faces will serve him in district and in Boston.  The Longmeadow

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

Analysis: Amid Election Fallout, a Generation Gets Push Forward…

The wreckage of this month’s national election has had a number of effects across the country. Given the continued down ballot troubles of Democrats, one immediate consequence has been pushing forward a younger generation of figures in the party. In the Pioneer Valley, this has

Senate Bill Offers Hope to Communities Battling Foreclosures…

Five years ago, cheers broke out in the Springfield City Council chamber after councilors unanimously approved the city’s foreclosure ordinance. Ravaged by the foreclosure crisis and subsequent recession, Springfield had taken a notably bold step toward curbing the deterioration of neighborhoods littered with vacant, bank-owned