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Boston’s Primary Earthquake Ripples into Western Mass Sea Change…

NORTHAMPTON—Amid an upheaval in Boston legislative seats, a new delegation took shape here and points north. All three of the Hampshire County-based seats were vacant due to retirements or death. The adjacent 1st Franklin, also picked a new rep along as did the region’s state

Upper House, Upper Valley: The First Kline of Defense in the Race…

Upper House, Upper Valley is a series on the candidates for the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester Senate Democratic primary on September 4. NORTHAMPTON—On March 29, Chelsea Kline set to out to do something that had not happened since 1991. She announced a challenge Senator Stanley Rosenberg

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.