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One idea for CPA. (via Facebook/Springfield Preservation Trust)

A Local Question Ponders Power to the People (and the Community)…

SPRINGFIELD—It is not exactly an open secret that Massachusetts’s third largest city has a number of unmet needs both small and large. Because of any number of disparities, there are few tools Springfield can apply that its neighbors can: except one. Virtually all of Springfield

(WMassP&I)

Take My Council, Please: Better Legislate Than Never?…

SPRINGFIELD—The City Council inched closer toward another round of complex and fraught legislating as it signaled plans to reform the city’s beleaguered responsible employer ordinance. The law, intended to provide minimum standards of employment for workers employed by city contractors, has been buffeted by weak

(WMassP&I)

Take My Council, Please: Heading into Unchartered Waters…

SPRINGFIELD—The battle over charter schools dominated Monday City Council meeting, injecting the body into the fraught battle over the ballot question that would raise the charter cap in Massachusetts. But that issue did not monopolize councilors’ attention, as the body also spent a considerable amount

A misconduct adds to the weight, but maybe there's an upside this side. (created via wikipedia and city images)

Analysis: Fruitful Discussion Possible after Non-Fatal Police Misconduct…

Amid the current national climate of community-police relations, Springfield has been relatively lucky. Tensions are often high, but since Melvin Jones, there have been no Charlottes or Tulsas caught on cell phone cameras. Nevertheless, the actions of Gregg Bigda, a Springfield narcotics detective, threaten the

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 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

(WMassP&I)

Take My Council, Please: Halt & Catch Fire Chiefs…

SPRINGFIELD—City Councilors here turned back an already-expired labor pact covering only ten employee in the latest battle over the issue of residency for city employees. The pact covered a four-year period ending this past June. That outstanding gap has been an impediment to future labor

Michael Albano in 2012 (via Facebook/Albano campaign)

A Politician for Sheriff: A Redemption without Penance?…

To hear Michael Albano remember the past and plan for the future, how he revived the city and is the most qualified sheriff candidate statewide, it almost feels believable. Even thirteen years after he left 36 Court Street, one can see how the intense ex-Springfield

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

Councilor Thomas Ashe in Indian Orchard in Springfield 8/21 (WMassP&I)

A Generalist for Sheriff: Thomas Ashe Touts Well-Roundedness…

SPRINGFIELD—Fairly or not, Thomas Ashe’s political scorecard perhaps invites charges of being a political climber. An ambitious run for mayor and a stab at Clerk of Courts were unsuccessful. But unlike those other bids, the four-term councilor appears to have many of the goods voters Hampden County