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A step toward more modern Holyoke government? (via Google image search & WMassP&I)

Analysis: Is Holyoke Government Coming out of the Cave?…

HOLYOKE—City Charters are complicated and it is easy to see why. The United States Constitution clocks in at just under 7600 words including amendments. City charters like Holyoke’s have more than 12,000 words—even before the appended special acts and adopted […]

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Manic Monday Markup 2/23/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Greece, which has agreed to a four month extension of its bailout terms from European officials. The interim agreement, while essentially the same as the old one and against which the governing party Syriza […]

Tardy Tuesday Takedown 2/17/15…

…And the Feds: We begin today in Ukraine, where an uneasy ceasefire between pro-Russian rebels and the government in Kiev has begun. However, fighting continues in a small town that serves as a major rail junction, testing the truce in its very infancy. […]

Manic Monday Markup 2/9/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Israel, where a new poll has dimmed some of the edge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has show in recent polls. For the first time in a few weeks, Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog appears […]

Manic Monday Markup 2/2/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Australia, where an election in the state of Queensland has rocked the political Land Down Under. Three years after annihilating the Labor party in the state parliament, the Liberal-National (LNP)  coalition suffered a […]

Manic Monday Markup 1/26/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Greece, where Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftist Syriza party has won yesterday’s Greek election by a commanding margin. Though insufficient to form a majority on his own, the Independent Greek party […]

Tardy Tuesday Takedown 1/20/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Yemen, where Houthi rebels have taken the presidential palace, sounding a warning to the Western-backed president. A truce between the rebels and the government has collapsed. The New York Times tells us who the […]

Manic Monday Markup 1/12/15…

…And the World: We begin today in France, where an international unity event was held following last week’s rampage at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, and then across the greater Paris area, including a Kosher grocery […]

Manic Monday Markup 1/5/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Indonesia, where the government has begun to crack down on airlines after the loss of an AirAsia flight in the Sea of Java among the nation’s islands. Flight QZ8051 disappeared December 28 of […]

The Year in Springfield, 2014…

Another year has come to a close and without a doubt, it was a huge year in Springfield politics primarily for state offices. Springfield area legislative delegation underwent one of the more dramatic and in some cases sudden transformations in […]