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Dealer Has…Twenty-One..

No this is not a gambling post. Thank goodness. Rather, this is a reflection on a different twenty-one, as in the age. Without revealing too much about my secret identity, your host recently turned 21. With this comes the legal coming-of-age ability to booze and,

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Looking Over Your Own Shoulder…Ethics Reform…

Yesterday, Springfield City Councilors Bruce Stebbins and Patrick Markey announced their plan for an ethics law in the city of Springfield. The proposed ordinance would apply to the City Council, the School Committee, the mayor, appointees, and employees. Provisions also exist for lobbyist registration with

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Guest Commentary: Casinos Gamble or Gambit…

WMassP&I will be hosting occasional posts offered by Central Connecticut State University Political Science Professor Jerold J. Duquette. Here is his first offering. “The rejection of Governor Patrick‚Äôs plan to bring casinos to the Bay State has me wondering. The Governor and the Speaker of

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Top Cops and One Armed Bandits…

Well the last 24 hours have been a hell of a time in the Commonwealth and Springfield. The Springfield Finance Control Board Police Commissioner Search Committee (ah, bureaucracy) has selected a very unlikely, unexpected, and, un-local…William Fitchet. Sorry ’bout the sarcasm. Yes, the Search Committee

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The Lights Out @ WMassP&I?…

No, not as such. In light of my prolonged absence and limited political news…Yes, Spitzer resigned, Obama’s priest disparaged America, and the FCB is close to picking a new police chief. Let’s discuss about my busy-ness and some more philosophical commentary. Presently, yours truly is

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Home Rule…Almost…

I apologize to my dozens of readers for my absence. February is a brutal month academically. Anyway. At the last Financial Control Board Meeting, as reported by Urban Compass, the vote was formally taken to nominally hand over budgetary control over to elected officials. The

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Longmeadow Landmark Leaving…

Well, admittedly, it is hard to say how much of a landmark Mary Rogeness is, but the alliteration was irresitible. So the Republican reported today that State Rep Mary Rogeness R-Longmeadow is retiring from the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Rogeness, 66, has served in the

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Oh, NO! 0-8!: What a MESS!..

Well the votes have been counted from Super Tuesday and the winner is…[TBA]. Well, in case you were living under your rock last night or this morning, yesterday was Super Tuesday. Big states from California to New York to Georgia to Connecticut to our Commonwealth

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Oh, NO! 0-8!: It’s a Family Affair…

Speaking of families, its talk of Clinton families, Kennedy families, and your family at the Kodak theater in Los Angeles. At time of this writing, the remaining viable Democratic candidates, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, are currently debating for the first time one-on-one and