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Decision 2007-Springfield Mayoral Race…

For the Mayor of Springfield, Western Mass Politics and Insight endorses Jason Varitek. But seriously, folks. Election Day in the Pioneer Valley is steadily approaching. All of the candidates are spending their final remaining hours as candidates in the hope of becoming elected officials. As

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Boston Beat: The Heavy Side of Victory…

Last night/early this morning, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in Denver. The local nine swept the Colorado Rockies defeating them 4-3 in game four. Minutes after the result was announced, fans began to pour out onto the streets from all quarters of

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VICTORY

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The Skies are Friendly to Springfield…

NBC affiliate WWLP and the Republican (look for the full story in tomorrow’s paper) both reported today that US Airways is featuring Springfield in an article detailing its recovery and highlighting the advantages of the city and the Pioneer Valley. The article itself was warmly

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You Can Go Flynn, You Can Go Out…

The flap over Springfield Police Commission Edward Flynn’s potential cross-country move has reverberated throughout city government and into this year’s election season. First of all, the outrage (while mostly confined to City Councilors running for re-election), is to a point justified. People expected that Flynn

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A Fifth Redux…

Well it seems very likely that the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District will have in the history books a husband and a wife as its representatives. Niki Tsongas maintains a substantial lead both monetarily and in the polls over her opponent Jim Ogonowski. While the Dracut

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A Debt of Gratitude?…

Today’s Republican reported that City Councilor Tim Rooke suggested that the state forgive the loan that came with the arrival of the Springfield Finance Control Board. However, his suggestion was not one made out of a plea for charity. Rather, Rooke said the forgiveness could

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For Whom the Campanile Tolls…

This evening, CBS 3 Springfield reported that crews were inspecting the stately pre-WWI Municipal Clock tower to develop a plan for rehabilitation. This development is not a boon for Historical Preservationists alone. Stabilization and repair of the Campanile would be an incredible victory for our

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Look Who’s Gamblin’…

Well it should not come as a total surprise to anybody paying attention for the last eight months that Governor Deval Patrick came out in support of legalized gambling in Massachusetts. Rather than stare down the legislature over excesses in the budget to fund his

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Preliminary Fallout…

So the citizens of Springfield spoke yesterday. But what did they say? Well the 6.8% of them [registered voters], decided incumbency was best for the most part. Oddly enough, sister of D.A. William Bennet, Kateri Walsh was not in the top nine. Newcomer Patrick Markey