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Vote 2014 Edition!

Today is Election Day here & across the country.

Please participate in this very important part of our civic culture.

We have a voter guide here to learn about candidates.

Our endorsements this cycle are as follows:
Governor: Martha Coakley
Senator: Ed Markey
Attorney General: Maura Healey
Treasurer: Deb Goldberg
Secretary of State: Bill Galvin
Auditor: none
1st Hampden/Hampshire Senate: Eric Lesser
2nd Hampden/Hampshire Senate: Patrick Leahy
3rd Hampden House: none
4th Hampden House: John Velis
6th Hampden House: Mike Finn
12th Hampden House: Angelo Puppolo
Hampden Probate: Gale Candaras

These elections are where are decision in government are made. Please vote!

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Endorsements on Parade: With Lesser, the Best of 3 Candidates…

Eric Lesser (via Facebook/Lesser Campaign)

After a raucous primary, numerous debates, all of the mailers and TV ads, the race to succeed Gale Candaras in the 1st Hampden & Hampshire senate seat has come down to this. The face-off among Democrat Eric Lesser, Republican Debra Boronski and Indepdent Mike Franco comes to a conclusion Tuesday and the choice voters make could well reverberate out for years to come.

Though both the House and the Senate deal with policy equally, being a smaller body, there is more opportunity for and more of an expectation that members of the Massachusetts Senate delve deeply into policy. Only somebody able to do that, while also balancing the other duties from the budget and constituent services, should hold this office. Only one candidate is qualified, battle-tested and educated on the issues. That candidate is Eric Lesser.

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Fiscal Records Ripple out to a Rep Race & Mass House GOP…

Angelo Puppolo and Robert Russell (third & fourth from left) at the Springfield Library forum WM

Rep. Puppolo and Robert Russell sparred about city, state and personal finances at the Springfield Library forum last month. (WMassP&I)

Can a race in the general election for state rep or more accurately about twenty of them connect to a intraparty fight within the GOP? That appears to be a serious question as Republicans challenge Democratic incumbents in the Pioneer Valley and across the commonwealth.

In particular, this may be playing out in the contest between Rep Angelo Puppolo, the Democratic incumbent in the 12th Hampden House district, and his Republican challenger Robert Russell, a Wilbraham Select Board member. Puppolo, along with many colleagues like Mike Finn in West Springfield, has been the subject of a mailing campaign operated by Mass Fiscal Alliance, a conservative group that, in the eyes of some, has been misrepresenting reps’ records ahead of the elections.

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