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Nick Cocchi at an Indian Orchard candidate forum last month (WMassP&I)

A Company Man for Sheriff: Cocchi As Heir & His Own Man…

UPDATED 9/6/16 8:26: For clarity and accuracy. SPRINGFIELD—For Michael Ashe, 2016 has become the omega to his alpha in 1974, when he stunned the Hampden County political world by winning the Democratic nomination—the real contest—for sheriff. The sheriff’s latest and greatest campaign, however, is also

Mobile screen shot of Google caceh note for the endorsement. (via Google)

Briefings: Springfield Republican’s Sheriff Endorsement Leaks Early…

UPDATED 11:04PM: To reflect comments from Republican executive editor Wayne Phaneuf and reflect the editorial’s posting. The Republican newspaper’s endorsement in the Hampden Sheriff’s race got out ahead of schedule, revealing the paper choice in the fiercely contested Democratic primary. Not altogether surprisingly, the editorial

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

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Manic Monday Markup 8/29/16…

…And the World: We begin today in Brazil where impeached President Dilma Rousseff is battling to save her political career. The lower house of the Brazilian legislature voted earlier this year to impeach Rousseff for fudging budget numbers—the nation faces a fiscal nightmare brought on,

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Manic Monday Markup 8/22/16…

…And the World: We begin today in France, where a former President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced he will again run for the presidency in next year’s election after failing to win reelection four years ago. François Hollande, who beat Sarkozy in the 2012 election, is polling in