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Analysis: Holyoke & Springfield, Know Your Pre-limits…

UPDATED 9:07PM: As originally published, this post failed to note WMassP&I Editor Matt Szafranski served as moderator/part of the media panel for the Holyoke candidate debate referenced below. Note: WMassP&I will not be making ANY endorsements for the preliminary this year. There is no election

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Proposing a Monday Night Massacre…

Edited for Clarity This is a developing story, more details will be added when we have them. SPRINGFIELD—In defiance of Constitutional concerns and contractual obligations,  at-large Councilor Jimmy Ferrera will introduce an ordinance Monday that would cancel existing waivers and potentially lead to a flurry

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Tardy Tuesday Takedown 9/2/13…

Happy Belated Labor Day (see The Feds for more) …And the World: We begin today in Syria, or really Washington, DC where Congress has been drawn into the debate over whether the US should strike the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after concluding it

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In Ward 8, Is the 3rd Time A Charm?…

SPRINGFIELD—If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. This age-old chestnut may aptly describe the upcoming race for City Council’s Ward 8 representative.  Crossing swords for the third time in as many cycles, incumbent councilor John Lysak will again face Orlando Ramos in a

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Manic Monday Markup 8/26/13…

…And the World: We begin today in Syria, where an alleged chemical attack has the United States contemplating its options. Bashar al-Assad denies the use of chemical weapons in the slaughter. Inspectors mean to look over the site of the alleged attack faced sniper fire

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Take My Council, Please: When the Opposition is Resi-dense…

SPRINGFIELD—The Springfield City Council opened its meeting on a high note with effusive praise of the tornado-damaged Cathedral High School, but quickly descended into acrimony and a display of dysfunctional government. Councilor Tim Rooke was absent from the meeting. The meeting was technically two. The

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Manic Monday Markup 8/19/13…

…And the World: We begin today in Egypt, where The New York Times has word that a judge has ordered former President Hosni Mubarak released from jail.  The Guardian says the release could be as soon as 48 hours away.  This comes as the US

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Briefings: Overriding Objections of a Veto…

SPRINGFIELD—Determined to revive the city’s moribund residency ordinance, a Council committee announced it would ask for a vote Monday to override Mayor Domenic Sarno’s veto of an ordinance designed to limit the use of waivers to city employee residency requirements.  Other actions will appear on