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Vox Populi on Ad Hoc Committees…

SPRINGFIELD—Earlier this month, City Council President Mike Fenton had urged residents to apply for four ad hoc committees he was forming, prompting a flood of applications into the Council office.  The response exceeded expectations, leading Fenton to regret Monday night that he had “turn down” many people who had

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Manic Monday Markup 1/27/14…

UPDATED 8:30PM: For Viriginia State Senate update and Ukraine story update. …And the World: We begin today in Syria, where a plan to allow aid to reach the beleaguered city of Homs appears to be on the rocks.  Media outlets report that the government is not

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Only a Few Clambakes Left to Retirement…

If your ear was to the ground, you probably suspected the announcement by Sheriff Michael Ashe that he would not seek another term in 2016 was coming.  The earliness of Ashe’s declaration of his intentions may have caught a few off guard, but his reasons

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UPDATE: Candaras Says Good-bye to Senate…

SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Gale Candaras announced Tuesday that she would be retiring from the State Senate and instead seek the Democratic nomination for Registrar of Probate. Surrounded by many of the Springfield area’s Beacon Hill delegation, legal professionals, Congressman Richard Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, incoming Senate President

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Tardy Tuesday Takedown 1/21/14…

…And the World: We begin today in Switzerland…sorta.  The United Nations invited and then quickly rescinded Iran’s invitation to talks between the Assad regime and rebels in Syria.  The United States lobbied hard to disinvite the Islamic Republic, but Russia and Iran fumed with the

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Briefings: You Registrar What You Eat…

UPDATED 1/21/14 11:40: PM: For breaking news related to this story, the original update has been reposted here. Tomorrow at 11:00 AM in Springfield Court Square, Senator Gale Candaras of the 1st Hampden and Hampshire Senate district is expected to simultaneously announce her retirement from

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Briefings: Warren, Coffee, Springfield…

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren will be hosting constituents in downtown Springfield next week to discuss her plans for the upcoming year and meet with constituents to hear their concerns. Warren maintain an office in the old Federal Building, now known simply at 1550 Main

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Would Be Senators, This Is Your Arena…

UPDATED 12:54PM: For confirmation Brewer is retiring and a previous version of this story indicated that Ludlow School Committee Member Chip Harrington would enter the 1st Hampden & Hampshire race as an independent. New information says he will run as a Democrat, setting up a primary