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Manic Monday Markup 9/8/14…

A condensed Markup before primary day! …And the World: We begin today in Britain, where a poll showing a narrow advantage of the Yes campaign on Scottish independence has drawn former Prime Minister Gordon Brown out of retirement. Could he be the only hope to

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Shawn of the Deadlocked Hampden DA Race…

WESTFIELD—Politicians abound in Shawn Allyn‘s family, but until this year, it might have been a recessive gene for him. But since joining the race for Hampden County District Attorney, Allyn has evolved from a reserved, somewhat awkward political neophyte to a master of both tone and

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As History Has Shown, Don’t Bet Against Ivette…

UPDATED 9/8/14 2:00AM: For grammar. SPRINGFIELD—The campaign for state representative in the 10th Hamdpen District differs greatly from the last time it was open. There has been no truly open race for the seat in its modern incarnation. When Anthony Scibelli took the seat in

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A Chip off the Ludlow Block…

LUDLOW—Twelve days out from primary day, the parking lot at the Elks Lodge on Chapin Street was filling up with a long row of cars. Inside, the crowd of more than 125 were mostly in the back lining up along the refreshment table and scarfing

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Tardy Tuesday Takedown 9/2/14…

A little late, but still… The State of Things: We begin today in Massachusetts, where legislative campaign finance reports have finally come in! In a special edition of Tardy Tuesday Takedown, we dedicate the top news to this information. More in-depth reports may be written