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Monthly Archives: January 2014

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Motion for Continuance in the Hampden County DA Race…

Four years ago at this time, Hampden County District Attorney William Bennet had already announced that his fifth term would be his last.  In the very Republican story heralding the end of the Bennett era, a few names including an assistant district attorney were mentioned.

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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  The United Nations invited and then quickly rescinded Iran’s invitation to talks between the Assad regime and rebels in Syria.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