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Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Manic Monday Markup 3/28/16…

…And the World: We begin today in Pakistan, which is mourning following an Easter bombing that targeted Christians in Lahore and killed over 70. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in the city in a show of solidarity, but some Christians question whether the government

Employee Residency Battle Ignites Anew in Springfield…

UPDATED 10:26AM: For grammar & clarity. Touching off a fresh battle in a politically fraught issue, the Springfield City Council voted to strengthen the city’s employee residency ordinance Monday night. As expected, if surprisingly quickly, Mayor Domenic Sarno vetoed the measure the next day and sent

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Manic Monday Markup 3/21/16…

…And the World: We begin today in Cuba, where President Barack Obama has undertaken an historic journey, the first sitting president to visit the island nation since Calvin Coolidge. The trip also included the first formal meeting between the leaders of the US and Cuba

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Analysis: The Rusting Rule of Law in Springfield…

UPDATED 9:17AM: For grammar & clarity. Last week the Springfield City Council stood up and demanded that Mayor Domenic Sarno (as well as other appointing authorities) fulfill their obligations and appoint individuals to dormant boards and commissions of the city. As important as that public

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Manic Monday Markup 3/14/16…

…And the World: We begin today in Russia, where President Vladimir Putin has ordered the beginning of troop withdrawals from Syria. Saying his objectives have been met, Putin said the conditions have been set for peace. Of course, Putin has made such gestures in other

Take My Council, Please: Déjà Vu et Déjà Dit…

SPRINGFIELD—With MGM off its docket after weeks of reviews and hearings, the City Council returned its focus to its normal duties. Greeted with a lengthy and technical agenda on bond authorizations and contract approvals, the meeting opened with a push from the community for the

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Manic Monday Markup 3/7/16…

The Wolverine: We begin today in Michigan, which votes on Tuesday and while it may not be decisive for either party’s nominating contest, it could reframe or reaffirm the path of both races. Yesterday former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders,