The race for Massachusetts Attorney General has taken a series of sharp this past week, culminating in one candidate dropping out and endorsing a now-former rival. Quentin Palfrey, the former top lawyer at the Commerce Department and his party’s 2018 nominee to lieutenant governor, exited the race Tuesday.
BELCHERTOWN—Kim Driscoll has a line while stumping for lieutenant governor in which she acknowledged she is not “the hometown gal.”
“But I really do care about hometowns and the strength of communities, and making sure they have the assets and tools they need to impact the quality of life in a favorable way,” she told WMP&I.
Echoing recent LG’s role, Driscoll has invested heavily into the narrative of lieutenant governors as municipal liaison in her bid to become Maura Healey’s running mate on the Democratic ticket.
BOSTON—With three weeks until Massachusetts begins counting ballots, the Democratic contenders for number two in the gubernatorial election again crossed swords. The subjects ranged from transportation to the meaning of the office they seek.
SPRINGFIELD—The first special election for City Council here since at least the current charter took effect in 1961 has concluded amid last minute energy and intrigue. Mayoral aide Lavar Click-Bruce, placed 1st in the special preliminary for Ward 5’s Council seat. Not far behind was retired labor leader Ed Collins.
In only days, Springfield will hold its first ever special election for City Council. A large field has formed, but voters at the August 16 preliminary could be spare. Nevertheless, with seven contenders, the special election has become perhaps the most competitive preliminary since ward representation returned in 2009.
For much of the Chicopee-packed 8th Hampden House race, Ward 1 City Councilor Joel McAuliffe has held an edge. On Wednesday, retiring State Rep Joseph Wagner, the 413’s legislative dean, endorsed Arriaga in a statement her campaign released.
With the clock possibly ticking down on his party’s majority, a Washington appeals court has ruled House Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal has a right to Donald Trump’s tax returns. The decision was the latest turn in a three year quest to obtain the real estate tycoon and provocateur’s tax records.
SPRINGFIELD—Whether in a McKnight neighborhood backyard or at the Democratic convention, Tanisha Sullivan holds her audience rapt. Since joining the race for Secretary of the Commonwealth she has won over voting rights and open government activists with a passionate pitch for an engaged and nimble secretariat.
The death of a GOP Representative reverberated across the country, prompting a wave of remembrances and mourning from congressional colleagues, including those that represent Western Massachusetts. Elkhart, Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski died in an automobile accident Wednesday that also killed two of her aides. The