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Hopewell Springs Eternal for a Contrast…

WESTFIELD—Following years of political malpractice and perhaps poor judgment of electoral strength, Democrats are in a prime position to take back the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire district from Senator Don Humason, who won the seat in a special election last year. However, Democrats first must

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Briefings: The Fruit of 2nd Hampden & Hampshire Labors…

UPDATED 5/29/14: For updates, including the state AFL-CIO’s endorsement on May 28. All such references to the AFL-CIO are new and remainder of material dates to May 20 publication date. Although its counterpart has received a great deal of attention so far, the 2nd Hampden

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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

Holyoke Forms Early Front Line against Humason…

UPDATED 11:44PM: For grammar and an omitted detail of Leahy’s work history . As the Valley’s largest city gazes into the maw of possibly several legislative contests on top of county races, little attention has been paid to the legislative races elsewhere in Hampden County. 

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2013 An Election Odyssey: Time to See the Don…

UPDATED 11/9/13 2:17PM: For grammar This is the first part in a series on analyzing the results of the 2013 election. On balance liberals did fairly well in Tuesday’s election.  Both of Boston’s mayoral candidate were thought to be progressives, but Rep. Martin Walsh was

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For Some, the People’s Grace, For Others, Their Wrath…

In a blistering night for incumbents up and down the Pioneer Valley, new (or sorta new) faces will be joining elected bodies and entering the corner offices as voters went to the polls.  Voters also installed new leaders in Boston, Easthampton and the State Senate

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Endorsements on Parade: The Best of the Rest 2013…

UPDATED 12:56PM: For clarity. Below are the Springfield School Committee endorsements and our picks (or not) for Holyoke mayor and State Senate. Notable races we have not covered include the mayoral contests in Chicopee and Westfield as well as council and school committee races in

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Analysis: Leg Two of the Special State Senate Sprint…

Marching on to November 5, the election to fill Mike Knapik’s Senate seat will feature Republican Westfield Representative Don Humason and Democrat David Bartley, a Holyoke ward Councilor.  Humason thumped Mike Franco, a Republican perennial candidate from Holyoke.  Bartley succeeded on a four point spread,

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The Once and Future Candidacy of David Bartley…

What is in a name?  In a low turnout, GOTV-driven election like tomorrow’s primary, it could count for a lot.  David K. Bartley, the Ward 3 Councilor from Holyoke running in tomorrow Democrat’s primary, probably hopes it will help scoop up enough votes to win