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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

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Briefings: Survivor, Pioneer Valley Edition 2013…

With today’s results, the field is set for November in most of Western Massachusetts’s biggest cities.  Holyoke’s mayoral contest is set.  That city’s Ward 4 race was more or less over before voting began as one of the three candidates running had disclaimed interest in

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Analysis: Holyoke & Springfield, Know Your Pre-limits…

UPDATED 9:07PM: As originally published, this post failed to note WMassP&I Editor Matt Szafranski served as moderator/part of the media panel for the Holyoke candidate debate referenced below. Note: WMassP&I will not be making ANY endorsements for the preliminary this year. There is no election

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Analysis: Field to Replace Knapik Presages the Tenor of Campaign…

Day by day the race to replace Michael Knapik in the Agawam-Easthampton-Holyoke-Westfield aligned 2nd Hampden & Hampshire is taking shape.  Earlier this week, a few more candidates entered the race while at least one prominent would-be contender bowed out.  Rep. Aaron Vega’s decision to stay

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To Win His Seat, Candidates May Need to Be Like Mike (Knapik)…

BREAKING: State House News has source that puts special senate election Oct 8 (primary) & Nov 5 (general). UPDATED 8/7/13 5:21PM: Maps from previous incarnations of 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District added; previous version of this story said Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto’s seat was

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Analysis: A Tough Fight, Only Morse-so…

The recent political explosion in Holyoke over Mayor Alex Morse’s reversal on casinos may have been one of the few news stories that was able to actually muscle the gas explosion in Springfield out of the headlines for a bit. Fighting two fronts between each

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The Insight: Holyoke’s Morse Code…

Mayor-elect Morse (© RD Photography 2011) HOLYOKE–One year ago, Alex Morse was preparing for the penultimate finals of his college career.  Like many seniors, he was already looking past that last pesky semester to a career and post-college life.  Like many of those students he