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Briefings: Petrolati To Bear Right at Exit 7 from Beacon Hill No More…

UPDATED 8:49PM: To include Oliveira’s formal declaration for the office. The rush to the exits of the Massachusetts House of Representatives continues. Thomas Petrolati, the influential Ludlow state representative whose rise, fall—and return to semi-respectability—rocked Beacon Hill a decade ago, will not seek reelection. The

What Happens with Vega Stays in Holyoke, Not Boston, after 2020…

UPDATED 12:35AM: To include news of Pat Duffy’s entrance into the race. HOLYOKE—The Paper City’s State Rep seeks a different tree product. His walking papers. Aaron Vega, who serves as the state rep for the Fifth Hampden District will not seek reelection in 2020. The

True Faith and Allegiance: Dave Vigneault 1936-2019…

Before there was Jesse Lederman, Marcus Williams and Michael Fenton. Before there was Eric Lesser and Paul Caron. Even before there was Richie Neal. There was Dave Vigneault, a forerunner to Springfield’s undercurrent of electorally ambitious twentysomethings. First elected at the dawn of the Kennedy

For Sabadosa, Structural Reform the Key to House Progress…

NORTHAMPTON—When considering Lindsay Sabadosa and the arc of her life, her election to the State House of Representatives makes perfect sense. She was a political activist before she could vote. Women’s issues and feminism have always been a focus of hers. Even her interests in

As Easthampton Transforms, Carey Is on the Rise…

EASTHAMPTON—Dan Carey will be the odd man out among Hampshire County’s legislative elections for several reasons. Not the least of which is he was the only candidate in the region to have a general election. But in the indigo-blue 2nd Hampshire House district, Carey, an

Midterms in Massachusetts Yield Mostly Déjà Vu on All Levels…

EAST LONGMEADOW—Results in Massachusetts produced few surprises even as less than stellar results came in for Democrats nationwide. The election changed almost nothing in terms of partisan control in Massachusetts. However, a host of transformations lie before the region. The only competitive races in the

Suburbia’s 2nd Hampden Could Come Down to Service…

MONSON—Every seat in the stuffy auditorium near the center of town was filled. A few crowded along the walls or near the open side door bringing in some welcome cool air. Angry and concerned residents were there to learn what they could about their defective