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Analysis: Humason Starts the Music for Whip City & Beyond…

Confirming weeks of speculation, Westfield State Senator Don Humason formally announced Thursday he would run for mayor. Mayor Brian Sullivan is retiring, opening the Whip City’s top job. Humason, though a conservative Republican, is an acceptable choice for many who fear a right-wing candidate could

Be-Hinds the Scenes? Berkshire Senator’s Big Sophomore Agenda…

UPDATED 12:54PM: To more accurately render Hinds’s UN service & correct a reference to Kurds’ negotiating partner. It was the rest of Iraq, not Israelis. NORTH ADAMS—Not quite a week after Beacon Hill’s great document dump—more formally, the bill-filing deadline—Pittsfield Senator Adam Hinds was discussing

With a Mix of Backgrounds, Team Comerford Assembles…

Elected, sworn, staffed. Days after her swearing in last Wednesday on Beacon Hill, the office of Senator Jo Comerford is taking shape. While her digs on Beacon Hill will be in flux as many new senators’ are, she has assembled her team for he upcoming

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

With Comerford’s Arrival, a Senate Drama Formally Concludes…

BOSTON—All that was left was the oath and it was over. A new era had begun. Jo Comerford, the former nonprofit policy leader and MoveOn.org campaign director, formally became the new senator for much of the Upper Pioneer Valley Wednesday. Her swearing in was also

Upper House, Upper Valley: The First Kline of Defense in the Race…

Upper House, Upper Valley is a series on the candidates for the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester Senate Democratic primary on September 4. NORTHAMPTON—On March 29, Chelsea Kline set to out to do something that had not happened since 1991. She announced a challenge Senator Stanley Rosenberg

Analysis: A Broken Covenant & the Fall of Stan…

UPDATED 5/15/18 12:57PM: For grammar and clarity. As a winter chill whipped through the streets of Boston on January 7, 2015, a transition was underway on Beacon Hill. Beneath the State House’s 217 year-old golden dome, for the first time in decades, a Western Massachusetts