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Briefings: Running the Rumor Mill at the Close of 2013…

UPDATED 8:51PM: For confirmation that Ed Collins has filed with OCPF and additional details. With ten days left to 2013 and a host of open or possibly opening seats, it is little wonder that politicos are sniffing around for promotions and opportunities.  In the span

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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Behind a Possible Candaras Exit, Many Dominos Could Fall…

UPDATED 11/28/13 10:26AM: For additional details.  UPDATED 12/4/13 10:47PM: CORRECTION, a previous version of this post said Tim Rooke lived in the 12th Hampden District. His home is not in that district and therefore, unless he moved, he cannot run for the seat. With the

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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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Primary Looming, Bartley & Tautznik’s Positions/Styles on Display…

EASTHAMPTON—Crossing swords for the second time in the remarkably short primary campaign, Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik and Holyoke Ward 3 Councilor David Bartley displayed the choice Democrats will have in next week‘s special primary election.  Monday’s 90 minutes debate at the high school here, organized

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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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Vega Staying Put, Will not Run for Knapik’s Seat

BREAKING: This is a developing story. More details when we have them Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega has announced in a statement that he will not seek the seat of former Senator Michael Knapik. In his statement, Vega cited family & political obligations, including the

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Briefings: Knapik Successors’ Dates with Destiny…

Senator Michael Knapik’s resignation letter has not even gone into effect yet and the Senate appears to have written up its order to hold a special election to replace him. Today the office of Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin released the schedule for the