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Debates’ Course Heading: North by North Westfield…

WESTFIELD—With time running short, the candidates to replace Don Humason in the Westfield-only 4th Hampden House special election have done battle before seniors and the venerable Jim Madigan.  Republican Dan Allie and Democrat John Velis traded political jabs, but found a great deal of agreement

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A Whip City Wallet Inventory…

UPDATED: 3/2/14 2:43PM: To reflect details from an amended campaign finance report from Dan Allie, which changed the entries originally marked “chiropractor” to “reimburse.” WESTFIELD—Next Tuesday primaries will be held across the commonwealth to select nominees for special general elections to fill several vacant legislative

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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

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Briefings: Candidates, but no Date in the Whip City…

UPDATED 12/30/13 8:47: NEPR’s Henry Epp and The Boston Globe’s Joshua Miller report the Speaker of the House has approved dates to fill the Fourth Hampden seat.  The Election division in Secretary Galvin’s office confirms. Signatures are due January 21, the primary will be held

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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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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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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