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Analysis: As Courts Back Biomass, Williams Feels the Heat…

Were Springfield at-large Councilor Bud Williams to find something to blame for the rising temperature in this year’s Council election, unfortunate serendipity should come to mind. Positive headlines aside—some real, others just text belching “progress”—discontent remains afoot in the Land of Springfield, permeating its competitive

For No Campaign Financing Is an Island…

UPDATED 5/4/14  11:07PM: For clarity, grammar and additional links. Three months after Senator Gale Candaras said she would retire from the 1st Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat, the Democratic primary has descended into a slugfest. The target: Eric Lesser, the former White House aide from Longmeadow.

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Citizens Gather to Fight Citizens United…

NORTHAMPTON—Three years ago United States Supreme Court, in a ruling widely derided as putting corporations on the same level as people, let loose moneyed interests, already quite powerful within the nation’s political system.  Citizens United v. FEC, became a touchstone in American jurisprudence, on part

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Take My Council, Please: Citizens United & Disgruntled…

The Springfield City Council inched closer Monday night toward an increase in the fee and a deal has emerged to reopen closed neighborhood library branch.  The discussion reopened wounds leftover from this year’s eleventh hour budget process.  Elsewhere the Council approved some reports and grants

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Something Old, Something New…

Sen. Welch Meets Supporters in Springfield (Facebook) Last night at Samuel’s at the Basketball Hall of Fame a fairly common event for politicians took place, but there was, for Springfield, an uncommon element to it.  Senator James Welch, who is in his freshman year as

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Campaign High Finance…

**This post has been updated to reflect new information obtained from the governor’s office.** Councilor Rivera (Facebook) It is always hard to measure what impact scandals will have on a politician.  Nobody seemed to care that Rick Perry received a $25,000 donation from Ken Lay