The Trans-Commonwealth Railroad is a series on the challenges and efforts to connect the length of Massachusetts by rail. The $50 million Longmeadow State Senator Eric Lesser secured in the Senate Transportation bond bill for East-West rail is unlike the previous budget orders on the
LONGMEADOW—On a warmish Saturday morning, supporters of United States Senator Elizabeth Warren crowded a living room looking out onto Route 5, the main North-South artery here. They were getting ready to hit the doors for Warren ahead of Super Tuesday when Massachusetts would chime in
UPDATED 2/13/20 8:33AM: To identify one of the speakers based on another media report. SPRINGFIELD—On Wednesday night, supporters of added rail service between Western and Eastern Massachusetts packed a room at the UMass Center in downtown for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation first public hearing
UPDATED 1/28/20 11:27PM: A prior version of this post incorrectly omitted Rep Jose Tosado from Sen. Markey’s endorsements. SPRINGFIELD—In a swing through the Western Mass last Sunday, Newton Congressman and US Senate candidate Joseph Kennedy, III snapped up the endorsement of six members of the
UPDATED 1/14/20 1:07PM: To correct a previous version of this story that called Michelle Wu a former Boston City Councilor. She is still on the Council, but is its former President. CLAREMONT, N.H.—Despite the drizzly weather and half-frozen slush last Saturday, a bus load of
At the beginning, 2019 felt like it had all the fixings of a great year for the City of Homes. The Council was resurgent. The East-West rail study was (finally) moving. The region’s congressman ascended to one of Congress’s top posts. MGM was entering its
Our One Hundredth is an occasional series on Massachusetts’s US Senate Elections. GREENFIELD—United States Representative Joseph Kennedy, III blitzed the commonwealth this past weekend as he launched his bid to unseat fellow Democrat Ed Markey in the US Senate. There is certainly a generational subtext
US Representative Joseph Kennedy, III, a scion of the storied Massachusetts political family, has been toying with a US Senate run for some time. Last month, his efforts, including a poll testing him against incumbent Senator Ed Markey, were unmasked. Since then, Kennedy has toured
The staff of Senator Eric Lesser experienced another shakeup this week with the departure of Michael Clark. A longtime advisor to Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, Clark has taken a new job outside government. He was the last staffer dating to Lesser’s original campaign in 2014.
Although the Massachusetts legislature is in recess, churn continues among the Upper House offices that represent the 413. From the office of region’s newest senator to its most senior one, change is afoot.