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Berkshire Elected Officials Support Grossman Campaign
By Andy McKeever,
08:39PM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Just slightly more than a week before the primary, Steven Grossman was in town to announce the endorsements of Sheriff Thomas Bowler, City Council President Melissa Mazzeo and Mayor Daniel Bianchi in his bid for governor.   The three local endorsements build on strong support across the county from elected officials. Grossman announced the additional endorsements but also, as has been part of his campaign for more than a year, toured one of the city's businesses.   All of the county's House delegates have thrown their support behind the candidate — including Gailanne Cariddi, a high

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Independent Candidate Falchuk Tours Pittsfield Business
By Andy McKeever,
05:00PM / Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One by one, Burton Francis introduced Evan Falchuk to his employees on Tuesday, telling them that Falchuk is challenging the establishment.   And one by one, the Starbase Technologies employees made sure they got their opinion heard — from welfare reform to gun control to business to putting their kids through college.   They've met plenty of politicians before but when Francis explained that Falchuk is an independent running for governor, many perked up a bit.   "The impasse in government is so bad that we really need to change out the Republicans and the Democrats and

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Gubernatorial Candidate Falchuk Picks Running Mate
By Andy McKeever,
09:14AM / Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Angus Jennings has spent most of his career in town and city halls across the state.

As a municipal planner and consultant, he has heard all of the great ideas and plans to revitalize downtrodden towns. He has seen the problems with transportation, economic development, infrastructure and housing.

But, there always seems to be a gap when it comes to the state's support to getting projects completed.

Last year, he met Evan Falchuk, who formed the United Independent Party. The party's goal is to cut through all of the political bickering to tackle the issues cities and towns face. Instead of passing bills that

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Statewide Candidates Queried on Mandates, Hospitals
By Andy McKeever,
05:49PM / Sunday, January 26, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Candidates running for the Democratic nominations for lieutenant governor and governor fielded questions from the audience on Sunday as part of a forum hosted by the Berkshire Brigades.

The local Democratic organizing arm had invited the candidates to introduce themselves in the run up to the local caucuses and the state Democratic Party Convention in June. The primary election is in September.

The candidates were first allowed 5 to 10 minutes to talk about themselves and their platforms, after an address to the group by U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, and later mingled with the crowd.

Read by Brigade member Lee Harrison, the

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Republican Candidate For Governor Baker Stumps In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever,
03:38AM / Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charlie Baker says that in order to get the best results, you have to "have both teams on the field."

Baker met with the Berkshire County Republicans on Tuesday at Zucco's Family Restaurant.

He is one of two GOP candidates after Mark Fisher of Shrewsbury announced his intention to run in December.

Baker told the local committee that he wants to use his 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors to improve the state's economy and school systems.

"We haven't created a single net new job in 13 years. We have the same number of people working that we had in 2000. How can that be?

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