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Smitty Pignatelli Launches Campaign For 7th House Term
By Andy McKeever,
05:45PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nearly 300 people filled the Pittsfield County Club on Thursday night to support William "Smitty" Pignatelli's election campaign.   The 4th Berkshire District representative is running unopposed for what will be his 7th term.    "I never dreamed of being here for 12 years and going again," Pignatelli said, overlooking the large crowd to kick off his re-election campaign.    "We've done a lot of great things" in the House, he said, but he believes there is more to do. He cited the state's work on requiring all citizens to have health

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Attorney General Candidate Tolman Talks Drugs, Guns in Election Bid
By Andy McKeever,
03:52AM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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RICHMOND, Mass. — Warren Tolman remembers one particular night he took his son trick-or-treating.   "Two weeks after my dad died — he was the third of three to die — we were going out trick-or-treating, my son and I. He was dressed as a cowboy with the chaps and all of the stuff cowboys wear. As we're walking out the door, he looks up to me and says 'dad, all cowboys smoke,'" Tolman told iBerkshires on Sunday in an interview at Camp Russell.   That was more than 20 years ago when he was in the state Legislature and it would trigger his all-out offensive against tobacco

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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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Lt. Gov. Candidate Cheung Focused On Technology Biz Sector
By Andy McKeever,
03:42AM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
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RICHMOND, Mass. — Leland Cheung speaks the same language of those in the technology business sector.   Cheung is running for lieutenant governor to help advance those industries in the state. Cheung has spent his last five years as a city councilor in Cambridge, during which he took on statewide roles with the Massachusetts Technology Collaboration and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   "I'm able to walk into office in Cambridge of Google and talk about the nuts and bolts. I am probably the only person running for any office that can actually code," the Democrat said on Sunday. "It just gives

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Attorney General Candidate Healey Boasts Experience
By Andy McKeever,
05:59PM / Saturday, August 09, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Maura Healey has always been the underdog.   She was the underdog as "5-foot-4 scrappy point guard" in her former professional basketball career and she was the underdog when she sued, and won, the federal government.    "I was the one crazy enough to propose that we sue the federal government many years ago over DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act]. At the time, people told me 'don't do it. It is too much and you are going to lose.' But we did it," Healey said on Friday during a meet and greet at Mad Jack's Barbecue.   "We did it for 20,000

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