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Kerrigan Boasting Experience In Bid For Lt. Gov.
By Andy McKeever,
06:30PM / Monday, June 30, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Steve Kerrigan remembers being on the phone with former Mayor Gerald Doyle trying to figure out how to give the city a chance to survive its largest economic collapse — the closure of General Electric.   "We spent two years working with the EPA, the city, state DEP and with General Electric to make sure that we pumped the brakes a little bit and thought about what was right for the community, the environment, and economic growth," Kerrigan said during an interview on Friday.   "We came up with the consent decree that we signed. That allows for the

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Lanesborough Re-elects Incumbents
By Andy McKeever,
02:12PM / Wednesday, June 18, 2014
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — With a ballot full of incumbents running uncontested, a small turnout reelected eight town officials.   Only 140 of the town's 2,095 registered voters made it to the polls on Tuesday. But, that was enough.    Those voters put Henry Sayers back on the Board of Selectmen; Amy Szczepaniak as a cemetery trustee; Christine Galib on the Finance Committee; Regina Dilego on the School Committee; Ronald Tinkham on the Planning Board; Robert Reilly as moderator and Jane Stevens and Prudence Barton as library trustees.   A seat on both the Planning Board and Finance Committee went with no candidates.   Three

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Attorney General Candidate Miller Calls For Professionalism, Not Politics
By Andy McKeever,
10:00PM / Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Attorney General Candidate John Miller says it is time to vote for the person, not the politics.   Miller has launched a campaign for the attorney general's office. He will be on the ticket as a Republican but he says that shouldn't and won't matter. What matters, he said, is that he has the skills and experience to do the job.   "Fundamentally it is not a political job. The law in this state is built on the Massachusetts constitution. On top of that, our statutes. And, on the side, 300 years of common law decided by our courts. The basic job of the

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Pignatelli and Mark Supporting Grossman for Governor
By Andy McKeever,
12:48PM / Friday, June 13, 2014

LENOX, Mass. — Treasurer Steven Grossman is expected to win this weekend's Democratic convention.

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli is hoping Grossman will be the next governor.

"I think he is the only Democrat in the field currently that can win in November. Any one of these candidates can win in the primary, but the Democrats have to look at who win in November," Pignatelli said earlier this week.

"We know who the Republican is going to be. It is going to be Charlie Baker and he is going to be well-financed, really organized, and we have to put up somebody who can go toe to toe

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Downing to Serve as Chief Surrogate for Coordinated Campaign Effort
01:13PM / Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Democratic Party has named state Sen. Ben Downing co-chair of the Coordinated Campaign, a crucial post that will serve as the chief surrogate for Democratic efforts throughout the election cycle.

Downing, of Pittsfield, is a rising star in Democratic politics and has represented the Berkshires and portions of Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties since 2007.
 
As chair of Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Downing’s leadership on clean energy has helped make Massachusetts No. 1 in the nation. According to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, there are now nearly 80,000 clean energy jobs in Massachusetts,

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