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Independent Lt. Gov. Candidate Jennings Calls For Strong Local Partnerships
By Andy McKeever,
03:21AM / Friday, July 18, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Angus Jennings says even if he is elected to lieutenant governor, that won't stop him from being at local public hearings or sitting in with planning boards.   In fact, he says that is what is one of the things is missing from the state administration — a focus on the local governments.    "I think on a fundamental level, what we can bring to the voters is that some of the most important decisions are made in city and town hall. We have a recognition and a respect for the home-rule traditions that are not only embedded in our cultural but also embedded in our constitution,"

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Republican Herr To Challenge Markey for Senate
By Andy McKeever,
06:08PM / Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 2010, Brian Herr said what he was supposed to say. He did what he was told to do.

But, he still lost the race for U.S. Senate.

This time, Herr isn't going to let the political insiders and strategists run his campaign.   "When you declare and you are reasonably viable and credible as a candidate for U.S. Congress, a lot of people put their fingers into your campaign, in you. They try to control you and mold you and they try to steer you," Herr said.   "I let some of that go on in 2010 and I shouldn't have."   The Hopkinton Republican says he

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Lake Focused on Collaboration in Lieutenant Governor Campaign
By Andy McKeever,
03:18AM / Friday, July 11, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Economic development doesn't adhere to borders.

If elected lieutenant governor, Mike Lake says he'll bring all communities together to work toward the common, regional goal.

Lake is the founder and CEO of Leading Cities, a nonprofit organization doing just that — bringing leaders from all over the globe together to solve problems.   Through summits and meeting, the organization identifies problems and shares solutions, focuses on spurring economic development such as trade agreements among municipalities and pushing for further intergovernmental cooperation.   "We

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Green-Rainbow Statewide Candidates Launch 'Listening' Tour
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10:37PM / Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A trio of Green-Rainbow Party state candidates toured the Berkshires on Tuesday, meeting with citizens and filing their papers at Pittsfield City Hall.

The group kicked off the day in front of the closed North Adams Regional Hospital to press a focal point of the party's platform: Universal health care.

"Health care is a human right," said Danny Factor of Acton, who is running for secretary of the commonwealth. If the government can bail out a corporation, it can find funds to secure a deal to reopen a critical medical facility, he said.

"There's a lot the government can do in that and it can

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Downing Kicks Off Senate Re-election Campaign
By Andy McKeever,
09:17PM / Monday, March 17, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At age 24, Benjamin B. Downing stood on the steps of City Hall with a speech he rehearsed dozens of times to announce his candidacy for the open state Senate seat.

Eight years later, and seeing yet another term come to an end, he looked back on that speech and focused on a Bill Clinton quote he had altered: "It it our job not only to build a bridge to the 21st century but make sure that every one in every corner of the Berkshires and the commonwealth has the opportunity to cross that bridge."

He thought of the $90 million broadband expansion, the new center for science and innovation at MCLA, upgraded downtowns

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