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Merrigan Running for North Adams City Council
Campaign Statement,
10:38AM / Thursday, October 10, 2013

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — I am running for North Adams City Council because I love this community and believe we all have something to contribute as well as a responsibility to use our abilities and our energy to make this great city even greater.

I have worked for years in both my professional role at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition as well as through my volunteer service to strengthen our city and help others see our strength and our potential. As a candidate for City Council, I want to be a liaison between the residents of North Adams and city government. I know that together we can advance a shared vision of a community in which everyone feels safe, takes pride


Pignatelli Urges No Vote on Physician-Assisted Suicide
Pignatelli Campaign,
09:59AM / Saturday, November 03, 2012
LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli announced Friday that he is opposing Massachusetts ballot Question 2, which if passed would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the commonwealth beginning Jan. 1, 2013. 

The Lenox Democrat is joining a list of elected officials, medical community organizations, religious leaders, clergy and other groups who say Question 2 is deeply flawed and lacks critical safeguards for protecting patients.

"Question 2 would allow patients to receive a fatal prescription of 100 secanol pills at their local pharmacy without any family notification, and without the benefit of receiving a qualified psychiatric


Laugenour Calling for Promotion of Energy Conservation
Laugenour Campaign,
09:09AM / Saturday, November 03, 2012
LENOX, Mass. — Lee Scott Laugenour is calling for new debate, legislation and policies to encourage energy conservation, noting the scientific consensus that carbon and methane emissions related to energy use are feeding and accelerating harmful climate change.

Laugenour is the Green-Rainbow Party candidate for state representative in the 4th Berkshire District.

"I have long believed that conservation is an alternative energy that should be encouraged through incentives just like wind, solar and hydro," Laugenour said.

Laugenour and his husband, Mark Woodward, released their household's annual energy consumption, using the most recent readings available. Their


Laugenour Preparing For At Least Three Debates
Laugenour Campaign,
12:29PM / Thursday, September 13, 2012
LENOX, Mass. — Lee Scott Laugenour said he is preparing for at least three debates with his only opponent, William "Smitty" Pignatelli, prior to the Nov. 6 election for state representative in the 4th Berkshire District.

Larry Kratka, Donna Todd Rivers and Holly Troiano have each expressed a desire to host debate forums to help educate voters. Kratka is news director of Vox Communications, which broadcasts programming on WSBS in Great
Barrington. Rivers hosts "Berkshire Viewpoint" on WBRK in Pittsfield. Troiano is on the faculty of Berkshire Hills Regional School District as a teacher of politics who often invites public officials to speak before her


Shein Plans $2 Potluck Fundraiser
Shein Campaign,
03:00PM / Tuesday, July 31, 2012
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Democratic congressional candidate Bill Shein released the following statement on Tuesday:

On Friday, first lady Michelle Obama will visit Western Massachusetts to attend a series of fundraisers for the president's re-election campaign. First is a $2,500-per-person event in Springfield. Then a James Taylor concert in Pittsfield, where the least expensive ticket goes for $125 (the most expensive is $10,000).

Finally, on Friday evening, Gov. Deval Patrick will host Mrs. Obama at a $20,000-per-person fundraiser at his Richmond estate. Twenty people will attend, and the event will raise $400,000. That's right: $400,000 from just 20 people.

That our

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