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North Adams Democrats Host Candidate Shein
On: 09:51AM / Tuesday January 31, 2012
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Democratic City Committee will host Democratic congressional candidate Bill Shein on Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 at the Freight Yard Pub.

Northern Berkshire Democrats and independent voters are invited to attend. Shein will address the gathering, which will also feature greetings from guests and city committee members.
Shein, of Alford, is a syndicated humor/political columnist and political activist. He recently announced his candidacy for the newly redrawn and consolidated 1st Massachusetts District seat.

Also, Greg Maynard, Western Massachusetts coordinator for U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, will speak on her behalf.

North Adams ward chairs are Lisa Blackmer, Joanne DeRose, Diane Parsons, Greg Roach and Frances Buckley.
This will be an opportunity for North County voters to gather information and to become active in specific campaigns or in the local Democratic party.

Refreshments will be provided for a nominal charge.

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Williamstown Election Papers Available Wednesday
By Andy McKeever On: 04:10PM / Monday January 30, 2012
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nomination papers for the town election will be available on Wednesday.

The papers are due by to the town clerk's office with at least 28 certifiable signatures by March 20. The election will be on May 8 and the town meeting will be on May 15. The deadline for warrant article submissions is March 26.

Current Board of Selectmen Chairman Thomas Sheldon is up for re-election for the three-year post. There are two positions on the Elementary School Committee, both three years and are the seats of Jennifer Trainer Thompson and Adam Filson. Christopher Winters' five-year seat on the Planning Board is also up for election.

Additionally, a three-year term on the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District, three-year term as a library trustee and both a five-year and a two-year term on the Housing Authority that are up for election.

The deadline to register to vote in the town election is April 18. The presidential primaries registration deadline is Feb. 15 and the election will be on March 6.

The elections and the town meeting will be held at the Elementary School.

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Sen. Scott Brown Asserts His Independence At Pittsfield Stump
By Andy McKeever On: 06:27PM / Wednesday January 25, 2012

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown says he has visited the area more than any Senator in recent history.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is using his election campaign to assert his independence as one of the nation's most bipartisan politicians.

Brown kicked off campaigning last week and stopped in at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center to meet with voters on Wednesday. There the Wrentham Republican assured voters in the heavily Democratic region that he is not a "rock thrower" and can work with Democrats.

"I am doing exactly what I said I would do, which is to read the bills and see how they affect Massachusetts, our country, our debt and our deficit, and vote. I am the most bipartisan person in the delegations by at least 20, 25 points and probably one of the most in the entire United States Senate," Brown said. "At a time when we need problem-solvers and not rock throwers, that's a good thing."

Brown propelled to victory in the 2010 special election with help from Republicans nationwide, a victory that shook the political structure. Shortly after, the rightest of the right-wingers had their hopes crushed by Brown's voting record. Yet, that support came mostly because of his opposition to the national health care bill, now known derisively as Obamacare, and that he has not wavered on.

"I will look you right in your eye and tell you, the only people who are cutting half a trillion dollars, that's $500 billion, from Medicare is the Democrats when they rammed through the health care bill," Brown said.

While health care may not have gotten him clapping at Tuesday's State of the Union address, Brown said he was clapping for some of President Barack Obama's policies such as immigration reform and the insider trading bill. But when it comes to taxes and deficits, Brown leans right.

"There are so many things we agree on and if we can put the partisanship aside, we'd be a much better country," Brown said.

That independence is what Brown will emphasis in the 2012 campaign, which is shaping up to be against Elizabeth Warren. Warren has already scared most Democratic candidates out the ring and garnered national attention.

Brown returned to the senior center after visiting it a year ago.
"I'm certainly going to set the record straight and make people aware of it that may not know. Some of them think 'oh, it's all the Republicans fault,' and in reality, its the ideologues and the rock thrower's fault down there," Brown said. "Professor Warren said she wants to leave blood and teeth on the floor and she doesn't want to compromise ... We are Americans first and we need to work together to solve our very, very real problems."

While Massachusetts is considered one of the Democratic strongholds, Brown isn't convinced that it is a "blue state." The state has voted for Republicans besides him including former Gov. Mitt Romney, who Brown is supporting in the presidential election. That's one of the things Brown loves about the state, the residents vote for people and not for the parties they represent, he said.

In the Berkshires, Brown is hoping to fare better than his last campaign against North Adams native Martha Coakley. The only Berkshire town Brown won then was Otis.

Recognizing the ever-present feeling of exclusion here, Brown pointed his background of living in Dalton, eating at Teo's and driving up and down North Street. He has visited the Berkshires more often than any U.S. Senator in recent history, he said. Mayor Daniel Bianchi greeted Brown with appreciation that he "knows how to get to Pittsfield."

However, there were also a one or two missteps in that regard by Brown on Tuesday such as when he said the Berkshire Wind Project on Brodie Mountain was still not operating because of permitting red tape. The residents were quick to point out that the turbines are currently operating.

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Adams Election Papers Available Jan. 30
Staff Reports On: 06:10PM / Tuesday January 24, 2012
ADAMS, Mass. — Nomination papers for the town election will be available next on Monday.

The papers must be returned to the Town Clerk's office by March 19 for the May 7 election. On the Board of Selectmen, there will be two seats for re-election - one of which is the three-year term of Jason Hnatanko, who will not seek re-election. The other is for the three-year term of current Chairman Arthur "Skip" Harrington.

There are also seats available for moderator, town clerk, assessor, board of health, two library trustees, three parks commissioners, planning board, cemetery commissioner, two redevelopment authority, a Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District, two seats on the Adams Cheshire Regional School District (a representative from Adams and Cheshire) and many town meeting members. The full list of seats are available below.

For residents who want to vote in the presidential primary on March 6, registration is required by Feb. 15. The deadline to vote in the town election is April 17. The state primary election is on Sept. 6 and the state election is on Nov. 6. The full calendar is available below as well.
Adams 2012 Election Calendar
Adams 2012 Offices for Election

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Brown Making Campaign Swing Through Pittsfield
Staff Reports On: 02:52PM / Tuesday January 24, 2012

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown shaking hands in Pittsfield last August at a chamber event.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is making a campaign swing through Western Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Brown will be in Pittsfield from 3:15 to 4 p.m. to visit with senior citizens at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center on North Street. The senator was last in Pittsfield in August, when he addressed the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Wrentham Republican is closing his second year in office but will have to win in November against a Democratic candidate to get a full six-year term. The former state senator is currently completing the term of the late Ted Kennedy.

The senator will also stop at the Kenmore Diner in Worcester at 10:30 a.m. and at Milano Importers in Springfield at 1:15. The events are being promoted as part of Brown's campaign kickoff, which launched last week with a speech in Worcester.

The senator's campaign website is here.

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Voting is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Deadline to register or change party affiliation was Oct.15.

Candidates on the ballot in races for state office; all others on the ballot are unopposed. Links will take you to their campaign websites.

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Edward J. Markey, Democrat
Brian J. Herr, Republican

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John B. Miller, Republican

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David D'Arcangelo, Republican
Daniel L. Factor, Green-Rainbow

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Michael James Heffernan, Republican
Ian T. Jackson, Green-Rainbow

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Patricia S. Saint Aubin, Republican
MK Merelice, Green-Rainbow

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