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Republican Canning-Wilson Alleges Election Fraud

The Lanesborough candidate for the state Senate seat released a statement Friday morning, the day after the primary, saying she is filing a complaint with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance saying there were violations depriving her of votes. (Such complaints should be filed with the secretary of state's office.)

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Hinds Wins Democratic State Senate Primary

Adam Hinds says over the last seven months if his "head was off the pillow" he was working on his campaign for state senate. And it paid off. Hinds won the Democratic nomination on Thursday in a close race. He claimed victory at Hotel on North and will now face Republican Christine Canning-Wilson in the general election. While he may have won the first step, Hinds says he is going to be getting right back to work toward filling the seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, who opted not to

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Farley-Bouvier Wins Democratic Nomination for Pittsfield's 3rd District

Tricia Farley-Bouvier will move on to the general election to attempt to keep her seat in the state House of Representatives. The two-term incumbent won her Democratic primary on Thursday by 382 votes against challenger Michael Bloomberg.

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Senate Candidate Del Gallo States Positions on the Issues

The following candidate statement was submitted by Rinaldo Del Gallo, Democratic nominee for the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden Senate seat.

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Senate Candidates Debate at UCP in North Adams

In the seventh of eight debates in six days, the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the state senate seat continued to show their differences. United Cerebral Palsy held the forum Friday night with Executive Director Salvatore Garozzo moderating. The primary election is on Thursday and the winner will take on Republic Christine Canning-Wilson in the general election in November.

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Pro-Charter School PAC Spent Close To $4K on Bloomberg Campaign

A national pro-charter school organization has dumped nearly $4,000 into support of House of Representatives candidate Michael Bloomberg's campaign. According to finance reports, Democrats for Education Reform spent $3,510.20 on direct mailers supporting the candidate and another $320 for the design. The design was done through Bartlett Interactive from Concord and the mailing was done by Novus Group out of Boston. DFER is based out of Washington, D.C. and New York City and has spent a massiv

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Campaign Finance Takes Center Stage In GMP Senate Debate

The morning after pre-primary reports were due to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance, the three vying for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate sparred on 'Good Morning, Pittsfield.' Leading off the debate, host John Krol posed pointed questions about the candidates' donors.

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Democratic Senate Candidate Participate in Pittsfield Gazette Debate

In the second of back to back debates for the Democratic state senate candidates, the three spent an hour handling questions posed by David Cachat, coordinator of PCTV's CityLink channel. Not only was the debate, which kicked off at 8:30 p.m. back to back for the senatorial candidates but it was also back to back for Berkshire Community College. The three candidate previously debated in Great Barrington before heading to BCC for the one put on by the Pittsfield Gazette. The Pittsfield Gazette

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State Rep Candidates Battle It Out In Pittsfield Gazette Debate

Michael Bloomberg has been using a phrase "0-for-25" in describing incumbent state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier legislative record. That drew the most heated discussion Monday night during a debate between the challenger and Farley-Bouvier has he attacked her record and she responded outlining a number of bills she served leadership roles on.

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Harrington Receives Endorsement from Mass Nurses

Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small-business owner running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. The MNA represents 23,000 nurses across the commonwealth, including hundreds of nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and North Adams.

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State Senate Candidates Focus On Economics In 5th Debate

As director of the Pittsfield Community Connection Adam Hinds reeled in a $5 million grant to fight crime an violence in the city. Over the next 10 years the grant will supplement salaries to put at-risk youth in jobs, provide job training, get them counseling, and employed outreach workers who had been in gangs or jail and can show the youth that that lifestyle doesn't work. The crime numbers overlapped with the three most impoverished census blocks and targeted those areas.

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Harrington Supported by Social & Human Service Workers, Educators

Andrea Harrington, a small-business owner and local attorney running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MA) and SEIU Local 509. These two organizations represent thousands of social workers, human service workers, and educators throughout Western Massachusetts.

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Democratic State Rep Candidates Debate Issues on GMP

The two candidates for the Democratic nomination for state representative clashed in the second debate before the primary Thursday morning during an hourlong debate on WTBR. John Krol, host of Good Morning Pittsfield, moderated the debate on his show in the Taconic High School studio Thursday morning between incumbent Tricia Farley-Bouvier and challenger Michael Bloomberg.

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Democratic Senate Candidates Spar in Berkshire Brigades Debate

In the second of back to back debates Thursday night, the three candidates for the Democratic nomination for state senate reiterated their viewpoints. Rinaldo Del Gallo, Adams Hinds, and Andrea Harrington are all seeking the nomination on Sept. 8 and the winner will face Republican Christine Canning-Wilson in the general election. The seat is open because Sen. Benjamin Downing opted not to run for re-election.

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State Rep Candidates Make Case For Democratic Nomination During Debate

What has the incumbent done for Pittsfield in the last five years? What has the challenger done in the last 30? The two candidates for the 3rd Berkshire state representatives exchanged shots at each other's history to wrap up a 40-minute debate at Berkshire Community College. Newcomer Michael Bloomberg is challenging state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier for the seat and in an effort to separate themselves, the two took parting shots at each other's resumes.

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Democratic Candidates For State Senate Show Differences In Lenox Debate

Rinaldo Del Gallo says the state should build out broadband internet just as it would with any road or bridge. Adam Hinds says the state needs to find the best vehicle whether it be Wired West or another group to complete the last mile. Andrea Harrington says each town should craft individualized plans on how to expand. They all believe in expanding high-speed internet, citing its tremendous impact on the economy and quality of life, but how to get there is where they different. The same thin

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Hinds Release Energy & Jobs Platform

Democratic candidate for state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has released his platform on energy and environmental priorities, with a plan to create jobs, save money for cities and towns, individuals, and businesses, and to establish the region as a leader in the green industry, while maintaining its identity as a leader on environmental issues.

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Alcombright Endorses Hinds for Berkshire Senate Seat

North Adams Mayor Richard J. Alcombright has endorsed Adam Hinds for state Senate in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. Hinds is running for the Democratic nomination for the office. "I am very pleased to support my colleague and community leader Adam Hinds," said Alcombright.

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Farley-Bouvier Kicks Off Re-Election Bid

Being a state legislator means being part of a team for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. That was a message she delivered on Friday when she kicked off her re-election bid. In the audience were members of that team, from Mayor Linda Tyer to School Committee and City Council members to leaders in local housing, child care, and an array of other agencies. A crowd surpassing 100 gathered at the ITAM Friday night in support of the Pittsfield Democrat's re-election bid.

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Great Barrington Attorney Announcing for State Senate

A local attorney has decided to run for the Democratic nomination for state Senate. Andrea Harrington plans to formally announce next Tuesday morning for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden District seat being vacated by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing.

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Berkshires Goes for Sanders, Trump

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. With the majority of precincts reporting in late Tuesday night, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were expected to post victories in their respective primaries in Massachusetts. Trump, a New York billionaire developer, was far and away the winner in the Republican primary, with some 80 percent of precincts reporting he had scored nearly 49 percent of the vote.

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Bloomberg Makes Three Vying for Pittsfield Rep Seat

Michael Eric Bloomberg wants to bring his expertise in finance and urban redevelopment back to his hometown. The 26-year-old Pittsfield native is challenging state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Berkshire District. Bloomberg is holding a campaign kickoff on Thursday.

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Hillary Clinton Visits Western Mass on Eve of Primary

Hillary Clinton wowed a small crowd of supporters in Springfield on Monday morning before heading off to a larger rally in Boston just a day before the state's primary. "I will work as hard as I can every single day. ... I will get up and to go to work for you and fight for you," the Democratic presidential candidate said, asking for their votes on Tuesday. "I want us to make progress again. I am a progressive who likes to make progress."

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Letter: Sanders Stands for Social, Economic Justice

Last Monday, I had the opportunity to hear Bernie Sanders speak at the Mullen Center at the University of Massachusetts. His analysis of what happened to the American economy in the financial crisis of 2008 is right on the money.

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Neal Rallies Support For Clinton Campaign in Pittsfield

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is hoping the Democratic presidential primary is "put to bed" on Super Tuesday with Hilary Clinton sealing up the nomination. The Congressman joined local supporters in Clinton's Pittsfield field office Saturday to rally support for the former Secretary of State. Clinton is going up against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in seeking the nomination.

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