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Independent Falchuk Hits Threshold To Start New Party
By Andy McKeever,
03:21PM / Wednesday, November 05, 2014
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charlie Baker will be the next governor. But, there was another winner Tuesday night — independent Evan Falchuk.   Falchuk received 3.3 percent of the vote, hitting the threshold to have his United Independent Party legally recognized as a political party.    "It's an amazing thing. There were so many people who said it couldn't be done," Falchuk said on Wednesday afternoon. "It says a lot about the voters and the need for this party."   The Newton businessman launched his campaign for both governor and for the start of the United Independent Party


Baker Wins Governor's Race
Staff Reports,
01:02AM / Wednesday, November 05, 2014

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The race for governor was down to the wire between Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker on Tuesday and flowed into Wednesday morning.

Trailing significantly and with most major news organizations calling the race for the Baker, Coakley conceded the race shortly after 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The Democrat Coakley wasn't ready to concede after polls closed and the results were being tallied in the late hours of Tuesday. Supporters left her campaign headquarters.

Shortly after 1 a.m., Baker gave a speech to his supporters that sounded like he was claiming victory.

""In this election, every vote


AG Candidate Healey Hears Concerns on Hospital
By Tammy Daniels,
01:48AM / Monday, November 03, 2014

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney general candidate Maura Healey has promised to follow through if elected on issues raised by the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

"I'm absolutely committed to be an advocate on this issue to fight for just that," she said. "I talked about it as a civil rights issue."

The Democrat took a detour from heavy campaigning during this last few days before the election to meet with more than two dozen activists and residents about the region's health care issues.

"I am with you on so many fronts on this," she said Saturday at the Veterans for Foreign Wars post. "I


Candidate Kerrigan Stops in Pittsfield For Get Out The Vote Push
By Andy McKeever,
11:42PM / Saturday, November 01, 2014
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Steve Kerrigan says the party's "ground game" is what is going to make the difference in a very tight gubernatorial race.   Kerrigan was in Pittsfield on Friday as part of his final push efforts. Counting hours instead of days until the polls close, party officials are frantically canvassing neighborhoods, calling voters and talking to others are events — such as Kerrigan's trip to a senior citizens fair at the Boys and Girls Club.   "This is a tied race. It is all within the margin and we're going to win because we've got


Suzanne Bump Seeking Re-election as Auditor
By Andy McKeever,
03:22AM / Saturday, October 25, 2014
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In her efforts to modernize the auditor's office, Suzanne Bump has found some $400 million in misspent taxpayer money.   Bump is now running for re-election so she can continue her efforts both through auditing various state departments and improving the auditor's office.   "We made a deliberate focus on the quality of our work and not the quantity. With the audits we've done, we identified an unprecedented amount of broken systems, misspending and potential fraud and abuse. In fact $400 million worth," Bump said on Friday.   Most notable of Bump's audit was

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