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The race for US Senate in the state may be effectively suspended, but politics goes on as usual at other levels. The US Senate’s failure to pass a gun control bill, despite overwhelming public support, is getting its share of attention from analysts, so I thought I would let Masspoliticsprofs readers in on a perennial local political dispute that is ongoing in my little Western Mass burb.
The Republican US Senate candidates’ debate in Springfield reminded me of the quarter final games of the D2 NCAA “Elite Eight” tournament when it was played in Springfield. The games were good, but the stands were mostly empty and the sense that these hard working, talented players were toiling in a minor league of sorts was very hard to shake.
I was in Springfield’s Symphony Hall last night for the third debate between Senator Scott Brown and Professor Elizabeth Warren (note: “Professor” isn’t an insult on this site ). The debate was a good one. Professor Cunningham’s impressions were accurate in my view, but clearly understated judging by the audience’s reactions. Basically, the professor schooled the boy senator. The moderator, PBS’s Jim Madigan, did an excellent job keeping the candidates on task and policing what was one of the most boisterous crowds I’ve ever seen at a political debate.
As I approach one full week without electricity and heat I find myself thinking quite a bit about power, sadly though, not the kind of power political scientists are paid to think about. Also, I’m not sure “thinking” is the right word for what I’m doing.
The state’s third largest city is having a mayor’s race and to hear long time Western Mass journalists like Maureen Turner tell it, the question is does anyone know it in Springfield.
I have been summoned to a meeting of the Select Board in my sleepy little Western Mass suburb to weigh in on a proposal to hold a town sponsored 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 tragedy.