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MassLive’s statewide strategy

A SPRINGFIELD-BASED NEWS outlet is taking a run at being the go-to source for state news in Massachusetts. MassLive, a website affiliated with the Springfield Republican, is trying to expand its brand beyond western Massachusetts by offering coverage across the state, with a special emphasis on Worcester and Boston. Newspaper websites traditionally piggyback on their […]

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Bridging the digital divide

Princeton is one of 45 municipalities across the state that do not have access to high-speed Internet service. The town’s broadband committee tried to get Charter, Comcast, or Verizon to take a look at building a network, but none of the companies was interested. The town wasn’t dense enough to make the project worthwhile: Big […]

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The tax man goeth

MICHAEL WIDMER IS a harried journalist’s best friend, a man a reporter can count on to return calls with good intel before deadline. The longtime president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation developed an attachment to journalism early on. Fresh out of graduate school at Harvard, he worked for the pre-Internet United Press International when, according […]

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The most interesting man in the Bay State political world

With Massachusetts focused on Deval Patrick’s “Lone Walk” and Charlie Baker’s inauguration, one person has been out of the headlines in recent weeks: House Speaker Robert DeLeo. DeLeo is largely invisible to the vast majority of state residents – his Salvation Army holiday bell-ringing stint outside Macy’s in Downtown Crossing did not attract as many […]

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CDCs applaud new tax credit program

As the year’s end brings a barrage of appeals from nonprofit groups hoping to capitalize on the spirit of holiday giving, the state’s community development corporations are making a pitch for a new tax credit program that enjoys the bipartisan backing of both the outgoing Democratic governor and his Republican successor.  The Massachusetts Association of […]