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Election Day 2012
Staff Reports,
01:33PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Berkshire County voters turned out in droves on Tuesday to select President Barack Obama for re-election and Elizabeth Warren as the state's first woman senator. County voters also came out strong for statewide ballot questions that would force automobile dealers to provide their software to independent auto repair shops by a wide margin and the use of medial marijuana, which also passed.

A non-binding resolution opposing the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, also found strong support.

A more controversial question, the so-called "death with dignity" or physician-assisted suicide, also found some support, although by late Tuesday it did not appear to have passed


Voter Guide: State Rep. Candidate L. Scott Laugenour
By Andy McKeever,
07:26PM / Saturday, November 03, 2012

Q1: Right to Repair: Yes.
Q2: Assisted Suicide: Yes
Q3: Medical Marijuana: Yes

Other issues:
Increased awareness of invasive species. Supports standardized testing in high schools but says the tests should be fully comprehensive and not just in a few subjects. Increased drug abuse clinics in areas of most concern. LENOX, Mass. — If a business takes care of the people, the people will take care of the business and state


Voter Guide: State Rep. Candidate William 'Smitty' Pignatelli
By Andy McKeever,
11:45AM / Saturday, November 03, 2012

Get invasive species out of the county by whatever means necessary. Does not support standardized testing as requirement for students to graduate but supports the use of testing to measure districts. Supports further restricting the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. LENOX, Mass. — After 10 years on Beacon Hill, William "Smitty" Pignatelli says there is still work to be done.

"I still love my job. I still have a lot


Pignatelli Urges No Vote on Physician-Assisted Suicide
Pignatelli Campaign,
09:59AM / Saturday, November 03, 2012
LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli announced Friday that he is opposing Massachusetts ballot Question 2, which if passed would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the commonwealth beginning Jan. 1, 2013. 

The Lenox Democrat is joining a list of elected officials, medical community organizations, religious leaders, clergy and other groups who say Question 2 is deeply flawed and lacks critical safeguards for protecting patients.

"Question 2 would allow patients to receive a fatal prescription of 100 secanol pills at their local pharmacy without any family notification, and without the benefit of receiving a qualified psychiatric


Pignatelli Receives Number of Endorsements
Pignatelli Campaign,
09:30AM / Saturday, November 03, 2012
LENOX, Mass. — William "Smitty" Pignatelli, who is running for re-election as state representative in the 4th Berkshire District, has won a number of endorsements in the weeks leading up to the election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The Lenox Democrat has received the official endorsement of his colleagues — all Democrats — in the Berkshire delegation. He also received the endorsement of the Berkshire Brigades, the county's Democratic Party organization. Now the longest-serving member of the delegation, Pignatelli serves on the Ways & Means committee and the Higher Education and Arts, Tourism & Cultural Development Committees.

"The Berkshire Delegation

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