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January 25, 2015
Senate admits climate change is not a hoax - House bars taxpayer funding of abortions

Massachusetts delegation casts lots of "nay" votes

Keystone, climate change, abortion funding cause concern

There were 14 key votes and 25 roll call votes in the Senate this week. There were two key votes in the House, which held a total of eight roll call votes. The most important Senate vote was to pass an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill stating that climate change is real and not a hoax. The most important House vote was to pass a bill barring taxpayer funding of abortions.

January 25, 2015
Kumbaya days of bipartisan leadership return to Beacon Hill - Backtracking on the Olympics - Looking into marijuana

WEEKLY NEWS ROUNDUP - 
THE SOUND OF AIR ESCAPING

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

STORY OF THE WEEK: Self-described as being "pretty facile with math," Baker's arithmetic is put to the test by $765 budget hole.

If politics is akin to sport in Massachusetts, it was only fitting this week that the inflationary, or deflationary, policies of its gridiron heroes and elected leaders made for neat synergy.

January 25, 2015
Kumbaya days of bipartisan leadership return to Beacon Hill - Backtracking on the Olympics - Looking into marijuana

WEEKLY NEWS ROUNDUP - 
THE SOUND OF AIR ESCAPING

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

STORY OF THE WEEK: Self-described as being "pretty facile with math," Baker's arithmetic is put to the test by $765 budget hole.

If politics is akin to sport in Massachusetts, it was only fitting this week that the inflationary, or deflationary, policies of its gridiron heroes and elected leaders made for neat synergy.

January 24, 2015
Baker to roll out a budget-balancing plan this week - State Education Board to hear motions on 4Cs aircraft certificates

Week of Jan. 25-31, 2015

BAKER TO TACKLE  BUDGET SHORT-FALL

January 24, 2015
Baker to roll out a budget-balancing plan this week - State Education Board to hear motions on 4Cs aircraft certificates

Week of Jan. 25-31, 2015

BAKER TO TACKLE  BUDGET SHORT-FALL

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January 23, 2015
Newly-elected state senator takes over seat vacated by retiring Therese Murray

On Wednesday, newly-elected State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) was appointed ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. The appointment was made by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).

Before being elected State Senator in the Plymouth & Barnstable District in November, deMacedo served as state representative for the Plymouth 1st District since 1999. For the past decade he has been a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

January 23, 2015
Newly-elected state senator takes over seat vacated by retiring Therese Murray

On Wednesday, newly-elected State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) was appointed ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. The appointment was made by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).

Before being elected State Senator in the Plymouth & Barnstable District in November, deMacedo served as state representative for the Plymouth 1st District since 1999. For the past decade he has been a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

January 18, 2015
Baker's 3-month hiring freeze - Patrick appointments SNAFU

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - WHAT AILS YOU

STORY OF THE WEEK: Baker's tenure in the Corner Office off to a bumpy beginning, but running on a long leash to start his governorship.

After just seven days on the job, Gov. Charlie Baker has had a crash course in the highs and lows of the office, from bungling another personal story of a family he met on the trail to winning plaudits for his unexpected, though not unconventional, pick for transportation chief.

January 18, 2015
Baker's 3-month hiring freeze - Patrick appointments SNAFU

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - WHAT AILS YOU

STORY OF THE WEEK: Baker's tenure in the Corner Office off to a bumpy beginning, but running on a long leash to start his governorship.

After just seven days on the job, Gov. Charlie Baker has had a crash course in the highs and lows of the office, from bungling another personal story of a family he met on the trail to winning plaudits for his unexpected, though not unconventional, pick for transportation chief.

January 17, 2015
Keating named the Ranking Member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee ~ Thirteen key votes in the House, only one in the Senate

9th. District U.S. Congressman Bill Keating was elected by his peers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to serve as Ranking Member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade (TNT) Subcommittee.

January 17, 2015
Keating named the Ranking Member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee ~ Thirteen key votes in the House, only one in the Senate

9th. District U.S. Congressman Bill Keating was elected by his peers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to serve as Ranking Member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade (TNT) Subcommittee.

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January 17, 2015
Board of Higher Education to act on 4Cs aircraft mechanics certificates

Jan. 16-24, 2015

January 17, 2015
Board of Higher Education to act on 4Cs aircraft mechanics certificates

Jan. 16-24, 2015

January 14, 2015
Planning of 2015 events will begin

The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Centerville Rec Building, 524 Main Street in Centerville.

During this first meeting of the year, the group will begin planning events for 2015.

All Barnstable Democrats are invited to attend the monthly meetings and to inquire about becoming a member.

Barnstable DTC meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the rec building, unless otherwise noted.

January 14, 2015
Planning of 2015 events will begin

The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Centerville Rec Building, 524 Main Street in Centerville.

During this first meeting of the year, the group will begin planning events for 2015.

All Barnstable Democrats are invited to attend the monthly meetings and to inquire about becoming a member.

Barnstable DTC meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the rec building, unless otherwise noted.

January 14, 2015

The hypocrisy is sickening. Yes, we should be concerned that twelve people were murdered in Paris at the offices of a popular newspaper. Police have killed the three suspects believed to have carried out the attack..

But where were the leaders of the West when a US drone, to take just one instance, dropped a bomb on a wedding celebration in Afghanistan, or it could have been one in Pakistan or Yemen, that killed fifty-one people, including children?

January 14, 2015
Has served on joint committee since he was a freshman in 2011

Cape & Islands State Senator Dan Wolf has asked to keep his Senate chairmanship of the Joint Committee of Labor and Workforce Development, he said Tuesday. The Harwich Democrat, who was re-elected to a third term in November after mounting a brief and unsuccessful run for governor, has held the committee post since he was a freshman in 2011.

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January 14, 2015
Has served on joint committee since he was a freshman in 2011

Cape & Islands State Senator Dan Wolf has asked to keep his Senate chairmanship of the Joint Committee of Labor and Workforce Development, he said Tuesday. The Harwich Democrat, who was re-elected to a third term in November after mounting a brief and unsuccessful run for governor, has held the committee post since he was a freshman in 2011.

January 13, 2015
Another bill would prohibit police racial profiling, require collection of data on police encounters, require the data be made public

Lawmakers ready to push bills backed by the ACLU

Seeking to update state laws around electronic privacy and government transparency, civil liberties proponents pitched their agenda to lawmakers at the head of the new session on Tuesday.

Rep. Jonathan Hecht, a Watertown Democrat, said he has made some adjustments to a bill he filed last session that would restrict how automatic license plate readers could be used and how long law enforcement could store data collected by the surveillance machines.

January 13, 2015
Another bill would prohibit police racial profiling, require collection of data on police encounters, require the data be made public

Lawmakers ready to push bills backed by the ACLU

Seeking to update state laws around electronic privacy and government transparency, civil liberties proponents pitched their agenda to lawmakers at the head of the new session on Tuesday.

Rep. Jonathan Hecht, a Watertown Democrat, said he has made some adjustments to a bill he filed last session that would restrict how automatic license plate readers could be used and how long law enforcement could store data collected by the surveillance machines.

January 13, 2015
This year's conservative comedy event features Anthony Scibelli and Dave Russo

Fifth Barnstable District State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) will be looking to strike more than a few funny bones at this year's "LOL with Randy Hunt". The fundraiser has become an annual event and this year will be held on Saturday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, 1225 Iyannough Road in Hyannis.

January 13, 2015
This year's conservative comedy event features Anthony Scibelli and Dave Russo

Fifth Barnstable District State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) will be looking to strike more than a few funny bones at this year's "LOL with Randy Hunt". The fundraiser has become an annual event and this year will be held on Saturday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, 1225 Iyannough Road in Hyannis.

January 12, 2015
All Chatham Democrats invited to attend

The Chatham Democratic Town Committee will hold their first meeting of the New Year on Saturday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Chatham Community Center, 702 Main Street.

The agenda includes updates from the November election and information about the upcoming caucus. 

All Chatham Democrats are invited to attend. The meeting will be held in the club room of the community center.

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January 12, 2015
All Chatham Democrats invited to attend

The Chatham Democratic Town Committee will hold their first meeting of the New Year on Saturday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Chatham Community Center, 702 Main Street.

The agenda includes updates from the November election and information about the upcoming caucus. 

All Chatham Democrats are invited to attend. The meeting will be held in the club room of the community center.