Showing posts with label debate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label debate. Show all posts

Thursday, October 8, 2020

State Senate Candidates Debate Oct 6, 2020 (YouTube video)

The State Senate candidates for the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District participated in a debate broadcast by the North Attleboro cable TV station and available via YouTube.

Senator Becca Rausch is running for re-election as the Democratic candidate and current Franklin Town Councilor Matt Kelly is running as the Republican candidate.

Candidate webpages:

Video link = https://youtu.be/0Nj5584lkqE

 

 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

In the News: hotel public hearing scheduled; Baker, Gonzalez debate again

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A public hearing is planned for later this month to discuss a new Hilton hotel that’s planned for Union Street. 
The public hearing for a special permit and site plan for the project, called “Proposed Hotel, 725 Union Street,” starts at 7:20 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, in the Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building. The session will provide neighbors and other interested people to weigh in on the plan. 
Town Planner Amy Love said Hilton’s interest underscores demand for hotel rooms in town. 
“It’s a private industry, but I think that the applicant and owners do their own research,” she said. “I think they come to a determination that there’s a need in this town.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181102/new-hotel-is-planned-for-franklin


"With the balance of power in Washington in the balance on Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker won’t say whether he’d like to see his Republican Party retain full control of Congress. 
Baker has faced questions throughout his campaign for re-election about his support for Republican candidates up and down the ballot in Massachusetts, including U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl, who was the chief Donald Trump surrogate here during the 2016 presidential campaign. 
And to all those question, the governor has said that while he endorsed “the ticket,” he is focused on his own campaign. 
In the final debate of the campaign on Thursday night, Democrat Jay Gonzalez hammered Baker for his support of Diehl and attorney general candidate Jay McMahon, another conservative, pro-Trump Republican the governor has endorsed as part of the GOP ticket. Gonzalez said McMahon has referred to immigrants as “savages” and has said he believes in a “god-given right to assault weapons.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181102/baker-wont-say-if-he-wants-gop-to-keep-its-grip-on-congress

The Franklin Town Clerk page with additional information
http://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk


Additional info can be found in the 2018 Election Collection
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/10/election-collection-2018.html


Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

FM #151 - Second Debate of the 10th Norfolk District Candidates - Oct 29, 2018

FM #151

This internet radio show or podcast is number 151 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording is the second debate of the two 10th Norfolk District candidates. This one was held Monday, October 29, 2018 at the Franklin Senior Center.

The two candidates for the 10th Norfolk Representative district: incumbent Representative Jeff Roy and challenger current Franklin Town Councilor Patrick Casey debated before a live broadcast of Franklin TV and an audience of over 100 people.

Lawrence Benedetto, from Franklin, was one moderator.
Ken Scott, from Medway, was the second moderator in a shared role.

The moderated agenda published before hand was different than what was implemented. This minor factor did not significantly hinder the discussion.

The session recording runs just over an hour (72+ minutes). Without further ado, here is the audio recording.

Representative Jeff Roy (left), Town Councilor Patrick Casey (right)



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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark and Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

10th Norfolk District - Candidate Debate - Oct 29

The candidate debate is scheduled to be held at the Franklin Senior Center and begin at 7:00 PM

Debate Rules and Format

1. Moderators introduced

2. Moderators Explain Rules/format – Asks voters in attendance to write down questions for the candidates. Moderators to collect the questions, randomly pick the questions to ask, but review to make sure no rude, vulgar or inappropriate questions.

3. Candidates for State Legislature introduced by moderators – Jeffrey Roy (D) incumbent, Patrick Casey (R)

4. Flip a coin to determine who goes first.

5. Opening statement for Candidate one – 4- minutes

6. Opening statement for candidate two – 4- minutes

7. Candidate one: Ask opponent one question – 1 minute
Candidate two: Response – 3 minutes

8. Candidate two: Ask opponent one question – 1 minute
Candidate one: Response – 3 minutes

9. Alternate questions between candidates. Each candidates has up to 3 minutes to answer a question and a 1 minute rebuttal to any answer from opponent.

10. candidate one to make a closing statement – 5 minutes

11. Invited candidate two to make a closing statement. – 5 minutes.

10th Norfolk District - Candidate Debate - Oct 29
10th Norfolk District - Candidate Debate - Oct 29

The first debate held at the Library by Franklin in Focus was recorded and is available for replay here: 
FM #148 - 10th Norfolk Representative District Debate - Oct 13, 2018 (audio)
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/10/fm-148-10th-norfolk-representative.html

Friday, October 26, 2018

In the News: Tri-County 8th grade open house; Attorney General candidates debate

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The goal at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School is to show the future, and that’s exactly what officials plan to do during this year’s open house. 
This year’s eighth-grade open house at Tri-County takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the school, 147 Pond St. 
Scott O’Brien, head of Tri-County’s guidance department, said the point is to get students who are looking to take their educations outside the usual classroom setting. 
“We’ve been reaching out, but mostly to tell people that we are one of the most evolved programs that is currently available to students,” O’Brien said. “We really just want to let people know that this isn’t your grandfather’s traditional vocational school.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181025/tri-county-high-invites-eighth-graders-to-open-house


"Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday afternoon parried a series of attacks from her Republican challenger Jay McMahon over the Democrat’s record on guns, drugs and suing the Trump administration, defending her office over the course of the final, hour-long debate in the race. 
Healey, who is widely expected to win a second, four-year term as attorney general, highlighted her work prosecuting drug traffickers and preventing dangerous copycat assault weapons from being sold in Massachusetts. 
She also said that while she doesn’t relish suing President Donald Trump, she will continue to do so if she believes it’s in the interests of the state or its residents. 
“I don’t wish for or want opportunities to sue the federal government. But it is my job as attorney general to stand up for the interests of our state, for our residents, for our businesses and for our values,” Healey said.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181025/healey-defends-record-as-mcmahon-attacks-in-final-debate

Healey campaign page  http://www.maurahealey.com/

McMahon campaign page  https://www.attorneyjaymcmahon.com/

The Franklin Town Clerk page with additional information
http://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk


Additional info can be found in the 2018 Election Collection
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/10/election-collection-2018.html


Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

In the News: Galvin, Amore debate gets nasty; Ayyadurai in long-shot bid as independent

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The only debate in the secretary of state’s race ended with the candidates branding each other “a liar” and “a faker,” capping off a testy exchange in which the two men sparred over voter identification, electoral security, the way the incumbent runs his office, and his challenger’s background. 
Secretary Bill Galvin, a Brighton Democrat, went after Swampscott Republican Anthony Amore on WGBH’s “Greater Boston” over Amore’s voting record, speaking fees he’d accepted as an author, and his stance on voter ID requirements, which Galvin said came out of the “Republican playbook.” 
Amore, in turn, said Galvin had “no vision” for his office, relies on an antiquated security system and does not attend meetings of the historical commission that he chairs. 
Galvin does not support requiring identification to vote, saying voter ID laws have been used in other states “to prevent people from voting.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181022/debate-between-galvin-amore-turns-nasty

Galvin campaign page   http://www.billgalvin.org/
Amore campaign page   http://www.amore2018.com/
Sanchez campaign page  http://www.green-rainbow.org/juan_sanchez_for_secretary_of_the_commonwealth

"As many Republicans in Massachusetts work to keep a safe distance from President Donald Trump this election season, one candidate from outside the party is going the other way, fighting to be recognized as a standard-bearer for the president’s anti-establishment populism as he makes a long-shot bid for U.S. Senate. 
Shiva Ayyadurai, a former researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and entrepreneur who claims to have invented email as a teenager, is running a scorched-earth campaign in which he casts himself as a working man’s hero – despite his advanced degrees and business acumen – raging against what he sees as a conspiracy between the Republican and Democratic parties in Massachusetts to keep Sen. Elizabeth Warren in power. According to this narrative, for which Ayyadurai provides only anecdotal evidence, the Republican candidate in the race, state Rep. Geoff Diehl of Whitman, is a pawn of both parties whose only purpose in the race is to take away votes from Ayyadurai, the real “Trumper” in the race."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181022/for-shiva-ayyadurai-independent-in-senate-race-its-all-about-whos-real-trumper

campaign page  https://shiva4senate.com/

The Franklin Town Clerk page with additional information
http://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk


Additional info can be found in the 2018 Election Collection
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/10/election-collection-2018.html


Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

In the News: Warren, Diehl debate on Friday; 10th Norfolk profiles

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger, Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl, clashed on everything from tax cuts to immigration to Warren’s decision to release a DNA test during their first debate Friday. 
The meeting was combative at times, with the candidates challenging each other and sometimes talking over one another."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181019/warren-diehl-clash-in-debate

Warren campaign page https://elizabethwarren.com/

Diehl campaign page https://diehlforsenate.com/

CSPAN has the complete video of the debate
https://www.c-span.org/video/?452950-1/massachusetts-senate-debate&live

CBS also has the video of the debate
https://boston.cbslocal.com/video/3955823-watch-complete-wbz-senate-debate-from-october-19-2018/


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The race for the spot as state representative for the 10th Norfolk district is between two Franklin residents, incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Roy and Town Council member Patrick Casey, who is a Republican. Here are their candidate profiles for this year’s election:

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181019/candidate-profiles-for-10th-norfolk-district-state-rep-race


Casey campaign page  https://www.patrickcasey.org/

Roy campaign page   http://jeffreyroy.com/

Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

In the News: Warren - Diehl debates this weekend; governor candidates offer choice

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger, Geoff Diehl, will debate at the WBZ-TV studios in Boston. The hour-long debate will air live on WSBK-TV and on CBSBoston.com. Questions my be submitted to kelleratlarge@wbztv.com or kelleratlarge. 
Warren and Diehl will also meet at 7 p.m. Sunday on WGBY-TV in Springfield and at MassLive.com. Their last scheduled forum is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, on WCVB Channel 5. 
Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai is awaiting action on a federal court lawsuit seeking to force the organizers to include him."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181018/warren-and-diehl-to-debate-friday-sunday

FHS students got to hear the independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai in September https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/09/in-news-fhs-trip-to-europe-approved-fhs.html

For all the Election 2018 posts, check out the Election Collection
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/10/election-collection-2018.html


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"As Republican Gov. Charlie Baker looks to continue to build on his track record of getting things done through bipartisanship, challenger Jay Gonzalez is presenting himself as a progressive Democrat who can push Massachusetts beyond what he calls the “status quo.” 
In less than three weeks, voters will decide between incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and challenger Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat. 
The Nov. 6 vote will determine who will lead Massachusetts through the next four years. The two men are offering different approaches, which were spelled out during separate editorial meetings with several GateHouse Media newspapers on Thursday."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181018/charlie-baker-jay-gonzalez-offer-clear-choice-in-governors-race

Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

In the News: governor candidates debate

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez seized Wednesday night on Gov. Charlie Baker’s wavering over whether or not he will vote for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl as Gonzalez attempts to dislodge the incumbent Republican from the corner office. 
Diehl, a state representative from Whitman who is challenging U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, became a centerpiece of a WGBH debate between the two gubernatorial candidates as Gonzalez tried to paint Baker as loyal to the Republican Party over the people of Massachusetts. Baker said during the debate that he hadn’t decided whether he will vote for Diehl, but later told reporters that he misspoke and will cast a ballot for Diehl on Nov. 6. 
At the midpoint of the debate, moderator Jim Braude asked Baker how he squares his opposition to President Donald Trump with his support for Diehl, who supports the president and helped organize his campaign in Massachusetts. Baker reiterated that he had pledged to support the whole GOP ticket and is supporting Diehl because he is part of that ticket."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181017/gonzalez-rips-baker-over-diehl-support

The Boston Globe debate article
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/10/17/baker-and-gonzalez-set-debate-wednesday/8CEH6Fwekke42efV44bk3L/story.html

WGBH's article on fact checking the debate
https://www.wgbh.org/news/politics/2018/10/18/fact-checking-the-baker-gonzalez-debate

C-SPAN has the video of the debate for viewing
https://www.c-span.org/video/?452938-1/massachusetts-gubernatorial-debate

Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018

In the News: walkway foundation set; Ross not responding to debate offer

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Veterans’ Memorial Walkway is starting to take shape on the Town Common, a month after a ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the spot of the planned path. 
This week, Department of Public Works workers have been clearing and putting down a foundation of stones in the newly designed path in front of the current veterans memorial. 
The path is now cleared and ready for the granite curbing. Crews will place the curbing this weekend. Workers will place granite slabs along the path as well as the granite dividers along the walkway, between the dedicated bricks. 
An official dedication ceremony will take place once the pathway is complete, scheduled for Veterans Day (Nov. 11), but applications to buy more bricks will stay open for years to come."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181010/foundation-cleared-for-franklin-veterans-path

foundation set for the Veterans Walkway on the Town Common
foundation set for the Veterans Walkway on the Town Common

"State Sen. Richard Ross is apparently not interested in debating his Democratic challenger before the Nov. 6 general election. 
Ross, a Republican from Wrentham, “has refused the offer” to participate in a face-to-face candidates forum with Democrat challenger Becca Rausch of Needham, according to an email from the presidents of three local League of Women Voters chapters sent to the campaigns. 
Ross did not respond to two emails and five phone calls requesting his attendance at a candidates forum to be cablecast on the Wayland public access station, according to the Monday email from LWV presidents in Wayland, Wellesley and Needham. A four-term incumbent, Ross has represented the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District since winning a special election in May 2010."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181010/republican-richard-ross-of-wrentham-wont-debate-challenger-becca-rausch-of-needham

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

In the News: first governor campaign debate

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, sparred on everything from public transportation and taxes to abortion rights and criminal justice as they squared off for their first debate before next month’s election. 
Gonzalez faulted Baker for not being ambitious enough when it comes to upgrading the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He called the public transit system one of the worst in the country, saying people cannot depend on it to get to work. 
“I’m surprised riders haven’t revolted,” he said. “They are done with this system that they can’t rely on.” 
Gonzalez also said he would fire Keolis which operates the commuter rail system."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181009/first-governors-debate-covers-mbta-criminal-justice

Governor Baker official state page  https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-the-governor

Campaign page   https://www.charliebakerma.com/

Jay Gonzalez campaign page  https://jay4ma.com/

Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Franklin in Focus presents Election 2018: Candidates and Issues - Oct 13

Franklin in Focus is presenting an informative event for Franklin voters on Saturday, October 13 at the Franklin Public Library from 9:15 to 11:30 AM – just prior to the start of the downtown Harvest Festival!

The event includes a primer about registering and voting. Invited speakers will comment on 2018 ballot questions.

* The keynote event at 9:15 will be a moderated debate between Representative Jeff Roy (D), and Patrick Casey (R), both vying for the seat representing Franklin and Medway (10th Norfolk District). Audience members may submit questions for either or both candidates at the start of the morning.

* Town Clerk Theresa Burr will provide a primer on this year's ballot as well as information on registering to vote and absentee ballots.

* Several organizations have been invited to provide speakers to discuss this year's ballot questions.

Questions? Get in touch through the form at the bottom of the Franklin in Focus home page https://franklininfocus.org

Franklin in Focus presents Election 2018: Candidates and Issues - Oct 13
Franklin in Focus presents Election 2018: Candidates and Issues - Oct 13

Thursday, October 4, 2018

In the News: MA Attorney General candidates debate

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The two candidates running for Massachusetts attorney general tussled Wednesday over issues related to gun rights, drug addiction and immigration. 
Democratic incumbent Maura Healey faced off against Republican challenger James “Jay” McMahon in a half-hour televised debate hosted by WGBH. Each candidate is asking for the support of Massachusetts voters in the general election Nov. 6. 
McMahon, a lifelong resident of Cape Cod, won the Republican nomination last month after beating Dan Shores of Hingham in the primary election. Healey ran unopposed."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181003/massachusetts-ag-candidates-spar-over-guns-immigration

#election2018

Maura Healey - Official AG page  
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-attorney-general-maura-healey

Campaign page  http://www.maurahealey.com/

James "Jay" McMahon - campaign page   https://www.attorneyjaymcmahon.com/

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Information for Franklin residents can be found
http://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk

Early voting schedule for Franklin
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/early_voting_hours.pdf

The MA Information for Voters (large print edition can be found in PDF format)
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/IFV_2018_Large_Print.pdf
Additional information for MA voters can be found on the state page
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/message18.htm

Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

In the News: Article 1 Ballot Question; first gubernatorial debate set for Oct 9

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Nora Watts wakes up at 4:50 a.m. on days she’s working. 
The 66-year-old gets up, dresses and goes to the gym because she wants to ensure she’s in-shape enough to perform her duties as a nurse at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. 
“I’m not a spring chicken anymore,” Watt said. “I want to make sure I stay strong and healthy.” 
The job has become more difficult and more dangerous in recent years, Watts said, in part because nurses – like herself – are being asked to care for more patients at a time than Watts believes is responsible."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180925/nurses-hospitals-split-on-ballot-measure-in-massachusetts

For an independent review of the Article 1 question and issues covering both sides  https://www.cirmass.org/the-2018-citizens-statement

an independent review of the Article 1 question and issues covering both sides
an independent review of the Article 1 question and issues covering both sides

"The first gubernatorial debate between Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez will take place in two weeks on the night of Oct. 9, with WBZ-TV host Jon Keller as moderator, according to campaign officials familiar with debate negotiations between the two candidates. 
The televised debate at 8 p.m. will be one of three debates this cycle, and represents a potential turning point for Gonzalez, who continues to trail Baker in the polls and fundraising while also suffering from low name recognition. 
Days after the primary, Baker’s campaign announced that he had agreed to three televised debates against his general election opponent. Gonzalez had been pushing for more debates, and Baker received some criticism for turning down invitations to debate in western Massachusetts."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180925/first-governor-debate-planned-for-oct-9


Saturday, September 8, 2018

In the News: changes in personnel at Police Dept; MA Governor campaigns to include 3 debates

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Four fresh faces have joined the ranks at the Franklin Police Department, while it said goodbye to four others. 
During Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, the newest additions to Franklin’s finest were sworn in. Officers Connor Crosman, Tyler Peabody, Andressa Rosa and Amanda Ayer took on their new titles, while Detective Michael Kenney, and officers Robert Burchill, Paul Fiorio and Brian Chander said their goodbyes. 
The moves keep the department’s roster at 46 officers. 
Police Sgt. Brian Johnson said the new recruits look promising so far. Crosman has some experience with the Hopkinton Police Department and came with a high recommendation, Johnson said."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180907/franklin-pd-hires-four-retires-four

Officers Connor Crosman, Tyler Peabody, Andressa Rosa and Amanda Ayer getting sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr
Officers Connor Crosman, Tyler Peabody, Andressa Rosa
and Amanda Ayer getting sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr

retiring Detective Michael Kenney, and officers Robert Burchill, Paul Fiorio and Brian Chander
retiring Detective Michael Kenney, and officers Robert Burchill, Brian Chander and Paul Fiorio 


"Gov. Charlie Baker has agreed to three televised debates against Democrat Jay Gonzalez between now and the general election in November, according to a spokesman for the Republican’s campaign, who said the dates and times for those debates are still being negotiated. 
Gonzalez, who won the Democratic primary on Tuesday, had said earlier in the day that he had accepted invitations from five media outlets and consortiums looking to sponsor events and would be open to more. His campaign manager called Baker’s decision to participate in three “disappointing.” 
Baker spokesman Terry MacCormack said the governor had accepted invitations from WBZ-TV, WGBH, and a media consortium that includes the Boston Globe, WBUR, WCVB, UMass, and the ABC and CBS affiliates in Springfield. 
“The Baker-Polito campaign has accepted invitations for three debates and looks forward to productive conversations about Governor Baker’s strong record of bipartisan results, including 180,000 new jobs, historic funding for education and nation-leading reforms to curb the opioid epidemic,” MacCormack said in a statement."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180907/baker-agrees-to-three-debates


3 Governor debates to be scheduled
3 Governor debates to be scheduled

Saturday, October 8, 2016

In the News: Franklinites play in King Richards Faire, Ballot Question 4 to be debated

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Every year, come September and October, Franklinites Jamie Dellorco and Frank Dixon take on double lives. 
Five days a week, Dixon is a purchasing agent at Boston Medical Center, and Dellorco is a professional actress based in New York. But on autumn weekends, they become their alter egos and exist somewhere in the medieval period. 
The two are seasoned members of the cast at King Richard’s Faire, a popular fall tradition that plays out on several wooded acres in Carver. 
“There, I’m Heyo, the court jester,” says Dixon, who has been living his medieval half-life for about 23 years – 21 of them as HRM King Richard’s chief fool."


Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20161007/medieval-life-for-them-two-from-franklin-are-principals-at-king-richards-faire



"The first of two debates on key ballot questions is scheduled Thursday at Regis College, featuring lawmakers on both sides of Question 4, which asks voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana. 
The debate on Oct. 13 is free and open to the public, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Student Center Lounge at Regis. 
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, will speak in favor of passing Question 4, while state Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, will argue against passage of the question on the Nov. 8 ballot. 
Questions will be posed by attorney Carmenelisa Perez-Kudzma, Regis College's Legal Studies Program director, and Rick Holmes, opinion editor of the MetroWest Daily News. Kelley Tuthill, vice president of public relations and communications at Regis, will moderate the debate."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20161007/regis-hosts-debate-thursday-on-question-4-legalizing-pot



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

10th Norfolk candidates state positions

I was unable to get a good internet connection to report live from Medway High School but took my notes by hand and have transcribed them to share here.


10th Norfolk District candidate debate

Republican candidate - Richard Eustis
Democratic candidate - Jeff Roy


Co-hosted by the Republican and Democratic Town Committees of Medway at the Medway High School

The format was for both candidates to have an opening and closing statement and in between state their positions on a set of five topics; (1) Education, (2) Economic Development, (3) Local funding, (4) Tax policy and (5) the Role of government.

There are distinct differences between the two candidates as shown in their statements on each topic.

Opening Statements
Roy - provided an overview on his public service record and how he will represent everyone in the District.

Eustis - opened with a challenge to Mr Roy’s statement that MA is doing it right and went on to list the litany of corruption associated with Beacon Hill and the Democratic Party. Referenced the Forbes study that listed MA as 47th among the states as a place to do business.

1 - Education
Eustis - cares about schools, understands the need for investment in the community, recognizes that stronger schools will make the community more attractive for businesses. Doesn’t support instate tuition for illegal immigrants because the state can’t afford it. Thinks the college tuition is too high and that with 50% of the recent graduates still looking for work says that is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Roy - every child deserves a good education, invited Mr Eustis to tour the Franklin schools with him to see how well they are doing spending less in all 11 categories tracked by the state and yet a high performing district. The good schools are why businesses come here. Tri-county and Norfolk provide area students alternatives. He does not favor the Governor’s proposal on instate tuition. Thinks that we should focus on the local issues.

2 - Economic Development
Roy - wants to help businesses get back to work, with good schools businesses want to locate here. he goes on to reference three companies in Franklin two of whom relocated there and the reasons were good work force, good school system and quality of life in the community. Referenced a study by Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) http://www.aimnet.org/ that touts the progress MA has made during this recent economy has been the envy of other states and regions. Can we do better? Yes. His strategic plan on economic development covers five points: 1 - money to consumers by reducing the sales tax to 5%, 2 - helping small businesses, 3 - help public higher education, 4 - reduce the cost of doing business here, and 5 - partner with the leaders in Franklin and Medway.

Eustis - I will continue to bash Beacon Hill because their performance is unacceptable. According to the Forbes report MA is 47th among the states as a place to do business. That tax rates and regulations have scared away ⅓ of the businesses who were based here in MA. RI and NH in particular have lured companies with tax breaks and incentives. MA is not competitive. As an example,the data security protection regulation implemented goes further than the FDC requires, why is that necessary? Need to follow the examples set by our neighboring states, need to enforce immigration laws.

3 - Local Funding
Eustis - wants every dollar that goes to Beacon Hill to come back, local government should make the choice, makes local government accountable, the the towns are running on increasingly tight budgets yet there is waste, fraud and abuse with the money that leaves here. Referenced EBT card abuses, the creation of 2,000 jobs in state government where the salaries exceed $100,000, the scandal in the probation department. He closed by reiterating that he would fight for every dollar to come back.

Roy - I am a fan of Massachusetts. In a rebuttal of the Forbes study referenced, many of the same CEO’s in the survey actually live in the places that are lower ranked, CA, NY and MA. Why is that? They’ll live in the lower ranked state but not do business there? Agrees, that local aid is important. Education, parks and green spaces, senior centers, all of these things are paid for with public funds, we are not funding Republican or Democratic facilities. Stated he is opposed to illegal activities, violators need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Attempted to link the Beacon Hill challenges to an attack on former Rep Vallee and asked Mr Eustis why if he was so interested in the party abuses didn’t he do something about it? Closed with he has the experience to get local aid for Medway and to spend it appropriately in the priority areas.

4 - Tax Policy
Roy - opens with ‘nobody likes to pay taxes’, taxes fund our government operations and our budgets should reflect our values. He reiterated his desire to roll back the sales tax to 5%. Wants to collect taxes on internet based sales. MA is losing $335 million in this arena. Not collecting this tax, creates a competitive disadvantage for those brick and mortar stores. He wants to ensure no unfunded mandates come from new legislation. He wants to look at tax haven abuses. MA is doing well as it has gone three years with no new taxes or fees. He would like to see an analysis on tax credits to see that they actually return what they are supposed to.

Eustis - Opens by objecting to Mr ROy’s linking of Vallee to Beacon Hill. you know I like Rep Vallee, “don’t do that Jeff.” He then questions state government, if the CEO’s don’t rate MA higher, how are we better off? We are taxed at the highest rate in the nation. We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Stated Mr Roy opposes the tax free weekend and can’t understand why. All you need to do is drive down an exit or two to the Wrentham Outlets to see how much of an effect it has. Reiterates the need for MA to be competitive in the region, wants to explore a tax exemption for seniors, of the 21 communities who have declared their tax rates, all 21 have increased them. People need tax relief not an increase in taxes.

5 - Role of Government
Eustis - He stated that there are two roles for government, the first is to provide the common services (public safety, education, and the safety net for those in need). If there was a second point I missed it. He did reference MA as having create the first constitution and how the US Constitution defines government. That ‘what we think (as candidates) doesn’t really matter’. His shortest statement as he surprised Mr Roy by ending without using all of his allotted time.

Roy - government is the name we give to that which we do together. Government doesn’t do everything, it does provide an opportunity. He told a story of meeting a mother of an FHS student who as a sophomore was struggling with school until he took advantage of the new Arts Academy program at FHS. Now as a junior he is excited about school and looking at where to go to college. We need to create these educational opportunities. Help those in their later years. Need to do the common things, build roads and bridges, greenspace, without being dependent for everything at Beacon Hill.

Closing Statements
Roy - gives series of thanks to those who organized this, those present, has respect for Mr Eustis, is overwhelmed by the support and endorsements he has received. Refers folks to read the letters available on his website. “Can we do better? Of course we can” We are modeling how to do it better. I will help spread the word. I will combine my experience and energy to make MA a good place to work and live. The question this election is who has the most commitment? who has the most relevant experience? who is the best qualified to represent Franklin and Medway? I have all three of these and I look for your vote on Nov 6th.

Eustis - gives series of thanks to those who organized this, those present. Reiterates that this election is about a choice. If you think MA is going in the right direction, then he is not your candidate. He didn’t talk about his local service but did serve in the Navy for four years. He did serve in other ways, his work as an attorney, never turned someone away for inability to pay, always provided service at a reduced rate and gets great satisfaction from doing so. In reference to Mr Roy’s endorsements, his mother had said; “Show me your friends and I will show you who you are.” Closed with a story of helping a lady shopping with her daughter at Market Basket, lady was challenged by shopping and trying to make ends meet with little money.We need to do better, we deserve more from our state government.

The next debate will be held on Tuesday, Oct 23 at the Horace Mann Middle School on Oak St in Franklin, MA. It will begin at 7:00 PM.