January 9, 2016/Weekly Column

Republican Gov. Baker as Mr. Nix It

#DemsLead:

Barack Obama: Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility Read more here.

And our own Senator Ed Markey has plans to make legal guns safer for everyone with legislation requiring ‘smart gun’ technology – ensuring only authorized users can operate them. Read more here.

Rehoboth Democrat, veteran, and firefighter Paul Jacques officially announced his run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives – taking on Republican Rep. Steve Howitt in the 4th Bristol district. Read more here.

#PromisesWatch:

Boston Globe’s Shirley Leung: A better moniker would be Mr. Nix-It. Read more here.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang “disheartened” by Gov. Baker’s push for a 23% hike on his students’ MBTA passes – shifting the state’s budget problems onto the local school district Read more here.

Party Building Update:

Each of the 40 State Senate Districts elect one male and one female caucus member. Candidates interested in serving as their Senate District’s male or female caucus member must submit a letter of intent to Matt Fenlon at mfenlon@massdems.org byJanuary 22nd. If more than one male or female from the same Senate District submits a letter of intent, there will be a Senate District conference on March 26th to elect the caucus member.

For the 2016 Method of Selecting DSC Members in state Senate Districts, please click here.

At-large seats for the State Committee will be elected by the ballot, caucus, ex-officio and 20-year members at the April 2 reorganization meeting. Candidates for at-large seats who send a letter of intent to Matt Fenlon at mfenlon@massdems.org by March 12 will have their names sent to the ballot, caucus, ex-officio and 20-year members prior to the April 2 reorganization meeting. Candidates for at-large seats who send a letter of intent to Matt Fenlon at mfenlon@massdems.org by March 19 will appear on the ballot at the April 2 reorganization meeting.

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