Sunday
Jun282015

Our Amazing President

Tuesday
Jun232015

Save the Date: Newton Dems 2015 Summer Happy Hour and Roots 'Raiser

Each year the Newton Dems host a great summer party - and help raise funds for Democratic activism in Newton and beyond. This year's summer Happy Hour and Roots Raiser with Mass Dems Party Chair Tom McGee will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 pm at Terry O'Reilly's in Newton Centre. Click here for tickets!

 

Tuesday
Jun232015

Newton Democrats call for a price on carbon

The Newton Democratic City Committee has endorsed a ground-breaking proposal to tackle climate change. State Senator Mike Barrett, D-Lexington, has submitted a bill that places a charge on dirty fuel emissions that contribute to global warming and then returns the money -- in direct rebates -- to residents, businesses, and non-profits.

“Right before our eyes, in our own time, we’re seeing extreme temperatures, rising oceans, wilder storms, and worsening droughts,” Barrett said.  “A statewide carbon fee is the most ambitious step state government can take to combat the problem.  This is like gay marriage, and like health care for all, in that Massachusetts can lead the way on an approach other states -- and eventually the entire country -- can adopt.”

“We’re grateful that our representatives in the Legislature including Senator Cindy Creem and Representatives Ruth Balser and Kay Khan are co-sponsoring this critical initiative which our many members overwhelmingly support,” said NDCC Chair Shawn Fitzgibbons

Barrett’s proposal draws on the success story of British Columbia, the Canadian province whose right-of-center party instituted revenue-neutral carbon pricing in 2008.  “Emissions are down, provincial GDP is up, and public opinion polls show high voter satisfaction.  That’s a win-win-win,” Barrett said.

Carbon fees mean higher prices initially to incorporate downstream environmental and health costs.  Higher prices motivate consumers to cut back when they can.  Later, in an approach perfected by British Columbia, fee proceeds are sent back in equal shares to individuals and businesses.  If a family conserves, it can collect more in rebates than it pays in fees.  Because all money is returned, the bill does not put an unfair burden on the poor or on small business.

In addition to lowering pollution, carbon fees in energy-importing states like Massachusetts mean less money goes to supporting jobs in fossil fuel-producing places like North Dakota, Oklahoma, and the Middle East.  But the decline in out-of-state expenditures keeps more money in Massachusetts, where it’s eventually spent, creating jobs here -- 4,000 - 10,000 of them, according to a recent analysis.  “The carbon fee-and-rebate approach is job-positive,” Barrett said.

Barrett added that the work of community groups such as the Newton Democratic City Committee is crucial to the bill’s success.  “Tip of the hat to community leaders,” Barrett said.  He added that a revenue-neutral approach has much to offer conservatives, too.  The proposal isn’t about growing the size of government.  It doesn’t involve direct regulation.  “This is an idea that should appeal not only to Democrats but to Republicans and Independents.”

Barrett’s bill, S.1747, “An Act Combating Climate Change”, has picked up 43 co-sponsors, more than 20% of the Massachusetts Legislature.

 

Friday
Jun192015

POSTPONED UNTIL TUE JUNE 30: vigil for South Carolina victims

This vigiil has been postponed until next Tuesday at 6:00 pm at Newton City Hall:

Dear Friend,

Please join me, faith leaders, and the Newton community at a vigil for the people of Charleston, South Carolina on the steps outside the Newton City Hall War Memorial at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23rd. 
 
 

Sincerely, 

Trans Signature  

Setti D. Warren

Mayor

City of Newton, MA

Wednesday
Jun102015

Newton Dems endorse carbon taxation in Massachusetts

Following a fantastic presentation by State Senator Michael Barrett of Lexington, The Newton Democratic City Committee voted to endorse legislation that would establish a revenue-neutral carbon tax in Massachusetts:

"We, the Newton Democratic City Committee, urge the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pass legislation that fights global warming by placing charges on the carbon content of fossil fuels and returns the money to residents and employers.  Specifically, we commend State Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) for drafting and submitting, “An Act combating climate change.”  We strongly encourage our State Senators and Representatives, and our Governor, to make carbon pricing the law of our state."

Your next steps:

  • Write a letter to the editor in support of this initiative.
  • Do you work in a small business? Urge them to get behind this revenue-neutral effort.
  • Listen to this WBUR story and share it with your friends.
Monday
Jun082015

Thanks to all who made the 2015 Newton Democratic Caucus a great one

We are grateful to all those who came out and participated--who voted, ran for delegate, helped set up, helped clean up, helped check in guests and run a very smooth caucus. 

A special thanks to AG Maura Healey and Mayor Setti Warren for rallying the Democratic faithful.

Pictures below courtesy of NDCC Secretary Robert Fitzpatrick:

On Sunday, June 7, Newton Democrats gathered at Newton South High School for the annual caucuses to elect delegates to...

Posted by Newton Democratic City Committee on Sunday, June 7, 2015

Monday
Jun012015

REMINDER: Caucus on Sunday

Sunday, June 7
Time: 3 to 6 pm - AG Healey and Mayor Warren will be there at the start to rally Dems. All the more reason to attend!
Place: Newton South High School 
Click here for details 
Click here for a caucus Q&A