Please join us as we welcome Bill Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to Newton on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 pm. He will speak about recent updates to election law in Massachusetts that improves access to the polls, and how Democrats can respond to Republican Governor Charlie Baker's efforts to defund the Elections Division. All are welcome. Location to be announced!
This is what Newton Dems are saying....
While campaign season is mostly quiet, there are some things on the horizon. Click here for an initial list on an Excel spreadsheet of the U.S. Senate races coming in 2016.
Major news so far is that Sen Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) are not running for re-election.
Also, lots of speculation that fmr Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin is going to run against incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson. And Atty Gen Kamala Harris of CA is running for the Dem nomination there, supposedly with lots of support.
54 Kirkstall Rd.
Newtonville (off Walnut St.)
The theme of our meeting will be state government and its response to personal needs. A specific agenda to follow.
The meeting will be followed by a going-away party for Steve Linsky and Martine Van Pee, who will be moving out of Newton. This is a Sunday afternoon cocktail party. Drinks will be provided. Please bring snacks to share.
As we have talked about many times, the challenges facing this country at this time are staggering. We are just a year away from gearing up to a critically important Presidential campaign, with the Supreme Court in the balance, and planning and recruitment for Democratic activists needs to start now.
So please take a minute to see if you could invite a friend. Since Steve was our Ward 2 Alderman for 12 years, he is probably known by many who might enjoy participating in this neighborhood send-off. We'd be happy to have them!
Please let Robert or me know if you plan to join us.
20 Pilgrim Road
Watertown, MA 02472
With the final results from Louisiana in, here is where things now stand in the US Senate between the Dems and Republicans. (Hint: its rough for now!)
NEWTON DEMOCRATIC CITY COMMITTEE ENDORSES AN ACT TO AMEND THE CITY OF NEWTON CHARTER TO CHANGE THE TITLE OF NEWTON’S LEGISLATIVE BRANCH FROM “BOARD OF ALDERMEN” TO “CITY COUNCIL”.
For Immediate Release:
All Dems are invited to the folling events:
The First Unitarian Society of Newton, 1326 Washington Street in West Newton (corner Highland St.), is holding two upcoming events addressing the need for reform of our criminal justice system in Massachusetts. Both events will be held in the chapel (Enter the church from the back door, turn left toward the parish hall. The chapel is on the right.).Tuesday, November 18, 7-9 pm: Activist Louellyn Lambros she will talk about Pre-Trial Detention. Many people -- including a large number never ultimately convicted -- wait several months in jail just to go on trial if they cannot make bail. Reform is desperately needed. The cost to the state per inmate is $46,000 per year, and new prison beds are being planned in part to jail this population.
Tuesday, November 25, 7-9 pm: Senator Jamie Eldridge, an outstanding advocate for reform and for restorative justice, and Nora Fuller White, a specialist in restorative justice practice, will speak on the potential of restorative justice to reduce both recidivism and costs while giving crime victims and their families greater satisfaction than the traditional criminal justice system.
The results on Election Day 2014 were not Dem-friendly as they say. Especially in the Senate. If you want to go over the details, Priscilla has them all here for the Senate and here for the US House along with the summary below.
Summary: The Democrats lost seats in the House overall, although they won some in open races or beating out incumbents. We won 3 seats formerly held by Republicans, but lost 10 seats formerly held by Democrats, for a net loss of 7 seats in the 2015-16 US Congress.
Specifics are as follows:
Won CA CD31 (open seat in So CA) - Pete Aguilar (D) beat Paul Chabot (R) although Chabot seems to have raised more money!
Won FL CD2 Gwendolyn Graham (D) beat Cong William Southerland ( R Tea Party incumbent).
Won NE CD2 St Sen Brad Ashford (D) beat Cong Lee Terry (R).
Lost IL CD10 Cong Bradley Schneider (D) lost to Fmr Cong Bob Dold (R)
Lost IA CD1 Open seat. St Rep Patrick Murphy lost to Rodney Blum, seat formerly held by Cong Bruce Braley who ran for Senate but lost.
Lost ME CD2 Open seat, because Cong Michael Michaud ran for US Senate but lost. St Sen Emily Cain (D) lost to Fmr St Treasurer Bruce Peloquin (R).
Lost NH CD1 Cong Carol Shea-Porter (D) lost to Fmr Cong Paul Giunta (R).
Lost NY CD1 Cong Timothy Bishop (D) lost to St Sen Lee Zeldin (R).
Lost NY CD21 Open seat. Aaron Woolf (D) lost to Elise Stefanik (R), who is youngest elected member of Congress, I think ever. She is from Watertown NY, Jefferson County on the St. Lawrence River and Canadian border. District includes Fort Drum.
Lost NY CD24 Cong Dan Maffei (D) lost to John M. Katko (R), a fmr asst US Attorney in district along the Mohawk River/Erie Canal.
Lost NC CD7 Open seat. Jonathan Barfield (D) lost to Fmr St Sen David Rouzer (R) for seat vacated by Cong Mike McIntyre (D).
Lost UT CD4 Open seat. H. Douglas Owens (D) lost to Mia B. Love (R), fmr mayor of Saratoga Springs for seat vacated by Cong James D. Matheson.
Lost WV CD3 Incumbent Cong Nick Joe Rahall II (D) lost to St Sen Evan Jenkins (R).
Louisiana Races. All are same as before, except that some are undecided until a Dec 6th "runoff" in which Sen Mary Landrieu also has runoff.