This is what Newton Dems are saying....
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.
- How would solar work at my house?
- How would it "look" on my house?
- Show me the numbers !
- How does solar reduce increasing utility bills (NSTAR's recent 29% increase)?
- How do the numbers work to provide a payback on a solar investment?
- Solar Loans: How will home equity loans and other loan products enable residential ownership and help make the numbers even better? We will have a Village Bank representative available in the breakout session.
We will provide hospitality of coffee, soft drinks and desserts. We expect to be wrapped up with the presentation within 30 minutes and then will have informal "breakout discussions" for about 30 minutes. This is an opportunity to learn and get involved in an informational, community-based setting. To learn more, visit http://www.newtonsolarchallenge.com/
Solar Workshop Location: Auburndale Community Library -- 375 Auburn Street, Newton, MA 02466 www.auburndalelibrary.org
I have put new financial contributions in for the states that are "in play" aka "Toss Up" as designated in the latest Cook Political Report. Also indicated in the last column on the right how the Cook Report projects the results as of Oct 17th, when it did the latest polling.
Cook projects Dems losing existing seats in South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana, which I knew months ago would happen. The Dem candidates have just not been raising enough money or doing well in polls.
Cook projects as "Toss Up" the following states the Dems now hold:
Alaska; Arkansas; Colorado; Iowa; Louisiana; New Hampshire; North Carolina
Cook projects as "Toss Up the following states the Republicans now hold:
Georgia; Kansas; and Kentucky
The essence is the Democrats need to replace the 3 seats they will lose on Nov 4th by having Mary Michelle Nunn win Georgia, having Independent Gregory Orman win in Kansas, and having Alison L. Grimes win in Kentucky to have the balance stay the same. And they need to keep all of the "Toss Up" seats mentioned above.
To keep control of the Senate Dems need to keep all of the "Toss Up" seats above, plus win at least 1 of the above for a bare majority, 2 for a better majority, and 3 for a comfortable majority.
It looks and sounds very iffy. However, when one looks as the money (!!) things look very much better.
I think we are going to do OK and just lose 1 seat for a majority of 52 senators, with Grimes losing to McConnell in Kentucky but Nunn and Orman winning.
On Thursday, October 23rd, Ward 6 in Newton will present eight speakers, two for each ballot question: one for and one against. Each will speak for six minutes. At the end, the audience will question the speakers.
When: October 23rd. 7:00 to 9:00
Where: Women’s Workshop, 72 Columbus St. Newton, Maq
Frank Wolpe has kindly agreed to be the moderator.
The four questions and the speakers are:
Question 1: Should we repeal the automatic yearly increase on the gas tax?
Speakers: Pro: Stephen W. Aylward from Tank the Gas Tax
Anti: Lizzi Weyant from the Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges.
Question 2: Should we expand the beverage container deposit law to include the containers of more drinks such as water.
Pro: James Purdy from the Green Decade
Con: No one. They send a statement to be read
Question 3: Should casinos be prohibited in Massachusetts?
Pro casinos: Charlie Stefanini a lawyer who has a lobbied for Suffolk Downs
Anti casinos: Tom Larkin, Director of anti casino group USS-MASS
Question 4: Should employees earn and use sick time in most businesses in which they work?
Pro: Bill O’Neill, Regional Field Director for Yes on 4
Against: Bill Vernon, MA Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesseas
Ward 8 Dem Frank Wolpe shares an important progressive article.... about ongoing efforts by Republicans to supress the votes of minorities and the poor. Read it here, get mad and volunteer!
It does seem a bit ridiculous, doesn't it? That we still have to fight for voting rights, fight against laws that seek to suppress the vote, laws that will have a disproportionate impact on those Americans who—had they been of voting age before 1965—would likely have been barred because of their race? Ridiculous is one word for it.Infuriating is another. These tactics violate everything for which our country is supposed to stand. As President Obama put it, "The idea that you’d purposely try to prevent people from voting? un-American."
Republican-dominated states from Arkansas to North Carolina, from Texas to Ohio to Wisconsin have implemented various restrictions on voting that have been wending their way through the courts this fall. Just last week, the U.S.Supreme Courtallowed North Carolina's law to stand—one that might well be the nation's most awful, although the court did, thankfully, put a temporary hold on Wisconsin's law—for this election cycle only—while it considers whether to take the case.