This is what Newton Dems are saying....

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Monday
Nov172014

Invite from Ward 3 Dem Catherine Willinger

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. 
Sunday
Nov162014

National Update (if you can bear it!) from former NDCC Chair Priscilla Leith

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).
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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.

Thursday
Nov132014

Invite from Ward 4 Dem Amy Sangiolo: Solar Workshop

The Newton Solar Challenge -- Upcoming Workshops         
Auburndale Community Library - Your choice of dates       
Sunday Nov. 16 at 4 PM (or) Wednesday Nov. 19 at 7 PM        
                 
The Newton Solar Challenge is a City-wide residential solar campaign sponsored by Green Decade Newton, the City of Newton Sustainability Office and Newton-based BarnRaise Energy.  The Newton Solar Challenge provides:  preferred pricing for Newton residents, American-made solar equipment, a choice of high-quality regional solar installers and loans from local banks to support residential solar ownership.         
                     
         
          
In the Solar Workshops, the team will give a brief presentation and then will have interactive "breakouts" in small groups covering:          
  • 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

Saturday
Nov082014

Invite from W1 Dem Susan Davidoff: Progressive Mass Fundraising Event 11/13

"All Means All"
Join Progressive Newton in celebrating our victory on Question 4 Earned Sick Time, and help us raise funds for our parent organization, Progressive Massachusetts.
Reception & Fundraiser for Progressive Massachusetts with Don Berwick
Don Berwick's bold campaign for governor blazed new paths in remaking Massachusetts as the progressive beacon for the nation. He galvanized progressives all over the state, and made progressive priorities such as single-payer healthcare and fair progressive taxation a central issue of the primary season.  As we move forward, our work in these areas is made easier because of his leadership.
Join us in thanking Don and help us continue the work.
Thursday, November 13
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Alyce Kaprow & David Backer
47 Page Road off Lowell Avenue
Newton 
Tickets:   $250 Host, $150 Champ, $150 Partner
(limited income and activists tickets available -call)
For more information, call Susan at 617-448-6281
Progressive Massachusetts (“Progressive Mass”) is a new, statewide, diverse grassroots organization built from the ground up by organizers and activists from across Massachusetts.We organize around progressive issues in Massachusetts, help elect and support progressive candidates for public office who are committed to making a difference on these issues, and hold elected officials accountable to progressive positions and values.Progressive Mass works to move Massachusetts toward a future where the values of equal opportunity, social and economic justice, consumer and environmental protection, health care as a right, equal access to quality public services, respect for all residents and accountable and transparent government are given top priority.see more at:  www.progressivemass.com
Friday
Nov072014

Holiday Reception hosted by Wards 1, 2 and 3

In our efforts to build our grassroots volunteer organization in 2015 looking towards the 2016 Presidential Campaign, we are interested in inviting and including new members into the Ward Committees.  The Newton Wards 1, 2 + 3 Democratic Committees are hosting a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 14, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:30pm. This party is pot luck. Ward 1 Committee members are invited to join in and perhaps bring an appetizer or dessert to the party. All current, past and future Democratic Committee members are invited! Ward 1 Committee member, Mike Atwell has offered his lovely home at 105 Waban Park in Newton Corner (map). SAVE THE DATE!

 

Sunday
Nov022014

National Update from former NDCC Chair Priscilla Leith

Senate Data Here 

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.

Friday
Oct172014

Oct 23: Ward 6 Forum on Ballot Questions

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 23rd7:00 to 9:00

Where:  Women’s Workshop, 72 Columbus St. Newton, Maq

Contact:  Barbara John, 617 965 6875barbaraj.massed@gmail.com for more information 

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

Wednesday
Oct152014

Invite from Ward 2 Dem Catherine Willinger: Attend Yes on 3 Event with Don Berwick

 

Monday
Oct132014

Great read, relevant for Election Day

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.

Tuesday
Oct072014

10/20: Coakley-Kerrigan 'Raiser in Newton

Tuesday
Oct072014

Oct. 16: Healey 'Raiser in Newton

Tuesday
Oct072014

10/21: 'Raiser for Deb Goldberg for Treasurer

Tuesday
Oct072014

Newton Coordinated Phone and Walk Schedule Announced

Please sign up to help - we need to reach out to as many voters as possible about Coakley, Kerrigan and the Democratic ticket.

  • Newton Makes Calls for Coakley & the Coordinated Campaign
    October 9th, 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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  • Newton Knocks on Doors for Martha Coakley & Coordinated Campaign
    October 11th, 2014, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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  • Newton Hubdials Sunday for Coakley Coordinated Campaign
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  • Newton Hubdials Monday for Coakley Coordinated Campaign
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  • Newton Makes Calls for Martha Coakley & the Coordinated Campaign
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  • Newton Hubdials Monday for Coakley Coordinated Campaign
    October 20th, 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Tuesday
Oct072014

15 Minutes of Fame: Ward 6 Member Hannah Banks has an hour-long dinner with the President

Hannah Banks, all star activist, entered one of those "donate to win a chance for dinner with Obama" fundraising pitches a few months ago. She gave $25 ... didn't think much of it ... until the invite came.

Last week, Hannah, her husband and one other couple had dinner with Obama for an hour in Washington, DC! Way to go Hannah. A well deserved honor for a great activist. 

Read the Boston Magazine article here.

Monday
Oct062014

National Report - getting close to Election Day

A message from Priscilla below, and data here on the Senate, here on the House and here for off-year special elections! Thanks Priscilla for keeping an eye on the national scene.

Hi,
     I'm looking at the Sept 29, 2014 Cook Political Report. 
 Cook's projections
Solid Dem: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island.  Likely Dem: Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia.
Leaning Dem: New Hampshire

Toss Up: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky

Lean Republican  None
Likely Republican: South Dakota, West Virginia, Mississippi
Solid Republican: Montana, Alabama, Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma (2 seats), South Carolina (2 seats), Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming.

     My own projections, from past information & most recent candidate financial reportto FEC
Seats Dems will losecurrently held by Democrats: South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana.  We really goofed on the choices made in Montana from the Primary candidate Dem leaders backed apparently  without adequately screening his past or his lousy appeal to voters in that state.  The current substitute candidate is weak, almost completely unknown, and has raised no money as of FEC records available on the internet.

Toss Up's: Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan

Leaning or Certain Democrat: All those in Cook Report as "Solid Democrat" or "Likely Democrat", plus Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina.
     The maneuvering and manipulation of Kansas candidates in the past few weeks are very interesting!  I believe lots of money is and will be steered into the campaign funds of the Independent candidate there, resulting in his caucusing with the Democrats if he is elected.  It's similar to what went on in Maine a few years ago.  That may be the seat needed to keep a Democratic majority in the US Senate.
  Judging from the recent report on a meeting at the Capital Grill in Boston called to ask Mass. incumbent Members of Congress and Senators to contribute from their own campaign coffers to the DNC and thence to candidates needing help, all of the candidates' campaign accounts shown on my report will now be tapped as needed to supplement candidates needing cash before the Nov 4th election. 

             Priscilla