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They’re Coming to Lowell! Are Syrian “Refugees” A Terrorist Trojan Horse?

They’re Coming to Lowell! Are Syrian “Refugees” A Terrorist Trojan Horse?

  By: John MacDonald – April, 2016 For generations Lowell, Massachusetts has been a city in America that is known to willingly accept immigrants from around the world. Immigrants built…

State Fines Former Lawrence Mayor Lantigua Again for Refusing to Disclose Campaign Bank Activity

State Fines Former Lawrence Mayor Lantigua Again for Refusing to Disclose Campaign Bank Activity

By: Tom Duggan, 4-4-16 Former Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua is in trouble again with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF). The state’s political watchdog agency has fined…

Maura Healey’s Medicaid Fraud Numbers Do Not Look Good

Maura Healey’s Medicaid Fraud Numbers Do Not Look Good

By: Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan – March, 2016 Healthcare costs are a huge percentage of the Commonwealth’s annual expense and a significant burden on both public and private employers’ budgets. Eventually…

“Corrupt Salisbury Officials” Push Out Owners of Red Ridge Farm

“Corrupt Salisbury Officials” Push Out Owners of Red Ridge Farm

By: Tom Duggan – March, 2016 Salisbury residents Stacie and Mark Warcewicz, owners of The Meadow at Red Ridge Farm have filed a lawsuit against the Town of Salisbury for…

PAYING ATTENTION! ~ A Day at the Board of Medicine and What Gov. Baker Needs to Know

PAYING ATTENTION!  ~ A Day at the Board of Medicine and What Gov. Baker Needs to Know

  By: Tom Duggan, Feb, 2016 Last month, I had the displeasure of spending a day in Waltham at the state’s Board of Registration in Medicine, also known as BORIM.…

Lawrence Councilors Fined For Refusing to Disclose Campaign Contributions, Expenditures

Lawrence Councilors Fined For Refusing to Disclose Campaign Contributions, Expenditures

By: Tom Duggan – 2-22-16 The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF ) has fined two Lawrence City Councilors and warned a third because of campaign finance violations…

Senate Passes Sweeping Public Records Reform Bill, Conference Committee Named to Create Final Language

Senate Passes Sweeping Public Records Reform Bill, Conference Committee Named to Create Final Language

RELATED STORIES The Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed sweeping reforms of the state’s impotent public records law last month. Senate Bill 2120, “An Act Improving the Administration and Enforcement of…

MBTA Pension Fund Subject to Senate Public Records Bill

MBTA Pension Fund Subject to Senate Public Records Bill

Senate Minority Leader Tarr Secures Passage of Several Amendments Boston- The State Senate today adopted legislation to make certain Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Retirement Board records subject to the provisions…

Ethics Commission Accuses Stoughton Town Moderator Howard Hansen – Town Printing Done at His OWN Company

Ethics Commission Accuses Stoughton Town Moderator Howard Hansen – Town Printing Done at His OWN Company

Hansen repeatedly violated several sections of the conflict of interest law between 2009 and 2014 by directing Town printing business to his own printing company The Enforcement Division of the…

Lawrence News and Open Meeting Law Updates

Lawrence News and Open Meeting Law Updates

By: Kathy Runge – Jan. 2016 Happy New Year from recall central! Most of us in Lawrence are suffering from recall fatigue, with objections to signatures on the first recall…

In Pursuit of Public Records Reform ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

In Pursuit of Public Records Reform ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: Senator Katy Ives – Jan. 2016 There have been a number of important legislative developments toward tackling public records reform. This month’s column is an opportunity to describe the…

Rep. Lyons Reviews Legislative Accomplishments at Mid Session

Rep. Lyons Reviews Legislative Accomplishments at Mid Session

“We’ve turned a corner,” said Rep. Jim Lyons, “but we still have a long, long way to go.” Reflecting on the first half of the 2015-2016 legislative sessions, State Representative…

Hillbilly

Hillbilly

By: John Macdonald – Jan. 2016 It’s an odd thing when the American entertainment industry blends popular couples by binding their names together. An example would be Brad Pitt and…

Trumping Two Bills, One Camille, and a Hill

Trumping Two Bills, One Camille, and a Hill

By: Jeff Katz – Jan. 2016 Bill Cosby, once seen as the elder statesman of American family friendly comedy now stands charged with a felony count of aggravated indecent assault…

Will Salisbury’s Attorneys Finally Tell the Truth In Time to Save the Tomaselli Sisters’ Home

Will Salisbury’s Attorneys Finally Tell the Truth In Time to Save the Tomaselli Sisters’ Home

JUST ONE MAN’S OPINION On September 14, 2015 the Tomasellis went before the Salisbury Board of Selectmen/Sewer Commissioners and asked them to instruct attorneys for the town to tell the…