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Parties Unify on Public Records in Massachusetts!

Parties Unify on Public Records in Massachusetts!

By: Tom Duggan While the Democrat leadership on Beacon Hill has blocked any attempt by Republican Legislators to change the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G.L. Ch. 66), a revolt among…

Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges Conflict of Interest Law Violations in Lawrence Public Schools Printing Scandal

Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges Conflict of Interest Law Violations in Lawrence Public Schools Printing Scandal

 Allegedly kickbacks paid to Lawrence School Department Employees March 11, 2013  The State Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division issued an Order to Show Cause (“Order”) alleging that Wellington House Publishing, Inc. (“Wellington…

A First Hand Account of Westford’s Selectman Meeting on Banning Guns

A First Hand Account of Westford’s Selectman Meeting on Banning Guns

In an effort to break through the white noise of news media bias, The Valley Patriot accepts first hand accounts of local events to give our readers a chance to…

Paying Attention with Tom Duggan (Topic Media Lies and propaganda) Feb 16, 2013

Paying Attention with Tom Duggan (Topic Media Lies and propaganda) Feb 16, 2013

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HOUR 1 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HOUR 2 Today Tom and Paul talked about the lies and incompetence of today’s American news media as…

Note to Lawrence Citizens, Beware of False Prophets!

Note to Lawrence Citizens, Beware of False Prophets!

  By: Peter Larocque – February 2013 Usually when one reads the Title of Prophet, they immediately think of Biblical Prophets. Biblical Prophets are those called by God to speak…

Nothing Out of the Ordinary: Aaron Swartz & the Trouble with Prosecutors

DEMOCRAT CORNER WITH MARA DOLAN By: Mara Dolan – February 2013 The one thing certain about the Aaron Swartz case is that we don’t have all the facts yet, and…

Lawrence Councilor LaPlante Responds to Mayor Lantigua’s State of the City Address

Lawrence Councilor LaPlante Responds to Mayor Lantigua’s State of the City Address

“He did make mention during his speech that crime was the lowest in ten years. That’s not the case. It’s actually a 36% increase in felonious crimes since Lantigua has…

That Illegal Diadamo Lease at the School Department Central Offices in Lawrence

By: Mark Gray – January 2013 What could your city/town do with 500,000 a year? Throw it in the garbage, right? Isn’t that what all your politicians and elected officials…

Senator Eldridge Champions Public Accountability in Records Law

Senator Eldridge Champions Public Accountability in Records Law

  By: Tom Duggan – January 2013 With several Valley Legislators filing legislation to reform the state’s public records law in response to The City of Lawrence’s refusal to turn…

My First Weeks as Your State Senator

My First Weeks as Your State Senator

By: Senator Katie O’Connor Ives (D) Newburyport –  January 2013 Thanks to Tom Duggan for letting me set up shop here at the “Senator’s Corner” so I can update readers…

The Getting Out of the Journalism Business Fire Sale

The Getting Out of the Journalism Business Fire Sale

By: Jeff Katz – January 2013 I gave up on the so-called mainstream media long ago. That’s what happens when you work inside the business. I distinctly remember one of…

An Open Letter to Lawrence Police Chief John Romero

An Open Letter to Lawrence Police Chief John Romero

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL February, 2013   Dear Chief Romero, Over the years the staff, editors and even our publisher Tom Duggan have personally observed Eagle Tribune reporters saunter into the…

Lantigua Pays Fines for Campaign Finance Violations

Lantigua Pays Fines for Campaign Finance Violations

By: Tom Duggan – January 30, 2013 (6PM) Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua has paid his debt to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign Finance (OCPF) to the tune of $5,000.  Lantigua…

Getting Answers is like Pulling Teeth – Steve Grossman Back Peddles on Public Records Law

Getting Answers is like Pulling Teeth – Steve Grossman Back Peddles on Public Records Law

  By: Tom Duggan – January 29, 2013 Three years ago when Steve Grossman was just a candidate for Massachusetts State Treasurer he was a real person. When asked questions…

Senate GOP Caucus Successful in Transparency Rule Senate to Begin Posting Roll Calls Online

Senate GOP Caucus Successful in Transparency Rule  Senate to Begin Posting Roll Calls Online

Boston- Today the Senate Republican Caucus was successful in passing a Senate rule that would require the posting of roll call votes on the General Court website within 48 hours…