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11 Tips For Becoming A Natural Born Blogger

11 Tips For Becoming A Natural Born Blogger

By: Cheryl Hajjar – July 2013  It was 1999 and while the century was coming to a close and Prince was singing his iconic song , blogging was about to…

State Legislature Approves $34 Billion Budget

State Legislature Approves $34 Billion Budget

By: State Representative Linda Dean Campbell – July 2013 The Legislature successfully passed the FY14 budget Monday after a prolonged conference committee between the House and the Senate. It was…

Senator Kathleen Ives on Welfare Reform Bill

Senator Kathleen Ives on Welfare Reform Bill

By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives BOSTON – Following a press conference that Senate President Therese Murray held Monday morning, the Senate is due to take up a comprehensive welfare reform…

Representative DiZoglio Votes to Strengthen EBT Enforcement

Representative DiZoglio Votes to Strengthen EBT Enforcement

  BOSTON – State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing legislation that provides immediate funds for reforms to the electronic benefit…

EDITORIAL: Still No Investigation, No Answers on Jamie Atkinson Scandal

EDITORIAL: Still No Investigation, No Answers on Jamie Atkinson Scandal

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL July, 2013 At issue was Attorney Richard D’Agostino, who was applying to replace McQuillan as city solicitor after the council voted not to renew McQuillan’s contract. While…

Methuen Council Candidate Evan Chaisson: Solicitor Fiasco a “Joke” Council Needs Leadership

Methuen Council Candidate Evan Chaisson: Solicitor Fiasco a “Joke” Council Needs Leadership

By: Tom Duggan – July 17, 2013 With Jeanne Pappalardo leaving the city council because of term limits this year, three people are seeking to fill two seats on the…

After Six Years on Council, Pappalardo Looks Back

After Six Years on Council, Pappalardo Looks Back

By Tom Duggan – July, 2013 Always outspoken and often controversial, the West District Councilor has had her share of political scuffles over the last six years, but even those…

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Parental Alienation Syndrome

By: Dani Langevin – June, 2013 When parents are denied the right to have contact with their children you have what is called Parental Alienation Syndrome or PAS. This is…

Speaking In Support of Police Training and Public Safety

Speaking In Support of Police Training and Public Safety

By: Senator Katie O’Connor Ives – June 2013 May was a busy month in the Senate. It was my first budget season and per tradition in the legislature, a new…

Crooner Brian Evans Sues Red Sox and … EVERYBODY!

Crooner Brian Evans Sues Red Sox and … EVERYBODY!

  Brian Evans, whose music video “At Fenway” has now surpassed 11 million views on YouTube in just the past three months, has filed five federal lawsuits in the US…

On Taxes and Transportation in Massachusetts: The Big Picture

On Taxes and Transportation in Massachusetts: The Big Picture

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – June 2013 First I would like to thank Valley Patriot Columnist D. J. Deeb for his label as a moderate Democrat. My colleagues…

Grand Jury Fails to Indict D’Ambrosia, Methuen Teen Freed After being Charged with Terrorism for Facebook Threats

Grand Jury Fails to Indict D’Ambrosia, Methuen Teen Freed After being Charged with Terrorism for Facebook Threats

By: Tom Duggan – June 5, 2013 An Essex County Grand Jury has refused to indict Carmen D’Ambrosio on state terrorism charges after the 18 year old Methuen High School…

Representative Diana DiZoglio Fights to Close Campaign Finance Loopholes

Representative Diana DiZoglio Fights to  Close Campaign Finance Loopholes

  Last month, during the state budget debate, Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) addressed her colleagues for the first time in the 188th General Court in support of closing a serious…

TOM DUGGAN’S NOTEBOOK: Lantigua, Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez, Frank Cousins and MORE!

TOM DUGGAN’S NOTEBOOK: Lantigua, Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez, Frank Cousins and MORE!

  RICH OLD WHITE GUY VS YOUNG VIBRANT LATINO … WHATS A LIBERAL TO DO? For 25 years, the news media and the democrat party narrative has always been to…

IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES: Two Bills for Welcoming Survivors Home

IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES: Two Bills for Welcoming Survivors Home

  By: State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives – May 2013 We are all shocked and saddened by the cruelty of the attacks inflicted on innocent people at the finish line…