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Auditor: Cities and Towns to Get  $2.76 Million for 2016 Elections

Auditor: Cities and Towns to Get  $2.76 Million for 2016 Elections

BOSTON, MA — State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump notified cities and towns across the Commonwealth that they will get more than $2.76 million to cover the cost of extra mandated…

Harrington Admits Town Violating Permanent Public Records Laws

Harrington Admits Town Violating Permanent Public Records Laws

By: Tom Duggan – July, 2015 Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington has once again violated state laws governing public records. This time, laws governing the retention of public records as…

Fighting to Change Massachusetts’ Fake Public Records Law

Fighting to Change Massachusetts’ Fake Public Records Law

  Massachusetts Legislators, members of the media and 1st amendment advocates testified last month before a joint House and Senate committee on Beacon Hill, asking legislators to add penalties to…

Sec. of State Orders Neil Harrington to Turn Over Documents

Sec. of State Orders Neil Harrington to Turn Over Documents

By: Tom Duggan – April, 2015 Embattled Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington has been ordered by Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s office (right)to turn over public documents he has been…

Massachusetts Statewide Candidates Spent $33.1M in 2014 Election Cycle

Massachusetts Statewide Candidates Spent $33.1M in 2014 Election Cycle

Statewide candidates spent $33.1 million during the 2013-14 election cycle, an increase of 9 percent from the 2010 election,according to an OCPF review of campaign finance activity by candidates.  Fundraising…

Lawrence Mayor Rivera Fires Election Coordinator Rafael Tejeda After Scathing Report, City Clerk Maloney May be Next

Lawrence Mayor Rivera Fires Election Coordinator Rafael Tejeda After Scathing Report, City Clerk Maloney May be Next

By: Tom Duggan – 11/21/14 Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera has fired Rafael Tejeda, (the Lawrence Bilingual Elections Coordinator) after a review of the Lawrence election process by election attorneys at…

What North Andover Voters Really Said on Election Day

What North Andover Voters Really Said on Election Day

By: Tom Duggan – November, 2014 According to Town Clerk Joyce Bradshaw, 10,607 voters participated in the November election in North Andover. GOVERNOR – BAKER OVER COAKLEY Republican Charlie Baker won…

PAYING ATTENTION! ~ My Pics for the 2014 Election

PAYING ATTENTION! ~ My Pics for the 2014 Election

  By: Tom Duggan, November 3, 2014 While The Valley Patriot newspaper has a policy against endorsing candidates, each member of our editorial board is free to endorse or make…

HEEE’S BAAACK! Lantigua Primed to Return to Power as Lawrence State Rep.

HEEE’S BAAACK! Lantigua Primed to Return to Power as Lawrence State Rep.

  By: Tom Duggan – October, 2014 While many believe former Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua is now a bad memory never to return, the fact is the man who ruled…

Northern Essex Awards More Than $200,000 in Scholarships

Northern Essex Awards More Than $200,000 in Scholarships

Recently, 216 Northern Essex Community College students were awarded 236 scholarships totaling more than $200,000 for the 2014/2015 academic year. “Our students are deeply appreciative of the many generous individuals…

MA Military: Ballots No Longer Secret

MA Military: Ballots No Longer Secret

  By: Christine Morabito – June, 2014 We ask the men and women serving overseas to make the ultimate sacrifice, to protect the rights you and I take for granted.…

Podcast of Paying Attention! Radio Show: Guests John Devine, Richard Tisei

Podcast of Paying Attention! Radio Show: Guests John Devine, Richard Tisei

Paying Attention is hosted by Tom Duggan, Co-host Paul Murano and is produced by Chris Poublon. Paying Attention and airs on 980WCAP in Lowell. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HOUR 1  CLICK…

Tom Duggan’s Notebook – May, 2104

MA DEMOCRATS PATHETIC LACK OF LEADERSHIP Massachusetts is a one party state. Democrats hold every executive elected state office from Governor all the way down to State Auditor. Democrats also…

Town of Salisbury Spends $100K on Tomaselli Debacle – Refuses to Release Documents Showing Claimed $100K Legal Costs

Town of Salisbury Spends $100K on Tomaselli Debacle –  Refuses to Release Documents Showing Claimed $100K Legal Costs

On May 1st The Valley Patriot requested of the Town of Salisbury to produce “documents showing the legal cost and all other costs for the town’s multiple lawsuits and legal…

Massachusetts Military: The REAL Disenfranchised

Massachusetts Military: The REAL Disenfranchised

By: Christine Morabito – May, 2014 Despite a federal law intended to fix the injustice, U.S. servicemen and women remain the most disenfranchised group in this country. The Military and…

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