Rep. Colleen Garry Should Blame Herself For Challengers

Rep. Colleen Garry Should Blame Herself For Challengers

By: Brian Genest – May, 2018 Congratulations to State Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut). She has accomplished something that few entrenched Democrat legislators in Massachusetts ever seem to do: draw two challengers for her seat, including one from her own party. Someone chill the champagne! Here’s her problem: Colleen Garry has failed to deliver for Dracut […]

The Problem Everyone Wants to Ignore, The Homeless in Lawrence ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

The Problem Everyone Wants to Ignore, The Homeless in Lawrence  ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

  MAY, 2018 Driving through the City of Lawrence it’s almost impossible not to notice the homeless population, whether they are pan-handling on the corners of the busiest intersections, or hassling people for a cigarette or a dollar outside local establishments. Unfortunately, most people turn their heads and pretend not to see the human carnage […]

Study: Mayoral Candidates Spend $6M in ’17 Election ~ Rivera Ranks #7 Among Big Spenders

Study: Mayoral Candidates Spend $6M in ’17 Election ~ Rivera Ranks #7 Among Big Spenders

According to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF), mayoral finalists in 35 cities reported $6,092,517 in expenditures during the 2017 election. HERE ARE THE TOP TEN BIG SPENDERS Name City Expenditures Won/Lost 1) Martin Walsh (I) Boston $2,208,827 Won 2) Ruthanne Fuller (O) Newton $376,984 Won 3) Tito Jackson Boston $333,656 Lost […]

Phil Thibault Can’t Just Walk Away Now ~ DRACUT TODAY

Phil Thibault Can’t  Just Walk Away Now ~ DRACUT TODAY

By: Brian Genest – April, 2018 There’s nothing more swamp-like than Dracut politics. Our town keeps living up to its reputation for local politics that is personal and putrid. The current race for the Board of Selectmen is no exception, sadly. Again this year, the nothing-to-offer negative voices are the Dracut Connection cable TV show and […]

Sen. Donoghue – A Showcase of Solutions Looking for a Problem

Sen. Donoghue – A Showcase of Solutions Looking for a Problem

By: John MacDonald – March, 2018 When will Senator Donoghue work on and support bills that really matter to the people of the 1st Middlesex? Donoghue’s latest proposed bill that pushes “Mass Made” products is yet another example of a solution looking for a problem. On the face of the bill, Massachusetts consumers knowing whether […]

Laborers Union Local 175 & 609 Endorse Dan Koh for Congress

Laborers Union Local 175 & 609 Endorse Dan Koh for Congress

ANDOVER, MA – Laborers Local 175 and Laborers Local 609 both endorsed Dan Koh today in the 3rd District Congressional race. Local 175, based out of Methuen, represents more than 1000 members and Local 609 represents over 500 members. In total, Koh has received endorsements from seven unions, more than any other candidate. Koh has also been endorsed […]

We Support The Osgood Project ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Jan. 2018)

We Support The Osgood Project ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Jan. 2018)

For once, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts got something right… at least for a while. Decriminalizing marijuana in Massachusetts as the state did several years ago, only made sense. It released local and state law enforcement to focus on more serious and violent crimes. It helped ease the overcrowding in our state prisons. And it relieved […]

Three Losses in a Row – Lantigua’s Not Going Away! ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

Three Losses in a Row – Lantigua’s Not Going Away! ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

  Nov. 2017 Since the late ’80s or early ’90s Willie Lantigua has been involved in every city election in Lawrence in some capacity or another. Whether as a candidate, adviser, campaign manager, or as someone who recruited candidates, Lantigua has always been a force to be reckoned with in Lawrence elections. He has been […]

TOM DUGGAN’S NOTEBOOK ~ October, 2017

TOM DUGGAN’S NOTEBOOK ~ October, 2017

THE RACE FOR CONGRESS AND THE DEMOCRAT RESHUFFLE Lawrence’s freshman State Representative Juana Matias certainly doesn’t have any self esteem problems these days. Defeating Marcos Devers in a low turnout state primary a year ago, Mattias has already declared she’s ready to replace Niki Tsongas as your next congressman for this district. Yeah… seriously. Wide […]

Rep. Lenny Mirra Endorses Shaun Toohey for State Rep. in Haverhill

Rep. Lenny Mirra Endorses Shaun Toohey for State Rep. in Haverhill

To the Editor: Haverhill residents are facing an important choice when they go to the polls on November 7th to elect a new state representative from the 3rd Essex District. As a friend, a neighbor, and as someone who will be that new legislator’s colleague in the House of Representatives after Election Day, I am […]

Methuen Voters to Choose Three At-Large City Councilors, Tuesday, November 7th

Methuen Voters to Choose Three At-Large City Councilors, Tuesday, November 7th

There are nine members of the Methuen City Council. Every two years, voters across the city elect three councilors at-large and two councilors who represent each of the three districts; East, Central and West. The function of the city council is to approve the city budget, hire and fire the city attorney, approve the hiring […]

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