Soldiers’ Home Reform – House Bill is Not Right!

Soldiers’ Home Reform – House Bill is Not Right!

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – March 2022 I have joined House Minority Leader Brad Jones and several of my colleagues in a bipartisan call for the immediate divestment of state pension funds that are tied to Russian-owned companies. We must join the international community in taking action to counter Russia’s tyrannical attack on Ukraine. […]

Funding for Immediate Pandemic Needs in Our Schools

Funding for Immediate Pandemic Needs in Our Schools

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell In response to the persistent pandemic challenges, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed legislation directing $55 million toward our most immediate needs. Thankfully, we have passed the peak in terms of our case rate – but case counts remain high in the Merrimack Valley and effective use of […]

MA Ethics Commission Says Former Sandisfield Highway Road Superintendent Robert O’Brien Gave Public Contracts to His Own Company

MA Ethics Commission Says Former Sandisfield Highway Road Superintendent Robert O’Brien Gave Public Contracts to His Own Company

Commission found reasonable cause to believe O’Brien awarded town contracts to his private company and used town resources to do private work The State Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division issued an Order to Show Cause today alleging that former Sandisfield Highway Road Superintendent Robert O’Brien violated the conflict of interest law on multiple occasions, including; awarding […]

Combating Waste, Fraud, Abuse in State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO

Combating Waste, Fraud, Abuse in State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO

Hello Valley Patriot Readers, Recently in the State Senate, I called for greater transparency around Massachusetts’ unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund. The state UI trust fund collects assessments from businesses and uses those funds to provide benefits to workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The fund nearly ran out of […]

Tunnel to Towers Foundation Pays Off Mortgage for Fallen Newburyport Firefighter Brett Burkinshaw’s Family

Tunnel to Towers Foundation Pays Off Mortgage for Fallen Newburyport Firefighter Brett Burkinshaw’s Family

    NEWBURYPORT — Chief Christopher LeClaire is pleased to report that the Tunnel to Towers Foundation — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting first responders, veterans, and their families — has paid in full the mortgage on the home of fallen Newburyport Firefighter Brett Burkinshaw. Firefighter Burkinshaw, who served his community for nearly […]

Convicted Felon Ramon Silvelo-Miles of Haverhill Charged with Firearms, Drug Offenses

Convicted Felon Ramon Silvelo-Miles of Haverhill Charged with Firearms, Drug Offenses

Defendant allegedly possessed loaded firearm and over 300 grams of cocaine while driving impaired BOSTON – A Haverhill man with multiple prior felony convictions was charged yesterday for possessing a loaded firearm and drugs intended for distribution. Ramon Silvelo-Miles, 32, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and […]

Illegal Alien Ysrael Nunez of Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Illegal Alien Ysrael Nunez of Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Dominican national residing in Lawrence pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to conspiracy and distribution charges involving large quantities of fentanyl. Ysrael Nunez, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl; one count of distribution […]

Loss of Charlie Baker Catastrophic for Massachusetts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12-21)

Loss of Charlie Baker Catastrophic for Massachusetts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12-21)

12-22 While conservatives and Republicans in Massachusetts have been rightfully angry with Governor Charlie Baker over the years, their celebration of his departure from governor’s race next year is very short sighted. Yes, Baker initially campaigned for governor as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate, and then abandoned all of those principals once he […]

DiZoglio Calls on Governor to Release Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Data

DiZoglio Calls on Governor to Release Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Data

Administration Has Not Issued Financial Report on the Fund Since June BOSTON – State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) is calling on the Baker Administration to provide greater transparency around the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance trust fund. In a letter dated December 3rd, DiZoglio and fellow legislators called on the Baker Administration to produce a financial report on […]

Strengthening Supports for MA Military Families ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLLIO

Strengthening Supports for MA Military Families ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLLIO

By: Senator Diana DiZoglio – Nov. 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, While we have made important strides in recent years to help Massachusetts veterans – such as exempting members of the military in active duty from the automobile excise tax and expanding services and opportunities for veterans and their families through the Valor Act – […]

Accountability Needed in Division of Professional Licensure ~ IN YOUR CORNER SENATOR with DIANA DIZOGLIO

Accountability Needed in Division of Professional Licensure ~ IN YOUR CORNER SENATOR with DIANA DIZOGLIO

Oct. 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, The state Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) licenses and regulates more than 580,000 individuals, businesses, and schools to engage in over 150 trades and professions in Massachusetts, from plumbers and electricians to psychologists and optometrists. Its mission is supposed to be to protect the public through the establishment of […]

Stopping Combined Sewer Overflows, Part II ~ Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

Stopping Combined Sewer Overflows, Part II ~ Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Oct. 2021 At a recent public hearing about how to spend $4.8 billion in federal dollars coming to the Commonwealth, the need to address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in the Merrimack River came up again and again. It’s been a rainy summer, causing millions of gallons of sewage to […]

Establishment Republicans Establish Lack of Consistent Standards

Establishment Republicans Establish Lack of Consistent Standards

By: Brian Genest – Oct. 2021 Blatant hypocrisy. Shameless double standards. Profiles in cowardice. All were on display at the recent meeting of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee. Not one establishment Republican had a word to say about Tom Mountain, the former MassGOP vice chair who has stepped down from the party’s executive committee. Not […]