A Step Forward for the State’s Public Records Law ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

A Step Forward for the State’s Public Records Law  ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives – June, 2016 In May, the Massachusetts Legislature approved legislation that seeks to enhance government transparency and accountability by providing residents with greater access to public records and imposing penalties for non-compliance with public records requests. I re-filed a piece of legislation this session, co-sponsored by Representative Diana DiZoglio, in […]

GOVERNOR BAKER SIGNS PUBLIC RECORDS REFORM BILL INTO LAW

GOVERNOR BAKER SIGNS PUBLIC RECORDS REFORM BILL INTO LAW

June 3, 2016 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a public records reform bill Friday, after a joint conference committee of the Massachusetts legislature negotiated and reached a final deal on final language of the bill. For the first time in the state’s history, members of the public and the press will be able to hold […]

Final Language of New Public Records Law Released by Conference Committee

Final Language of New Public Records Law Released by Conference Committee

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4333 5-23-16 On Monday, a joint conference committee of the Massachusetts legislature negotiated and reached a final deal on a new public records reform bill for the first time in 40 years.  CHANGES TO THE PUBLIC RECORDS LAW If signed by Governor Baker, the new law, (Final BillH4333) , would allow judges to award legal costs and attorney […]

Celebrities Greet, Present Scholarship to Market Basket Employees At Valley Patriot BASH

Celebrities Greet, Present Scholarship to Market Basket Employees At Valley Patriot BASH

  Famous weatherman Al Kaprielian, MTV’s Brittany Baldi, and Hollywood star Steve Blackwood greeted three Market Basket employees at The Valley Patriot’s 12th Anniversary BASH, as the newspaper, their sponsors, and advertisers gave each of the three employees a $400 scholarship. The scholarship was started last year as the newspaper’s way of thanking the Market Basket employees […]

MA Lawmakers Pass Public Records Reform, Valley Patriot Publisher Says Senate Must Show Leadership, Close Loopholes

MA Lawmakers Pass Public Records Reform, Valley Patriot Publisher Says Senate Must Show Leadership, Close Loopholes

By: Maria Fiato. Christine Ryan, and Tom Duggan Nov. 23, 2015 MASSACHUSETTS – After nearly five years of trying to get the Massachusetts legislature to reform the state’s impotent public records law, Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan says that they have made a good first step towards holding public officials accountable for not turning over […]

PODCAST – Paying Attention (9-26-15) – Shananigns in Lawrence Elections, Dispatcher in Lawrence Sues City and MORE!

PODCAST – Paying Attention (9-26-15) – Shananigns in Lawrence Elections, Dispatcher in Lawrence Sues City and MORE!

Click the Photo to Listen  With no co-host today (Paul has the day off) Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan interviewed Dan Rajczyk of AspergergerWorks. Then, Tom discusses the Lawrence election results and declares shenanigans. Tom also discussed why Methuen should stop cancelling their elections, why the environmental groups are a bunch of frauds and phonies […]

Graham Pledges to Make Trump Ambassador to Mexico: “We have a problem with Hispanics for a reason”

Graham Pledges to Make Trump Ambassador to Mexico: “We have a problem with Hispanics for a reason”

South Carolina Senator and candidate for president, Lindsey Graham toured the Granite State indoor Range in Hudson, NH. Valley Patriot polisher Tom Duggan and writer Christine Morabito attended the event and interviewed Graham after a few rounds of shooting. Also present was Gina Marini of NH1 TV. Gina Marini: What is your game plan for […]

Rep. DiZoglio to File Bill Exempting Active Duty Military from Excise Tax

Rep. DiZoglio to File Bill Exempting Active Duty Military from Excise Tax

State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) says she believes those who put their lives on the line for our country in the United States military should not have to pay excise taxes. DiZoglio said on Thursday that under her proposed legislation active duty members of the military would be exempted from motor vehicle excise taxes while serving. […]

Paying Attention! with Tom Duggan: Corruption in Salisbury (8-1-15)

Paying Attention! with Tom Duggan: Corruption in Salisbury (8-1-15)

CLICK TO LISTEN TO OR DOWNLOAD HOUR 1 Tom and Paul chat with famous weatherman “HIGH PRESSHA” Al Kaprielian, then the guys interviewed Rev. Bob Gallagher, former member of the Salisbury Board of Health who was fired for being a whistle blower. CLICK TO LISTEN TO OR DOWNLOAD HOUR 2: Tom and Paul continue to talk about […]

The Pulse Tom Duggan fills in for John MacDonald. Guest: Senator L’Italien

The Pulse Tom Duggan fills in for John MacDonald. Guest: Senator L’Italien

The Pulse with John MacDonald and Tom Duggan.  LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD HERE  Tonight, Tom Duggan filed in for John. IN the first half of the show he interviewed State Senator Barbara L’Italien about the increase in local aid and the grants that have been approved for Lawrence and surrounding communities. In the second hour Tom […]