OP-ED: Republicans Can Send a Strong Message for Change by Leaving Governor Blank on Ballot

The Ugly History of the MA-GOP:
It’s time Republicans and Republican leaning voters send a clear message to the MA-GOP. For decades we’ve tolerated mediocre Republican Governors, telling ourselves: “that’s the best we can do in Massachusetts.” Sure, we’re not likely to elect someone like Scott Walker or Mike Pence to the corner office on Beacon Hill anytime soon. But we can certainly do better than the likes of Bill Weld and his boy wonder Charlie Baker, who not only are as far left on a plethora of issues as Bernie Sanders, but they have become notorious for undermining  Republicans, from mayoral contenders right up to presidential nominees. The policies of these feckless RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) are bad enough.

Several Hundred Watertown Voters Cast Ballots Early, Still Time Left to Do So

The Watertown Town Clerk’s office has seen brisk business this week, mostly from people coming to vote early in the State Election. 

As of 9:45 a.m. Friday, 646 people had filled out their ballots at Town Hall, said Town Clerk John Flynn. He estimates there could be 2,000 votes by the end of the early voting on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Quite a few, but not compared to the last early voting period. “We had 6,449 total early votes in 2016,” Flynn said.

Find Out How Watertown Voters Can Cast Ballots Early in November’s State Election

Watertown voters will have the opportunity to cast their votes early in the November 2018 election beginning on Oct. 22, 2018. 

Registered voters can vote early in person at the Town Clerk’s Office or by mail. According to the Secretary of State’s website, when early voting in person at an early voting location for your municipality, the election officials will check you in, similar to the process used on Election Day. After voting, you will enclose your ballot into an envelope to be counted on Election Day. The Town Clerk’s Office provided the following information:

The Watertown Election Commissioners will be hosting Early Voting beginning on Monday, Oct.

Progressive Watertown Hosts Event to Prep for Mid-Term Election

The following announcement was provided by Progressive Watertown:
As the Election Day, November 6 approaches Progressive Watertown and the Watertown Democratic Town Committee invites you to a special program. Come join us at, Preppin’ for the Mid-Terms – Building the #Blue Wave on Monday, October 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Coolidge Apartments, 319 Arlington Street. Come hear from the campaigns, learn about the three ballot questions and find out how you can help!  Our special guest is Lt. Governor Candidate Quentin Palfrey.  For more information, please contact Rita Colafella at colafella@gmail.com.

Panel of Voters Met in Watertown, Created Guide for 2018 Nursing Ballot Question

This November, Massachusetts voters will be asked to vote on a ballot initiative about nurse staffing at hospitals in the Bay State. The information about Question 1 can be confusing, with both sides making similar claims. However, a group of voters from around the state studies the issue intensely and came up with a statement to help voters make up their mind. 

Twenty Massachusetts voters gathered at the Watertown Free Public Library a couple weeks ago and got the the chance to hear from the campaigns for and against Question 1. The effort, known as the Citizens Initiative Review, was a organized by Watertown State Rep. Jonathan Hecht in partnership with Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and Healthy Democracy, the organization that pioneered CIR in Oregon and others states. The nurse staffing ballot question seemed to be one that would benefit from a deeper examination, Hecht said. “This one is especially well suited to this type of process,” Hecht said.

LETTER: Governor’s Councilor Devaney Thanks Her Supporters

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each of the 51,781 people who voted for my reelection as your Governor’s councillor. Thank you for putting my sign on your lawn, or standing out for me – or saying a kind word about me along the way, I am grateful. I am so grateful that you believe in me and did not believe the lies and specious attacks on me. My campaign took the high road based on my proven record and reforms I have made on the Governor’s Council. I am honored to work for you as your Governor’s Councillor.

LETTER: Congressional Candidate Thanks His Supporters During State Primary

Open Letter from Republican Congressional Candidate John Hugo to the People of theMassachusetts 5 th Congressional District:

I want to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate every single person, no matter the party and no matter who you voted for, who took the time to do their civic duty on Tuesday September 4. Our republic only works, indeed can only thrive, if informed citizens participate. I’m truly humbled and honored that 64% of those who voted in the Republican Primary selected me to be the Republican Nominee. I want to congratulate Dr. Louis Kuchner, my primary opponent, for running a spirited campaign that took the high road and focused on issues. He has graciously endorsed my candidacy and pledged his support.

Group of Voters to Examine Nurse Staffing Ballot Measure at 4 Day Event in Watertown

Citizens’ Initiative Review provided the following announcement:

The 2018 Citizens’ Initiative Review is coming to Watertown. From Wednesday, September 12 through Saturday, September 15, 20 Massachusetts voters will gather at the Watertown Public Library to produce a clear, reliable statement of essential information on Question 1, the ballot initiative on nurse staffing limits. Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) is an innovative project in civic engagement designed to help voters make informed decisions on complicated ballot questions. The 2018 CIR is being organized by the office of State Representative Jon Hecht (D-Watertown) and the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, with guidance from a nonpartisan Advisory Board that includes former Governor Michael Dukakis, Representative Brad Hill (R-Ipswich), and leading academics and advocates in the field of voter education and civic engagement. The twenty citizen panelists who will gather in Watertown have been selected to reflect the state’s overall voting population in terms of age, gender, race/ethnicity, place of residence, party affiliation, and education.