Charlie Baker Represents All of Us

Charlie Baker Represents All of Us

A recent news article in The Boston Globe quoted a number of reportedly important RepubIican party members who asserted that they have been disappointed in the performance of Gov. Charlie Baker because he has been “too liberal.”

They are upset with his support both for social causes they deem “liberal” and for his assent to the recently-enacted, so-called “grand bargain” that will raise the minimum wage, among other items.

However, what they really seem to be upset about is that Charlie Baker rates as the most popular governor in the country among his own constituents. They would prefer a governor who is combative, negative, and insulting — in other words, they crave a Donald Trump at the governor’s desk, who is intent only on sowing seeds of hatred and discontent.

When you think about the disaster in Washington, as well as the bitterness that exists in many states among governors and their rivals, thank goodness we have Charlie Baker at the helm of our ship of state.

Massachusetts stands out among the the states in many measurable ways (such as our public schools’ performance), but chiefly we stand out because of the respect that our state’s leaders have for each other and the manner in which they work together.

They conduct our state’s business by the twin maxims that it is possible to disagree without being disagreeable and that politics is the art of compromise.

What these so-called Republicans are ignoring about Charlie Baker are four things:

First and foremost, he is as honest and straightforward as any governor who has served us;

Second, he campaigned in support of the issues he has signed into law. In short, he has kept his promises to the people who elected him — what a novel concept for a politician!;

Third, he is a Republican in Massachusetts — a True Blue state with veto-proof majorities in the Democratic-controlled legislature. Yet, Gov. Baker and the legislature  have achieved as much for the people of our state in the past four years as ever have been accomplished by previous administrations — including Democratic ones; and

Finally, Charlie Baker has appointed people in his administration who actually know what they are doing and who are dedicated to public service, such as Jay Ash, the secretary of housing and economic development.

The bottom line is that the vast majority of the people in Massachusetts believe that our state is headed in the right direction and they attribute that to our governor,  Charlie Baker.

Apparently, there are some who don’t agree and that certainly is their right to do so.

However, we are glad that Charlie Baker has failed to heed their calls for rancor and divisiveness. Massachusetts is moving forward — and the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker undeniably has played a large role in our success in the past four years.

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Chelsea Black Community Will Host Candidates Forum on Weds., June 27

Chelsea Black Community Will Host Candidates Forum on Weds., June 27

The Chelsea Black Community (CBC) has become a highly visible and active organization since its inception four years ago under the direction of President Joan Cromwell.

The CBC has drawn large crowds to its events and it has assumed a major leadership role in the city’s celebration of Black History Month in February.

Now Cromwell and the CBC are entering the election arena as the sponsor of a Candidates Forum to be held Weds., June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Chelsea Senior Center. The five candidates for the Democratic nomination for Suffolk County District Attorney, EvandroCarvalho, Linda Champion, Gregory Henning, Shannon McAuliffe, and Rachael Rollins have all accepted the CBC’s invitation to participate in a panel discussion and  question-and-answer forum with the audience.

Congressman Michael Capuano and Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley, candidate for the Seventh Congressional Seat, were invited to participate in the Congressional Candidates’ portion of the forum.

Cromwell stated that Pressley will participate, while Capuano informed the CBC that he will be in session in Washington and unable to attend the forum.

Sharon McAuliffe, associate dean at Bunker Hill Community College, will serve as moderator of the forum.

Cromwell said the CBC decided to hold the forum after some of the candidates for the DA position reached out to the organization. Sensing a heightened interest in the contest due to DA Dan Conley’s decision not to run for re-election, the CBC opted to invite all five candidates to the city.

“We wanted to be fair and unbiased, so we said, ‘why don’t we just host a candidates’ forum’ so they can all have equal time with the community to get their points across,” said Cromwell.

The CBC president, a member of a long-time and well-known Chelsea family, said there are many issues in the news including immigration, the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, and substance abuse.

“There are so many things affecting our community that we felt it was important to educate and inform the voter that there are many candidates that are running for district attorney,” said Cromwell. “It’s a perfect opportunity for the people of Chelsea to have a conversation with the candidates, as well as to become knowledgeable about the election before they go in to the voting booth.”

Questions for the forum are being sent to the CBC by local organizations such as Roca, the Youth Commission, the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, and the Jordan Girls and Boys Club, among other groups.

Caulfield will have three questions for each of the candidates. The second half of the forum will be pre-selected questions from the audience.

If past CBC events are an indication, the Candidates Forum will be professionally done and well attended – and yes, Joan Cromwell said there will be great refreshments, something else for which the CBC has also become known.

“We need the public to be a part of the forum and meet the candidates,” said Cromwell. “We encourage the whole community to be there on June 27 at the Chelsea Senior Center.”

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Ward 4 Democratic Committee Elects Delegates to the State Convention

Ward 4 Democratic Committee Elects Delegates to the State Convention

Registered Democrats in the City of Chelsea Ward 4, held a Caucus on February 3, 2018 at the Chelsea Public Library to elect Delegates to the 2018 Democratic State Convention.

Elected Delegates are:

Olivia Anne Walsh

91 Crest Ave.

Luis Tejada

103 Franklin Ave.

Thomas J. Miller

91 Crest Ave.

Theresa G. Czerepica

21 Prospect Ave.

This year’s State Convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the Commonwealth will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office, Including Constitutional officers and gubernatorial candidates

Those interested in getting involved with the Chelsea Ward 4 Democratic Committee should contact Attorney Olivia Anne Walsh, Ward 4 Chair, at 617-306-5501.

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Boston Councilor Ayanna Pressley to Run for 7th Congressional District Seat

Boston Councilor Ayanna Pressley to Run for 7th Congressional District Seat

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley intends to seek the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, she announced on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Pressley, who made history in 2009 as the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, has drawn local and national acclaim for her work on issues of critical importance to the 7th Congressional District: creating pathways to economic development and employment in historically underserved communities, ensuring students have access to age appropriate and medically accurate health education, and transforming how Boston responds to violence and trauma.

Pressley released the following statement Tuesday:

“Today, I humbly announce my candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 7th Congressional District,” she said. “I made this decision after much prayer, deliberation, and thoughtful conversation with my family, friends, and those I hope to have the honor to represent in Congress. This district and these times demand more than just an ally, they demand an advocate and a champion.

“My life as an advocate for those most in need is inspired by my mother’s example. She believed in the potential inherent in each of us, and that belief is the foundation of my work. That belief is what drove me to successfully tackle some of society’s most complex issues as a Boston City Councilor, working alongside communities in the policymaking process and never losing sight of who government is meant to serve. It is that belief that will drive me throughout this campaign and beyond.

“Our country is facing a critical moment. While the cruel and dangerous tenor of the national political debate is new, the issues we are struggling to address – income inequality, systemic racism, and lack of economic opportunity – have dogged our nation for years. We have not yet delivered on our nation’s foundational promise of equality. Not everyone is granted the opportunity that each of us deserves: to fulfill our God-given potential. Making progress on longstanding challenges requires a different lens and a new approach. I will be a bold voice in Congress, as an advocate for the entire district and as a champion for opportunity. This moment in time demands nothing less.”

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Governor’s Councillor Kennedy Endorses Calvin T. Brown for District 8 Chelsea City Councilor

Governor’s Councillor Kennedy Endorses Calvin T. Brown for District 8 Chelsea City Councilor

It is my great privilege to endorse Calvin T. Brown for election to the Chelsea City Council.  Calvin, a former Councilor and current Democratic State Committee Member, knows what it will take for Chelsea to continue on a path to be a truly great community.  He has been an advocate for the children of Chelsea as he has fought to fully fund the education of a great diverse population.

At the same time he recognizes that a thriving business community  is important to the economic growth of the city.  I encourage the voters of Chelsea to get out and vote November 7 for Calvin T. Brown.

Terrence W. Kennedy

Governors Council, Sixth District

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Obama in Cuba

The decision by President Obama to open the diplomatic doors to Cuba and begin the process of bringing that nation into the modern world acknowledges something that has been a reality for decades: the Cold War is over.

Yes, the dictatorial regime of the Castro brothers is antithetical to the democratic values we espouse. But there are three points we wish to make:

First, we already deal with many similar countries all over the world. China, Saudi Arabia, and countless other nations do not even remotely resemble the sort of democratic ideal that we profess to believe in. Yet we consider some of these countries our strongest allies and some are our biggest trading partners.

Second, it is our firm belief that as Cuba becomes open to trade and tourism, Cuba will begin to undertake the democratic reforms that we all wish to see occur. The Castro brothers are old men who will not be around much longer. The lesson of history has been that when former Communist leaders pass into the sunset, the desire of the vast majority of their people for freedom will overwhelm those who wish to maintain the status quo. That will be especially true in Cuba, which is just a stone’s throw from our shores and which has so many historical ties to the U.S.

Finally, those in our country who lecture others about the values of freedom and democracy should not be so quick to judge, given that we ourselves hardly live up to the ideals espoused in our Declaration of Independence or our Constitution in countless ways.

As far as we can tell, the only drawback to the President’s Cuban initiatives is that it will not be long before the unspoiled Cuba — both in terms of its natural beauty and its architectural historicity — will be overwhelmed by the false promises and rapaciousness of American capitalism.

Hopefully, Cuba’s future leaders will not succumb to the glitter of American gold and will maintain the integrity of their nation.

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Chelsea Voters Favor Clinton,Trump in primary

Chelsea voters supported Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary Tuesday.

Clinton, the former Secretary of State and First Lady, received 2,268 votes in the city, 58 percent of all votes cast in the Democratic primary. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders received 1,531 votes, 40 percent of the vote.

Trump, the well-known business leader and developer, topped the Republican field in Chelsea with 466 votes, 60 percent of all votes cast. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was second with 116 votes. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was third with 85 votes while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was fourth with 63 votes.

Clinton and Trump each finished first in the Mass. primary, emerging on Super Tuesday as the frontrunners for their parties’ respective nominations.

Calvin Brown received 2,522 votes and won re-election in the district to a four-year term as Democratic State Committeeman. Brian J. Corr was second with 537 votes.

Brown, a former councillor-at-large, thanked the people of Chelsea for their strong show of support in the election.

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Everyone Can — and Should — Vote Tuesday

Other than for anyone who has been living under the proverbial rock for the past few months, it is fair to say that the 2016 Presidential primary election campaign has drawn the most controversy and the most attention in our nation’s history.

There are many reasons for this, chief among them being the candidacies of billionaire businessman Donald Trump on the Republican side and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, both of whom have expressed views considered outside of the mainstream of their respective parties and who have energized voting blocs that traditionally do not participate in elections.

Both Trump and Sanders have channeled the anger shared by a large segment of our populace who are frustrated with the current state of affairs in our nation. Though Trump and Sanders come from opposite ends of the political spectrum, their candidacies have demonstrated in stark and clear terms that the great Middle American body politic that has held our nation together for the past four generations has snapped like a rubber band and has recoiled to the far left and to the far right.

Americans of all ages and all education levels (other than the very wealthy) have not seen their standard of living rise in decades, and many have fallen far behind economically. Both Trump and Sanders have promised to restore the American Dream, though by vastly different means of attaining that end.

Furthermore, both Sanders and Trump are benefiting from the overall polarization of our political discourse, which has become a two-edged sword for all of the candidates in both parties.

In addition, this is the first time in eight years that there is not an incumbent President seeking re-election, a factor that enhances interest on both sides of the political spectrum.

So we urge every resident to go to the polls to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice. For the first time in a while, our votes in Massachusetts really will matter in the contests for delegates for both the Democrats and Republicans.

We would note that voters who are unenrolled in either party (Massachusetts uses the term unenrolled for independent) are eligible to vote Tuesday. An unenrolled voter declares a party at the check-in table at the polling location and will be given the ballot for the party requested. Unenrolled voters automatically will revert to unenrolled status for future elections.

There is a lot at stake in this year’s Presidential election. We urge every citizen to exercise their right to vote for the candidate of their choosing.

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Super Tuesday Will Feature Numerous Choices for Massachusetts Voters

As everyone focuses on New Hampshire right now for the presidential campaign, the Massachusetts Primary is not that far away with a date to vote on March 1 – known a Super Tuesday.

There are four candidates on the Democratic Presidential Primary ballot in Massachusetts, 13 Republican candidates and five Green Rainbow candidates for voters to pick from.

To get on the ballot, State Committee chairs must submit lists of candidates to the Secretary of State. If those lists do not contain certain names, the Secretary has the right to add the name of any well-known national candidates. The third way to get on the ballot is to collect 2,500 signatures.

The deadline for that process came on Jan. 4, and one candidate qualified for the Democratic ballot in that fashion – Roque ‘Rocky’ De la Fuente of California.

The Democratic ballot will include:

• Bernie Sanders

• Martin O’Malley

• Hillary Clinton

• Roque ‘Rocky’ De la Fuente

On the Republican side, there are more choices than eggs in a carton. Republican voters on Super Tuesday in Massachusetts will have a whopping 13 candidates to choose from. They include (in order):

•Jim Gilmore

•Donald Trump

•Ted Cruz

•George Pataki

•Ben Carson

•Mike Huckabee

•Rand Paul

•Carly Fiorina

•Rick Santorum

•Chris Christie

•Marco Rubio

•Jeb Bush

•John Kasich

The third part on the ballot will be the Green Rainbow Party, and there will be five candidates, including (in order):

•Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry

•Jill Stein

•William Kreml

•Kent Mesplay

•Darryl Cherney

Massachusetts’ Primary Election has evolved over the years with Super Tuesday to become more of an important event. Though it has been on March 1 for some years, the many states combining to hold Primary Elections on March 1 have bulked up the importance of those holding elections on that day.

“The primary here has been on Super Tuesday for a long time, but what happened is Super Tuesday has evolved quite a bit,” said Brian McNiff of the Secretary of State’s Office. “It was originally set off as the first big blockbuster voting day. You have Iowa and then New Hampshire and a couple of others, but this was to be the big event. Many states will be voting on that day and Massachusetts will be one of them.”

The deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary on March 1 is Feb. 20.

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Rep.Ryan Cruises To Victory Over Avellaneda

Rep.Ryan Cruises To Victory Over Avellaneda

Back in March, State Rep. Dan Ryan easily toppled the competition during a special election for the Second Suffolk District State Representative seat and Tuesday night was no different for the Charlestown native and incumbent.

Though Avellaneda bested Ryan in Chelsea by several hundred votes, Ryan’s strong showing and the larger voting block in Charlestown led him to a comfortable victory overall of more than 1,000 votes.

The final tally for the entire district was Ryan with 2,541 and Avellaneda 1,273.

Ryan officially won the Democratic Nomination for the seat during Tuesday’s special election over Avellaneda, who challenged Ryan during the March special election also. With no Republican challenger, Ryan will head into the General Election unopposed and will win reelection to continue serving Charlestown and Chelsea at the State House.

In Charlestown, Ryan grabbed 84 percent of the vote or 2,172 votes. Avellaneda ended up with only 447 votes in Charlestown.

In Chelsea, Ryan got 31 percent of the vote or 369 votes and Avellaneda got 69 percent with 826 votes. For Avellaneda, that was fewer votes than he got in the cold-weather Special Election earlier this year, which was highly unexpected. He scored more than 1,000 votes in Chelsea back then.

Chelsea’s official turnout number for the Primary was 14.5 percent.

“I want to thank all the hard work of all the volunteers over these past six months,” said Ryan at his victory party at the Warren Tavern in Charlestown. “We never stopped working and we will continue to work for the people of Charlestown and Chelsea.”

Ryan energized the crowd when he talked about the contentious casino topic.

“This reelection means that Charlestown has a seat at the negotiating table and I will be there because my next campaign stop will be to the casino commission,” said Ryan to thunderous applause. “If they decide to approve a casino in Everett, you can rest assure Wynn will have to pay and there will be a new Sullivan Square.”

On his growing support in Chelsea with elected officials like City Council President Matt Frank from Chelsea backing him, Ryan said he plans to do the same for Chelsea.

“The bridge from Charlestown to Chelsea is two ways,” said Ryan. “That means that Chelsea came here to support me and Charlestown will be in Chelsea any time they need support.”

Ryan’s victory back in March brought the seat back to Charlestown for the first time since the late 1970s. Jimmy Collins won the seat back in 1977. In 1978 the seat was redistricted and Chelsea’s Richie Voke ousted Collins. The seat has been held by Chelsea residents ever since.

Prior to working for U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano as his chief aide, Ryan spent 10 years working at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club where he served as director of the Teen Center and program coordinator for the Healthy Charlestown Coalition.

Ryan and his wife, Kara Segal-Ryan, are raising their three children.

  • In other election action on the state level, Chelsea pretty much reflected the overall statewide returns, picking just about every candidate on the Democratic side that won.

Gubernatorial Nominee Martha Coakley got 964 votes (58 percent) in Chelsea, and won statewide with 42 percent. Steve Grossman had 479 votes (29 percent) locally and 36 percent of the vote statewide. Don Berwick gained 21 percent of the vote statewide and 13 percent in Chelsea.

For Lt. Gov., Stephen Kerrigan won locally with 44 percent of the Chelsea vote, but got 51 percent statewide. Leland Cheung garnered 30 percent of the vote in Chelsea and statewide.

Attorney General nominee Maura Healy soared to victory in Chelsea (61 percent) and statewide (62 percent) over Warren Tolman (38 percent in Chelsea and statewide).

For Treasurer, Deb Goldberg secured the nomination statewide with 43 percent of the vote, while also getting 43 percent of the Chelsea vote. Barry Finegold had 33 percent locally and 32 percent statewide. Tom Conroy scored 23 percent of the Chelsea vote.

State Sen. Sal DiDomenico cruised to victory with 1,266 votes, though running unopposed.

On the Republican side, Gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker won easily in Chelsea with 76 percent of the GOP vote and similar results statewide.

In the county races, most notably Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins bested Revere’s Jeremiah Goodwin in Chelsea and county-wide. Goodwin finished second in Chelsea, but third county-wide behind perennial candidate Doug Bennett – whose only splash in the race was his homemade, crudely painted green signs that were virtually everywhere.

Felix Arroyo took the race for Register of Probate, getting 641 votes in Chelsea (44 percent) along the way. He unseats Patty Campatelli, who got 341 Chelsea votes.

District Attorney Dan Conley took in another victory, though unopposed, and in Prattville, State Rep. RoseLee Vincent won an unopposed race for the district that represents that neighborhood and half of Revere.

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