Posts Tagged ‘Marshfield’

postheadericon Capitol Hill Blotter: Keating releases tips to beat the heat, invites you to Washington, DC

File Photo: Congressman Keating visiting a local business in Rockland

Now that the warm weather is upon us, many Massachusetts residents are eagerly anticipating barbecues, road trips and some much-needed down-time. While the summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors, we must also remember to be safe, especially during this recent spate of extremely hot weather. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Capitol Hill Blotter: Rep. Keating releases ‘green guide’ for constituents

In honor of Earth Day, I released a “Green Guide” on Friday, April 22nd for the residents of Massachusetts’ 10th Congressional District.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is A Billion Acts of Green, and I can think of no better way to embrace that spirit than by committing to incorporate small acts of green on a daily basis.  The changes necessary to do our part do not need to be great or cumbersome, and I hope my Green Guide provides usable information on opportunities to go green at home, in the office or in our community. 

Environmental conservation is critical to our district where tourism is a key local industry, but it is also imperative to the country as a whole.  If we want to lower our fuel costs and end our country’s dependence on foreign oil, then we need to start employing clean energy technologies. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Capitol Hill Blotter: Congressman reaches milestone of 100 days in office

Welcoming home returning servicemen at Otis Airforce Base

Today marks my 100th day in office as the Representative for Massachusetts’ South Shore, Cape and Islands.

In these short three and a half months, there have been many changes in our country and around the world.  Despite the tumultuous uprisings and threats of a government shutdown, my priorities remain the same as they were on day one:  putting the residents of Massachusetts’ 10th district back to work and rebuilding our local economy.  Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Political Forum Audio: Candidates for Marshfield Selectmen square off 2 weeks before election

Voters in Marshfield head to the polls on April 30th, and when they do they will have four candidates on the ballot running to replace outgoing Selectmen Patricia Reilly. Those four candidates, Steve Lynch, Michael Bradley, John Feeney, and Steve Robbins squared off in a WATD Political forum moderated by Managing Editor Christine James last night at the Village at Proprietors Green in Marshfield. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: We are all in this together

One of the most significant responsibilities of a State Representative is to connect people who are in need with experts and organizations that provide various forms of assistance to our residents.  As listeners of WATD are aware, I recently co-hosted a program entitled “We Are All in This Together” that highlighted services of local, regional, and state organizations to help folks during these difficult economic times. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: Amazing Grace

 It’s not often you get to see Howard Beale, the character from the movie “Network,” played out in real life. It’s one thing to be on the campaign trail and be told by conspiracy theorists to look at things like the book “The Creature From Jekyll Island” (about the Federal Reserve) or to find out why attorneys are not lawyers. It’s quite another to see someone come to a Ways & Means hearing and speak the truth about the manipulation of social services at the expense of the people they’re purported to serve, as well as taxpayers.

Grace Ross

Grace Ross, previous gubernatorial candidate.

Enter Grace Ross, recent candidate for Governor, who was unable to get enough signatures to primary Deval Patrick. A self-proclaimed “activist for social justice,” I had no idea what to expect in her testimony on Friday, March 4th, in the last hour of the last day of a state-wide tour of budget hearings. Because her time was limited to 3 minutes, she presented a simple chart showing state revenue sources, from highest to lowest. Again, due to time constraints, she wanted to make sure we were aware of the fact that food stamps (now called “S.N.A.P.”) and Unemployment Insurance were the two largest generators of income to Massachusetts – and that’s beating a Lottery that is ranked 1st in the nation, reaping over $4B annually. She even reiterated that  the sales tax increase was a mistake… gasp! Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: Got a Pay Raise?

One of my expectations as an elected official is that I am held accountable by the voters every two years for my actions on their behalf. It is my job to vote on tough, politically uncomfortable issues in a public manner. And when I was first elected, one of those tough votes I expected to take occasionally was on legislative pay raises.

That changed in 1998 due to a state Constitutional amendment; legislators now get near-automatic pay hikes. And, when questioned by angry voters, they are able to simply absolve themselves of responsibility by pointing to this sham of a Constitutional requirement. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: Relief in the Bullpen


State Rep. Geoff Diehl of Whitman

The 2011 Red Sox bullpen seems to be shaping up. Hideki Okajima is back in, Bobby Jenks looks to be a huge asset and, between Bard or Papelbon, we should have a lights out closer. If all goes well, the Sox pitching staff has the makings of a World Series-bound crew.

The 2011/12 bullpen for the 187th Massachusetts General Court also has some promising talent and, with 20 (possibly 21) new Republican State Representatives, it is welcome relief to the returning member of the House GOP. Still outnumbered 4:1, the caucus was in an even greater minority last session, serving in a 9:1 ratio (16 members vs. this sessions count of 32, pending the Durant/Alicia court case). But with a diverse group from around the state, Beacon Hill has the potential to make a significant and positive impact on the future of this great Commonwealth. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter:Inaugural Post, Post-Inaugural

Diehl family in the House chamber. Photo taken by Greg Derr, Patriot Ledger
Diehl family in the House chamber. Photo taken by Greg Derr, Patriot Ledger

This being the first blog post for WATD’s “Beacon Hill Blotter” (and my first-ever blog entry in general), I want to thank you for your interest and welcome you to share with me your thoughts and ideas about how we can continue to make Massachusetts better each and every day. Hopefully, this post (and future entries) will give you a clear perspective of how I believe the days’ events will impact our lives. I start with the Inauguration of the House of Repesentatives yesterday… Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Plymouth & Norfolk District: Hedlund holds on to seat

State Senator Bob Hedlund will continue to represent Plymouth and Norfolk Senate Seat after an early win last night. Hedlund a Republican from Weymouth took on Independent Paul Kearney of Cohasset. Hedlund has served as state senator from 1991 to 1992 and then again from 1994 to 2010. The Plymouth and Norfolk district is made up of the towns Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, and Weymouth.

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