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Ballot Questions Issues

Massachusetts 2010 Ballot Questions Election Results: Yes, No, No

Question – 1-Drop Alcohol Sales Tax – Ballot Issue
2119 of 2168 Precincts Reporting – 98%
Name Votes Vote %
Yes 1,107,141 52%
No 1,029,925 48%

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Citizens Against Government Waste "Chinese Professor" Ad

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Citizens Against Government Waste has a hard hitting new ad out. It has 350,o00 views since Thursday. Definitely worth watching.

Ballot Questions Chapter 40b Issues

Repeal 40B – The Worst Financial Scandal in 20 Years

Please VOTE YES on QUESTION 2 and repeal the state law known as 40B, which allows comprehensive permits for low/moderate-income units. 40B allows developers to override local zoning bylaws and wetlands regulations if they set aside 20 – 25% of the houses as “affordable”. This takes development control away from towns and gives it to developers and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the state agency that oversees 40B projects.

Loopholes and lack of oversight have allowed developers to abuse the law for financial benefit at the expense of host towns. Inspector General (IG) Gregory Sullivan (head of the state agency to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in government) has issued over 25 letters and reports on the problems and abuses of 40B. He calls 40B “the worst financial scandal in the last 20 years”, a “pig fest”, “developer welfare”, “a major, expensive example of mismanagement in government,” and “one of the biggest abuses in state history”.

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Ballot Questions Benson Hayes

Kurt Hayes: Vote YES on questions 4 and 5

Hayes drives Route 2 and Taxpayer Protection solutions to the ballot.

In addition to three statewide ballot questions, voters in the 37th Middlesex district towns of Shirley, Lunenburg, Lancaster, Harvard, Boxborough, and Acton will have two additional ballot questions for their consideration on November 2nd. State Representative candidate Kurt Hayes announced today that he and his supporters gathered the signatures that will put two non-binding questions before the voters of the district he hopes to serve as State Representative.

Question 4 will ask the voter, “Shall the representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would accelerate the completion of improvements to Route 2 in order to reduce traffic congestion and commute time and improve safety on Route 2 between I-495 and Route 128?”.

Question 5 will ask the voter, “Shall the representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would require proof of legal residence in Massachusetts before an applicant could obtain publicly-funded state benefits?”.

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Ballot Questions

2010 Statewide Ballot Questions Debate


2010 Statewide Ballot Questions Debate

Wednesday, October 27th 2010

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Leahy – Holloran Community Center

7 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 021

On the November 2nd Statewide ballot there are three questions that will require your vote.

Join the Pope’s Hill Neighborhood Association as we welcome 2 experts to discuss the three ballot questions and what they mean to you.

Garrett Quinn, a writer for, began writing for newspapers at age 15 with CNC in his native South Shore. He is a writer and editor with and has been published in Pioneer Investigates, BlueMassGroup, and Wonkette.

Yawu Miller, Project Director of “ONE Massachusetts”, is also an experienced journalist and community organizer. He also serves as a senior editor at the Boston Banner. Yawu’s writing has chronicled the political and social justice movements in the Greater Boston area for the last 16 years.

All Are Welcomed & Encouraged to Attend.

Benson Hayes Local Aid

Kurt Hayes: Benson’s Local Aid rhetoric doesn’t match record

Jen Benson

“I will protect local aid for my towns” is a constant refrain from State Representatives on Beacon Hill, and Democrat Jennifer Benson is no exception. However, a look into the voting record and actions of the Democrat incumbent reveals the truth. The record doesn’t match the rhetoric.

As a freshman State Representative, one of Jennifer Benson’s first votes was to turn over emergency “9C cuts” power to the Governor. Rather than battle to protect local aid for her towns and force deep reforms in state government to fill the budget gap, Ms. Benson joined Democrat leadership in a party-line vote that turned over her legislative duty and responsibility to the Governor. Once granted this power, Governor Deval Patrick cut $128 million from lottery aid and additional assistance to towns.

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4th - Frank Bielat Sholley Ballot Questions

Barney Frank and Sean Bielat Debate on NECN's Broadside


There was a half hour debate between Sean Bielat and Barney Frank on Jim Braude’s Broadside on NECN.

We have the debate in three parts. In the first part the candidates introduce themselves. Frank has been continuously in office since the 1980’s. Bielat is a newcomer to politics, but the first real challenger that Frank has faced in his entire time in congress.

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Benson Hayes Tax Cuts

Kurt Hayes: Benson Flip-Flop-Flips on Taxes

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During the 2008 campaign for State Representative, Democrat candidate Jen Benson pledged not to raise taxes by stating in a debate with Republican opponent Kurt Hayes, “I would not raise taxes. I would hold steady where we are on the income tax until we get through this fiscal period. I would not advocate for raising taxes whether it be income taxes, gas taxes, anything because we know our families are hurting and we need them to get back on their feet.”

As State Representative in 2009, the first bill proposed by Benson was a new five cent tax on plastic bags at grocery stores. Benson voted for the sales tax increase, and just days later announced a Beacon Hill fundraiser that was attended by lobbyist and special guest House Speaker Robert DeLeo. When given opportunities in both 2009 and 2010 to repeal the new alcohol sales tax, Representative Benson voted with Democrat party leadership to send the measure to ‘study’ rather than make an up-or-down vote on removing the double-taxation on alcohol.

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Ballot Questions Issues

Carla Howell debates Question 3 (Sales Tax Rollback) with Broadside host Jim Braude

Jim Braude is a sharp guy who is used to political interviews and debates. Its not often that you see him getting schooled that way he is in this interview with Carla Howell over Ballot Question 3.

Question 3 would lower the state sales tax from 6.25% to 3% starting in 2011. Recent polls show the majority supports passing question 3 buy a small margin:

  • Suffolk University Poll, Sept. 16-19: Yes: 51%, No: 42%
  • UNH/Boston Globe Poll, Sept. 17-22: Yes: 46%, No: 43%

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Budget GIC Insurance Patronage Jobs Walz Marston

Brad Marston: We can afford state services but not a "bloated dysfunctional state bureaucracy"

Brad Marston, a candidate for State Representative in the 8th Suffolk District, succinctly explains the choice facing voters in November.

Most voters agree that the state should be taxing citizens in order to pay for critical state services: education, roads, public safety etc. In recent years, due to the economic crisis, the state has come to voters again and again with tax hikes that they say are necessary to pay for these services.

Voters have patiently accepted these tax hikes because we don’t want to see cuts to critical services.

But over and over the state has diverted this money toward other priorities.

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