Category Archives: State Representatives

Winslow Nacewicz

Video: Rep. Elect Dan Winslow and Sen. Bob Hedlund on the Future of the Massachusetts Republican Party

Webster Cutler

Republicans for Cutler

Josh Cutler

Dear Fellow Republican,

As proud members of the Republican party we are in the unfamiliar position of asking you to vote for a Democrat on November 2.

It takes an exceptional candidate for us to make this leap and Josh Cutler is just such a candidate. Josh is a person of great integrity, intellect and compassion.

Josh has spent the past decade running a small business and serving as a newspaper editor. He has consistently fought for the same goals we fight for –– fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency in government, conservation of our open spaces and natural resources and common-sense, pro-business tax policies.

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Walz Marston

Brad Marston: On Political Courage it's really no contest

Brad Marston

Brad Marston scores perfect 100% on national organization’s Political Courage Test

The Friends of Brad Marston Committee announced today that Project Vote Smart, a major national non-partisan research organization has released the results of its Political Courage Test.

According to information posted on their website www.VoteSmart.org, Brad Marston who is challenging Democratic incumbent Representative Marty Walz in the Eighth Suffolk District scored 100%. Representative Walz scored 0%.

The following statement was posted on Representative Walz’s page on the organization’s website:

“Representative Martha ‘Marty’ Walz refused to tell citizens where he/she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.”

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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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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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Naughton Gettens

James Gettens: My Position on the 2nd Amendment

Jim Gettens

SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

I support fully citizens’ Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. Massachusetts’ onerous and inane anti-law-abiding-citizens firearms laws, particularly provisions embodied in the draconian Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998, should be abolished. Any Massachusetts resident not convicted of a violent crime or felony, who has not been treated for a mental illness involving a risk of harm to himself/herself or others, who is not an illegal narcotics user, and who passes an NRA-certified firearms safety course, should be entitled to own and possess firearms at home and carry a firearm concealed for all lawful purposes. I disagree with any Massachusetts or federal laws to the contrary.

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Benson Hayes

Kurt Hayes: Benson and supporters continue slanderous attacks and can't get the facts straight.

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“I was disappointed to see that a supporter of Democrat incumbent Jennifer Benson submitted a letter to the editor repeating the slanderous attack my opponent made against me and my employer at a recent debate in Lunenburg. Even after it was pointed out that Ms. Benson simply had her facts wrong the slander continues.

Voters are fed up with these unfair political attacks that twist or even fabricate the facts. This deliberate slanderous attack is a desperate attempt by my opponent to take the focus off her voting record and flip-flops on taxes and casinos.

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Benson Hayes

Kurt Hayes: More broken promises, Benson Flip-Flops on Casinos

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During the 2008 campaign for State Representative, Democrat candidate Jen Benson was clear in her opposition to three new resort-style casinos in Massachusetts. The statements came during a televised debate with Republican challenger Kurt Hayes. Candidate Jen Benson stated, “I do agree with my opponent, I was opposed to the Governor’s proposal to bring casinos to the state.”

Perhaps foreshadowing her coming flip-flop, candidate Benson concluded, “I know the issue will return at some point in the future because there are a lot of advocates to bring casinos into the state.”

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Walz Marston

Marston Campaign accuses Representative Marty Walz of blocking debates

Brad Marston

Candidate for State Representative in the Eighth Suffolk willing to debate incumbent “Anywhere. Anytime”

In July, Representative Walz told her Republican challenger in the Eighth Suffolk District via letter “I anticipate that local organizations will organize debates this fall, and I look forward to participating in them with you.” With only three weeks left before Election Day, no community organizations or local press have stepped forward to host/sponsor a debate. The Marston campaign is pushing for debates. The heads of both the Beacon Hill and West End Civic Associations have stated they want to sponsor debates. Yet they still aren’t happening.

In a statement released by the Brad Marston for State Representative campaign Marston said “If Representative Walz had simply told me she wasn’t interested in debating me I could respect that. I wouldn’t think it served the interests of the voters, but I could at least respect it. To tell me that she is “looking forward to participating in [debates]” but then going behind my back and blocking them smacks of the ‘politics as usual’, ‘say one thing and do another’ scheming that voters tell me they are are fed up with and is typical of Representative Walz.

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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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