About-To-Be-Misallocated Maine Election Is A Warning for Massachusetts

Two-term U.S. Representative Bruce Poliquin, the only Republican member of Congress in New England, got about 2,000 more votes than his nearest competitor, a Democrat, on election day last week.
So he won re-election, right?

Actually, probably not.

Maine two years ago adopted a ranked-choice voting system that asks voters to pick not only the candidate they want to win, but also their second choice. (And third choice, and fourth choice …)

It’s used as a sort of tie-breaker, if no candidate gets an outright majority of votes cast. Except that it’s not really a tie-breaker, since the top two candidates aren’t tied – one of them got more votes than the other, but could still lose. So really, it’s an election flipper.

Read more at https://newbostonpost.com/2018/11/12/about-to-be-misallocated-maine-election-is-a-warning-for-massachusetts/

LYNCH WINS TAXPAYERS’ ENDORSEMENT

Kathleen Lynch has won the endorsement of CLT’s 2 ½ Political Action Committee in her election bid for State Representative from the 2nd Middlesex District.

IMG_1766.jpgCLT’S 2 ½ PAC, the political arm of Citizens for Limited Taxation, was originally created to support candidates who would defend Proposition 2 ½ in the State Legislature.  It now endorses candidates who support taxpayers on a variety of issues, and uses the CLT Legislative rating to identify pro-taxpayer legislators.

Francis J. Faulkner, executive director of the PAC, said the group endorsed Lynch based on her strong support for tax limitation.  “We need to put people like Kathy Lynch in the State Legislature to continue the fight for the income tax rollback and to block any attempt to impose new taxes.  In contrast her opponent, Rep. James Arciero, received a lowly zero on Citizens for Limited Taxation’s most recent taxpayer rating.  We are fearful that Rep. Arciero would vote for higher taxes given his record. Kathleen Lynch however, has taken the taxpayer protection pledge. This pledge asks candidates to ‘oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes’. A candidate who signs the pledge is sending a message to legislative leaders that she is serious about not raising taxes and will focus instead on better management of state revenues.”

Faulkner continued, “In serving the best interests of the taxpayers and the economy, we urge the voters of the 2nd Middlesex District to vote for Kathleen Lynch on November 6th.”

Leading GOP Candidates Present Their Views In Local TV Series

The Westford Republican Town Committee (WRTC) partnered with Westford CAT to produce an interesting an informative series on the Republican candidates running for office this election. The program kick-off, featured US Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl, who was followed by Congressional Candidate Rick Green.  State Senate candidate John MacDonald and State Representative candidate Kathy Lynch rounded out the presentations.   Here is rundown of their positions.  Links to the shows are included.  If you watch these four half hour presentations, you will be fully informed about the Republican agenda moving forward in this election.

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Geoff Diehl

State Representative Geoff Diehl from Whitman is the Republican candidate for US Senate. He is challenging incumbent US Senator Elizabeth Warren.  During Diehl’s interview with Wade Fox and Kathy Lynch of the WRTC, he offered his experience and his approach to the voters.   State Representative Diehl is perhaps best known for his efforts to roll back the gas tax in 2014.  He led a statewide petition drive to do it, and sources have estimated that this effort saved the taxpayers close to 2B.  Diehl’s priorities are securing the border with Mexico, dealing with the federal budget deficit and improving the Veterans Administration. He was one of the few who opposed the legislative pay raise on Beacon Hill which passed earlier this year.  http://westford.vod.castus.tv/vod/?video=061d12b4-6d33-4f5a-ade2-6abb91d2b67f&nav=search/second%20opinion

Rick Green

Rick Green is the CEO of 1A Auto based in Westford with sites in Littleton and Pepperell.  Green offers his experience as an entrepreneur as proof of his ability to help shape an effective economic policy for the third congressional district.  Key to his approach is improving infrastructure.  A top priority will be improving Route 2 so that Gardener and the towns in the western district  can be connected to the state highway system.  He will work to improve the critical infrastructure issues presented by the gas crisis in Lawrence.   The Opioid epidemic is high on his list of priorities. Green will devote a staff member full time to the issue and will work to ensure better coordination between law enforcement authorities.  He is opposed to making Massachusetts a sanctuary state calling the issue one that involves preserving our tradition as a “nation of laws”. http://westford.vod.castus.tv/vod/?video=cb45a992-6aaf-4740-978c-39239e96ee12

John MacDonald

John MacDonald is best know as the host of “Mac and The Bear” a longstanding radio talk show that ran in Lowell on WCAP for years.  He is running to root out waste and fraud in our state government, to improve our public safety services, particularly in the struggle to end the opioid epidemic, and to ensure that Veterans get better treatment from state government.   MacDonald has taken a term limits pledge of three terms. During that time he will support Governor Baker’s attempt to stop waste and overspending in the state budget by sustaining his vetoes, and he will oppose any attempt to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. MacDonald has offered pointed criticism of his opponent, disclosing that Democrat Ed Kennedy was the focus of an ethics violation during his time on the Lowell City Council, and that he is also an advocate for safe injection sites for heroin addicts in every community, as his response to the opioid epidemic. http://westford.vod.castus.tv/vod/?video=b2b64e71-54e0-4dc0-a8ef-ffbe1bfb3c31

Kathy Lynch

Kathy Lynch is challenging incumbent state representative Democrat Jim Arciero because she is concerned about the education of our children, the health of our communities and the strength of our local businesses.   Lynch points out that the towns of the Second Middlesex District which include Westford, Littleton and Chelmsford have not received adequate levels of state local aid, particularly with regard to Chapter 70 money for education.  She says that causes local communities to raise their property taxes to make up the deficiency.  Lynch is concerned that this will drive our seniors out of the district and will prohibit younger families from coming in and settling here.   An advocate for health and nutrition, Lynch points to concerns over rising Medicaid costs in the state budget, and says that these must be brought under control or more resources will be consumed.  Her approach emphasizes promoting better health practices and supporting the Governor in his efforts to reign in health care costs.  Lynch opposes sanctuary cities and making Massachusetts a sanctuary state.  Her approach to dealing with the opioid crisis places effective treatment, education and enforcement as top priorities.  http://westford.vod.castus.tv/vod/?video=cfb4b6a8-f92e-44ef-a5bc-3f1766ca663a

Wade Fox Says Goodbye

Longstanding WRTC member, former chairman and host of Second Opinion Wade Fox bid Westford farewell following his last interview of this series.  Wade was a great host of Second Opinion and will be remembered for his incisive wit, candor and sense or humor.

Kathy Lynch Speaks on Fairness in Education

IMG_5392Leaders and representatives of Asian-American communities across the nation held a mass rally at the Copley Square in Boston on October 14, 2018 to support SFFA’s (Students for Fair Admissions) lawsuit against Harvard University and to protest Harvard’s anti-Asian discrimination in admissions. This historical event was hosted by Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) and other partnering organizations.

Kathy Lynch, Candidate for State Representative of Westford, Littleton, and Chelmsford spoke on Fairness in Education. Lynch, a mother of two teenagers in the Westford Public Schools and IMG_5406a proponent of quality education exclaimed in her speech, “We need to stop discrimination and recognize applicants, solely, as citizens or non-citizens.  For it is the principles set forth in the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that promise nondiscrimination.”

The Asian Community has been very troubled by discrimination in the college application process — excluding them based upon race. According to court documents, filed in federal court in Boston, Harvard conducted their own internal investigation into admissions policies in 2013 and found a bias against Asian-American applicants that persists today. The Asian-American community has been asking for fair treatment without racial profiling through House Bill 3361 and their Harvard lawsuit. Court proceedings will commence on October 15, 2018. They are fighting for a fair chance at the very best quality of education.

“It is a beautiful thing to have people from different backgrounds as citizens working together for a common cause: the education of our people for the betterment of all. It should behoove us all to see that every citizen succeeds. America promises increased opportunity for those who work hard and perform well. We all need the hope that we will be rewarded by our merits,” said Lynch.

State Rep Candidate Lynch Calls for Unity

There are just over 4 weeks until election day, Tuesday, November 6. At this point in my campaign, I have met thousands of people within the 2nd Middlesex district. I am working hard to reach as many residents as I can.

One thing that is becoming ever-more clear, is that people are many and varied along the political spectrum. That is to be expected. Overall, we have a wonderful district full of kind, level-headed people who enjoy freedom and want the best for their families.

What concerns me, though, is the ever-increasing political divide. You see, too many people watch their brand of news with political bias. News channels peddle their own version of the truth. Instead of focusing just on facts, too many “news” organizations spin the information to fit pre-determined agendas. There is some truth on both sides. There is also political bias. We need the media striving to be objective. Unfair, untrue demonization of persons and political parties needs to stop or we will destroy our state and country. All of us will lose. This video displays the increased polarization that we are experiencing in America now.

Let’s not allow our communities to self-destruct with division. Let’s work together for the benefit of us all. We need to UNIFY!

— Kathy Lynch, Candidate for State Representative for Westford, Littleton, and Chelmsford precincts 5,7,8

GOP ISSUES CALL FOR ACTION: Future Of Massachusetts Now Hangs In The Balance

The primaries have concluded and the stage is set for an ideological political battle not seen in Massachusetts for a century.  Progressives staged a decisive victory for the heart of the Democratic Primary tonight, when Ayanna Pressly defeating 10 term incumbent Congressman Mike Capuano, signaling a major shift to the “hard left” by the state’s Democrats.  Pressly was backed by ultra left wing zealot Attorney General Maura Healy, who threw the full weight of her organization behind Pressly.  With Senator Elizabeth Warren heading the ticket, Massachusetts is poised to follow California as the next bastion of progressive/socialist government, unless they are stopped.  The progressives have declared that they are openly targeting President Trump, and anyone, who supported him.

On the Republican side, battle hardened Geoff Diehl got the GOP nod to take on Warren.  He will head a full ticket of Republican hopefuls in November.  The GOP slate is as follows: US Senate-Geoff Deihl,  Governor-Charles Baker,  Lieutenant Governor-Karen Polito, Attorney General -Jay MacMahon, Secretary of State-Anthony Amore, Treasurer- Keiko Orral,  Auditor- Helen Brady, US Congress Third District-Rick Green,  State Senate First Middlesex- John MacDonald, State Representative Second Middlesex- Kathy Lynch.  It is a great slate of conservative candidates, who need your help and support.  They are fighting to defend your interest and your constitutional rights. You cannot sit this one out.

Consider this as a call for action.  Unless you want to live in a state, where your right to choose your health care is taken from you; where cops are handcuffed in their battle to preserve our streets; where law abiding gun owners are disarmed, and drug dealers operate unchecked;  where your citizenship means nothing, and where you will be taxed to the hilt, then you have to step forward now and help.  You don’t have to do a lot but your help is needed.  Please contact Dennis Galvin, the Republican State Committeeman for this district, either through this email or by phone at 978-846-2635 and let us know your availability.  There are plenty of things that you can do. There are 9 weeks to the election, surely you can spare some time.  Please call.

– Dennis Galvin

IMPROVE OUR POLITICAL DISCOURSE

Political discourse has hardened to the point where many Americans no longer feel free to exchange political views.  Sadly, this can be seen in many families. Many have become polarized.  This is not healthy. The suppression of opinion does not solve problems it leads only to increased tension, bad public decisions and ultimately violence.

Improving discourse begins with humility, no matter how strongly we hold an opinion, we must realize that we share space on this earth with others.  A person’s point of view is as unique as their fingerprints or DNA.  This must be respected.

Political outlooks are shaped by a person’s view of history, society, law and property.  It can be mapped on a spectrum. At one end is the so-called “conservative”, characterized by a strong focus on history; skepticism about human society, a strong preference for order, and a high premium placed on the importance of private property. The “liberal” at the other end is marked by a focus on the future, an embrace of human society,  a preference for equity over order, and a tentativeness toward the importance of personal property. Most people fall somewhere in the middle. These outlooks and their infinite variations are the sum total of the lessons that life has taught people.

In the great public debate that democracy demands, opinions get challenged through discourse.  This is how people learn and grow and public policy is formulated.   Recently however, the line between acceptable and unacceptable discourse is eroding.  Personal insults, threats, condemnations and even violence are becoming far too frequent.  Those who engage in such practices claim falsely that their views are superior to all others, a claim that is both false and absurd.

The truly ugly are the extremists, who not only demonize those they disagree with but seek to do them physical harm.  Those who engage in such practices are attempting to destroy our democracy.  They have existed under many guises, in our past, and emerge during times, when they sense the seeds of their hatred might take root.  We must oppose them.  Never succumb to the temptation to deprive others of their rights, or do them harm . To do otherwise allows hatred and violence to take root and our precious Republic to perish.

– Dennis Galvin

Resident Reflects on the American Identity

Identity has become very prominent in American culture in recent years. What you look like; where you come from; how much you earn and how you talk, are the superficial indices that many use to peg you into one group or another.  What is being lost is an appreciation of a deeper identity; one that manifests itself through a person’s character.

There is an American identity, derived from the positive experience of our nation, and best exemplified by men like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is transcendent in human experience, but completely human in its aspiration.  People not born here can claim it.  Many foreign born manifest it better than native born.  It is the composite effect of five very specific values, which combine in a very unique way to create the American character.

The first is individuality, the recognition that humans have separate identities from their external appearances. It is opposed to individualism, which is a personal identity that excludes others, and collectivism, which is mass consciousness, where everyone thinks and acts the same.

The second is “resistant cooperation,”a term coined by Wynton Marsalis to describe jazz.  It is the willingness to solve the problems of living, with people we may not particularly like.  It supports the art of compromise, which is the activating principle of American life.

Third is freedom.  A belief that there are no artificial bounds, that the future, is decided by knowledge and courage, and never by ignorance and fear.

Fourth is stewardship; the exercise of authority and power held in trust, tied to responsibility for others, not entitlement.

Fifth is integrity; living according to a personal standard that one has the courage to proclaim. It is a rejection of hypocrisy and affirms straightforward living.  Its value lies in its reliability. People can count on what others say.

These values are held by all people to one degree or another, but all five existing simultaneously, and with equal vigor, is the essence of the American identity.  Derived from and reflecting the best of the American experience, these values are the nuts and bolts of a free society.   Pursuing them is the noblest of human quests and one that we all should be proud to affirm.

– Dennis Galvin

 

STATE REP CANDIDATE KATHY LYNCH PLEDGES NO NEW TAXES

Kathy Lynch, Candidate for State Representative in Westford, Littleton, and Chelmsford, signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, pledging to the taxpayers of Massachusetts that, if elected, she will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. Lynch is joining the 256 members of the US Congress, 10 governors, and nearly 1,000 state legislators across the country who have signed the pledge because they believe the problem is not that the hard-working people are paying too few taxes, but that the government is spending too much money.

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There is a large body of evidence that supports the belief that keeping tax rates as low as possible promotes economic growth.  Tax Foundation economist William McBride’s survey of 26 studies dating to 1983 found that “all but three of those studies, and every study in the last 15 years, find a negative effect of taxes on growth.”  John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation, analyzed over 700 peer-reviewed academic journal articles going back to 1990.  Most of those studies found that lower tax levels and spending correlate with stronger economic performance.

 

When individuals and businesses are taxed less, they have more disposable income to spend, which not only benefits our economy, but allows people to give back.  For instance, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted at the federal level last year, has given 90% of wage earners a higher take-home pay and has allowed companies of all sizes to help, not only their customers, but their employees and the charities they support.  Like many other Massachusetts companies, Rick Green, CEO of 1A Auto, Inc. in Westford will be using the tax savings to lower prices for his customers as well as give bonuses to his employees. Other companies are using their tax savings to increase their base pay to well above minimum wage, hire new employees, improve employee benefit packages, grow their businesses, and increase their charitable giving.

 

Kathy Lynch will be a strong advocate for less government spending and a strong economy with her pledge of no tax increases. Kathy Lynch can be reached by email: Kathy@VoteKathyLynch.com and web: VoteKathyLynch.com, Facebook.com/VoteKathyLynch.