“The Unsafe Communities Act” Commentary on sanctuary state legislation

By Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons, April 17, 2019

A bill currently before the state Legislature seeking to transform Massachusetts into a “sanctuary state” proves beyond a doubt the Radical Left’s disdain for American sovereignty, and especially the rule of law.

The misnamed “Safe Communities Act” is about neither safety nor community.

A more truthful name for this bill is “The Unsafe Communities Act.”

Why is that?

Here’s why: The Unsafe Communities Act would protect those who have already broken the law by crossing our borders illegally. They already have a sense that they can get away with defying the same laws American citizens must obey.

If you’re a citizen traveling abroad, just try to get back into this country without your passport or papers.

No matter what you say, you will not be permitted to simply waltz across the border.

Even as an American citizen, you’ll be detained until absolute proof of your identity is established.

So why do leftist Democrats want to grant special rights for foreign citizens who refuse to follow rules that every American must follow?

Rather than increasing respect for our laws, the Unsafe Act will diminish any sense that newcomers must obey our legal system.

The same policies promoted at the state level by leftist Democrats under the Unsafe Communities Act have already affected a least one victim: a disabled, elderly woman. According to reports, the wheelchair-bound victim in was viciously attacked in October 2017 as part of a $2,000 strong-arm robbery captured on video in Boston — which claimed “sanctuary city” status in 2014 — at the Charles River Plaza Bank of America kiosk.

Who attacked this innocent person?

An illegal immigrant who would be granted additional protections through the Unsafe Communities Act.

In this case, the state Supreme Judicial Court allowed Sreynuon Lunn, an illegal immigrant from Cambodia who had been arraigned a year prior on a previous robbery charge, to remain free in Massachusetts.

The SJC handed down that ruling in July 2017. Their reasoning?

“Massachusetts law provides no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a Federal civil immigration detainer, beyond the time that the individual would otherwise be entitled to be released from State custody.”

The state’s previous charges against Lunn stem from his alleged October 2017 robbery of another homeless man on Boston’s Canal Street. Following the SJC ruling, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were subsequently barred from working with local law enforcement, and Lunn was allowed to walk.

Fast-forward just three months and Lunn, who should have been sent back home to his native Cambodia, is emboldened and back at it again.

This time, his target was an elderly woman.

I don’t know about the liberal Democrats, but I do know that Republicans want to make our communities safer for people like her.

We want safe communities for those who respect and follow our laws.

The Unsafe Communities Act protects the wrong people. It will grant additional rights to lawbreakers like Lunn, who first defy laws regulating entry into the United States — and then prey upon innocent victims.

Let’s make it clear to the far-left that we’re above their virtue signaling and angling for cheap political points.

Let’s make it clear that we all must play by the same rules.

Nobody is above the law.

CONTACT: Evan Lips, communications director, 617-523-5005 ext. 245

Robert Mueller: No Russian collusion, no Trump obstruction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2019

CONTACT: Evan Lips, 617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that following an exhaustive probe spanning two years, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators have found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s winning 2016 campaign and Russia.

Mueller also confirmed he found no evidence of justice obstruction committed by President Trump.

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons:

“This two-year investigation has cost taxpayers $25 million, and the result is that there was no collusion or obstruction going on at all. Maybe it’s time to investigate those responsible for ginning up hysteria, and those responsible for triggering this witch hunt.”

Read more at https://mailchi.mp/massgop/massgop-chairman-lyons-president-trump-vindicated?e=60c468578c

Article VIII:  A Backdoor Override

Article VIII, on this year’s annual town meeting warrant, proposes that an “enterprise account” be established to fund new federal and state mandates related to storm water management. Proponents say the fund will support needed infrastructure improvements, that if ignored could invoke the wrath of some formidable federal and state agencies.  However, things appear to have been satisfactory to date.  No specific actions against the town are pending or anticipated.  Efforts are also being made on Beacon Hill to obtain funding for cities and towns to meet the cost of these upgrades through state tax revenues.

More significantly, Article VIIl raises questions about taxation without representation.  The measure would delegate, to the Board of Selectmen, the right to determine one of two methods for sustaining the fund.  One method would levy a fee on all property owners, charging them for the total square footage of any roofs or hardtop on their property.  A minimum unit value has been developed, along with a three tiered fee system, to be allocated based upon the amount of impervious surface at a particular property. The other method would be a property tax override, which would levy the amount needed through a broad based property tax increase.  What’s the difference?

This is a classic example of a distinction without a difference.  Do not be fooled by the term “fee”.  The fee is compulsory, hence it is a tax.  Everyone needs a roof.  Because it is based on property, the town should follow the law.  Town meeting and the voters should approve tax policy, not the Board of Selectmen.  Article VIII would change this.  By approving the enterprise fund, the Board of Selectmen would be authorized to decide whether funding should come through a fee, or an override.  If they were to adopt the fee, they would have sole authority to set the rates.  This would give them administrative tax authority, a significant deviation from the principle that such authority rests solely with the people.

Money taken in by fees, could also free revenue encumbered by the town’s current commitment to storm-water upgrades and maintenance for allocation to other budget accounts.   This would be, in effect, a backdoor override. Vote no on Article VIII.  Let the proponents come back with a front door override proposal, and let the voters decide.

– Dennis Galvin

New MassGOP Chairman Interviewed

The Job of Rebuilding the MassGOP Has Begun

Newly elected Chair of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee, Jim Lyons, was interviewed on Westford Community Cable Television last week by Kathy Lynch, Chair of the Westford Republican Town Committee.   Lyons was a featured guest on the program “Second Opinion,” which is sponsored by the Committee.  Lyons fielded some very direct questions about the state of the current MassGOP and his plans to improve its effectiveness.  Among the topics discussed was the relationship between the State Committee and the Baker Administration.  Lyons left no doubt as to the direction he believes the Committee must go, and that is to “elect more Republicans to the Massachusetts State Legislature.”

MassGOP Chairman Lyons’ Releases Statement Regarding Former Governor Bill Weld’s Presidential Announcement

BOSTON – Early this morning, after trying to reclaim a place in the Republican Party, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced a grandstanding political gambit that reeks of political opportunism. His self-seeking ploy to divide Republicans will fail.

“Weld is the same ex-Republican who deserted Massachusetts for New York; who endorsed President Barack Obama over Senator John McCain for President; who renounced the GOP for the Libertarian Party; who ran against the Trump-Pence Republican ticket in 2016, while cozying up to Democrat Hillary Clinton,” said MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons. ” After abandoning Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians, Weld demands that faithful Republicans consider him as their standard bearer. Even Benedict Arnold switched allegiances less often! We Republicans will put partisanship aside, reach across the aisle to Democrats, and Libertarians, and reject Bill Weld.”

Peter Lucas: Gov. Baker sure walks, talks and taxes like a Democrat

By Peter Lucas
2/1/2019 9:21:37 AM EST

Lowell Sun Opinion

“Thank you for letting me use your party.”

That is what RINO Gov. Charlie Baker should have written to new conservative Republican Party boss Jim Lyons.

It would have been appropriate since Baker, a lifelong Republican with liberal tendencies, appears more comfortable these days as a would-be Democrat than as a member of a party that has been taken over by conservative Donald Trump supporters.

Baker can be counted on as one of the original critics of the president, beginning even before the 2016 New Hampshire GOP primary and continuing to today.

Baker knows that he owes his re-election victory over Democrat Jay Gonzalez to Democrats and Independents, not to the declining number of Republicans still voting in the state.

Now that he is into his second, and probably last, term as governor, he needs support from the conservatives now running the state committee like he needs a hole in the head.

It is only through compromise and conciliation with Democrats on Beacon Hill — who hold overwhelming liberal majorities in both the House and Senate — that Baker has been able to succeed as chief executive.

“He is really one of us,” one top Democrat said.

 

Read more: here.

LYONS TAKES MASS GOP CHAIR

Party Leadership Calls For Change: Demand For Active Leadership

In a stunning turn of events, former Andover State Representative Jim Lyons resoundingly defeated the current State Republican Party Treasurer, Brent Anderson, in the election for state party chairman.

IMG_0291.jpgBefore a packed audience of onlookers and with 77 of the 80 Republican State Committee members present and voting, Jim Lyons garnered 47 votes to Anderson’s 30. In his campaign address, Lyons emphasized his willingness to take the fight to the corrupt Democratic Party establishment in the state, while at the same time committing himself to build party unity.

Perhaps most telling was the statement made by State Committee member Rachel Kemp, during her nomination speech for Lyons, when she declared that state committee members were not a collection of “functionaries” but were Republicans, who deeply care about the state of their party and their state government.  She called upon the committee members to move in a new direction and accept the energetic leadership that Lyons could offer.  

Anderson emphasized his involvement in major state campaigns, as a campaign worker, during the past ten years, in particularly his ties to Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito’s campaigns. 

The election was a clear rejection of the State Party’s current leadership, following the disastrous showing in last November’s election.

Kirsten Hughes, the previous party chair, handed the gavel over to Jim Lyons immediately following his victory.  Hughes had served as chair for the past six years.   She chose not to run for another term in order to take a job with the Baker Administration. 

While Lyons was cordial to the Governor in his remarks, his election was viewed by many as a clear separation of the party leadership from the Baker Administration.

 

NECN PANEL DEBATES THE STATE OF THE MASS GOP

NECN Political Commentator Sue Connell invited three Republican activist on her program last evening to debate the future of the Mass Republican Party.  The three were Lou Murray,  Dennis Galvin, and Ed Lyons.  Murray is the head of a Republican Catholic organization.  Dennis Galvin is the Republican State Committeeman for the First Middlesex District and Ed Lyons is a Republican commentator, who has been published in Commonwealth Magazine, and is featured on WBUR.   While the discussion was short, three key issues emerged.   Why did Baker succeed while the GOP ticket failed ?  How should Republicans relate to President Trump ?  What is the future direction for the Mass GOP ?

Murray acknowledged the Governor’s success but hinted that the Governor walked away from the party during the election. He stated his belief that the Mass GOP was a big enough tent to accommodate a wide arrange of people, and offered his support for President Trump. He urged the party to stay true to its conservative roots.

Galvin acknowledged Baker’s success and said that Republicans could learn from his campaign, however he contrasted Baker’s performance with that of the Republican Party stating that the party organization failed the Republican ticket.  Galvin described the controversy over President Trump as irrelevant to the real issues facing Massachusetts, which include the MBTA, a one party legislature and growing corruption in state government.    He said that party must become the party of the “working people” of Massachusetts.  The road to success means aligning with their needs and concerns.

Lyons said that party should model itself after Governor Baker, offering that he was the only success.  He said that Trump posed a threat to the Republican brand in this state and ties to him should be diminished.   He echoed Galvin’s comments that the party needed to change or it would face extinction, or perhaps worse, irrelevance.

Possible Candidates Emerge as Massachusetts GOP Chair Leaves Post

Now that the Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party has announced she is stepping down from her position, potential leaders are emerging.

Kirsten Hughes, a Quincy city councilor, announced in an email Nov. 16 she would not be seeking a fourth term this January.

Since her announcement, it remains to be seen which direction the party will go.

Will Committee members choose an established, more moderate leader for the party—from what some call the Charlie Baker wing? Or will it choose a more conservative, Trump supporting chair?

Read the rest of this article along with a video and cameo appearance by WRTC member and State Committeeman Dennis Galvin HERE.

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