WOBURN — Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons on Friday slammed a letter signed by “91 Massachusetts economists” calling for new taxes to cover the anticipated state budget shortfall created by the mass-shutdown of commonwealth businesses in response to the COVID-19 virus.
“The answer from these economists, every one of them ensconced in the luxury of tenured positions in academia, who work at the beck and call of Beacon Hill Democrats, is never to trim away any wasteful government fat,” said Lyons. “Their answer is somehow always, ‘here’s a crisis that can be taken advantage of, here’s an opportunity where we can justify the Democrats’ appetite for spending more of the taxpayer’s hard-earned dollars.’
“Incredibly, these economists are calling for an income tax increase at the absolute worst possible time, when mandated business shutdowns have people struggling to make any income at all.”
Lyons also offered the 91 economists a reminder regarding their claim that the proposed tax hikes “could be phased back as the economy returns to its pre-recession level.”
“When Massachusetts voters chose to roll back the state income tax to 5 percent in 2000, it took nearly 20 years for the Democrats controlling Beacon Hill to comply,” Lyons said. “Their appetite for other people’s money is insatiable.”
At the end of this month, candidates for elective political office will be required to submit nomination papers to the Secretary of State in order to be on the September 1st, 2020 ballot. By April 28th, candidates for state office, and by May 5th, candidates for federal office are required to hand in the qualifying number of signatures.
Collecting signatures has been very difficult to accomplish during the COVID-19 outbreak because the governor’s order urges “all residents to limit activities outside of the home and to practice social distancing at all times to limit the spread” of the virus. Many residents are afraid of spreading germs through the transfer of items such as pens and papers that are needed for signing nomination sheets.
There are two bills pending in the Massachusetts Legislature. State Representative Patrick Kearney (D) filed Bill HD4981. This bill would waive two-thirds of the signature requirements for the nominations of candidates for any state election office. State Representative William Smitty (D) filed Bill HD5011 to lower the number of required signatures for U.S. senator from 10,000 to 7,500 and for representative in congress, from 2,000 to 1,500. Both bills would be temporary measures, expiring after the 2020 elections.
To pass, bills HD4981 and HD5011 would require unanimous consent by the legislature. Passage would relieve candidates of added stress, pressure, time and money to collect the number of signatures required to get on the ballot. Passage would ensure the fairness and continuity of our state elections for this Fall. These are reasonable accommodations given the extreme social circumstances in which we find ourselves.
I call on our legislators to take action and pass these bills with speed. Failure to take fair and equitable action to adjust the nomination processes for our elections, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, could be viewed as a plausible attempt to exploit this crisis for the advantage of incumbent legislators. Legislators who currently hold office, and in doing so, have garnered larger numbers of supporters, could be seen as trying to give themselves advantage by preventing other candidates from challenging them.
Please take five minutes to contact your legislators to do the right thing, to serve the voters and allow an equitable, democratic election process, instead of serving themselves. For Westford, you can reach State Senator Ed Kennedy at (617) 722-1630 and State Representative James Arciero at (617) 722-2012. For other cities and towns, find your legislators here: https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator.
– Kathleen Lynch, Republican State Committeewoman
I am honored to be the new Republican State Committeewoman in the First Middlesex District of Lowell, Westford, Pepperell, Tyngsboro, Groton, and Dunstable. The official election results show a decisive victory of 3,982 (63.5%) to 2,273 (36.3%). The Vote Kathy Lynch campaign worked very hard to secure the win. This result was made possible by the many wonderful voters within this district.
It is a huge undertaking to run a campaign so I give credit to all candidates, throughout the state, who stepped forward for a chance to serve on the Republican State Committee.
I heartily thank all the supporters who contributed to and endorsed my campaign, made phone calls, hosted lawn signs, attended events and standouts, and all the voters who selected the Republican ballot, voting for Kathleen Lynch.
I look forward to getting started on State Committee business, organizing and building all city and town committees within the district, as well as recruiting, training, and supporting quality candidates. I will assist in developing the party’s political strategy, direction and priorities with attention to transparency, participation, and effectiveness. Once again, I thank all supporters and voters for this opportunity to help bring constructive change to Massachusetts.
– Kathy Lynch
College Affordability has become a major issue, especially here in Massachusetts. Too long have students’ troubles been either ignored or offered solutions that would make them pay for college for the rest of their lives through loans and tax hikes. As a club, we will only support politicians who are dedicated to solving this problem and have realistic plans to do so. That is one of the reasons we have endorsed Kathy Lynch for Republican State Committeewoman in the 1st Middlesex district (Lowell, Westford, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, and Dunstable). Election Day is Tuesday, March 3rd.
Kathy Lynch’s opponent’s record on the issue hasn’t been good. Since 2016, when candidate Mary Burns was appointed to the UMass Board of Trustees, she has voted to raise tuition at all UMass schools three times, increasing the financial burden on our students. This Board is made of people appointed by the governor and 5 student trustees elected by students from each UMass college (Boston, Amherst, Medical, Dartmouth, and Lowell). However, only two of the elected students are allowed to vote.
We believe it should be a top priority to pass a bill that grants all 5 student trustees the right to vote so students have more representation on the Board. The last attempt, Bill H.1222, was allowed to die in committee despite the Democrats having a super-majority in the legislature. We will also continue on to support legislation that supports our college students and reels in the runaway cost of tuition and fees, supports open-source textbooks, and other innovative ways to make college more affordable without burdening everyone with ridiculously big loans and tax increases.
Kathy Lynch has proudly offered to support these policies, “I have met the fine members of the UMass Lowell College Republicans. They are concerned about college costs and fair representation on the Board of Trustees. These are important and valid concerns and I support them in their efforts to improve the situation for all students of the UMass system.” If we help Kathy Lynch get elected, we will have a very important ally in the fight for affordable college.
This represents an opportunity to make students’ ideas and concerns a major issue for an entire political party. If we create a high enough student turnout it will also show the ruling party that they shouldn’t take college students and their votes for granted anymore. The turnout for this election is normally low, meaning it won’t take many of us to have a noticeable impact. Together, we can make a difference for future college students for years to come. Vote for Kathy Lynch on March 3rd.
– Shawn Nagle, Co-President, UMass College Republicans
Feb. 27, 2020
CONTACT: Evan Lips, communications director, 617-523-5005 ext. 245
WOBURN — Beacon Hill Democrats, despite the state still brimming with historic levels of tax revenue, are clamoring for more, and this time are looking to whack taxpayers at the gas pump as part of a $600 million transportation bill.
Following House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s lead, his underling House leaders are parroting his “revenue can’t wait any longer” plea, this even after 2019 fiscal year tax revenue topped the previous year’s by almost $2 billion and with 2020 estimated to soar beyond that figure.
“Here they are, two years after Speaker DeLeo and company enacted their $18 million in pay raises, crying poor once again,” said Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons. “And here are the Massachusetts taxpayers, again facing a Democrat cash-grab at the gas pump, even after already having voted in droves to kill their dream for an automatic gas tax increase.
“When will the message ever get through to these tax-and-spend Democrats on Beacon Hill? What amount of other people’s money will ever be enough?”
Lyons also pointed to the most recent estimates associated with illegal immigration in Massachusetts, which have pegged the cost at roughly $2 billion.
“And still, the radical Democrats on Beacon Hill want to turn Massachusetts into a sanctuary state,” Lyons said. “They’re already on the verge of granting driver’s licenses to those who entered this country illegally.
“In the end, it will be the law-abiding Massachusetts taxpayer who will be footing the bill for all of this, and these radical Democrats will still demand more.”
March 3, 2020 is the Presidential primary. There is a race on the Republican ballot with significant ramifications for this Commonwealth. In addition to the presidential race, Republican and Un-enrolled voters, selecting a Republican ballot, will also be voting for representatives to the Republican State Committee. This is the policy making board for the state’s Republican party and guides its direction. It sets the party’s strategy, direction and priorities.
This race is particularly significant this year. Massachusetts is widely known as the “bluest of blue” states. Consequently, Massachusetts voters are given very limited options at the polls. The choice generally comes down to which candidate wants to raise taxes less. Additionally, a great misconception has been perpetrated, that by having a Republican Governor, we have bipartisan government, even when the state’s legislature is overwhelmingly Democrat. This masquerade simply hides the fact that the Republican Governor is a “lame duck.”
Massachusetts politics has become increasingly lopsided over the past fifty years. Voters should not be fooled into believing that this has occurred because of the persuasive power of the Democratic party message. Politics have devolved here for two reasons. First, much of the Democrat vote is bought through patronage jobs, and through the influence of state contracts and benefits. Second, the Republican party relinquished the field. Rather than press their case, many GOP leaders adopted a “go along to get along approach” in order to gain favor with the Democrat majority.
In January of 2019, former state representative Jim Lyons of Andover was elected chairman of the party in a major upset. Since that election, Lyons has made it clear that the MA GOP will end its slumber, and begin to aggressively advocate for those issues that are important to working people: promoting small business, improving transportation, ensuring effective domestic security, defending civil liberties, and ending the culture of corruption that has characterized state government for so long.
However, to do that, he will need the support of the Republican State Committee. The Committee is comprised of two elected representatives from each state senatorial district. One representative has to be a man and the other a woman. Kathy Lynch is running to become the district’s State Committeewoman. Dennis Galvin is running for re-election as the State Committeeman. Both are committed to supporting Lyon’s efforts and both have won his endorsement. They have the integrity, the courage, and the drive to be outstanding representatives for the Republicans in the First Middlesex District. Massachusetts needs more than one idea, and one way of thinking if it is going to successfully meet the challenges of the future. Vote for Kathy Lynch and Dennis Galvin, help restore the vibrancy of a two party democracy in Massachusetts once again.
Associate of Mary Burns In The Statehouse “Culture Of Corruption” Indicted For Misuse Of Funds
Republican State Committee Candidate Has No Problem With Helping Democrats
Mary Burns, a candidate for the Republican State Committee, openly admitted today that she has contributed to the campaigns of Democratic candidates, and is also calling for the ouster of state chairman Jim Lyons. In an appearance on “City Life,” a local cable television program produced in Lowell, Burns openly admitted giving donations to Democrat candidates and saw nothing wrong with it, saying: “you have to take care of your friends.” She charged Chairman Lyons with failing to raise funds for the Party, and said that the direction of the MA GOP must be changed.
Burns is locked in a race for the First Middlesex Republican State Committee seat with Kathy Lynch of Westford. The seat represents Lowell, Westford, Groton, Pepperell, Dunstable and Tyngsborough. The committee is the governing board for the Massachusetts Republican party, setting its direction, strategy and priorities.
Burns statement came in response to charges made by her opponent Kathy Lynch, who cited Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) reports, showing that Burns contributed to Democrat candidates. Lynch also found that Burns contributed to State Representative James Arciero’s campaign in 2018, a year in which Lynch challenged Arciero. Mary Burns has also been censured by the Lowell Republican City Committee for her contributions to the campaigns of Thomas Golden and Dave Nangle, both Lowell Democrats, in violation of the city committee’s bylaws.
The race between Lynch and Burns represents a clear choice for the Republicans in the First Middlesex District. Lynch strongly believes that a conservative message can resonate in Massachusetts if it is given sufficient support and the MA GOP remains united behind it. Burns believes that this strategy should be abandoned in place of a go-along-to-get-along policy with regard to the Democrat establishment. The choice couldn’t be clearer.
Jim Lyons was elected as chair of the MA GOP in January 2019 following one of the most disastrous elections for Republicans in recent state history. Lyons began a reorganization of the Party and, during the process, uncovered significant levels of questionable spending under the administration of former chair Kirsten Hughes. One fact uncovered by Lyons was that although millions of dollars had been raised by the pro-Baker/Hughes administration, only 4% of that money went to support state house and senate candidates. Lyons has vowed to reverse this. Lynch has thrown her full support behind Lyons’s strategy to retake the legislature, one seat at a time.
The election for Mass Republican State Committee will be held during the Presidential Primary scheduled for Tuesday March 3, 2020. The race will be on the same ballot as the Presidential primary. This is an important race for Massachusetts Republicans.
– Dennis Galvin
The Lowell Republican City Committee (LRCC), on January 30, 2020, unanimously censured member Mary Burns, currently a candidate for Republican State Committeewoman, for making financial contributions to the campaigns of Representatives Nangle and Golden in Lowell, both Democrats, in violation of the City Committee’s policy and bylaws.
The bylaws state, “No member of the Committee shall sponsor, endorse or provide material or in-kind support to any candidate, or otherwise in any way serve the interests of any political party other than the Republican Party with careful exception to Unenrolled candidates that uphold the principles of the Republican Party when no duly registered Republican is nominated for any seat serving the City of Lowell or any of its several Wards.”
On further review of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) reports, it was discovered that Burns had a history of making donations to Democrats. Twenty Democrat candidates received donations from Burns through the years, totaling over $9,000. Burns opponent in the State Committee race, Kathy Lynch, said, “Why would a woman, funding Democrats, run for a Republican leadership role that is supposed to help Republican candidates? I am outraged to hear of this.”
It was further disclosed through OCPF that Burns gave contributions to Westford Democrat Jim Arciero in the 2018 2nd Middlesex State Representative race between Lynch and incumbent Arciero. Burns contributed a total of $650 in donations to Arciero for his State Representative races. “People wonder why Republicans don’t fare well in races. It’s bad enough when you have Democrats working against you but Republicans too?! We need to drain the swamp of Republicans in name only,” said Lynch.
Lynch and Burns are both running for Republican State Committeewoman in the First Middlesex District which includes Westford, Lowell, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, and Dunstable. The Presidential Primary election for the State Committeewoman race is March 3rd, 2020.