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.
Kathy Lynch, Chair of the Westford Republican Town Committee, and 2018 Candidate for State Representative, is running for Republican State Committeewoman in the First Middlesex District: Westford, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, Dunstable, Lowell, and Groton.
Election Day is March 3rd. Early voting will be held the week of February 24. Absentee ballots can easily be obtained by calling your Town or City Clerk. Select the Republican ballot and Vote Kathy Lynch!
A healthy, bi-partisan government has checks and balances that counteract tendencies for those in power to lead in corrupt and oppressive ways. With only 18% of our legislature Republican, the Massachusetts government puts citizen’s freedoms in jeopardy. Like a business monopoly, we don’t want or need a government too big, powerful, and self-serving.
Unfortunately, there has been a lack of leadership within the Republican Party as evidenced by the low number of Republicans within the State Legislature. There are only 32 out of 160 State Representatives and 4 out of 40 State Senators who are Republican.
With the recent election of Jim Lyons as the new Massachusetts Republican Party Chair and the reorganization of the Party, we have a tremendous opportunity for renewal. Our vision includes standing for freedom, individual responsibility, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and rule of law. We wish to live freely and peaceably while not infringing upon the rights of others.
I am running for Republican State Committeewoman because I would like to bring guidance, training, communication, and resources to help the Party grow and increase its ability to recruit and elect quality candidates. I will support efforts to increase transparency, participation, and effectiveness.
If you live in Westford, Lowell, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, or Dunstable, I ask you to select the Republican ballot for the Presidential Primary on March 3, 2020 and vote for Republican State Committeewoman, Kathy Lynch.
Note: Kathy may be reached by email: Kathy.Lynch@me.com, phone: 978-496-8064, website: VoteKathyLynch.com or Facebook: VoteKathyLynch.
Article 6 on the warrant for Westford’s Special Town Meeting on October 28th seeks to support a decision made by the Board of Selectmen to initiate a fee program to pay for storm-water infrastructure upgrades mandated by the EPA. This article should be opposed. We all want clean water, but the fee program is a controversial venture, which sets aside a long-standing principle of town government, that tax proposals shall originate in the legislative body (Town Meeting), not the executive body (the selectmen).
At the heart of this issue is the question of whether the fee program is a fee or a tax? Despite town counsel’s assurance that it is a fee, questions remain that raise reasonable doubt about this claim. The fee program will impose a levy on all property owners in town, even non-profits, based upon the amount of “impervious surface”. This is the total square footage of the roof over your head, and the hardtop on your driveway. The concern is a Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling called the “Emerson Rule,” which provides a clear legal line of demarcation between fees and taxes. The former are financial assessments made upon subscribers for voluntary services rendered by a municipality. If assessments are mandatory then the so-called fee is a tax.
The Board of Selectmen have offered assurances, that the fee program is voluntary, because it offers credits for property owners, who make improvements to curb storm-water runoff. The credits are limited, however, and cannot be extended to all property owners because the funding program might collapse. Additionally, the alterations needed to defray the assessment are so cost prohibitive for most home owners, that they render the claim of voluntariness illusionary. If someone challenges the fee system under the Emerson rule and succeeds, the town could find itself in a financial world of hurt. The revenue collected could conceivably have to be returned. There is a better way.
The town can establish a Municipal Water Infrastructure Investment Fund. It would work like the CPA. Each property tax payer would be assessed a surcharge, set by town meeting and ratified by town wide vote, preserving legislative authority over taxation. Taxpayers would have notice of any changes in the surcharge. Increases would have to come before the voters for approval. In contrast, the selectmen’s fee system is under their sole control and can be increased at their whim. The only way you will know about an increase is when you receive a bill. This is administrative taxation. If we are forced to raise this money, let’s do it in a way that preserves the town meeting’s fundamental right to decide local tax issues. Vote No on this article. Send this matter back to the Selectmen with a strong message that Town Meeting does not wish to gamble with the law, and will jealously guard its traditional authority to tax.
– Dennis Galvin
Attention Westford residents… The EPA is MANDATING increased funding for “Stormwater Management”. How should this be funded? Through a TAX or FEE? Listen to the difference between the two. Who should have jurisdiction over taxation? The Selectman or We the People?
The Green “New Steal” is here. Like a stealthy, aggressive weed it will be creeping into the municipal budgets of all 350 cities and towns in this Commonwealth and will soon start sucking the financial lifeblood out of taxpayers. Most of them won’t even know it. Like a famished lamprey, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will be directly attaching itself to each and every municipal budget in the Commonwealth, forcing local officials to pay for compliance with its storm-water management mandates. Under the Clean Water Act, the federal government has the authority to hold municipalities responsible for the purity of water run-off, that flows into lakes, rivers and streams after it rains.
What happened to federalism you say, the principle that keeps the federal government out of our backyard ? Your ever progressive state legislature opened the door to direct EPA oversight back in 2013 by declining a state option to take over storm-water compliance, making Massachusetts only one of four states to do so. The legislature refused to assume this responsibility, which would have allowed for more flexibility in compliance and a far less financial impact on municipalities. They rejected it because it would have entailed a 9.5M state budget commitment. They had better things to do with your tax money, than to ensure clean water. That decision subjected your city and town to direct oversight by the EPA, something that generally happens only by court order.
As the program rolls out, it is being met by a wide range of responses. As to be expected, Milton and Brookline happily coughed up the money. Lowell and Franklin, however, raised objections and are appealing the assessment of the EPA. The Dracut Town Meeting approved an enterprise fund for compliance, but failed to put any money in it. Many cities and towns aren’t even aware of the assessments yet.
One of the most surreptitious compliance schemes offered thus far, is that undertaken by the Town of Westford MA. They intend to fund the compliance effort through the imposition of mandatory fees on every property owner, who maintains a roof over their head, or a hardtop driveway in their yard. This approach makes King George III’s “tea tax” appear whimpish. To get out of the tea tax, all you had to do was give up tea. To get out of Westford’s “rain tax”, you have tear up your driveway and remove the roof on your home.
In an upcoming fall town meeting, the Westford selectmen will roll out a fee schedule, that will pro-rate assessments based upon estimated units of “impervious surface”, which is the total amount of hardtop and roofing on a particular property. This wily approach is fraught with some risk. The most obvious is that the fee scheme may actually be a de-facto property tax, which would by law require the selectmen to move forward utilizing the proposition 2 ½ override process. The Westford selectmen don’t want to go through that, because they fear the measure might not pass. Instead, they have decided to portray their financial imposition as a fee, which allows them not only to circumvent the proposition 2 ½ process, but leaves the Town Meeting out of the rate setting discussion altogether, hence taxation without representation.
This gambit runs the risk that their fee scheme may be challenged under the Emerson Rule, a decision by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, which requires among other things that fees be voluntary. Those assessed must have a chance to opt out. The selectmen claim that they meet this legal standard because they are willing to grant reductions to property owners for improvements that reduce storm water flow on any particular property. Their argument is illusionary however, because they have admitted that the amount of credits they can grant is limited. At some point a financial wall will be met, where the granting of credits will undermine the funding for the compliance effort, and no further deferments can be given.
To gain a deferment, property owners would have to make significant investments to reconstruct their driveways and roofs, which for many would be cost prohibitive. If the selectmen lose this gambit and someone successfully sues, a state court could order the return of all the revenue gained, putting the town in a financial world of hurt.
And what will this new revenue pay for ? Based on a roll out of anticipated expenditures in Westford, about 25% of the new funds will be earmarked for new staff and administrative equipment to issue compliance reports to the federal government. Another 25% will go to relieve current financial commitments on infrastructure bonds. The rest will be directed to actual operations, which involve purchasing street sweepers, up-scaling culverts and mains, and installing electronic leak detection equipment. Municipal Department heads love this proposal because it will free previously encumbered general fund revenue for redistribution in the town budget making this in effect a backdoor proposition 2 ½ override.
This is a snapshot of the turmoil that has arisen due to the decision by our state legislature to defer jurisdiction over federal storm-water compliance. Perhaps what is most unfair, is the fact that state roads and highways are perhaps the most significant contributors to storm water runoff. Rather than assume their rightful financial responsibility for this, our legislature decided to push this onto local taxpayers. If you are interested in how this matter is being handled by your city or town, contact the person in charge of your municipal water infrastructure, or your assessor and ask them. Some municipalities have levied the assessment administratively, without anyone even knowing. If you notice that your family budget is missing a few hundred dollars at the end of the year, it’s a good bet it was probably appropriated by the “Green New Steal”.
– Dennis Galvin
On September 10, 2019, there was a hearing on House Bill 3841, titled “An Act to require public universities to provide medication abortion.” This bill would require all of our public college and university campuses to fund abortion centers for chemically-induced abortions.
There is significant concern over the safety of chemically-induced abortions. This can be a grueling multi-day process where a drug is given orally at the first office visit. The pill causes the lining of the uterus to break down. Then, tablets are taken orally or inserted vaginally about 36 to 72 hours after the first pill. The tablets cause contractions that expel a dead baby. Painful and risky side effects include cramping, contractions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heavy bleeding, hemorrhage, and infection. The procedure is unsuccessful up to 10% of the time with the potential of requiring an additional, risky surgical procedure. This terrible process that girls and young women go through can make them feel ashamed, frightened, alone, and forsaken. To call these facilities “health centers” is a misnomer, unless you think that killing infant human beings and forcing mothers to go through dangerous multi-day procedures is health.
This Bill would lead to more abortion-industry PROFIT without regard for the suffering of our young mothers and the condemning-to-death of babies growing in the womb. To the abortion industry, chemical abortions are a quick, cheap product they can sell, requiring no surgical equipment, doctor, or hospital. Our college students, who are unsuspecting consumers, are given every reason under the sun to go through with abortion. What mothers really need are resources to help them financially, emotionally, and physically to have the baby and keep it or give it up for adoption to a loving family. Fortunately, there are many such pregnancy centers throughout Massachusetts to help mothers in need.
With this proposed law, tuition and fees would be used to fund abortions. College administrators would have no recourse or ability to adjust to parental concerns. As if tuition and fees aren’t already high enough, now they would be increased along with your added tax dollars to pay for abortions. In effect, this bill turns public university and college health centers into abortion mills. Our daughters deserve better than the horror being pushed by the abortion industry. You will see the reality of chemical (and surgical) abortions by watching the movie, Unplanned, which depicts the personal and career life of Abby Johnson a past Planned Parenthood Director. Challenge your legislators to go see Unplanned HERE. Let them know you are opposed to colleges and universities being made into abortion mills as depicted so well in the movie.
There is a ballot initiative happening right now to help stop taxpayer funded abortion. 100,000 signatures are needed by November 20, 2019 to get this measure on the 2022 ballot. Please sign up to volunteer HERE. You can find more information at StopTaxpayerAbortion.org.
– Kathy Lynch
I have decided to run for re-election as your representative to the Massachusetts Republican State Committee. Since 2016, when I was first elected, a lot has happened in our nation and state. Confidence in our Federal government has eroded, following an attempt to remove our elected President from office, through rogue actions of the FBI, CIA and Justice Department. Our President has faced vicious personal attacks on a daily basis intended to undermine his efforts to bring security and prosperity to our people. Our state government finds itself in crisis as recent revelations about the MBTA, the Mass State Police and the Registry of Motor Vehicles, demonstrate massive incompetence and corruption. Radicals are espousing the curtailment of our basic rights, and in some case are encouraging violence to intimidate our citizens from expressing themselves, and from participating in our democracy. The Republican party has become their primary target.
I have been very active trying to meet the challenges we face as a society and as a party. Our first order of business must be to organize and develop an effective party organization that can hold government accountable, and defend against the assaults we are facing daily. The Massachusetts Republican Party has for the last decade been unable to do this, consequently your liberty, prosperity, safety and security are at risk.
However, there is cause for hope. In January of 2019, following the most disastrous political year the party has ever experienced, I along with other reformers were able to elect former state representative Jim Lyons as chair. Since taking office, he has worked tirelessly to identify and correct problems within the party, which have impeded its effectiveness. He is facing serious challenges in his effort to do this and will need strong support from the state committee membership. I intend to provide that support. He has included me on his reform team. I have recently been appointed as chair of the by- law committee and I am now a member of the Executive Committee.
After all the struggle, sacrifice and frustration, that we have shared over the course of the many years of our mutual political efforts, there is finally a real opportunity to bring the people of Massachusetts an authentic and competitive Republican party. I need your continued support in order to do my part to make this happen. I am asking for your vote during the Massachusetts Presidential primary in March of 2020. Thank you.
Dennis J. Galvin
Republican State Committee