Westford Republican Caucus

The Westford Republican Town Committee held a Caucus on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant St., Westford, MA at 10:30am to elect delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Republican Convention which will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester on April 28, 2018. Official members of the Westford Republican Town Committee were the only eligible voters to elect the delegates for the Convention but any registered Republican (registered by December 31, 2017) was able to run for a delegate spot.

The Convention’s primary role is to endorse statewide candidates for nomination ahead of the state primary election in September 2018. Republican candidates seeking endorsement are for the offices of:

  • United States Senator in Congress (Class I)
  • Governor of the Commonwealth
  • Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth
  • Treasurer and Receiver-General
  • Auditor of the Commonwealth
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth

At the State Convention, candidates must attain 15% of the delegates’ vote on any ballot in order to qualify for ballot access for the state primary election. 

 

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court allows proposed marijuana legalization ballot question to move ahead

The following article was published on http://www.masslive.com on July 06, 2016 at 11:36 AM; updated July 07, 2016 at 9:11 AM.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said in an opinion Wednesday that a proposed ballot question legalizing marijuana can proceed to the November 2016 ballot.

A group of 57 voters, including Westborough’s Josephine Hensley as the lead plaintiff, argued in a lawsuit that the court should knock down the question.

They said the ballot question was improperly certified by Attorney General Maura Healey because it contains two unrelated subjects: the legalization of marijuana for adult use and a potential change to the state’s medical marijuana treatment centers.

The group also argued the ballot question summary, crafted by Healey’s office and used by proponents to gather voter signatures, was unfair because it did not fully explain the ballot question would legalize “hashish” and food products containing THC, also known as marijuana edibles.

But the court allowed ballot question to go ahead and said that all marijuana includes THC. The court added that the title should be changed as well as a statement that voters will see when they receive the ballot. The statement should include the term “edibles,” the court said.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is behind the ballot question legalizing marijuana, claimed victory in a statement issued after the court ruling, saying the voters of Massachusetts will have “the opportunity to make their voices heard about legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana, an approach that is working in Colorado and other states and will work in Massachusetts.”

The pro-marijuana campaign also noted that the SJC called on the attorney general and Massachusetts elections chief Bill Galvin to tweak the title of the ballot question, which is currently “Marijuana Legalization.”

The court ordered that the title of the measure should be changed to “Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana,” which the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said “accurately reflects the intent of our initiative.” The campaign had asked the court to okay the change.

The attorney for Hensley’s anti-marijuana legalization group did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The Safe and Healthy Massachusetts Campaign, which opposes the ballot question, also claimed victory, citing the court’s mention of marijuana edibles in its decision.

“We are pleased the SJC has recognized that this ballot question would usher in an entirely new marijuana edibles market and that voters must be informed of that fact,” said Corey Welford, a spokesman for the effort. “Under this proposal, the Marijuana Industry would be allowed to promote and sell these highly potent products, in the form of gummy bears and other candies, that are a particular risk for accidental use by kids.”

On Tuesday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said they had gathered enough voter signatures to make it onto the 2016 ballot. Galvin’s office must validate the signatures, which the campaign said number at over 25,000.

“We received a clear message from voters who signed the initiative: It is time to regulate and tax marijuana in Massachusetts,” Kim Napoli, a campaign outreach coordinator, said in a statement.

Westford Republican Town Committee Selects “Freedom Award” Winner

In May, the WRTC Award Committee reviewed the essay entries submitted by graduating high school seniors entitled “What Freedom Means To Me”. This annual scholastic award is presented to the writer of the most outstanding essay which best illustrates the concepts and values of freedom that drive the American system. The WTRC is proud to announce this year’s Freedom Award winner: Mr. Owen Orford, a senior at Westford Academy.

Owen’s essay was a clear reflection of his life values and his dedication to them. In his community service he has helped in home rebuilding for the displaced and has been a mentor at WA for students needing additional support as they transition into the WA system. Owen has been a member of the National Honor Society since the 10th grade and won the Academic Achievement Award during his 11th and 12th grade years. He reached a milestone last year when he qualified to become an Eagle Scout. He is planning to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the fall.

The WRTC was honored to present Owen with the Freedom Award at the Seniors Awards night June 2nd. We wish Owen the best in his future studies and career.

Sad News

 

Tom Gilroy, we’ll miss your passionate views

The Lowell Sun

UPDATED:   05/02/2016 08:58:16 AM EDT

The Greater Lowell community — indeed, the entire world — has lost Tom Gilroy, a man of great passion and conviction, a great American patriot and a devoted conservative.

He was an important mentor and an inspiration for us all. His voice has been silenced, but he will remain a source of strength for us all as we continue his fight to keep our country great.

Tom, we miss you. You will be the wind beneath our wings as we continue our mission to pursue freedom and what is right and good for our country. Your spirit will be with us as we continue the long and arduous journey to bring our country back to greatness starting in November. The tears will continue to flow for our champion as we strive to take back our country.

We will think of you often as we work to bring our country back to the America that we grew up in. You worked tirelessly to give our children and grandchildren the best country that the world has ever known.

Tom believed that the U.S. cannot continue on its current dangerous path; he felt that November is so important for us to vote for the people that will put America first. He made clear that immigration, political correctness, common core, this administration’s refusal to condemn Islamic terrorism or acknowledge that it exists are destroying our country.

He argued that our immigration system isn’t working; ISIS is sending people here through our immigration system; we need to put the lives of Americans first.

Tom’s goal was always to protect our country, our life, and our liberty. We who embrace his vision and remember his words must continue and win his fight for generations to come.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s wife Ellie, their children and grandchildren. May your wonderful memories of Tom and your life together give you strength for one another. God bless you and God bless America.

BLOSSOM STIEFEL

Lowell

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/opinion/ci_29839178/tom-gilroy-well-miss#ixzz47VnZYLZy

Barbara Anderson, Prop 2 1/2 author, passes

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Taxpayer champion Barbara Anderson dies at 73

Citizens for Limited Taxation announces with deep sadness the passing of Barbara C. Anderson on April 8, 2016.  Barbara was 73 and had been battling leukemia for several months.

For the past forty years Barbara Anderson was a relentless advocate for taxpayers across Massachusetts.  Her accomplishments included leading the campaign for property tax relief for which she was called “The Mother of Proposition 2½,” repeal of the state income tax surtax, defeat of the graduated income tax ballot question, and the rollback of the “temporary” state income tax increase.

Barbara was a recognized and outspoken grassroots activist for decades; a co-host with Howie Carr and Jerry Williams (WRKO) on his weekly “The Governors” program during the Gov. Dukakis era; a frequent guest and commentator across the media; and a weekly columnist forThe Salem News and The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company.

Barbara retired as executive director of CLT last year, but stayed on in a less demanding capacity, still participating daily with the organization that was her life.

Barbara Anderson leaves behind her partner of twenty years, Chip Ford, a son Lance and daughter-in-law Mary of Nevada and their twin teenage children, Aidan and Mariah, grandchildren who she adored.

Per her request, no services are planned at this time.

 

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