Monday, October 1, 2012
Keep up with all the races in Medford.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Medford Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. We'll be updating the guide with all election coverage up to November, so be sure to bookmark this page. The Race Everyone is Talking About: Democrat Elizabeth Warren challenges Republican Scott Brown for his seat in the U.S. Senate. There are currently 53 Democrats in the Senate and 47 Republicans. Challenger to Markey: Tom Tierney emerged as the winner of a three-way Republican primary and will take on longtime representative Ed Markey. A Democrat from Malden, Markey has represented Medford for 36 years and he'll continue …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Are civil penalties working out in Massachusetts?
In 2008, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that reduced possession of an ounce of marijuana from a criminal penalty to a non-criminal fine of $100. Before the change, marijuana possession offenders faced up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine. Marijuana advocates rejoiced when the law was changed, while some in the law enforcement community expressed concern. This coming November, Massachusetts voters will be asked to weigh in on a potential new step in loosening marijuana laws -- by legalizing it for medicinal purposes. Approaching two years since voters agreed to change marijuana penalties from criminal to civil we ask:
U.S. Rep. Ed Markey is under fire in a fundraising video from Republican challenger Jeff Semon of Lexington.
For many months now, Lexington Republican Jeff Semon has had his sights set on Congressman Ed Markey’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. But now the Malden Democrat, who represents Medford, is the target of Semon’s latest Web ad, released today, June 26. The video, titled “Why Washington is Broken,” casts Markey as driving the ideological divide between Democrats and Republicans with extreme views and rhetoric. “Ed Markey is the most divisive member of the House of Representatives and all Americans need to be made aware of the damage he is doing to our country,” Semon says in a press release announcing the video. “As I mentioned in the video, we need solutions in Washington, not slander.” The press release – which reminds voters …