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November 3, 2014
1930: Blogfather hatched. 1979: Major reconstruction of Bourne Bridge begins

1929: Irrepressible Irish pol finally goes too far

"My opponent is a known thespian and practices nepotism with a maiden aunt."

October 31, 2014
A "yes" vote holds legislators and the governor accountable

By Randy Hunt, State Representative for the 5th Barnstable District

The November 2014 ballot in Massachusetts contains four questions that were brought by citizens’ petition. Question 1 would repeal the automatic increase of the gasoline/diesel excise tax based on inflation.

Background

October 30, 2014
Brewster COA offering rides to town meeting and the polls

If you are a Brewster senior and you could use a ride to one of your town's two biggest voting events this month, you are in luck. The Brewster Council on Aging is providing transportation for Brewster seniors to the polls on Tuesday, November 4 and to the Brewster Town Meeting on Monday, November 17.

Seniors will be able to vote between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the 4th and will be driven to the town meeting for 7 p.m.

October 30, 2014
Voters share their reasons for backing their chosen candidates

Editor's note: Several readers have submitted letters outlining their reasons for voting for candidates running in this year's election. Those letters are below. If you would like to send a letter outlining why you will be voting for a particular candidate, email it to editor@capecodtoday.com. Be sure to including your name, your address and your telephone number.

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To the Editor:

October 29, 2014
We need to help our Congressman hold the government accountable

Government is not the enemy of small business, as the Republican candidates for office would have you believe. Government subsidizes the cost of labor even as it requires businesses to pay a minimum wage. Today on Cape Cod, most minimum wage earners also receive food stamps, housing assistance, subsidized healthcare, and or free job training. All of which supplements the wages businesses pay.

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October 28, 2014
Members will meet to discuss plans for the last days leading up to Nov. 4

The Chatham Democratic Town Committee will hold a special pre-election meeting on Saturday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m. at CDTC Headquarters, 300 Orleans Road in Chatham.

Members will meet to discuss plans for the final three days leading up to election day on Tuesday, November 4.

CDTC HQ was opened on September 20 and has been staffed seven days a week.

October 28, 2014
Members will meet to discuss plans for the last days leading up to Nov. 4

The Chatham Democratic Town Committee will hold a special pre-election meeting on Saturday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m. at CDTC Headquarters, 300 Orleans Road in Chatham.

Members will meet to discuss plans for the final three days leading up to election day on Tuesday, November 4.

CDTC HQ was opened on September 20 and has been staffed seven days a week.

October 27, 2014
Calls Wolf opponent Beaty a viable candidate for the State Senate

Former First Barnstable District State Representative Thomas George this week endorsed Ronald Beaty Jr. for State Senate. "I've known Ron almost his whole life," George said. "His education and life's experiences allow him to assess, evaluate and negotiate any task."

Beaty, a Tea Party Republican from Cotuit is looking to unseat the Democratic incumbent Cape & Islands State Senator Dan Wolf next week.

October 27, 2014
Calls Wolf opponent Beaty a viable candidate for the State Senate

Former First Barnstable District State Representative Thomas George this week endorsed Ronald Beaty Jr. for State Senate. "I've known Ron almost his whole life," George said. "His education and life's experiences allow him to assess, evaluate and negotiate any task."

Beaty, a Tea Party Republican from Cotuit is looking to unseat the Democratic incumbent Cape & Islands State Senator Dan Wolf next week.

October 26, 2014
1981: Two great Cape Cod nature books published

1919: Ed Brooke is born, first black US Senator elected by popular vote

On this day in 1919, Edward Brooke, III, the first African-American to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Congress, was born.

He was a decorated veteran who spent five years as an officer in the segregated 366th Infantry Regiment and saw combat in Italy, graduated from the BU School of Law in 1948 and began practicing in Roxbury.

October 26, 2014
The final full week on the campaign trail; prayers for Menino; on the alert for Ebola

Massachusetts voters next week will be deluged with debates, polling results and television ads as candidates for a series of key state offices, including governor, spend their last full week on the trail before the Nov. 4 election. Those running for House and Senate seats, and even open statewide offices like treasurer and attorney general, are battling it out in the shadow of the governor's race, where Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley remain on center stage, with their final two debates set for Monday and Tuesday nights.

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October 26, 2014
The final full week on the campaign trail; prayers for Menino; on the alert for Ebola

Massachusetts voters next week will be deluged with debates, polling results and television ads as candidates for a series of key state offices, including governor, spend their last full week on the trail before the Nov. 4 election. Those running for House and Senate seats, and even open statewide offices like treasurer and attorney general, are battling it out in the shadow of the governor's race, where Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley remain on center stage, with their final two debates set for Monday and Tuesday nights.

October 25, 2014
Keating, Wolf and others to attend eve of the eve rally in Hyannis

On the Sunday before election day (November 2), local Dems will gather from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 287 Iyannough Road/Route 28 in Hyannis. This final rally before the November 4 election has been a Barnstable Democratic Town Committee traditions since the 50s.

Congressman Bill Keating and State Senator Dan Wolf are expected to attend along with other Cape candidates and legislators. Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley will also be in attendance.

Admission is free. There will be music courtesy of DJ Mark Friedman and a cash bar.

October 25, 2014
Keating, Wolf and others to attend eve of the eve rally in Hyannis

On the Sunday before election day (November 2), local Dems will gather from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 287 Iyannough Road/Route 28 in Hyannis. This final rally before the November 4 election has been a Barnstable Democratic Town Committee traditions since the 50s.

Congressman Bill Keating and State Senator Dan Wolf are expected to attend along with other Cape candidates and legislators. Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley will also be in attendance.

Admission is free. There will be music courtesy of DJ Mark Friedman and a cash bar.

October 25, 2014
Good guy, Charlie - Red line, orange line

Good guy, Charlie

A bold-faced name. A narrative-changing poll. Two head-to-head debates sounding the gun on the final sprint for redemption.

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker went toe-to-toe this week, their paths crossing even outside the TV studios where they made their broadest appeals, seeking any leg up in a race for governor that's been too close to call.
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.

October 24, 2014
State Senator Dan Wolf to host the event

A rally for Democratic candidates will be held on Friday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Zion Union Heritage Museum, 276 North Street in Hyannis. The event is hosted by State Senator Dan Wolf.

Slated speakers include incumbent Barnstable 2nd District State Representative Brian Mannal (D-Centerville), Barnstable Assembly Delegate incumbent Pat Princi (D-Barnstable), County Commissioner Candidate Mark Forest (D-Yarmouth) and Cape & Islands District Attorney candidate Rick Barry (D-Cotuit).

October 24, 2014
State Senator Dan Wolf to host the event

A rally for Democratic candidates will be held on Friday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Zion Union Heritage Museum, 276 North Street in Hyannis. The event is hosted by State Senator Dan Wolf.

Slated speakers include incumbent Barnstable 2nd District State Representative Brian Mannal (D-Centerville), Barnstable Assembly Delegate incumbent Pat Princi (D-Barnstable), County Commissioner Candidate Mark Forest (D-Yarmouth) and Cape & Islands District Attorney candidate Rick Barry (D-Cotuit).

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October 23, 2014
1st Barnstable, 2nd Barnstable and County Commissioner candidates square off at town hall

Candidates in three highly contested races will square off at Candidates Night at the Yarmouth Town Hall on Thursday, October 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. All Yarmouth citizens are invited to attend this forum sponsored by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee.

State representative candidates for the 1st Barnstable District, Timothy R. Whelan (R-Brewster) and Elisa Zawadzkas (D-Dennis) will debate. The two are running to replace longtime State Representative Cleon Turner who is retiring from the post.

October 23, 2014
1st Barnstable, 2nd Barnstable and County Commissioner candidates square off at town hall

Candidates in three highly contested races will square off at Candidates Night at the Yarmouth Town Hall on Thursday, October 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. All Yarmouth citizens are invited to attend this forum sponsored by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee.

State representative candidates for the 1st Barnstable District, Timothy R. Whelan (R-Brewster) and Elisa Zawadzkas (D-Dennis) will debate. The two are running to replace longtime State Representative Cleon Turner who is retiring from the post.

October 22, 2014
O'Keefe, Cummings, McDonald & Cruz back Republican State Senate candidate

Tuesday the Plymouth and Barnstable County sheriffs and district attorneys met at Buzzards Bay Park to officially back Representative Vinny deMacedo, the Plymouth and Barnstable District State Senate candidate.

Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), who currently represents the Plymouth 1st District, is looking to take over the State Senate seat left vacant by the retiring Therese Murray.

October 22, 2014
O'Keefe, Cummings, McDonald & Cruz back Republican State Senate candidate

Tuesday the Plymouth and Barnstable County sheriffs and district attorneys met at Buzzards Bay Park to officially back Representative Vinny deMacedo, the Plymouth and Barnstable District State Senate candidate.

Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), who currently represents the Plymouth 1st District, is looking to take over the State Senate seat left vacant by the retiring Therese Murray.

October 21, 2014
US Government students to run congressional debate

Congressional candidates for the 9th District will square off at Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street in Harwich on Wednesday, October 29 at 12:45 p.m. According to a release from the school, the debate between incumbent Congressman Bill Keating (D-Bourne) and his opponent John Chapman (R-Chatham) will be run by US Government students.

Students will serve as moderators, panelists and timers during the afternoon debate. 

The debate will be watched by Monomoy Regional High School seniors and juniors. The public is also invited to attend. 

October 21, 2014
US Government students to run congressional debate

Congressional candidates for the 9th District will square off at Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street in Harwich on Wednesday, October 29 at 12:45 p.m. According to a release from the school, the debate between incumbent Congressman Bill Keating (D-Bourne) and his opponent John Chapman (R-Chatham) will be run by US Government students.

Students will serve as moderators, panelists and timers during the afternoon debate. 

The debate will be watched by Monomoy Regional High School seniors and juniors. The public is also invited to attend. 

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October 21, 2014
DA, State Senate and County Commissioner candidates to debate

The League of Women Voters of Falmouth will host a candidates night on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morse Pond School, 323, Jones Road in Falmouth. Prior to the debate, candidates will greet attendees beginning at 7 p.m.

Candidate for three seats will participate in the debate. Plymouth and Barnstable State Senate candidates Matt Patrick (D-Falmouth), Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) and Heather Mullins (L) will debate. The three are all running for the seat left vacant by retiring State Senator Therese Murray.