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July 27, 2014
As an immigrant myself who came to the United States legally as a baby... I truly understand both sides of this complex issue. For this reason, I cannot support the Governor’s plan.

Editor's note: We invited both Mr. DeMacedo and his Democratic opponent to write Op Eds on this subject.

By Vinny deMacedo, Republican candidate for State Senate

Last week, Governor Deval Patrick formally announced his decision to offer two Massachusetts military installations including Joint Base Cape Cod as potential locations to detain and process some of the more than 50,000 children who have illegally crossed the U.S. border in recent months.

July 26, 2014
Reauthorize the Brand USA program for promoting foreign tourism - Pass new sanctions against Hezbollah - Several important education bills - Child sex trafficking - VA reform bill

10 key votes in the House, 5 in the Senate

They voted unanimously on all but one of 15 measures this week

July 26, 2014
Reauthorize the Brand USA program for promoting foreign tourism - Pass new sanctions against Hezbollah - Several important education bills - Child sex trafficking - VA reform bill

10 key votes in the House, 5 in the Senate

They voted unanimously on all but one of 15 measures this week

July 26, 2014
"I'm just your neighbor down the street."

On Wednesday, Allen Waters kicked off his campaign for State Senator at Dino's On Deck in Mashpee. "I'm not a lawyer or very wealthy," Waters said. "I'm just your neighbor down the street."

Waters is running against the incumbent State Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich).

July 26, 2014
"I'm just your neighbor down the street."

On Wednesday, Allen Waters kicked off his campaign for State Senator at Dino's On Deck in Mashpee. "I'm not a lawyer or very wealthy," Waters said. "I'm just your neighbor down the street."

Waters is running against the incumbent State Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich).

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July 26, 2014
DA candidate responds to convictions in probation patronage abuse case and the current DA’s involvement

By Richard Barry, candidate for Cape & Islands District Attorney

Yesterday a federal grand jury found former Probation Commissioner John O'Brien guilty of running the probation department like a criminal enterprise, giving jobs as favors for powerful politicians for his own benefit.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe was part of this scheme. The jury returned a guilty verdict in the hiring of the daughter of a friend of O’Keefe’s who had been sponsored by O'Keefe.

July 26, 2014
Tribe hosts DOI - GLAD summer event in Ptown today - Cape Mosquito Control Project discussion in Y-Port

ADVANCES - July 26-August 1

Tribe hosts DOI meeting - GLAD summer event in Ptown - Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project discussion in Y-Port

July 26, 2014
Tribe hosts DOI - GLAD summer event in Ptown today - Cape Mosquito Control Project discussion in Y-Port

ADVANCES - July 26-August 1

Tribe hosts DOI meeting - GLAD summer event in Ptown - Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project discussion in Y-Port

July 25, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate will be in Hyannis on July 26

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley will be on Cape Cod this coming Saturday. The Coakley campaign encourages supporters to join the Attorney General at Hyannis Village Green on Main Street at 11:45 a.m. Those wishing to participate may sign up for the "Barnstable Knocks Doors for Martha Coakley" event on the candidate's website.

July 25, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate will be in Hyannis on July 26

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley will be on Cape Cod this coming Saturday. The Coakley campaign encourages supporters to join the Attorney General at Hyannis Village Green on Main Street at 11:45 a.m. Those wishing to participate may sign up for the "Barnstable Knocks Doors for Martha Coakley" event on the candidate's website.

July 24, 2014
"The point of this resolution is to question Massachusetts's role in an immigration crisis and to politely say no thank you"

GOP Rep. introduces resolution to put Beacon Hill on record

Democrat rep blocks move

The debate over whether Massachusetts should provide temporary shelter to unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border into the United States spilled onto the House floor Wednesday.

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July 24, 2014
This is an opportunity to give these children a little peace during what is going to continue to be a traumatic experience

Editor's note: We invited both Mr. Patrick and his Republican opponent to write Op Eds on this subject.

By Matt Patrick, Democratic candidate for State Senate

July 21, 2014
"Our Children and Veterans First," "Send Them Back Deval," "Stay Home and Fix Your Own Country," "Send Them Back," "Freedom is Not Free," "Secure Our Border Now-Send Them Home," "Humane? Children in Warehouses," "Destroying Our Country from the Inside"

The Otis Rotary, July 20,2014

Cape Codders protest possible arrival of migrant children

Text and photos by Paul Rifkin

Approximately 30 citizens gathered at the Otis Rotary entrance on MacArthur Boulevard to demonstrate their opposition to Governor Patrick's offer to bring children who have fled their countries (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) and crossed our southern border into the United States.

The migrant children ran away from poverty and crime to what they hoped would be a better life.

July 20, 2014
State Rep Randy Hunt on the offer to house migrant children at Joint Base Cape Cod

By Randy Hunt, State Representative, 5th Barnstable District

The first communication I got from Governor Deval Patrick’s office was Friday morning, July 18, 2014, to let me know that the governor would be holding a press conference to announce his plea to the Obama administration to send illegal immigrant minors to Massachusetts.

Situation Evolving

July 19, 2014
House passes bills funding the Treasury Department, federal courts, and 23 general government agencies ~ Senate authorizes the government's Terrorism Insurance Program through 2021

The key votes in Congress this past week

12 in the House, 7 in the Senate

There were 12 key votes in the House this week; the House held a total of 30 roll call votes in the week ending Thursday. There were seven key votes in the Senate, which held a total of 11 votes. The most important House vote was to pass a bill funding the Treasury Department, federal courts, and 23 general government agencies in fiscal 2015. The most important Senate vote was to reauthorize through 2021 the government's Terrorism Insurance Program.

July 19, 2014
House passes bills funding the Treasury Department, federal courts, and 23 general government agencies ~ Senate authorizes the government's Terrorism Insurance Program through 2021

The key votes in Congress this past week

12 in the House, 7 in the Senate

There were 12 key votes in the House this week; the House held a total of 30 roll call votes in the week ending Thursday. There were seven key votes in the Senate, which held a total of 11 votes. The most important House vote was to pass a bill funding the Treasury Department, federal courts, and 23 general government agencies in fiscal 2015. The most important Senate vote was to reauthorize through 2021 the government's Terrorism Insurance Program.

July 19, 2014
Jeff McCormick will be on the Mid Cape Saturday, July 19

If you aren't happy with any of the candidates the state's Democratic and Republican Parties have offered up to replace Deval Patrick, you have the chance to meet the other candidate here on Cape today.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick will be on Cape Cod Saturday, July 19 as part of his Main Street Tour.

McCormick and his team have planned stops in Dennis, Yarmouth and Hyannis. 

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July 19, 2014
Jeff McCormick will be on the Mid Cape Saturday, July 19

If you aren't happy with any of the candidates the state's Democratic and Republican Parties have offered up to replace Deval Patrick, you have the chance to meet the other candidate here on Cape today.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick will be on Cape Cod Saturday, July 19 as part of his Main Street Tour.

McCormick and his team have planned stops in Dennis, Yarmouth and Hyannis. 

July 19, 2014
Children on waiting lists for charter schools, using guns in the streets or fleeing their country for the U.S. border

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - CHILDREN'S CAUCUS

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

STORY OF THE WEEK: Children - on waiting lists for charter schools, using guns in the streets or fleeing their country for the U.S. border - drive political and policy summer headlines.

Deleo's dishes ~ Migrant Children

July 19, 2014
Children on waiting lists for charter schools, using guns in the streets or fleeing their country for the U.S. border

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - CHILDREN'S CAUCUS

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

STORY OF THE WEEK: Children - on waiting lists for charter schools, using guns in the streets or fleeing their country for the U.S. border - drive political and policy summer headlines.

Deleo's dishes ~ Migrant Children

July 19, 2014
There is only one meeting on Cape Cod this week

Advances July 20-25

The final two weeks of formal legislative sessions

July 19, 2014
There is only one meeting on Cape Cod this week

Advances July 20-25

The final two weeks of formal legislative sessions

July 18, 2014
BDTC summer social set for August 13 in Hyannis

The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee (BDTC) has issued a save the date for their summer social. The much anticipated event will be held at Baxter's in Hyannis on Wednesday, August 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The annual fete is sponsored by the BDTC. There is no word yet on which candidates will be attending.

Further details are available by emailing Marilyn Drobiarz at mdb1000@aol.com.

Baxter's is at 177 Pleasant Street in Hyannis. Attendees are asked to use the middle entrance.

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July 18, 2014
BDTC summer social set for August 13 in Hyannis

The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee (BDTC) has issued a save the date for their summer social. The much anticipated event will be held at Baxter's in Hyannis on Wednesday, August 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The annual fete is sponsored by the BDTC. There is no word yet on which candidates will be attending.

Further details are available by emailing Marilyn Drobiarz at mdb1000@aol.com.

Baxter's is at 177 Pleasant Street in Hyannis. Attendees are asked to use the middle entrance.