Final Push for Victory

I admit to cribbing this from the Blog Site, Right Side of Lowell.

This Saturday, the 18th of October, will be the Mass GOP “Super Saturday”.  The goal will be to support ALL of our candidates, including Charlie Baker, Karyn Polito, Brian Herr, Ann Wofford, John Miller, Mike Heffernan, David D’Arcangelo and Patricia Saint Aubin.

The center of operations will be the Region 4 Mass Victory office,♠ located at “The Zeus Building”, 227 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford, MA.  The Mass Victory office will be open on Saturday from 8:30AM until 9:00 PM.

 

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Homelessness As An Election Issue

Here is a story out of Holyoke about homelessness.  Since our Commonwealth is a "Right to Shelter" State we, the taxpayers, are obligated to pay for housing for the homeless.  Frankly, it is the right thing to do and it makes economic sense, in that, amongst other things, over a year period people housed cost a lot less at the local Hospital Emergency Department (ER) door.  It is just a fact.  Thus the phrase "Housing First".  Many need help in coping with life and their own problems.  Thus the idea of a "Medical Model" of care.  And, the good news is that properly executed, such programs actually save money.

But, homelessness is a bit of a mess.  I have had the good fortune to talk to our Republican Candidate for Governor, Charlie Baker, and he agrees that we need to take action to clean up the administration of the program.  Fix things like warehousing real human families in motels for extended periods.

The other thing is that homelessness is not a thing, but a spectrum of things, from the person who lost a job to a person who is a drug addict to a person who is mentally ill.  We need a comprehensive, a whole of government, approach.

Regards  --  Cliff

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LRCC October Meeting

This month we are meeting at the Mass Victory Center, in Chelmsford.  That would be today.  And, at 6:30 PM.  Short meeting, with pizza, and then helping out the Mass Victory Office.  Maybe even the dreaded phone banking.

Regards  --  Cliff

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What Do People Want?

The vote in Scotland last week on the question of Independence raises an interesting question as to what underlying problem was driving the surge for independence.  Here is an article from The New York Times by a writer, Mr Kenan Malik, which suggests that the People feel disconnected.

To what extent do we suffer from the same problem?  The high percentage of unenrolled suggests a problem, and not just an economic problem of not wishing to offend people.

I would suggest our Party Platform lacks the ideas that could unite people behind Republican Candidates.  We need to relook that problem.

Regards  --  Cliff

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Republican Debate 21 August

Here is a link to an Article in The [Lowell] Sun, talking about the debate on Thursday, 21 August, between Candidate Charlie Baker and Candidate Mark Fisher.  The time will be 3:00 PM and the venue will be the MCC's Federal Building on East Merrimack Street.

Attendees are encouraged.

About the candidates, from the Article:

According to several published polls, Baker, who lost the 2010 election to Gov. Deval Patrick, is the leading GOP candidate to win the Sept. 9 primary against the little known Fisher, a Tea Party member.


This is a chance, perhaps the only chance, to see the two Republican Candidates go head-to-head.  Come join us.

Regards  --  Cliff

 

 

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No August LRCC Meeting

The Headline says it all.  We will resume in September.

In the mean time, pick a candidate and support him or her.

Regards  —  Cliff

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Rand Paul Reaching Out

Per The New York Times, Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky is reaching out to Black voters.  Here is the link to the article.

There can be little doubt that after the passage of the Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s, which happened because Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives voted for it, Black voters gave the credit to Democrats in the White House and Congress.  It is time for Republicans to overcome that historic fact and move on and reclaim our relationship with Black voters.  After all, it wasn't Jefferson Davis who freed the slaves.  It was a Republican.

Regards  —  Cliff

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Voter Demographics

Over at the Dick Howe Blog Site is a series of posts looking at the election for US Senator, back on 25 June 2013, when our new Junior Senator became the Democrat, Edward Markey.

The most recent installment was about Voter Demographics.  We are promised a fourth installment, which "will scrutinize the demographics of those who voted in both the 2011 city election and in the 2013 Senate election."

The first installment looked at the overall numbers as of 1 January 2013.  The interesting part, to me was that Unenrolled outnumber Democrats, who outnumber Republicans.

  • Democrats – 22,005 (40%)
  • Republicans – 4,827 (9%)
  • Unenrolled – 27,731 (50%)

The next installment looked at the voters in the 2011 municipal election, where there was a turnout of about 9500.

Observations? The group that accounts for the most votes is the 50-59 cohort (2245 votes from this group of a total of 9513 cast). The group that contains the most reliable voters is the 70-79 cohort (1,372 of 3,414 voted which is 40%).

 

If you are serious about understanding the voters, it might be worth a stop at Dick Howe's Blog.

Remember, numbers don't lie.

Oh, and it sure looks like an enthusiasm gap on our part.

Regards  --  Cliff

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At Least One Person Talking of Challenging Niki for 3rd District

The [Lowell] Sun had an article earlier in the month about Dr Timothy Imholt, of Methuen, who is preparing to challenge US Representative Niki Tsongas, Democrat, from the 3rd Congressional District here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Below are some extracts from the article, written by Reporter Rick Sobey.

Of course it will be a challenge.  The incumbent is in a strong position.  The article quotes Frank Talty, co-director of the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion.  (We don't often hear from Mr Talty, do we?)  Mr Talty asserts that the Republicans should not even think about this district.  "Niki has accrued a strong reputation, has been very visible in the community, and is stronger than when she came in, so it will be real tough for a Republican,"

Regards  --  Cliff

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State GOP Committee Needs to Reach Out

In today's edition of The [Lowell] Sun is a response to an earlier OpEd by Columnist Peter Lucas.  Mr Lucas talked about how good things look for the Mass GOP in 2014.  This letter, found here, says there is a lot of work to be done.

Regards  —  Cliff

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