State of Massachusetts Archives: on Government Reform


Ed Markey: Authored laws on Telecomm, insider trading, and Alzheimers

In the broadcast debate, Gabriel Gomez repeated his charge that Ed Markey had authored no successful bills in the House. Markey cited a few, and Gomez said they were only co-sponsorships or amendments. So we looked up bills (not amendments) which Markey introduced (authored, not co-sponsored) which became law, and found this list:
  1. 2010 H.R.4689: Latest Title: National Alzheimer's Project Act
  2. 2009 H.R.2866: Latest Title: Improving Access to Clinical Trials Act
  3. 1993 H.R.616: Securities Exchange Act Amendment
  4. 1992 H.R.2977 & H.R.6180: Telecommunications Authorization Act
  5. 1990 H.R.3657: Market Reform Act
  6. 1990 H.R.3656: Gas Related Activities Act
  7. 1990 H.R.3265 Federal Communications Commission Authorization Act
  8. 1989 HR.3310 & 1987 HR.2472: Appropriations for National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  9. 1988 H.R.5133: Latest Title: Insider Trading and Securities Fraud Enforcement Act
  10. 1988 H.R.4118: Latest Title: Public Telecommunications Act
Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on 2013 MA Senate debate Jun 5, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: No anti-ad pledge; my only pledge is to Constitution

Gomez is rejecting calls by Markey to sign a pledge to limit spending by outside groups on television, radio and Internet ads. Gomez said Markey has spent decades in Congress building up a campaign war chest of special-interest money. Gomez said it's the "height of hypocrisy" for Markey to talk about a pledge to limit spending. Markey has warned that without a pledge, groups like the NRA and the oil industry will pour millions of dollars into the race.

Pressed on his refusal to join Markey in taking the so-called "People's Pledge" to bar outside advertising from the race, Gomez said, "I've been clear from day one, and that is I will take one pledge and it's the pledge I took as a naval officer. That's to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It's the same pledge my parents took when they became citizens, and it's the pledge I made to the people of Massachusetts. "Let's be honest about it," he added, "politicians make pledges because nobody trusts them."

Source: AP & Boston Herald on 2013 MA Senate debates May 1, 2013

Martha Coakley: Current FEC reporting on donors & meetings is enough

Khazei challenged all of his rivals to list their donors on their campaign Web sites, and divulge all of their meetings--both public and behind closed doors--if elected to the Senate.

Coakley said the campaign information was already on the Federal Election Commission Web site, while Capuano told Khazei he would not post his schedule because many people with personal problems want to meet with him. "If that's what you want to do, I will tell you, you will have a lot of people who will not come to see you," the congressman said.

On a matter of current events, the candidates were asked whether public figures should have an expectation to privacy. Capuano, Pagliuca and Khazei expressly said they personally had nothing to hide; but all said an examination of their lives was fair game. Coakley warned, however, that an excessive focus would deter people from running for political office.

Source: WBZ-TV on 2009 MA Senate Debate Dec 2, 2009

Michael Capuano: If meetings are made public, people will not visit Senators

Khazei challenged all of his rivals to list their donors on their campaign Web sites, and divulge all of their meetings--both public and behind closed doors--if elected to the Senate.

Coakley said the campaign information was already on the Federal Election Commission Web site, while Capuano told Khazei he would not post his schedule because many people with personal problems want to meet with him. "If that's what you want to do, I will tell you, you will have a lot of people who will not come to see you," the congressman said.

On a matter of current events, the candidates were asked whether public figures should have an expectation to privacy. Capuano, Pagliuca and Khazei expressly said they personally had nothing to hide; but all said an examination of their lives was fair game. Coakley warned, however, that an excessive focus would deter people from running for political office.

Source: WBZ-TV on 2009 MA Senate Debate Dec 2, 2009

Alan Khazei: Include senior opportunities in Serve America Act

Q: How would you address long-term care so people can stay in their homes?A: I agree with AARP's approach. I was honored to organize the Service Nation Summit and Coalition, of which AARP was a leadership member. Your support was essential in passing the Serve America Act. This legislation will greatly expand opportunities for national and community service, including more opportunities for older Americans to serve. It will provide for more service people who can work to support senior citizens staying in their own homes. This issue is personal for me as I have two elderly parents who but for the support of my sister, would not be able to stay in their home. With the great blessing of our population living longer, we must make adjustments to our long-term care system.
Source: 2009 AARP Voter Guide: MA Senate Dec 1, 2009

Scott Brown: Let president decide on nominees

Q: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said over the weekend that the president should not nominate Ben Bernanke to another four year term [as Federal Reserve chair]; because it's on Ben Bernanke's watch that all this bad stuff that's happened to the economy. What do you think?

A: I think it's up to the president to determine who's behind him and working with him. And I'll leave that decision [to the president].

Source: NECN Good Morning Live interviews on 2009 MA Senate race Nov 30, 2009

Deval Patrick: Limit campaign donations

Q: Do you support limiting individual contributions to state candidates?

A: Yes

Q: For PAC contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: For Corporate contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: For Political Parties?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support limiting the number of terms for Massachusetts state senators and representatives?

A: No.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Scott Brown: Campaign disclosure but no donation limits

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates: Individual?

A: No.

Q: PAC?

A: No.

Q: Corporate?

A: No.

Q: Political Parties?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support using state tax revenue to fund the Clean Elections public financing law?

A: Undecided.

Source: 2002 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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