State of Massachusetts Archives: on Principles & Values


Don Berwick: I believe steadfastly in the separation of church and state

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: "We are a nation built on religious tolerance, and I believe steadfastly in the separation of church and state."

Source: Email interview for 2014 MA Governor's race with OnTheIssues Feb 7, 2014

Gabriel Gomez: FactCheck: Markey authored successful bills over 22 years

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

Jack Robinson: Ran as Republican in past; running as Independent in 2013

A perennial Republican candidate in Massachusetts says he has taken out nomination papers to run as an independent for the US Senate in the June 25 special election.

Jack E. Robinson said in a statement on Monday that he switched his voter registration to independent last year. As a Republican, Robinson ran unsuccessfully in the past for several political offices, including twice for the US Senate. He must gather at least 10,000 certified signatures by April 3 to get on the special election ballot.

Source: Associated Press on 2013 MA Senate debates Feb 5, 2013

Brian Herr: Four R's: Reasonable; Responsible; Respectful; Republican

Call them Brian Herr's four "R's:" "Reasonable." "Responsible." "Respectful." "Republican."

That's how the congressional candidate and Hopkinton resident described himself during a visit with the Daily News yesterday to discuss his shot at a seat on Capitol Hill.

"I'm really passionate about leading responsible government," said Herr.

Like most other Republicans, Herr champions reduced spending and fiscal discipline. "Not only am I saying that, I've done that," he said, later repeating a personal mantra that government should and can be run like a business, with metrics used to measure return on investment. "You're never going to convince me that spending beyond your means is a good way to run an organization," Herr said.

To reduce the national debt, Herr said he wants to control spending and is willing to make difficult, unpopular decisions, such as opposing earmarks and "pet projects."

Source: MetroWest Daily News on 2014 MA Senate race Aug 16, 2010

Scott Brown: $1.3 million in 24 hours via Internet "Money Bomb" appeal

Fueled by the energy of conservative activists and a solid debate performance, Brown has thrown a major scare into the Democratic establishment in his bid to win the special Senate election over once heavily favored Martha Coakley.

The DSCC bought $500,000 in advertising time for the contest. Brown countered by announcing he had raised $1.3 million in the previous 24 hours through an Internet appeal. A sizable portion of that money will pay for TV ads that combat the Democrats' stepped-up attacks.

Source: Washington Post on 2010 MA Senate debate Jan 12, 2010

Alan Khazei: Would take a "big citizenship" approach to Washington

Khazei, the cofounder of City Year, a nonprofit organization that some compare to a domestic Peace Corps, said he would take a "big citizenship" approach to Washington and emphasize public service, schools, and the economy.
Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2009 MA Senate race Oct 13, 2009

Martha Coakley: Considers herself a liberal, but look at the record

The candidates sought to distinguish themselves on their records. "I'm running because, and I'm very proud to say it, even with the cameras here, I'm a liberal," Capuano said.

Coakley did not call herself a liberal in her speech, but she told reporters outside that she considers herself a liberal. Then she qualified it. "I think that these labels in Massachusetts particularly don't mean as much as they might," she said. "I think you have to look at people's records."

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2009 MA Senate race Oct 13, 2009

Michael Capuano: Proud to say I'm a liberal

"I'm running because, and I'm very proud to say it, even with the cameras here, I'm a liberal," Capuano said to applause, his blue eyes flashing, as he stood above the crowd.

Coakley did not call herself a liberal in her speech, but she told reporters outside that she considers herself a liberal. Then she qualified it. "I think that these labels in Massachusetts particularly don't mean as much as they might," she said. "I think you have to look at people's records."

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2009 MA Senate race Oct 13, 2009

Christy Mihos: On being a spoiler: How can you spoil a rotten system?

Q: Why shouldnít you been seen as a spoiler?

MIHOS: Maybe sheís going to spoil my election. But how can you spoil a system thatís rotten? I mean, take a look at Massachusetts. We are the laughing stock of the nation on the Big Dig because both the Democrats and the Republicans have been taking special interestsí money for the last few years and looks whatís happened. Weíve had two deaths in those tunnels, weíve paid well over $15 billion for a project that we canít properly use. When I was getting fired by Jane Swift, because I took on big business, big government, big labor, and big business, and spoke truth to power- both [parties did nothing]. People are just fed up with both of these parties and thatís why theyíre checking out. People are checking out of politics, because they canít deal with it any longer. And an independent will speak truth to power.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Christy Mihos: Not just passing through Massachusetts, like some governors

I love this state. Thatís the only reason Iím running for governor. I just canít take the way itís being managed right now. And Iím the only one on this stage here tonight that is from Massachusetts. Iím not just passing through like so many other governors that have gone before us. This state means something to me. Itís been my home for 57 years. I was born in Brockton, Massachusetts. I went through the public school system here in the Commonwealth. I built a business here. Everything I have is here. This is my home. Massachusetts is worth the fight and right now, weíve decimated the middle class here and people are moving out in record numbers. Christyís Proposition One will show you how Iím going to put a cap on property assessments and get more local aid back to your cities and towns. Massachusetts is worth the fight and for those of us who call it home and always will, Iíll be there to fight for you.
Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Christy Mihos: I represent 50% of voters; no difference between Dems & GOP

Massachusetts voted for McGovern over Nixon & the only one in the country to do so too. So they understand whatís going on here. But lookit, I represent 50% of the registered voters here in the Commonwealth. The minority party is 12% Republicans. People are checking out because what the Republicans are selling people arenít buying. The Democrats used to be well over 40%, theyíre down now to 36%. People are leaving these parties because thereís not a dimeís worth of difference between the two of them.
Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Deval Patrick: Running to reach out to all & create a stake in the future

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in this campaign?

ROSS: Deval keeps talking about bringing in voters who have given up. When people ask me, ĎHow do you get people involved?í one of the things is that we need to talk to real people about real issues. Iím accomplishing something different. Itís called trying to rebuild democracy. And if we canít have a democracy for & by the people, if all we can have is a democracy for rich folks, then we donít have a government anymore.

PATRICK: If you think that our campaign has been just about millionaires talking to millionaires, youíve been missing something. This whole campaign has been about reaching out to everybody and not drawing divisions and separations, but asking people to see their stake in an intact community- poor, middle income, and wealthy as well- because everybody has a stake in our future, everybody.

ROSS: Iím not saying that youíve run a divisive campaign. Iím saying we need policies that are going to reach the most people.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Deval Patrick: Do we stay on this path, or do we make a change?

Every election is about choice. And this time around itís a choice between whether we stay on the path we have been on or we make a change. The path we have been on has been about the politics of fear, about the politics and the leadership of inaction and neglect. I want us to be about the politics of hope, about action and collaboration. Every single candidate up here has a few good ideas, I have some of my own, but those ideas are going nowhere without leadership and Iíve had leadership in government at the highest levels. I understand how to get agencies to work together. Iíve led as an executive, in two of the largest and most complicated companies in the world. Iíve led in non-profits and in community groups as well. No one else in this race has that range of leadership experience. Iím not asking anyone to take a chance on me, Iím asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.
Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Deval Patrick: Outsider governor balances entrenched establishment

HEALEY: I think itís very important to have balance in politics. Right now 87% of the legislature are Democrats.

PATRICK: I actually donít think thatís the balance people are looking for. Most people donít buy 100% of what either party is selling. I donít. I think the balance people want is between a fairly entrenched inward-looking establishment and an outsider in the corner office- someone whose experience is broader, who didnít grow up in the Beacon Hill culture.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Grace Ross: Earns $30K/year; millionaires have no clue what we face

Weíve talked about an outside voice. I make about $20,000 to $30,000 a year, have my entire adult life and lived on that money. The three folks Iím running against are in the top 14,400 income earners in the country, and if we think weíre getting something from the outside when what weíre getting is all folks- besides me- who make over $5 million or something year, they have no clue what the rest of us face.
Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Grace Ross: Running to rebuild democracy

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in this campaign?

ROSS: Deval keeps talking about bringing in voters who have given up. When people ask me, ĎHow do you get people involved?í one of the things is that we need to talk to real people about real issues. Iím accomplishing something different. Itís called trying to rebuild democracy. And if we canít have a democracy for and by the people, if all we can have is a democracy for rich folks, then we donít have a government anymore.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Kerry Healey: Republican governor balances 87% Democrat legislature

I think itís very important to have balance in politics. The thing that concerns me most is that if Deval Patrick wins this election, we will go back to the Dukakis era, where there was only one party represented on Beacon Hill. Right now 87% of the legislature are Democrats. We are tenuously holding down the corner office so that there can be dialogue, so there can actually be some real democracy and discussion on Beacon Hill.
Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

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