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50 miles of new gas pipe to fix Lawrence gas explosion

On the afternoon of September 13th, a series of explosions rocked Greater Lawrence resulting in one of the biggest disasters in the history of the Merrimack Valley. Dozens of house fires broke out across the region and one young man tragically lost his life.

For the next 90 days there was an army of operators, tradespeople, first responders, inspectors and state and local officials working throughout the three affected communities: to lay down 50 miles of new mainline pipe, replace thousands of service lines into houses, businesses and apartment buildings and repair or replace thousands of hot water heaters, stoves, dryers and boilers.

It was an enormous and complex undertaking. Throughout this ordeal, homeowners, families and businesses affected by this disaster showed a tremendous amount of patience, resilience, flexibility and fortitude. There were hundreds of local officials and elected leaders who went above and beyond the call on this one.

Source: 2019 Massachusetts governor inaugural (State of the State) , Jan 3, 2019

2010: Opposed Cape Wind; 2014: it's a done deal

Baker has shifted on Cape Wind, initially saying he still opposed it but now reportedly dropping his opposition.

Baker noted he still opposes Cape Wind, saying there are far cheaper and more efficient ways to deliver clean energy to state ratepayers. "It's just not an economically viable project," he said of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, calling it a "windfall" for the project's developers." (Boston Globe, 9/6/2013)

And that's where the new Charlie Baker comes in. He has dropped his opposition to Cape Wind, which he told our editorial board last week was a "done deal." He recognizes that offshore commercial wind is pricey now compared to other types of energy generation, but he said he sees "no reason" that technology and competition in the developing marketplace won't make commercial offshore wind competitive (Standard-Times, 3/2/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 30 , Sep 1, 2014

One casino is best, but vote "no" on casino repeal

Q: How would you vote on the casino repeal?

A: I always thought the best answer on the casino thing was to get the state of Connecticut to write Massachusetts a check for $300 or $400 million every year not to build a casino. But in the absence of that opportunity, I've always been a one-casino person. I think having one casino in Massachusetts available for people in Massachusetts makes some sense to me.

Q: On the ballot question?

A: I will vote no on the repeal question primarily because I think the Springfield proposal is a pretty imaginative proposal. It's $800 million in a part of Springfield that is in terrible shape.

Q: But if you keep the law you're not going to get your one casino.

A: I think the gaming commission should do nothing with respect to the Boston decision until after the vote. If we slow rolled this, and ended up in one site in Springfield, and actually gave it a chance to see how it actually works, I think that would be a pretty good outcome. (WBUR, 8/13/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC p.200, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate , Aug 13, 2014

Cutting local aid should be off the table right now

I served as a member of my hometown's Board of Selectmen, and as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance in Massachusetts. I know first hand what happens to cities and towns when state government cuts local aid.

Politicians on Beacon Hill should stop trying to balance the budget on the backs of local governments. State government should be cut before local government--that hasn't happened. We have 7,500 more state employees than we did in 2004. That's wrong and that has to change.

I believe cutting local aid should be off the table right now. Long term, we need to offer cities and towns a more predictable revenue sharing model, one based on a defined share of state taxes.

I also believe that we should provide cities and towns with tools to help manage their budgets. I support providing cities and towns with health insurance plan design. As Governor, I'll put my experience to work, and promote policies in state government to help our cities and towns succeed.

Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, charliebaker2010.com , Nov 1, 2010

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Don Berwick
Jay Gonzalez
Jesse Gordon
Karyn Polito
Lawrence Lessig
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Seth Moulton
Setti Warren
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Beth Lindstrom
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Geoff Diehl
Heidi Wellman
Joe Kennedy III
John Kingston
Shannon Liss-Riordan
Shiva Ayyadurai

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
KY:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
LA:
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
MS:
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
NJ:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
VA:
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Woody Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Nicole Galloway(D) vs.Jim Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Holly Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Michael Coachman(R)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinksy(D) vs.Dan Feltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D;resigned) vs.Wanda Vazquez Garced(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Jeff Burningham(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Rebecca Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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