Thursday, January 24, 2013
Going to the residents for more taxes may not be popular, but local legislators say they like that the budget focuses on education and transportation.
Watertown's state legislators like the areas that the governor's budget proposal prioritizes — education and transportation — but they worry about how residents will be asked to pay for the budget. The $34.8 billion budget filed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday includes an increase of the income tax along with a decrease in the sales tax, and has a focus on education and transportation. State Sen. Will Brownsberger, D-Belmont, agreed with the governor that money should be used to boost public transportation. "Like most legislators and most careful observers, and in fact, most leaders in the business community, I am convinced that we have to substantially increase our investment in transportation infrastructure, especially the MBTA," …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Lawn easily defeated his Republican challenger.
State Rep. John Lawn bested Republican challenger Francis Stanton in the race for the 10th Middlesex state representative seat. Lawn easily slid to victory with 10,406 total votes to Stanton's 3,290, according to election results. In Watertown, Lawn received 3,211 votes to Stanton's 684. In Newton, Lawn received 1,775 votes to Stanton's 492. In Waltham, Lawn got 5,420 votes to Stanton's 2,114. Speaking at his victory party at The Gaff, a Waltham bar, Lawn said he would start the new legislative term by focusing on three priorities — jobs, the fate of the Fernald property in Waltham and repealing the statute of limitations on prosecuting sexual abuse of children. Lawn said the biggest priority district-wide was jobs. "We are on the right …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Watertown Democrat John Lawn faces Republican challenger Francis Stanton of Waltham.
State Rep. John Lawn won a special election for the 10th Middlesex State Representative seat last year, and the Watertown Democrat is being challenged by Waltham Republican Francis Stanton. The district covers parts of Waltham, Watertown and Newton. Patch interviewed both candidates, and here's what they said: 1) What are you top three priorities? 1. Repeal the new Health Care Cost control bill which will do nothing to limit costs and everything to raise the cost of health care. 2. Turn Taxachusetts back to Massachusetts 3. Ensure that cities and towns get first bids on any state land that may become available within that city or town’s boundaries. 2) How will you help promote business and increase the number of jobs in the district? …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Incumbent Democrat John Lawn and Republican Challenger Francis Stanton recently faced off in a debate co-sponsored by NewTV and the Newton League of Women Voters.
State Rep. John Lawn (D-Watertown) faced off against Republican challenger Francis Stanton earlier this month in a debate for the 10th Middlesex District state representative seat. Lawn, who is a former Watertown town councilor, was elected in 2011 after a special election to fill the seat formerly held by Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian. Koutoujian, who had served as state representative for more than a decade, was appointed to the sheriff position following the death of Sheriff James DiPaola. Stanton, a 24-year-old Waltham native, told Patch in April that he felt compelled to run for the seat to give "a choice for voters in November." The 10th Middlesex District covers just a small portion of Newton, including Ward 1, …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Legislation has been proposed to renovate the fields located in Brighton across the Charles River from Watertown on Nonantum Road.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The following information was provided by Sen. Brownsberger's office: The Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will hold a hearing on pending legislation, including Senate 2306, an Act authorizing the lease of the Daly Field Complex located in the Brighton section of the city of Boston. The hearing will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 222 at the State House. All are welcome to attend and testify if interested. Senator Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont) sponsored Senate 2306, and he believes that a renovated Daly Field would greatly benefit children and adults of all ages who will use and enjoy this riverfront park for years to come. “I greatly appreciate the leadership of Representatives …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Watertown and Massachusetts.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Watertown Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here are five that locals are already talking about: Presidential Race: While President Obama will likely enjoy a lot of support in the Bay State, Watertown Republicans seek to build grassroots support for GOP candidates, including former Massachusetts Governor and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Brown vs. Warren: The Massachusetts Senate race is neck-and-neck, so any issue could turn the tide. One that has become devisive is the debate over Elizabeth Warren's ancestry. Steve Aylward: The Watertown Republican will try to build on his succeful run for Republican State Committee Man, and is taking on Belmont'…
Friday, February 17, 2012
State legislators will hold forums on two issues being debated on Beacon Hill: Controlling Health Care Costs and Sentencing Reform.
State legislators want to hear from Watertown residents about how they feel about two key issues being debated in the State House: containing health care costs and prison sentencing reforms. Two forums will be held in the coming weeks where residents can learn about the two issues and give feedback to their state representatives and state senator. "I’d like to invite you to two community forums that I’ll be hosting over the next month to discuss these very significant and controversial bills," State Rep. Jonathan Hecht wrote in a letter. "These forums will detail the proposals contained in each bill and give you an opportunity to ask questions and provide your input. All are welcome to attend, so please spread the word!" On Monday, Feb. …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The proposed changes would move the 11th and 12th precincts from Jonathan Hecht's district into Lawn's, and the state senate district would be altered outside of town.
The political map of Watertown would change under the proposed redistricting of the Massachusetts House and Senate districts. The changes affect Watertown’s two state representatives — John Lawn and Jonathan Hecht — as well as the state senate seat, which has been vacated by Steven Tolman. Hecht announced last week he is vying for that senate seat and faces Belmont State Rep. William Brownsberger. Under the proposal, State Rep. John Lawn (D-Watertown) — who represents the 10th Middlesex District — would gain two precincts in the West End of town. Watertown Town Clerk John Flynn said he has not seen the final map, but said he has heard that the 11th and 12th precincts will be added to the 10th Middlesex District. At the same time, Lawn …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The election's eventual winner, John Lawn, raised more than $47,000
In the short, five-month period of campaigning for the 10th Middlesex state representative special election, candidates raised more than $100,000 and spent more than $96,000. According to reports from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, the spending reports covered activity from Jan. 1 to May 30 of this year. John Lawn, the election's eventual winner, raised the most money at just over $47,000. Lawn beat out three other Democrats in an April primary election including Newton Alderman Allan Ciccone Jr., Waltham City Councilor Gary Marchese and Waltham resident Sean Durkee. Lawn, a Town Councilor from Watertown, defeated Republican James Dixon in the special election held in May to replace former State Rep. Peter Koutoujian. The…