Posts Tagged ‘Jim Morrison’

Lawmakers push to revamp sex offender bill

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Measure would make names of lower-level offenders public

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

Area lawmakers are backing a move to dust off a bill that would make public the names of lower-level sexual offenders in the wake of a case where a convicted sex offender is charged with more than 100 counts of molesting 13 infants and toddlers.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, announced this week that he would re-evaluate a bill introduced by Gov. Deval Patrick last year that would expand the public release of sex offenders’ names.

“That bill should have gotten out of committee,” said state Sen. Jim Timilty, D-Walpole, who chairs the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “That information should be made readily available.”

Area rep battles governor over immigrants’ tuition

Friday, December 7th, 2012

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

Calling his stand “a matter of fairness,” an area legislator is leading the chorus of opposition to Gov. Deval Patrick’s executive order allowing children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

“The executive branch has data on this that we are not privy to,” said Rep. Daniel Winslow, R-Norfolk. “We want to see his analysis. It’s good fodder for debate.”

“This is an issue that should be addressed in the Legislature. Our constituents should be engaged,” Winslow said.

No shortage of political advice for Brown

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Outgoing senator has plenty of options on the table

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

BOSTON – The most popular game of political speculation at the Statehouse these days is whether U.S. Sen. John Kerry lands a position in President Barack Obama’s administration.

The second most popular speculation is what U.S. Sen. Scott Brown should do if that happens.

“I believe Sen. Brown should and would seek election to the U.S. Senate,” said state Rep. Dan Winslow, R-Norfolk. “He proved an effective and courageous senator, willing to cross the partisan divide that is hurting our country. And if you don’t believe me, just watch the fiscal cliff debates.”

Local lawmakers offer differing views of fiscal cliff

Monday, November 26th, 2012

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

BOSTON – Two area legislators are taking different views of the impending federal fiscal cliff, with a Republican legislator fearing a big economic hit to the state, while a Democratic senator is confident we can weather any storm.

“It’s going to be pretty draconian, no matter how you look at it,” said state Rep. Jay Barrows, R-Mansfield, who warns that cuts in federal spending that could go into effect Jan. 1 would reduce federal funds into the state by $1 billion.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Jim Timilty, D-Walpole, expects fiscal challenges in the coming year, but believes the state is in better shape than most to handle the double hit of higher taxes and spending cuts.

Brown’s Bid Falls Short

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

By Jim Morrison, Boston University News Service

BOSTON – Less than two years after celebrating his unexpected victory in a special election to the U.S. Senate, Scott Brown’s s election night party ended in a very different way.

Nearly half an hour after news organizations gave the election to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, Brown took the stage with his wife and daughters in front of a cheering crowd.

“We ran a fantastic campaign”, Brown said. “We stood strong in the fight and we stand strong now even in disappointment.”

Questions on ballot cover range

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Non-binding measures seek to build support

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

In addition to deciding on three statewide ballot questions Tuesday, area voters could see several non-binding referendum questions regarding campaign donations, the selection and retention of judges and voter identification.

This year’s statewide ballot includes binding questions about the legalization of medical marijuana, physician-assisted suicide and better access to auto repair. If passed, these initiatives would become law.

But voters across the commonwealth will be asked their opinion on a number of issues that won’t have the power of law, but can be used to build support among state lawmakers.

For Timilty, public service is in his blood

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

It was no surprise when still in his early 30s, in 2004, Jim Timilty ran and was elected to the state Senate.

His father, grandfather, great uncle, cousin and sister have all served the public in various capacities.

Most notably, Joseph Timilty, the senator’s father, was a Boston city councilor in the ’60s and ’70s and served in the state Senate during the ’70s and ’80s.

Spending, budget will be Bailey’s focus

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Bailey says budget, spending would be his priority

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

Jeff Bailey thinks if voters elect him to the state Senate, sending a Baptist preacher to Beacon Hill “is going to send a message that I think may not be appreciated, but will be heeded.”

The message the tall, former high school athlete would carry to Boston? Lower taxes, less spending and the restoration of integrity.

“Massachusetts doesn’t have a revenue issue. We have a spending issue,” he said. “We need to get a handle on the spending.”

Bielat-Kennedy debate all about fundamental differences

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

WELLESLEY - They disagreed on most issues, from abortion to the economic cliff.

If 4th Congressional District candidates Republican Sean Bielat and Democrat Joseph Kennedy III agreed on anything in their third debate, it was that they had two fundamentally different views of government.

“I am pro-life,” Bielat said when asked about abortion. Kennedy said: “I support a woman’s right to safe, affordable, and confidential health care.”

More pain at the pump?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

BOSTON – As winter follows fall, so do intimations of new taxes follow elections.

In this case, it is speculation of a gasoline tax increase to fund the reworking of the state’s transportation plan.

“I will say that I am well aware that numerous discussions have been going on about increased taxes and that obviously members of the majority party don’t want to have those go public until after the election, but they are absolutely under way and going on,” House Minority Leader Brad Jones, R-North Reading, told State House News Service this month.