Legislative Panel

Our January meeting (postponed due to the blizzard) has been rescheduled in March.

Come to meet our state legislators, hear what issues they are working on, ask questions and share your thoughts!

Monday, March 23
Brighton Library meeting room (40 Academy Hill Road)

All are welcome to join us for this legislative update and discussion. We have invited all five of the state legislators who represent Ward 21:

  • Senator Will Brownsberger
  • Senator Sal DiDomenico
  • Representative Gloria Fox
  • Representative Kevin Honan
  • Representative Mike Moran
We expect that most or all of our legislators will be able to attend at least part of our meeting, but there are some potentially conflicting commitments that evening. We will share any updates as the date gets closer.

Ballot Question Endorsements

In September, we made endorsements on three of the four ballot questions that Massachusetts voters will vote on on Tuesday. After additional discussion at our October meeting, we voted to endorse Yes on Question 3.

We encourage our community to join us in voting as follows on the ballot questions:

  • NO on 1: Question 1 would eliminate the automatic indexing of the state's gasoline tax. More than 20 of our bridges have already been closed because they are unsafe, and potholes and bad roads cost Massachusetts drivers billions of dollars in car repairs. Question 1 would make things even worse. We endorsed NO on 1 to ensure funding to maintain our road and bridges.
  • YES on 2: Question 2 would update our "Bottle Bill" to add bottles such as water and sports drinks to the redeemable deposit system. Many of us recycle at our homes, but these drinks are often consumed on the go when we don't have easy access to recycling bins. Currently 80% of redeemable bottles are recycled, but only 23% of other bottles are. Many of the non-redeemable bottles are littered in our streets and parks, and our cities and towns have to spend millions of dollars cleaning them up. We endorsed YES on 2 to increase recycling and reduce litter.‎
  • YES on 3: Question 3 would repeal the law allowing casinos in Massachusetts. We endorsed YES on 3 because evidence shows that casinos hurt local businesses and do not provide the economic benefits promised.‎
  • YES on 4: Question 4 would allow all employees to earn sick time. We endorsed YES on 4 so people don't have to worry about losing their job if they need a day to recover from illness or take care of a sick child.‎

In summary, vote NO on 1, and YES on the rest!

See the full text of the questions here. Contact us to volunteer for one of these campaigns.

Get Out The Vote Meeting & Debate Watch

At our last meeting before the election, we will hear from some members about their experiences volunteering for the Coakley-Kerrigan campaign, have sign-up sheets to volunteer for our get out the vote shifts, and then have snacks and watch the gubernatorial debate at 7pm. Guests who stay for the debate watch are asked to contribute $5 toward snacks.

The meeting is Tuesday, October 28 from 6pm to 8pm in the library of the Waterworks Condos, 2420 Beacon Street, about 1/4 mile west of Cleveland Circle and across from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

Endorsements on Ballot Questions

Thanks to the ballot question campaigns that spoke at our September 22 meeting, and to all for the robust discussion. We voted to endorse:

  • NO on 1 to ensure funding to maintain our roads, bridges and public transportation.
  • YES on 2 to update the "Bottle Bill", which will increase recycling and cut down on litter.
  • YES on 4 to allow all employees to earn sick time.

The majority voted Yes on 3 to repeal the law allowing casinos in Massachusetts, but it fell just short of the two thirds required for an endorsement.

September 22 Meeting

On November 4, Massachusetts voters will be voting on four ballot questions. We have invited the campaigns for and against each ballot initiative to speak and take your questions at this meeting.

Monday, September 22
Brighton Library meeting room, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton

The speakers will be:

Question 1 - Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing

  • NO: Justin Backal-Balik, Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges

Question 2 - Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law
  • YES: Phil Sego, Massachusetts Sierra Club
  • NO: Emilee Ellison, No On Question 2

Question 3 - Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming
  • YES: John Ribeiro, Repeal the Deal
  • NO: Roger Brunelle, Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs

Question 4 - Earned Sick Time for Employees
  • YES: Sheila Decter, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

And we will discuss the Massachusetts Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign and how to volunteer to help elect Democrats in November.

Vote on Tuesday!

On Tuesday, September 9, voters will select the Democratic nominees who will be on the general election ballot in November. With several statewide offices open, this is an important election that will have a significant impact on our state's direction for the next few years.

Polls across Massachusetts are open from 7am to 8pm. If you need to check where your poll is, you can look it up here.

We encourage you to support our endorsed candidates:

Warren Tolman for Attorney General

  • Represented part of Ward 21 in the State Senate from 1995 to 1999.
  • Leader on campaign finance and ethics reform, early childhood education, protection for survivors of domestic violence, environmental protection, tobacco disclosure laws, the original buffer zone bill to protect women’s access to clinics.
  • As Attorney General, plans to require “smart gun technology” on new firearms, bring together college/university leaders to reduce sexual assault on campuses, advocate for consumers and working families, continue to support equal rights.
  • Learn more at www.warrentolman.com

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins

  • Member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department since 2002.
  • Appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as Sheriff in 2013.
  • Focused on care, custody and control; domestic violence prevention; education; mental health and addiction recovery; and re-entry.
  • Learn more at www.votestevetompkins.com

Our Committee met with candidates for all offices, and Warren Tolman and Steve Tompkins are the only candidates who received enough votes for our endorsement. Learn more about the other contested races in Tuesday's primary:


Lieutenant Governor


Suffolk County Register of Probate:

Governor's Council (district 3):

Voter Registration Deadline & Absentee Ballot Applications

To vote in the Massachusetts primary election on Tuesday, September 9, you need to register by Wednesday, August 20. Click here for information on how to register to vote, check your registration, or update your registration.

If you will be out of town or unable to get to your polling place on September 9, apply here for an absentee ballot.