Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tell us: do you think we need to increase taxes to strengthen education and transportation?
In his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night, Gov. Deval Patrick proposed raising the state's income tax by 1 percentage point and lowering the sales tax to pay for $2 billion in transportation improvements and early childhood education programs. "There is no good time to raise taxes. I know how tough the times have been on the people and families of the Commonwealth. And though the worst of the recession is over, many, many families still face tough decisions and have deep anxiety about the future. I would not ask if I did not believe in my heart that investing meaningfully today in education and transportation will significantly improve our economic tomorrows," Patrick said. Patrick said he wanted a more fair and …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Rumor has it that Patrick could be asked to be the next U.S. attorney general.
Gov. Deval Patrick said will not resign from his job even if President Obama asks him to become the next U.S. attorney general. “I like what I do, and I have more that I want to accomplish in the next two years,” Patrick said, according to a Boston Globe article. “And then I promised [my wife] Diane that I’d go back into the private sector, and I’m going to keep that promise.” This means that Patrick will remain governor until his term expries, in January 2015. Rumors have been swirling about Patrick's possible departure after Obama won re-election and a few nights later Patrick was among the few to attend what was called a "social dinner" at the White House. Patrick said there was no talk at the dinner about him joining the …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Massachusetts governor had delegates on their feet Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, but did his speech resonate with you? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick came out firing Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, attacking his predecessor Mitt Romney's record in the Bay State. "Mitt Romney talkes a lot about all the things he's fixed," he said. "I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it." By the end of his speech, which touched on President Barack Obama's first-term accomplishments, the economy, role of government and the American Dream, Patrick had the packed crowd of delegates on their feet and in a frenzy, but we want to know: How did Patrick's speech play here? Were you a fan of the governor's remarks? Or did…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled in the 9 p.m. hour.
The Democratic National Convention will have a Massachusetts feel tonight as Gov. Deval Patrick and Congressional candidate Joe Kennedy III are scheduled to speak before the convention. falmouth Kennedy is scheduled to speak during the 7 p.m. hour after a Kennedy family tribute video. Two hours later, Patrick is scheduled to finish the 9 p.m. hour. The night will also include a number of prominent speakers, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sibelius and conclude with a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Wall Street Journal published a full schedule of speakers.
Friday, August 26, 2011
The President and First Lady stepped out to State Road Thursday night with Deval Patrick and Vernon Jordan.
With Hurricane Irene approaching, President Barack Obama and his family took advantage of what may prove to be the last good beach day before their Martha’s Vineyard vacation comes to an end on Saturday. Obama, his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha departed Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark just before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, en route to a private stretch of beach in Edgartown. It was the First Family’s third trip to the private beach near Edgartown Great Pond. The Obamas stayed at the beach for nearly five hours, despite darkening skies that moved in by mid-afternoon. Later Thursday evening, the President and First Lady traveled to State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury, where they enjoyed a three-hour dinner with a bevy of power …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Dozens braved an oncoming thunderstorm to voice their concerns during a meeting with Deval Patrick on Saturday.
Governor Deval Patrick promised an open, two-way conversation when he visited Martha’s Vineyard as part of his statewide outreach tour with constituents on Saturday, and delivered—until weather could permit him no longer. Dressed for sunny skies and relaxed banter, the governor glad-handed and touted what he said were his administration's focal points in his second term: jobs, closing the school achievement gap, bringing the cost of health care down and reducing urban youth violence. Approximately 50 islanders turned out for the event, held at the center green of Eliakims Way, an energy efficient, affordable housing neighborhood in West Tisbury. Following an introduction by Rep. Tim Madden, Patrick spent nearly an hour responding to a …
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Help renovate a house, see some cars and attend a festival dedicated to ice cream.
1. Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard is seeking volunteers to help renovate a house donated by the MV Savings Bank. Build Days start at 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Visit www.habitatmv.org for more information and required paperwork. 2. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! The First Congregational Church is hosting an old-fashioned ice cream social from 12-4 p.m. Proceeds help the preservation of the church. 3. The Tisbury Firefighter's Association Annual Car Show will showcase a variety of vehicles, food and drinks and live music. The event is at the R.M. Packer Lot and docks on Beach Road from 4-8 p.m. 4. The Vineyard Playhouse is celebrating the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams by performing some of his …
Friday, July 22, 2011
The Massachusetts governor will travel to Martha's Vineyard as part of a month-long statewide conversation tour.
Governor Deval Patrick will travel to Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday as part of a month-long tour across the state. The event I not a fund-raiser, but a chance for constituents to speak with their governor. “Talking about the issues that are out there in the community – that affect your everyday life – helps us make well-informed decisions that build a better, stronger Commonwealth,” the governor said of his tour in a press release. Patrick will be at the center green at Eliakims Way (250 State Road) in West Tisbury from noon to 1 p.m. Eliakims Way is an affordable-housing pocket neighborhood, the product of a collaborative effort involving the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank, South Mountain, Company, Town of West Tisbury, Cape Light …