When going to the polls on Super Tuesday 2016 (Mar. 1), Needham voters will be selecting MORE than just the Presidential nominees for the major parties —
— we’ll also be selecting the members of the Needham Democratic Town Committee, and our representatives on the State Committee.
These are our neighbors who have been active in elections and in the Party, and thus were nominated as a “slate” by the current Dem Town Committee executive council.
There are 35 slots, and — surprise! — 35 candidates. These are YOUR representatives to the Party — get to know their names!
Review sample ballots here:
- PRECINCTS A-C, I-J Ballot
- PRECINCTS D-H Ballot
- the only differences in the ballot are the State Committee members
- More Needham voting info here
Vote EVERY time!
Manipulating bigotry to support an agenda, while insisting you didn’t mention race:
- “Inner City”
- “States’ Rights”
- “Forced Bussing”
- “Cut Taxes”
- “Law and Order”
- “Welfare,” “Food Stamps”
- “Shariah Law”
- “Illegal Alien”
Read more at The Root — here’s a sample: “Dog-whistle politics is partly about demonizing people of color, but it’s also about demonizing government in a way that helps the very rich, says López. So, when Ronald Regan said “cut taxes,” what he was communicating to the middle class was, “so your taxes won’t be wasted on minorities.”
A key Reagan operative admitted as much in an interview quoted in Lopez’s book, saying, ”
‘We want to cut taxes’ … is a whole lot more abstract than, ‘Nigger, nigger.’ ” It continues to be more abstract, and it continues to work.“
Tonight (11/2/2015), Town Meeting will be voting to approve funds to acquire the (current) Owens Poultry Farm property, as a new site for the Hillside School. The siting issue for Hillside has been a challenging one for the town. There have been several options on the table but each has its drawbacks; environmental, traffic, redistricting etc.
- Minimizes the need for redistricting children to other schools
- No environmental mitigation needed
- Least expensive of the options
- Surprise, windfall opportunity to expand the town’s severely limited property options, leaving other sites available for other purposes
- Beautiful site with deep history in our town
- The Superintendant’s Blog
- FAQs (pdf)
- Comprehensive resources linked from Hillside Elementary School Planning page
I also wanted to address a few claims that are being circulated in town via email and letters to Town Meeting members. While there is certainly room for people to disagree with Owens Farm as the best solution, there are many factually incorrect assertions making the rounds. The following assertions have been taken from an email that was forwarded to me, in opposition to Hillside.
Produced by our friends at Immigration Justice Task force and the Needham League of Women Voters! Watch this interesting and informative video:
If you’ve ever complained about the Democratic* party — heads up!
If you are a registered Democrat (vs. “unenrolled” aka “independent”), you have the privilege of becoming an elected member of the organization — giving you the means/power to effect change inside the organization. (see the opening line about “complaining”).
Your opportunity to run** for elected member*** comes once every four years — and the vote is during the Presidential Primary election. That means the window is open now. To appear on the ballot in the upcoming election, deadline to file papers is November 6, 2015. Read more…
Needham Democratic Delegates drove out to Springfield this past weekend to hear from high-ranking members of the party and to talk about issues important to the Party’s agenda.
From Commonwealth Mag –
Baker gets a pass from Dems
UPDATE: all recommended candidates WON! Congratulations!
- Town Clerk’s election results here: 2015_04-14-NeedhamTownElectionResults (PDF)
- 1,551 Needham residents voted — roughly, 8% turnout. How do we make this better in the future?
VOTE TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
There are a number of competitive Town Meeting races — please support, for your precinct, the following people who are members of Progressive Needham, or/and part of the larger progressive organizing community! Read more…