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Vote! Today! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Get jazzed up today!!! Do the American thing and VOTE! The good ol’ USA is still the greatest country on earth! And Massachusetts is STILL a great state, on the cutting-edge of education, research, social justice,  equality for all …

InCity Times is for: higher education for all, eradicating hunger, a living wage, healthy kids, job training for all, strong families, great cities and awesome inner-city neighborhoods where no one is left behind!      – R. Tirella

So, with all of the above in mind, we’re asking you to vote for the following folks TODAY.

PLEASE VOTE FOR:

Martha Coakley – Governor

 Steve Kerrigan – Lieutenant Governor

 Maura Healey – Attorney General

MK Merelice – State Auditor

Danny Factor – Secretary of State

 Ian Jackson-  State Treasurer

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BALLOT QUESTIONS 

PLEASE! When you get to the ballot questions, remember our precious environment and vote to expand the bottle bill! Vote YES on Question 2! Remember our workers who are working so hard but making the least $$, are under the most stress, head the most fragile families (like my late mom  – she never got sick days! ) and vote YES for earned sick time! And remember our unskilled or semi-skilled workers who may not be able to go back to school for retraining when you decide on casinos. Please vote no on the casino question – we need the jobs for are semi-skilled workers! Remember that the gas tax is regressive in that poor people who own cars take a huge hit every time the price of gas goes up, up, up! So vote yes on Question 1.

BALLOT QUESTIONS:.

Question 1 – YES

Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation.

Question 2 – YES

Expands the state’s  beverage container recycling law to include all water and juice bottles

Question 3 – NO

Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos

Question 4 – YES

Enables employees to earn and utilize four sick days per year. For companies with 10 or so employees, the company’s owner DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY THE DAY’S WAGES. They just have to give the person the day to tend to his or her health or help with the caring of a sick or dying family member.

Political rallies!

TOMORROW, Saturday, Nov. 1

HRC President Chad Griffin Joins Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter in New Hampshire to Mobilize LGBT and Ally Voters

Approaching a critical election, Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will participate in high-profile events with New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and other elected officials tomorrow, Saturday, November 1, as part of an ongoing effort to fire up LGBT voters and their allies in the Granite State.

When:  Saturday, November 1, at 12:15 PM

Who:    HRC President Chad Griffin

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

What:   Canvass Kick-off with Senator Shaheen

Where: 125 Brewery Lane, Portsmouth, NH

Joined by Governor Hassan, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and other officials, Griffin will also join one of the ongoing HRC phone banks in the state to get out the vote for Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, and Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  Griffin and local volunteers will call HRC members across the state to emphasize what’s at stake for LGBT equality in this election.

When:  Saturday, November 1, at 3:30 PM

Who:    HRC President Chad Griffin

Governor Maggie Hassan

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

What:   Phone bank to get out the vote for LGBT equality

Where: 228 Maple Street 4th Floor, Manchester NH

Are you voting for Martha Coakley for governor?

We are!

She’s the gal for us! Earned sick time for all Massachusetts workers, a living wage for all Massachusetts workers, casinos for Mass because so many of our people ARE DESPERATE FOR DECENT-PAYING JOBS,  getting thousands of our low-income  kids into pre-K programs throughout the state, an expanded bottle bill to help us keep more plastic (non-biodegradable!!) out of the environment , being a pit bull when it comes to protecting a woman’s access to reproductive services … being passionate about women and families … Martha Coakley is for all of this! Opponent Charles Baker is squirmy when it comes to really supporting Mass families.  He’s AGAINST earned sick time, expanded pre-K for our kids, the expanded bottle bill, a solid living wage. He is  FOR keeping our lowest paid workers on the lowest economic rungs, environment-trashing policies such as running gas pipe lines through our communities and supporting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s extension of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant’s license. 

Learn where  Baker stands on important issues!  You’ll be DISAPPOINTED!

… Massachusetts should have the guts to elect our first woman governor – a woman who’s shown us through her years of public service – that she is intelligent, capable, honorable, honest, committed, tough … and caring.

Men, especially if they look Mad-Men handsome like Charles Baker, always get that free pass into competency … the free pass into the corporate or political world where there’s a ton of power and dough$$$$$ … whereas we gals have to prove ourselves every second of every day, work our asses off to get half the credibility some tall, deep-voiced guy automatically gets because he’s got a penis!

Penis shmenis!!

Vote for Martha!!

To learn more about Coakley and her accomplishments and goals CLICK HERE! – you’ll view her official website –  marthacoakley.com

– Rosalie Tirella

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray

editor’s note: The car crash/black box/bs episode makes Murray look like a weasel/liar. The voters of Massachusetts need to worry about this stuff:http://articles.boston.com/2011-11-22/bostonglobe/30495270_1_murray-pushed-politics-executive-director

And this:  http://articles.boston.com/2011-11-20/news/30422386_1_phone-number-cellphone-records-lieutenant

A progressive’s view of the federal and MA state budgets

By Grace Ross

Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is that fabulous definition of crazy. Yet economically as a state and nationally as a country, we continue the same economic policies somehow expecting that the ones that got us into this economic crisis are going to get us out.

One of my pet peeves is elected officials who seem to think that their responsibility as our representatives is to balance the budget of the level of the government to which they were elected. In fact, every single one of us elected these folks expecting them to have an eye on their district’s economy as a whole and balance their level of government’s budget so as to improve our economic lives and realities not just their “isolated” bottom line.

We all knew that the federal government should not give money to the very banks that got us into this mess. Instead, Congress lent not just hundreds of billions publicly but the Federal Reserve Bank lent them tens of trillions guaranteed by us taxpayers. Yet, we knew the big banks still would not rewrite all the bad mortgages or lend so our small businesses survive.

Obviously, our elected leaders need a complete rethink of the purpose and focus of government budgets: what makes our economy thrive and what doesn’t, not satisfying the economic desires of a few.

It’s staggering to hear our present governor, Deval Patrick, express such outrage that Fidelity now plans to take 1,000 jobs out of state. Surprised? We’ve just been through the whole debacle of the $56 Million Evergreen Solar infrastructure and tax sweetheart deal. They are a local grown business that could have played a central role in rebuilding manufacturing in one of the few growing sectors: green energy. But like most corporate money deals, Evergreen was not actually bound to anything for our state residents; that same money could have subsidized regular people being able to afford solar panels and thus create a burgeoning market to incentivize Evergreen to manufacture and create jobs here! (Of course, the Governor himself is planning to cut more jobs.)

In the 1990s, our legislature passed whole sector tax cuts: the military industrial sector break (known as the “Raytheon tax” break) and the financial sector break known as, you guessed it, the “Fidelity tax” break. These tax breaks were sold as keeping (maybe creating) jobs in Massachusetts. History, however, shows that these jobs have dwindled in our state since those tax breaks. Studies also show that companies don’t move somewhere primarily for tax incentives. Continue reading A progressive’s view of the federal and MA state budgets

Lift off for the Jill Stein campaign!‏

editor’s note: a message from Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts:

Dear friends,

Welcome to our campaign’s weekly e-mail update. We’re off to a fantastic start, and I wanted to welcome new supporters and old friends with a quick message about the incredible opportunity that we face, even in the midst of great crises.

On Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill the sellouts continue apace – to health insurance giants, Wall Street banksters, war hawks and climate spoilers. Business as usual is still taking a heavy toll on our jobs, health, communities and environment, pushing us towards the brink. More than ever, there is cause to rise up for justice, survival and the future we deserve. We have an unprecedented opportunity to tip the balance in 2010 towards a healthy, just, sustainable future –in Massachusetts and beyond.

This campaign will be a vehicle for our shared vision that grows more essential with every passing year: vibrant, secure local economies, community-based green jobs, alternative clean energy and local agriculture (two of the fastest growing sectors around), an end to needless, cruel home foreclosures, and Medicare for all. Continue reading Lift off for the Jill Stein campaign!‏