Friday, April 12, 2013
Massachusetts needs to have a conversation about what constitutes a living wage, Senate President Therese Murray told business leaders Thursday.
In a breakfast speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, urged lawmakers to consider a so-called living wage, and increasing the state's minimum wage, similar to legislation passed recently in Maine and New York. “By identifying what a living wage is in Massachusetts, we can have a positive impact on families, and especially single parents who are trying to improve the lives of their children,” Murray said, according to an Associated Press article. She noted that lawmakers in Maine recently approved a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2016, adjusting it annually for inflation after that. The bill has yet to be signed into law. New York recently agreed to …
Monday, February 4, 2013
State Senate President Therese Murray assembled her leadership team for the two-year session that began earlier this month, but the lineup provided few clues as to who might eventually succeed her in the top position.
Monday, February 4
According to an Associated Press story, Murray, a Plymouth Democrat, tapped Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, as Senate majority leader. He replaces Frederick Berry, who retired. Sen. Harriett Chandler, D-Worcester, and Sen. Mark Montigny, D-New Bedford, will serve as assistant majority leaders, and Sen. Karen Spilka, of Ashland, will be the majority whip. Murray is barred by term limits from serving as Senate President beyond March 2015. Former Sen. Jack Hart, who served as an assistant majority leader in the last session, had been considered a likely candidate to succeed, but he resigned from the Senate last week to join a private law firm. Last Thursday, Murray also announced key committee assignments. As expected, Sen. Stephen Brewer…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
In a speech to the newly sworn-in senators made Wednesday, Murray announced her intentions to call for expansion of early voting, a fix to the state’s transportation system, and changes to the state’s welfare system.
Therese Murray plans to begin her final full session as state Senate president with an ambitious agenda. In a speech to the newly sworn-in senators made Wednesday, Murray announced her intentions to call for expansion of early voting, a fix to the state’s transportation system, and changes to the state’s welfare system, the issue that brought her to prominence two decades ago when she began her Senate career, according to the Boston Globe. She...propose[d] measures to respond to the deadly massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School “that will protect the residents of Massachusetts without demonizing the mentally ill.” Patrick has introduced a gun bill that would, among other provisions, increase the reporting of disqualifying mental health …
Plans for the new legislative session include updating sex offender laws, corporate manslaughter, and continued funding for infrastructure repairs.
Thursday, January 3
Senate President Therese Murray's speech to the Senate First and foremost, I want to thank the people of the Plymouth and Barnstable District – the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth and Sandwich – for allowing me to continue to serve as their voice in the Massachusetts Senate. It is because of their steadfast support and unwavering faith that I have the great opportunity to stand here with you today. I want to thank my family and friends – my daughter Lauren, my sisters, my brothers-in-law, my cousins, my nieces and my nephews – for your love, your encouragement, and your guidance. You have always served as my rock, my foundation, and I am forever grateful for your support. I also want to say hello to my good friends …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) yesterday urged more action against diabetes and pledged a continuing focus on the prevention of chronic illnesses as a way to improve overall health and reduce health care costs.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
“Diabetes is an epidemic with staggering statistics nationally and here in Massachusetts,” Murray said. “The numbers are rising and we’re even seeing children being diagnosed with type II diabetes. That’s why we funded diabetes screenings in the state budget and included in this year’s new health care reform law historic investments in community-based prevention programs and wellness incentives to reduce the rate of costly chronic diseases. Diabetes is preventable, and we need to move forward with this kind of support and continue to raise awareness today and every day.” Murray spoke at a World Diabetes Day awareness event at the State House. The event was sponsored by Novo Nordisk, the American Diabetes Association, Massachusetts …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Therese Murray defeats Tom Keyes for the Plymouth and Barnstable District in the Massachusetts state Senate.
Therese Murray got to celebrate her victory early Tuesday as she handily defeated Republican challenger Tom Keyes of Sandwich. Murray was very pleased with the win, her second over Keyes. She credited social media with helping her campaign. "It's not that I was out there, it's just we told people where I was...Obviously they responded." Keyes was disappointed, but seemed relieved as well that the campaign was over. "I'm going back to being a dad," he said. Here are the results according to the Associated Press as of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday:
Monday, November 5, 2012
The candidates, incumbents, and issues that will be affecting Plymouth and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Plymouth Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in Plymouth Polling locations: To find polling locations and precincts, click here State: Therese Murray (D), Tom Keyes (R): Mass. Senate Plymouth-Barnstable District Senate President Therese Murray of Plymouth has represented the Plymouth-Barnstable since 1993. Murray became Senate President in 2007. Murray faces Republican challenger Tom Keyes of Sandwich for the second race in a row. Keyes has served on the Sandwich Economic Development Committee, the Sandwich Board of Selectmen, and the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. In 2010, Murray defeated Keyes by 3,600 votes, or four percentage points. Vinny deMacedo (R), Mass. House, (unopposed): First …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Republican candidate for state Senate Tom Keyes says his failure to report a mortgage on his candidate filings was a computer glitch on the State Ethics Commission's website.
Republican state Senate candidate Thomas Keyes failed to properly report the purchase of his family's new home in Sandwich as well as a $439,000 mortgage he took out from a friend and political donor on his most recent financial disclosures, according to documents reviewed by the State House News Service. Keyes, a management consultant specializing in ethics and compliance who is running against Senate President Therese Murray, has amended his State Ethics Commission filings after being questioned about the omissions. The two-time Republican candidate has made transparency a central theme of his campaign against the Senate president, knocking Murray after their last debate for the process of negotiating bills with the House in closed-door …
Monday, October 8, 2012
The Plymouth Area League of Women Voters is hosting a debate among Christopher Sheldon, Bill Keating, and Daniel Botelho Wednesday.
The Plymouth Area League of Women Voters is sponsoring two candidate debates this election season. The 9th Congressional District Debate is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Duxbury Senior Center, 10 Mayflower St., Duxbury. Representative Bill Keating (D-Bourne), Republican Christopher Sheldon of Plymouth, and Independent Daniel Botelho of Fall River, will be participating. Dr. Kathleen Leslie will moderate. State Senate and State Representative candidates will face off October 18, at 7 p.m. at the Kingston Town Hall, 26 Evergreen Street, Kingston. Senator Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) and her challenger Thomas Keyes (R-Sandwich) will face off for the Senate seat and Representative Thomas Calter (D-Kingston) and Debra Betz (R…
President of the University of Massachusetts Robert Caret and Senate President Therese Murray connect with growers and industry representatives at the internationally recognized UMass Cranberry Station as part of a statewide UMass bus tour.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Release from the University of Massachusetts UMass President Robert Caret and Senate President Therese Murray met with students, researchers and growers today at the University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station. The visit to the world-renown cranberry research station was part of the UMass President’s statewide bus tour to recognize 150 years of UMass academic excellence and economic contributions. “I’m thrilled to be here today with the Senate President to tour this magnificent facility that is such an important part of the economy, character and tradition of our state,” said President Caret. “I commend Senate President Murray for her tremendous leadership and long-standing support of this important research station and for the critical …