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ICYMI: “GOP AG candidate Miller says he'll keep politics out of the office”

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October 16, 2014
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By Chris Burrell
The Patriot Ledger
October 16, 2014
 
QUINCY – Running to become the state’s next top law enforcement official, Republican John Miller is adamant about one thing: divorcing the job from politics and personal political agendas.
 
Miller, a lawyer from Winchester with engineering degrees from MIT, just wants to work with the laws already on the books.
 
“We need a professional and not a political approach to the office,” Miller said Wednesday during a meeting with Patriot Ledger editors.
 
Miller, who is running against Democrat Maura Healy for attorney general, said his passion centers on privacy and civil rights for individuals and stopping wasteful public spending.
 
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A longtime construction attorney, Miller said that what spurred him to run for attorney general was watching the 2013 meltdown of the state Healthcare Connector website.
 
He called it a “debacle” that could have been prevented by a competent lawyer looking at contracts and bidding processes for the website’s design.
 
“Forty hours of legal work would have saved millions of dollars for the commonwealth,” he said.
 
Miller and other lawyers active in the American Bar Association helped craft model codes for public contract and procurement laws, and 19 states have adopted them.
“How do you protect the expenditure of state and local tax dollars,” Miller said. “I’m an MIT guy. The systems are out there.”
 
Pressed to talk in more detail about the philosophy he’d follow if elected, Miller pointed to former Attorney General Francis Bellotti, of Quincy.
 
“My model would be Frank Bellotti,” he said. “You follow the facts and look out for the people.”
 
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Good Government Has Transparency

David D'Arcangelo SoS LogoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 14, 2014
Contact: Scott Ciccone
 
Elections are all about choices. The race for Secretary of the Commonwealth is no different. The choice in the Secretary's race is a simple one; do we want to keep the status quo or go in a new direction?

The status quo is represented by Bill Galvin, who has been Secretary for 20 years and served on Beacon Hill his entire adult life. This race is an important one. The Secretary of the Commonwealth is third in line to the Governor and responsible for a myriad of duties that include; running elections, overseeing corporations, lobbyists, securities and, perhaps the most important, overseeing our Commonwealth's public records.

The status quo of Bill Galvin's tenure has seen Massachusetts receiving the grade of "F" from the National Freedom of Information Coalition for transparency of our public records. Nearly all journalists and good government groups believe that Massachusetts Public Records process is outdated, burdensome and hindering the people’s ability to access their public records. This is a troubling trend and not a practice of good government.

Keeping our public records secret makes us all less free. The basis of our Democracy is freedom and freedom of information is essential to our ability to hold government accountable.

Our public records are supposed to be accessible unless they are specifically exempt by law, but our big bureaucracy has obstructed public records requests by demanding exorbitant costs, stonewalling through byzantine regulations and otherwise obstructing inquiries that they deem to be too inquisitive. Indeed, the Commonwealth’s public records laws are broken and have not been significantly altered for over 40 years. We now have an opportunity to bring them into the 21st century.

We live in an age of abundant amounts of digital information that is absolutely pervasive throughout every corner of both our society and government. I believe that we need a government that is responsive to the people. Good government is not just an ideal, but rather the practice of improving the human condition through the exercise of policies as set forth by our laws and the Constitution of Massachusetts, which remains the oldest continually effective governmental structure in the world.

Beacon Hill was named after the guiding light that was built to alert nearby communities of impending danger from the enemies of Liberty. Now one of Liberty’s biggest enemies is secrecy and we must take action to instruct our government that we, the People, want our public records to be open and accessible to all.

Let’s have a government that thrives on transparency and utilizes modern technologies to once again make us a Beacon for freedom of information.

 

David D’Arcangelo is a Malden City Councilor At-Large and Candidate for Secretary of State

 

Brian Herr talks Ebola, Immigration "In His Own Words"

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Brian Herr, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, last night (Oct. 9) appeared in an "In His Own Words" segment on WCVB channel 5 in Boston.

 

Frame from Brian Herr video on WCVB

 

Herr noted that the current administration is "being dismissive of Ebola" when "we have to be very aggressive with this issue." Brian said, "I would go much further than we're doing now in terms of controlling the entrance to the United States of America."

 

The son of two Irish immigrants, Brian said, "We have to put a legal immigration process in place...what will come with entry into the United States will be responsibilities they need to fulfill."

 

"Mr. Markey does not represent strong leadership. I would definitely represent strong leadership and push to get issues resolved," concluded Herr.

 

To view the entire segment, click here

 
 
 

Brian Herr is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, challenging Ed Markey. Herr is a construction industry professional, a Hopkinton selectman and a father of five. For more information, visit www.herrsenate2014.com

 

John Miller Stands with Taxpayers First

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October 10, 2014
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Winchester, MA – Earlier today, Maura Healey tweeted she had the interests of undocumented individuals above those of legal residents, citizens and taxpayers. In response, John Miller released a statement illustrating yet another clear difference in governing philosophies:
 
"As I have been saying for months, I'll take on the federal government to collect the unpaid costs imposed on our inner city schools as a result of failed federal immigration policies. I’ll do that to protect all residents, citizens and the taxpayers in Massachusetts. I’ll do that to protect all kids who are trying to get a quality education. I'll do that because I believe it is the Attorney General’s obligation to have the taxpayers' back first,” said Miller. “Massachusetts is now a border state and we have to act like one. I will fight to protect all the students and taxpayers in Lynn and in other cities that have seen their budgets busted, class sizes expanded and tax dollars re-appropriated to cover costs imposed by failed federal immigration policies. I am the only candidate committed to holding the federal government financially accountable and based on today’s tweet, I am the only candidate committed to having the back of taxpayers first.”
 
Background:
 
 
I told @maura_healey that i was a undocumented student, she took my hand and said "I got your back". #mapoli
 
 
We have to protect the taxpayers first while showing compassion. I've got the taxpayers back 1st @maura_healey #mapoli #maag
 
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ICYMI: “Massachusetts attorney general candidates Maura Healey, John Miller differ on Martha Coakley's handling of children's case”

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October 10, 2014
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October 09, 2014
By: Andy Metzger
State House News Service
 
EASTON - A highly charged issue about the safety of children that has been front-and-center in the race for governor has seeped into the race for attorney general as Democrat Maura Healey and Republican John Miller differed on that issue during a debate at Stonehill College Tuesday night.
 
Martha Coakley, the attorney general and a gubernatorial candidate, has faced criticism from her Republican opponent Charlie Baker and a super PAC ad over her defense of the Department of Children and Families in a 2010 lawsuit that accused the agency of routinely placing foster children in dangerous living arrangements.
 
Healey, who worked under Coakley as a bureau chief in the attorney general's office, said Tuesday she supports how Coakley handled the case, while Miller said it should have been handled differently.
 
"In this case, the state was sued. I stand by and back the attorney general and the way she handled that matter," said Healey, who said the attorney general has to legally represent state agencies, but that might not mean litigation, saying, "It may not be a defense. It may be: Let's fix the problem and address what happened."
 
Miller noted former Attorney General Frank Bellotti's decision not to defend the state in a lawsuit brought by people institutionalized at the Fernald School, an institution for the developmentally disabled in Waltham.
 
"It's chilling what was happening to these young kids. It is chilling, and you know, at the time, Maura was chief of the Civil Rights Division. Now that case was a civil rights case," Miller said about the DCF lawsuit. "That case should not have been defended as if it was just plaintiff versus defendant . . . Sometimes you've got to say 'no' to the governor."
 
 
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