Brush up on State Treasurer and Auditor Candidates

Still need to brush up on the candidates for Treasurer and Auditor?  Trying to remember what it is those jobs actually entail?  Missed Sunday’s forum? You’re in luck! The video of the forum is available directly online, or if you prefer to read about it, the Concord Tab offers a thorough article.  Moderated by Jo-Ann Berry of the LWV-Acton Area, the forum featured the six candidates: Deb Goldberg, Mike Heffernan and Ian Jackson, candidates for Treasurer; and Suzanne Bump, MK Merelice and Patricia Saint Aubin for Auditor.

The forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle and co-sponsored by the LWV of Massachusetts Citizen Education Fund and the LWVs of Acton Area, Andover/North Andover, Needham, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley and Westford. Also supporting the event are the LWVs of Melrose, Newton, Plymouth Area and Waltham.

LWV Commentary on November’s Ballot Questions

In the upcoming election, voters will be asked to vote on four very different binding ballot questions.  If approved, the laws would take effect on July 1, 2015. There are also two additional non-binding questions for voters in Representative Kay Khan’s and Representative Ruth Balser’s districts.  Information on each is below, along with recommendations from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts on the first three questions, based on its study of the issues surrounding each.  For more information on each of these questions, please visit

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts also has a Voter’s Guide to the Candidates for six statewide offices — governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and auditor. [Read more…]

Take Action on Gun Bill

House Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled the long-awaited gun violence prevention bill May 27.

LWVMA and its partners in the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence applaud the bill’s strong provisions to reduce gun violence in our state, including background checks on secondary gun sales, expanded police chief discretion in issuing gun licenses for rifles and shotguns, reporting of all required information to the national instant background check system, and improved data collection about guns used in crimes and suicides.   We hope the legislature will add an amendment to restrict bulk gun purchases as well.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to vote in favor of the strong provisions in this bill. You can find their contact information here. [Read more…]

What will your climate change legacy be?

Rachel Brown, a Newton North High School student, recently received an award from LWVN at Annual meeting for her video submitted for the LWVMA “Dear Future Governor” student video contest.  Check out the video here.  Congratulations, Rachel!

Join us at our 2014 Annual Meeting, May 22

Join LWVN for its Annual Meeting on May 22, at 6 p.m. at the home of Terry Yoffie, 363 Waverly Ave. The evening will include an opportunity to meet the new LWVMA Executive Director, Newton resident, and our special guest speaker Meryl Kessler.  Members will also discuss and vote on what LWVN will work on next year and meet our new Board of Directors for the 2014-15 year.   Please RSVP to $25 per person/ $40 for couples

For a copy of our Annual Meeting Workbook, please click here:  2014 Workbook.

Hope to see you there!

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