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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 @ 10:13AM

Cape Cod Times’ Political Notes: My Shift Away From Facebook

Last week, the Cape Cod Times’ Geoff Spillane featured my public shift from Facebook in the Times’ Political Notes page: “President Donald Trump has embraced Twitter as a tool for communicating with Americans, but state Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, is abandoning a popular social media platform for political conversation altogether….

Friday, January 27th, 2017 @ 2:04PM

Are some MA legislators hypocritical on pay raise vote?

Background Seemingly out of the blue, a hearing was hastily called a couple of weeks ago to weigh the merits of a December 2014 commission report on elected officials’ salaries. That hearing, which did not feature the text of a pay raise bill, was followed by the release of House…

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 @ 2:43PM

Sec. Bennett Releases Guidelines on Recreational Marijuana Law

Yesterday, Massachusetts’ Secretary of Public Safety & Security, Dan Bennett, issued guidance to our state police relative to implementation of the recreational marijuana law. Chiefs of police were copied onto the letter. The guidelines can be found here.

Friday, November 11th, 2016 @ 5:14PM

A Veteran’s Day Tribute With A Local Touch

Several years ago, John S. “Jack” Jillson, a World War II veteran, graciously sat down with me to provide an oral history of his experiences as a gunner and radio operator on a B-17 bomber. I wanted to share Jack’s story this Veterans Day as a tribute to both him…

Thursday, October 27th, 2016 @ 6:37PM

Thoughts on Campaign Finance Reform

You should be aware that any politician on the national stage from either major party who says that we need campaign finance reform, a reversal of Citizens United, or less “dark money” in politics is quite simply telling you what you want to hear and has no, and I mean…

Friday, October 21st, 2016 @ 8:45AM

A Rundown of the Economic Development Bill

One of the major bills to pass through the Legislature this session was the economic development bill: H.4569, An Act relative to job creation and workforce development. Governor Baker signed this massive piece of legislation in August. This bill creates new initiatives as well as provides a variety of changes…

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 @ 12:04PM

“My Choice Matters”

Last week, the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council (RSAC) launched My Choice Matters, a new media campaign aiming to promote healthy behaviors on Cape Cod. What makes this initiative unique is its target audience. Parents and adults need to be accountable for their behavior and cognizant of the example…

Friday, September 9th, 2016 @ 6:10PM

The Boston Globe Includes Randy in Article About Cape Cod Bridge Issues

Boston Globe writer Jon Chesto features Randy in an article appearing in today’s Boston Globe. In it, Chesto examines recent proposals for canal bridge traffic alleviation and bridge replacement: “The Army Corps of Engineers is about halfway through a three-year study to decide whether to replace the 81-year-old Sagamore and…

Friday, September 9th, 2016 @ 11:46AM

Biopharmaceutical Company Announces Addiction and Mental Health-Focused Grant Program

Pam O’Sullivan, the Government Affairs and Policy Director at Alkermes Biopharmaceuticals, announced the launch of a new grant program that could be of great assistance to Cape-based non-profits focused on addiction and mental health treatment. The program, called Inspiration Grants, will award grants of up to $100,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations for…

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 @ 10:07AM

Randy Featured in New Boston Post Column

In a September 1st column that appeared in the New Boston Post, freelance writer James Freeman (formerly of the Cape Cod Times) featured Randy in a piece titled, “Can’t find any heroin anymore.” “…Hunt realizes that [the opioid epidemic] also is a public policy crisis, involving addiction, criminal justice, immigration,…

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 @ 2:09PM

Medication Assisted Treatment: An Important Tool to Fight Addiction

Medication Assisted Treatment: An Important Tool to Fight Addiction Perhaps the single most important presentation during the Special Commission on Substance Addiction Treatment in the Criminal Justice System‘s year-long study of addiction in the court system was made by Sarah Wakeman, MD, Medical Director of the Substance Use Disorder Initiative…

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 @ 9:55AM

Problems with three types of taxes: “sin taxes,” the “millionaire’s tax,” and taxes on short-term rentals

Problems with three types of taxes: “sin taxes,” the “millionaire’s tax,”and taxes on short-term rentals.   “Sin Taxes” The problem with “sin taxes” is the inability of politicians to understand the principle. Philadelphia passed an incremental “sin tax” of 1.5 cents per ounce on sugary and diet drinks, presumably to…

Monday, October 26th, 2015 @ 7:55PM

Physician-assisted suicide

In 2012, a ballot petition to create a physician-assisted suicide law was defeated by a razor thin margin. A bill, House 1991, is being promoted by Representative Louis Kafka (D – Stoughton), along with 38 co-sponsors, that has a hearing on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in front of the Joint Committee on Public…

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 @ 7:59AM

A case against legalization of recreational marijuana

There are a number of aspects to consider when weighing the merits of a ballot question that would legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Massachusetts, including: Gateway drug debate Science of the developing brain Relative harm of using marijuana versus alcohol, prescription medications, and other illicit/licit substances…

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 @ 12:15PM

Governor’s opioid working group issues action plan

Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders held a press conference this morning to present the Opioid Working Group’s recommendations and action plan to deal with the opioid use epidemic that resulted in more than 1,000 heroin overdose deaths in 2014….