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Monday, August 25th, 2014 @ 6:00AM

Rep. Randy Hunt announces cultural grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2014 CONTACT: Susann Koelsch – (508) 888-2158 – Susann.Koelsch@mahouse.gov NEW STATE GRANTS BENEFIT CULTURAL COMMUNITY Representative Randy Hunt announces state grants totaling over $60,000 will go to nonprofit cultural organizations and schools in the 5th Barnstable District Sandwich, MA — Representative Randy Hunt today announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded…

Friday, August 15th, 2014 @ 2:00PM

Rep. Randy Hunt: Second term accomplishments

1)      100% voting record – Someone said that 80% of success is showing up. I’m not sure I’d hang my hat on that simplification of what it takes to be successful, but I do believe that being there for committee hearings and legislative votes is an important means to engage…

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 @ 4:00PM

Governor signs gun violence bill

It’s a pretty good bet that “An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence” will do nothing to reduce gun violence. We’re worse off today in Massachusetts relative to gun violence than we were in 1998 when the last major sweeping gun legislation was passed. See an excellent article…

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 @ 8:29PM

Illegal immigration: Do states have a role to play?

The Federal Role Section 8 of Article I of the U.S. Constitution declares that Congress has the power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization. It is one of the so-called enumerated powers, specific and exclusive to Congress. That being the case, the states cannot create their own laws relative…

Monday, August 4th, 2014 @ 9:00AM

Join email lists for updates on joint committee activities

In an effort to improve communications and transparency, I am creating email notification lists for constituents who are interested in the activities of any or all of my three joint committees. I will post advance notices of hearings and track activities of key bills moving through the committee process. Complete the…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 @ 11:17AM

Rep. Hunt discusses governor’s immigration plan on Fox 25 Boston

See my interview with VB about the governor making plans and commitments with zero input from local, state or federal elected officials. http://www.myfoxboston.com/clip/10411827/state-rep-randy-hunt-discusses-unaccompanied-minors

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 @ 6:16PM

Open letter to Governor Deval Patrick regarding disparaging comments made about the select board and residents of Bourne

Dear Governor Patrick: I am State Representative Randy Hunt. I feel an introduction is necessary because of your comment made on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in response to a question from Fox Boston reporter, Sharman Sachetti, who read a portion of a communication I authored stating that the Commonwealth of…

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 @ 9:48AM

Detaining illegal immigrants on Cape Cod is a bad idea

The first communication I got from Governor Deval Patrick’s office was Friday morning, July 18, 2014, to let me know that the governor would be holding a press conference to announce his plea to the Obama administration to send illegal immigrant minors to Massachusetts. Situation Evolving On Tuesday, July 15th,…

Friday, July 18th, 2014 @ 3:17PM

Bottle bill compromise voted out of committee

The Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy released a new bill (H4317 – An Act Relative to Solid Waste Management and Recycling) this week which incorporates a number of the recommendations of the subcommittee that I work on along with three of my colleagues. Here is the summary: JOINT COMMITTEE…

Friday, July 18th, 2014 @ 10:49AM

Governor Patrick’s FAQs regarding his plan to shelter illegal immigrants

Massachusetts Governor Patrick held a press conference this morning to explain how the state is planning to assist the Federal government in dealing with the immigration crisis, particularly as it relates to unaccompanied minors, who are crossing the border in South Texas in large numbers. The governor distributed two frequently…

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 @ 9:40AM

How to make an illegal immigration crisis worse: S1414

I have received many emails and phone calls asking me to vote against Massachusetts Senate Bill 1414. I agree with that sentiment and here’s why: S1414 is purported to make a “technical correction” to our state laws to allow our courts to determine whether a person who is 18 to…

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 @ 3:04PM

Massachusetts House adopts gun violence bill that misses the mark

People joke that making laws is like making sausage. I suppose that it’s a relevant metaphor for much of what we do, but one would hope that the sausage turns out to be delicious and doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste. Unfortunately, in spite of House 4278, An Act Relative to…

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 @ 1:35PM

Minimum wage law will pass today: Here’s why I will vote for it

Argument against a minimum wage I have often argued that the minimum wage tends to repress pay for people at the bottom of the totem pole. I would argue that, in my representative district on Cape Cod, practically no one would be working for $8 an hour if not for…

Monday, May 26th, 2014 @ 12:17AM

Troops in the Spotlight 2014

The tenth annual Troops in the Spotlight was held from noon May 25 to noon May 26, 2014. A fundraiser for Cape Cod Cares for the Troops, the size of the event has grown consistently over the years. Honored groups included Cape Cod’s fallen soldiers and their Gold Star Families;…

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 @ 1:38PM

Deval Patrick’s failed leadership and why it should inform the November election

It’s déjà vu all over again, it’s déjà vu all over again, its… Leaders lead. They don’t type every word of a regulation; they don’t make every decision; they don’t shoot the bullets in a war. Leaders lead by creating a vision, building an organization, setting goals, hiring the right…