POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Sen. Spilka leads legislators to Portugal
SaturdayOct 6, 2018 at 2:27 PM Oct 6, 2018 at 2:27 PM
Two months after Senate President Karen Spilka spent three weeks in France mixing business and leisure, sheâs crossing the pond again.
Spilka, D-Ashland, and 14 other Massachusetts lawmakers are leaving Tuesday for a fall field trip to Portugal, where they will meet with Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Regional Government of the Azores President Vasco Cordeiro, according to a report from the State House News Service.
The lawmakersâ agenda includes a Thursday meeting with the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) about Portugal's decriminalization of opioids, and that action's impact on the country over the past couple decades. FLAD is sponsoring in-country transportation and some meals for the lawmakers, while elected officials and their g uests will pay for airfare and hotel accommodations, according to a press release.
The group flies out of Logan Airport on Tuesday evening with TAP Air Portugal, according to an itinerary filed with the Senate clerk's office. Arriving Wednesday morning in Portugal, which Spilka called "our closest neighbor across the Atlantic" in a Friday press release, the docket also includes meetings Thursday with U.S. Ambassador George Glass; a Friday tour of the city of Evora highlighting a "smart grid energy conservation program"; a Saturday departure for Ponta Delgada, Azores; a Monday visit with the Azores president; and a return to Boston on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16.
Spilka on FATV
Speaking of Spilka, âThe Audrey Hall Showâ on Framingham Access TV has begun running an in-depth discussion with the Senate president in which she talks about her journey to lead the state Senate.
Spilka, who was elected Senate president on July 26, also talk s about the work she's done for her district and her plans for the upcoming legislative session. The show will air on RCN Channel 3; Comcast Channel 9; and Verizon Channel 43 at the following times:
Mondays, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 13, 12:30 p.m.
Spilka represents the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk District which includes Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick. She was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2001, and to the Senate in 2005.
Tune in to learn about her ambitious agenda, which includes initiatives for her district and the Commonwealth overall.
Audrey Hall is executive producer and host of âThe Audrey Hall Showâ on FATV.
Kennedy serves up gourmet
Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, who doesnât have any Republicans to tangle with to defend his seat in the 4th Congressional District next month, took to some community servi ce by serving food during a visit to the Brookline Senior Center on Tuesday.
The gourmet spread of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, perishables, and other items was supplied by The Brookline Food Coop. The co-op works with donors from more than 40 local restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores to distribute food items to more than 4,000 people each month at locations in Brookline and Bostonâs surrounding neighborhoods.
âYou have all this gourmet food right now on the street,â volunteer Timothy Ian MacDonald remarked, surveying long, colorful tables piled high with items originating from grocery stores like Whole Foods, bfresh and the Trader Joeâs in Coolidge Corner. âBut you can get the same stuff right here.â
The senior center hosts the food bank from 2-4 on Tuesdays. For more information, visit brooklineseniorcenter.org/. To donate to the Brookline co-op, go to: brooklinefoodcoop.org/.
Warren comes clean - sort of
As she seeks a s econd six-year term, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has tried to tamp down talk that she might be interested in the presidency. But that ended last weekend, when she said she'll take a "hard look" at running for the nation's highest office in 2020.
Warren's disclosure plays into the narrative that Republicans, including her Republican opponent Rep. Geoff Diehl, have been promoting - that Warren isn't interested in serving Massachusetts in the Senate through 2024, and is more interested in making the leap to a national role.
"Senator Warren has acknowledged a reality that Massachusetts voters have seen for a long time - she's simply not interested in helping move Massachusetts forward, but is instead using her position to advance her personal, political ambitions," Massachusetts Republican Party chief Kirsten Hughes said in a statement.
A long list of Massachusetts office holders -- all men -- have unsuccessfully sought the U .S. presidency, from former Sens. Edward Kennedy (1980), Paul Tsongas (1992) and John Kerry (2004) to former Govs. Michael Dukakis (1988) and Mitt Romney (2008 and 2012).
In her speech at a town hall in Holyoke, Warren said thereâs a need for more women at government's highest levels. She cited the recent testimony of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers
"I watched that, and I thought time's up," the Cambridge Democrat said, according to a video her campaign posted to Facebook. "It's time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government and that includes a woman at the top.â
Democratic rep: Baker is our QB
Jay Gonzalez must be wondering what he has to do to get some love fromâ¦ his own party.
The latest hit to his efforts to defeat incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker next month came in the form of state Re p. Bud Williams, D-Springfield, calling Baker âour statewide quarterback.â
"I don't know if I can call him the Belichick or call him the Brady. I'm still betting on Brady, but everybody needs a quarterback, a statewide quarterback. He is our statewide quarterback," Williams said about the governor during an event in Springfield on Wednesday.
Baker was in western Massachusetts to announce new state funding to refurbish Springfield's Paramount Theater, and Williams gushed about the governor's leadership and commitment to "urban communities."
Itâs just another highlight on the difficulty Democrats have had in puncturing the shield around the popular incumbent.
Contributors to the Political Notebook this week include Editor-in-Chief Anne Brennan, Deputy Director of Multimedia Dan O'Brien, Trevor Ballantyne of the Boston University State House Program and the State House News Service.Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal